Inside the Cradle to Career Network: Help is at hand

Inside the Cradle to Career Network

Help is at Hand

With 68 partnerships across 32 states and Washington, D.C., StriveTogether’s Cradle to Career Network offers a powerful support system for quality collective impact across the country.

Network members have access to relevant tools and resources, as well as insight and strategic assistance from StriveTogether staff. With a broad range of work throughout the network, members learn from the successes, failures and insights of each cradle to career partnership.

Cradle to Career Network members have access to:

  • Online resources, such as research, case studies and videos
  • Monthly webinars about relevant topics
  • Toolkits to address specific aspects of local partnership growth and development
  • Forums and workshops throughout the year
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Strategic assistance
  • Participation in national task forces
  • An invitation to the StriveTogether National Convening

To join the Cradle to Career network, communities complete an assessment process to identify areas of strength and opportunities to advance civic infrastructure development. The process also measures progress compared to Theory of Action benchmarks. This assessment, created based on network member feedback, looks at the local needs and current organizational alignment, and helps engage the community around the national movement toward quality collective impact.

After completing the baseline assessment, communities that have met early stage benchmarks are invited to join the Cradle to Career Network where they receive benefits listed above. These communities complete an annual progress assessment as they work toward advanced benchmarks in building their partnership and begin to move outcomes on the ground.

Partnerships that have yet to meet the initial benchmarks and are still working to build their partnerships are called Exploring Communities. They are invited to join a group of more than 20 other Exploring Communities that participate in monthly conference calls and have access to online tools and resources to help move forward toward the Emerging Gateway and Network membership. Communities looking for additional support in this work also engage with StriveTogether for strategic assistance to help meet quality benchmarks and impact cradle to career outcomes.

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