Announcement: 2023 Community Collaboration Challenge Awardees

Congratulations to the 2023 Community Collaboration Challenge Awardees!

With Support from the New York Life Foundation

The NPSS Support Hub, with support from the New York Life Foundation is distributing $105,000 in Community Collaboration Challenge stipends to 21 communities across the country. Awardees will use these funds to host local collaboration events in their communities, bringing together diverse stakeholder groups such as local schools, districts, nonprofit organizations, out-of-school programs, colleges, student groups, families, local government agencies, and other community leaders, to identify shared assets and challenges and set initial goals to get more people-powered and evidence-based supports to students in their communities.

The NPSS Hub received 120 applications from organizations in 35 states and selected 21 awardees, outlined below.


The goals of the NPSS Community Collaboration Challenge are to: 

  • Catalyze collaboration between stakeholders within communities around getting more people-powered and evidence-based supports to students in and out of school; 
  • Support communities to identify both barriers and opportunities related to supporting young people to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and thrive; 
  • Support communities to identify collaborative solutions to shared challenges and set initial goals; 
  • Offer guidance, technical assistance, and resources necessary to facilitate identification of quality, NPSS-aligned supports and connection to schools and districts; 
  • Identify bright spots to share as validators to inspire additional communities to design and implement local partnerships for student success. 

Awardees include:

State Program City Organization
AL Birmingham Birmingham Education Foundation
AZ Tempe Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
CA San Jose Innovate Public Schools – San Jose
DC Washington George Washington University
FL Opa-locka The Carrie Meek Foundation, Inc.
IN Merrillville Coates Inc
KY Hazard Teach for America Appalachia
MA Boston Boston Partners in Education
MI Muskegon Boys & Girls Club of Muskegon Lakeshore
NC Elizabeth City Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Schools
NC Greensboro SHIELD Mentor Program
NE Omaha MENTOR Nebraska
NJ Bridgeton Hopeloft
NY Buffalo City Year Buffalo
OK Tulsa Growing Together
PA Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania
TX Pearland HYPE Freedom School, Inc.
TX Cleburne East Cleburne Community Center
VA Glen Allen Richmond Urban Collective
WA Lynwood Homage
VT Burlington MENTOR Vermont

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Post-Secondary Transition Coaches

Support post-secondary exposure, college search and fit/match, college application creation, financial aid applications, and navigation of post-secondary transitions.


Academic Tutors

A form of teaching, one-on-one or in a small group, towards a specific goal. High-impact tutoring leads to months of additional learning gains for students by supplementing (but not replacing) students’ classroom experiences. High-impact tutoring responds to individual needs and complements students’ existing curriculum.


High-Quality Mentors

With training and support, facilitate a variety of youth development and enrichment experiences, help youth explore and affirm their identity, provide navigational support around school-to-work transitions, and buffer against adversity in-school, out of school, and over the summer.


Student Success Coaches

Form diverse teams in systemically under-resourced schools to partner with teachers to provide integrated, relationship-driven social, emotional, academic, and youth development supports to enhance student outcomes and create positive learning environments at the classroom and whole school level during and after the school day.


Wraparound/Integrated Student Support Coordinators

Enable schools to build strong connections and systems with community health, mental health, and social service providers. Coordinators put school climate plans and multi-tiered systems of support into action.


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