There is a gap in access to opportunities between the rich and the poor – opportunities for education, healthcare, food access, housing, and more. This opportunity gap perpetuates the income gap, which has kept this cycle of suffering in place in many communities for generations. DCPNI proposes to close this gap by leveraging our Racial Equity Anti-Poverty (REAP™) Platform in high-poverty communities.
There is a critical need in these communities for a platform that can bring alignment to the chronic fragmentation that has thus far hobbled the impact of well-intentioned social services and educational supports. When a holistic, multigenerational continuum of services is available in a community, and when these services are aligned in values and can share data amongst themselves for a latticework of measured impact, families can then access the full spectrum of resources they need to thrive. Thus, the community will be able to build for itself a foundation for sustainable – and self- sustaining – equity.
The REAP Platform is a three-piece model of community, educational, and indigenous leader capacity-building support approaches. It functions as a constellation of partners aligning their efforts and sharing data to measure the impact of programs and services on its participants by individual, family, and community levels, as well as within schools. Because of the precedent set by the work done by DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) over the past five years, REAP has already garnered positive feedback from key influential leaders in the nonprofit industry. Several communities and primary schools throughout the country have also expressed an interest in fee-for-service-based implementation, which would serve as our model for earned revenue.
We have developed the Global Promise Institute (GPI) as our practice and research arm to implement REAP Platform projects and services in communities in the United States and beyond. The REAP Platform, and the demand for the support it can provide to communities across the globe, shall be the catalyst for positioning DCPNI as a thought leader and solution-implementer. Through its diversified fee-for service model, it will also support the financial sustainability of the organization.