The six Raising Places communities reflect a wide variety of place types, regions of the country, population demographics, assets and challenges. What they all share is a commitment to child-centered progress.
The structure of each Raising Places community includes both a convening organization and a group of local leaders, called the design team. In selecting communities for Raising Places, we looked for the following characteristics:
A clearly-defined community area that is small enough to provide focus, yet large enough to involve a wide range of stakeholders
Recent or ongoing initiatives toward childhood wellness at both community and county/state levels
Teams are able to identify not only barriers to children thriving, but also unique local assets that may be leveraged
The convening organization has deep ties to the community, including residents, as well as significant experience engaging in cross-sector collaboration
The cross-sector design team comes from a variety of professional roles focused on both “better childhoods” and “better communities”
Team members are open to exploring new ways to solve old problems, and they bring both expertise and curiosity to the table