Most people make New Year’s resolutions or goals for the year: exercise 5 times a week, lose 5 pounds, eat more fruits and vegetables, etc. Here in the Collective Impact Department at United Way of Salt Lake, we also set goals for 2014. But unlike New Year’s resolutions, we are actually going to meet our goals! Why? Each of us, like the rest of the staff at United Way of Salt Lake, is committed to changing the odds for kids and families in the neighborhoods where we work.
Here are some of our department goals:
My co-worker, Korey, and I both have a goal to have everyone up and running in ClientTrack, and using the system robustly, before the start of the school year. Client Track is the data system we use to track outcomes to make sure that kids are on track.
My goal is to ensure Mentor 2.0 starts on time next fall as school begins at Cottonwood High School. Mentor 2.0 is an innovative new strategy providing mentors to approximately 75 students per year at Cottonwood High School, for the next four years. These mentors interact with students through email and group activities are all geared towards academic achievement, high school graduation, and college enrollment.
My goal is to help onboard two new schools that are joining Promise Kearns while continuing to support the schools that we already work with in Promise Kearns and Promise West Valley. This work is exciting as we continue to build out the pipeline in Kearns with the addition of Kearns High School and an elementary school.
My goal is to focus on setting long-term goals that I can achieve at Roosevelt Elementary. I want to build more relationships with teachers so that I can better understand how to achieve more in my role, with the help of everyone at the school.
My goal is to create a training system with all the necessary information and helpful tips and tricks for any new neighborhood volunteer staff. This will help us move our volunteer work forward because we are so busy with events, that having great volunteer staff trained from day one will help us do our work!
Here is to 2014 being the best year yet for our Promise Neighborhood work!