Presenter: Jeannine Balfour, Roxanna Flores-Aguilar, Juana Hernandez, Jessica Petrass
Regardless of what complex social challenge you are trying to address, you likely need the buy-in and active participation of the public sector to make any real headway. Public sector agencies like K-12 schools, social service agencies, and local government offices have the resources and reach that are necessary to scale and sustain change, yet these agencies are not often structured in ways that incentivize collaboration and innovation. In additional collective impact, initiatives are often launched and driven by groups that are situated outside the large-scale systems, such as nonprofit and advocacy groups. This session will reference the Foster Youth College Advancement Project of the L.A. Opportunity Youth Collaborative as a case study on how to cultivate public sector partners to co-design systems change. Attendees will learn important frameworks, process considerations, and strategies to more effectively engage systems leaders in collective impact efforts.