Impact Models: Comprehensive Community Initiatives
Throughout much of the mid-20th century, East Durham, NC, was home to a thriving African-American middle-class community. Bolstered by cotton mills and the tobacco industry, East Durham residents built a neighborhood of small businesses and beautiful Victorian houses along tree-lined streets. Today, however, a visit to the hub of the district paints a different picture. The once landmark Fidelity Bank building at the corner of Angier and Driver is covered with a plywood sign advertising a storefront church. The stately Victorians are abandoned, condemned, and overrun with rot and weeds. Poverty, crime, teen pregnancy, and unemployment are part of many residents’ daily lives, and rates of academic success are among the lowest in the state.
The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) aims to change all that. A partnership among local government, nonprofit, faith, and school organizations, EDCI is focusing on the community’s most promising resource – its children. Since 2008, EDCI has increased access to early childhood educational opportunities, strengthened local elementary and secondary schools, helped establish high quality enrichment activities are in place, and worked to make sure that local children, youth, and their families are being connected to the supports and experiences that will enable them all to thrive.
The 5 Promises
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: