Southeast Raleigh History
- The YMCA of the triangle began exploring putting a Y facility in Southeast Raleigh. In 2011, they formed a task force of community leaders to help find a location for the facility. At the same time, the AJ Fletcher Foundation was having similar conversations with community leaders including the Y task force about collective impact model and the work of the East Durham Children’s Initiative. They could see the value in bringing the collective impact model to Southeast Raleigh. Community volunteers began exploring Purpose Built Communities Model. The group traveled a few times to see the success of the East Lake Initiative in Atlanta.
- In 2015, Southeast Raleigh Promise was formed to lead the vision into execution with Kia Baker, Southeast Raleigh native hired as the Executive Director. The YMCA if the Triangle closed on the “Beacon Site” in November 2015. The Wake County Public School System joined the initiative in 2016 with a commitment to support an elementary school that was responsive to the needs of the community.
- Southeast Raleigh Promise