StriveTogether team members are leaders committed to building an equitable future.
WHO WE ARE
StriveTogether opened its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, after it became an independent 501(3)c organization on April 4, 2017.
In 2006, a group of local leaders in Cincinnati came together to discuss a new college readiness program for students experiencing poverty. After much discussion, one of the participants, a county coroner, stood up and said, “As long as we remain program rich and systems poor, we will not get more kids into college. And what’s more, I’m going to keep seeing dead kids on my table.”
This stark truth resonated with the leaders and created a sense of urgency to find a new way of achieving better outcomes. They realized systemic change is needed to transform children’s lives. From this town hall and the meetings that followed, a partnership was forged with a new approach to social change.
These leaders partnered with three school districts in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to improve educational outcomes in the urban core. Rather than start new initiatives, they expanded local practices that were already getting better results for youth. They started to build a new civic infrastructure to organize how they worked and shared accountability for a vision that improved results for every child, cradle to career.
Across the country, other communities began to notice results from this partnership and reached out to learn how to replicate the approach. StriveTogether was founded in 2011 to support a network of communities that all want the best for every child. Through the Cradle to Career Network, these communities challenge each other, share their expertise and show what’s possible when we work together.