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Rise Together’s mission is to build the power of a 9-county regional coalition in the Bay Area to advocate for change in employment, education, housing and safety net services in order to cut poverty and create shared prosperity.
Rise Together focuses on the greater Bay Area region, where 1 in 4 families struggle to make ends meet next door to some of the wealthiest industries in the nation. Rise Together is the only regional effort of its kind, recognizing that many of the key drivers of poverty cannot be solved at the local level alone. Rise Together helped create the Roadmap to Cut Poverty, informed by a broad coalition of over 200 partners across the Bay Area.
Our strategies are co-designed by our Power of 9 Committee made up of 5 representatives from each of the 9 Bay Area Counties. This committee includes representation from County Government, Community Initiatives, Community Based Organizations/Service Providers, Education and Community Members.
Rise Together works through four main strategies: data, policy advocacy, strategic communications and leadership development/capacity building. These strategies help us:
* Strengthen our network's infrastructure for monitoring poverty and developing & evaluating data driven policy.
* Educate, inform and activate our network to advocate for policies that will help create sustainable systems change
* Create a new narrative that promotes equity and economic opportunity as imperative for the collective success of our region.
* Build a network of partners that are media savvy, effective and results oriented with the connectivity to each other to leverage resources, scale what works and speak a collective voice for change.