New York State Cradle To Career Alliance Welcomes 12th Community Partnership At Annual Convening

June 26, 2014

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the New York State Cradle To Career Alliance today welcomed the newest community partnership – Geneva 2020 – to the state-wide network, which supports partnerships across New York and fosters their continued collaboration as SUNY seeks to bring the collective impact education model to scale.

Chancellor Zimpher was joined by New York City Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery and more than 100 higher education, K-12, and community partners who are implementing the StriveTogether framework in communities across New York State. This year’s event, Roadmaps and Pipelines: Cradle to Career and Data, brought partners together to explore the use of data to drive their efforts.

“When a dedicated group of cross-sector leaders in any community commits to working in tandem in order to educate more children, to educate them better, and to educate them together, student success all along the education pipeline increases,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The collective impact model works, and each of the communities implementing it is to be commended for undertaking this difficult but rewarding work on behalf of their communities and the children and families they serve.”

Jeff Edmondson, managing director of StriveTogether, a national network of cradle-to-career communities, said, “Nancy Zimpher has been a part of this work since the beginning, and her continued leadership in New York as well as nationally, and even globally, has propelled StriveTogether forward. We are proud to have nearly 50 communities nationally who are setting a high bar for what it means to improve outcomes for children at scale. We look forward to our continued collaboration with the cradle-to-career partnerships across the state of New York to demonstrate the power of this very challenging work.”

“New York City is excited to be part of the New York State Cradle to Career Alliance’s annual convening,” said Deputy Mayor Richard Buery. “To see so many vibrant educational partners in one place is an inspiration, especially in light of Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to developing 100 community schools by the end of his first term. In order to level the playing field, we must provide strong educational options at every stage of a child’s life. I applaud SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher for gathering partners from several industries around a shared passion for doing right by our children, both in and out of school.”

"On behalf of Geneva 2020, we are happy to officially join the New York State Cradle to Career Alliance," said Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. "Geneva 2020 seeks to unite the entire Geneva community to address three issues identified by the Geneva City School District as critical to the future of our children: literacy, graduation rate, and career and college readiness. Using the collective impact model, we have already seen improvements in all metrics. With the advice and counsel of the state-wide network, we hope to continue our work and move to a new level of excellence."

Vanessa Threatte, executive director of the Alliance, said, “There is growing appetite for learning and sharing coming from this network of cross-sector partners across the state, and we are proud to coordinate the efforts of our 12 sites as well as others who are interested in exploring the data-driven model for collective impact. Thank you to all of the local leaders who joined us in New York City for this important annual conversation.”

Through the Alliance and its partnerships with communities and schools statewide, SUNY supports 12 community partnerships across New York in an effort to mend the state’s education pipeline and support youth as they prepare for college and career.

Geneva 2020, the newest member site, aims to advance the Geneva schools and build a stronger community. By harnessing the resources of the entire Geneva community – non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals – the partnership seeks to provide assistance in key areas of education and development identified by the Geneva City School District to improve student outcomes.

The 12 sites supported by the Alliance are:

  • The Albany Promise
  • Brooklyn Strive (Bedford Stuyvesant)
  • Broome County
  • Clinton Country Thrive
  • Farmingdale
  • Geneva 2020
  • Mohawk Valley
  • Renaissance Education Pipeline Cradle To Career (Harlem District 5)
  • ROC the Future (Rochester)
  • South Bronx Rising Together (Community Board 3)
  • Yonkers Thrives
  • Zone 126 (Astoria, Long Island City, Queens)

About the New York State Cradle to Career Alliance at SUNY
The first network of its kind nationally, the New York State Cradle to Career Alliance at SUNY serves as a central support system for cradle-to-career networks statewide, and works with interested communities in the state seeking to develop new partnerships. In partnership with StriveTogether, SUNY is helping communities all around the state to adapt a framework for civic infrastructure to serve as the foundation of their cradle to career efforts.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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