As our partners know, the Alliance has always focused our work on increasing the graduation rates for all Minnesota youth. We are excited to share that after gathering extensive input from key stakeholders, the Alliance has decided to integrate the work of GradMinnesota into the Alliance organization-wide, officially phasing out the GradMinnesota initiative. This move will allow us to better sustain the work from a funding and partnerships perspective, support the Minnesota Youth Council and our AmeriCorps Promise Fellows and VISTAs in more deeply and intentionally focusing on the graduation disparities, and more thoughtfully engage with youth around the topic of graduation rates.

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Moving forward, here are a few key updates:

  1. Alexis Goffe, GradMinnesota Director, will be staying on at the Alliance and transition to the role of Director of Strategy and Engagement to lead the integration,
  2. We will continue our legislative and policy work and create an Alliance Legislative & Advocacy committee to build on the progress of the previous GradMN committee,
  3. We will create Minnesota specific goals to address and eliminate education disparities in our state,
  4. We will re-commit to a communications campaign to ensure that Minnesotans are better informed about the graduation disparities,
  5. We will continue to think about the partners that should be involved in this work and take time to thoughtfully engage them.

We thank you for your incredible partnership and support through our past GradMinnesota work, and hope that you will continue to work with us to ensure that reaching high school graduation is a goal that ALL Minnesota students achieve!

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