In D.C., 19 percent of adults lack basic literacy skills, 30 percent of children live in poverty, and only 61 percent of students graduate high school on time. For a city known for its prosperity – not to mention its wealth of social programs and nonprofit organizations – these are troubling facts that suggest that something isn’t working.
Earlier this week, funders heard from leaders of Raise DC, a comprehensive “cradle-to-career” framework that aims to ensure that all District youth are career-ready by the age of 24. The effort launched in 2012 and is modeled after the collective impact approach of Strive, the highly successful cradle-to-career model that began in Cincinnati. The goal is to align resources from across sectors in a coordinated way to make sure that children enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready for a career.
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