Promise Partnerships: A Shared Commitment to Transform Lives and Communities
Working with dozens of key stake holders, United Way of Salt Lake has formed seven "Promise Partnerships." These partnerships have made a shared promise to work together to find new and innovative ways to address challenges and find solutions. This commitment, or promise, not only requires deep cross-sector Collective Impact collaboration, but also a plan for supporting children and families, from cradle to career.
Together with the United Way, partners unite to identify their neighborhood's unique challenges and develop solutions. Specifically, partners work collaboratively to set goals for their community, share and track data and results, and align programs. Promise Partnerships work to break down barriers for families, and create opportunities to ensure that every child succeeds every step of the way from cradle to career. Each Promise Partnership is unique. Current progress ranges from the creation of one or two Neighborhood Centers in a community to the development of city wide, comprehensive initiatives.
UNITED WAY Community Schools and Neighborhood Centers
On-the-ground implementation of programs and services provided by Promise Partnerships are coordinated in easily accessible Community Schools (also called Neighborhood Centers and Welcome Centers). Located in schools, apartment complexes, and other locations where residents have frequent access, these Centers are the hubs of the communities they serve. They create a web of support for the entire family where children and families have access to a wide range of educational programs, social services, health resources, and much more.
We focus our efforts in neighborhoods at risk for low student achievement, poor health care, poverty, and crime. By focusing on neighborhoods where problems are the most significant and creating partnerships with cities, schools, businesses, faith-based organizations and dozens of nonprofit organizations, we can create long-lasting changes.
2011 USOE, Free and Reduce Price Lunch Report
2011 Utah State Office of Education
2011 Utah department of Health
2010 U.S. Census Bureau