The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has awarded Lawrence CommunityWorks $497,470 for their Lawrence Working Family Initiative program. A central component of LWFI is linking Lawrence Public Schools parents – largely low-income, Latino, immigrant, and limited-English-speaking – to education, training and employment. Funding will be used for piloting and testing new engagement strategies, driving family collaboration as well as economic advancement for LPS families.
This grant will provide LCW an opportunity for collaboration with the LPS Family Engagement Strategic Planning Committee to advocate for a 2-generational student success approach. LWFI is actively working to fully partner with families, build on their strengths, and help connect their needs and aspirations to suitable resources.
Thanks to the $497,470 grant from the WKKF, LCW will continue its work of improving student and family outcomes making Lawrence an even stronger city. Our goal is to provide a place where parents, teachers, and administrators, see and act upon the improvement of children’s educational outcome as a shared and crucial project mutually benefitting families and the community.
About Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc. is a community development corporation that weaves together community planning, organizing, and asset building efforts with high-quality affordable housing and commercial development to create vibrant neighborhoods and empowered residents. By facilitating conversations and action on community priorities, we engage partners and a network of youth and adult residents in opportunities to move themselves and the city of Lawrence forward. We focus on our work in four key areas: Movement City Youth Network, Asset Building, Real Estate, and Network Organizing. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lcworks
About the Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as in independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundation in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.