Our Work : Healthy Communities

(e2) education emPowers® Initiative

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Join a group of individuals from all walks of life who are working together to find new, collaborative solutions that lead to better jobs, better wages, healthier people, and thriving communities.

Volunteers from all sectors of the regional community can get involved by joining one of the following action teams:

  • e2 Bridging Team: involves the chairs of all e2 Action Teams, Healthy Communities Regional Investor Partners, Heartland Foundation Servant Leadership Team members, and volunteers focused on the planning and coordination of regional Think Ahead Forums, e2 communications, character education emPowers program, and other bridging opportunities
  • e2 Pathways to Early Learning Action Team: focused on promoting interactive parenting and quality early childhood education in preparation for successful lifelong learning
  • e2 Pathways to Prosperity/STEAM Action Team: focused on building a success ready workforce and promoting K-12 science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics programs
  • emPowerU Advisory Team: focused on uplifting this program focused on civic empowerment, collaboration, critical-thinking and 21st century skills for students in grades 6-8 and Jump Starters youth-led service-learning projects
  • Youth Servant Leadership Team: youth volunteers from throughout the region working together on regional projects, networking, and promoting active civic engagement

Contact us today if you are interested in learning more and getting involved in one of the action teams listed above.

Interested in how these teams got started?

The Healthy Communities movement has promoted region wide initiatives to empower children and adults to build healthier, more livable communities since 1994. In 2007, a P-20 Council was formed to bring people from all sectors of the region’s community together to discuss the importance of education from pre-school to age 20. Strongly desiring an opportunity to dig deeper in their brainstorming discussions to identify the best ideas for improving the region’s statistics related to education, Heartland Foundation led the evolution of the P-20 Council to a much broader structure of volunteer action teams working on a wide variety of projects. Promoting lifelong learning and opening the conversation up to even more people has been the goal.

This structure, created in 2011, was branded as the (e2) education emPowers® initiative and several action teams were formed to focus on early learning, K-12, higher education, and workforce development. An overall strategic leadership action team and a communications action team were also meeting regularly to raise awareness of the importance of education. While we begin to move those big ideas forward, the action teams have evolved into a structure that best serves the momentum of their conversations.