Why This Matters
Westchester children and youth thrive regardless of race and zip code.
Our new GPS4Kids leader, Erica Ayala, running the 1st of three goal specific sessions.
The GPS4Kids Collective Impact Initiative has developed and agreed upon this goal over the last 18 months. We are aspiring to achieve this goal by 2021 and we plan to do that by focusing on keeping children in school, increasing race equity and improving youth and adult relationships.
Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) serves as the backbone organization that manages logistics and tracking for the community partners in the initiative. This matters because together we can generate greater impact on behalf of our children and youth than each partner could achieve alone.
What Are The Facts?
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that not all children have access to what they need to thrive, not even in Westchester County. For example, 21% of Westchester babies in 2014 were born with delayed or no prenatal care. Also, in Westchester County, Black students represented only 14% of the student population but 42% of students suspended in the 2013-2014 school year.
The GPS4Kids Collective has recognized problems such as these in Westchester and have come together to tackle them.
Now that the collective has defined our goal, we can focus on addressing the first three major outcomes:
- Keeping Children in Positive Learning Environments
- Increasing Racial Equity
- Improving Youth and Adult Relationships
As of the Fall 2017, the GPS4Kids initiative is working on developing the data index, reaching out to school districts that participated in the Raising the Bar Summit in 2015, and working on episodes for our highly-anticipated podcast, GroundTruthing!
We Can Do Better
The GPS4Kids Collective Impact Initiative will focus our work on our goal using four lenses: Research, Best Practices, Policy and Training.
We will continue to use the collective impact methodology by organizing all types of community partners and resources. It is vital that we have everyone involved, parents, law makers, business owners, youth and more!
We have three smaller working groups that have been working since Fall 2016:
- Data & Measurement
- Research and select data indicators that allow GPS4Kids to illuminate results
- Develop a GPS4Kids index for Westchester County
- Determine what data is available and how to most effectively use it
- Communications & Community Outreach
- Conduct a thorough resource scan
- Develop GPS4KIDS taglines for campaigns and events
- Keep stakeholders involved and recruit new stakeholders, as appropriate
- Strategic Action Planning
- Quantify the outcome topics and coordinate with data group
- Categorize outcomes by short, intermediate and long term results
To join a work group, please complete this form.
Individuals and organizations are invited to join GPS4Kids to add your voice to our collective effort on behalf of Westchester’s children and youth. Whether you’re a parent, businessperson, teacher, young person, volunteer, nonprofit staffer, interested family member, or something in between, you’re most welcome. The health and well-being of our kids is everyone’s business.
Contact WCA to be part of this innovative effort to improve the lives of all young people in Westchester County.
For more information, please contact Erica Ayala at 914.946.7676 ext. 310.
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¹Live Births by Month Prenatal Care Began and Resident County New York State – 2014, New York State Department of Health, http://www.health.ny.gov/statistics
²2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CDRC), Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, http://ocrdata.ed.gov/
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