Overcoming extreme poverty through education is the lofty goal of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI). Working with partners from residents to businesses to schools to assistance agencies, this Washington, D.C. collaborative is establishing the groundwork to keep kids healthy and in school from cradle to college. Here’s how they’re putting it together.
To insure success, DCPNI will evolve over time and continually refine the model to best serve the community.
Findings & Stats
50% of DCPNI residents are extremely poor, falling below the federal poverty level.
90% of households with kids are headed by single mothers.
Some of the included neighborhoods have the highest teen birth rates in the nation.
Statements & Quotations
DCPNI has already made great strides during its planning process in engaging residents, developing comprehensive plans, bringing together organizations and resources, and laying the groundwork for a sustainable initiative. Its long-term success will depend on the ability of its leadership to build on these achievements and successfully implement its core solutions.
Being a Promise Neighborhood planning grantee meant that DCPNI was obligated to follow the Department of Education’s guidelines while integrating them with its grassroots efforts. For instance, the guidelines required that the initiative collect information on healthy foods and obesity, while residents believed that mental health and safety were the priority.
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