Springboard to Opportunities
Springboard To Opportunities connects families living in affordable housing with resources and programs that help them advance themselves in school, work and life. They do this by working directly with families, as well as by establishing strategic partnerships with other organizations that help residents achieve their goals.
Who They Are
Springboard To Opportunities was formed with the understanding that affordable housing alone is not enough to create thriving communities where all residents can succeed.
Read about their leadership team.
Who They Work With
-Affordable housing residents
-Real estate developers
-Property management companies
They build pathways for adults, children and families to realize their dreams.
Their programs and services are unique because they are resident-driven and resident-focused. No other organization is doing this kind of work, and they believe they can create a new model to cultivate hope and start to break the cycle of generational poverty. The stability of affordable housing meets an essential need for residents, providing the opportunity to shift their focus away from daily obstacles and toward future aspirations.
They ask residents about their hopes and ambitions beyond their current situations. They also ask about the challenges and struggles that stand in the way of their success. As a direct result of these conversations, they have created Springboard To Opportunities’ programs to help residents solve their most pressing problems and make a detailed road map to realize their dreams.
The overall goal of the organization’s “radically-resident driven” service delivery model is to increase the self-efficacy of vulnerable families; thereby positioning them to be their best selves in life, school, and work.
Radically Resident Driven
All families are entitled to a future not pre-destined by circumstances.
Springboard’s model is guided by their principle radically resident driven approach. Through this method, they place families living in their communities at the heart of all programs and partnerships. Focusing on what is occurring inside the walls, just not outside. They recognize that to best serve individuals living in poverty, they must be included in the process of planning.
Springboard works to engage residents in participatory planning, transparent dialogue, and resident organizing approaches. Community engagement is key in having residents take ownership over Springboard as well as their communities. When families living in poverty take part in the organizations planning for change as they do with Springboard, they are given ownership of the process as well as are empowered to be advocates in their communities.See more