From small seeds come mighty trees
Achieve Palm Beach County began with a community gathering in May of 2015, when a group of Palm Beach County Leaders invited community members from a cross-section of organizations to discuss improving educational attainment through a collective impact approach. In July of the following year the Steering Committee released a strategic plan to define the work needed and in December of 2016, the committee hosted a Launch Event to begin the work through Strategy and Support Teams.
Since that initial community gathering, this collective impact effort has made tremendous strides towards our goal through the creation of a strategic plan, attaining the support of our host organization, United Way of Palm Beach County and having hiring an Executive Director, Dr. Christine Koehn. Additionally, we have created four action teams as defined by our four main areas of focus: Parent and Families Engagement, High School Advising, FAFSA Completion and Post-Secondary Supports and Scholarships. Additionally, we have created the Data and Communication teams which provide support to the action teams.
How we keep the lights on
Achieve PBC has secured significant funding from a wide-variety of organizations along with in-kind support beyond participation such as meeting coordination, access to venues and materials, printing, communications as well as fiscal and project management. We believe in the ability of our community business organizations to provide the resources and insight to help us address the needs of our children, so we work to celebrate, support and uplift those community partners to expand their role in our organization and in the community.
We don’t just work in the community, we are the community
It is with great intention that our organization is committed to the representation of our community, its concerns and its hopes. We have the same hopes and dreams for all our children, which is why our initiatives, teams and programs were created from conversations with the community along with focus groups that included students and parents from our underserved county areas. Both the Steering Committee and Operations Committee include representatives from a variety of organizations serving a diverse set of students and families.
Our team members are here to facilitate the work, collect the data and celebrate the successes with the community and just like our county, they are a diverse and dynamic group dedicated to the success of our youth.meet our team
Achieve Palm Beach County is made up of members who are just like you because we are residents just like you. We want to see our youth succeed and our community thrive. The only thing that belief needs to be realized is you. Together, we can create sustainable changes that will positively impact our community for future generations.count me in