Movement toward establishing a cradle-to-career collective impact initiative in the St. Louis region has been broad-based and deliberate.  Critical steps in that process have included:

  • Vision for Children at Risk — over the course of several years — hosting collective impact webinars, blogging on use of that approach in St. Louis and convening community groups to discuss feasibility.
  •  A variety of community groups then holding a season of meetings and community forums in Spring and Summer 2011 to further explore the concept of collective impact and its application in St. Louis
  • Dispatching local delegations to national conferences on collective impact, including the Strive conference in Portland (2011) and Forum for Youth Investment conference in Cincinnati (2014)
  • Formation on an Investment Team in 2012 to fund exploration and planning for a collective impact effort in St. Louis
  • Establishment of a regional Working Group in 2013 to direct early collective impact efforts in the St. Lois region
  • Engaging the Forum for Youth Investment in 2013 to facilitate the first phase of a Ready by 21 St. Louis initiative
  • Conducting year-long planning processes during 2013 in both East St. Louis and Metro West to prepare for a collective impact effort
  • Initiating work on both sides of the river to begin building a system of “shared measurement”, an essential component of collective impact efforts
  • Release in November 2013 of the Phase 1 feasibility study on collective impact in St. Louis, Ready by 21 Asset Mapping Study, Greater St. Louis: Key Findings and Recommendations, prepared by the Forum for Youth Investment
  • Selection by the Investment Team of the United Way of Greater St. Louis in 2014 to serve as the backbone support organization for cradle-to-career collective impact work in both East St. Louis and Metro West