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Featured Blog Posts – October 2019 Archive (23)

Ability Beyond Empowers Independence

As a teenager on the autism spectrum, Roxanne was home schooled during high school because she had been bullied in the younger grades. Because of that decision, her parents did not know that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitled Roxanne to services that would have helped her transition to gain work experience and a job. Then…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 31, 2019 at 12:33pm — No Comments

New Greater New Haven Community Index 2019 Examines Regional Well-being and Economic Opportunity

New Haven, Conn. (October 31, 2019) - The report Greater New Haven Community Index 2019: Understanding Well-Being, Economic Opportunity, and Change in Greater New Haven Neighborhoods was published today by DataHaven and a team of regional foundations, including The Community Foundation for Greater New…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 31, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

High Quality Childcare for Teenage Parents

Successful Outcomes for Parents and Children

In the early 1990s, a group of Yale Law students doing legal outreach at New Haven homeless shelters were routinely meeting teenage mothers who had dropped out of high school in order to care for their babies. The young future lawyers brainstormed solutions and approached New…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 24, 2019 at 12:14pm — No Comments

A Comprehensive Map of American Lynchings

Lynchings formed the bloody backdrop of Southern life for a century after the Civil War. Between the 1860s and 1960s, thousands of black Americans were killed in public acts of racial terror. Millions more fled to cities in the North and West in an effort to escape this environment. Many soon discovered that, in many ways, …

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:38am — No Comments

How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn

We need more stories about the labor that sustains society, a group of scholars say.

New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:35am — No Comments

Why We Need to Dream Bigger Than Bike Lanes

There’s a quote that’s stuck with me for some time from Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom: "You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so f***ing smart, how come they lose so goddamn always?"

American urbanists and bike advocates are smart, or at least well informed. We know how important cycling is. We are educated about cycling cities in other parts of the world and how they are so much better for health, well-being, economics,…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments

Yale study shows class bias creeps into the hiring process in just a matter of seconds

It’s well known that biases often creep into the hiring process, from preferring a candidate who went to a certain university to guessing someone’s interest in a role based solely on their…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 23, 2019 at 9:22am — No Comments

I’m black. My siblings aren’t. What people need to know about Latinos and diversity.

Boston Globe PERSPECTIVE | MAGAZINE

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 22, 2019 at 11:50am — No Comments

Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit

Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit provides guid­ance to Main Street leaders, community advocates, local officials, transportation professionals, and everyone else in between on how to: 1) Evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking, 2) Balance the needs of mobility and other street activities, and 3) Build stronger relationships with other decision-makers and the…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 21, 2019 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Don't Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

America’s growing geographic divide is causing experts and policy-makers to revisit one of the most fundamental policy questions:  When it comes to healing distressed places, should we favor people-based policies that essentially help residents relocate to more vibrant areas, or should we favor place-based policies that focus on rebuilding the economies of distressed places and creating new and better jobs for people where…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 21, 2019 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Pequeñas Ligas: A Youth and Family Center Without Walls

New Haven boasts more than 90 tennis courts, ten swimming pools, three outdoor competition tracks, miles of trails, an extensive park system, a beach, gymnasiums, auditoriums, multiple professional stages and more. For more than two decades, Pequeñas Ligas Hispanas de New Haven has made the city’s extensive athletic and cultural resources accessible…

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Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on October 17, 2019 at 2:03pm — No Comments

ASA - ARTE SATURDAY ACADEMY

Added by ARTE Inc. on October 16, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments

DESK is Hiring! Office Admin/Executive Asst

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR / EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

 

20-25 hours per week                Monday through Friday

 

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) seeks a highly-skilled, well-organized, assertive, enthusiastic, and creative individual to work with the Executive Director to carry out a variety of administrative duties, including office management, financial record-keeping, human resources and payroll functions, procurement, and…

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Added by Steve Werlin on October 16, 2019 at 3:32pm — No Comments

California's first surgeon general: Screen every student for childhood trauma

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school.

"A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: 'Here is the care plan for this child's toxic stress. And this is how it shows up,'" said Burke Harris, who was appointed…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 14, 2019 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Can You Have Revitalization Without Displacement?

Derek Avery owns COIR Holdings with his wife Bianca. At a glance, the company might look like any other developer, but it is committed to providing middle- and low-income housing in struggling neighborhoods. And not only that: when building in a neighborhood, the company doesn’t stop at housing. It takes a holistic approach by building education resources and investing in…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 14, 2019 at 11:02am — No Comments

Can New Haven neighborhoods share in downtown’s prosperity?

New Haven  Acuity Brands, with its wraparound view of the city from its 15th-floor home at the Century Tower Building, an engineering staff that is pulling in local talent, and its workers’ appreciation of the lifestyle amenities downtown, is a…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 9, 2019 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Adopt a Tree - Water a Treee

If you live in New Haven and want to adopt a free tree, URI's GreenSkills team is happy to come plant one in your front curbstrip, thanks to a partnership with the City of New Haven's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Trees!

https://uri.yale.edu/get-involved/request-free-tree

Even with these small rain showers, it is historically dry out there and extremely important that you give your tree(s) extra…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 8, 2019 at 10:51am — No Comments

Inside the Supreme Court Discrimination Cases That Could Change LGBTQ Rights

Until 2012, Aimee Stephens was, in her own words, “basically leading two different lives, one for work and one for home.” At work she dressed and presented as a cisgender man. Outside of work she dressed as, and could simply be, who she was: a woman...…

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Added by Lee Cruz on October 7, 2019 at 11:34am — No Comments

How Being a 13-Year-Old Busboy Prepared Darren Walker to Lead the Ford Foundation

Mr. Walker rode the United States’ “mobility escalator” from rural Texas to Wall Street. Now he feels “both gratitude and rage” for a country that he says has reached an inflection point...

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/business/darren-walker-ford-foundation-corner-office.html

Added by Lee Cruz on October 3, 2019 at 12:22pm — No Comments

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Foreclosure Risk is Growing, With No Relief in Sight

Homeowners and small landlords are under mounting pressure, as lost income related to COVID-19 leaves them with month after month of unpaid debt and limited ability to catch up. The loss of wealth could impact the next generation and beyond, especially in communities of color, warns LISC’s Denise Scott. “Just as COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the health of Black and Brown families, so too is it exacerbating our racial wealth gap, which already saps so much from our national potential.”

Unlocking Corporate Treasuries for Racial Equity: A Podcast with LISC's George Ashton

George Ashton III, who oversees LISC's Strategic Investments department, joined a recent episode of the podcast Money + Meaning to discuss LISC's Black Economic Development Fund. The conversation delved into the growth of CDFIs and their role in economic development and how more corporations can direct their capital towards systems change that promotes racial equity.

How CDFIs and the UN Can Align the Measure of their Common Goals

By adopting a set of universal benchmarks established by the United Nations—the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs—Community Development Financial Institutions can streamline the way they measure and demonstrate the investments they've been making for decades to help create equity and wellbeing for people and places in the United States. A blog by LISC's Anna Smukowski and the OFN's Andrea Longton explains how and why.

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