Capital Birth to Work Team Meeting
March 11, 2011
2:00 – 4:00
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
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
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
Joan Jackson Johnson Angela, Pat Bob will follow up with Angela to see when the conversation might
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'
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
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
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:
Community and Regional Resilience
Equity Tools for Community and Economic Development
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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