Aim High-Urban graduate Dakarai Griffin has been selected to participate in a national summit on closing the achievement gap and building a college-going culture among American youth in Washington, D.C.  The 2012 Building A Grad Nation Summit is the capstone event of a 10-year campaign from America’s Promise Alliance, focusing on ending the high school dropout crisis and preparing young people for college and the 21st century workforce.  Dakarai Griffin was among a small group of young adults chosen out of hundreds of applicants for an all-expense-paid trip to participate in the summit.  On hearing the news from Aim High Executive Director Alec Lee, who helped nominate Dakarai as a candidate for the summit, Dakarai said he was “thrilled” to have been selected and he plans to take full advantage of the conference and the trip to Washington.   Dakarai recently spoke at Aim High’s 25th Anniversary Gala in San Francisco, saying, “Aim High gave me the tools to make education relevant and understandable…this made me realize I was destined for a career in education.”  After graduating from Aim High, Dakarai returned to Urban as a teacher and is currently pursuing a degree in education as a senior at Langston University in Oklahoma.  We at Aim High would like to send Dakarai a very hearty congratulations on all his success.

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