Achieve Brown County, an initiative committed to supporting the age-appropriate cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth and development of all children in Brown County, has received up to $150,000 for one year from StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids. Achieve Brown County will use its grant award to drive system change in Brown County.
The grant award is part of StriveTogether’s Cradle to Career Community Challenge, which seeks to create local change to enable economic mobility. The program’s goal is to strengthen and align the many systems, such as education, employment, health and housing, that shape opportunity for children and families in America.
“We’re excited to have been selected from so many worthy applicants and look forward to the prospect of using technology to do more for the children of Brown County,” said Adam Hardy, executive director of Achieve Brown County.
Achieve Brown County has been awarded a grant from the Community Challenge’s Promising Practices Fund, whichis intended to find local projects applying bold strategies that can be spread across StriveTogether’s national network. These projects will focus on deeper community engagement and align education with other sectors such as health, housing and transportation. Eleven community-based organizations were awarded grants of up to $150,000 for one year.
The Promising Practices Fund will support Achieve Brown County’s work with community partners as they strive to align around a shared vision of helping children achieve their full potential in Brown County. This contribution to Achieve Brown County’s collective impact initiative will continue to drive positive change in the community.
Through the Community Challenge, up to $7 million over the next three years will fund projects across the country that advance equity and spread bold strategies to help students progress from kindergarten to postsecondary completion and a job. During this round of grants, 10 communities also were selected for the Accelerator Fund. Communities in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network were eligible to apply for the Community Challenge. “StriveTogether launched the Cradle to Career Community Challenge because we refuse to settle for a world in which a child’s ability to thrive is dictated by factors like race or income,” StriveTogether President and CEO Jennifer Blatz said. “From partners across the country, we know the urgency of this work and the value of creating lasting change in communities. We are proud to start this year supporting 21 cradle-to-career partnerships to get real results for youth and families.”