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“The Partnership is an essential partner and is having a tremendous impact in Watts. I have seen how Partnership values families, community members and community leaders and brings us together to achieve a quality education for all students.”Dr. Perry Crouch Education Chair, Watts Gang Task Force

The Partnership believes that resources and support from community partners and the collective action of communities is key to equitably serving schools.

In order to reverse trends of under-investment of low-income communities, it is essential that we foster more dynamic partnerships to help close opportunity and achievement gaps. Through active community engagement and strategic community partnerships, we work to match the expertise of community partners with a school’s specific needs. And at the network level, we leverage the collective expertise and resources in and around our three communities to best serve all Partnership schools.

What Sets the Partnership Approach Apart

We have a dedicated team that works to leverage the collective expertise and resources of partners to achieve school transformation and advance resource equity. We work with the school to identify, manage, and sustain relationships with key partners year-round who are good fits for their goals and needs. Partners that our schools work with include, but aren’t limited to, after-school programs, wraparound service and health providers, local advocacy organizations, and arts-focused non-profits that bring in needed services and resources for students. Our approach is distinct from a traditional district approach that tends to favor semester-long programming led by community partners – in the arts, music, or dance, for example – that changes frequently and is not sustained over time.

We work to streamline the compliance barriers for our schools that, while important, make it difficult for partners to get clearance to work in a school. Through our partnership with LA Unified, we rely on them to ensure that partners meet all safety and legal requirements needed to be on campus; this frees us up to proactively build relationships with a robust and reliable network of partners we trust and for whom we can advocate. Many partners and organizations specifically choose to work with us because our team helps them navigate the obstacles and barriers they routinely face. We help partners quickly secure the permissions they need to provide schools with much-needed resources, whether it’s a new playground, grass field installation, or an after-school program. 

Our Multi-Pronged Approach to Community Partnerships:

  • Develop school-specific strategies and leverage partnerships to meet schoolwide goals
  • Scale partnerships to deepen impact across the network
  • Develop community-level partnerships to increase alignment between and maximize the impact of school and community goals
  • Cultivate relationships and convene partners to be ambassadors for the mission, be more strategic and deepen our collective impact
  • Serve as advisors to school communities to engage with community partners and leaders.

In Los Angeles and across the country, students in high-need schools experience a critical lack of access to the arts. 

We are intentional about supporting schools to include arts education in their strategic plans.

We have a network-wide comprehensive plan for the arts that aligns and scaffolds arts education TK-12 through school feeder patterns.

We leverage the support of community partners to bring direct arts instruction, arts integration, and access to and experiences in the arts to our students. 

We scaffold our arts supports around the school’s Arts Lead and build their capacity to lead ongoing planning and implementation of an arts strategic plan in alignment with broader school goals. 

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