This initiative creates cross-sector partnerships among a broad range of community stakeholders and empowers this coalition with data, tools and resources needed to support students and families on the path to educational success.
Partners include city and county government, school districts, parents, teachers, businesses, unions, philanthropic and faith-based organizations, colleges and universities.
The success of this initiative depends on two equally important components:
A promise scholarship awaits every high school graduate. This is a “last-dollar” scholarship that covers gaps in funding needed to attend college or other postsecondary program. Innovia’s vision is for an endowed scholarship that ensures long-term sustainability with multi-generational impact.
Educational success begins pre-Kindergarten, and involves wholistic family supports. This education initiative offers a data-driven approach to providing comprehensive supports along the pathway to postsecondary readiness.
Innovia Foundation is partnering with Community Catalyst Partners to ensure community voice guides the development of our region’s education initiative. With deep roots in establishing programs that address equity and ignite sustainable outcomes for all students in communities across the nation, Community Catalyst Partners (CCP) exists to develop the talents of young people from pre-kindergarten through the completion of a postsecondary credential of market value.
Beginning in October 2021, Innovia and CCP consultants will host a series of focus group discussions and individual interviews to hear important ideas and input from a wide range of stakeholders. This process provides an opportunity to shape what this promise scholarship initiative will look like for our region. Local perspectives on the overall economic health of our community, the performance and role of schools, and ideas to ensure a prosperous future for all students are of utmost importance. Focus group responses will be confidential, and findings will be shared with all participants and the community in early 2022.
To learn more about how you can provide input, please click here.
The opportunity gap is widening in this region and requires a community-wide response. Educators cannot be the only partners working toward solutions. We need financial investments in student success that are backed with investments of time, talent and resources from caring community members.
The Educational Access Fund was created to seed this initiative in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Our model will build on the success stories from four cities that have established and continue to operate similar successful programs: