A DCF Focus Conversation
At this free community event on February 26, 2019, participants learned about promising collaborative projects underway in Wilmington and how to become part of their exciting work. Presented in partnership with Social Contract, this event was designed for nonprofit leaders and board members, corporate and community leaders, and committed community members looking for opportunities to contribute to creative partnerships and effective collaborations that have maximum impact in the community.
Participating initiatives shared their presentation materials below:
REACH Riverside Development Corporation (REACH) will be leading the holistic community revitalization efforts underway in NE Wilmington with the Riverside Community. REACH was just invited into the Purpose Built Communities Network as the 19th Affiliate nationally. Their vision is to break the burdens of intergenerational poverty in our Riverside Community by providing over 400 units of mixed income affordable housing, creating a cradle to college and career readiness pipeline, all bolstered by a comprehensive community health & wellness plan serving the Community.
• The Warehouse
Dual School and Strive’s dynamic partnership has created a highly engaging and effective work experience for teens. During their Fall 2018 Fellowship, they’ve seen ten young people thrive in a creative, fast-paced, intellectual labor role consulting for the Warehouse, a collaborative teen service center being created in the Riverside neighborhood serving the youth in the City.
The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation strives to enhance Delaware through identifying and bringing to life bold and innovative entrepreneurial ideas. Each year the foundation celebrates entrepreneurship through its presentation of the Freedom Award and hosts Reinventing Delaware, an idea presentation competition, which has launched Zip Code Wilmington, Open Bracket Delaware, Pay for Success, The Warehouse and Wilmington Greenbox.
• Trauma Informed Delaware
Trauma Informed Delaware’s goal is to use the convening power of the First Lady’s office, in partnership with the objectives of the Family Services Cabinet Council, to foster collaboration toward a more effective recognition of, and response to, the impacts of trauma on Delawareans. The First Lady’s focus is particularly on children. Trauma Informed Delaware aims to support the strengths-based approach to interaction yet believes an understanding of trauma is necessary in order to implement such approaches in an equitable way.
• Dual Generation Center
The Dual Generation Center at Stubbs Elementary School is a partnership between the State of Delaware and the Christina School District. The doors of the Dual Gen Center at Stubbs will open in the fall of 2019, and the center aims to serve children in the Christina 4 and 5 year old programs, with services available to their families provided by both the state and the nonprofit sector. Families enrolling their children in the early learning programming at the Dual Gen Center at Stubbs will have access to services from the Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Labor, as well as from diverse program providers that serve both children and adults.
• Violence + Hospital Based Intervention
Peace By Piece Inc. provides comprehensive social services including workforce development, cognitive behavioral interventions, transitional housing and strategic reentry supports to assist men and women as they transition back into normative culture and pro-social living through the utilization of peer led and directed modeling and mentoring.
HCD is a consortium of public, nonprofit and private entities committed to taking a collective approach to align efforts and invest in projects, programs and policies aimed at improving the health of individuals in low-wealth communities across the state. HCD is committed to effective and sustainable ways of investing in our local communities to reduce health inequities that exist from one zip code or neighborhood to another.
• Delaware Guidance + DHSS – Community Health Initiative
This Community Health Initiative collaborates with State and community-based partners to provide on-site behavioral health services to at-risk children. Guiding the program design is a shared commitment to meeting children and families where they are.
Delaware Pathways is an education and workforce partnership that creates a career pathways system for all youth. This work spans all secondary and postsecondary partners, and includes the integration of community-based organizations and workforce partners to ensure that all youth are successful in pursuing postsecondary education and gainful employment.
SummerCollab transforms academic and developmental outcomes for low-income youth by equipping community-based institutions and schools to execute extraordinary summer learning programs. For the 2nd summer in a row they have seen critical literacy gains: 86% of youth served reversed summer learning loss, with an average gain of over three months.
The Delaware Readiness Teams are statewide volunteer-based teams that strengthen communities at a local level and help children from birth through age eight prepare for school and life. The teams consist of family members, early learning professionals, school representatives and community members that come together to assess their community’s needs, set goals, and plan and implement projects that will best support children and families. The Wilmington Readiness Team has focused on developmental screening for children under age five, family engagement and supporting families through the process of on-time kindergarten registration.
Education Equity Delaware is a growing coalition of nonprofit, education, business, civil rights and community groups dedicated to advocating together to update Delaware’s education funding system to be more fair, flexible, transparent and responsive to student needs. In 2018, the Education Equity Delaware coalition grew from 22 to 30 organizations, held the first Delaware Education Funding Summit and helped advocated for the passage of Senate Bill 172 to increase transparency of school funding information. In 2019, they are focusing on legislative outreach, community organizing and communicating about the need for a student-centered education funding system.
In 2012, Cornerstone West CDC, along with over 650 residents, neighborhood leaders, businesses and community organizations, came together to develop the West Side Revitalization Plan. With support from the resident-driven Steering Committee and funding from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the community outlined a plan to implement West Side’s vision: to secure a thriving, vibrant, mixed-income community in West Side where people from all walks of life can put down roots and build a life. West Side Grows Together works to implement the Revitalization Plan’s five pillars: Community Pride, Economic Development, Youth Opportunities, Parks and Open Spaces, and Housing Choices.
• Reinventing Employment Pipelines
Over the last two years, the Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA) has implemented the scalable workforce process utilizing a national best practice to provide direct workforce development programming in the city of Wilmington through a partnership with Generation US. WLA and Generation have focused on financial and construction sectors to bring a new hybrid model of workforce development programming into Wilmington, targeting the city’s under and unemployed populations to facilitate a workforce pipeline directly engaging employers and long-term mentor support.
For questions or more information, please contact Sarah Grunewald, vice president for community impact.