Evanston Township High School will host an open community meeting to meet the three final candidates for the first executive director of Evanston Cradle to Career.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at ETHS in room N112.

The executive director will lead a new, citywide, collective impact initiative to mobilize community assets to make a lasting difference in the lives of Evanston children, youth and families.

To include the voice of the community, attendees will be asked to complete a feedback form on all of the candidates which will be used in the final selection process.

Over the last several years, a wide range of community representatives have joined together to develop and financially support the launch of the Evanston Cradle to Career initiative.

The goal of the Cradle to Career project is to assure that by the age of 23, all Evanston young adults will be leading productive lives, building on the resources, education, and support that they and their families have had to help them grow into resilient, educated, healthy, self-sufficient, and socially responsible adults.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. While I was Sleeping…

    I missed the finer points of this job.  Is this a District 65/202 position, a city job, or something from the private/charitable sector.  Is this a position that requires payments to a pension plan and is it a union position?  Who does the chosen person report directly to?   I believe the city and school districts committed funding, but who does this person work for (other than the children, of course)?

    1. Cradle to Career

      Cradle to Career is a new non-profit being formed by a self-selected group of other non-profits and governmental agencies. It's planned to have a fairly elaborate governance structure. More about that here and here.

      Some of our previous Cradle to Career coverage here and here.

      — Bill

  2. So the schools failed ?

    So another program ?

    Why not fix the existing programs—including the schools—instead of “…just one more program and we will fix things.”  Where have the churches been ?  the parents ?  Teaching the parents how to help their kid succeed ? 

    If you need another program, what program will you cut ?  Their should be an R.O.I. on social programs as there is for business programs—but then the Council has not set much of an example for judging finances/programs.  Clearly staff of failed and least existing programs should not be moved to new projects. 

    1. Happy Taxing
      Evanston is a mecca for city social service programs as well as numerous non-profit social services. The reason in part is a lot of government grants and such make its way to Evanston, attracting social service programs.

      Every year, the Evanston Council doles out about $2 million in HUD grants to select local social programs. For a city with a population of 75,000 people, one would think all of the city and non-profit social programs is overkill. A lot of them I bet offer duplicative services.

      This is what happens when one political party has all of the power and rules with impunity. Other examples might be communist Cuba.

      A Democratic party motto might be” Happy Taxing!!”

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