Truth and power: Nikole Hannah-Jones closes convening

Nikole Hannah-Jones ended the 2020 Cradle to Career Network Convening with a powerful message for the audience of more than 1,400 community changemakers: Keep pushing and bring along allies to reconstruct the architecture of racial apartheid. Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” which shares the history…

Census 2020: What nonprofits need to know

“Much is at stake when African American communities are undercounted,” said Kareem Butler, 2020 Census project coordinator at the Chicago Urban League. At an event called 2020 census: Barriers to inclusion in African American communities, the Chicago Urban League hosted nonprofit organizations across the city to strategize about messaging and outreach material for African American…

‘The Color of Law’ uncovers causes of housing segregation

Ever wonder why housing in most major metropolitan communities is segregated by race? Take Chicago — my hometown — where there is a clear north/south and east/west racial divide. Gaps in wealth, income and access to education, especially between whites and African-Americans, become increasingly apparent as you cross the invisible dividing line between the city’s affluent and economically deprived areas.…

In Waterbury, Bridge to Success focuses on equity and family engagement

Often, educators and education services leave parents out, expecting families to feed, clothe and shelter students but remain separate from the education process. While directors, educators and administrators are heard, parent voices are often ignored or silenced. Bridge to Success in Waterbury, Connecticut, strives to uphold those voices, believing that family engagement is essential to…

Across Racine County, outcomes are improving and systems are changing

As the third StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network community designated as “proof point,” Higher Expectation for Racine County’s work is changing systems and improving education outcomes for children. The local partnership and its partners are seeing improvements across five of the seven outcomes being tracked in service of Higher Expectation’s vision — a fully capable…

Expand your reach: Mission: Graduate supports adult ‘comebackers’ interested in postsecondary completion

Remember navigating the murky waters of college enrollment as a high school senior but finding clarity with the assistance of a college counselor? You might recall asking your counselor: Where should I attend? What should I study? Will my major translate into meaning employment after I graduate? How will I pay for tuition? Books? Room…

Changemakers encourage using crisis as a catalyst during plenary at 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening

 Imagine you are a leader in your local community partnership and you face the following news: USA news reports, “1 in 10 schools are dropout factories.” 34 percent enrollment gap in pre-K. 32 percent of all third-graders read at grade level. This news can be disheartening for any leader. However, at Be the Change: Getting…