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The Community Quarterback in the Purpose Built Model

At Purpose Built Communities, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a healthy neighborhood. This video explains why the community quarterback is an essential part of a holistic neighborhood revitalization effort.

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Education Starts at Age 0

An essential component of the Purpose Built approach to ending intergenerational poverty is a focus on early childhood education. Most of the resources and formal interventions dedicated to preparing children for school don’t start until age four. And while pre-kindergarten is critical, the science is clear: life outcomes are best for children when education starts as close to birth as possible.

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Purpose Built Communities Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Purpose Built Communities believes that we cannot address the root causes of poverty without directly addressing race and the continuing impacts of systemic racism. As a result, racial equity is one of the main lenses through which we view and do our work. Yesterday’s guilty verdict for George Floyd’s murderer was a long overdue step … Continue Reading →

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Jill Biden visits Woodlawn in Birmingham, Alabama

On April 9, 2021, Dr. Jill Biden visited the James Rushton Early Learning Center and a YWCA in Birmingham, hosted by Purpose Built Network Member Woodlawn Foundation. Biden spoke about how the administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus law can help address child poverty. Both centers she visited run Head Start programs that benefit from the law. “This pandemic will not break us,” Biden said in her remarks. “I know that you would do anything for your child. You want to give them the world. Every parent does.”

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Build Healthy Places Case Study Looks at How LIFT Orlando is Bridging the Gap Between Housing and Health

The relationship between health and housing is a frequent discussion when looking at building healthy and sustainable communities. Our partner, Build Healthy Places Network, is working with communities in the Purpose Built Communities network to improve health inequity across the U.S. A recent case study series published by Build Healthy Places Network highlighted our Network … Continue Reading →

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Purpose Built Communities Welcomes Two New Board Members

Lynette Bell is currently the president of the Truist Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Truist, the nation’s sixth-largest financial institution. In this role, she is responsible for strategic philanthropy, building strong partnerships with nonprofits, and strengthening local communities in the areas of leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities, and educational equity. Before stepping into her … Continue Reading →

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KIPP Woodson Park Academy and new YMCA Early Learning Center open in Grove Park

The new KIPP Woodson Park Academy school welcomed its first students back to in-person learning in a brand-new building that was the result of a community-driven partnership that includes some of Atlanta’s premiere organizations. The completion of the revitalized campus of educational and health services facilities in the Grove Park neighborhood is the culmination of … Continue Reading →

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How a National Network of Local Leaders is Centering Racial Equity in Neighborhood Revitalization

In America, neighborhoods determine destiny. But unjust, racist policies and actions have created segregated and distressed neighborhoods. To revitalize these places, we must recognize how race—not family income, family structure, education level, or accumulated wealth—functions as the main determinant of life outcomes. And we must directly address racism through tangible, equity-focused action at the neighborhood … Continue Reading →

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My Take: We know early education is critical. And today, it is more important than ever that we invest in young children–because if we do, everyone will benefit.

Carol Naughton, Purpose Built Communities CEO The link between early childhood education and poverty is strong. Children who have access to high-quality early learning are more likely to be ready for kindergarten and beyond. When families can send their children to safe, nurturing environments close to home and work, adults can focus on their own … Continue Reading →