Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Communities of Promise: Engaging Your Community in Youth Issues

Track Presenters: A. Hasan Davis and Dreama Gentry

A community of promise provides all youth with strong schools, while understanding that schools alone cannot provide the supports necessary to ensure the success of the youngest residents. This workshop track will explore how to undertake a coordinated community approach that engages all stakeholders in efforts to ensure young people are safe, supported and following a pathway to education and opportunity. Participants will assess their communities’ capacity to support youth, identify factors that impede youth success and develop a plan to engage a broad group of stakeholders in community-wide strategies. Through hands-on activities, participants will explore research and best practices in developing a cradle to career educational pipeline.

Track Limit: 40


 As Executive Director of Partners for Education at Berea College, Dreama Gentry provides leadership to federally and privately funded outreach programs that improve educational outcomes of rural Appalachian youth and their families. Gentry collaborates with communities to design programs that meet the needs of rural youth, parents and schools.A first generation college graduate from rural Appalachia, Gentry holds a B.A. in Political Science from Berea College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. She resides in Berea with her husband, Hasan Davis, and their sons, Malcolm and Christopher.

From 2012-2014, Hasan Davis served as Kentucky’s fifth Commissioner of Juvenile Justice. Davis is widely recognized for his professional and personal efforts to serve the needs of youth through education, juvenile justice and the arts.

He is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow, an inductee into the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship Program, and an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow. He also serves on the Board of the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators and is a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network.


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