Opportunity. Prosperity. Growth.
Imagine if our entire community came together to give every child the opportunity – and support – to access their career or college of choice and meet their full potential.
This is the
Rising costs of living. Homelessness. Workforce shortages. Generational poverty.
While we work on short-term solutions for these challenges, we must also invest
in holistic, long-term strategies to create systemic change and address underlying causes.
Research shows post-high school education and workforce training create prosperity powerful enough to boost economies, bolster communities and break cycles of poverty, but they feel out of reach for many of our students and families. We need to change that.
LaunchNW brings the community together to invest in comprehensive solutions that spark lasting community vitality.
A Proven Formula for
LaunchNW changes the way we support communities in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
Here’s how it works:
Beginning with the class of 2024, LaunchNW’s supported promise scholarship will fill financial gaps needed for students to pursue college or workforce training, such as apprenticeships or technical certifications. An endowed scholarship will be raised to create opportunities, ensuring long-term sustainability and multi-generational impact.
Comprehensive Student and Family Supports
Educational success and begins early and requires accessible support for children and families, from cradle to career. Using the promise scholarship as incentive, LaunchNW brings community organizations together to integrate resources and ensure comprehensive, accessible supports are linked directly to local students and families.
Data and Community Driven Programming
Inspired by the Say Yes to Education Buffalo program, LaunchNW is a proven model driven by community feedback and data to address the specific needs of our region. To ensure transparency, accountability and long-term commitment, a public dashboard will track community goals and outcomes.
LaunchNW creates opportunities for children and families
Post-high school education drives individual prosperity, yet for many families, the cost of education or workforce training after high school feels out of reach. Although support systems exist, they often function as silos and many families don’t know how to access them.
LaunchNW brings together community partners to ensure every child, regardless of their individual circumstances, has access to career training including apprenticeships, technical and associate degrees, credentials, bachelor’s degrees and beyond.
LaunchNW builds prosperous communities
Vibrant communities create equitable opportunities for all, including rural and historically excluded populations.
Communities with programs like LaunchNW have seen increases in post-high school education, a multi-talented workforce, volunteering, community service and voting, and decreases in unemployment, reliance on government assistance and government spending on remedial services.
LaunchNW has garnered investment and support from regional corporate leaders, philanthropists, school districts, higher education, individuals, nonprofits and members of city and county government.
LaunchNW sparks economic growth
in our region
Education and workforce training ensure our region can fill the jobs we need to grow and prosper. Labor market wages and educational attainment of all types are directly related, which in turn mean stronger local economies and even statewide and national growth.
Employers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho want to hire local talent. Investing in post-high school opportunities and workforce training helps students prepare for and access jobs in our region.
Building the talent and potential of young people not only grows our local workforce, but also increases household incomes and job growth, leading to a stronger economy.
We have an incredible opportunity to leverage the unprecedented amount of state and federal pandemic recovery dollars currently available in our region. These implementation dollars are being used to create integrated supports for students and families.
Your contribution to the endowed scholarship fund will provide hope and remove financial barriers for students. Join us and invest in generational change in our community.
Make a life-changing gift today.
Scholarship information for the Class of 2024 will be announced at a later date but the work of LaunchNW is already underway.
Interested in partnering or volunteering? You, too, can help build a legacy that will promote community well-being for generations to come. Share your contact information to stay informed and get involved.
Thank you to
These represent just some of the organizations in our region joining us in this journey. This list is ever-growing.