United Way Quad Cities has joined forces with the Regional Development Authority (RDA) to launch a COVID-19 problem-solving cohort designed for education-focused nonprofits that have an emphasis on serving parents, students or teachers.
The collective goal of the cohort is to increase the number of Quad Cities students reading at grade-level by third grade by 30 percent by 2030.
Since the creation of the program:
- 12 organizations from across the region completed training and education.
- 100% of participants stated they improved their organizational effectiveness.
- A total of $100,000 in grant funding — provided by the generosity of Women United — was awarded to participants to help support implementation of the most innovative and impactful solutions.
How the Program Works
- The cohort consists of around a dozen leaders from nonprofits, grassroots organizations and local social entrepreneurs, located in Scott or Rock Island counties.
- The first Quad-Cities cohort will design innovations to strengthen the literacy ecosystem surrounding Black and Hispanic children (newborn to third grade), including child care settings, out-of-school-time programs and parent support services.
- Over the course of seven workshops, the group met virtually to walk through the Community Innovation Framework. Between sessions, members conducted practicum activities and meet in pairs to build relationships and strengthen each other’s work.
Thank you to the Together for Tomorrow cohort participants, joining United Way Quad Cities and CoSpero:
- Aldridge Early Learning Center
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley
- Community Action of Eastern Iowa
- Davenport Public Library
- Love Girls Magazine
- Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
- Moline Public Library
- PROJECT NOW
- Two Rivers YMCA
- YWCA of the Quad Cities
Finalists representing five of the Spring 2021 Together for Tomorrow cohort pitched their big ideas to strengthen education outcomes in the Quad Cities during a May 2021 event, in partnership with KWQC TV6 News, Quad-City Times, The Dispatch / Rock Island Argus and Women United.