North State Together was established in 2016 as a regional collective partnership funded by a $2.5 million dollar grant awarded by The McConnell Foundation. As a result of the progress that has been made in the region, North State Together (NST) was awarded an 8 year multi-million dollar grant renewal by The McConnell Foundation. The grant allows NST to continue to develop our regional “Cradle to Career” partnerships, where leaders from education, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and faith communities join together to improve educational success for every child through a data-driven, collective impact approach.
North State Together is the largest geographical collective in the United States, covering 5 counties and over 20,000 square miles. North State Together will continue to provide direct resources and data and research support to the five county networks: Reach Higher Shasta, Expect More Tehama, Advancing Modoc Youth, Trinity Together Cradle to Career Partnership, and Cradle to Careers for Siskiyou. Three of these networks have been recently formed while two have been around for a longer period of time. North State Together will support these partnerships with the goal to increase educational outcomes at all levels with ultimate impacts on the overall health and economic well-being of our communities.
North State Together, along with California State University, Chico, anchors the Rural Schools Collaborative's Northern California Hub. Chico State's Ann Schulte and North State Together's Kevin O'Rorke serve as the Hub Contacts.