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Event to Help Counter High Unemployment, Low Graduations

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A group of community and church leaders are coming together to help Northern Nevada fix its unemployment and graduation rates.

The group is called ACTIONN which stands for "Acting in Community, Together In Organizing Northern Nevada."

That's a mouthful, but it's really a grassroots effort focused on education and jobs.

"We're going to bring people of faith together to build power so that we can make change in our community that will help make it a better place to live," says Rev. Neal Anderson of Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship of Reno.

ACTIONN says Nevada needs to do something about creating good jobs that our students can fill when they graduate from college.

One area they've identified is health care. They'd like to focus on nursing and medical tech jobs that Nevada will need in the future.

They are also focused on graduation rates. One thing they'll propose is having teachers visit students and parents in their homes.

"So that the teacher understands what context the student is living in and the parents understand the expectations for their children and learning and it makes a transformative difference for change," says Pat Fling.

More than 22 congregations sent representatives to the meeting and 500 people attended.

For more information, go to http://actionn.org/

Written by Jennifer Burton

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