Why We Serve
The Regional Alliance for Youth (RALLY) was developed by Capital Region ESD 113 upon the request of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Youth Council as a stewardship team to learn more about the experiences of youth in the region. Throughout 2012, the stewardship team held regional and county level meetings to gather information regarding challenges and opportunities in supporting youth. The team found that geographic isolation and limited access to services is a challenge for many students in remote areas of our region. While students desire to go to college, many lack the opportunity and thus post-secondary enrollment is low. Students desired to be connected to the community in a meaningful and substantive way.
RALLY envisioned a network to integrate efforts across a myriad of stakeholders. This network would connect education stakeholders with businesses, nonprofits, and community resources to work together. Partners would share their knowledge and expertise to collaborate on projects to ensure lifelong success for youth from cradle to career. A common thread within our region is the importance of increasing high school graduation rates, so more youth are college and career ready.
Since then, RALLY has supported the development of county-level consortia throughout the region. Key focus areas of our consortia include 1) breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, 2) supporting access to college and career success, and 3) overcoming adverse childhood experiences through resiliency.