St. Croix Foundation: The New Kids Count Grantee for USVI

In January 2020, St. Croix Foundation was invited to take over the leadership for the Kids Count program in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Building on 15 years of targeted investments in the area of Youth and Education, SCF is conducting deep community scans to tell a layered story about how children in the Virgin Islands are faring. Our overarching Kids Count strategy is to identify ‘hot spots’ as well as ‘bright spots’ for child wellbeing from the quantitative data that we collect. We will also collect qualitative data that capture the lived experiences of our youngest residents, through powerful storytelling.

 

Recognizing that data by itself is insufficient to move the needle on the welfare of our children, the Foundation remains committed to moving policy, encouraging community advocacy and cultivating ‘systems thinking’. Leaning on our civic, public and private sector partnerships, our long-range goal is to identify the pressure points that will activate the data, reduce vulnerabilities, build reinforced safety nets, and improve overall outcomes for all children.

 

The Foundation’s first publication is the 2020 Kids Count USVI Snapshot entitled Building Level Pathways for Our Children, which outlines SCF’s strategy as the new stewards of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Kids Count Initiative. Read the 2020 Snapshot here, and/or request a print copy by contacting staff@stxfoundation.org.

Cover Art: Ujima Journey by Marcus Anderson

About Kids Count and Annie E. Casey Foundation

Kids Count is a network of non-profits, foundations, and consortiums from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Launched in 1990 by AECF, a national philanthropy focused on child well-being, Kids Count provides data about child wellbeing at the federal, state, and local levels to catalyze informed policies and decision-making. Kids Count grantees are tasked with disseminating their findings publicly through a local data book annually.