Twentieth-Anniversary Fellowship Class Announced
16 Leaders Selected for Children and Family Fellowship
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has selected 16 leaders from across the country as its 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellows. These accomplished public systems administrators, nonprofit leaders and community development professionals who are committed to helping low-income families succeed will use the 20-month fellowship to work toward specific, measurable improvements for children and families.
The Casey Foundation created the Children and Family Fellowship
, now in its 20th year, to increase the pool of leaders with the vision, drive and ability to create and sustain major system reforms and community initiatives that benefit large numbers of children and families.
Using a results-based leadership approach, Fellows work toward their chosen goals for children and families by participating in a series of intensive leadership opportunities, including group seminars and individual coaching that build competencies, site visits to learn about innovative service delivery models and application of learning within their home organizations.
“By giving these talented leaders guidance, tools and learning opportunities tailored specifically to the results they hope to achieve, the Fellowship is a powerful catalyst for measurable improvements in child and family well-being,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. “Over the past 20 years, the Fellowship program has created a dynamic community of leaders who continue to collaborate and challenge themselves to give all children a chance to reach their full potential.”
See who was named a 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellow
Success Beyond 18
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Launches Campaign to Extend Foster Care Beyond Age 18
On May 6, 2013, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
launched Success Beyond 18
, a national campaign to create a better path for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Based upon research and the Initiative's experience working with young people across the country, Success Beyond 18 guides states in their efforts to extend foster care services beyond age 18, and to do it right—ensuring that young people in foster care are provided every chance for success in work, school and family life.
A Look at Making Connections
Successes and Challenges in Community Development
Making Connections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s signature place-based community change initiative, ran from 1999 through 2010 and focused on firmly developing a family-strengthening framework. The effort led to a range of innovations in the community change field, as well as started and strengthened many local initiatives.
Making Connections’ positive outcomes are still influencing Casey and the broader field. In many notable cases, the programs and partnerships created during the initiative continue to thrive. Assessments of the initiative already have produced a variety of lessons on program development, implementation, evaluation
and other topics, with valuable implications for practitioners, public policymakers, funders and others involved in community development.
This report takes a step back and outlines key findings from the initiative that can provide guidance to those involved with community change efforts in the future. These principles can serve as guideposts at an exciting time in the community development field.
Read Community Change: Lessons Learned from Making Connections
Voices from the work
[VIDEO] Making Connections: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Making Connections, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's signature place-based community change initiative, ran from 1999 through 2010 and focused on firmly developing a family-strengthening framework. The effort led to a range of innovations in the community change field, as well as started and strengthened many local initiatives. This video shares lessons learned and highlights the voices of those instrumental in the initiative.
Read the report: Community Change: Lessons Learned from Making Connections
View the video: Making Connections: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Five Questions with Casey
Gail Hayes Talks Quality Early Childhood Education
Gail Hayes directs the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site, which focuses on five high-poverty neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta. Hayes manages a broad Casey portfolio aimed at helping parents improve their economic prospects while putting their children on a path to academic success. As part of this work, she is responsible for the Georgia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Before joining Casey in 2003, she led national and state efforts to support more comprehensive approaches to health and human services.
In this installment of Five Questions with Casey, Hayes discusses the civic site's early childhood education efforts and the importance of this work in improving outcomes for children.
Read our interview with Gail Hayes.