Neighborhood Transformation

Residents in low-income neighborhoods also often are confronted with an inter-related set of factors and forces—a “wall of poverty”—that constitute a huge barrier to overcome and escape. Some of these factors get in the way of children being able to succeed in school and are not the direct responsibility of schools. However, the “wall of poverty” can be tackled and shattered by counties and cities aligning their existing resources and delivering human services through multi-disciplined Integrated Services Teams organized around school attendance areas. The Integrated Services Teams must focus on and be accountable for moving families and their children out of poverty and into self-sufficiency—with measurable outcomes for a better future. Obviously, getting a good education, including the ability to use technology and acquire digital skills, is fundamental to escaping poverty and becoming self-sufficient. Thus, School2Home also is the “centerpiece” of a strategy referred to as Neighborhood Transformation, which fully embraces and incorporates Digital Inclusion. CETF is pursuing Neighborhood Transformation to complement and augment School2Home with a group of visionary local elected officials and pacesetter counties and cities. Neighborhood Transformation is a major priority initiative categorized as a “Strategic Partnership” as part of the 5 Overarching Strategies.