The Strong in Every Way Initiative

Welcome to Strong in Every Way. Strong in Every Way is an aspirational human capital campaign to ensure optimum non-cognitive skills growth, grit, resilience and depth of understanding for all ZCS students. If Strong in Every Way(SIEW) were a (construction/fiscal) capital campaign, we would be building something new, or amassing the resources to do so—you know, aspiring to construct the future of a campus somewhere. This squares with SIEW in campaign concepts, but the lifelong differences for our youth are profound.

Three domains define Strong in Every Way:

1) Developing Connections

2) Developing Assets and Resources

3) Developing Cultural Understandings

Unlike the case with construction capital campaigns, our blueprints are malleable. No one can pre-determine the square footage of a young person’s dreams. People and systems of success and excellence are not a place or destination. But we are all builders. Let’s be attentive to one and to all. Let’s let no child in this place be without adult support, fallen then trampled while unnoticed or ostracized such that negative defining moments limit potential in the making. Choosing the people, ideas, and ways in which we will be collectively purposeful is daunting. It requires a movement. It requires a campaign. A human capital campaign. You can help a child be strong in every way. We all can!


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Derek Peterson


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