A COMMUNITY MISSION

LaunchNW Project Engage and Mpower RFPs Now Open!

Project Engage is a community-wide effort to support children and families by promoting belonging, relational health, and engagement with community resources and opportunities. Our goal is every child and family engaged with community, every day.

LaunchNW will kick-off Project Engage at the start of the 2024-25 school year this fall, and is currently accepting proposals through our RFP process for organizations in our community to join this effort. To view the RFPs we currently have open, click the buttons below.

*Webinars to answer questions about both of these RFPs were hosted by LaunchNW on May 8, 2024.

The Mpower Mentoring Program is a community-wide effort to support students in reaching their post-high school goals through mentorship. Led by LaunchNW, it is a collaboration between local school districts, non-profit partners and universities connecting high school students with mentors while simultaneously providing holistic community supports. With the goal of every student having a clear pathway from high school to career attainment.

We galvanize entire communities to ensure that every child finds belonging and travels their best journey from birth to career attainment.

This is the bold MISSION of LaunchNW.

LaunchNW is a community mission.

See what LaunchNW looks like in the life of an Inland Northwest student.

Promise Scholarship

The LaunchNW scholarship will fill financial gaps for students furthest from educational affordability to pursue the post-high school education of their choice, whether that be an apprenticeship, technical or associate degree, credential, or bachelor degree. An endowed scholarship is currently being raised to create this opportunity and ensure long-term sustainability and multi-generational impact, and our first scholarships will be awarded to select students in the 2024 graduating class!

Wraparound Supports

LaunchNW believes that for students to pursue their post-high school journey of choice, they need support from birth to job-attainment. By galvanizing local leaders and partnering with our entire community, LaunchNW creates a coordinated infrastructure to ensure that students and families have access to the resources that they need. Work is currently underway to increase access to FAFSA/WASFA completion support, mentorship, mental health support, and more, with all of these initiatives driven by data and designed in partnership with volunteers from every sector of our community.

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.

LaunchNW:

Lasting Impacts

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.

Get Involved

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.

Interested in partnering or volunteering?

You 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
Our Partners

These represent just some of the organizations in our region joining us in this journey. This list is ever-growing.