Improving Education With the Help of Local Businesses

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How can community-based organizations get local businesses to help create education opportunities for young people, from cradle through career? A new toolkit from Ready by 21, Corporate Voices for Working Families and several other organizations provides answers. "Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations" offers tips on how to connect with business leaders in four steps:

  1. Identify business leaders who will support your efforts
  2. Educate them about community needs
  3. Persuade them to get involved
  4. Call them to action

companion website includes case studies, effective practices and sample tools, such as meeting agendas and letters.

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