The purpose of the MTD Quarterly Conversation is to engage partners in discussions around local, regional and national initiatives that address the challenges and barriers to post-secondary access, persistence and attainment as well as share and highlight the work that is being done in this area by the community partners. Partner outcomes are shared with the convening group and connections are made to advance the work collectively.
People First Partnership: Goal B and Goal C
The work of MTD is closely connected to the Memphis FastForward People First Initiative. The leaders of the People First Initiative realize that the community’s ability to increase high school graduation rates, as well as college enrollment and completion rates, begins with an increased investment in children in the earliest years of life.
MTD plays a key role in both Goal B and Goal C of the People First Initiative.
Goal B: Students graduate high school ‘college and career ready’
- Strategy Eight: Post-Secondary Preparation and Access, and Career Readiness
Goal C: Adults earn degrees and certifications that prepare for local careers
Collaborative Action Networks
MTD serves as the convener of the Post-Secondary Access Collaborative Action Network (CAN) through Seeding Success. Members consist of youth serving organizations, key staff of the Shelby County School district, Achievement School district as well as admissions and financial counselors at higher education institutions.
Through the Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnerships for Attainment (CPA) grant, MTD convenes the CPA CAN which consists of key staff of local higher education institutions to increase persistence and attainment in Memphis and Shelby County. The CAN members have set a post-secondary attainment goal of at least 55 percent of Memphians holding a degree or certificate beyond high school by the year 2025 which is in alignment with Tennessee’s Drive to 55 Initiative.
Utilizing the collective impact model, MTD ensures that each collaborative action network has a shared vision, uses data to make decisions that will improve outcomes and uses research based practices to establish pathways to sustainable success.