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Northfield Promise Recognized by National Organization for Collective Impact Progress

September 13, 2016

Northfield Promise is a proud member of the Strive Together national network. Strive is the national leader in collective impact work, supporting cradle-to-career initiatives across the country.


Strive formally accepts communities into their network through an application process. Members of the Strive Cradle to Career Network share a common commitment to:

  • Improving and reporting on a core set of academic outcomes: kindergarten readiness, early grade reading, middle grade math, high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment and post-secondary degree completion.
  • Building cross-sector partnerships with early childhood, K-12, higher education, community-based organizations, business, government and philanthropy
  • Developing and sustaining cradle to career civic infrastructure by implementing a data-driven, quality approach to collective impact

Strive annually assesses the progress made by each member of the network and places them into one of five gateways. This summer, Strive recognized the exciting progress that Northfield Promise has made. Strive moved Northfield into its third level – the Sustaining Gateway. Northfield joins just 33 other communities nationwide that have made it to this threshold. Only one community is currently further.

Northfield – along with its close partners in Red Wing (Every Hand Joined) and Austin (Austin Aspires) – represent some of the smallest communities accepted into the Strive network, joining much larger metropolitan areas like Dallas, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Boston.

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