New Futures was launched in 1988 by the Casey Foundation as a response to poor, urban, at-risk kids dropping out of high school.  At the time, this daring and unique cross-agency, community-collaborative approach encouraged solutions to the complex needs of kids and families. This is Casey’s candid reflection to the question: Did it work? The lessons learned from a first crack at large-scale community reform have helped many other reform advocates over the years.  And, it has shaped the Foundation’s work for the past two decades. 

January 6, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Casey invested ~$10 million over 5 years in each of 5 cities to prepare urban youth for successful adulthood.

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    8 candid lessons about implementing comprehensive community reform efforts.

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    How the lessons learned from New Futures shaped future Casey Foundation investments.

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    What it takes to launch a large-scale, multi-year, cross-system reform effort in an urban setting.

Key Takeaway

Comprehensive community reform can inspire tremendous energy and movement toward positive change.

The sheer lack of experience that most people have in working across race, class, culture, belief and language lines make communication among all players very difficult.

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