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April 2014 Blog Posts (26)

The Academic Achievement Gap Persists In Connecticut

THE EDUCATION AGENDA – THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAP PERSISTS IN CT

Federal report: CT has among largest achievement gaps in graduation rates

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 30, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Digital Media Curating as a Big Blue Bird

Some rules are meant to be broken to protect your personal space.  In this regard I have learned from teachers who assume Avatar identities to communicate with friend in social media.  

I have done the opposite.  At this time tweets from @FreemanWPAATV are mine and I do 99% of the Outreach communication from the organization I manage under this pseudonym. I also wear the costume at community events to increase our awareness with the next generation.…

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Added by Susan Huizenga on April 30, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Call for Public Art/Percent for Art Coordinator

Public Art/Percent for Art Coordinator -P/T on Project Basis



The City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism/New Haven Festivals, Inc. seeks individual with public art background to coordinate upcoming Percent for Art project. Temporary P/T with flexible hours. Send resume/letter of interest and salary requirements to Kim Futrell, City of New Haven, Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, 165 Church Street, New Haven, CT 06510.  Or email to…

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Added by Kim Futrell on April 29, 2014 at 4:10pm — No Comments

One Complete Organ Donor Can Save Up to 9 Lives!

APRIL IS NATIONAL ORGAN & TISSUE DONATION AWARENESS MONTH…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 29, 2014 at 1:29am — No Comments

Work Life Balance and Productivity

Work Life balance is even more challenging if you work in a non-profit that you are passionate about: And work-life balance is a personal responsibility --- right?  In my paying day job I was totally out of balance and the old habits are not easy to shed in my encore choices. 

So I will travel to #NHV from #w06492 to stretch my mind today at The Writer's Circle. 

Before doing so let me share a good read on What is Productivity:  …

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Added by Susan Huizenga on April 24, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

Nonprofit Closure

$100 million from the Gates Foundation, InBloom has faded into the night. In brief terms, InBloom was designed to wharehouse and store student data for public school systems which in turn can streamline how teachers and administrators accessed student records. The system was meant to extract student data from disparate school grading and attendance databases, store it in the cloud and funnel it to dashboards where teachers might more effectively track the progress of individual…

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Added by Mike Burns on April 23, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Job openings at 2 local nonprofits

Read to Grow

Reply to: laurie.ruderfer@gmail.com

The following two positions are being posted on behalf of Read to Grow, a statewide literacy organization. You can access them here:…

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Added by Lee Cruz on April 22, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Staggering Statistics for Some Young Black Boys in New Haven

Graves Brings “Obama Scholars” Back To The Classroom

The Nine Boys in this Session are…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 21, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

Free Zumba Kids class

FREE class~ Join a team of licensed Zumba Kids instructors ready to party with your precious little ones with age-appropriate music and moves. This program is geared for kids ages 4-11 years old. Parents/guardians can also join the fun. Feel free to spread the love. Further info contact (Ivette) at 203-285-5393 or email at info@beyondfitnessct.com.    

www.beyondfitnessct.com…

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Added by Ivette Altieri on April 18, 2014 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Hiring! New Haven Farms Seeking Part-Time Community and Research Manager

New Haven Farms

Part-Time Community and Research Manager

Position Description

 

ABOUT NEW HAVEN FARMS:

New Haven Farms’ nonprofit charitable mission is to promote health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, contaminated urban land into urban community farms. Our highly skilled Farm Manager and 45-strong volunteer corps cultivate 8 urban farms, and our harvest is made accessible to low-income families…

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Added by Rebecca Kline on April 18, 2014 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Composition

I often hear board members I'm working with say: we need to add a lawyer. And indeed, lawyers are popular additions to nonprofit boards but I'm not quite certain as to what exactly is expected with the addition of one. True, lawyers have a way of thinking, a process or discipline, that can be helpful to a board when fiduciary and sometimes strategic matters are up for discussion (which should be every meeting). True, lawyers know particular legal disciplines. For example, real estate lawyers…

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Added by Mike Burns on April 17, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Harp Names Okafor As New Community Services Chief

Harp Names New Community Services Chief

Mayor Toni Harp has lured behavioral health expert Martha N. Okafor (pictured) back to Connecticut from Georgia to serve as New Haven’s new head of the Community Services Administration.

Okafor will start her position on May 28, according to a press released the mayor’s office issued Tuesday evening. In her new…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 16, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Dining Out for Life - A simple and delicious way to make a difference!

 

Communities In Connecticut Eat For A Cause By Dining Out

To Make A Difference…

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Added by APNH on April 14, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Navigating NHPS Registration System with Daniel Diaz

Navigating New Haven Public Schools Registration System with Daniel Diaz, Parent Advocate.  Having good information is being empowered.  New Haven has a variety of school choices.  If you are new to the area, or if you are planning to move to NH, get informed so that…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 14, 2014 at 2:39am — No Comments

Interrupting Violence In Brooklyn And In New Haven

Gun Violence Is A Public Health Issue – Let’s Treat It That Way  …

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 11, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Nonprofit Board Engagement Governance

Nonprofit community engagement governance "is a new framework in which governance responsibility is shared across the organizational system, distributing the work of governance among the key stakeholders of an organization: its constituents and community, staff and board. The Community Engagement Governance Framework is based upon the established principles of participatory democracy, self-determination, genuine partnership, and on community-level decision-making. The Framework goes beyond…

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Added by Mike Burns on April 9, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Hands-On Saturday Community Volunteer Event: May 3

United Way's second annual Hands-On Saturday family friendly volunteer event will take place Saturday, May 3.

Join others from our community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3 (rain date is May 10) to invigorate safe public spaces for community gardening and help spruce up service providers' facilities.

Volunteers will be placed throughout Greater New Haven. Project sites include Roses for Autism in Guilford, New Haven Farms, Davenport Community Garden in New Haven…

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Added by Cara Rosner on April 9, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

FHCHC Hiring: Case Manager

Fair Haven Community Health Center is looking for passionate, caring individuals who are interested improving the health of the Fair Haven community. For over 40 years, FHCHC has been a leader in health care in Connecticut and is focused on providing excellent, affordable primary care to all patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. FHCHC is proud to have a diverse and motivated team of professionals who…

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Added by Chelsea Duckwall on April 8, 2014 at 2:12pm — No Comments

As 17 Year-old Is Buried--16-Year-old Is GUNNED DOWN!

The epidemic of gun violence, of Black on Black crimes in New Haven is, in fact, an accumulative massacre!  This is not too strong a statement.  Between Jan. 2009 and April 3, 2014, if someone had descended into various areas of the black New Haven community and gunned down 107 young  black people the rage could not be contained; and it would be justified.  This is exactly what has happened except the killers are from within the community!

On March 24,…

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Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 6, 2014 at 11:05pm — No Comments

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Neighborhoods: What is Working

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.

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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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