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Progress in the Valley

Progress is not just about financial resources. It is about harnessing the historical tenacity, innovation and grit of our community to speak with One Voice creating results about issues that matter.

One Voice in Higher Education

Tackling public challenges depends entirely on identifying common interests of wide concern and transformational leadership committed to building trust, sharing power, rigorous inquiry and forging solutions. Nowhere is this work more important than in educating and preparing our children for post-secondary achievement. On the issue of higher education, we must speak with One Voice to make progress in the Valley.

The State of Washington’s working age population (25-64) with at least an associate degree is 42.8% above the national average of 39.4%. However, the percentage of adults with post secondary education in Yakima County is among the lowest in the State, at 23.3%. This is a number we must change.

In January 2012, The Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Heritage University and Yakima Valley Community College partnered to launch a comprehensive inquiry exploring Pre-Kindergarten through college completion in Yakima County. The project is entitled One Voice for Higher Education. Although the intention of this project is to recommend evidence-based key interventions that will significantly increase the percentage of high school completion and college-degree attainment in Yakima County, the primary aim of the One Voice Project is to create a durable coalition of diverse partners that will come together and speak with One Voice about the importance of education to our community.

We assume that our challenges are tied to complex conditions and systems that go well beyond schools themselves. American foundations have learned that interventions at the system level, that have the support of stakeholders, community leaders, and families, will achieve the greatest long-term impact. Creating change in a complex system requires the coordination of many different stakeholders working together towards a common goal. It requires One Voice.

Investing in Children Coalition

YVCF’s Investing in Children Coalition (ICC) is the South Central Washington regional early learning coalition – one of 10 early learning coalitions in the state. The region is defined by the boundaries of the ESD 105 region and serves Yakima and Kittitas counties.


  • Use a strengths-based approach to engage, empower and support families
  • Stabilize and extend the reach of local and regional resources
  • Increase understanding and proof of collective impact
  • Strengthen collective effort
  • Work together to increase support and resources
  • Advocate for children’s success

Learn more about YVCF’s Investing in Children Coalition.


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