In a cooperative effort to ensure that every student in the region succeeds, Cincinnati Public Schools joined other education, business, non-profit and civic organizations from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, to launch an unprecedented region-wide community effort called Strive.
The leaders are united in one belief — that this region can develop the best educational system in the world from preschool through college.
Strive brings together leaders who all have invested heavily in educational improvement, but up until now have rarely worked collaboratively. By focusing on the need for improved educational achievement so that the region can compete in the global economy, the partners are overcoming the traditional obstacles to working together and have begun building a framework for a model education system.
Strive Promise of Student Success
The Strive Promise of Student Success is focused on five key goals and initial strategies:
1. Every child will be prepared for school from birth through early childhood education.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Success By 6® initiative will lead efforts to ensure every child is prepared for and has access to high-quality early childhood programs.
2. Every child will be supported inside and outside the school walls.
Resources, programs and services that support students and families will be coordinated at the district and school levels through the creation of schools as Community Learning Centers and Family Resource Centers. These will provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children along with such services as youth development activities, art, music, and recreation programs and counseling.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has committed $1 million over the next four years to support the work of developing Community Learning Centers in Cincinnati Public Schools. Additionally, United Way of Greater Cincinnati will make a first-year commitment of $200,000 to the Community Learning Center effort — with the potential for more to come.
3. Every child will succeed academically.
Existing teacher training and professional development programs will be aligned and improved to attract and retain the most talented and committed educators to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Cincinnati Public Schools will build its own pool of excellent teachers and ensure that all teachers have the tools and resources necessary to succeed, starting day one.
4. Every student will enroll in some form of postsecondary education.
Financial barriers to college will be eliminated and trained adults will provide guidance to students to raise their aspirations and enable them to apply to and be accepted in an institution that meets their career objectives.
5. Every student will graduate and enter a career.
Colleges will provide comprehensive student support services, especially to first-generation students, and expand co-op opportunities.
To learn more about Strive and Volunteer Opportunites visit www.StriveTogether.org or call United Way's "Get Connected, Get Answers" line at 211 for more detailed information.