Last week, United Way joined Team NFL – a volunteer group of civic-minded, college-educated NFL players – for the Youth Empowerment Summit at American University in Washington, D.C.
UWGLA Volunteer Services Manager, Jessica Yas was on hand for the three-day event which was designed to identify opportunities for ensuring the academic success of underprivileged students and to engage more people as volunteer readers, tutors and mentors.
Attendees heard from inspirational speakers in the field of education, the United Way public policy team, NFL players and superstar students from underserved communities before participating in breakout sessions where they shared personal experiences and ideas for bringing community engagement back to their schools.
Check out this video of Calais Campbell of The Arizona Cardinals encouraging students to graduate:
On the last day of the Summit, students and their Team NFL mentors visited federal representatives including Senator Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill to discuss the goal of cutting the dropout rate by half within five years and to request that they sign the volunteer recruitment pledge.