The Better Together partnership of central Oregon is a regional, cross-sector partnership working collectively to improve children and youth success from cradle to career.
Better Together Central Oregon Crook, Deschutes & Jefferson counties
Story: The Better Together Central Oregon RAC brought together Central Oregon schools, non-profits, mentor organizations and businesses to ensure that every 9th grader in Central Oregon has at least one positive, safe adult they go to for guidance and support as they transition into adolescence and young adulthood. The 8+9 Project aims to connect youth with community based summer programming the summer before and after 8th grade and a link to a mentor in the 9th grade.
Education: Bend-La Pine, Crook County, Culver, Jefferson County, Redmond, and Sisters school districts; Terrebonne Community School; High Desert ESD; Central Oregon Community College; Oregon State University-Cascades; Oregon State University–Open Campus; Oregon Campus Compact; Corporation for National and Community Service; The College Place; Mindset Works; Oregon Schools Administrators.
Community: ASPIRE, Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon, Camp Fire of Central Oregon, Crook County Foundation, Deschutes Children and Families Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Crevier Family Foundation, PGE Foundation, Early Learning Hub of Central Oregon, United Way of Central Oregon, St. Charles Healthcare System, NeighborImpact, Crook County Human Services, Deschutes County Health Services, Shelk Foundation, Deschutes County Commissioner, PacificSource/CCO, Central Oregon STEM Hub, The Landing, Annette Chastain – Parenting Educator and Mental Health Consultant, Crook County Health Department, Central Oregon Council on Aging, Family Resource Center, Mosaic Medical, Deschutes Juvenile Community Justice, Family Access Network, Jefferson County Health Department, Deschutes Public Library, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Latino Community Association, Oregon Community Foundation, Mt. Star/Juniper Relief Nurseries, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Jefferson County Library, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition – Best Care Services, Crook County Kids Club.
Business and Industry: Cascade East Transit, Steele Associates Architects LLC, Bend Broadband, Central Oregon Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development of Central Oregon, Worksource Oregon Employment Department, Contact Industries, Mid Oregon Credit Union, Express Professionals, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.