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…

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…

Weaving communities for better results

With his keynote at the Cradle to Career Network Convening’s final plenary session, New York Times columnist David Brooks initiated a conversation about the power of relationships. Last summer, Brooks toured the country, visiting communities enriched by what he calls “weavers” — individuals and organizations creating trusting relationships to repair the frayed social fabric seen…

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…

ROC the Future, Susan Dawson of E3 Alliance honored at national convening

Across the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, communities and local leaders work tirelessly to improve outcomes for kids, demonstrating courageous leadership, commitment and persistence. At the 10th annual Cradle to Career Network Convening, StriveTogether recognized an individual and an organization exemplifying these qualities with our two annual awards: the Bill Henningsgaard Cradle to Career Champion…

Community commitment leads to impact in Northfield, Minn.

In Northfield, Minn., the community is reaching goals for kids and families by working better together as individuals, organizations and systems. StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network member Northfield Promise supports the community to collaborate to improve milestones like kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading. With a focus on a shared vision and results, Northfield Promise has…