The critical work Ohio’s Cradle to Career Initiatives do in their local community was highlighted through a collaboration from Learn to Earn Dayton and Summit Education Initiative (SEI) in December 2017. Learn to Earn invited state legislators, superintendents, early childhood advocates and community leaders, among others, to a “Cradle to Career Experience” created by SEI.
StriveTogether selected SEI to present the Cradle to Career Experience as an effective community engagement tool at its convening in October 2017. Attendees from more than 70 network partnerships will either experience or witness the journeys of students such as “Adam,” “Bella,” “Cody,” “Daphne” and “Freddy” as they make their ways closer to prosperity or hardship. Read more about the convening in this story.
About 15 Cleveland Clinic Akron General employees took part in the Cradle to Career Experience during Akron General’s Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute — some as students moving along a path of red or green dots on the floor toward prosperity or hardship, some as advocates for the students, some as observers. The student portrayers were given profiles — some started out on track, others were behind their peers. Read more in this May 5, 2017 edition, front page story from Akron Beacon Journal.
During Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s Cradle to Career Experience, all audience members have a role to play. Whether an individual becomes a student (e.g., Billy, Danielle or Aiden), or a student’s advocate, everyone has an opportunity to participate. The hands-on, interactive approach not only puts some adults in students’ shoes, but it also encourages individuals to think about how to disperse their own resources to help more students meet with success. Read more about the experience and how to get your organization involved in this post.
Summit Education Initiative (SEI) staff members have heard many positive comments about the Cradle to Career Experience simulation during our annual event, Their Success Is Our Success: “Climbing Toward 48,000 Degrees,” presented by Huntington Bank. The first Summit County First Things First School Readiness Summit was also successful.