Mayor Mike Spano Announces Yonkers Strive Together Partnership for Education

November 19, 2013

Community Coalition Aims to Support Students from Cradle to Career

Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today was joined by a coalition of civic, education, community and business leaders at the Hudson River Museum to announce the new Yonkers Strive Together Cradle to Career Partnership. The partnership, which currently includes 27 organizations, has been formed out of the Mayor's Education Redesign Team established in 2012 to recommend innovative education reforms.

“The Strive Together Partnership is not a program or campaign, it's a philosophy that brings all sectors of our city to the table to identify and bridge the gaps that exist between a student's potential and achievement,” said Mayor Spano. “From the time our youth enter school to the time they start a career, this new effort will provide a community support network both in and out of the classroom to keep students on a pathway toward success.”

Strive Together embraces a shared community vision, supporting students by building a Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure around the strengths and needs unique to the City. Today's announcement of the Strive Together Partnership comes as the City hosts the Strive Design Institute, a meeting of more than 100 members of public, private and non-profit organizations, coming together to assess community assets and design Yonkers' Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure.

“Shared vision and a commitment to collective action are key to the success of Strive,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By forming this partnership, Mayor Spano and all involved have taken a critical first step toward improving student success for Yonkers children both in and out of school, from cradle to career. SUNY is proud to support this effort and to welcome the partnership to the New York State Cradle To Career Alliance.”

Currently, over 80 communities across the country, including 11 in New York State, are applying the Strive philosophy. The Yonkers Strive Together Partnership includes a spectrum of members working with the City and Board of Education including SUNY Purchase, Westchester Community College, Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers Federation of Teachers, Yonkers PTA, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of Westchester, Progressive Computing Inc.,YMCA, JCY-Westchester, Yonkers Partners in Education, Nepperhan Community Center and ANDRUS, among many others.

Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Bernard P. Pierorazio said, "The STRIVE framework accentuates the importance of education as a primary focus to enhance the prosperity of our city by developing a community of learners in preparation for the future. Today's Design Institute advances this collaborative, sustained investment in education in Yonkers, making everyone accountable for the education of our population, from the cradle to a career. We enthusiastically embrace this opportunity.”

Dr. Marsha Gordon, President/CEO of the Business Council of Westchester said, "The Business Council of Westchester applauds Yonkers work to bring the diverse stakeholders of the community together to address the success of students in Yonkers. The business community recognizes that education is the cornerstone to economic growth and we are proud to be part of the Strive initiative."

Implementation of Strive is expected to begin in a year. A series of working meetings will be held over the coming weeks to finalize performance expectations and core indicators. A baseline report card will later be released to allow for the Partnership to prioritize core indicators based on the data gathered.

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