How do we measure the impact of urban fellowships?

It seems simple, but they weren’t doing that before. Nobody was talking to anybody.” –SC2 Fellow Gretchen Moore on the Fresno Downtown Booster Squad. 

“…The type and breadth of urban development projects that are under [my host] organization’s control are unparalleled in this market.  This is the opportunity to truly make an impact on an entire neighborhood.” –urban fellow in CUREx program, interviewed by Patrizi Associates for the Knight Foundation evaluation. Read more here.   

“Conditions were not always the best to support a fellowship program in the City during this time; arguably, for the same reasons that it was potentially one of the best possible times for the City to be able to receive fellowship resources.” -Betsy Palazzola, SC2 Fellow in Detroit. 

“I was attracted to the SC2 Fellowship because I wanted to be a part of crafting practical solutions to difficult problems. The Health Care Access Project certainly provided opportunities for that. When I began, 20% of New Orleans residents were uninsured and the state was not expanding Medicaid. Our network of community health centers was high quality, but not high profile and dependent on a funding stream ending in 2013. With few resources, we had to come up with creative solutions. In a year-and-a-half, we were able to extend the health center funding stream, enroll an additional 10,000 people in the primary care program it supports, and enroll 37,000 people in new ACA Marketplace health insurance plans.”  -Maxwell Ciardullo, SC2 Fellow in New Orleans. 

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