ATLANTA (June 9, 2014) –Innovative
educator Steve Perry will deliver the keynote address June 26 during Clark
Atlanta University’s (CAU) Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Annual
Conference on campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta 30314. Early registration
by June 20 is $125; after June 20 the cost is $150. Participants may register online at www.steveperry.eventbrite.com.
Perry is the founder and principal
of what U.S. News and World Report has
cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet
School in Hartford, Conn. Capital Prep
has sent 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority,
first-generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since
its first class graduated in 2006.
Featured in CNN's “Black in America” series, Perry, a native of Middletown,
Conn., says he is in a hurry to transform his community. Born into his family’s third generation of
poverty on his mother’s 16th birthday, Perry believes that the
success of a life is determined by where you end, not where you start. It is this philosophy that inspired him to
transform the lives of poor and minority children helping them secure access to
a college education.
Perry is a strong advocate of
personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at
building up both the individual and the community, so that the next generation
can be better contributing members of society.
His secrets to success and calls to action are revealed in his new book,
“Push Has Come To Shove: Getting Our Kids The Education They Deserve – Even If
It Means Picking A Fight.” Perry is an education
contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence magazine
columnist, best-selling author, and host of the #1 docudrama for TVONE, “Save
My Son.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in
political science from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in
social work from the University of Pennsylvania and the Ed.D. degree in
educational leadership from the University of Hartford.
CAU’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of
Social Work Annual Conference will include four workshops in the areas of
ethics, human trafficking, agency leadership and child welfare policies. Early registration ($125) closes June 20. After June 20, the cost is $150. Registration is required and may be secured at
www.steveperry.eventbrite.com or participants
can make checks and money orders payable to the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of
Social Work. Call 404-880-8549 for more
About the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of
University School of Social Work (now the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social
Work) was established on October 4, 1920, to meet the training needs of
African-Americans entering the profession of social work and African-American
social workers employed in social welfare agencies. This was the first social work program
established in the state of Georgia and also was the first social work program
at a historically black college or university.
Under the leadership of Dean Vimali
Pillari, the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work continues its mission
to advance the aims of the profession through education for excellence in
social work practice. The School
utilizes an Afrocentric perspective and autonomous social work practice model
heavily guided by humanistic values, and seeks to educate students who
demonstrate a heightened sense of social consciousness to be creative,
responsible social work professionals committed to the search for solutions to
problems of poverty and varied forms of oppression in society, while preserving
the heritage of African-American people.
The emphasis is to prepare graduates to search for solutions to
problems, especially as they affect the African-American community, with a
focus on children, families, and males within the context of family and
community. The School is committed to
the core values of the profession, including the promotion of social justice; a
responsibility to serve oppressed, at-risk members of society; and the
responsible application of professional values and ethics in practice.