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A most warm New Year to you!  


The Decade of Difference: 2020 Initiative (DoD) is a ten-year community initiative designed to prepare our youth to be contributing and productive members in our society, community, and economy. In partnership with 24 school districts, our business partners and countless individuals, we are moving the needle forward through a committed focus on Early Success, Youth Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, College/Career Resources, Parent/Community, and Professional Development/Teacher Training.  


You are receiving this newsletter because of your shared commitment to children and our community. We hope this communique will serve to provide you with information about the "good things" taking place around the county related to the work of the DoD as well as provide you with some insights as to where you might connect to this work.. 


If we are to achieve the goals of the initiative, we cannot do it alone. The change we hope for comes from people like you and me who not only see the problems but also seize opportunities to fan the spark towards improvement. We are moving forward with our efforts with a sense of urgency, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and with a genuine commitment to meaningful collaborative partnerships to address an array of problems with positive, effective solutions. 


Please take a moment to click on the Impact Area links to the left, to become better acquainted with our work, and to celebrate what is possible when a community comes together, rolls up its collective shirt sleeves and gets to the job of doing.


It is my joy to coordinate this effort towards systemic improvement and I am so proud of our team and our partners for moving fantastic ideas forward with intentional action.

Please don't ever hesitate to contact me to share other examples of good work that align with our goals or for general information. [email protected]


As we move into this New Year, please hold with you the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has".


Carpe Diem!


Heidi Moore

DoD Coordinator 


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