Blue Meridian Partners is initially investing in helping seven nonprofits develop or begin to implement plans for scaling their programs.
- Nurse-Family Partnership
- Wendy's Wonderful Kids
- Youth Villages
- Year Up
- Upstream USA
Nurse-Family Partnership is a national home visitation program for low-income mothers bearing their first child. It is supported by three decades of scientific research showing it improves the economic self-sufficiency of mothers and the health and development of their children.
Nurse-Family Partnership’s long-term vision: To break the cycle of multi-generational poverty by 2023 for 100,000 mothers—and their children—a year, more than a quarter of all low-income women who give birth to their first child annually in the U.S.
Blue Meridian Partners has committed $32.5 million over three years to help fund the first phase of Nurse-Family Partnership’s seven-year Scaling Plan.
Wendy's Wonderful Kids, the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a child-focused recruitment model that reduces the number of children in foster care by securing appropriate adoptive families. It is especially successful with children who are hardest to place: older youth, those with mental health problems, and those with siblings in the foster care system.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids’ long-term vision: To make “unadoptable” unacceptable by building the infrastructure to serve, by 2028, nearly all of the hardest-to-place children in the U.S., and to embed the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids model as a standard practice in foster care systems throughout the nation.
Blue Meridian Partners is investing $35 million over four years to help fund the first phase of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids’ 12-year Scaling Plan.
Youth Villages helps emotionally and behaviorally troubled youth, often involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, reach healthy, productive adulthood. Its programs include YVLifeSet, which works with youth aging out of foster care, and Intercept, an intensive in-home intervention that supports youth and their families before their situation worsens.
Youth Villages’ long-term vision: To help make YVLifeSet or a program of comparable quality available by 2023 to nearly all of the 23,000 youth who age out of foster care annually in the U.S.
Blue Meridian Partners has committed $36.1 million over four years to help fund the first phase of Youth Villages’ 11-year Scaling Plan.
Year Up offers hands-on skills development, course work eligible for college credits, and corporate internships to low-income, chronically unemployed young adults, ages 18-24. Its intensive one-year program in partnership with community colleges provides “Opportunity Youth” with pathways to well-paying professional careers and companies with a cost-effective way to meet their talent needs with a well-trained workforce.
Year Up’s long-term vision: To bridge the “Opportunity Divide” that separates six million young adults across the country from hard-to-fill corporate “middle-skill” jobs.
Blue Meridian Partners has committed $40 million over four years to help scale Year Up’s community college-based model, increase corporate demand, and pilot new initiatives to serve even more young adults.
HealthySteps, a program of ZERO TO THREE, is a national model of enhanced pediatric primary care that improves child development and health by integrating a child development specialist into the primary care team. Screening, advice and referrals provide families the knowledge, support and resources they need to foster their children’s social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral development. Families are nine times more likely to receive age-appropriate parenting guidance, leading to healthier, safer children prepared to succeed in life.
HealthySteps’ long-term vision: To lift the life prospects of low-income children and their families by transforming pediatric primary care, which over 90 percent of all U.S. families utilize.
Blue Meridian Partners is investing $7 million over two years to help HealthySteps build the organizational capacity for major growth and develop a Scaling Plan.
The Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) is a 10-year, community-wide collaborative initiative, spearheaded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, to provide a continuum of programs and services for low-income children from before conception to age eight and their families. Core components of this comprehensive continuum are evidence-based programs of other Blue Meridian Partners grantees.
The Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa’s long-term vision: To improve the odds for life success for the poorest children in Tulsa County, OK by increasing the percentages of healthy births and of children who are raised in safe homes, ready for kindergarten, and succeeding in school by the third grade.
Blue Meridian Partners is investing $31 million over two years to help fund the first phase of the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa and reach 17,000 children annually who live in or near poverty.
Upstream USA provides training and technical assistance to health and family planning centers so they can offer women access in a single visit to the full range of safe, effective contraceptives, including Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. Sixty percent of births to women under 30 are unplanned, and the rate of unplanned pregnancies among low-income women is more than five times that of women with the highest incomes.
Upstream USA’s long-term vision: To ensure that one day every child born in America is a planned-for and wanted child. Reducing the nearly three million unplanned pregnancies that occur annually in the U.S. will help women and men achieve their educational and economic goals, and eventually reduce intergenerational and child poverty.
Blue Meridian Partners is investing $60 million over 7.5 years to support the “first chapter” of Upstream USA’s Scaling Plan, bringing its intervention to full scale and serving 1.5 million women in five states.
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