Supporting the Education Pipeline: A Business Engagement Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations
This business engagement toolkit is designed to help community-based organizations recruit, engage, and develop ongoing relationships with businesses in their communities with the goal of creating long-term, sustainable partnerships capable of delivering the largest impact on a community's goals for youth as part of the Ready by 21 strategy.
The toolkit walks community-based organizations through the four stages of moving people to take action and how these can be used to engage businesses in education improvement initiatives. These four stages are:
1. Identify business leaders who will support your efforts;
2. Educate business leaders about the needs in the community;
3. Persuade business leaders to become involved; and
4. Activate business leaders in your efforts.
The toolkit also details what happens after a business is engaged with resources and guidance on building effective business partnerships and sustaining successful community-based organization/business relationships. Additionally, the toolkit includes a case study of a public-private partnership in Louisville, Kentucky to support the establishment of a "college-going culture and a prepare workforce."
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