The Connection Strategy

Preparing Young People to Succeed in College and Beyond

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 2, 2007


A goal of the Casey Foundation is for all young people in tough neighborhoods to graduate from school prepared for adult success. In a poor section of Atlanta, Georgia, Casey partnered with local leaders to promote a preschool-through-college-graduation “connection strategy” that made strides toward school success. This publication chronicles the stories and some of the results achieved by this connection effort.

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Key Takeaway

Do “whatever it takes” to remove nonacademic barriers to learning.

About 67% of new jobs in 2007 required education or training beyond high school. Yet the education system did not prepare young people of color to qualify.

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