TO OUR PARTNERS:
In 2015, we challenged you — policymakers, community leaders, practitioners and public officials — to help us build a brighter future for all children in America. And you heard the call. Together, we helped give our nation’s youngest citizens a stronger start:
- We said no to locking kids up while championing safer, more effective alternatives to detention.
- We learned — from youth — four basic things that kids in foster care need to thrive.
- We worked to expand educational and employment opportunities for young people.
- We pushed for smarter practices and conversations aimed at reducing racial inequities.
- We advanced two-generation approaches to tackle poverty in rural areas and challenges facing parents and kids in immigrant families.
- We made data-driven decisions about the health and well-being of kids.
- We supported practices and policies for helping children in foster care connect with family.
- We innovated the technology child welfare caseworkers use to track and support kids in care.
- We launched leadership programs designed to empower experts in the areas of children’s health and juvenile justice reform and diversify the research field.
- We spread the use of evidence-based practices to promote data-driven community change and identify services that children need most.
In 2015, the city of Baltimore issued a challenge, too.
Its residents demanded that community leaders do more for the children and youth who are growing up without enough hope, stability or support in the city — the Foundation’s own backyard. We didn’t hesitate to join with our local partners to respond:
- We supported efforts to connect older youth and young adults from low-income families with economic opportunity and education.
- We bolstered summer enrichment and job opportunities for city children and youth through local nonprofits.
- We opened avenues for young people to advocate for themselves and their communities.
These milestones remind us that real change is possible and that there is still much work left to do.
In 2016, our nation’s children — particularly kids of color — will need even stronger families, smarter systems and sharper policies in place to help them succeed. Together, we’re up to the challenge.
President & CEO