OUR GOAL: Increase the number of Adams County Youth who graduate from high school on time through the collective efforts of cross sector partners focused on eliminating barriers and investing in what works.
WHY FOCUS ON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION? With the overarching goal of ensuring that our children and youth become productive, contributing members of the workforce, the Youth Initiative is focused on increasing student achievement and the safety and well-being of children and youth in our community. To support this effort, the Youth Initiative has identified critical points along the cradle to career pipeline which will impact that goal. High school graduation is associated with higher economic earnings, post-secondary enrollment and completion, and positive personal and social outcomes*. As post-secondary education continues to serve as a precursor for upward mobility, graduating more students from high school is critical. Take for instance the following…
Data Source: “Cradle to Career Outcome Areas.” StriveTogether.
HOW? The Collaborative Action Network (CAN) that focuses on high school graduation functions as a collective impact mechanism that brings practitioners and partner organizations together to provide cross-sector coordination of efforts in areas that impact high school graduation.
COMMITMENT It is our intent that CAN members have a sense of shared ownership over improvement in the Cradle to Career Outcome area they have aligned to and eventually will be tasked to set targets for The Partnership in moving the needle in high school graduation of our youth.
- Commit to attending and actively participating in monthly CAN Sessions
- Openly share information and best practices
- Agree to mutual accountability
- Agree to using data to inform work
- Implement CAN action steps as part of current work
- Adopt and adapt to practices identified by the continuous improvement practice
- Share ‘Stories of Impact’
WHO? Cross-sector practitioners and individuals who are interested in organizing around high school graduation and collaborating to increase the success of our youth are invited to join this group.
- Non Profit
- Law Enforcement
- Public Sector
- Faith Based
HOW TO GET INVOLVED? Contact us to learn more about joining the Youth Initiative High School Graduation Collaborative Action Network.