Welcome To The Big Thing: A Summit To Change Young Lives
The Big Thing: A Free Summit to Change Young Lives will convene nearly 300 participants: students, parents, practitioners in youth-serving organizations, philanthropists, advocacy partners, and researchers to learn together and create a clear understanding of what state policies in Pennsylvania need to change, and begin to plan for how to make that change happen.

Like you, we work every day to help every child reach their full potential. Yet huge social barriers make achieving that potential out of reach for too many youth in our region. Our job is to help maximize their potential, and our collective mission is also to remove the barriers that get in the way.

Lots of people complain and offer conjecture about what can’t be done.

We want to harness your hope and combine it with strong will and a plan for what can and will change…if we do it together.

Do you remember the time before CHIP (The Children’s Health Insurance Program) became a federally-funded program? Naysayers didn’t matter in the end. And they shouldn’t matter for the vision we have to make Pennsylvania’s education system more equitable and designed to produce better outcomes for all.

This effort is led by Donna Cooper, Executive Director of Children First, and Darryl Bundrige, Executive Director of City Year Philadelphia, along with a Steering Committee of nearly 30 leading stakeholders who have worked over the past several months and agreed that we must collectively reimagine the role of education.

Your experience, wisdom, and energy will make The Big Thing possible. That’s why we need you to join us. Registration is FREE for this two-day convening.  Space is very limited, so please reserve your seat today. 

This is an invitation only event. If you know of a colleague who would like to attend, please contact Brian Lang (nextbigthing@childrenfirstpa.org) and if space permits, we will be in touch with them.



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