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Featured Blog Posts – September 2018 Archive (15)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PRISONERS GO ON STRIKE?

As wildfires raged in California this summer, over 2000 of the firefighters on site were paid just one dollar per hour to battle the blaze. These firefighters were volunteers from inside of California's prison system. They're part of a national workforce of incarcerated people paid pennies per hour and sometimes nothing at all for hourly labor benefiting the U.S. economy. Driven in part by demands for better working conditions and wages, incarcerated workers last month began a…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 28, 2018 at 9:37am — No Comments

Implicit Bias Isn't Discrimination. But It Leads to It - Citylab

In April, a Starbucks manager in Philadelphia called the police on two black men sitting peacefully inside a coffee shop. The culprit, according to Starbucks’ CEO and the city’s mayor, was implicit bias—subconscious thought that…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 27, 2018 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Building Talent for the Digital Revolution

When Max Johnson saw an ad for a software coding school in San Francisco called Holberton, he was in a dead-end job and looking for a way out. The idea of being a computer programmer had been in the back of his mind since he was a teenager growing up in Camden, New Jersey. So, he took a chance and applied.  

Johnson had never…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 27, 2018 at 1:26pm — No Comments

FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING: Navigating Today's Management and Financial Challenges

Download your PDF copy of this flyer here.…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 26, 2018 at 5:01pm — No Comments

PreK spaces still available for New Haven 3 and 4 year olds

There are a few prek spaces available in school readiness funded programs throughout the community.  Please share the flyer which you can download here with colleagues and New Haven families with children age 3 & 4 years old.  Below is a list of programs with openings as of September 11. For more info, contact me…

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Added by Denise Duclos on September 24, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Grant Opportunity: Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Capacity Building Grants

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 5, 2018

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 18, 2018 at 10:21am — No Comments

Science Haven: We want to bring science activities to your events!

I'm Rick Crouse, a fourth year neuroscience graduate student at Yale and the co-president of Yale Student Science Diplomats, an organization dedicated to science communication, outreach, and advocacy. I'm writing this post to spread the word about Science Haven.

Science Haven is a collaboration between two Yale student-led science outreach groups: Yale Student Science Diplomats and Open Labs. We are interested in…

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Added by Richard Crouse on September 16, 2018 at 9:07pm — No Comments

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at the U.S. Open in the final match between her and Naomi Osaka, Williams—who was competing for her 24th Grand Slam tournament win—was charged with three penalty code violations, contributing to her ultimate defeat and a victory…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 14, 2018 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Creating community through baseball

Walter "Pop" Smith Little League builds friendships and teaches life lessons

When the Walter “Pop” Smith Little League first started in 1952, the kids played with wooden bats and the field was on the corner of Goffe Street and Sherman Avenue. Bat materials have changed since then and the field has moved up the block. Yet the game of baseball itself…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 13, 2018 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Congrats to Westville and all of New Haven's skating and biking community...

on the opening of our New Haven Skate Park at Edgewood Park. See the pictures made by two great New Haven photographers:

On the I Love New Haven blog by Leigh Busby: Edgewood Skatepark Grand Opening

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On Facebook by Misty from Lotta Studios:…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 10, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

From the Start: Neighborhood Civics in Action

Most every city resident has something that he or she wants to see improved. Be it a playground, an overgrown lot or a needed service that is unavailable, the best ideas for making the city a better place often come from local residents. Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to take action. Twenty-seven years ago, The Community Foundation for Greater New…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 6, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Coming January 2019 - Coding School in New Haven

Here's some exciting news for our community - this week it was announced that The Community Foundation made a Mission Related Investment in the District Innovation Venture Center, which has brought in a Silicon Valley-modeled training program to address the talent gap and ramp up the region's tech sector. The program boasts a 100% job-placement rate and an application process that removes bias. Read more about it in the …

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on September 5, 2018 at 5:05pm — No Comments

CRIMINALIZING SCHOOLKIDS

Synopsis: Many of the children who are presently gearing up for a new school year are also preparing to face police on a daily basis. The numbers of cops in schools is growing, which often means that instead of a detention or a timeout, routine misbehavior can result in arrest and criminal charges — with children of color disproportionately impacted. The U.S. Department of Education recently released data collected from America’s 96,000 public schools. That data shows that students of color…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 5, 2018 at 10:02am — No Comments

The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine: the Study of Implicit Bias

Synopsis: The emerging science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is one of its primary architects. She understands the mind as a “difference-seeking machine” that helps us order and navigate the overwhelming complexity of reality. But this gift also creates blind spots and biases, as we fill in what we don’t know with the limits of what we do know. This is science that…

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Added by Lee Cruz on September 5, 2018 at 9:56am — No Comments

Seeking a Community Engagement Activator **JOB POSTING**

Community Mediation, Inc. arose 37 years ago to meet a need for self-determined conflict resolution in the neighborhoods and schools of New Haven. In our heyday, we were conducting 800 independent and court-referred mediations a year, and training new mediators to meet the demand. Over time, our services expanded to include facilitation of dialogues in communities and organizations, and training facilitators to work in a range of settings. In the last few years, the context has…

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Added by Community Mediation, Inc. on September 4, 2018 at 10:50am — No Comments

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An Open Streets Family Reunion: Reflections from the 2018 Open Streets Summit

By Ryan O’Connor, Director of Programs, 8 80 Cities Recently 8 80 Cities wrote a blog post about open streets being a labour of love. That being the case, the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans felt like a family reunion of sorts. It was rejuvenating to see old and new friends who share our passion for open streets and are working tirelessly to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities across the world. The event, which took place on September 15-16, brought together more than 50 leaders who currently organize open streets programs or are interested in bringing the...

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Open Streets Summit Draft Agenda

We hope you are getting ready and feel excited about the Open Streets Summit in Gretna/New Orleans! Taking place from September 15-16, 2018, the Summit will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Attendees will learn about the nuts and bolts of starting or scaling up open streets programs, including: Route design and planning Partnerships with business and officials Social inclusion Safety and logistics Marketing and promotion Program evaluation through measurable goals and metrics If you haven’t done it yet, click here to register for the Open Streets Summit only or...

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Open Streets Summit Speakers Announced!

The Open Streets Project is proud to announce that Ed Solis from Viva Calle (San Jose, CA), Romel Pascual from CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA), Jaymie Santiago and Charles Brown from New Brunswick Ciclovia will join us as speakers for the 2018 Open Streets Summit in New Orleans and Gretna! Taking place from September 15-16 2018, the Summit will feature: Behind the scenes tour of the City of Gretna’s inaugural open streets program. Workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities with open streets champions and organizers from across the continent. Training and inspiration for both -novice and experienced- open streets organizers and supporters...

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How a “Great Place” Tackles Housing Affordability: Q&A with Maurice A. Jones

In an interview with Charlottesville Tomorrow, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones unpacks the myriad fronts on which government, community developers and residents must intercept the affordability crisis. In addition to smarter policy and much more investment, development and preservation, “You also have to go at it from the people side,” says Jones. “Helping people get on a viable pathway to a living wage career” is crucial to making serious inroads on our housing challenges.

LISC + Ally Financial = A New Alliance to Boost Entrepreneurs and Homeowners

A new $3 million grant from Ally Financial will help fuel homeownership and small businesses in four cities, advancing LISC’s work to support a broadly shared prosperity. “There is incredible talent in our communities,” said LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones, commenting on the importance of the Ally partnership. “The job to be done is to match that talent with incredible opportunity.”

In This Season of Giving, Take Action!

This Giving Tuesday, we are reflecting on what we've accomplished in 2019 thanks to the support of our donors and partners. To that end, we're highlighting three key areas of our work: supporting entreprenuers, closing the skills gap and investing in safety and justice programs—all of which were made possible by our supporters' investments.

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