Community Collaboration Challenge

Community Collaboration Challenge

With Support from the New York Life Foundation

The National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS), a public-private partnership including AmeriCorps, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education is excited to launch a stipend program with support from the New York Life Foundation. This stipend program is designed to help connect schools and districts with high-quality providers of NPSS-aligned supports—tutors, mentors, student success coaches, wraparound/integrated student support coordinators, and post-secondary transition coaches—in their communities.

These $5,000 stipends are to be used to host local 1-2 day catalyst events that bring together school and district leaders, local non-profits, colleges and universities, student and family groups, local government agencies, local or regional provider networks, and other community leaders in conversation about where and how to bring more evidence-based, people-powered supports to young people in schools and in out of school time settings.  In addition to funding,  grantees will also have access to technical assistance from the NPSS Hub in the form of tools, guidance, access to networks, support identifying local high-quality student support providers, and connections to other communities.    

The application for the Community Collaboration Challenge opens on January 25th with awards being announced in late March of 2023. Funding applications will be reviewed by a diverse team of judges and the NPSS Steering Committee using this Community Collaboration Challenge Rubric. Grantees should plan and hold these connector events in late spring or summer in the lead-up to the new school year.   

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Application opens January 25, 2023 

Application closes March 3, 2023, 11:59pm ET 

Stipend funding announced March 21, 2023 


    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. 
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