In 2011, the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund (Ed Fund) launched two collaborative initiatives, the West County College Access Network (WCCAN) and the Out-of-School Time Collaborative (OST) to increase college access and success and increase access to high quality out-of-school-time programs for children and youth living in West Contra Costa County.
In 2015, Ed Fund invited members from both collaborative groups to take part in a series of facilitated strategy sessions to find alignment between the two initiatives in order to improve student success. Those sessions resulted in the formation of a collective impact initiative, currently referred to as the Collaborative.
The Collaborative is committed to nothing less than every West County child graduating from high school prepared for college, career and life. By 2025, we will double the number of West County children and youth who earn a post-secondary degree or certificate. We are individually and collectively committed to aligning our strategies and resources to eliminate the systemic inequities faced by under-served and underrepresented children, youth and families.
The work of the collaborative is driven by its’ action teams. Action Teams meet monthly with the charge of implementing the goals and indicators identified by the Collaborative. The Collaborative is supported by a Policy Team of institutional and system leaders aimed at removing barriers to the work.
The Ed Fund acts as the Backbone Agency. The Backbone Agency’s role is to convene, support shared activities, provide continuous communication, support shared measurement, and mobilize resources.
All members of the Collaborative will work to impact agreed upon key indicators that ultimately will support success in post-secondary education. In 2016, the key indicators were defined as:
Out of School Time
- Increase the number of students in West Contra Costa that are being served in high quality Out of School Time programs (Worked Based Learning Opportunities at the high school level).
- Increase the number of OST Organizations that are participating in formal quality improvement process.
- Increase the percentage of students that are graduating high school having completed A-G requirements.
- Increase the percentage of seniors that are completing financial aid applications.
- Increase the number of students that are earning AP and/or college credit during high school.
- Increase the percentage of students that graduate from high school who are ready to be placed into College level coursework.
- Increase the percentage of students that have gpas above 3.0.
The OST and College Access Action Teams will work together to create strategies to impact the key indicators.
Collaborative members will:
- Influence the Collaborative Annual Agenda
- Be highlighted in publications and on website as a member of the Collaborative
- Have access to funding opportunities
- Be part of a passionate group of organizations that strive to eliminate the systemic inequities faced by our under-served and underrepresented families