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Education in the United States
There is a deep learning gap across the country, with students of color and those from low-income backgrounds the furthest from opportunities to succeed. In K-12 education we aim to address this inequity by reimagining schools so they better match the needs of Black and Latino students. We also work to increase the number of diverse educators prepared to guide and accelerate learning. In higher education, we focus on building the support system that can help students persist through college and earn a degree.
Schools are most effective when they combine strong academic programs with relevant classroom experiences to which their students can truly connect. Yet Black and Latino students are more likely to attend under-resourced schools that lack the conditions needed to ready them for learning. Our partners work to create these conditions by providing access to resources, building more relevant school cultures, prioritizing students’ engagement in their own learning and connections to their educators, and leading culturally affirming practices that better match students’ life experiences.
With the right data, teachers can make decisions about the best ways to help each student learn. We know that when we give talented teachers the right resources, information, skills, and control of their classrooms, they are strongly positioned to help their students succeed.
On top of their schoolwork, college students from low-income backgrounds often juggle outside demands for their time, energy, and focus. These challenges pose more problems than money alone can solve. But the right support at the right time can help them get into college, stay in college, and graduate.
Health in the United States
It’s exciting when a community can shift its focus from treating illness to promoting wellness. For this to happen, we need a variety of partners that span sectors working together to improve health and wellness.
Health and Wellness
The health of a community starts with their ability to access nutritious food and other healthy opportunities, as well as best-in-class medical care when they need it. This is why it is so important that families have proven resources that are within reach.
Community-based solutions are pragmatic and sustainable — we see that in our regional work in Central Texas and Greater Boston. Proximity to these areas enables us to build strong partnerships that affect community change and to share the responsibility of solving problems.