Frequently Asked Questions
When and where will The Presidents' Summit for America's Future be held?
The Summit will take place in Philadelphia, from Sunday, April 27, through
Tuesday, April 29. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at
Independence Hall with most of the working sessions to be conducted at
Philadelphia's Convention Center.
What are the goals of the Summit?
The Summit's goal is to mobalize millions of citizens and thousands of
organizations from all sectors in order to ensure that all our youth have
access to the five fundamental resources that can help them lead healthy,
fulfilling and productive lives:
What is happening at the Summit?
Through specific, measurable commitments toward these goals from individual
organizations from every sector in America, and through community initiatives,
the aim is to turn the tide for America's youth.
- An ongoing relationship with a caring adult or mentor;
- Safe places to learn and grow;
- A healthy start;
- A marketable skill through effective education;
- An opportunity to give back through community service.
The Summit's goal is to make effective citizen service an integral part of the
American way of life.
The Summit will have three focal points. First, the Presidents and First
Ladies will join in the historic call to commitment and to action. Second,
local and national leaders from all sectors will announce their organizational
commitments to action -- mobilizing their people and their abilities for an
unprecedented effort to turn the tide for America's youth by the turn of the
century. Third, delegations from approximately 100 communities and all 50
states will work together to turn the message of the Summit into concrete plans
for action. The delegations will return home and plan their own local Summits
that will stimulate further steps to meet the major goals.
Who is involved in the Summit?
President Clinton and the former Presidents are the honorary co-chairmen
of the Summit. General Colin Powell is the General Chairman of the
Summit. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and
Linda Robb are the Summit Vice Chairs. The Summit is being organized at
the initiative of the Corporation for National Service and the Points of Light
Foundation. Former Senator Harris Wofford heads the former, and Robert
Goodwin, who headed President Bush's initiative to aid Black Colleges, directs
the latter. Stuart Shapiro, M.D., the former Health Commissioner of
Philadelphia, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Summit organizing team.
Many national non-profit organizations are collaborating as partners in
the Summit. Additionally, delegations from approximately 100 communities and
all 50 states will join local and national leaders from all sectors to take
part in Summit activities.
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