Collaborative is Optimistic Despite Not Receiving a Promise Neighborhoods Grant Award

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Operation REACH, Inc was the lead applicant on behalf of the Central City Promise Plus Collaborative for a Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant for Central City New Orleans. Although Operation REACH and Central City Promise Plus did not receive the Promise Neighborhoods grant, the collaborative is pleased to announce their work in Central City continues to move ahead.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better

Operation REACH, Inc. was the lead applicant on behalf of the Central City Promise Plus Collaborative for a Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant for Central City New Orleans. Although the Central City Promise Plus Collaborative did not receive the Promise Neighborhoods grant, the Collaborative is pleased to announce their work in Central City continues to move ahead. .

For the Central City Promise Plus initiative, not receiving a Promise Neighborhoods grant award from the U.S. Department of Education was a disappointment, but that has not discouraged them. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better," and the Collaborative is indeed moving steadfastly forward in their work to positively transform the lives of Central City children and youth.

Through strategic collaboration and aggressive planning, the Central City Promise Plus Collaborative has built a network of community partners committed to developing a prenatal-to-college/career pipeline for Central City's children. By maximizing and coordinating the existing strengths of their neighborhood and city, together the Collaborative is creating a system of high performing programs, support services, and schools with transparency and accountability to make Central City a place where children and families thrive.

Through the Collaborative's results-based accountability approach, they have defined six target result areas - the goals they set for themselves - toward the end of holistically supporting the families of Central City. They promise to work collaboratively, inclusively, and effectively toward a revitalized Central City neighborhood in which (1) all children enter school ready to learn; (2) all children and youth achieve academic success; (3) all children and youth are healthy; (4) all children and youth are safe; (5) youth are leaders; and (5) children, youth, and families build multi-generational wealth.

Members have been remarkably generous in leveraging in-kind support; Mayor Mitch Landrieu has given a resounding endorsement; and the philanthropic community has stood firm in its commitment and willingness to support the New Orleans Promise Plus Collaborative. The Central City Promise Plus Collaborative is proud to be among the Department of Education's list of "highly rated Promise Neighborhood applicants." Armed with their vision, the endorsement of many supporters, and the urgency of their children's needs, the Collaborative will move forward on the path to fulfilling their promise.

Operation REACH, Inc. (ORI) is a national organization that engages, empowers and inspires children, youth and families through innovative community-based learning opportunities. ORI is also one of the only Louisiana-born organizations to receive funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service for national expansion.

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