Promise SSL Initiative
A Vision for the Future of south Salt Lake
- Every child has the opportunity to attend and graduate from college
- Everyone has a safe, clean home and neighborhood
- Everyone has the opportunity to prosper
Promise South Salt Lake is a strategy—it’s a new way of organizing thinking around helping everyone in our community to have the opportunity to succeed. It recognizes that everything that happens every day in the city impacts South Salt Lake residents, and especially the youth. Promise recognizes that ALONE, no single entity has the resources, time, expertise, organization and coordination to provide an approach that is comprehensive enough to create and sustain lasting change.
Based on very specific research and models of other successful communities, Mayor Wood and the Promise Team formulated our goals, or promises—considering the work that is being done in other high achieving communities, but created with our children, families, residents, and seniors in mind.
Promise represents the interconnectedness of all of the work, business, activities, programs, and interactions that directly or indirectly contribute to the success of our community.
We cannot achieve one promise without achieving all of the others. This is a city initiative that will take many years and many people to achieve. But it will succeed in creating a place we all want to live, work and play. It will take all of our projects. It will take all of our partners, It will take all of our policies...to make a collective impact. What we wish for ourselves and for our families, we wish for everyone in our community.
Tools For Success
- Collective Impact Goals
- Cradle to Career Pipeline
- Framework for Youth Success
- Promise Paradigm
- Promise Partnership Councils
What we’re working on now
- Identifying and using data to provide easy to understand information that is used for learning, continuous improvement, and accountability. These data inform both the short-term actions and long-range plans that address the issues that act as barriers to youth and community success.
- Implementing a Neighborhood Centers model where relevant services are easily accessible to residents. The initiative focuses not only on the place-based centers, but also on the work of “centering” around youth, families, and community members to make education and higher quality of life available to every citizen.
- Forming Promise South Salt Lake Councils and/or utilizing existing groups that guide the work in the seven key areas of focus, provide data, and provide input on what programs and services are used to achieve the results that we seek. We’re also segmenting the work into specific areas of focus to make it easier to “get our arms around” each piece.
- Developing and implementing partnerships and building other capacities to deliver a continuum of solutions from cradle to career (The SSL Education Pipeline), and strengthening effective partnerships both to provide solutions along the continuum and to sustain and scale up what works.
- Keeping our eyes on the prize—A safe, healthy community of individuals and families who know, appreciate, and trust each other, and who have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to help the young people to achieve their highest potential and the adults to support the youth in achieving their goals, while working to become their own best selves.