The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) chose the Urban Institute in 2010 to evaluate its plan to help children reach their full potential through intensive, cradle-to-college support. Later that year, DCPNI became one of 21 recipients of a Promise Neighborhood planning grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
DCPNI was launched in 2008 in the city’s Parkside-Kenilworth community, where approximately half of all DCPNI residents live below the federal poverty line, almost three times the citywide average. Under DCPNI, residents, school principals, health care and social service providers, and other stakeholders are developing a multilayered approach to academic and life success for children and youth that goes well beyond school hours.
Please join us for a panel discussion addressing such questions as
• Why do Promise Neighborhoods matter?
• What is DCPNI’s approach to making lasting change in the city?
• What has DCPNI accomplished so far?
• How will its impact be evaluated?
• What challenges lie ahead?
• What can other communities learn from DCPNI?
Moderated by Alice Rivlin, senior fellow, Brookings Institution.
Michael McAfee, president, Promise Neighborhoods Institute
Susan Popkin, senior fellow and director, Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development, Urban Institute
Irasema Salcido, president, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative; founder and CEO, Cesar Chávez Public Charter Schools
Sharita Slayton, advisory neighborhood commissioner, DCPNI neighborhoods, District of Columbia