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…

Advancing mobility from poverty: A toolkit for housing and education partnerships

Authors: Colin Groth, Anne Griffith and Alexa Rosenberg As the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network focuses increasingly on systems transformation to advance racial and ethnic equity, housing has been identified by early Proof Point communities as a key adjacent sector needed to accelerate that work. As early as 2018, we heard from network members that…

Cradle to Career Network serves as change agents in crisis

We know racism is the root of many problems across our country, and COVID-19 is unmasking these long-standing inequities. Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian communities and communities facing extreme poverty are suffering the brunt of the pandemic due to structural and institutional racism, which leads to inequities in systems like education, employment, health care, housing…

Creating possibilities with outsider leadership: Lessons from Stacey Abrams

“Public education saves lives,” said activist, author and civil rights leader Stacey Abrams. “I come from a story of miracles because my parents were saved — their lives were saved by public education.” Even before Abrams set foot in the jam-packed ballroom at the 2019 StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network Convening in Washington, D.C., the…

In Cincinnati, systems are changing and student outcomes are improving

As hundreds of leaders and practitioners across sectors converge in Memphis for StriveTogether’s Cradle to Career Network Convening, we are proud to announce the designation of StrivePartnership of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as our first Proof Point Community, celebrating the achievements of local partners and institutions working together to change how education systems work…