Our Shared Work
Transforming children into educated, independent grown-ups is the job of the entire community.
Who, exactly, is the community? All of us. You are. We are.
With a focus on racial equity, we need to bring together partners and stakeholders from throughout Multnomah County to identify all of the barriers to kids’ success, in order to remove them.
And we need to do it again, and again and again.
We are talking about fundamental systems change to make generational improvements, one child at a time. It is no small undertaking, but we are up to the challenge.
To succeed, we have to use data in creative ways. All Hands Raised is the only organization empowered by the community to gather and evaluate the information that shows how our kids are doing from cradle to career.
By sharing the truth, we are making progress. Together. This is the story of the All Hands Raised Partnership.
All Hands Raised works on the ground with school community site teams in several key work areas – engaging a team of community members (often including culturally-specific partners, school staff, and industry partners) as equals. These teams use current school-level metrics to identify root causes, test practices and drive change. Together, the team moves toward the heart of the matter, digging into social and emotional challenges and building bridges through critical transition points in students’ educational journeys. Successes and failures are shared with the entire school, across our school districts and throughout the community. The total integration of partners as equals is an essential strategy to ensure equitable changes in policies and systems – this is how we build to large-scale change.
Our Current Work Areas
- Reducing Disproportionate Discipline & Building Positive School Culture
- Building Bridges into Kindergarten
- Improving Student Attendance and Engagement
- Helping Ninth Graders Stay on Track
- Increasing Access to Post-Secondary Education
- Improving Post-Secondary Completion
- Forging Pathways From School to Careers
“For the first time, we are truly integrated partners in the schools where the Partnership is leading work. Being able to share data and coordinate outreach to students and families is having a profound impact, not only on discipline but also on improving school and community culture.”
– Santos Herrera, School Based Programs Manager, Latino Network