MGM Resorts and Clark County School District celebrate at-risk youths’ success in overcoming challenges to graduate

May 30, 2013
Event highlights “Reclaim Your Future” initiatives for students

Las Vegas, May 30, 2013 – Through perseverance, community support and targeted study programs, more than 700 County School District (CCSD) students, who were at risk of dropping out, will graduate this year. MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today sponsored a special event at the MGM Grand Convention Center to recognize 540 of these students for their success in overcoming challenges to graduation.


The celebration capped a successful year for CCSD’s Reclaim Your Future program, which was developed to assist students whose attendance, credits or proficiency exam results put them at risk of not graduating. The program consists of educational resources throughout the year that support students on their journey to graduation, including mentoring, online credit retrieval and proficiency exam boot camps, as well as community walks that re-engage and re-enroll absentee students.


"The more students who graduate, the more our entire community benefits, and we celebrate the students who worked hard to earned their diplomas," said Clark County School District Superintendent of Schools Pat Skorkowsky. "Our community is pulling together to ensure that all students graduate, and we greatly appreciate the support of community members and organizations such as MGM Resorts International as we continue improving student achievement and the graduation rate."


CCSD credits the success of Reclaim Your Future to the determination and hard work of the program’s students, contributions of CCSD staff and volunteers, and overwhelming support of community partners, including MGM Resorts. In addition to sponsoring today’s celebration, MGM Resorts supported Reclaim Your Future by hosting more than 100 students during National Job Shadow Day, dedicated to helping youth identify possible careers following graduation.


“We are fully committed to supporting the success of our children into productive members of our community. We strongly share the District’s conviction that every child should have the opportunity to pursue and complete their high school education as a gateway to further personal growth,” said MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren.


To learn more about Reclaim Your Future, support its initiatives or become a mentor, contact the CCSD School-Community Partnership Program at (702) 799-6560.



For further information: Contact Cynthia Sell (702) 379-4310, Melinda Malone (702) 799-5304, or Rachel Rogala (702) 328-7524