The Emerging Leaders is a fellowship supported by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. It includes diverse members of local government, nonprofits, faith-based communities, businesses, and grass roots citizens who share the common goal of improving the quality of life in Rapid City through participation in local collective impact efforts.
Collective Impact is a community supported, structured approach to solving complex social problems. Actions are supported by a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, ongoing communication, and has oversight and organization by an independent backbone organization.
The current cadre, which started in October 2021 and ends in October 2022, is supporting efforts toward poverty reduction, mental health crisis and Early Learner Rapid City. The focus for the group that chose Early Learner Rapid City is awareness. They have been busy learning about Early Learner Rapid City, Early Learner South Dakota and the quality resources that currently exist in our community. They are hoping to educate the community on the importance of support for early learning, particularly with the business community.