Approximately three out of every four African-American children under the age of six live in poverty in Cincinnati. Nearly half of all children citywide live in families whose household incomes are below the federal poverty line. Cincinnati, like many cities and towns throughout the region, has long struggled to lift its children and families out of these difficult social and economic conditions. Too often, efforts designed to improve outcomes in low-income communities fail to fully appreciate the complex, wide-ranging circumstances that contribute to and exacerbate family hardship. To be successful, we must develop and implement an approach to service delivery that is narrowly tailored to specific child and family needs.
Our Core Beliefs
Three core beliefs drive our efforts in the design of the Family Advocate Model:
We believe that thoughtfully-timed interventions at key points in a child’s life are critical to overcoming persistent challenges within the home, school, and community.
We believe in the transformative power of long-term, 1:1 relationships between children and caring adults.
We believe in the need for coordinated services that are tailored to the specific, individualized needs of children and families.
Engineering a New and Enduring Social Support System for Children and Families
The Family Advocate Model is based on the fundamental idea that meaningful relationships with caring, committed families can transform a young child’s life. Our efforts supplement this relationship-centered approach with the use of outcome-driven, coordinated services for children and families. These services are embedded within the key pillars of school, home, and community. In our view, the Family Advocate Model is not just another new program. It is a movement, inspired by our collective, civic purpose. Our hope is to engineer a new and enduring social support system in Cincinnati that can create nurturing, interpersonal relationships and allow young people to flourish. Through our efforts, we aspire to uplift our community, cultivate shared empathy and understanding, and create opportunity for those most in need – one child and family at a time.
What We Do
Our Core Beliefs
Three core beliefs drive our efforts in the design of 1:1 Accelerated Learning:
We believe that a child learns best from someone whom they love, admire, and/or respect.
We believe that highly-structured, 1:1 instruction facilitates learning and academic growth among low-performing students.
We believe that successful, student-centered initiatives require long-term partnerships between the family, school, and 1:1 academic support.
What We Do