About Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood
Initiated in 2009, the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood brings together many partners, including philanthropy, residents, community service providers and schools. The community-based Promise Neighborhood Advisory Board provides strategic direction with substantive input and guidance for the entire project.
Promise, a collective impact initiative modeled similarly to the Harlem Children’s Zone, works to improve outcomes for children, families and community in three ways:
- Engage resident voices
- Align organizations
- Employ a whole-family approach
An advisory council meets bimonthly and provides input, guidance and oversight to this initiative.
At its center is a “cradle-to-career pipeline” with partner organizations committed to shared metrics and results-based accountability. As the backbone of this collaboration, Promise’s role is to help align strategic resources; coordinate communication with all residents, organizations and others who have a stake in the neighborhood; measure success through shared data; and engage residents to lead the overall change.