Stockton Schools Initiative (SSI) is a coalition of students, families, and community stakeholders that believe in the power of collaborative decision-making to move the needle on education equity in Stockton schools.
The mission of the Stockton Schools Initiative is to activate, organize and amplify the voices of students and families across Stockton. SSI drives equitable family-school-partnerships with an ongoing focus on student centered data-driven education policy at the local state, national level.
Developing resident trust is the core of collaboration and community engagement. In 2018, RSSC developed the Trustbuilder program with three local non-profit organizations and funding from CACHI. Trustbuilders are hired from within the community to engage and connect with community members. They coordinate and share community events, improve civic engagement, visit residents at their homes, assist in finding and sharing resources/services, and let people know what is happening in their neighborhoods. In 2019 with funding from CACHI and Dignity Health, RSSC focused efforts in Southeast Stockton with STAND, one of the original Trustbuilder organizations, specifically supporting high-priority neighborhoods to ensure that residents most impacted by community trauma are reached.
To connect with the Trustbuilders at STAND, contact Maria Aguilar at email@example.com.
In 2017-2018, RSSC identified that staff at many service organizations, city/county offices, schools, health care sites, and law enforcement sites needed a way to develop relationships with one another. While local referral resources could link them to services, these staff wanted to have a direct contact at other organizations and a consistent way to keep up with services and events at other agencies.
Through funding from Health Net, RSSC and several partners have started the Community Connectors program to host coordinated events for socializing, networking, resource sharing, and collaborative learning among staff at organizations to help build trust and encourage targeted, effective referrals among local organizations.
Through three years of effort on the part of Mayor Tubbs and other founding partners within RSSC, South Stockton was designated as a Promise Zone Finalist by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2016. The Promise Zone work was the catalyst for the formalization of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition.
Through this initiative the coalition gained the resources necessary to create a collective impact model. Additionally, the Promise Zone status was used to leverage the City of Stockton into investing in a one-year contract with Policylink, which introduced the concepts of data tracking and the Results Based Accountability to the growing coalition. The Promise Zone work continues to this day through community meetings and resident engagement events which provides the coalition with direct residential input.