Kid’s Home Run Wins National Ideas Challenge

The City of West Sacramento’ Kid’s Home Run has been selected as one of the winners of the NewDEAL 2017 New Ideas Challenge – a competition among rising and innovative state and local policymakers to propose the best ideas for expanding opportunity and improving government in the new economy.

The Kids’ Home Run program won in the “Future of Communities” category, which includes ideas that strengthen communities and recognize that everyone benefits when more people have the best chance to contribute positively.

Kid’s Home Run begins with universal preschool, and then provides:

  • seed funding for college savings accounts when kids enter kindergarten
  • paid internships in relevant industry sectors or jobs types for West Sacramento high school students
  • college and career pathways
  • digital badges for community service and achievements
  • free community college
  • the chance to earn scholarships up to $1,000

“The City of West Sacramento Home Run initiative isn’t just making West Sacramento the best place to raise a family and grow up as a child, but it also makes our city the best place to find high quality talent ready for skilled entry and mid-level jobs,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Other winners:

The Future of Workforce: Community College Gap AssistanceSenator Kate Bolz, Lincoln, NE

The Future of Business: BankLocalGeneral Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Rhode Island

The Future of Govt: Denver: An Entrepreneurial CityMayor Michael Hancock, Denver, CO

The Future of Families: Portable Benefits: Supporting Workers in the Gig Economy  –Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Mount Laurel, NJ

The Future of Rural America: Statewide Imagination Library PartnershipRepresentative Clarke Tucker, Little Rock, AR

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