Cumberland County Council for Young Children

What if parents have the confidence, skills and power to lead change in their community and advocate for their children

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

Our community has a diverse population both economically and culturally. Many families do not understand their rights within schools and therefore do not advocate for their children. We provided training to parents on understanding rights in Special Education, provided resources and how to approach the school. After the training, a parent contacted her child's case manager because the student wasn't getting the IEP services. After the meeting the student received all back services.

Website

www.inspirahealthnetwork.org

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • New Jersey

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

Bridgeton

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

Bridegton, NJ, Millville, NJ, Vineland, NJ, Commercial Twp, NJ

Parents know more about that their child and community needs.  It's time to listen to their voices.  Navigating a system is challenging and parents are often overwhelmed and scared to approach those in authority.  Out Council empowers parents as leaders, allows them to identify areas of need and create solutions.  In partnership with community Agencies we move forward an agenda to make Cumberland County a better place for our youngest citizens.

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Children who are differently abled
  • Low-income communities

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Mental Health

Project Stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Organization Type

  • nonprofit/NGO/citizen sector

Annual Budget

  • $50k - $100k

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Relevance: Does this project seem to help children (ages 0 to 12 years) develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose?

5 - Yes, this is great! The project lays out a strong, compelling case for how its model nurtures children’s wellbeing. - 0%

4 - It seems like a good fit, and the model talks explicitly about children’s wellbeing. - 33.3%

3 - I think so. The project seems related to children’s wellbeing, but the logic is vague. - 0%

2 - Not sure. The project doesn’t have much to do with wellbeing, or it doesn’t give enough information. - 66.7%

1 - Nope, this project definitely doesn’t fit the challenge brief (e.g., It doesn’t help kids younger than 12, isn’t in the U.S., etc.) - 0%

2. Innovation: Does this project tackle children’s wellbeing from a new angle?

5 - I loved this! The project describes a novel model that addresses important cultural or systemic barriers. - 0%

4 - This is pretty cool. The project is addressing an important problem in a new or compelling way. - 0%

3 - I feel like there’s something there, but I want more details about what makes it distinctive. - 0%

2 - It’s a good project, but I’ve seen others like it before. - 33.3%

1 - It was confusing or hard to tell what it made it different. - 66.7%

3. Social Impact: What is this project’s potential for creating positive social impact?

5 - Lots of potential. This project is achieving impressive results, and it’s growing quickly. It could absolutely inspire changes in the ways we approach caring for kids nationally, across sectors (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

4 - Pretty good potential. This project demonstrates significant positive impact so far, and it could scale regionally or nationally one day and fundamentally change how a system operates (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 33.3%

3 - Budding potential. This project is creating local impact, but it would take a few adjustments before it could scale. - 0%

2 - Some potential. This project demonstrates some initial positive impact, but it would require major changes before it could scale. - 33.3%

1 - Limited potential. This project has great intentions, but it looks like it does not include key drivers of a shift towards children’s wellbeing. - 33.3%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 33.3%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 33.3%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 33.3%

5. Offer some feedback. Where should this participant spend some time revising?

DEFINING THE PROBLEM. Make sure to articulate the root causes or main barriers of the social issue your project addresses. (Founding Story, Problem, Solution). - 100%

CLARITY OF MODEL. Make sure to mention (a.) the beneficiary, b) the main activities, and c) how those activities drive social impact. Keep it streamlined! - 66.7%

MARKETPLACE. Make sure to research other players in this space and articulate how this project is different. I didn’t get a complete sense of how this project compares to others. - 33.3%

IMPACT POTENTIAL. Make sure to use specific numbers to describe what your project has achieved so far! And consider how you might scale the model or its insights, through partnerships, trainings, or franchising. - 100%

WRITING STYLE. Try to stay concise and make it vivid. Avoid jargon. - 66.7%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

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Wonderful concept- however you are a little vague. I feel that you need to really think abstractly on some of these questions to bring together a powerful application. The founding story can have amazing effects on boosting the merit of what you are doing. Rethink the question, how can you pass on the information in a way that sticks in an individuals mind. Tell us exactly what you already have, but make it a story. Make it a process of what a certain individual went through in your organization. May it be the person who inspired the creation of your initiative or somebody that cultivate how it is today. A memory that is strong for you. That strength will be passed onto your readers. Do not be scared to be transparent.

I loved that you used some photos! It adds strength to your profile. Consider going back through and placing information throughout. Remember though- it is not about pushing facts out. It is about creating a visual for the reader to experience. That is how you hook them in.