Students at the Center Challenge

                         Letter of Intent is due by December 8th!

The Coalition for Community Schools, Communities in Schools and StriveTogether are launching the Students at the Center Challenge with the support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation. The initiative will award funding to communities that demonstrate the potential to move toward a student-centered learning system. This approach emphasizes the needs and interests of students over institutions, combining quality educational opportunities with health and wellness services, mentoring, college readiness activities and work-based learning experiences.

Through the Challenge, it is anticipated that planning grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to approximately 10 communities that commit to changing how they align and expend their work to help students, particularly children of color and low-income students. At the end of a six-month planning period, some communities are expected to receive implementation grants and technical assistance, while others may receive grants and support. 

Please review all documents below for more information:

  • ·  Challenge Letter: This document provides a brief overview of grant challenge and information on how to apply
  • ·  Challenge Framework
  • ·  Collaborating Partner Network List: Any community where there is at least one affiliate one member of one of the collaborating Partner's networks is eligible to submit a letter of intent for consideration in the Challenge. Only one proposal will be accepted from each community. Where there are multiple affiliates or members of a Collaborating Partner's network, these groups will need to collaborate on the letter of intent (LOI) and proposal.
· Social media toolkit: Please use to share and promote this challenge across social media platforms.


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