Tuesday October 1st 2019

Apache Hotel & Empire Event Center

1517 16th St. SW

Rochester, MN 55902

We invite you and your colleagues to the first annual Cradle 2 Career Fall Convening. This convening will bring you the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies you need to understand and implement collective impact in your work. Registration online NOW.

Invest. It is a simple word with equal amounts of risk and reward. However, we are choosing everyday mini-investments of time, talent, and money. Many financial advisors say that if we want a clear picture of our values, look at where we spend our money. We argue the same goes for time and talent.

Cradle 2 Career's Fall Convening encourages each person to think about investment through the lens of Collective Impact. Each community has a unique way of coming together to solve community-wide problems. Whether it is raising awareness or putting tactics into place, we learn from how others have tackled obstacles and put together our own plan for our own communities. What does it look like if a community aligns their resources (time, talent, or financials) to a shared result? What does it look like when a community shares and uses local data to drive decisions? What does it look like when a community makes decisions through an equity lens?

These are the very questions our breakout sessions will answer. You can find Equity, Data, and Collective Impact sessions offered by looking for the corresponding icons.








Schedule of Events

8:00-8:30am Check-in, breakfast and registration

8:30am-9:00am C2C Share-Out

9:00am-10:45am C2C Experience 

10:45am-11:00am Break

11:00am-11:45am Break Out session 1 

11:45am-12:30pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Mayor Kim Norton

12:30pm-12:45pm Break

12:45pm-1:30pm Break out Session 2

1:45pm-2:30pm Break out session 3

2:30pm-2:45pm Break

2:45pm-3:15pm Closing remarks, prizes 

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1



The PACE (Parent’s And Children Excel) program was developed as part of Olmsted County’s commitment to cultivate a culture focused on equity and inclusion. In collaboration with Family Service Rochester, the PACE program provides families with support and resources to address disparities and disproportionality that negatively impact educational outcomes for children of color. 

This breakout session will provide attendees with an overview of PACE, and how it utilizes various culturally-responsive engagement strategies, including near-peer mentorship, to help increase school engagement for youth served.

Speakers: Sydney Frye II, Program Supervisor, Family Service Rochester; Marissa Cham, Social Worker (PACE), Family Service Rochester; Faiza Hajiomar, Social Worker (PACE), Family Service Rochester, 

Lessons Learned from Implementing a Student Level Community Data Mart

Successfully building a community wide education data mart depends less on fancy technology and more on careful planning and building strong, trusting relationships. In this session, participants will learn lessons Every Hand Joined uncovered as they worked with non-profit partners and the Red Wing Public Schools to implement reporting infrastructure that met a broad range of stakeholder needs.  

The session will be appropriate not only to organizations contemplating a similar project, but also to those that are more generally interested in increasing their ability to build data capacity of network partners.

Speakers: Lisa Hansen, data manager of Every Hand Joined as well as Kevin Anderson & Devon Meade, non-profit data and technology consultants who partnered with Every Hand Joined on the project.

Equity in Collective Impact: Key Concepts and Tools

Collective Impact is a cross-sector approach to solving adaptive social problems—large-scale issues that can never be adequately addressed by a single organization working alone but instead require systems change. Among the key conditions that define collective impact efforts is a commitment to equity. To move the needle on entrenched social problems, organizations and collective impact initiatives must grapple with conditions of racism, colonialism, and exclusion that lead to unacceptable disparities in our communities. This session will review the conditions of collective impact and explore how to create more equitable collective impact initiatives through authentic community engagement. Participants will leave with resources and tools to move from learning to action. 

Speaker: Emily Johnston, Vice President Community Impact, United Way of Olmsted County


Breakout Session 2



Join Diversity Council Educational Equity Specialists and Equity Generalists in a conversation about educational equity, focused on the roles of all stakeholders in realizing the full potential of every student. This dialog will blend research and data, lived experience, and emerging practices to inform and activate individuals to participate in systems change. 

Speaker: Dr. Char Kunkel, Senior Facilitator, Diversity Council

For folks who are not “data people,” program evaluation can feel like a requirement for funders but not that helpful for any other purpose. It gets done but just because it has to. The truth is, even for non “data people” there are some really simple ways to make sure the data you collect is what funders need, but also useful and valuable for your program staff, executive team and board. With a little thought but not much hassle, your organization can be one that uses anecdotes AND data to make programming decisions and tell your story.

Speaker: Christine Bright, Bright Contributions

Rochester Reading Champions: Collaboration in Action

When local organizations build partnerships, they combine knowledge, resources, and expertise to address community-wide issues. This session will explain how an innovative collaboration is helping at-risk youth improve their reading by an average of 2.8 grades. Rochester Reading Champions (RRC) is a partnership between Rochester Public Library, The Reading Center, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, and other local organizations focused on the needs of underserved youth, teens, and adults. Designed as a free and sustainable literacy program, RRC’s foundation relies on highly-trained volunteer tutors using the proven Orton-Gillingham (O-G) approach. Lessons incorporate multisensory, structured, and sequential instruction. Volunteers joining RRC receive 120 hours of O-G training from The Reading Center and RRC Master Teachers. RRC then matches low-income students who struggle to read and write with these highly-trained volunteers for twice weekly, one-on-one lessons. Since each lesson is tailored to the specific needs of the learner, the approach generates literacy success and builds self-esteem. With an 80-100 lesson benchmark for RRC post-assessment, volunteer/student pairs make at least a one-year commitment together. Partner organizations refer students to the program considering both income and unmet academic need, and provide tutoring space. By reaching students with free tutoring at locations they already frequent, RRC eliminates both cost and transportation barriers. Annually, RRC recruits and trains an average of 4 new volunteers, and the growing program currently has over 30 tutors providing specialized lessons at multiple partner locations. During the group presentation, the panel will highlight critical components associated with RRC’s success including: teamwork, methodology, volunteerism, expectations, and measurements.

Speakers: Audrey Beetcher, Director, Rochester Public Library; Gail Harris, RRC Coordinator, Rochester Public Library; Fay Van Vliet, Director of Programming, The Reading Center; Patricia McCleese, RRC Tutor; Chad Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester.

Breakout Session 3



Channel One Regional Food Bank's Childhood Hunger Program in Rochester is a collaboration between the Rochester Public Schools, Channel One Regional Food Bank, and the local faith communities. The program addresses the need for food security when school is not in session and the ability of the school district, a non-profit, and an additional collaborator (here, the faith community) to meet a basic need of students and families. This is important because “food-insecure children are at increased risk of falling behind their food-secure peers both academically and socially; food insecurity is linked to lower reading and mathematics test scores, and they may be more likely to exhibit behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, aggression and anxiety." (Feeding America. "Map the Meal Gap 2018: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2016." (2018). 

We know that families have basic needs beyond food insecurity and that teachers see students everyday who are struggling or under performing in school because their basic needs are not met. This session will focus on how community groups can work together to help teachers and schools meet the basic needs that must be met in order for students to be successful.

Speaker: Virginia Merritt, Executive Director, Channel One Regional Food Bank

Getting Youth Involved in the community

Through the Youth on Boards program, the Northfield community offers a unique opportunity for youth have their voices heard, advocate for change, and gain an understanding of how governing entities work including the city government, school board and non-profit sectors.  Learn how the city's Youth on Boards program, places youth on Boards and Commissions throughout the community and works with youth leadership to identify issues, design and implement solutions, and find ways to give the next generation a voice in civic affairs and gain exposure to meaningful careers.

Speaker: Meleah Follen, Youth Engagement Director, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative 

Register online now as seats are limited!