Jun 1, 2023

Hayward Promise Neighborhoods

Led by Cal State East Bay, HPNs is a partnership of local educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofits collaborating to fully support residents within the Jackson Triangle, South Hayward and Downtown Hayward to provide comprehensive, high-quality educational and social support to ensure the long-term health, safety and economic well-being of the entire community.
Source: Edgar Chavez, Executive Director


Hayward Promise Neighborhood will be a national model of commitment to community and collective effort which alleviates intergenerational poverty and creates equity for all in Hayward.


Hayward Promise Neighborhoods (HPN) is a collaborative of 13 cross-sector partners dedicated to addressing widespread poverty in Hayward, California. Eleven years ago, HPN created a cradle-to-career initiative to support families in our city’s Jackson Triangle neighborhood. Led by California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), HPN was in the first cohort of the U.S. Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods Implementation Grant recipients from 2011-2016. We subsequently expanded the HPN initiative to South Hayward with a new federal grant. HPN plans to expand to Downtown Hayward neighborhoods to reach over 8,000 students in eleven schools and their families in the next five years with a new federal award. A history of redlining, displacement, and disinvestment in Black and Latinx communities in our region has shaped Hayward neighborhoods leading to a predominantly non-white population. In densely populated communities such as South Hayward, residents are extremely burdened by housing costs (paying more than 35% of their income on housing). Most of the city’s immigrant children live in South Hayward, where half of all 1,215 newcomers (i.e., refugees, unaccompanied minors, and migrant families), a majority from Mexico, Central America, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, attend one of HPN’s five partner schools in the 28-school district.

The Hayward Promise Neighborhood initiative is a collective impact effort that includes the following partners:


  • 4Cs Alameda County
  • Alameda County Public Health Department
  • Cal State East Bay
  • Chabot College
  • City of Hayward
  • Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League
  • Eden Area ROP
  • Eden Youth and Family Center
  • First 5 Alameda County
  • Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District
  • Hayward Unified School District
  • La Familia Counseling Service
  • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center

What Collaboration Looks Like

  • Hayward Promise Neighborhoods participates in the following NCCPC initiatives:
  • Steering Committee Member with the City of Hayward
  • Policy Committee Member
  • Evaluation AdHoc Committee Member
  • Campus Partnerships Committee Member
  • Cal State East Bay Campus Collaboration

Benefits Derived as a Result of being an NCCPC Member

Hayward Promise Neighborhoods has benefited in the following ways:

  • Established new partnership with Silicon Valley Education Foundation to bring ElevateMath to HPN partner schools
  • Established new connections with NCCPC members such as OneGoal and NROC
  • Working with City of Hayward Mayor to bring the Mayor’s convening to Hayward in 2023


Hayward Promise Neighborhoods five-year goals include:

  • Expanding services from 5 to 11 new partner K-12 schools in Hayward Unified School District and reach over 8,000 students
  • Supporting Hayward mayor’s Education City initiative
  • Fundraising to sustain programs and resources in South Hayward communities
  • Support state legislation to sustain and expand Promise Neighborhoods models in California
  • Strenghtening the pathways for postsecondary completion for Black and English Learner students in Hayward

Why NCCPC and Why Now

NCCPC and HPN share a common vision of bringing together public and private agencies to ensure all students have access to affordable and on-time postsecondary degrees. We are especially inspired by the opportunity to leverage the expertise of agencies to inform better policies, practices, and solutions that help students achive economic mobility. It takes a village!