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Youngstown Schools CEO breaking down barriers

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Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip started breaking down barriers with families in the school district during his first day on the job.

On Wednesday evening, he invited a family over to the administration building for dinner.

"Regardless of a CEO, he was a parent. He came in there as a parent," said Khalilah Abdullah who has adopted children and grandchildren in the district.

Mohip served up a sense of hope in the intimate setting.

"I think there's something almost spiritual about just sitting down and breaking bread and just realizing that no matter where you come from and what you do at the end of the day you sit down and you eat a meal," explained Mohip.

Abdullah came with eight kids, some her grandchildren and adopted children, while her daughter was busy working.

She was worried about her grandson who struggles with reading. She said that her daughter has been pushing for more to be done to help him.

"If he's third grade now with reading issues and he's only been in school three years, so what can happen when he gets to the eighth grade and then he missed all this. That's not fair," she said.

During the dinner, Mohip specifically talked with 16-year-old Armond Abdullah.

"I tell kids all the time you gotta love yourself enough to give yourself a chance and you start loving yourself enough by doing what you need to do to get back on track," Mohip told Armond at the dinner table.

The junior at the alternative high school, Mahoning County High, said that he was kicked out of East High for fighting.

"He encouraged me a lot to change my ways and start making better choices for me and my family," said Armond.

Mohip commented "I told him you're saying the right things and I need you to follow it up with action and I want to follow him along his course."

The kids want more sports opportunities and Abdullah would like to see a work program in the summer to get kids off the streets.

Still at the end of the day, she feels the good intentions are there.

"What I've seen here in Youngstown is that a lot of the teachers put a lot of input in the students that they have and that's a good thing. Now if the parents would participate we could be awesome."

There will be more opportunities for families to sit down and talk with Mohip over a meal. He plans to host them more than monthly, as often as he can.

Also this summer, Mohip plans to criss cross the city to reach out to the 78 students who did not graduate and their parents.  
 

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