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Afterschool Transforms 2012: Young People Talk About Why Afterschool Matters to Them

The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) has some great videos on their youtube channel with some powerful youth voices.  Check out their interview with 10-year-old Darion—he’s an awesome spokesman for afterschool!

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Child Well-Being Report Paints Picture of Struggling Families and Kids | NewAmerica.net

...education is most powerful when it is combined with high-quality health care, parenting, child care, and nutrition. Last week, the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a 22-agency team that collects and reports data on child and family welfare, released a new report, “America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being.” Via New America Foundation.

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Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services - Thrive at 5 Aims for School Readiness

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services - Thrive at 5 Aims for School Readiness | United Way | Scoop.it

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services|United Way launches early literacy effort - Thrive at 5 - delivered in partnership with The Reader Organisation, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, PERC, Liverpool Library and Information Services, local community groups and …you?

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Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

The Foundation Center's database is a resource for everyone seeking real-life examples of how nonprofits are working together. Find information from more than 650 nonprofit collaborations drawn from the 2011 and 2009 Collaboration Prizes, created by the Lodestar Foundation.

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Telling the Stories of Public Health | Public Health

Telling the Stories of Public Health | Public Health | United Way | Scoop.it

Laura Hanen, MPP, head of government and public affairs at NACCHO, started off the session by reminding the attendees, most of them staff at health departments, that getting attention is especially important now when funding is declining. “There is a perception that health reform will fix everything and there won’t be as much need to pump funding into public health,” Hanen said.

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Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 4 (SSIR)

Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 4 (SSIR) | United Way | Scoop.it

How and to what extent are backbone organizations effective catalysts for achieving community-level progress? In FSG's previous work on collective impact, reported in "Channeling Change,"  the “intangibles” of the work—a key one is leadership identification and development—can be incredibly important in driving the progress of an initiative. In our baseline data collection, stakeholders shared with FSG their deep convictions and heartfelt sentiments about the backbone leaders they know best. In aggregate, the synthesized feedback confirmed a compelling picture of the importance of effective leadership among backbone organizations and the potential of collective impact overall.

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The Takeaway - Teaching Financial Literacy in Schools

The Takeaway - Teaching Financial Literacy in Schools | United Way | Scoop.it
The 2008 financial crisis and the great recession exposed Americans' flawed understanding of personal finance. Now the Obama Administration is making a push for financial literacy, starting with children as young as three years old.
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A young person’s guide to Social Security | Economic Policy Institute

A young person’s guide to Social Security | Economic Policy Institute | United Way | Scoop.it

The new edition of A Young Person’s Guide to Social Security, released by the Economic Policy Institute and the National Academy of Social Insurance, gives young adults the information they need to participate in debates about Social Security’s future. The 60-page guide is written by young authors for students and young workers and explains why Social Security is not in grave danger as oft-reported. The new edition coincides with the seminar for Washington interns, “Demystifying Social Security,” sponsored by NASI, and reflects the latest official estimates for Social Security in the 2012 Social Security Trustees’ report.

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Student Focus Groups Reveal Barriers to Community College Success

Student Focus Groups Reveal Barriers to Community College Success | United Way | Scoop.it

 Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway, is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success Initiative, Completion by Design, in partnership with New York City-based Public Agenda and West Ed, a research and development agency.

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Bridging the Gap: Disparities in Mental Health Care for African-Americans

Bridging the Gap: Disparities in Mental Health Care for African-Americans | United Way | Scoop.it
While African-Americans in California are more likely to suffer from mental problems than whites, they're less likely to get the mental health care they need.
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Illinois expands fruit and vegetable program for school meals

Illinois expands fruit and vegetable program for school meals | United Way | Scoop.it
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that 267 schools in Illinois will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2012-13 school year.
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Creating The Village It Takes To Do Coalition Work

Creating The Village It Takes To Do Coalition Work | United Way | Scoop.it
Note From Beth: One of the principles in my book, The Networked Nonprofit, was that networked nonprofits consider people and organizations as part of their networks to make change.
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Boosting the U.S. High School Completion Rate Requires Early Investment

Boosting the U.S. High School Completion Rate Requires Early Investment | United Way | Scoop.it
Having fewer high school graduates translates into a smaller number of college graduates and a less competitive American workforce in the overall global economy.
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‘Raise Your Hand’ aims to increase level of volunteerism at library - Elizabethton Star

‘Raise Your Hand’ aims to increase level of volunteerism at library - Elizabethton Star | United Way | Scoop.it

Thursday offered a full day of activities for visitors to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. In partnership with the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, the library hosted “Raise Your Hand, Fun Day at the Library!” The event at the Elizabethton library was part of a statewide program called Raise Your Hand Tennessee Day of Action that was sponsored by the United Ways of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The goal was to recruit volunteers who will “raise their hand” to read to, tutor or mentor kids.

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NYC's fat ban paying off - CNN.com

NYC's fat ban paying off - CNN.com | United Way | Scoop.it
A five-year-old ban on the use of trans fats in New York City restaurants has sharply reduced the consumption of these unhealthy fats among fast-food customers.
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Staff Profile: Marianne Ali, Director of Job Training and First Helping | DC Central Kitchen

Staff Profile: Marianne Ali, Director of Job Training and First Helping | DC Central Kitchen | United Way | Scoop.it

Marianne Ali has been a member of the DC Central Kitchen family for 15 years, serving as an inspiration and leader to both the staff and students of the Culinary Job Training Program.

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11 Group Text Messaging Best Practices for Nonprofits

11 Group Text Messaging Best Practices for Nonprofits | United Way | Scoop.it
Contrary to its title, the last four chapters of Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits are dedicated to mobile technology and mobile fundraising. I am firm believer that socia...
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Philanthropy Front and Center-Atlanta: Funding Collaboration: 10 Tips on Collaborative Grantseeking

Philanthropy Front and Center-Atlanta: Funding Collaboration: 10 Tips on Collaborative Grantseeking | United Way | Scoop.it
Collaboration is an innovative and efficient way for organizations to realize a common goal with another nonprofit, and tackle it together. One subject in particular...
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10 Steps to a More Effective Nonprofit Website: Part 1 | NTEN

10 Steps to a More Effective Nonprofit Website: Part 1 | NTEN | United Way | Scoop.it

Effective nonprofit websites don’t exist as boutiques to show off information. But you already know that.

You know that your nonprofits website is a tool that should be used.

Used to engage, interact with and mobilize your audience – A tool that should ultimately inspire action.

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ReadingPals | United Way of Broward County

ReadingPals | United Way of Broward County | United Way | Scoop.it

FACT: Nearly one third of Florida's third graders attending public school cannot read at minimally proficient levels. And, sadly, those children are four times more likely to drop out of high school.  In an effort to ensure that more children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, United Way of Broward County is excited to announce ReadingPals - a three-year initiative focused on engaging, training and deploying volunteer "reading pals" in our community.

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King County Communities Counts, Washington: Fostering Partnerships, Involving Residents, and Changing Policy to Alter the Determinants of Health

King County Communities Counts, Washington:  Fostering Partnerships, Involving Residents, and Changing Policy to Alter the Determinants of Health

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UW of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey Will Oversee $16.2M Investment in Career & Technical Education

UW of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey Will Oversee $16.2M Investment in Career & Technical Education | United Way | Scoop.it

By Jill Michal.  United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Blog...UWGPSNJ has been tapped to oversee and administer most of these investments, which will benefit Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs on behalf of the School District of Philadelphia and other workforce development programs throughout the City.

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Big Suburban Districts Form Network of Their Own

Big Suburban Districts Form Network of Their Own | United Way | Scoop.it
Education Week reporter Christina A. Samuels follows the latest developments in the nation's school districts and digs into the issues, successes, and controversies surrounding education leadership and management.
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The Joy of Eating: Notes from Reggio Emilia

The Joy of Eating: Notes from Reggio Emilia | United Way | Scoop.it
As part of an International Study Group at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia, Italy, I was able to visit a school that practiced the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood...
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