Dear SVP Partners,
I am excited to announce that SVP Tucson, after eight months of research and meetings with stakeholders in Southern Arizona and beyond, has focused our Community Impact Goal on effecting 2-Generation (2-Gen) change. This innovative approach targets both parents and their children, so that together they may unleash their full potential.
Bridging the Gap
SVP Tucson will make meaningful connections between organizations supporting early childhood development and those promoting adult learning. At the same time, we will continue to build the capacity of our investees.
2-Gen is a natural evolution for SVP Tucson. Our three current investees — JobPath, Higher Ground, and Single Mom Scholars — already work with adults, children, or both. And, in a survey of SVP Tucson Partners last February asking where our organization should focus, the top response was “early childhood education” followed by “parents and families” and “post high school” advancement.
Imagine the progress when SVP becomes a catalyst for connected support among organizations and others to share knowledge, experience and resources to promote a whole-family network that paves the road from poverty to opportunity.
Plus, 2-Gen support allows us to hone our search for future investees to organizations that, through our vetting process, will most benefit from our involvement and best support our Community Impact Goal.
SVP Tucson came to this decision based on input from experts and community leaders, and compelling research that revealed the following:
- Nearly 30 percent of children in Pima County live in poverty
- Arizona ranks 42nd nationwide for the economic well-being of children
- 90 percent of brain development takes place in the first five years of a child’s life
- Only 40 percent of 3 to 4 year-olds in Pima County are enrolled in early education
- 70 percent of adults in Pima County lack a postsecondary degree
- Parents who earn a college degree double their incomes
- Every $3,000 more a parent makes when their child is young translates to a 17 percent increase in the child’s future earnings
We look forward to your input and involvement as we move forward with our Community Impact Goal. If you have questions or would like to get involved in this exciting endeavor, please contact Ciara Garcia
The Community Impact Task Force will keep you updated on our progress, and we look forward to sharing more details at our Story Tour later this month, and at our December Partner Summit.
Your partner in impact,
Anne Maley, Chair of the SVP Tucson Board of Directors