About Raise DC
ALIGNING ACTIONS. CONNECTING RESOURCES. ENSURING ALL CHILDREN & YOUTH SUCCEED.
Raise DC's mission is to spur citywide action to improve educational outcomes for DC's children and youth, from cradle to career.
Raise DC is a multi-sector partnership of local stakeholders formed to promote a culture shift from competition over Washington, DC, resources to collaboration, in providing every child and youth with opportunities to succeed, from cradle to career. We make our collective impact by:
Using data as a flashlight
Identifying effective practices
- Aligning community resources to fill gaps and spread what works
All participants have a shared vision for change, as well as a common understanding of the problem and how they will work to collectively solve it.
Raise DC partners with schools, government agencies, community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, and businesses to improve outcomes for children and youth along a cradle-to-career continuum, from birth through age 24.
To work toward its five high-level goals, Raise DC convenes more than 150 nonprofit and government stakeholder organizations in working groups, known as Change Networks, and uses data to drive forward shared policies and practices. Raise DC's Leadership Council, a table of more than 30 of the District's cross-sector leaders, holds Raise DC's backbone staff, operations team, and Change Networks accountable for making progress toward its high-level goals, in addition to providing policy recommendations.
RAISE DC'S ROADMAP
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HISTORY OF RAISE DC
Raise DC was formed in 2012 to join public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders together as the District's comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative -- focused on improving educational outcomes for children and youth. The five high-level goals were defined by a cross-sector convening of more than 150 stakeholders. Raise DC released its first report card tracking the citywide goals in February 2013. Our progress report, focused on citywide improvement, was released in September 2015.
Initially launched in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, Raise DC now sits at the Greater Washington Community Foundation.