Achieve Brown County
Achieve Brown County (ABC) is a collective initiative to amplify the impact of existing organizations helping kids in Brown County.
ABC provides a common framework for collaboration, across sectors, to measurably improve the safety, health, and education of children from birth into their careers. Eliminating duplication of effort and creating lean, sustainable improvement is the crux of the initiative.
ABC was established as a result of the 2011 LIFE Study. That study revealed some important facts about the Brown County population. Some of those findings include:
- 27% of the population is under the age of 19.
- 43,000 of the K-12 student population in the 8 public school districts are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
- Every school district in Brown County has a double-digit student population eligible for free or reduced lunch.
- Math and reading proficiency for economically disadvantaged students is significantly less than students who are not economically disadvantaged.
Community leaders saw the need for a community-wide Cradle to Career system focused on our youth to address current community status and future priorities. A community engagement effort led by the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Brown County United Way, and Greater Green Bay Chamber brought together local superintendents of public and parochial education systems, higher education, health leaders, non-profits, and businesses. And in Spring 2013, working groups were formed around goals and outcomes.