The GLR Campaign recognizes Flint, Michigan, as a 2016 Pacesetter for demonstrating exemplary work in the Campaign’s framework for success, scale and sustainability.
Fueled by the knowledge that the Flint Water Crisis has only exacerbated the need for intensified early childhood education, integrated social services and parent/family engagement and support, the Flint Genesee Literacy Network (FGLN) has brought over 300 community stakeholders (civic, education, business, philanthropy and residents) to create a shared vision and plan for change. Early results include the launch of a new early learning center and Educare Center, new and expanded two-generation literacy efforts, the Read While You Wait initiative located in seven barbershops and beauty salons throughout the county, and development of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in partnership with the Flint Public Library.
Recognizing the importance of using data to align approaches and monitor progress, FGLN also established a community-developed population-level scorecard to articulate the historical and current trends related to community literacy.
Community Lead: JaNel Jamerson