William Julius Wilson Institute Support for Communities
Discover how William Julius Wilson Institute offers support for communities across the country and how the organization plans to expand its work in the coming years.
Guided by a set of key principles, William Julius Wilson Institute at Harlem Children's Zone helps neighborhoods build high-impact, cradle-to-career models.
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Programming within a neighborhood spans the full cradle-to-career continuum with clear links between all developmental stages.
Services may be provided by a single organization or a collection of organizations, but they should be coordinated and connected.
One organization / entity is accountable for all cradle-to-career outcomes within the neighborhood.
Though services may be delivered by multiple providers, there is a singular centralized body that takes responsibility across the continuum.
The accountable entity leverages data to inform outcomes.
The programming is rooted in and designed for a particular neighborhood, with a focus on the most historically underserved communities.
Systems Change Systems Change
The effort engages systems leaders and leverages conditions of systems change to support the formation and sustaining of contiguous, accountable, neighborhood-based strategies.
Systems change and related efforts provide access to sustainable funding for efforts over time.
K-12 Engagement K-12 Engagement
The approach includes a focus on K-12 education, given the central role the system plays in shaping children’s outcomes.
This focus may involve working to influence school systems, operating or partnering with a K-12 school, or operating or partnering with afterschool, weekend, and/or summer program.
Proximate Leadership Proximate Leadership
The effort is led by members of the community being served.
Leaders should have deep connections and longstanding relationships within the community.
Organizations We Support
William Julius Wilson Institute can support your organization at various stages of its cradle-to-career development journey.
Stages of the Cradle-to-Career Development
It takes time and resources to build place-based, cradle-to-career efforts. William Julius Wilson Institute can support a range of communities, from those just starting on their journey to those that are highly sophisticated. An organization’s tier determines what type of support William Julius Wilson Institute provides. View the table below for more details on each tier.
We specialize in supporting organizations that:
Focus on a geography that serves marginalized populations and want to reach scale and saturation within a geographic area
Have proximate senior leadership with deep connection to and longstanding relationships within the community
Work in direct service, cradle-to-career program delivery or service coordination, preferably with a focus on achieving college and career readiness
Want to implement a full cradle-to-career model with high/centralized accountability and full continuity across the entire cradle-to-career pathway
Have opportunities to engage the local K-12 system
Have the desire and organizational bandwidth to work with WJWI and have the potential to successfully scale and improve outcomes
How We Support Organizations
Guided by a generation of evidence, William Julius Wilson Institute designs and delivers research-driven, community-tested strategies, and provides supports and tools to achieve measurable results.
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Establish a baseline understanding and commitment to community-based, cradle-to-career strategies Establish a baseline understanding and commitment to community-based, cradle-to-career strategies
We help you codify:
An understanding of the principles, key concepts, and core capacities required to implement community-based, cradle-to-career strategies
A strategic plan pursuing community-based, cradle-to-career strategies
Steps towards assembling necessary stakeholders and resources for doing so
Create a vision for cradle-to-career strategies in your community Create a vision for cradle-to-career strategies in your community
We can help you codify:
A vision for a continuum of comprehensive, cradle-to-career programming in your community, provided either by one organization or through partnerships among direct service providers, with a strong mechanism for ensuring accountability for outcomes. Key components include:
Specific outcomes you seek to achieve
Numbers of young people and families you seek to serve
Evidence-based programs you may want to implement
Articulate an investible plan for actualizing your vision Articulate an investible plan for actualizing your vision
We can help you codify:
A strategic plan for attaining a vision for a continuum of comprehensive, cradle-to-career programming over a specified timeframe, including budgetary, talent, and other infrastructure needs
Secure resources and capacity to execute Secure resources and capacity to execute
We can help you identify:
Appropriate, attainable public and/or private funding streams to pursue
Build capacity and implement an investible plan Build capacity and implement an investible plan
We can help you build:
Organizational capacity to compete for and administer funds from identified funding sources
Program operations, foundational, and grant management capacity necessary to apply funding against an investible plan
Ensure the sustainability of your effort Ensure the sustainability of your effort
We can help you sustain your:
Leadership, via support from and engagement in a growing community of practice
Financial strength, via information and capacity to access additional funding streams in the future
National Impact Map
William Julius Wilson Institute has served and cultivated a broad network of best-in-class, place-based partnerships and neighborhood-based organizations across the nation. View the map below to see the scale of our impact.