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2023 Norwalk ACTS Impact Report

Norwalk ACTS is a Collective Impact partnership that brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change. Collective Impact is rooted in the belief that no single entity alone can create large-scale, lasting social change.

Norwalk ACTS is a Collective Impact partnership that brings people together in a structured way to achieve social change. Collective Impact is rooted in the belief that no single entity alone can create large-scale, lasting social change.

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Letter from CEO & Board Chair

This year marks 10 years since the Norwalk community came

together and made a commitment to working collaboratively to

improve outcomes for our children and youth. We agreed to follow

the principles of collective impact and became an emerging network

member of StriveTogether. Many of us remember being part of the

design institute and the early days of working in this new model.

The work has not always been easy, but as a community we should

be incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together and

our continued dedication to changing systems.

This time last year we released our strategic plan, co-developed by

our partnership, which laid out our collective vision to ensure that

all children and youth in Norwalk are thriving from cradle to career.

We are pleased to now present the 2022-23 impact report which

serves as an overview of the achievements and advancements we

have made together to meet our ambitious goals. This report serves

as a baseline for transparent annual reporting on the status and

outcomes of our collective work. We have always been grounded

in data and will continue to use it to shine a light both on areas

where we have experienced success, as well as areas where we

continue to face challenges in advancing equitable outcomes.

It is clear from the data in this report that our children suffered during

the pandemic. The good news is that as a community, we have shown

incredible resilience and are rebounding. It is through our continued

use of data analysis, partnership, and alignment across sectors that we

will make progress in ensuring that every child is developmentally on

track throughout early childhood, has strong connections to meaningful

out-of-school activities, is engaged in supportive relationships, has the

social-emotional skills needed to thrive and succeed, and is prepared

for post-secondary education and/or livable wage employment.

Our progress relies on continued dismantling of the deep-rooted

issues that perpetuate inequities, working through obstacles that

impede our progress, and re-commitment to building trust with one

another and aligning our collective work. Together, anything is possible.

STAFF

Jennifer Barahona

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Beaujour

Operations Coordinator

Jesse Buccolo

Deputy Director

MJ Chironna

Early Childhood Development Manager

Rhea Henry

Workforce Development Coordinator

Ray Leslie

Senior Data Analyst

Anamilena Moreno

Community Engagement Coordinator

Paula Palermo

Data Director

Shaaron Sinvilcin

Director of Initiatives

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charlie Allred (Treasurer)

Orlando Aquino

Adam Bovilsky

Robert Cashel

Michael Chambers

Julie Corbett

Cathy DeCesare

Adyna Gamboa

Sarah Rendón García (Vice Chair)

Brian Griffin

Kate Ritter (Secretary)

Erv Shames

Diamond Sead

Nancy von Euler (Board Chair)

Kenneth Waller

Dajuan Wiggins

Ex-Officio

Jennifer Barahona

Dr. Alexandra Estrella

Mayor Harry Rilling

In Partnership,

Jennifer Barahona

CEO

Nancy von Euler

Board Chair

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