Vaughn and Lawrence chosen to present at Collective Impact Convening

LaTisha Vaughn

Amanda Lawrence, TUW

TCCC’s LaTisha Vaughn and Trident United Way’s Amanda Lawrence have been chosen to present at the 2020 Collective Impact Convening event May 6-8, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN. Their proposal, addressing “authentic engagement,” was chosen by the Collective Impact Forum from more than 120 submitted proposals.

Vaughn and Lawrence submitted and were chosen to present their session, entitled “Engaging vs. Engagement” which explores the differences between “planning for” versus “planning with” a community that has its own lived experiences.

“For too long, organizations, although well intended, have planned for communities instead of planning with communities to solve problems,” said LaTisha Vaughn, TCCC’s Director of Networks.

“Communities of need do not lack insight into their barriers, challenges or solutions, they lack critical connections and resources to be able to effectively create and implement solutions.”

Planning with communities in need ensures that critical insight and first-hand, lived experiences lead to the right issues or barriers being tackled. It ensures the community is empowered to find solutions that work for them rather than an organization supporting a pre-determined and uninformed solution for a community.

Vaughn and Lawrence’s presentation will also explore tools and techniques to ensure authentic community engagement, creating initiatives using a lens of equity, and knowledge of what best practices work well and what roadblocks to avoid to maintain momentum for community engagement and improvement.

The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, supports the efforts of those who are practicing collective impact in the field. This year’s Collective Impact Convening will build on the success of the 2019 convening in Chicago that sold out in advance and attracted more than 800 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact community partners.

Congratulations Vaughn and Lawrence!

Remember TCCC on Giving Tuesday

Imagine you had a child entering kindergarten unprepared. I don’t mean without a backpack, but without the basic skills of how to hold a pencil, color within the lines, or identify simple ABCs. Sadly, in the past two years alone, more than 9,000 of our area’s children arrived for their first day of kindergarten just like this – fully unprepared to begin what should be an exciting time in their lives.

A solid education that begins in kindergarten and continues through middle school, high school, college, and beyond will provide children with the tools they need to reach their full potential.  Unfortunately, for thousands of our region’s children, circumstances beyond their control create barriers to education success. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way.

At Tri County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) we work to improve the odds for our children so they have a chance to succeed. By partnering as a community, aligning and leveraging resources, implementing transformative initiatives, and collectively working to change policies and systems that have created these barriers in the first place, we can make a difference and revolutionize the tri-county area. There is no better time to support this transformation than today, December 3, Giving Tuesday. 

Transformation is powerful and implies dramatic change is on the horizon. Not just any change, but the kind required to create equity in education that is necessary for all children to reach their full potential. Getting this right means our community will reap the benefits and our youth will be prepared for the 21st century workforce. This is the work of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative.

As TCCC’s new CEO, I personally invite you to join the movement to ensure all our children are afforded an equal opportunity to succeed. Support TCCC on #GivingTuesday. Every donation, no matter how large or small, does make a difference.


Phyllis Martin


How To Donate to Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

  1. Through the StriveTogether Giving Tuesday 2019 campaign. Click on the orange Donate button, follow the prompts, and your contribution will come directly to us.

  2. On TCCC’s website donation page. Click on the yellow Donate button under Ways to Give and follow the prompts. You can donate on TCCC’s website anytime, not just on Giving Tuesday!