Baltimore's Promise


About: Baltimore’s Promise is a city-wide collaborative dedicated to improving outcomes for Baltimore’s youth. It is focused on building a culture of shared accountability and collaboration across Baltimore City. Baltimore’s Promise is unique – a unified effort led by a group of dedicated leaders from the private, philanthropic, nonprofit, higher education, business, and government sectors. Its organizers envision a City where all children and youth enter early adulthood healthy, educated, and well equipped to lead productive careers and lives. 

Baltimore’s Promise was created to serve as a backbone organization, independent and solely dedicated to guiding this work. Specifically, the mission of Baltimore’s Promise is to coordinate strategy, identify quality programs, support alignment activities, establish shared measures for meaningful results, build public will, and advance policy on behalf of Baltimore City’s youth.

Baltimore’s Promise has five ambitious goals for the City’s youth as they transition along each part of the
cradle-to-career continuum: 

  • Babies are born healthy
  • Children enter Kindergarten ready to succeed in school
  • Children and youth achieve at grade level in school
  • Youth graduate high school prepared for the next step without remediation
  • Youth earn quality post-secondary credentials or receive training and are career ready

Baltimore's Promise is a member of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, a national network of communities working to improve education success for every child from birth into adulthood through a data driven, quality collective impact approach. The concept of collective impact was first articulated in the 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article Collective Impact, written by John Kania and Mark Kramer. 

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