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Our History

History and Milestones
  • 2013
    • United Way of Greenville County, through a grant from United Way Worldwide, convened a Middle Grades Challenge Team. This work resulted in:
      • Greenville County Schools: commitment to implement an evidence-based Early Warning and Response System
      • United Way of Greenville County: commitment to implement a “place-based” initiative in middle schools in the White Horse community utilizing a collective impact approach
  • 2014
    • United Way of Greenville County applied for and received a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant from the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service.
      • The initiative was aptly named the “Middle Grades Success Initiative.”
      • Partners included Greenville County Schools, the Riley Institute at Furman University, and funders including the Community Foundation of Greenville County and Hollingsworth Funds.
  • 2015
    • Through SIF funding, subgrants were awarded to Building Educated Leaders for Life, Communities In Schools of Greenville, Greenville County Schools, the Greenville Health System and Public Education Partners to provide the intervention strategies for students identified through the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS).
    • The initiative officially became known as “OnTrack Greenville” and that summer, key persons began meeting regularly as "implementation partners."
  • 2016
    • Key stakeholders — Greenville County Schools, Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy, Implementation Partners, the Riley Institute and United Way of Greenville County — codified the partnership agreement and designed a shared leadership model.