The Promise Partnership, in coordination with the Utah State Board of Education, is committed to ensuring that all students are ready for the new school year, no matter what it looks like.
The new learning initiative is designed for families who have experienced the most disconnect from school since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and makes it easier for them to connect to learning resources, technology rentals, internet partners, and more.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the health and safety of our community, our commitment to create lasting change and help all kids and families succeed, regardless of their circumstances, holds true.
The Promise Partnership infrastructure has proven extremely valuable in this unprecedented time of need, and our backbone role is as critical as ever. Our partnerships and networks continue to assess and pivot strategies to address near-term needs, while simultaneously working to rebuild broken systems to produce more equitable results.
Our work is changing in this new reality, as new needs emerge every day. We remain committed to building and running partnerships capable of creating change, to helping our community address this crisis and its aftermath, and driving progress in our core outcomes.
Community outreach: Our team is connecting with hundreds of community members from immigrant and refugee communities, primarily in South Salt Lake and Kearns, to offer personal connection in this time of social isolation and share resources like 211.
School community engagement: We are working with our partner schools to ensure all students and families get connected to the resources they need right now. This includes resources to keep learning while schools are closed and basic needs services they can access.
Strategy development with partners: Our Promise Partnerships are swiftly adjusting to ensure kids and families get what they need to weather this crisis. For example, kindergarten readiness partners are lending their time and talent to helping the state’s child care stabilization efforts. Our elementary reading partners are rapidly moving reading resources online, and our financial stability partners are helping streamline how rent assistance gets to those who most need it.
Advocacy: Advocacy is a key component in our efforts to help alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. So far, we’ve pushed for the passage of the federal stimulus, federal matching for Medicaid funds, and rental deferment for tenants impacted by the pandemic.
Help more Utahns get access to the help they need during this time by donating to the Utah COVID-19 Community Response Fund. It supports organizations statewide that are working with individuals and families most impacted by the economic consequences of Coronavirus. Funds are distributed through a grant application process.
Our goal is to transform the educational environment, and we know that an unorganized set of programs, initiatives, collaboratives, and focus areas won't get us there. To transform whole communities, we must think beyond individual programs or services and see ourselves as a united group sharing accountability for community-wide results. This is what it means to engage in rigorous collective impact.
The Promise Partnership takes a "cradle-to-career" approach to improve educational outcomes for youth. Partners align, share, and deploy resources to improve the following outcomes:
Since 2011, we've seen problems improve. Schools in communities with some of the highest barriers are thriving, health is improving, and crime is decreasing. Change at this scale is possible when we work together!
3rd grade English/language arts proficiency is up 7% since 2013/14 (Source: USBE Data Queries)
8th grade math proficiency has increased by 8% since 2013-2014 (Source: USBE Data Queries)
High school graduation is up 6% in the Promise Partnership since 2013/2014 (Source: USBE Data Queries)
Between 2013-2018, health insurance coverage for low-income adults has increased by 3% in our region (Source: Utah IBIS)