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January 2013 Blog Posts (29)

The U.S. Health Disadvantage: A CRISIS That We Must Address Together Today

“The U.S. spends far more per capita on health care than other high-income countries, yet the nation has fallen in relative standing because it has the worst health outcomes.” As the report title aptly states, "…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 31, 2013 at 10:50pm — No Comments

Be a Guest Reader at LEAP!

Today’s Readers are Tomorrows Leaders

Reading aloud to children is beneficial on a number of levels. It increases vocabulary, literacy skills and comprehension. It is the foundation of literacy development. (Kathleen Childress 2011) Once children possess these skills, it opens up a whole new world of learning and development, especially inner city children. More importantly, children love being read to.…

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Added by LEAP Inc on January 30, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Office Furniture Available!

We have the following office furniture available:

* three metal desks with wooden tops (various drawer arrangements)

* one wood-veneer desk (one file- and one-regular drawer)

* three, three-drawer lateral files

* one wooden project table (has seen a lot of hard use, but might be right for a workshop or warehouse)

 

Free to any non-profit that can cart it away by Jan. 31st! Please contact The New Haven Preservation Trust at 203-562-5919 or email…

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Added by Anita Buckmaster on January 29, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Calling GNH nonprofits: take this survey by Feb 15!

In our continued effort to gather information on the state of the nonprofit sector in our region, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is encouraging area nonprofits to participate in the fourth annual Nonprofit Finance Fund’s (NFF) survey. NFF analyzes the results and provides them to all of us—nonprofits, government, foundations, lending institutions, media, and umbrella organizations—in late March.…

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Added by Tricia Caldwell on January 29, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments

VITA tax prep sites open this week

VITA sites, where volunteers offer low-income individuals and families free help preparing their income taxes, open throughout the region this week.

Click here for a list of area sites and more information, and please help spread the word!

Added by Cara Rosner on January 28, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Looney Leads The Charge (In Dealing with GUNS In Our Community) & Gangbanger Call-In

Looney Leads The Charge  (Dealing with GUNS in our Community)

“We need to shine a light on better mental health care for younger children,” Looney said.

Each of the three working groups—mental health, gun violence and school security—are working against a Feb. 15 deadline to recommend legislation to the overall task force they are part of. At that point, Looney will be key…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 27, 2013 at 7:36pm — No Comments

In N.A.A.C.P., (Soft-Drink) Industry Gets Ally Against Soda Ban (?!!!)

The N.A.A.C.P. Has Close Ties to Several Soft-Drink Companies, Particularly Cocoa-Cola

The civil rights organization is standing by its friends in their fight against Michael Bloomberg’s soda rules.  New York City health officials say the obesity rate for African-Americans in New York City is higher than the city average. The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said Wednesday that he was “disappointed” the N.A.A.C.P. had…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 26, 2013 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Graduation Rate Rises To 70.5% (New Haven Public Schools)

Another VERY Interesting and Informative Article about NHPS

Graduation Rate Rises To 70.5%

by Melissa Bailey | Jan 22, 2013 3:21 pm

 

You may read the entire article linked below.  After reading the article, if you do not have time to read all the comments, we are posting one here for you. Draw your own conclusions.…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 23, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments

Ex-Cotton-Picker Marks The Journey - A New Haven Independent Article

 

We commend Hillhouse High School Principal, Kermit Carolina, for making the school available on Inauguration Day for this historic purpose.  This is but one example of the dual purpose our public school buildings can serve.  It is a great way for many people in the community to come together and share this experience with others in their neighborhood school. Thanks also to the New Haven Independent (NHI) for sharing this information and for…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 22, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Learn How the Affordable Care Act Will Hold Insurance Companies Accountable In CT

Learn How the Affordable Care Act will Hold Insurance Companies Accountable and Reduce the Cost Of Health Care. Watch as State Senator Toni Harp and Attorney Demian Fontanella explain how this will work in CT: http://youtu.be/nsFdeEweeg0

Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 22, 2013 at 2:58am — No Comments

My Gun Vs. Your Safety - Courtesy of A NHI Link

This is a Very interesting article.  The images speak volume.

My Gun Vs. Your Safety

by marcia chambers | Jan 17, 2013 1:52 pm

 

“I feel as passionate about not owning a gun as you feel about owning one,” declared Gail Corbett, who oversees 14 classrooms, at six different schools in a nearby city.…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 17, 2013 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Charter Revision and a Hybrid Board of Ed

If you haven't had a chance, please check out a video I made explaining Charter Revision and making the case for a Hybrid Board of Education - partially elected and partially appointed.

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Added by Justin Elicker on January 15, 2013 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Ending Violence in Children's Lives: A Resolution We Cannot Afford to Break

Ending Violence in Children's Lives: A Resolution We Cannot Afford to Break

The Huffington Post, Michael Feigelson, 01/08/2013…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 12, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments

How Many Parents Know the Daily Physical Activity Guidelines for Children?

Study: Few Children Meet Physical Activity and Screen-Time Guidelines 

Education Week, Bryan Toporek, 01/07/2013 …

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 11, 2013 at 4:52pm — No Comments

A Claimed 100 Percent Murder Rate Clearance!!! Should NH Tax-payers Care?

Should New Haven Residents and Tax-payers Care about This?

A Claimed 100 Percent Murder Rate Clearance!!!

Three lives and those affected by those lives – damaged!

The City of New Haven coffers directly depleted by $200K

Willoughby retired with a pension –continued depletion of the City’s…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 11, 2013 at 11:12am — No Comments

New Haven Neighborhood Leadership Grant Funding Announcement

New Haven Neighborhood Grant Funding Announcement

The Neighborhood Leadership Grant Program works with resident leaders in New Haven neighborhoods to make our community a better place. We believe that resident leaders have the power to influence what happens in a neighborhood and the ability to build community where they live. We believe that all communities have assets, which include neighborhood residents, local institutions, and private and public resources.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on January 10, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

* Exclusive Photos from NEW HAVEN'S MOVEMENT: a Dance Showcase End Youth Violence *

Hi GNH Community!  
Happy New Year 2013!  Thank You SO much to everyone who came out on Monday to support Carole's Future Project!  We wanted to share with you the beautiful photos from this very special event (HUGE thank you to Jeffrey Kerekes from "I Love New Haven"!)  Senior Carole Richardson of New Haven Academy truly brought her dream to life of bringing the New Haven community together to be inspired and entertained.  She is passionate about ending youth…
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Added by Sarah Tankoos on January 10, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Community Organizer Fellowship at Junta for Progressive Action

 

 Start Date: January 14th, 2013

End Date: May 31st, 2013

 

Position Summary:

 

The fellow will be working with the Advocacy Program. The program represents Junta’s central agenda as we move forward in our mission of improving the social, political and economic conditions of the community. It will combine advocacy and policy efforts with community-based organizing.

 

The fellow will have the…

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Added by Ana María Rivera-Forastieri on January 9, 2013 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Development Director Position at NHSO

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is looking for a Director of Development. Please see the job description below for details.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Job Summary

The Development Director is responsible for building the capacity of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra by overseeing a comprehensive year-round fundraising program. A member of the senior management team reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director plans, implements, manages, and…

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Added by New Haven Symphony Orchestra on January 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Magnet School Lottery Odds Revealed - Courtesy of the New Haven Independent

Magnet School Lottery Odds Revealed

This is a MUST READ for Parents with School-age Children

Applications for admissions to NHPS for the 2013/2014 school year are due Feb. 15, 2013.  The lottery takes place on March 12, 2013.  Students accepted will start school Sept. 2013.

We applaud the New Haven Independent (NHI) and Melissa…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on January 9, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments

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When Disaster Hits, Your First Responder Probably Will Not Be a First Responder

The FIRST assets in a disaster are neighbors. In fact, it turns out that while your neighbors have everything to do with your immediate chances in a disaster, your neighbors and their collective extended connections determine how well and how fast your community will recover.

Organizational Culture of Fear: The Shadow Side of US Culture

Don't let the title mislead you. Peter's intimate conversation with life, career and business coach CJ Liu is profound, touching and funny. Ostensibly a discussion of Peter's book Flawless Consulting, CJ says at the end, "We didn't talk about the book at all." Instead, the conversation ranged from personal transformation, integrating who you are with what you do and outlets for pain and rage to freedom, authenticity, courage and the power of co-creation--plus yoga, cartoons, parenting and much more.

The Problem With Problems

One of the reasons we may have so little productive citizen creativity at the local level is that people buy into the belief that the purpose of getting together is to deal with a problem. There is another purpose that is probably more important: engagement that mobilizes citizen creativity and contributions.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

The post Open Streets Project Revamped appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Home for the Holidays, and for Good

This is the story of Michael Elliot, who was homeless and fighting cancer when his life took a sharp turn for the better. Through a unique partnership with ProMedica Health in Toledo, where he was receiving treatment, Elliot was introduced to a LISC Financial Opportunity Center. There, he worked with a financial coach, who helped him secure a safe, affordable apartment and even begin saving money—all within a few months. Said Elliot, “It’s the greatest thing in the world that I have a place to call home.”

Kindling Hope in a Chicago Neighborhood

You can feel the change, say residents. Police data show it, too. In just one year, crime and violence have dropped precipitously in Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood where LISC has long partnered with local leaders, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. How did it change? A concerted mix of strategic policing and community engagement, says Julia Ryan, LISC’s VP for health & safety—the very approach LISC supports in Englewood and dozens of communities across the country.

LISC Pledges New Commitment to Health

LISC has invested deeply in the health and wellbeing of people in the places where we work for 40 years. But we’re upping the ante. President and CEO Maurice Jones calls partners to join us in upending health disparities through tailored investments in communities, and designing a plan to assess the health outcomes of our broad work in economic development, housing, safety and financial stability.

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