We seek to organize community colleges to create stronger educational linkages between high schools and employers, while serving as a community resource and engagement center for low-income youth and families.
Bundle Supports and Services To Reach People Where They Are
While most economic security strategies focus on individual elements, we work on collaborative efforts that address and support both increasing earnings and asset development for children and families, e.g., Individual Development Accounts, Kids’ Savings Accounts, Earned Income Tax Credit, and microfinance and mortgage assistance.
Gender Matters: Clarify and Promote the Gender Perspective
A critical focus of the Family Economic Security is improving the economic conditions of the families and children who live at 200% of poverty and below. Data shows us that high percentage of low-income children is economically dependent on single mothers. Our work will invest in projects that take this gender specific focus to meet the needs of this population group.
Account for Culture and Racial Disparities
Through our commitment to racial equity and cultural competency, we have gained a powerful understanding of the relationships between cultural significance and racial disparities in income, employment, education and work. We seek to leverage that understanding in moving the field to address those disparities, and to emphasize racial equity and cultural competence in its leadership and community representation.
Amplify Community Voice and Leadership Pattern
Recognizing that national leadership and policies often eclipse community leadership and experience, we will leverage our experience working in communities and their stakeholders to increase civic engagement that push for new priorities, perspectives and partnerships.