Alliance Change in Mind Institute Receives $728,000 Grant To Launch Texas Learning Collaborative To Apply Brain Science

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 17) - The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Change in Mind Institute has received more than $700,000 from the Powell Foundation to engage a cohort of organizations in its collaborative learning model. These funds match an award from the Episcopal Health Foundation for the new initiative, which will begin in Spring 2021. For the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative, the Alliance will work with 10 community-based organizations to strengthen their ability to translate brain science concepts into programs, practice, and policy change.

Engaging in the Change in Mind learning collaborative experience, participating organizations will determine their own paths forward for creating the transformation best suited to their unique needs. The process of embedding brain science principles will lead to improved outcomes for children and families. In addition, it will further enhance their organizational cultures and leadership ability to work collaboratively with partners to build better service systems and policies.

“We are thrilled to lead 10 new organizations in the collaborative learning process,” says Jennifer Jones, director of the Change in Mind Institute. “As we’ve seen with our previous learning collaborative, understanding and embedding the core story of brain development can have a profound positive impact on an organization’s internal operations as well as its work to build resilience in children and families.”

The 10 organizations participating in the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative will represent a wide range of sectors, including education and health care, and all organizations in the counties served by the Powell Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas are eligible to apply. Organizations will be selected to participate in the cohort based on a variety of factors including their size, populations served, service delivery approach, sphere of influence, and geographic location, with an eye toward building a diverse group of organizations to maximize the cohort’s learning and impact.

“The Powell Foundation is focused on ensuring that children enter school with a strong foundation of skills that will jump start their success and benefit them throughout their education, career, and lifetime,” says Nicole Tritter Ellis, Powell Foundation Program Officer. “We know that supporting the systems that foster healthy environments for children’s development and education is key to building these skills, which is why we are pleased to support Alliance’s Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative.” 

Learn more about the Change in Mind Institute and how your organization can apply brain science principles to policy and practice. If you are interested in applying for the Texas Change in Mind Learning Collaborative, apply here by Jan. 27, 2021, or email Jennifer Jones with any questions.

About the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We aggregate the very best sector knowledge and serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems. We accelerate change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their fullest potential through improvements in health and well-being, educational success, economic opportunity, and safety and resilience. Go to for more information.

About the Powell Foundation
The Powell Foundation is a private, family foundation based in Houston, Texas and focused on improving the lives of Harris, Travis and Walker County residents. The Foundation seeks to foster community wellbeing by empowering children, families, and individuals with the conditions, supports and skills necessary to thrive. It is particularly focused on ensuring that children achieve college and career readiness by supporting the entire education continuum, from early childhood development through post-secondary education completion. Visit for more information.