Stamford Cradle to Career is a Collective Impact partnership with a solid and committed cross sector collaboration that is based on the nationally recognized StriveTogether Framework in creating a community-wide partnership. It is a road map to change and a new way for community stakeholders to work together. The overarching goal of Stamford Cradle to Career is to collectively align community resources to ensure that all youth succeed in education, career and life because successful children lead to a vibrant and thriving community. United Way of Western Connecticut is serving as the anchor and backbone entity providing management and fiscal support for the partnership.
All youth succeed in education, career and life.
To collectively align community resources to ensure equity and excellence in education, for every child, from cradle to career.
We will lead and follow as stewards of the City of Stamford, caring responsibly for our community assets. We will work together in new ways to achieve the greatest, long-term benefit for the community as a whole.
- Open Engagement and Partnership
We will welcome all stakeholders seeking to make a positive contribution to our collective goals. We will empower local stakeholders to bring others into the movement. We recognize the importance of engaging youth as part of the solution and pledge our commitment to involve youth in this movement. We are willing to cross political, social, ethnic and economic boundaries to achieve community outcomes. We will extend ourselves to create an inclusive, cohesive community through partnership and collaboration.
- Commitment to Outcomes
We understand this work is long-term and we are committed to staying involved. We are willing to take the responsibility for tasks and achieving specific outcomes and commit to measuring our progress and adjusting course as necessary.
- Holistic Approach
We believe that anything is possible for Stamford children and families. We envision success without limitations by creating a specific, attainable strategy for achieving that vision.
- Data-Driven Decision Making
To the greatest extent possible, we will base decisions and action plans on objective data, thereby avoiding distortion of issues by personal feelings or agendas. At the same time, we seek to get to the heart of the matter and recognize that facts without context can be misleading. We commit to advocating for what works.
- Releasing Resources
We value the empowerment of all community stakeholders to honestly and forthrightly share all knowledge, experiences and insights relative to our work. We take responsibility for ensuring our truth is current and not historical. We all share the responsibility for maintaining the truth telling standard.
We respect all stakeholders and recognize there are diverse viewpoints. Positional power will not determine a strategy or preferred outcome, merit will. Viewpoints from diverse constituencies will be proactively sought to ensure the best possible outcomes for Stamford children and families—cradle to career.
- Commitment to Resolving Conflict
We understand that conflict is inevitable and is sometimes required in order to achieve the best outcomes. Healthy conflict involves valuing every individual regardless of his or her stance on a specific issue. We pledge an unwavering commitment to working through conflict in a positive manner despite its severity.
- Asset-Based Approach
We are focused on using a strength-based, asset-oriented approach to improving outcomes for Stamford children and families cradle to career. We believe positive change occurs when we appreciate, value and invest in what is best for our families and community.
- Transparency and Objectivity
We agree to promote open and frequent communication and access to information regarding our work. We empower stakeholders to share information openly. We commit to constantly improving communication for all audiences. We agree to disclose any personal or professional conflict of interest that may affect our objectivity before engaging in work that will impact our efforts to improve outcomes, cradle to career. We seek to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.