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Refining our road map: Three insights behind the newest StriveTogether Theory of Action™

We launched our first Theory of Action™ in 2013 to provide communities with a road map for changing systems to improve outcomes for all youth and families. This framework for change is rooted in how the work happens in communities across the Cradle to Career Network. The Theory of Action™ guides cradle-to-career partnerships through essential…

The recipients of the Schwab Foundation 2024 Social Innovation Awards pose for a selfie

Changing systems and rebuilding trust: Three insights from the World Economic Forum 

Do you believe the next generation will be better off?  That was the question posed to us by Professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF), whose Annual Meeting takes place each year in Davos, Switzerland. Surrounded by the other changemakers before the event’s opening ceremonies, I contemplated the question. Professor Schwab asked…

A female teacher wearing a blue medical face mask kneels next to a table, helping a male student who is also wearing a blue medical face mask.

Transforming systems with data and collaboration in Central Texas 

  In Central Texas, Cradle to Career Network member E3 Alliance is transforming education systems through data and collaboration. Since 2006, E3 Alliance has worked with school districts, higher education institutions, businesses, nonprofits and policy leaders across the region. Now, their work has earned the Systems Transformation designation along the StriveTogether Theory of Action™. E3…

A group of seven girls smile at the camera. Three of them are sitting on a bench and four are standing behind the bench.

Changing systems from cradle to career in Marin County 

  In Marin County, California, more than 100 community, organizational, philanthropic and governmental leaders are changing systems to ensure every child in the county achieves their full potential. This work is facilitated by StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network member Marin Promise Partnership.    In a recent assessment, Marin Promise Partnership earned the Systems Change designation along…

A group of young students smiling up at the camera

Transforming systems in Salt Lake City for lasting change

  When we transform systems, we open pathways for youth to thrive. Systems transform when changes are embedded in a community and its institutions, creating permanent shifts to policies, practices, resources and power structures. The way a community works together leads to better outcomes for kids, especially for Black, Indigenous, Latine and Asian youth and…

Leaders from Fresno, Calif., and Tulsa, Okla., honored at national convening

Nonprofits are facing challenges like never before — and across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, leaders are rising to meet them. Their courageous leadership, commitment and persistence in response to COVID-19 and systemic racism are supporting their communities to transform systems and improve the future. At the 11th annual Cradle to Career Network Convening,…

The time is now

Since the earliest days in the collective impact movement, there has been a commonly repeated refrain: “We have to shift narratives. We have to change mindsets.” In 2020, there has been a shift in narratives and in mindsets The country is waking up to systemic oppression and inequities. This summer, the top-selling books were focused…

Thrive Chicago earns national designation for youth-centered work

As a member of StriveTogether’s national network, Thrive Chicago creates collaborative networks of people and data that accelerate program innovation and improve outcomes for youth. By aligning partners around a shared vision, using data to make decisions and coordinating resources, Thrive Chicago is changing systems in the city. Now, this work is being recognized with…