Mission: The mission of Partnership for Children and Youth is to ensure that school-age children and youth living in low-income communities have the support and the opportunities they need and deserve to be successful in school and in life. We help schools secure the resources necessary to provide after-school and summer programs, health care, and nutritious meals – the things we know children need to succeed and thrive.
Results: To date, Partnership for Children and Youth has:
- Raised more than $70 million in public and private dollars for youth programs in the Bay Area’s lowest-income communities;
- Facilitated the development of dozens of new strategic partnerships between schools, local governments and community agencies; and
- Won sweeping policy reforms in California’s system of after school funding, vastly improving services to children most in need.
- Written successful legislation that enabled low-income children to have priority for state funded after school grants, and improved how these programs operate in California.
Target demographics: The ultimate beneficiaries of our work are children and youth from low-income communities.Our primary clients are those institutions that provide critical support services to underserved children and youth – including schools and school districts, community-based agencies and local governments.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Bay Area schools and low-income communities
Geographic areas served: California, San Francisco Bay Area Counties
Programs: Expanded learning: we provided schools and their community partners with assistance in financing, improving, and sustaining after school and summer programs. We brought together practitioners and researchers to produce the concept paper "student success comes full circle", defining the role of expanded learning opportunities in supporting social-emotional learning (sel). Our housed network now has 15 active agencies serving over 14,000 youth throughout california. For our summer matters initiative we held three superintendent summits, which included site visits throughout the state. Through our bay area continuous learning project, we convened districts, non-profits, and cities to diversify and expand the reach of pcy's technical assistance for expanded learning programs. We served as a bridge between on-the-ground needs and the work of policymakers, advocating for policies that enable schools and their community partners to improve services provide to students and their families.
community schools:we launched the california community schools network to facilitate information sharing and collaboration among districts, community organizations, and policymakers. We released the first chapters of a multi-chapter guide to investing lcff funds in student supports. The first chapter is on family engagement, which is a foundational element to effective community school practice.
special projects:we worked with temescal associates to produce convenings, blogs, and other tools to raise awareness about the importance of high quality expanded learning programs for young people amongst educators, policy makers and funders. We also worked with temescal to design and implement the expanded learning 360-365 initiative which is helping schools improve how they support students' social and emotional skills.