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Serving Providence youth from "cradle to career"
By / May 7, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

On the morning of Friday, April 17th the Rhode Island Foundation was pleased to host a meeting of the full Providence Children & Youth Cabinet. Founded in 2010 by former Mayor David Cicilline, the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet is a place-based coalition of approximately 60 youth-serving organizations in the City of Providence. Partner organizations have committed to working together to advance a series of common goals that span from “cradle to career.” These include ensuring that all children in Providence enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn, receive the appropriate academic, emotional and social supports in and out of school, and graduate high school on time and prepared for success in college, career and in life.

This year, the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet celebrates its fifth anniversary. And in five short years, the coalition has achieved an impressive array of accomplishments. Indicators like third grade reading proficiency and on-time high school graduation are showing positive momentum, while warning signs like chronic absenteeism and out of school suspensions continue to decline. Through the Cabinet’s robust committee structure, nonprofit organizations, businesses and community members are meeting regularly to align efforts, identify interventions and evaluate outcomes. 

On April 17th, the organization introduced its inaugural board of directors – a diverse group of educators, professionals and community members dedicated to the long-term success of the coalition’s work. Over the course of the last winter and spring, I was pleased to serve on a governance design committee that helped recruit this new board of directors. I am thankful to each for their willingness to take on a leadership role on behalf of Providence’s children.

Building on a successful foundation, the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet is poised for growth and impact in the five years ahead. The Rhode Island Foundation is proud to partner with the coalition and its individual members and looks forward to working together to improve outcomes for children in Rhode Island’s capital city. 

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