Today, Graduate Tacoma is more than 300 community partners strong. We are parents and educators, early learning and higher education, business and labor, youth and community service, civic and philanthropy, local government and communities of faith – all aligning our work together with Tacoma schools to impact student success.


No single organization can solve any major social problem alone. That's why Graduate Tacoma applies a model of collective impact to bridge sectors and support systems in favor of kids

Collaborative Action

Community members are involved in the co-development of solutions to improve outcomes

Shared Community Goal

Organizations, institutions, and community members align their work to support the cradle-to-career vision

Evidence-Based Decision Making

Data is accessible and regularly used by partners to inform actions that improve outcomes

Investment & Sustainability

A backbone organization is established to support the daily management of the partnership


Linking Schools & Community

Graduate Tacoma’s five Collaborative Action Networks bring together youth-serving organizations, institutions, and school district staff on a monthly basis – leveraging their combined power and expertise for youth success. 

Data Sharing for Better Outcomes

With strong data partnerships at Tacoma Public Schools, government agencies and non-profit organizations, the Graduate Tacoma movement enables community to confront systemic inequities defined in local context.

Charting Our Future

Hear from Graduate Tacoma partners as they share how they’re thinking about and planning for the future of Tacoma’s students. 


The Ecosystem of Education illustrates the network of interlocking parts existent in every city that influence youth success as a whole. Because every one of us has an influence in a young person's life, Graduate Tacoma brings into focus that work must be done across industries and with each other as partners to nurture environments that support students and their development. We do this by bridging all actors of the ecosystem.


Determine policies and practices that can greatly impact a person’s chances of success


Organizations and institutions who leverage resources, opportunity, and jobs



Nonprofit organizations who provide unique ways young people might need support outside of the classroom


Those who meet and engage with students on a daily basis: parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, media