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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Supportive Families

Excellent Schools

Flourishing Neighborhoods


New & Upcoming

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We Believe

  • That change is possible when people participate in its creation

  • That partnerships are essential for fulfilling our mission

  • That partnerships consist of first meeting, then planning, then acting with common interest

  • That children will thrive when adults create and sustain opportunities for their growth

  • That schools are the anchors of a community and are where teachers, parents, caretakers, and community partners act in the best interest of their children

  • That people grow when they are celebrated for their accomplishments and capacities rather than blamed for their mistakes or circumstances.


Our Team

  • Enjoys working with adults and children coming from many diverse backgrounds

  • Commits to learning about and enacting community development, community organizing, social justice issues and neighborhood-based change

  • Is proactive, motivated, flexible, independent, and act as positive role models, especially to youth

  • Commit to meeting people where they are, not where we think they should be

  • Fosters a culture of collaboration, communication, and mutual support

We Value

  • Our ability to convene partners in service to families and children

  • Neighborhoods that provide within walking distance opportunities for good food, health, recreation and education

  • Diversity and inclusion in all forms

  • Schools and communities that are organized to provide enrichment opportunities in the summer and after school as an essential part of their services

  • Service and civic engagement as vital elements of personal and community well being

  • Literacy and the love of reading are the most important elements of early childhood education

  • The capacity of families and residents to provide service and direction to schools and neighborhoods.

Our Mission

  • Partner with community organizations to increase sustainable extended learning opportunities and experiences for youth that serve their academic, social, and enrichment needs

  • Create family engagement opportunities for parents and students to build relationships and skills, especially in areas of safety, housing, health, and youth development

  • Develop and sustain a neighborhood-based community garden for food access and family space

  • Recruit and employ Springfield residents to be leaders & co-dreamers

  • Develop renewable, stable, and enhanced funding streams that support sustainable projects and initiatives, leading to further neighborhood investment.

Funders and Partners

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