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White House Names Juliette Price a "Champion of Change"

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 30, 2016) -- President Obama today will honor Albany Promise Director Juliette Price as a “Champion of Change for College Opportunity."

Price and 10 individuals from throughout the country were selected for the honor by the White House for their "leadership and tireless work to expand opportunity for students from all backgrounds" to advance to and through college.

Price serves as the director of the UAlbany-based Albany Promise, a cross-sector partnership in Albany that facilitates the improvement of educational outcomes for the city’s most vulnerable students. The collective partnership began in 2012 by leaders of the University at Albany, the City School District of Albany, and State University of New York.

Albany Promise
The Albany Promise improves of educational outcomes for the city’s most vulnerable students.

The partnership focuses its efforts on key outcome areas including kindergarten readiness, third grade reading, eighth grade math, high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment, and post-secondary completion, and is a part of the national StriveTogether network of cities across the nation leading the field of collective impact. The Albany Promise convenes more than 100 institutions to engage in systems change to create a new civic infrastructure to best serve children and families, with a special focus on eliminating racial disparities.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

The event will be streamed live on the White House website at on Friday, September 30, at 2 p.m. ET. Follow the conversation at #WHChamps and #CollegeOpportunity.

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