The two winners of this year's competition will receive $650,000 over three years in support of their efforts to build and sustain research-practice partnerships focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and will have the opportunity to apply for a two-year continuing grant to build the capacity of the partnerships and solidify the institutional changes that result. The program supports areas with the potential to improve outcomes including child welfare, mental health, justice, immigration, and vocational development.
This year's awardees are the University of Toronto, which in partnership with the Puerto Rico Department of Education will work to advance academic achievement in Puerto Rico by improving school and system-side managerial practices; and the University of Colorado Boulder, which will work with Denver Public Schools to improve academic equality within the district and close one of the widest achievement gaps between students of color and white students in the nation.
"I am very excited that the Spencer Foundation has joined us for this year's competition," said Grant Foundation president Adam Gamoran. "We received many excellent proposals, making it exceptionally difficult to select a single applicant to receive the grant. I am delighted that we could present awards to two deserving winners."