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Community Engagement: Signature Partnership

Signature Partnership

Overarching Goal Statement

In collaboration with community partners, enhance quality of life for residents in West Louisville by improving the overall educational attainment levels to equal those of Metro Louisville in general, through the integrated enhancement of health, social and human services, and economic viability of the community.

The Signature Partnership is a university effort to enhance the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of West Louisville. The goal is to work with various community partners to improve the educational, health, economic and social status of individuals and families who live in our urban core. Working closely with community residents, the Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Metro Government, Metro United Way, the Urban League, faith based organizations, and many others, the university has coordinated and enhanced existing programs and launched new programs designed to eliminate or reduce disparities that West Louisville residents experience in education, health, economic and social conditions. The university is drawing upon the expertise and energy of faculty, staff, and students from every school and college of UofL to deal with the quality of life issues affecting our community.

Programmatic Objectives

Programmatic Objectives

Education - Elevate Educational Attainment

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Academic Performance of Students in K-12
  • High School Graduation Rates
  • Residents Obtain Bachelor's Degrees

Economic Development - Financial Empowerment

  • Employment Opportunities for Residents
  • Business Development and Retention
  • Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation

Social and Human Services - Build Capacity

  • Enhancement of Social Service Providers
  • Parental Involvement (Training & Education)
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods

 Health & Quality of Life

  • Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles
  • Accessibility to Quality Healthcare
  • Arts and Cultural Activities

*Adopted by Residents Advisory Council 3/24/12

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