StriveTogether was founded on a simple principle: Those who care about a community’s children — from parents and educators to civic leaders and local employers — can accomplish more by working together than by working apart.
Supporting a national, nonprofit network of nearly 70 community partnerships, StriveTogether works to ensure that every child succeeds from cradle to career, regardless of race, income or zip code. StriveTogether helps communities identify and scale what works. We provide coaching, connections and resources to help partnerships share data, align resources and shape policy. Learn more about us in the StriveTogether overview brochure.
The StriveTogether network reaches 13.7 million students and operates in 29 states and Washington, D.C.
The success of every child from cradle to career.
We partner with communities to ensure every child has every chance to succeed because race, ethnicity, poverty and circumstance should not determine opportunity or outcome.
Our Core Values
- Community: We focus on what connects us rather than what separates us and communicate to each other with transparency and integrity.
- Courage: We fail forward even if no one is watching, have the tough conversations no one likes having and take risks in pursuit of results.
- Equity: We seek and value all types of diversity, put equity into action daily and strive to dismantle inequities, including those present in ourselves, our organization and our communities.
- Progress: We share learning and progress in real time, view professional development as personal growth and fix problems through continuous improvement.
- Results: We use data and evidence to make decisions and hold each other accountable for getting results.
StriveTogether began taking shape in 2006 when over 300 local organizations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky teamed up to improve education. Working within existing programs, this effort — called StrivePartnership — pursued a shared agenda with a specific set of measurable outcomes.
Over its first five years, StrivePartnership tracked improvements in 40 of its 53 measured outcomes. That included a 9 percent increase in kindergarten readiness, an 11 percent increase in high school graduation rates and a 10 percent increase in college enrollment.
This approach of relentlessly examining and measuring results became a national initiative in 2010. Now, StriveTogether supports nearly 70 community partnerships that engage with over 10,800 local organizations. And since the launch of the national network, the original Cincinnati-North Kentucky partnership has registered improvements in more than 90 percent of measured outcomes.