*MEDIA ADVISORY* Press Invited to Tomorrow’s Middlesex Partnerships for Youth School Attendance Summit

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Margie Daniels, Executive Director
467 Main St.
Wakefield MA 01880


For Immediate Release

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-841-9948
Email: [email protected]


Press Invited to Tomorrow’s Middlesex Partnerships for Youth School Attendance Summit

LEXINGTON — Margie Daniels, executive director of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth Inc. is pleased to invite the news media to cover a summit bringing together more than 100 top educational, mental health and law enforcement leaders from across northeastern Massachusetts who will share ideas and best practices to increase school attendance.


TOMORROW — Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 from 8:45 to 2:30 (Media can attend anytime during the day, for a full agenda of events and speaking programs, click here.)


One Cranberry Hill, Lexington, Massachusetts


The speaking programs consist of a who’s who is educational and youth services leaders in Massachusetts, including:

  • The Honorable Jay Blitzman, First Justice, Juvenile Court Department, Middlesex County
  • Jeannine Durkin M.Ed., Deputy Superintendent, Lowell Public Schools
  • Kristin Pepin, Probation Officer II, LSW, Middlesex Juvenile Court, Lowell
  • Leah Kelly, Psy.D., Executive Director, Adolescent Consultation Services
  • Richard Melillo, M.Ed., Director of Student Services, Somerville Public Schools
  • Tom Malone, Esq., Metro Regional Counsel, Department of Children and Families
  • Denis Pilotte, MSW, LICSW, Area Program Manager, Department of Children and Families, Arlington Area Office
  • Tim Carey, M.S.W., Probation Officer, Middlesex Juvenile Court
  • Margie Daniels, M.Ed., L.I.C.S.W., Executive Director, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc.


Speaking programs will include ways to improve collaboration within a school, how to use the Department of Children and Families as a resource, and how to respond to adverse childhood experiences including abuse and death in the family.

A delegation from the Lowell Public Schools will, at 9:30 a.m. present an effective and innovative program called Helping Students Stay the Course, a school and community partnership to reduce excessive absenteeism and truancy in a large urban school district. — led by Deputy Superintendent Jeannine Durkin.

School attendance is a vital youth safety issue statewide and is a chief concern among youth services agencies across the nation. Speakers and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth leaders will be available for interviews.

The event is open to Middlesex Partnerships for Youth members, but nonmembers who are interested may attend for a fee. For more information, call 781-587-3411.

No RSVP is necessary, but members of the media seeking more information should contact John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC at 617-993-0003 anytime 24/7.