Youth commission’s student member shares importance of youth voice in moving the work forward

Guest post by Esmeralda Castillo, District 3 representative of the San Antonio Youth Commission. On Oct. 3-5, 2017, I had the incredible opportunity to attend StriveTogether’s 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening in Phoenix, Arizona, as the District 3 representative of the San Antonio Youth Commission (SAYC). Managed by the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar…

Measuring civic infrastructure development: Reflections from the StriveTogether evaluation

Guest post by Justin Piff, a senior director at Equal Measure in Philadelphia, Penn. Despite national and international attention on collective impact since 2011, few individuals and institutions have articulated what it looks like or ought to look like in practice. In 2015, Equal Measure and StriveTogether set out to understand how civic infrastructure —…

From ‘dropout factories’ to record-high graduation in Tacoma, Washington

Guest post by Eric Wilson, president and CEO of Graduate Tacoma, a StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network community partnership in Tacoma, Wash. In 2010, just more than half of Tacoma students were graduating. Front-page headlines in USA Today pronounced Tacoma schools “dropout factories.” The incoming superintendent declared the 55 percent graduation rate “shameful” for the 30,000-student school district. That…

Mentoring Toward Success in Central Texas

Guest post by Joshua Childs of the University of Texas at Austin; Ty Davidson of Travis Early College High School; and Sonia Dominguez of E3 Alliance, a StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network community. Communities across the country, from Pittsburgh to Oakland, are working every day to improve student attendance, but addressing complex educational issues often can…