Today’s social and economic challenges, from the impacts of COVID-19 to systemic and generational racism, are deeply rooted in causes that Alliance for Strong Families and Communities members are working to address. Furthermore, tackling the complex barriers to socioeconomic mobility requires thoughtful and sustained strategies.
Organizations work to increase social and economic mobility by addressing the following areas:
- Economic mobility: Engaging with individuals and families to maximize opportunities to move up the economic ladder within a lifetime or between generations
- Social mobility: Creating and supporting meaningful connections between people and community institutions
- Individual agency: Having a sense of control and a say in the trajectory of one's life and one's community
Some examples of SEM programming include:
- Family coaching programs to build financial security using a racial equity lens
- Working with employers on advancing the careers of front-line staff through means such as providing life coaches and mentors
- Programs that support parent-child interactions using brain science
- Partnerships to support and accelerate community-driven actions that build neighborhood assets
As socioeconomic mobility is an emerging area of impact for the Alliance, we are working to identify opportunities for collective action that are grounded in racial equity and generational approaches to family and community success. As an early step in our planning process, the Alliance has released a survey for the network on current efforts around socioeconomic mobility. Complete the survey online by July 31.
It should take 10-15 minutes to complete, and only needs to be submitted once per organization. Executives should identify one person with knowledge of socioeconomic mobility programs and strategies to complete the survey.
Information submitted through the survey will be used to map current practices and design future learning, collaboration, and policy initiatives that support systems change. After the results are analyzed, the Alliance will share our findings on the network's current practices.