200213 YC AECF - Atlanta Civic Site SA R7



OUR PURPOSE // What we will do Develop solutions to build a BRIGHTER FUTURE for




IMPROVING THE LIVES of Youth and Young Adults

OUR VISION // What we want to see All young people ages 14–24 and their children have the

Educational & Employment Opportunities

Family Connections & Relationships


necessary for their WELL-BEING and SUCCESS.

OUR FOCUS // What we will do We are deepening our focus on young people who are disconnected from

FAMILY Young people who lack stable relationships with caring adults and who are potentially in systems

COMMUNITY Young people who live in communities in which they dont feel safe or supported and have a place to live

OPPORTUNITIES Young people who are not in school / work

and at risk of disconnection

VISION SNAPSHOTS // When we want to see it

THINK BIG (2025) Tested and Promising Innovative Practices

• Black/white opportunity gap closed • Prison system budget cut in half and reinvested in education • Pittsburgh Yards fully developed and modeled for equitable development • Meaningful graduation index where the city and school system clear pathways to employment • 3 consecutive years of zero deaths due to gun violence in south Atlanta

• Close racial wealth gap - Entrepreneurs have access to capital and TA - People have training that leads to jobs/livable wages • Housing vouchers are truly portable and go anywhere in the city • The number of Opportunity Youth in Atlanta is cut in half • Youth leadership active in our political spaces/statewide youth organizing mechanisms

START SMALL (2021) Collaborative Implementation in Sites

• 50% of new jobs in Pittsburgh Yards filled by local existing residents - 100 jobs • 80% of tenants Nia building are black or brown; 30% of residents are from surrounding neighborhoods • We have a youth cohort accelerator – young entrepreneurs • Equity policy flushed out and actionable in Atlanta Public Schools

• Clear articulation of career and education pathway alignment • Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative made loans, lined up TA for local entrepreneurs • EO RFP to provide training and jobs, workforce to include young people • Completed youth housing assessment from Urban Institute to inform our investments

SCALE FAST (2023) Scaling What We Learn

• Public investment in Cure Violence • Grady has fully implemented gun violence prevention program • Black/white disparity for suspensions/expulsions in school are closed • House ATL secures $250M pool of funds to invest in affordable housing creating 6,000 units • Invest Atlanta economic operational strategy includes jobs for young people • GA equity funders invest in a robust youth organization strategy

• Beltline paved, youth connected to PY and other neighborhood assets • Advocate for city policy that encourage economic inclusion • Use the Pittsburgh Yards model to influence developers including procurement and economic development • Atlanta graduates complete HS with career credentials • Data to inform our economic opportunity and strategy

GUIDING PRINCIPLES // How we will operate

Create equitable opportunities for black and brown youth

Investments are guided by youth voice and leadership

Multisystem and multisector collaboration to drive holistic solutions is essential

Lead with a healing centered approach

HEADLINE INDICATORS // How we will measure our progress

Community • Improved access to resources • Improved healthy conditions • Improved safe conditions • Reduction in gun violence

Housing • Availability of quality housing in high poverty communities • Number of young people in stable housing • School Homeless indicator Education • Beating the Odds Index • Education and Credentials Index • Quality of school and school system improvement over time • CCRPI – College and Career Readiness Performance Index - School Climate

Economic Opportunity • Increased Black employment • Job opportunities created in historically Black Southside communities Indicator for participatory grant making • Data challenge (labor data, fields of employment) • Informed by cohort of youth and young adults organization

Entrepreneurship opportunities • Access to capital pathways, career pathways

DIFFERENTIATORS // What we must do differently going forward

Be more strategic & targeted with time and influence

Shifting Performance Measures and Key Performance Indicators

Cross-Foundation collaboration and coordination

More coordination and collaboration across strategy areas

Community strategy to support clear and deliberate messaging that accurately reflects the intent of work

Ensure consistency in process and way we “break-up” with legacy partners (see Common Practice Tool – Horizon)

More co-investment / seek additional partners

Ramp-up self-care and balance

Change mindset of what success looks like

Shift from program focus (solely) towards system changes

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES // What’s most important to us

Ensure Systems Help Young People Meet Their Basic Needs

Strengthen Permanent Connections

Build Financial Stability and Long Term Success

Provide Access to Education and Credentials

Support Youth Leadership


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