In November 2017, Spartanburg was selected to join six other southern cities in taking on the challenge of improving the economic mobility of youth and young adults, ages 14-24 years, through participation in the Network for Southern Economic Mobility’s (NSEM) two-year cohort, created and managed by MDC. The Spartanburg County Foundation is facilitating the Spartanburg Team, comprised of public, private, and nonprofit partners.
Spartanburg, along with six other southern cities, are participating in MDC’s Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM). The Spartanburg County Foundation is facilitating a team of community leaders representing public, private, and nonprofit partners to identify the barriers in economic mobility for Spartanburg’s youth and young adults in the lowest income bracket and address the systemic changes needed to build pathways to success.
- Create a detailed systems and data analysis of Spartanburg County youth in the lowest income bracket and the barriers to economic mobility
- Align and connect initiatives focused on economic mobility to foster collaborative action and collective impact
- Develop and implement an integrated action plan that fosters a dual-customer system (youth and employers), accelerating youth mobility efforts
- Change the odds of economic mobility for youth and young adults by creating an opportunity agenda with multiple pathways and access points
- Become a healthy community that can challenge itself, and be a place where people want to live and thrive
The Network for Southern Economic Mobility is a group of southern communities committed to increasing upward economic mobility for youth and young adults in the lowest income brackets.
The first cohort of cities, which began in 2016, are Athens, GA; Chattanooga, TN; Greenville, SC; and Jacksonville, FL. The second cohort, which began in 2017, are Little Rock, AR; Savannah, GA; and Spartanburg, SC. The Network was created and is managed by MDC, a Durham, NC-based nonprofit organization that has worked with communities and institutions in the South for 50 years to create equitable policies and programs.