Town Hall Meeting Will Conclude Effort to Gather Views on the Future of Youngstown

Stambaugh Auditorium event will bring individuals and groups together to share ideas to be included in the final report to the Academic Distress Commission YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — A process that began at the beginning of the year to determine a path forward to improving education in Youngstown will culminate in an event to be held Monday evening.

The public is invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting slated for Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. Officials of The Harwood Insititue for Public Innovation will discuss what has been learned over the course of previous engagement efforts, share insights gained and engage those present in a final discussion that will lead to a report to be presented to the Academic Distress Commission.

The specific goals of the Town Hall meeting will be to:

  • Demonstrate accountability — by publicly reflecting to the wider community what has been learned through previous efforts and how the insights add up.
  • Test the choices and tradeoffs that fit with the aspirations expressed.
  • Bring people from across the community and across different organizations together to recognize their shared aspirations for Youngstown schools.
  • Build public momentum for the efforts and approaches to be included in the final report — so that there is greater public will for action moving into the fall.

Previous efforts leading up to this Town Hall phase of gathering input have included:

  • “Ask Youngstown” interviews. Brief four-question “man-on-the-street” interactions that took place in various Youngstown neighborhoods and with faith and business groups to explore steps they believe would create impact on education issues.
  • Community Conversations. 90-minute conversations held in six neighborhoods in the Youngstown community with teachers, students, faith groups and members of the business community to talk about the challenges and barriers to moving forward as a community in general, and on education in particular.
  • Deeper Conversations. A series of 90-minute discussions held with groups of 15–20 concerned citizens at local libraries that sought to determine under what conditions people will step forward to act, and uncover the conditions in the community that need to change in order for people to come together and work toward the common good.