The Citizens Campaign is hosting a conference on Saturday, April 26 to engage community leaders and mayoral candidates in a conversation on the issues and solutions that will foster youth leadership and success in the City of Trenton.

The keynote for “Setting Trenton’s Education Agenda” will be delivered by George Anthony, an international expert on conflict resolution related to bullying in urban areas, who will talk about his work to keep kids safe in school. Anthony has been featured on 20/20 and CNN.

Attendees will participate in an interactive forum with City mayoral candidates; confirmed participants are Eric Jackson, Jim Golden, Paul Perez, and Councilwoman Kathy McBride. Afterwards, an expert panel will present best practices for cultivating leadership skills among our youth and effective programs for after school tutoring.

The goal of this event is to bring parents, teachers, community stakeholders, city officials, mayoral candidates, school board members and administrators together to identify workable evidence-based solutions for the City of Trenton.

“This conference will build a powerful collaboration around Trenton’s education priorities, one that will drive the agenda for the next Mayor and City Council and one that will empower Trentonians to make an impact,” said The Citizens Campaign Trenton Coordinator Angeline Dean.

Presenters include Jerell Blakeley, Social Studies Teacher at his alma mater, Trenton Central High School-West; Harry Pozycki, Chairman of The Citizens Campaign; Francis Blanco, Executive Director of the Living Hope Empowerment Center; Dr. C. Roy Epps, President of the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick; and Kathleen Smallwood-Johnson, Executive Director of the Family and Community Engagement office in the Trenton Board of Education.

Registration and a complimentary continental breakfast will begin at 9 am, the program will start at 9:30 am. To reserve a seat, or contact Renee Koubiadis or (732) 548-9798 x 9.

“Setting Trenton’s Education Agenda” will be Saturday, April 26 from 9 am-12 pm at the Living Hope Empowerment Center at 401 Farragut Avenue, Trenton.

This conference is co-sponsored by the West Ward Alliance Youth Collaborative, Living Hope Empowerment Center, Beautiful Trenton, Trenton Area Stakeholders, A Better Way, Creative New Jersey, Trenton NAACP, Shiloh Community Development Corporation, Isles, Concerned Pastors of Trenton, and the Trenton Council of Civic Associations and made possible with support from the Princeton Area Community Foundation and the Rita Allen Foundation.

The Citizens Campaign is a nonprofit non-partisan organization dedicated to fixing our democracy from the bottom up by training citizens in no-blame politics and evidence-based problem solving, while empowering citizens to change the political climate and become a new force for answering our hometowns, state and nation’s challenges.

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.