Today, Graduate Tacoma is more than 350 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. Collective impact brings people together,
 in a structured way, to achieve social change.

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

Tacoma Refuses to Lose

Graduate Tacoma continues to advance its commitment to equity of opportunity for students of color in the era of COVID-19 and a renewed fight against racial oppression and violence.

Connecting Seniors to Support

What’s Next TPS Senior Check-In” is a data-driven, collective impact initiative to get students the assistance they need through local high schools, college access programs, and colleges.

Coordinating Across Sectors


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