May 2017 Convening
The Lab's third convening, Pathways to Impact, took place in May of 2017. In response to city needs, the convenings continue to be inward-facing, with an intense focus on moving the city work forward. The keynote session, given by PolicyLink President Dr. Michael McAfee, was open to the public. Please take a moment to learn more and watch his direct, challenging, and inspiring address below.
Dr. McAfee has led the effort to make the Promise Neighborhoods initiative a reality in communities across the U.S. His talk, entitled "Equity and Collective Impact in Systems Change," focuses on the work of the Promise Neighborhood Institute to build stronger systems of educational support and opportunity for children. Inspired by the successful Harlem Children’s Zone model, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink supports Promise Neighborhoods — communities of opportunity centered around strong schools — to wrap children in education, health, and social supports from cradle to career. President Obama launched the Promise Neighborhoods in 2010 and now over 50 communities are planning or implementing results-focused data-driven Promise Neighborhoods, scaling up to serve 200,000 children nationwide.