Build the Future

October 11, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum | Boston, Massachusetts

NBC News Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis hosted a dynamic live town hall on the issues facing young adults after high school, and solutions to ensure their success. Build the Future was presented as part of the Kennedy Library Forum Series. Watch the full event here!

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Build the Future will feature a wide range of topics from college access and equity to skills all young adults need now and for the future.

Take the Next Step

For many young people, the path to a successful career is no longer a linear one. This panel will focus on both established and emerging alternative pathways aimed at engaging young adults in meaningful education and career options.


Opportunity for All

One of our country’s founding ideals is universal access to opportunity, but not all students across the country start at the same baseline. What can be done to help close gaps so that all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, language skills, and immigration status, leave high school with the tools necessary to be successful adults?


Skills for Success

The workforce model in the U.S. has changed significantly, and, in turn, so have the skills that employers seek. In addition to technical skills, so-called “soft” skills like communication, creativity and problem solving have become increasingly important. How do today’s students go about acquiring these skills, and how are schools working to infuse social emotional learning programs into their curriculum?


Beyond High School

With 70 percent of Boston Public Schools students coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring that all are both prepared for, and have access to, a quality postsecondary education is a critically important topic. What efforts are underway at all levels to give students the tools necessary to make a college education a reality?


Next Generation

Boston’s major industries include financial services, high-tech research and development, testing for life sciences, and building trades, making the city an ideal place to train young people to work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs. Despite this, there are often more jobs in STEM fields open than there are young people to fill them. How can the education, employment and nonprofit sectors work together to engage young people in STEM career paths and strengthen the pipeline for available jobs?


Today for Tomorrow

Research has shown that mentoring can be a powerful and effective method to support students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. Whether through formal or informal mentoring, peer-to-peer connections, or access to school counseling, relationships are an essential part of preparing young people to transition to adulthood.



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