The Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are a collaboration of the Office of Community and Economic Development (representing the City of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and Washtenaw Urban County), the United Way of Washtenaw County, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and the RNR Foundation.
WACY is the designated planning and coordinating body for school-aged youth for the Washtenaw Coordinated Funding initiative.
The Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth (WACY) was founded in the spring of 2008 to serve as the coordinating entity and unified voice for youth-serving agencies and public system partners in Washtenaw County.
In April 2015, WACY leaders voted to officially adopt a Collective Impact framework, and with it, a Common Agenda for community change and a commitment to Cradle-to-Career in Washtenaw County.
WACY is led by a local high-level, cross-sector Leadership Team charged with creating systemic change that improves outcomes for children and youth, with an emphasis on children and youth who are economically disadvantaged. Our partner agencies, known as our Community Champions, collectively serve over 27,000 children and youth from across Washtenaw County each year.
Cradle to Career
WACY is proud to partner with Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative and the Washtenaw Futures College Access Network to support all children and youth from birth through college and career as the Washtenaw County Cradle to Career Collaborative. Together, the Washtenaw County Cradle to Career Collaborative will work to positively impact the following indicators:
- All children are born healthy.
- All children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry.
- All children will read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
- All youth will be proficient in math and reading by the end of 8th grade.
- All youth will graduate high school within 5 years.
- All students will enroll in and earn a college degree or career credential.