Remember to send any success stories you want to share as well. We want everyone to know all the good work being done in our region on dropout prevention!


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Myrtle Beach, SC
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Upcoming Events

School Violence Prevention and Response Symposium
January 23, 2015, 8am-5pm
County Government Center
230 Government Center Drive
Wilmington, NC

“Success Within Reach: Strategies for At-Risk Youth”
2015 At-Risk Youth National Forum
Feb. 15-18, Myrtle Beach S.C.
Sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, Clemson University
Co-Sponsored by the UNCW Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition
For information or to register visit

2nd Annual Wilmington Community Summit: "Toxic Stress in Young Children" - Guest Speaker Dr. David Tayloe
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
First Baptist Church Activity Center
1939 Independence Blvd.
RSVP at 910-815-3731
Free Event. Child care available with RSVP.


News & Information

Want to attend the 2015 Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM? Since the Dropout Prevention Coalition is a co-sponsor we can get you in at a discount.

February 15 - 18, 2015
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC

Here is how to get the discounts. Go to:

All UNCW individuals who wish to attend the full Forum should choose Individual Registration as their "registration type" in the drop down menu on the registration invitee information page.  They'll choose the Individual Registration Fee of $320.  On the final "Payment Page" they'll need to enter UNCW15 in the discount code box and click apply in order to receive the discounted rate of $220.

All individuals presenting at the FORUM should choose Presenter as their "registration type" and choose the Presenter Fee of $250. On the final payment page they'll apply UNCWP15 as their discount code in order to receive the discount rate of $225.

Anyone choosing to register for the One-Day should choose One-Day as their "registration type" and choose One-Day Fee of $185 (for either Monday or Tuesday).  On the final payment page they should apply UNCWD15 as their discount code in order to receive the discount rate of $100.

-Be on the lookout for the Dropout Prevention Coalition at the end of January 2015 newsletter. If you have success stories or other items you would like to share with schools, organizations, and community members who reside in southeastern North Carolina please send them to Janna Robertson ( by January 15, 2015 for inclusion in the newsletter. We have newsletters 3 times a year (January, May and September).

2nd Annual Wilmington Community Summit

'Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline’ Event Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd at UNCW

More than 150 school leaders, law enforcement officials and representatives of government and community agencies gathered at UNCW’s Watson College of Education (WCE) on Thursday, December 11, to hear regional experts including Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening II and District Attorney Ben David discuss programs underway to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. Read more >

2014 National At-Risk Youth Forum Presentations

2013 National At-Risk Youth Forum Presentations

2012 Dropout Prevention Regional Symposium

The Watson College of Education at UNCW and the Dropout Prevention Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina held an Education Symposium on December 5th from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Watson College of Education in Wilmington, NC. The Symposium, entitled "Innovative Ways to Engage Students in Learning", was designed to promote best practices in education and showcase success stories from our region.

The Symposium began with a keynote address by former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee, founder of the Howard N. Lee Institute for Equity and Opportunity in Education. The event featured four roundtable discussions with panelists from 15 successful regional school programs and community agencies. The panelists shared effective strategies on a wide range of topics including career and technical education, student mentoring, fostering student engagement through innovative use of technology and participation in the arts.

Final Program >

2012 Presentations

2012 National Dropout Prevention Conference Materials

Students Graduate from the Youthbuild Program at UNCW

In collaboration with the Wilmington Housing Authority, UNCW, and the Dropout Prevention Coalition, more than 30 students graduated the Youthbuild program. more...

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