Postsecondary Success in Promise Neighborhoods


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).

Early Learning in Promise Neighborhoods


As Promise Neighborhoods execute strategies to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed, it is critical to examine: efforts to track and measure progress, challenges experienced, and lessons learned. Authored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this guide lifts up early learning results and identifies challenges and lessons learned for three Promise Neighborhoods: Berea College Promise Neighborhood, Hayward Promise Neighborhood, and the Northside Achievement Zone. 

Employment Equity: Louisiana’s Path to Inclusive Prosperity


While Louisiana’s economy has improved in recent years, people of color are still disproportionately represented among the state’s economically insecure. Men of color face particular barriers to employment due to discrimination and gaps in work-based skills. If full employment was achieved across all gender and racial groups, Louisiana's economy could be $3.5 billion stronger each year. Investing in men of color and critical education and training systems for Louisiana’s workforce will shift the state toward a course for greater prosperity for all. This brief is the fifth and final in a series about employment equity in the South (following analyses produced for Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina) based on data analysis and modeling of a “full-employment economy” (defined as when everyone who wants a job can find one), which was conducted by the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the University of Southern California as well as policy research and focus groups conducted by PolicyLink and the Louisiana Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Download the report, detailed methodology, and fact sheet.

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


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.

Building Place-Based Initiatives for Boys and Men of Color and Vulnerable Populations: A Community Planning Guide


This guide provides information about how communities can implement the next phase of achieving priority outcomes for boys and men of color. It focuses on two critical areas of work: 1) how to conduct a policy review and formulate recommendations for action and 2) how to develop an action plan. The sections contain specific guidelines for taking these next steps. In addition, the appendices include a template for organizing the policy review and suggested components of the action plan.

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


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.

CPB - PBS Learning Correlation Guide


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.

Part II: Ensuring Black Males are Successful Early Readers


Part II provides best practices, tools, and resources to support black boys, from birth through third grade, to become successful early readers. In total, this series comprises a guide that is geared toward using the Promise Neighborhoods model to coordinate educational, health, and community supports to help children succeed from the cradle to college to career.

Promise Neighborhoods Talking Points


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.

Promise Zones


Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
9:30am-12:30pm ET
Columbus Club at Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002

2/4 EVENT ADVISORY: Key Obama Admin Leaders Talk Poverty with PolicyLink

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, February 4, PolicyLink will host “Going Local: Place-Based Solutions to Combat Poverty.”  PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell will be in conversation with Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about federal place-based programs as an effective means of reducing inequality and lifting communities out of poverty. 

Blackwell will also interview representatives from the new Promise Zones about their local efforts to address the interconnected challenges of poverty and give their communities a fair shot at success. 


Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink
Local Leaders from the communities recently designated as Promise Zones

Promise Zones

On January 9, 2014, President Obama named the first five sites to receive “Promise Zone”designations: Los Angeles, San Antonio, Philadelphia, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

The announcement came in a speech in which the President made it clear that Promise Zones represent the Obama administration’s pledge to work with communities to give all children in our nation the chance to succeed. Building on the success of initiatives like Promise Neighborhoods, Choice NeighborhoodsByrne Criminal Justice Innovation, and Stronger Economies Together, Promise Zones will bring together local elected leaders with leaders in business, education, housing, and other sectors, using a local plan for change in a designated area. 

Promise Zones will partner with local businesses to spur job creation, expand access to educational opportunities and affordable housing, increase economic security, and improve public safety. The five new Promise Zones have demonstrated results through one or more of the existing grant programs, and will now be able to do more to improve the lives of children and families in their communities.

PolicyLink has been honored to assist the Obama administration with its place-based initiatives, including in the outreach and development of Promise Zones,and to support several Promise Zone partners through the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink and our work on affordable housing, access to healthy food, and sustainable communities. We will continue to provide insight and support to the administration, and to help these communities succeed. This is exactly the kind of action we need to reduce inequality, advance equity, and promote economic vitality for all people.