The office of Community Enhancement and Engagement works to develop sustainable, asset-focused community partnerships to improve the quality of life in Grinnell by relying on the knowledge and expertise of community members to address community priorities. Most recently, the College and community launched a partnership in the area of education, the Grinnell Education Partnership, a community-wide initiative supporting area kids and families.
Grinnell Education Partnership
The Grinnell Education Partnership, a campus community initiative, brings together community nonprofits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell. Supported by a team of AmeriCorps members coordinating with stakeholders across the community, the partnership is helping to ensure that Grinnell’s kids get both a strong start and a strong finish to their school experience.
Working in Community
Listen to the Networks for Social Impact podcast with Northwestern University Professor Michelle Shumate as she interviews Monica Chavez-Silva to learn about the Grinnell Education Partnership. Monica shares about the campaign and how this program originated and continues to evolve and thrive in the rural community of Grinnell. To hear the full podcast, visit: Rural Networks for Social Impact in Education. For the full podcast series, visit: Networks for Social Impact in Education Series
Grinnell Schools Taskforce
The 2015 Grinnell Schools Taskforce convened stakeholders from Grinnell College and the Grinnell Newburg School District to identify opportunities for a more effective partnership. Several key recommendations are now being addressed through the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership.