Seven Communities Chosen to be Target United Way Worldwide cohorts

We are pleased to announce that we have invited seven StriveTogether communities to participate in the second phase, known as the Mobilization Phase, of a pilot learning cohort. The seven communities that have been chosen are Albuquerque, Anchorage, Memphis, Phoenix, San Diego, Spokane and Twin Cities. Six months ago, StriveTogether, Target and United Way Worldwide partnered together to begin this work around improving student outcomes. Each community has been successful in meeting initial quality benchmarks in the StriveTogether Theory of Action for Building a Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure, utilizing the community strength of United Way, and understanding Target’s commitment in using data to make impact.

In addition to partnering with StriveTogether, United Way Worldwide and Target, each Partnership has be supported by three StriveTogether communities who has acted as peer coaching sites. Those three communities are Commit! (Dallas, TX), Treasure Valley Education Partnership (Boise, ID), and Promised Partnerships of United Way of Salt Lake (Salt Lake City, UT). Also, all seven communities, as well as some of their peers, will become members of the Cradle to Career Learning Circle. This Learning Circle will focus on connecting site directors of partnerships across the country to share knowledge, make peer-to-peer connections and exchange best practices for making progress along the Theory of Action. To learn more about this cohort, click here

The Mobilization Phase is set to begin October 1, 2013. Below you will find more information about each communities’ journey as they drive towards collective impact and systems change (alphabetical by city):

·         An ambitious campaign by Albuquerque’s Mission: Graduate, supported by the United Way of Central New Mexico and a broad range of community partners, to increase college degree attainment by 60,000 in the next seven years, with an explicit focus on assuring increased opportunities in higher education for students of color and low-income students;

·         United Way of Anchorage’s broad-based community partnership, including the school district, business leaders, elected officials, parents and others to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent by 2020. The 90 Percent by 2020 partnership emphasizes school readiness, regular school attendance, life skill development, and academic attainment for all students, and works closely with A.R.I.S.E. to increase academic attachment for the Alaska Native student population;

·         United Way of the Mid-South’s work with PeopleFirst has aligned the cross-sector Seeding Success Partnership around a collective impact agenda with emphasis on improving school readiness, third grade reading proficiency and college access. The initiative is working with community groups to gather local data and identify effective practice that can be spread collectively with Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District, to better serve students across Memphis and Shelby County;

·         Alignment of Phoenix schools, funders, non-profit agencies, parents and volunteers around the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Ensure Youth Succeed Campaign, which seeks to increase rates of school readiness by 20 percent and high school graduation rates by 5 percent during the next seven years;

·         Robust efforts to engage parents and re-align community organizations, funders, schools and government agencies to support cradle-to-career outcomes through the City Heights Partnership for Children, supported by the United Way of San Diego County. The Partnership has helped expand school-based health clinics, vision screening and follow-up services, summer learning and school readiness initiatives in the community;

·         A partnership between Spokane Public Schools, Spokane County United Way and numerous community agencies to use data from the school district’s Early Warning System to better connect elementary, middle and high school at risk of dropping out of school to early intervention, supports and other services in and out of school and to build the foundation for comprehensively managing data across the partnership;

·         Generation Next in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, anchored by the Greater Twin Cities United Way is currently launching networks on early grade literacy and college and career readiness with a mix of practitioners and a variety of other partners

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