The Hayward Promise Neighborhood is a collaboration of 10 local agency partners, led by Cal State East Bay and its Interim Provost, Carolyn Nelson. Partners work to prepare children in Hayward’s Jackson Triangle Neighborhood for a successful transition to postsecondary education and for a rewarding career through strong school, community, and family support systems.

“Our promise is to ensure the long-term health, safety and economic well-being of the entire Hayward community,” Nelson explains. “Together, we are building a healthy, empowered, and educated community where every child has the opportunity and resources to succeed.”

Hayward Promise Neighborhood’s data system tracks the project’s benefit over time. Partners share information on 1,800 participants to refine and enhance services based on community need. Cal State East Bay harnesses this data in support of its ongoing regional stewardship research and activities.

Funding comes from a five-year, $25 million U.S. Department of Education grant and each partner provides a 100 percent match. Private sponsors have included the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AT&T and the San Francisco Foundation.

“I think of Adriana, the Harder Elementary School PTA president, and her daughter, Melina, who told me her dream to be the first woman president of the United States,” says Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-15th District). “The good people with Hayward Promise Neighborhood are committed to empowering parents like Adriana with the skills to make sure Melina—and every child like Melina—has the opportunity to become the first woman president or anything she wants to be.”