Getting the mix of technologies to fit your organization is a matter of both science and art, which is why a recipe is a useful analogy. You can not create a good recipe if you look at your organizations problems in isolation, you have to step back and look at how the needs interact and how current cost effective technologies can meet those needs. To make this problem even more complex, the system architect must consider the trajectory of technologies and the costs of "changing horses" down stream.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Ann of Metropolitan Business Academy, Michelle (UW's Boost! Program Manager), and Kim Bohen (UW's Director of Educational Initiatives), and I must say that I walked away EMPOWERED!
Higher Heights YEP, Inc. is a local college access program and our area of expertise of college preparation for families. This year we are expanding our services to include mentoring for young women and men through our HIGHER Men and HIGHER Women Programs.
Last week, the Yale School of Medicine posed the question, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” to faculty, students, and staff in the Department of Physiology. With “Give Every Child a Chance” as Yale’s United Way Campaign theme this year, this event was designed as a fun competition to raise money and awareness about United Way’s involvement in creating educational opportunities for low-income children and youth.
As a New Haven resident and education advocate, I have been thrilled to see New Haven Public Schools and various other philanthropic and community organizations embracing bold strategies for school improvement. There is a wonderful energy across the city, with adults and youth alike thinking about what it would take to give every student what they need (both academically and financially) to get to and through college successfully. In the spirit of continuing this conversation and learning from successes in other states, my organization, the Connecticut Black Alliance for Educational Options (CT BAEO) is hosting a FREE event next Saturday, February 5, at Yale Law School.
What is the purpose of this RFI?
This Request for Information (RFI) has two goals: 1) to respond to specific needs identified by the Boost! pilot schools by connecting them to available community resources and services, and 2) to gain a greater understanding of our community's capacity to provide quality wraparound services to children in New Haven public schools.
Three Kings Day celebration marked an especially exciting and meaningful day at Centro of San Jose Catholic Charities of New Haven as children ages 0 – 13 patiently waited to receive toys donated from the New Haven Community. Celebrated in January, Three Kings Day, also known as El Dia de los Reyes Magos, is the Biblical story of three kings, Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar, who followed a star that led them to Bethlehem, where they brought baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The journey is believed to have taken twelve days, beginning on December 25th and ending with their arrival on January 6th.
In this podcast Jennifer speaks about the Boost! partnership and how parents/community members can get involved. United Way of Greater New Haven, New Haven Public Schools and The City of New Haven created Boost! to ensure that every young person has the support and services he or she needs to succeed.
In 2010, a record number of community leaders blogged to share their perspective and insights with the community focused around United Way's work. We hope to continue this trend in 2011 and invite you to join us. To kick off the year, we rounded up the Top 10 United Way Blogs of 2010.
In this podcast Abby shares her experience with the Boost! partnership. United Way of Greater New Haven, New Haven Public Schools and The City of New Haven created Boost! to ensure that every young person has the support and services he or she needs to succeed.
We have two HUD-certified counselors (supported by the United Way) on staff who work with homeowners in danger of foreclosure to find solutions that are affordable for the homeowner and reasonable for the lender. The process can be long, and often needs to be very creative to make it work. In one case, we helped a daughter and mother who purchased a property together.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is accepting grant applications through its Neighborhood Leadership Grant Program, formerly known as The Neighborhood Small Grants Program.
This year, The Community Foundation will prioritize activities and events that support student achievement efforts by enriching the educational experience of children, youth, and/or families. Priority will be given to activities that benefit children, youth, and families in the geographic area of the four K-8 pilot Boost! New Haven Public Schools.
The K-8 Boost! pilot schools include:
Augusta Lewis Troup School
Barnard Environmental Magnet School
Clinton Avenue School
Wexler-Grant Community School
To obtain an application or review the eligibility guidelines, please go to, http://www.cfgnh.org
I thought I would share a story of why we need a formal system of communication and collaboration for providing wrap-around supports to New Haven’s youth.
A couple weeks ago, a social worker from one of the schools came to our office to talk about an 8th grader who was doing extremely poorly in school. One of the things he told her that he was succeeding at was our Green Jobs Youth Development program. She found us to find out more, and figure out how we could work together to support him so that he stayed in school. Because no one could really tell the other exactly what was going on with the family due to privacy concerns, we worked something out, and committed to stay in touch. The boy has 2 younger siblings who are in our programs as well, attend the school and are not doing well.
I have been working with United Way of Greater New Haven since June 2010 as the "New Media Intern". One of the projects I worked on was an inforgraphic. (See Full Size Version)
An inforgraphic can be described as a graph that displays its information using text and pictures to grasp the attention of the viewer in a fun and creative way. This is useful because the visual representation of the information is arguably easier to comprehend than that of bar graphs and pie charts.
On the evening of December 16th, I watched the Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park bubble with excitement! Over 30 parents, friends and community members gathered to hear what the Solar Youth participants accomplished this Fall season at our Public Education Forum (PEF). For the last 10 weeks, our teams of youth from all around the city of New Haven have been exploring their environment and community, engaging in hands-on lessons and activities, hiking the local parks, and building skills to act as stewards to their environment.
For refugees, the “American Dream” is attainable…but it takes a long time.
Everyday at IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), all of us work with refugees to obtain self-sufficiency. We work closely and personally with clients, learning about their histories, experiences, present and future aspirations. As an employment specialist, each day becomes a new humbling experience.
For the last several years, I have advocated for the State of Connecticut's adoption of the Primary Care Case Management model, “PCCM”, for HUSKY, Connecticut’s Medicaid program that provides health coverage for low-income children and families. PCCM does not involve insurance companies or HMOs. Under it, primary care providers are paid extra to coordinate care and keep their patients out of more expensive settings. This Medicaid model could deliver better quality care at a lower cost.
In this podcast Robert, Production Supervisor at Covidien, talks about his experience with the production and community benefits of Covidien's "Get Fit Kits" that are distributed through United Way's Boost! program.
David Newton and I are teaching a course in the Spring aimed at encouraging and training young people to join boards of not for profit organizations. I was talking to one young man named Bob who was interested in the course but not sure if he had the time right now in his life to join a board. He was just starting a family and said he thought life would be less hectic in a few years when the kids were older and he could probably find time to volunteer as a board member then.
Thanks to Jennifer Heath, the Vice President for Community Leadership from United Way of Greater New Haven in partnering with me this week to tell Connecticut Style viewers about our great partnership in the SAM Program! We had the unique opportunity to tape a segment for WTNH's lunchtime lifestyle show.
New Haven Independent
BY Melissa Bailey | DEC 15, 2010
Mirna Rivera took a break from assembling surgical staplers to put together a fitness package for school kids—then joined them in the gym to try out the equipment.