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New Heights Summit 2013

By DC Department of Human Services, DC Public Schools, Student Support Center

When and where

Date and time

Friday, August 16, 2013 · 8:30am - 2pm EDT


Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University 800 Florida Avenue Northeast Washington, DC 20002


WHAT: DC Department of Human Services (DHS), DC Public Schools (DCPS), and the Student Support Center (SSC) invite you to a Summit highlighting the New Heights program and their collaborative efforts to support expectant and parenting students.

The New Heights program is a school-based initiative that engages expectant and parenting students in 15 DC high schools (13 DCPS and two DC Public Charter Schools), including targeting those living in foster care. The program seeks to improve the attendance and graduation rates of these students, prepare them for college or careers, and prevent subsequent pregnancies.

The New Heights Summit is supported by Grant Number SP1AH000007-03-00 from the Office of Adolescent Health.

WHEN: FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 – 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

  • 8:30 AM Registration; Continental Breakfast; Resource Fair
  • 9:30 AM Speakers and New Heights presentation
  • 10:45 AM Workshop Sessions (10:45-11:45 and 12:00-1:00) - see below
  • 1:00 PM Lunch, videos, networking

WHERE: Kellogg Conference Center @ Gallaudet University

Visitors may park for free in the 6th street garage located near GUKCC, or in the overflow parking lot across from campus. Spaces marked in each lot will be reserved for handicapped only. Visitors are responsible for any parking citations they may receive. A parking pass will be sent prior to the event.

WORKSHOPS: (Each session will be offered twice. When registering, please indicate your first choice workshops.)

  1. Parenthood: Beyond Diapers, Booboos and Training Wheels (Maranda C. Ward, Promising Futures) Traditional parenting classes focus on meeting basic physical needs. This workshop will highlight thinking, imagining and dreaming and discuss the importance of exposing children to different experiences and resources our city has to offer.
  2. Growing, Learning, Playing: Your Child's Development (Aaron Washington, Eli Hoffman & Robin Choi; DCPS Early Stages) Learn tips and ideas about the physical, social and emotional development of children ages 0 to 5 years, including the "typical" steps as your child grows and what to do if you are worried about how your child is growing, playing or learning.
  3. Walking the Tightrope: Finding the “Perfect" Balance Between School, Career and Family (Nicole Lynn Lewis, Generation Hope) Using her own life experiences as well as those of youth she works with, the presenter will help find creative solutions for balancing all your responsibilities.
  4. The View from New Heights (Panel of New Heights students; moderators New Heights Coordinators Maia Shafer and LaTrice Strong) Listen and learn from current and former students enrolled in New Heights as they answer "Before I became a parent, I was...; after I became a parent, I was...; since joining New Heights, I am..."
  5. Real Man vs. Strongest Man (Neil Irvin & Nigel Okunibi; Men Can Stop Rape) Participants will use popular culture and personal experiences to find out how boys learn to become men and fathers.
  6. Choices: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (David Beasley & Jermaine Wall, Scenarios USA) A short film written by a high school student and directed by a Hollywood filmmaker will be used to break down stereotypes and open up conversation about the realities of being an expectant or parenting teenager.
  7. Surviving Aging Out (Brandy Hudson, Richmond Department of Social Services) Learn about the multiple needs and circumstances of youth who are leaving foster care, graduating from school, or leaving the juvenile justice system.

About the organizer


The New Heights partners are hosting this event to promote their collaborative efforts to support expectant and parenting students and to celebrate the achievements of these students.   

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