Demonstrating Collective Impact in the Boston Promise Initiative
The ninth Nelson Chair Roundtable was held April 6-7, 2016 in the Heights Room at Boston College. Once again the Nelson Chair partnered with the Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to bring together nearly 100 representatives from 48 partner organizations with the goal of demonstrating impact through collaborative projects, sharing success with data collection and analysis, and strategizing on the five elements of Collective Impact.
The group included partners and stakeholders from the Dudley Village Campus (areas surrounding The Dudley Triangle in Roxbury and North Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston), expert consultants from Boston College, and representatives from the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education. The event also drew skilled advisors from the Greater Boston area, Washington, D.C., Chula Vista, CA (San Diego County), and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
This year's program featured an update on national Promise Neighborhoods from Elson Nash, Team Lead for Promise Neighborhoods at the U.S. Department of Education, and a presentation from the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood (CVPromise) located in San Diego County, CA. Presenters included Kathryn Lembo, President & CEO, and Mauricio Torre, Youth & Family Development Director, from South Bay Community Services (SBCS), which is the coordinating organization for CVPromise.