20/20 Vision for Schools

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Thrive Collective’s origin story begins with 20/20 Vision for Schools.

Accountable Promises

This fall, the high school graduating class of 2020 begins the final leg of their public school journey — the most significant milestone yet for Thrive Collective. In 2008, we began as a campaign called 20/20 Vision for Schools, motivated by a belief that schools could change within a generation of students if parents and…

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An Audacious Vision

Ed note: The contents of this page are reproduced from the original 20/20 Vision for School’s website for archival reference. “Why do we tolerate a world where children born with God’s genius are going to school in environments that are not nurturing that genius and manifesting the divine within them? You’ve all been called here…

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The Mission: Eradicate Educational Apartheid

Ed note: The contents of this page are reproduced from the original 20/20 Vision for School’s website for archival reference. “I don’t want to send another generation of American children to failing schools. I don’t want that future for my daughters. I don’t want that future for your sons. I do not want that future…

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A History of 20/20 Vision for Schools (2005-2011)

Ed. Note: Thrive Collective grew organically out of a conversation among mostly faith-based youth workers that began in 2005 during the production of the 2005 Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade. On this page is a brief history of that evolution until incorporating as 20/20 Vision for Schools, Inc. on August 17, 2011. Here you can…

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Core Strategy: What We Do

Ed note: The contents of this page are reproduced from the original 20/20 Vision for School’s website for archival reference. 20/20 Vision for Schools mobilizes and equips New Yorkers of all social sectors to engage the issues of sustainable reform in meaningful ways. (Read more about our original mission and purpose.) We achieve this by…

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Case Study: Deepening Impacts with Young Life

Improving Educational Outcomes for Students and Schools In October, Young Life New York renewed an innovative partnership with 20/20 Vision for Schools dedicated to making schools better schools and students better students. In Phase Two of our partnership, we will expand our work from eleven schools in five New York neighborhoods to every neighborhood where…

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Case Study: Leadership Summit

The Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit features 20/20 Vision for Schools this week. Summit speaker Michell Rhee (former Schools Chancellor of Washington, DC, and founder of Children First) will explore how educational inequity robs inner city children of the skills necessary to complete college and compete in an information economy. The Summit asked 20/20 director Jeremy Del…

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Case Study: An Empowered Parent

Although inspired by 20/20’s Vocational Calling, a Brooklyn father struggled to identify where he fit into 20/20’s strategy. He didn’t run a community group or lead a congregation, so he couldn’t commit an organization to adopt a school. Nor was he involved in direct youth work, so he couldn’t directly empower students to lead change…

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Case Study: Abounding Grace Ministries

Ed. Note: The story of PS 34′s partnership with Abounding Grace Ministries and Generation Xcel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side remains the primary inspiration for 20/20 Vision’s school engagement paradigm. Includes narrative, photos, and educational outcome data. This case study was originally published in June 2011, before 20/20 incorporated. // MULTIMEDIA Inspiring a Movement In July…

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Case Study: Latino Pastoral Action Center

Case Study: LPAC’s Student Leadership Conference 20/20’s Student Leadership component seems to cause the most angst among grassroots partners.  Not because they disagree with the idea that students should be empowered as leaders, but because what that actually looks like is difficult to imagine.  For so long, schools have treated students as customers buying a…

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