Project REACH: A Possible Collective Impact Project in Florida

In February 2016, a group of faculty and staff from FL|CC participating institutions began a conversation about possibilities for a collective impact initiative in Florida. During the summer and early fall of 2016, the conversation developed into a panel presentation and discussion at the FL|CC Professional Development Conference in November 2016.

The following document outlines the initial focus of and possibilities for a state of Florida collective impact project.

Florida Collective Impact Project

If you are interested in learning more about or becoming involved with a collective impact project in Florida, email Jillian Volpe White, Ph.D., Director of Academic Engagement at


FL|CC Institute: Galvanizing Collective Impact

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Friday, March 10, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

At this institute, Madeline Yates, Executive Director of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact, and Emily Knowles-Kellett, P-20 CONNECTS Partnerships Coordinator, will join us via Skype to talk about the challenges and successes of a multi-year collective impact initiative. Collective impact projects 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.” Following the presentation, we will discuss possibilities for a state of Florida collective impact project focused on college readiness and completion.


Meet the Presenters:

Madeline Yates, Executive Director, Maryland-DC Campus Compact

Madeline 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. Her BA and MA are from Gettysburg and Hood College respectively.


Emily Knowles-Kellett, P20 CONNECTS Partnerships Coordinator

Emily 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. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in Teaching Social Studies form Hunter College – CUNY.


Read more about P20 CONNECTS

P20 CONNECTS White Paper

P20 CONNECTS Action Plan


Articles about Collective Impact:

Kania, J., & Kramer, M. (2011). Collective impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 36 – 41.

Hanleybrown, F., Kania, J., & Kramer, M. (2012). Channeling change: Making collective impact work. Stanford Social Innovation Review, 1 – 8. 

Collective Insights on Collective Impact – A special supplement for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

Collective Impact Forum: What Is Collective Impact


Brief Videos that Explain Collective Impact

Tackling Complex Social Problems through Collective Impact (Collective Impact Forum)

What Is Collective Impact? (FSG Impact)


Collective Impact Projects in Higher Education:

30,000 Degrees: College Readiness for a Stronger Staten Island

RGV FOCUS (formerly Rio Grande Valley Collective Impact Initiative)

RGV FOCUS (formerly Rio Grande Valley Collective Impact Initiative)

Achieve Palm Beach County

Jefferson Success Pathway