Year in Review | Looking Ahead

As 2015 comes to an end, we couldn’t be more grateful for the collaborative work of our partners. Thanks to many of you, our community continues to grow stronger and children continue to receive the opportunities they need to succeed. Below is a list of some of the collaborative efforts and events that defined 2015 for StrivePartnership:

Highlights from 2015:

  • Cincinnati Preschool Promise: Continued the Cincinnati Preschool Promise campaign with Success By 6, 4C for Children, The AMOS Project and dozens of partners to ensure every child in Cincinnati has access to two years of quality preschool. 
  • Every Child Capital: Local funders launched Every Child Capital – a new venture philanthropy fund focused on proven early literacy interventions with a business case for public funding. For the first grant investment, partners joined forces with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to ensure more children have a personal library of books in their home. This effort combined two proven early literacy programs, Imagination Library and Reach Out and Read. In the first three months, more than 5000 children have enrolled. 
  • ImpactU: The first cohort of ImpactU, a program designed to build capability in continuous improvement and results-based leadership, commenced this November with a specific focus on early literacy leadership. 
  • StriveTogether Accelerator Fund: StrivePartnership was selected as one of six initial communities to participate in the StriveTogether Accelerator Fund, a competitive multi-year grant opportunity to support communities in key investment areas needed to accelerate the rate of improvement in outcomes for every child.  
  • Project FAFSA: In collaboration with United Way, Project FAFSA was launched to lead improvement projects to increase FAFSA completion rates at area high schools and develop plans to sustain these results into the future. 

As we move forward, we are dedicated to continuing our work. While we will continue to support the work mentioned above, we will also pursue more opportunities to support every child, every step of the way, cradle to carer:

Continuing the work in 2016:

  • Equity: The partnership’s 2015-16 Annual Report will provide deeper analysis of disaggregated data, providing us with meaningful insights that lead to action. In addition to this work, our staff will develop and offer opportunities for partners and stakeholders to develop equity competency. 
  • Be the Change:  The Tutor Coordinator Pilot Program recently launched at 4 elementary schools: Bond Hill Academy, Frederick Douglass, Rockdale, and Rothenberg thanks to the generous support of Duke Energy, Haile Foundation, and United Way. While this is great news, we are still in need of tutors to help support our students in the new year. Please feel free to contact Marina Hopkins ( if you would like to volunteer.
  • Increasing Data Support: StrivePartnership staff continues to improve supports and capability building for partners to use data more effectively, including a framework for actionable data and strategic data assistance provided to partners.  

 We are truly grateful to have such tremendous partners in this work. We look forward to working with our partners in the new year!