BBC Planning Update
January 25 2013 Meeting
Michelle Grant-Groves 0-8 (P-3) Early Education Coordinator at Oakland Unified School District hosted Building Blocks Collaborative at the Marcus Foster school campus for the first meeting of the year. Michelle shared the OUSD strategic plan and various projects and priorities of the District. Information included details on the African American Male Achievement office, the focus on the cradle to career pathway, which includes a strong focus on positive transitions and getting all their students reading at grade level by third grade.
The next portion of the meeting was spent on the BBC’s and Best Babies Zone’s theories of change. Bina reminded folks of BBC’s two tiered strategy: 1) on-going partner engagement, 2) focus on a collective impact project and Keisha Nzewi demonstrated how the BBZ opportunity is one that all BBC members can collaborate on. Jessica introduced an exercise on values and guiding principles for BBZ and small groups spent time formulating those and shared them back with the group. After final approval, these values and principles will be integrated into BBZ planning.
Next, Rachel Paras, Food to Families manager introduced mini-grantees from the past 6-months cycle. Hilary Bass from DSAL, and Nailah Hunter from Brighter Beginnings and Barbara Finnin from City Slickers Farms shared a myriad of accomplishments from their mini-grants collaborations. Lastly, BBC members made announcements including the need for volunteers at both VITA sites and for the Hunger in America 2014 survey, and how to sign up for the 20th annual East Bay Regional Park Trails Challenge!