Postsecondary Success in Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this guide is a resource for Promise Neighborhoods as they work to improve college and career success for young people living in Promise Neighborhoods. It lifts up strategies to sustain postsecondary results over time and it profiles successful place-based efforts led by the Harlem Children's Zone, the Education Fund of Miami-Dade County, and the Center for Educational Partnerships at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).

Understanding Federal Tools to Build Youth and Family Financial Capability

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On Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m.EST, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted a webinar that lifted up strategies to utilize federal tools to build youth and family financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods. We were joined by Anamita Gall (ICF International) and Dr. Deborah Moore (Indianola Promise Community), who shared best practices for using federal tools, such as the Assets for Independence Initiative, to: break the cycle of generational poverty, ensure that students live in stable communities, and integrate financial capability services into Promise Neighborhoods strategies to improve outcomes for all underserved children and their families.

Achieving Youth Financial Capability in Promise Neighborhoods (GPRA 11)

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During this webinar, Margaret Libby (MyPath) discussed national data and best practices to secure financial capability for underserved youth. Martha Nemecek (Youth Policy Institute) lifted asset-building strategies to build and sustain youth financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods.

The Work for Our Generation: Reimagining Communities of Opportunities for All

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Published in the journal of Academic Pediatrics, this paper serves as a framing piece to ground the medical community in the current state of poverty and how it affects children and families. This resource can be utilized to help doctors and policy leaders at local, state, and national levels understand and address all the facets of childhood poverty.

Collective Impact in Action: Improving Results for Children from Cradle to Career

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At PNI, we believe that the problems of distressed communities are complex; and that the solutions must match this complexity. In order to turn a curve on the 10 results and 15 indicators, each indicator must have the appropriate mix of solutions that include families, programs, policies and systems changes.

Aligning for Impact: Connecting Promise Neighborhoods and the Cradle-to-Career Civic Infrastructure

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The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and the Strive National Network collaborated to produce a white paper on strategies for aligning these two important education efforts in communities.

Primer and Directory on Evidence-Based Practice

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The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink created this document to flesh out the meaning of evidence-based practice (EBP), the idea to invest resources and energy in programs, services, and explore policies with empirical evidence demonstrating success. Increasingly, funders are encouraging grantees to use these evidence-based approaches. The Promise Neighborhoods program exemplifies this shift.

Promise Neighborhood Investment Readiness Criteria

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To support sustaining local leader’s efforts, to achieve collective impact by improving the educational and developmental outcomes for poor children in America, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) is working to attract additional investment to network member’s Promise Neighborhood cradle-to-career continuum of solutions. Network members meeting ALL of the criteria described below may submit requests for funding to their peers.

The Promise Neighborhoods Program: A Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Opportunity for All Children

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Overviews the Promise Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to create a comprehensive pipeline of educational and community supports to make certain that children reach their full potential.

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results

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This six-step guide, produced by Bridgespan, can help you and your organization create a path to implementation. It provides strategies and tools nonprofits can use to implement their strategic plans in an effort to achieve impact year after year.

Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide

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This guide aims to describe the programs, policies, and practices that set families on a path to financial security while achieving prescribed Promise Neighborhoods results. The tool is also intended to connect Promise Neighborhoods to potential partnerships across the asset-building field. Many of the practices lifted up in this guide are designed to mitigate the negative outcomes associated with lack of academic and family supports, as well as the compounded effects of concentrated poverty and financial instability in communities.

PNI’s Model Legislation to support Cradle to Career Efforts

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In the summer of 2014, The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduced model legislation to be used at the state and local level to secure support for cradle to career efforts. The Cradle to Career Act of 201_ secures funding for innovative, results-based, and comprehensive continua of solutions that connect children and youth to a high quality education and key health and social services that prepare them to succeed in college and in their careers. The legislation was intentionally drafted in a manner that it may be used to support various strategies that advance educational outcomes from cradle through college and career.

If you have questions, or would like to discuss the legislation in greater detail, please contact Lisa Cylar Miller, Deputy Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She may be reached via email at LisaCM@policylink.org or via phone at 202-906-8016.

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide

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Written by CBP – PBS Ready to Learn Initiative in collaboration with the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this guide offers a range of high-quality PBS and Ready to Learn resources for children, families, and educators that are organized to correspond with the Promise Neighborhoods results.

Promise Neighborhoods Talking Points

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This guide has a series of talking points to help you make your case for continued support for Promise Neighborhoods. The talking points address federal funding to date, the reasons for continued investment, and information about Promise Neighborhood efforts.

Part I: Creating the Foundation to Accelerate Results for Black Males

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Part I is designed to help Promise Neighborhoods systematically identify and address barriers to improve the outcomes of black male children in their communities. It offers step-by-step instructions for assessing their needs and recommends a results-based framework for using this information to make a positive impact in their lives, from cradle to college to career. In doing so, this document describes how to build the infrastructure to plan and implement targeted interventions for children who need them most.

Building a Promise Neighborhood: Selecting a School

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Building high-performing schools lies at the core of the Promise Neighborhoods vision. Strong schools are an essential component of the interventions to improve the outcomes of children in distressed community. 

Planning a Promise Neighborhood

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Created by Bridgespan for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this 2010 guide is designed to help you hone your decision-making process so that you can focus on the issues that matter most to your initiative’s success.

Planning a Promise Neighborhood

Overview

Created by Bridgespan for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, this 2010 guide is designed to help you hone your decision-making process so that you can focus on the issues that matter most to your initiative’s success.

Focusing on Results in Promise Neighborhoods: Recommendations for the Federal Initiative

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Created by the Harlem Children’s Zone, PolicyLink, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, with contributions by Child Trends, this document was released at the “Changing the Odds” conference in 2009 to advance the discussion about how a focus on results would contribute to the federal initiative.

Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs

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This brief is based on the notion that college is possible not only for students who attend excellent primary and secondary schools but also those who struggle in under-­‐performing public schools. Using the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®) as a case study, it explores the theory and practice behind this approach; summarizes results, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for other communities interested in this approach; and offers examples of three students whose lives changed because of HCZ’s student support strategy. This brief is part of a series, Building the Pipeline: Effective Practice Briefs, which provides guidance on aspects of Promise Neighborhoods.