What is Edgewater Collective?

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Our Mission

Cultivating partnerships to foster thriving Edgewater families, schools and community

Origins

2013

  • Edgewater Collective was launched in March to rally Edgewater around its local schools
  • We organized the Edgewater Art Walk in April with partners to focus the community on our local schools
  • In November Joel Newton left his pastor job to work full-time for Edgewater Collective and strategize how to best invest in our local schools and families

2014

  • The Reading Buddy project was started to train volunteers to help 1st-3rd grade students read
  • Math Mentors were trained to help 3rd-6th grade students develop their math skills
  • We partnered with Jefferson High School to organize the Saint Tank competition where high school students competed for funds to start their own business in Edgewater
  • In the spring, it was determined by the leadership of local networking group, Greater Edgewater Community Connection (GECC) that the organization would transition to become part of Edgewater Collective
  • During the summer, it was determined that Edgewater Collective’s main focus would be to leading efforts to align the community around creating a cradle to career pathway for all students in the Jefferson Articulation Area

Current Focus

So this summer we transitioned our beta programs (Saint Tank, Math Mentors and Reading Buddies) to other community leaders.

Going forward, Edgewater Collective will not run programs, but will focus solely collaborating for the common good in our community. The main focus of this work is on the Jefferson Success Pathway.

We believe that by aligning all community stakeholders
around a common vision
and keeping them accountable to goals and indicators,
all children can succeed from cradle to career.

Instead of focusing on a few stories of transformation limited to a few children and their families, we are focused on changing the education ecosystem in our area.

You can read more about these efforts here.

Value of Inclusion and Diversity

We are a common good organization which strives to be inclusive of all and value the beauty of diversity.

We welcome all who want to invest in the next generation. It is our hope to offer equal opportunity to all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identifications, abilities, incomes, marital statuses and ages in all levels of staff and governance.