Vision To Reality… It is happening! A Record of Achievement Since 2005
20/20 Vision evolved organically from a conversation that began in 2005 among predominantly faith-based New York City youth workers at the Coalition of Urban Youth Workers (the “Coalition”). They wrestled with whether the City’s 7,100 churches might assist the City’s 1,600 public schools in meaningful ways if they began to engage those schools differently. (See also 20/20 History.)
Partnering with local service networks, in 2005 the Coalition initiated a citywide campaign to challenge churches to serve public schools that has coincided directly with a dramatic increase in New York’s four-year graduation rate, from 46.5% in 2005 to 56.4% in 2008, and corresponding decrease in the city’s dropout rate, from 22% in 2005 to 13.5% in 2008. (Source: Citizen’s Committee for Children of NYC.)
What started out as a simple question matured into a movement that launched at a gathering of 1,500 leaders in Brooklyn on September 20, 2008. More than 190 organizations have adopted schools since then, and 20/20’s call for Community Stakeholders to provide leadership on the issue of education reform has reverberated around the country.
The following is a partial list of 20/20’s achievements since 2005:
- Raised awareness of educational inequity among more than 2,500 multi-sector New York City leaders and changed the discourse from indifference to holistic engagement.
- Forged unprecedented, intergenerational partnerships between emerging youth workers represented by the Coalition and veteran, multi-sector leaders represented by New York City Leadership Center and others.
- Convened 120 multi-sector leaders for action planning on September 18, 2008, that served as the roadmap for 20/20’s first two years.
- Recruited 150 organizational school adopters by the September 20, 2008, launch.
- Secured strategic partnerships with best practice training providers including World Vision, Heart of a Champion, the Christian Association of Youth Mentoring, and others.
- Innovated engagement prototypes for each 20/20 onramp including school adoptions, empowered volunteers, and student leadership development.