OnTrack Washington County Joins StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network
Washington County becomes one of nearly 70 communities in national collective impact movement
November 2019 (Hagerstown, Maryland) — OnTrack Washington County has joined the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network and is now part of a national movement to help every child succeed in school and in life, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or circumstance.
StriveTogether partners with nearly 70 communities across the nation that work on the ground to close gaps and create opportunities across education, health, housing and so much more. OnTrack is demonstrating clear evidence that Washington County is aligning resources around effective solutions.
“OnTrack is thrilled to officially join the StriveTogether Network. We embrace the Network’s collective impact approach to improving outcomes for students and appreciate the opportunity to leverage the Network’s resources for the benefit of our community,” said Jeanne Singer, Chair of the OnTrack Washington County’s Board of Directors.
OnTrack Washington County started when the local community came together with a shared mission: to support the success of every person, cradle to career. Over forty (40) cross-sector representatives serve as partners in this collaborative effort, including school district superintendents, higher education administrators, early childhood educators, business and philanthropic leaders, community and corporate funders, and government officials.
“We refuse to settle for a world where a child’s potential is dictated by the conditions into which they are born,” said StriveTogether CEO and President Jennifer Blatz. “Across the country, communities in the Cradle to Career Network are demonstrating that you can get better results for kids when you unite around a common vision and use date effectively. We are excited to welcome OnTrack Washington County into the Network.”
To join the national network, communities complete an assessment of their civic infrastructure development. This process measures progress against a continuum of quality benchmarks, known as the StriveTogether Theory of Action™. This proven framework has six designations — Exploring, Emerging, Sustaining, Systems Change, Proof Point and Systems Transformation — that indicate progress toward aligning resources around better and more equitable outcomes for youth.
StriveTogether partners with nearly 70 communities across the country, providing coaching, resources and rigorous approaches to create opportunities and close gaps in education, housing and so much more. Last year, the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network impacted the lives of more than 13 million youth — including more than 9 million children of color — across 29 states and Washington, D.C.
About OnTrack Washington County
OnTrack Washington County is a community coalition working to improve educational attainment levels in our community. With over forty community partners, OnTrack aligns community resources in a Cradle to Career Network, empowering individuals to maximize their potential through educational and vocational endeavors.
To learn more about our organization online: http://ontrackwc.org/ or on social media, Facebook and Twitter @OnTrackWC and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/ontrack-washington-county-maryland