Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative
San Jose, California
Can you picture an impoverished neighborhood where children didn’t feel safe going to and from school; where children struggled to learn in school; where they were hungry; had a hard time learning and the teachers were overwhelmed? Do you see a neighborhood where parents couldn’t get meaningful work because of their immigration status and language barriers; where nonprofits and city programs would come and go, but weren’t connected or rooted in the community? Now, imagine a collaborative community solution of a school guided by a cradle to career strategy–with a Family Resource Center embedded in a state of the art early learning Educare site, an after school program at the school, ESL for parents, homework help for youth, and neighborhood organizing. That’s the Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative.
What if we could disrupt the cycle of generational poverty by creating a neighborhood free from fear where every child can learn from cradle to career, where families live in safe, decent, affordable housing, learn English and find work to make ends meet? What if we developed a collective impact approach that encompasses 2-Generation anti-poverty strategies? What if by making these things happen we were able to meet individual and community needs?