Capital Birth to Work Team Meeting March

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					                                                Capital Birth to Work Team Meeting
                                                           March 11, 2011
                                                                  2:00 – 4:00

                                                               Meeting Notes

I. Michele Corey – Michigan’s Children

In order to write an article about BTW in the Michigan’s Children newsletter, Michele posed the question, “Why BTW?” to the team. The team
responded with a far ranging and comprehensive conversation. Some of the highlights are listed below (others might want to add to the

Why Birth to Work?

      At the most macro level it’s about sustaining democracy and civic participation. This grand experiment we call democracy will not
       survive if the majority of people are undereducated. Our graduation rates for high school and higher education are abysmal. We must
       change this if democracy, as we know it, is to survive.

      There are not enough students who are prepared for college. Universities cannot sustain the amount of remedial course they are forced
       to offer to increase the basic academic competencies of incoming freshmen.

      Fifty years of human development research absolutely indicates that full potential cannot be achieved when we deal with human
       development within silos. To achieve full potential we must work across all the domains of human development. They must be
       interconnected. It is about neurons (the biological – we are raising a brain) to neighborhoods (social and cultural – environment

      Institutional and Structural racism/classism persists. These two factors are the most significant risk factors that threaten healthy human
       development and must be addressed.

II. Kellogg Conference Call – Monday, March 14, 12:00 -12:45
Brad, Michelle, Ken, Hi, and Bob will participate on the conference call.

II. Systems Work – Closing the Equity Gap to Increase Regional Prosperity

See attached

III. BTW & Portal Presentations to PWC Coalitions
April presentations and teams re-confirmed

IV. Pursuing partnering, funding and leveraging resources for youth and young adult portion of BTW
A. Update:
          Relationship                            BTW Team                                         March Follow-up Action
Mike Brown (Prima Civitas)          John, Brad, Bob                         Bob will follow up with John to see when the conversation might
                                    How to keep Steve Webster in the        take place. Hi will keep Steve Webster in the BTW information loop.
                                    info loop (Hi taking lead)
Chris Holman                        Angela, Hi, John                        Bob will follow up with Angela to see when the conversation might
                                                                            take place.
Joan Jackson Johnson                Angela, Pat                             Bob will follow up with Angela to see when the conversation might
                                                                            take place.
Tony Fragale (YMCA)                 Hi, Peggy, Brad                         Hi with email Tony.
Mitchelle Tomlinson, Greta Wu       Peggy, Angela, Pat, Karen               Hi will talk to Sarah Swierenga
(Peckham)                           (Hi will talk to Sarah Swierenga)
   Closing the Equity Gap to Increase Regional Prosperity

                                           If the United States had
                                                closed the racial
                                            achievement gap with
                                         black and Latino students'
                                            performance reaching
                                          that of white students in
                                         1998, 2008 US GDP would
                                          be between $310 billion
                                          and $525 billion higher.
                                            (2009, McKinsey & Company,
                                          Detailed findings on the economic
                                          impact of the achievement gap in
                                                  America's schools)

                                         Teens and Young Adults who are
                                         failing, at risk of dropping out, or
                                         who have already dropped out of
                                         school are at imminent risk of failure
                                         as productive workers, parents and
Invest in Youth and                      citizens. The short-term costs in loss
   Young Adult
  Development as
                                         of social and economic capital are
 Future Parents &                        critical to Michigan and the nation’s
  Future Leaders                         economic prosperity. The long-term
                                         cost is the continued cycle of
                                         poverty and disadvantage that
                                         destroys families and communities.
                                         Increasing investment in supportive
                                         factors for youth and young adults
                                         will yield the most immediate return
                                         through concerted efforts to
                                         prepare young people to be self-
                                         reliant and socially responsible in a
                                         global knowledge economy.
Ingham County Power of We Consortium 2011-2012
Birth to Work, Equity and Sustainability

We propose a year – at least – during which the Power of We will nurture vigorous indigenous social innovation by focusing on three major,
related and change-focused themes: Birth to Work, Equity and Sustainability. Below is a strategy for infusing the Power of We’s discussions,
decisions and presentations with these three themes.

Actively seek presenters to discuss topics connected to Birth to Work, Equity and Sustainability. Topics could include:
            Social Innovation
            Collective Impact
            Community and Regional Resilience
            Knowledge-based communities
            Equity Tools for Community and Economic Development
            Why sustainability?
            Why Equity?

    1. Schedule specific presentations that model change agency, co-leadership, collective impact and social innovation.
    2. Develop and implement questions community and PWC collaborative presenters should consider in preparation for their presentations
       to the PWC related to equity and sustainability.
    3. Discuss “who is at the table” at the Power of We Consortium and how that can impact the issues the PWC considers. Consider changes
       that may be necessary.


             Intentional collective impact strategies to promote racial equity and poverty reduction
             Increase targeted investment in supports for those who need it most – Who’s poor? Who’s oppressed? Who’s not graduating? (use
             the right data; test assumptions)
             Focus interventions where systems transformation is most likely to have an influence on other transition periods (parents raise
             children; children do not raise parents)
             Invest in the development of change agents who can transform influential systems to have a racial equity focus
             Begin transferring ownership of systems to share leadership and power with individuals and organizations whose cultural proficiency
             is necessary for transformation
Examples of Existing Collective Impact Strategies focused on Equity and Sustainability
           Capital Region Prosperity Dashboard to connect and democratize data by age, race and region across systems and sectors
           Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement to cultivate youth leadership and social capital networks
           Ingham Mentoring Partnership to build capacity of community-based education, employment and entrepreneurship to provide
           structure mentoring opportunities
           m.a.d.e. social entrepreneurship project to develop opportunities for creative innovation


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