The Decade of Difference is a ten year community initiative designed to prepare our youth to be contributing and productive members in our society, community and economy.
This will be achieved through strategic efforts focused on kindergarten readiness, early literacy in reading and math, financial literacy, college and career planning, creative and innovative entrepreneurship activities, teacher training and professional development, and parent, business and community engagement.
North Coast employers told the Headwaters Fund Board in Humboldt County the most significant issue they were facing was their inability to find a ready, willing, and capable workforce. If this is not addressed, the long term implications threaten the very health and viability of our families, communities, and economy. The Headwaters Fund Board approved the investment of $1.5 million and issued a call to the community to become involved and help reverse these sobering trends.
Education is a key partner with this initiative. However, education cannot do it alone. Families and the broader community will need to become involved in order for this to be a success. We are very pleased with the dozens of businesses and community organizations that have already partnered with the Decade of Difference. Future success will depend on expanding these partnerships and involving the community as a whole.