FL|CC Institute: Galvanizing Collective Impact

On Friday, March 10, FL|CC held its final spring 2017 institute at University of North Florida.

At this institute, Madeline Yates, Executive Director of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact, and Emily Knowles-Kellett, P-20 CONNECTS Partnerships Coordinator, talked about the challenges and successes of a multi-year collective impact initiative. Collective impact projectFL|CCs are collaborative, inter-organizational efforts to effect change.

P-20 CONNECTS (Communities Organizing Networks Now to Engage Citizens Through Service) “brings together PreK-12 schools, higher education, and community based organizations to strengthen infrastructures that enable students of all types – and particularly socio-economically disadvantaged students – to carry out civic engagement projects that enhance students’ post-secondary readiness, address locally identified needs, and benefit the communities of Maryland and the District of Columbia.”

Click HERE to learn more about P-20 CONNECTS.

Following the presentation, attendees engaged in a lively discussion exploring the possibilities for a state of Florida collective impact project focused on college readiness and completion.

Click HERE to learn more about Project REACH: A Possible Collective Impact Project In Florida.

About the Presenters:

Madeline Yates is the founding director of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact with twenty-five years of experience in cross-cultural programming and service-learning, both K-12 and higher education. She has traveled extensively; living, working, and volunteering for extended periods of time in Japan, Haiti, the Philippines, Nicaragua, and New Zealand. While teaching and working at the Maryland State Department of Education, she received several fellowships, including two Fullbrights to India and South Africa, and others to Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. She has consulted domestically and internationally.

Emily Knowles-Kellett has a background in healthy youth development and community partnership-building. Working with NYC and Chicago non-profit organizations, Emily worked with teachers in under-served school districts to infuse core curricula with sustainable arts and integrative learning opportunities. She taught Social Studies in Maryland and Pennsylvania before serving as the local coordinator of the federal Drug Free Communities program in Adams County, Pennsylvania with Collaborating for Youth.