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CSULB Forum Addresses Youth Educational Options

A diverse group of students, parents, community leaders and educators are coming to California State University, Long Beach to discuss “Youth Educational Options: Pathways to Your Future” during the fifth annual Community Issues Forum April 18 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid.

The forum is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This year’s event is designed to serve as a unique opportunity to discuss students' educational experiences, provide a better understanding of college and career options available after high school and take steps to ensure that more students are able to continue their education or begin a successful career.  Assembly member Warren Furutani, Long Beach City College (LBCC) President Eloy Ortiz-Oakley and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Administrative Assistant Robert Targorda are among the keynote speakers.

“We have outstanding schools in this area that are recognized nationally and throughout the state, but we realize we need to work together as a community to further increase graduation rates, ensure more high school seniors meet university admission requirements and inform students of all of the options available to them after high school,”  said Juan Benitez, Interim Director of CSULB’s Center for Community Engagement, which is co-sponsoring the event along with the California Conference for Equality & Justice. “This forum is a chance for us to draw upon our existing K-16 partnership to look at the challenges students are facing and determine what more we can do to help them become successful.”

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A stimulating day of engagement, advocacy, and partnership building, the forum will begin with an interactive panel of students, parents, and experts discussing necessary steps to ensure a successful future for today's youth and will conclude with an opportunity to develop a group action plan to help students follow the pathway to success. The event will also provide an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about the Long Beach Promise, a guarantee to Long Beach students of access to a college education.  A partnership between CSULB, LBCC and LBUSD, the Promise will focus on increasing the percentage of LBUSD students who are prepared for and attend college directly from high school; increasing the percentage of LBCC students who earn degrees and/or career and technical certificates; and increasing the percentage of CSULB students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degrees.

California State University, Long Beach hosts the annual Community Issues Forum with the goals of strengthening ties to surrounding communities, promoting discussion about critical issues, and shaping key policy decisions.  For more information or to RSVP for the fifth annual Community Issues Forum, visit or call 562/985-7131