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Cradle to Career was founded on a simple idea: We can improve educational outcomes for every child, in every school, when we learn and make change together.

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The Cradle to Career Partnership (C2C) is a results-focused collaborative committed to ensuring that children and youth in Pima County have access to opportunities and resources to succeed not only in school, but in life. Convened by a backbone team anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, C2C seeks to align organizations, institutions, and individuals to change systems so that every young person – no matter their race, ethnicity, zip code, or circumstance – is fully supported in an informed and equitable way.

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We are committed to sharing the ongoing work the Cradle to Career Partnership. Check out the latest updates from each of our Change Networks.

Learnings and Connections from the StriveTogether Network Convening

Members of the Cradle to Career backbone team and Christopher Bonn and Matt Tarver-Wahlquist from the C2C Leadership Council had the opportunity to attend the 2022 StriveTogether Network Convening in Chicago, Illinois. The Convening took place between September 21 and...

C2C Announces the Launch of Youth Resource Platform

The Cradle-to-Career Partnership (C2C), anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, today announced the launch of the Youth on the Rise Youth Resource Platform to support C2C’s mission of preparing every child in the community for success in school and...

C2C Releases Report on Post-Secondary Pathways in Community

Cradle to Career and the Post-Secondary Enrollment and Completion Change Networks are releasing “Post-Secondary Pathways: Learnings from the Community,” a summary of the major learnings on post-secondary pathways and barriers that exist in Tucson and Southern Arizona....

Pima Youth Vote is Helping to Turn Out the Vote

With the midterm elections just over two months away, the Pima Youth Vote initiative led by our United Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is working to help young people across our community learn more about voting and how to exercise their rights. Voter turnout for...

C2C Receives $70,000 to Support School Partnerships

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona announced today new investments of $70,000 in Cradle to Career (C2C) initiatives which will be used to support programs in early grade literacy and middle school math.  Elementary and middle schools in the Tucson Unified,...

C2C Staff Learns About Advance Care Planning

On July 26, 2022, The Cradle to Career backbone team attended a workshop hosted by the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership (EOLCP) to learn more about Advance Care Planning. The workshop provided an important educational opportunity for the C2C team about the...

Check Out Photos from the YOTR Open House

On July 20th, Youth on the Rise (YOTR) hosted an open house on the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona campus, convening partners for an afternoon of networking, engaging in reflective activities, and sharing resources. Check out photos from the event below.

A Message from Melissa Hernandez

Today, as we enter another new fiscal year, I am confident in our capacity to anticipate and respond to obstacles that will surely come our way. I am optimistic about the ability to address challenges and opportunities that have been identified throughout my...

Post-Secondary Change Networks: A Year in Review

Since launching last summer, the Post-Secondary Enrollment and Completion Change Networks have assessed the existing post-secondary pathways, the barriers that exist to and within them, and began testing strategies to address those barriers while prioritizing...

Open House Bring YOTR Partners Together for Action

On July 20th, Youth on the Rise (YOTR) hosted an open house on the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona campus, convening partners for an afternoon of networking, engaging in reflective activities, and sharing resources. For many of the 65 attendees, the event...

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