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The Strive Partnership Report 2012-13

Every Child. Every Step of the Way. Cradle to Career.

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Who We Are

"Put concerned people in one room, agree upon statistically definable goals, and then coordinate action and spend the dollars to hit the targets."
-Peter Goodman on The Strive Partnership, Huffington Post (June 11, 2012)

THE STRIVEPARTNERSHIP BRINGS TOGETHER KEY COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO ARE DRIVEN BY OUR FIVE SHARED GOALS, BELIEVING THAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD

THE STRIVEPARTNERSHIP TRACKS AND REPORTS THE FOLLOWING KEY INDICATORS OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT:

ALTHOUGH WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, OUR COLLECTIVE APPROACH IS GENERATING RESULTS.

Dear Community Partners

Thanks to many of you, student success in the urban core of our region continues to grow. While we have a long way to go, 85 percent of the partnership’s measures are trending in the right direction. That’s up from 81 percent last year, and 68 percent three years ago. While progress is being made, the partnership will continue its collective efforts until every child is succeeding, every step of the way, cradle to career.

In this year’s partnership report, you’ll find the most recent data on the shared outcomes of the partnership. You will also find, for the first time, the results of a comprehensive evaluation of Strive’s role, the value we add, and the areas for improvement. We believe strongly in continuous improvement, and will practice what we preach. Look for significant changes in 2013 as we respond to the evaluation.

You will also learn what the partnership is focused on now – and into the future.

For those of you that are engaged in this collective work, thank you. For those of you that may be learning about us for the first time, we hope you join what we believe is a transformative partnership committed to improving the lives of every child in Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport.

Kathy Merchant
Chair, the Strive Partnership
Greg Landsman
Executive Director, the Strive Partnership

Kindergarten Readiness and 3rd/4th Grade Reading

The best investment in a child's life is in his or early grade-level reading. That's why StrivePartnership is playing a leading role in Read On! and the Cincinnati Preschool Promise.

PARTNER TOGETHER WITH OTHER LOCAL OFFICES TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS THROUGH

a regional campaign to improve outcomes in early childhood and early grade-level readingan independent initiative that aims to provide access to two years of high quality preschool to every child at ages 3 and 4

8th Grade Math, ACT scores, and High School Graduation

The StrivePartnership works with school districts, postsecondary institutions, employers, and other partners to support students with personalized and career-connected learning experiences in and out of school to increase the likelihood that they will graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. The Talent Pipeline Initiative, a joint initiative of the StrivePartnership, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, is focused on creating opportunities for students to have meaningful, age-appropriate, and career-based learning experiences that engage them and prepare them for success in college, careers, and life. The goal is to deepen employer engagement, identify and deploy proven career-based curricula, and build a sustainable system that enables every student in grades 4-12 throughout the eight county metro region to have at least one career-based learning experience each semester.

The Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative complements the Talent Pipeline Initiative, working to create more authentic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning experiences for students and professional development opportunities for educators.

Jobs in 2020

"Occupations related to healthcare, education, business, finance, and technology are the fastest growing and best paying."
- 2020 Jobs Report (pdf)

The jobs outlook in our region is changing, and a high school diploma is no longer sufficient training for the majority of careers. Thefollowing information comes from the 2020 Jobs Report, published by the StrivePartnership, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, Agenda 360, and Vision 2015. The purpose of the report is to forecast our region’s job outlook: where the jobs will be in 2020 and what education and training will be in highest demand. While we know the data presented here are not destiny, this report is a valuable directional guide for targeting our job creation and workforce preparation efforts to accelerate growth in our regional economy.

KEY OBSERVATIONS:

EDUCATION REQUIRED FOR JOBS PAYING $33,130 +

TOTAL JOBS BY REGION, 2020

Occupations related to healthcare, education, business, finance, and technology are the fastest growing and best paying.

Occupational group, ranked by number of jobs in 2020 Annual Median Wage, 2010 10 year growth rate Total jobs, 2020
ALL OCCUPATIONS $33,130 11.0% 1,069,405
Office & Administration $30,820 12.8% 195,906
Sales & Related $25,710 17.2% 120,725
Food Preparation & Serving $18,290 3.1% 94,163
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $57,130 29.5% 76,646
Transportation & Material Moving $26,840 3.3% 74,355
Production $32,930 2.9% 72,537
Education, Training & Library $42,780 13.1% 62,947
Business & Financial $56,710 5.0% 50,672
Healthcare & Support $25,320 54.5% 49,811
Installation, Maintenance & Repair $30,150 5.0% 37,520
Management $92,960 -9.1% 36,705
Computer & Mathematical Science $68,010 26.5% 33,378
Construction & Extraction $40,990 2.2% 31,590
Building, Grounds, Cleaning & Maintenance $22,840 6.9% 30,395
Personal Care & Service $20,350 6.8% 24,628
Protective Service $34,150 -3.7% 19,211
Community & Social Services $37,360 36.7% 16,866
Architecture & Engineering $68,160 -9.6% 14,419
Arts, Design, Entertainment, & Sports Media $37,360 11.7% 12,665
Legal $67,260 25.8% 7,888
Life, Physical, & Social Science $53,670 -4.5% 5,816
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $22,090 -14.8% 563

Occupations related to healthcare, education, business, finance, and technology are the fastest growing and best paying.

Healthcare practitioners; education related occupations; business and financial occupations; and computer and mathematical occupations are the only major occupation groups that are projected to be fast growing (more than 2% a year), well-paying (median wage above $33,130), and to have a significant number of jobs in 2020 (more than 30,000). These four occupational groups represent one in every five jobs in our economy.

Production occupations are projected to grow by 2.9% and will represent our region’s sixth-largest occupation group with over 70,000 jobs that pay near the median wage.

Construction and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair occupations pay above the median wage and are projected to grow, to roughly 31,000 and 37,500 jobs, respectively.

Postsecondary Enrollment, Retention, and Completion

A collaborative of leaders from all four of the region’s postsecondary institutions (University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State, Gateway Community and Technical College, and Northern Kentucky University) have been working together to identify and act on a common set of strategies that impact postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion rates. Their strategies include intrusive advising, early warning systems, establishing cohorts and learning communities to support students, and increasing career development tools and opportunities. With funding from the Lumina Foundation, this collaborative and the K-12 school districts in the urban core launched The Persistence Project to identify and deploy effective strategies for improving math competency and reducing remedial math education in order to improve postsecondary retention.

Data Analytics and Continuous Improvement

Data-driven decision-making is imperative to ensure that resources (funding and people) are flowing toward interventions and strategies that positively impact student achievement and to make adjustments where needed to better serve students. The StrivePartnership is building its capacity to provide real-time predictive and regression-based analytics to enable partners to make more effective, real-time decisions about how they serve students and the impact of various interventions on achievement. They are also working on an emerging continuous improvement partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – a world-renowned leader in using continuous improvement to transform patient and safety outcomes in healthcare. The joint venture will take the approach and curriculum that CCHMC has made a national standard and adapt it for use in the cradle to career collective impact space, with a focus on rigorous continuous improvement processes and implementing small tests of change to drive student outcomes. The StrivePartnership will be focused on engaging community leadership, schools, and supporting organizations in these trainings to drive organizational and cultural change. 

Mobilizing Community Volunteers around Shared Outcomes

People are one of any community’s greatest assets and can drive significant change when leveraged to support strategies that data show are effective. Data show that students in Cincinnati Public Schools with one-on-one tutors make gains in reading and math that are 2.5 to 3 times greater than students without tutors. Be the Change is a collaborative volunteer tutor recruitment effort led by the StrivePartnership, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Public Schools with a simple goal – to recruit, train, place, and support enough volunteer tutors in Cincinnati Public Schools so no child who needs a tutor goes without. In 2012-13, Be the Change placed almost 650 tutors from the community and about 30 companies in 17 schools. To learn more or to volunteer as a tutor, visit our website or call 513-929-1145.

How We're Doing

Data Summary

These stat cards provide a useful overview of our indicators. Included are the current data, target (if available), and change since the most recent and baseline years. Partners have asked to have the data reported on a more real-time basis.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Ready for Kindergarten (KRA-L)

Target: 75% by 2020
57%
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4th Grade Reading

Target: 84% by 2013
71%
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8th Grade Math

Target: 72.3 by 2013
68%
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High School Graduation Rate

Target: 95% by 2013
63.9%
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ACT Composite

Target: 19 by 2013
18.7
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College Enrollment

Target: 70% by 2013
65%
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Covington Independent Schools

4th Grade Reading

Target +10% in 2013
34.1%
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8th Grade Math

Target: +10% in 2013
20.1%
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High School Graduation Rate

Target: 70% by 2013
61.8%
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ACT Composite

Target: 17.4 by 2013
15.9
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College Enrollment

Target: 75% by 2015
67%
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Newport Independent Schools

4th Grade Reading

Target: +2% every year to 2012-13
63 NP
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8th Grade Math

Target: +2% every year to 2012-13
69 NP
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High School Graduation Rate

Target: 92% by 2012-13
89%
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ACT Composite

Target: 24.2 by 2012-13
23.7
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Urban Covington and Newport Diocesan Schools

3rd Grade Reading

64 NP
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7th Grade Math

57 NP
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High School Graduation Rate

94%
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ACT Composite

22.5
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Gateway Community and Technical College

College Retention Rate

Target: 75% by 2015-16
64%
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College Completion - Total credits awarded

Local Students. Target: 240 by 2015-16
126
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Northern Kentucky University

College Retention Rate - Local students

Target TBD
70%
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College Completion: 6-year grad rate - Local students

1% increase over previous year's actual
36%
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University of Cincinnati

College Retention Rate - Local students

Target: 90% by 2019
89%
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College Completion: 6-year grad rate - Local students

Target: 75% by 2019
55%
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Initiatives

COLLABORATIVE ACTION AROUND SHARED PRIORITIES AND OUTCOMES

“The partnership’s focus on collaborative action is meaningful…it is through multiple perspectives and experiences that we are able to develop solutions that will help improve student achievement.”
- Rob Reifsnyder, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

KINDERGARTEN READINESS

United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Success By Six® Initiative (SB6): Led by United Way of Greater Cincinnati, SB6 works toidentify gaps in services and strengthen others to help children enter kindergarten prepared. They work to raise awareness about the importance of the early years and to make early childhood a top priority for resources and funding. The partnership is involved with both SB6 in Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky providing facilitation and data analysis support. The SB6 collaborative supports the work of both Every Child Succeeds and Consortium for Resilient Young Children.

Every Child Succeeds:Every Child Succeeds (ECS) is a home visitation program that promotes healthy and positive child development and parenting skills. Families who are engaged in ECS receive services to help develop their child during the first three years of life. This is done through a caring and trusting relationship facilitated by a home visitor with a mother. The partnership is provides information and support to help empower mothers to complete their high school diploma or receive their GED.

Consortium for Resilient Young Children:Consortium for Resilient Young Children is a collaborative that brings together mental health and early childhood agencies to promote the social and emotional development and well being of young children. The partnership provides additional support in communications to raise awareness of the importance of social and emotional development in young children.

4TH GRADE READING

Read On! – The Early Grade-Level Reading Campaign:Recognizing that early interventions are a better solving mechanism than retention,Read On!our early grade-level reading campaign is dedicated to increasing early reading success throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Our campaign focuses on low-income, high need Cincinnati Public and Northern Kentucky Schools.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Arts Education:Partners have joined together to work with arts and cultural organizations throughout the region, teachers, teaching artists, school districts, and colleges and universities, to encourage excellence in arts-in-education practice. This collaborative is in its third year of an extensive study evaluating the impact that integrating arts education into the school curriculum has on reading achievement. The partnership provides data analysis support for the arts integration pilot program so that Arts Education can bring arts-based learning experiences to students in select CPS schools.

8TH GRADE MATH

STEM Innovation:STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is a cross sector collaborative of STEM educators and professionals to increase student access to authentic STEM experiences at each grade level. The goal of the collaborative is to support teacher development in the Common Core standards and 21stCentury Learning to positively impact math and science scores, and market/communicate STEM in meaningful ways to students, parents, and other influencers of STEM education. The partnership is aligning financial resources from the region’s corporate community to support these efforts, and providing project management and research support for the collaborative’s data driven action plan.

“We are all in this together. Personally this is becoming possibly the single most enlightening and engaging initiative that I've been involved with in my 29 years of education.”
- Steve Gresey, Hamilton County Education Service Center

MentoringWorks: This collaborative continues to create and implement recruitment and training strategies for mentors within Cincinnati and Covington schools. The partnership helps facilitate the collaborative to identify best practices to ensure students who need and/or want a mentor are provided one, and increase the number of positive outcomes for youth engaged in a mentoring program.

Youth Career Access Network:Youth CAN is a collaborative that ensures improved coordination of partner services and establishes standardized best practices in order to provide low income youth, ages 14-24, with services that increase the likelihood of successful transition from school to career.

POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENT

College Access Alliance:The College Access Alliance is focusing on building a college-going culture within Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) through the ongoing support of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The goal of the collaborative is to increase post secondary enrollment for CPS students by 10% by 2015.

Covington Partners: Covington Partners supports the work of six collaborative, which are focused on planning, funding, implementing, and evaluating local initiatives that benefit the students and families of Covington. Over the past year, Covington Partners, along with their six collaboratives have worked with a facilitator from the partnership to strengthen their action plans and grow upon their strong foundation of success.

POSTSECONDARY RETENTION AND COMPLETION

Pathways to Success: The three-yearPathways to Successproject has been developed to align with the partnership’s goal of achieving post secondary enrollment and graduation for every student in the region. The project aims to establish and implement best practices for postsecondary student success, baccalaureate transfer, and graduation through collaborative action.

“The Strive Partnership recognizes the importance of not only college enrollment, but in college preparedness—which is essential to a college student’s success”
- Ed Hughes, Gateway Community and Technical College

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

Talent Pipeline Initiative: The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW), and The Strive Partnership have joined together with many other partners to launch theTalent Pipeline Initiativeto strengthen career exploration and readiness to prepare students for in-demand careers. TheTalent Pipeline Initiativewill build on Strive’s work driving student achievement from cradle-to-career, PCW’s work preparing our workforce for in-demand jobs, and the Chamber’s focus on growing key industry clusters in our region. Facing a growing shortage of skilled workers, our partners have identified a need to provide more robust career awareness programming, better connect employers with schools, and expand work experience opportunities for our youth. TheTalent Pipeline Initiativepromises to be a signature community initiative to provide a pipeline of prepared workers for employers across the region.

Continuous Improvement

“The partnership’s data driven decision making aids in determining and establishing successful and sustainable practices that will allow our students to excel in school and ultimately in their careers.”
- Nancy Swanson, Procter and Gamble


Learning Partner Dashboard:The partnership continues to lead the implementation of the Learning Partner Dashboard (LPD) in Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). The use of the system has now been incorporated into the work of all 33 resource coordinators within CPS. In collaboration with United Way’s Success By 6® and INNOVATIONS (a community research and program evaluation resource provided by Children’s Hospital), enrollment and assessment data from early learning programs (including child care and home visitation programs, along with other programs participating in the Winning Beginnings early childhood care provider collaborative data system) will be connected to LPD. When evaluated, these data can be used to create easier transitions for students, maintain academic gains, and address student gaps.

Teacher Principal Professional Development:Efforts continue to strengthen the teacher and principal professions, both of which are critical to student and school success. Cross-sector leaders from local colleges of education, school districts, the teacher’s union, and professional development training academies are working together on several initiatives, including principal leadership training, coordinated recruitment, alignment to high quality professional development, and teacher training reform.

2020 Jobs Outlook:Partners for a Competitive Workforce joined together with Agenda 360, Vision 2015, and The Strive Partnership to produce the2020 Jobs Outlook.The 2020 Jobs Outlookforecasts job growth, replacement needs, openings, wages, and the education and training required for more than 800 occupations. The 2020 Jobs Outlookcan be used as a tool for universities and colleges to develop curriculum and course load that address the growing in-demand occupations and opportunities throughout the region. Work to improve school district-led career pathways as a result of the data will be underway in 2013.

Summer Learning Evaluation:The proposed evaluation of summer learning programs will assess student academic outcomes for more than 3,000 Cincinnati and Covington Students who attended the following programs: Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools, which operated at four Cincinnati sites for the first time this year, Whole Again International 28 summer food enrichment programs, YMCA Summer Learning programs, Avondale Ecumenical Consortium and the Covington Summer Youth Program. The goal of this evaluation is to understand the degree to which students are accessing quality summer learning experiences and to understand their academic outcomes (including 3rdgrade reading outcomes) compared to non-summer learning participants.

Aligning Resources to What Works

“As a funder, seeing community wide progress in education gives me confidence in the partnership’s dedication to align community resources and funding to proven strategies.”
- Cinnamon Pelly, JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Social Innovation Fund:The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a partnership of 15 local grant-makers supporting innovative and effective community solutions. Launched in 2010 with support from a two-year $2,000,000 grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, the SIF supports eight community organizations and collaboratives as they work to improve community conditions for children and young adults from cradle to career around five key outcomes: Kindergarten Readiness, Fourth Grade Reading, High School Graduation and College Preparedness, Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion, and Sustained Employment.

During the first year of services, the SIF supported organizations expanded their programs to serve more than 2,500 additional children and young adults engaged in intensive continuous quality improvement, training and coaching, and designed and implemented rigorous evaluation plans.

Read On! Venture Philanthropy Fund: If we want to improve high school and college graduation rates, develop a more robust and attractive workforce, and fundamentally improve the quality of life for thousands of people in our region, our collective work must focus on two of the most critical milestones for student (and ultimately adult) success: school readiness and early grade-level reading. Failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rates of school dropout, which ultimately affects an individual’s learning potential and success in the workforce. TheRead On!Venture Philanthropy Fund is the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region’s most ambitious attempt to change outcomes for generations, and to do so with the nation’s first venture philanthropy fund dedicated entirely to school readiness and early reading success. Our partners are nearing the end of a six-month project with Community Wealth Ventures to test the feasibility of such a fund in which investments will be made to scale and spread evidence-based best practices around the campaign’s key strategies. Over forty local and national funders will be interviewed in early 2013.

A Look Ahead

“The Strive Partnership’s approach to academic achievement in the urban core displays the value of bringing leaders from various sectors together to address a common concern of the community.” - Lyda Jackson, Covington Independent Schools

New Alignment to Shared Strategies and Non-Cognitive Outcomes:The partnership has embarked on a 4-6 month strategic planning process to identify the set of research-based strategies that produce the greatest impact for each of the nine indicators on the student success roadmap. Executive Committee members are convening strategy teams and will use their work to develop improvement plans in each area. A similar effort will be launched in 2013 to identify shared non-cognitive outcomes and strategies.

Race and Equity Taskforce:The partnership is launching a cross-sector race and equity task force that will make policy recommendations to address gaps in academic performance with regards to race and income. Its recommendations will be put before the Executive Committee of The Strive Partnership for consideration. The creation and implementation of these policies will encourage a successful education system that is built on equity and a commitment to understanding the needs of each student.

Tutoring App:The Strive Partnership is in the beginning stages of creating a tutoring app. This app will allow tutors to log the amount of time spent with a student and subject matter focused on during the tutoring session. Tutors will be able to access the app on a smartphone or computer. The data collected from the app will then be uploaded into the Learning Partner Dashboard to provide data needed and measure impact of the tutoring services being provided to students.

The Community Indicators Report Card (CIRC) and the Student Success Dashboard (SSD):The partnership has helped develop an online tool to manage and report data and information for the nine outcomes in the report card. The tool provides a way to collect and organize data and create charts that can feed into a printed report or into an online platform that will be accessible from the partnership’s website. The CIRC will also be marketable to other communities that are implementing the Strive framework as a tool to help with the creation and management of a community report card. The Student Success Dashboard will build off of the Learning Partner Dashboard as an online tool to integrate student level data across many partners. The SSD will provide enhanced functionality and greater scalability that can be leveraged locally as well as by communities nationally.

Get Involved

Read On!,the partnership’s early-grade level reading campaign is one of the most critical efforts Strive is undertaking in 2013. The campaign has the potential to be transformative for our region. To be successful, we need community members and leaders from every sector engaged in this effort, helping to guide the work and build public will. There are several ways to get involved:

JOIN THE COLLABORATIVE ACTION.

Come to monthly collaborative and work group sessions. More parent and community member input is needed. Contact Damian Hoskins, Director of Collaborative Action, hoskinsd@strivetogether.org.

SUPPORT LITERACY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES.

"The Be the Change tutoring initiative helps our students advance academically and allows community members to become involved in the process.”
- Mary Ronan, Cincinnati Public Schools

Local data have shown that Cincinnati students with a tutor make gains that are 2.5 to 3 times greater than students without a tutor; data in Northern Kentucky show similar results. Dozens of schools in both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky need committed volunteer tutors who are willing to give a little as an hour a week to support student learning and help set them on a path for long-term academic success.

Be the Change: Be the Change sends volunteers to 17 high need elementary schools in the Cincinnati Public School district. Tutors work with students in Reading or Math. Contact bethechange@strivetogether.orgor 513-929-1343 to learn more.

One to One: Practicing Reading with Students trains volunteers to produce measurable results for kindergarten to third grade students who are struggling with reading in Northern Kentucky. Contact Nancy Costello, ncostello@nkyec.orgor 859-282-9214 to learn more.