Eighteen months ago, we announced our Transformation Agenda—a bold blueprint for a Partnership that achieves greater alignment between our aspirations for a more vibrant Lehigh Valley, place-based investments in programs and services (i.e. Promise Neighborhoods), and a shared commitment to improving outcomes for children and families living in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. I am overwhelmed by how much we have accomplished, together, since our announcement. Each of you can take tremendous pride in the successes we have achieved in pursuit of our Transformation Goals:
• Build a Best-In-Class Organization
• Elevate the Voices of our Neighborhoods
• Work in a way that is Scalable and Sustainable
• Innovate from our Strengths and Grow our Impact, One Neighborhood at a Time
At the end of this letter, you will find a few of the highlights from our Transformation Year. Share them with your family, friends, and colleagues whenever you talk about Promise Neighborhoods.
By now, most of you have learned that I am leaving Promise Neighborhoods very soon. I have been fortunate, in my time with you, to have experienced the power of partnerships in the Lehigh Valley. Promise Neighborhoods, like few other partnerships, has a unique opportunity to create generational change across the region. Every day, our Partners make amazing contributions to bettering neighborhoods in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, and strengthening the regional community of the Lehigh Valley. Promise Neighborhoods are the places where each of you have expressed your desires for community, anchored by great schools in neighborhoods of choice—where you want to Live, want your children to Learn, and want your organizations to Lead.
As my time in the Lehigh Valley winds down, I leave knowing Promise Neighborhoods has achieved remarkable success, and is well-positioned for the future. It has been my honor and calling to have led you during this phase of your journey. Thank you for your support and friendship.
Ernest Perry, PMP
Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Transformation Year Highlights
2012 – 2013 was a period of remarkable achievement and unprecedented growth for Promise Neighborhoods. Some of our accomplishments during Ernest Perry’s tenure.
Source: Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
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