Our Partners

Opportunity Nation is building a network of engaging and diverse partner organizations from across the country. These organizations range in size, scope and sector, but they all have one thing in common: they are enhancing opportunities for youth and families, creating pathways upward and building strong communities.

If your organization would like to join the Opportunity Nation coalition, please visit this page to share with us the great work your organization is doing to enhance opportunity.

The Opportunity Nation campaign is proud of the diverse, multi-sector partners who comprise our coalition. These organizations generate opportunity every day in communities big and small across our country. They support the notion that all Americans should have access to opportunity and that where you start off in life should not determine where you end up. Though each partner listed does not necessarily endorse every proposal in the Opportunity Nation policy framework, they are committed to an inclusive, consensus-oriented dialogue and the idea that all of us have a role to play in expanding access to the American Dream.

Please click on our partners below to learn more about who they are and what they’re doing to help America move forward.

View our full list of partners at www.OpportunityIndex.org.

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America’s Promise Alliance

Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of 400+ corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children. They have made a top priority of ensuring that all young people graduate from high school ready for college, work and life. Their work involves raising awareness, encouraging action and engaging in advocacy to provide children the key supports they call the Five Promises: Caring adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, An Effective Education and Opportunities to Help Others.

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America’s Promise Alliance is improving opportunities for the nation’s children and youth by mobilizing all Americans to 
end the dropout crisis. Only 75 percent of public high school children graduate, and many who do are not college 
or career ready.
The Alliance convened 105 dropout prevention summits—one in each state with an additional 55 in key cities. 
More than 30,000 young people, mayors, educators and business and community leaders came together to 
focus on solutions.
As a result Detroit launched a $10 million fund to support schools and is reorganizing 11 of the city’s 35 lowperforming schools. Mississippi is requiring every district to implement a dropout prevention plan and Louisville 
is raising compulsory school age to 18.
The Alliance now leads Grad Nation, a ten-year campaign bringing together thousands of businesses, government 
agencies, schools systems and nonprofits to collaborate to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with 
no school graduating less than 80 percent. Grad Nation is also dedicated to making America again the leader in 

 

America’s Promise Alliance is improving opportunities for the nation’s children and youth by mobilizing all Americans to end the dropout crisis. Only 75 percent of public high school children graduate, and many who do are not college or career ready.

The Alliance convened 105 dropout prevention summits—one in each state with an additional 55 in key cities. More than 30,000 young people, mayors, educators and business and community leaders came together to focus on solutions.

As a result Detroit launched a $10 million fund to support schools and is reorganizing 11 of the city’s 35 lowperforming schools. Mississippi is requiring every district to implement a dropout prevention plan and Louisville is raising compulsory school age to 18.

The Alliance now leads Grad Nation, a ten-year campaign bringing together thousands of businesses, government agencies, schools systems and nonprofits to collaborate to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating less than 80 percent. Grad Nation is also dedicated to making America again the leader in college completion.

 

 

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Corporation for Enterprise Development

The Corporation for Enterprise Development is a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for low-income families and communities. CFED uses a “think-do-invest” approach grounded in community practice, public policy and private markets. Here’s how they work.

Think.

They explore ideas and practices that help families and communities more fully participate in the mainstream economy.

Do.

They gather funding partners, local practitioners and policymakers to carry out demonstration programs in communities nationwide.

Invest.

They find investors and policy advocates for ideas that might bring about large scale change.

Microenterprise. The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. Children's Savings Accounts. These are just a few of the social innovations CFED has been known for.

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Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future identifies, develops, and promotes new education and workforce strategies that help communities, states, and the nation compete in a global economy.

  • They create strategies and schools that challenge struggling and out-of-school youth through academic acceleration, earning a high school diploma and college- and career-ready skills.
  • They collaborate with 2-year and 4-year colleges to improve graduation rates through effective, efficient ways to educate diverse student populations.
  • They develop practical strategies that help employers, employees, and communities prosper in a 21st-century economy.
  • Across all their work, they inform public officials about policies that enhance educational and economic opportunity for all Americans.
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Over the past three years, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in the Texas Rio Grande Valley 
has seen a dramatic improvement by recovering over 700 dropouts. With support from Jobs for the Future and 
the Texas High School Project, the District is incorporating an early college design in all its schools with college 
coursework for all students. A huge part of this success is the College, Career and Technology Academy operated 
in partnership with South Texas College. 
The Academy emphasizes the skills needed for college, using a strategy of tutoring, college ready classroom 
courses and online skills remediation. Students take classes to address their specific skill gaps, and a flexible 
schedule allows them to meet family and work obligations. They transition into college courses as soon as they 
pass the necessary state tests. Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, is replicating 
the model in five nearby districts. 
In more than 200 communities across 43 states, Jobs for the Future improves the pathways leading from high 
school to college to family-sustaining careers.

 

Over the past three years, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in the Texas Rio Grande Valley has seen a dramatic improvement by recovering over 700 dropouts. With support from Jobs for the Future and the Texas High School Project, the District is incorporating an early college design in all its schools with college coursework for all students. A huge part of this success is the College, Career and Technology Academy operated in partnership with South Texas College. 

The Academy emphasizes the skills needed for college, using a strategy of tutoring, college ready classroom courses and online skills remediation. Students take classes to address their specific skill gaps, and a flexible schedule allows them to meet family and work obligations. They transition into college courses as soon as they pass the necessary state tests. Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, is replicating the model in five nearby districts. 

In more than 200 communities across 43 states, Jobs for the Future improves the pathways leading from high school to college to family-sustaining careers.

 

 

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Jumpstart for Young Children

At Jumpstart, they know that every child is born with the potential to succeed in school and in life. They also know that the foundation for that success is established in the early years, before a child enters kindergarten.

To cultivate a child’s social, emotional and intellectual readiness, Jumpstart brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for year long, individualized tutoring and mentoring.

Since 1993, more than 70,000 preschool children across America have benefited from millions of hours of Jumpstart service. This year alone, Jumpstart volunteers are serving more than one million hours with 13,000 preschool children in more than 60 communities across America.

Today, Jumpstart is recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations in the field of early childhood education.

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More than 80 percent of young children living in poverty enter kindergarten without the skills necessary to succeed in school. Jumpstart, a proud AmeriCorps program, addresses this achievement gap by recruiting and training college students and community volunteers, called Jumpstart Corps members, to implement a high quality, research-based early education curriculum in early learning centers.

Jumpstart Corps members spend up to 15 hours in preschool classrooms each week during the course of the school year, helping young children develop the literacy and language skills critical for success in school. The majority of children who participate in Jumpstart’s program demonstrate gains of one developmental level or more, indicating significant gains in key school readiness skills. By helping children develop critical language and literacy skills, Jumpstart’s high-quality program sets children on a path to succeed in kindergarten and in life.

In the 2010-11 school year, more than 9000 preschool children in low-income neighborhoods in 14 states and the District of Columbia benefited from more than 1 million hours of service from more than 3450 Jumpstart Corps members.

 

 

 

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LIFT

LIFT’s mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. They envision a day when all people in our country will have the opportunity to achieve economic security and pursue their aspirations.

What They Do:

LIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. LIFT currently runs centers staffed by trained volunteers in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, to serve low-income individuals and families.

LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Simultaneously, the LIFT experience pushes volunteers to grapple with our country's most challenging issues related to poverty, race, inequality, and policy. Since LIFT's founding, over 5,000 volunteers have served more than 30,000 individuals and families.

What does opportunity mean to LIFT or to the communities they work in?

"For LIFT, opportunity means developing a country that is free of poverty and full of options.  Through our work, we hope to see a day when all Americans will have the opportunity to obtain economic security and pursue their personal life aspirations."

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LIFT’s mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. With one in six Americans currently struggling under the weight of poverty, LIFT’s model re-imagines the way that social services are provided in the U.S. at every level—from office environment, to customer service, to clinical methodology to cost structure and effectiveness. LIFT engages volunteers—mostly college students—to work one-on-one with thousands of underserved community members. Our clients and volunteers work together to find stable employment, secure housing, apply for public benefits and access referrals for other critical social services. In the process, the lives of our volunteers are transformed as they grapple with the issues and challenges that their clients are facing.

Since its founding in 1998, LIFT has placed over 40,000 families on a path out of poverty with the dedication of 6000 volunteers, rendering over 800,000 unique services to those families—all at a cost of $250 per family served.

 

 

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Points of Light Institute

Points of Light Institute embraces service and civic engagement as fundamental to a purposeful life and essential to a healthy world.

They have the history, the scale and reach, the leadership and the strategy to mobilize millions of people to tackle concrete, significant challenges.

With more than 20 years of history, a bi-partisan presidential legacy, the largest national volunteer footprint in the nation, Points of Light has the vision and strategy to create a quantum leap for the service movement through 2012.

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Several HandsOn Network affiliates run volunteer-led programs that provide academic support and training to 
adults and young adults so that they can improve their job prospects. One such program is New York Cares’ GED 
Prep with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. Once a week, volunteers assist adults to develop the academic 
skills that will lay the foundation for a GED preparation course. The adults and young adults in this program 
advance toward self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life 
skills, job placement, and support services.
Another affiliate-led program is the United Way of King County Volunteer Center’s Bridge to Basics program. Bridge 
to Basics volunteers are stationed in the community to connect folks with money-saving services such as food 
stamps, low cost health coverage and utility assistance. Since the fall of 2009, Bridge to Basics volunteers have 
helped more than 7000 people connect to food stamps, children’s health insurance, heat and utility assistance and 
job training.

 

Several HandsOn Network affiliates run volunteer-led programs that provide academic support and training to adults and young adults so that they can improve their job prospects. One such program is New York Cares’ GED Prep with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. Once a week, volunteers assist adults to develop the academic skills that will lay the foundation for a GED preparation course. The adults and young adults in this program advance toward self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement, and support services.

Another affiliate-led program is the United Way of King County Volunteer Center’s Bridge to Basics program. Bridge to Basics volunteers are stationed in the community to connect folks with money-saving services such as food stamps, low cost health coverage and utility assistance. Since the fall of 2009, Bridge to Basics volunteers have helped more than 7000 people connect to food stamps, children’s health insurance, heat and utility assistance and job training.

 

 

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United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. They envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

To advance the common good and mobilize the caring power of communities around the world, they will:

  • Ignite a worldwide social movement, and thereby mobilize millions to action — to give, advocate and volunteer to improve the conditions in which they live.
  • Galvanize and connect all sectors of society — individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments — to create long-term social change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families.
  • Raise, invest and leverage billions of dollars annually in philanthropic contributions to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained impact in local communities.
  • Hold ourselves accountable to this cause through our steadfast commitment to continually measure — in real terms — improvements in education, income and health
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United Way Worldwide’s financial stability initiative promotes community change strategies to help families meet 
their basic needs, while gaining the financial stability that will allow them to plan for-and accomplish their long-term 
financial goals. In partnership with the Bank of America and Walmart Foundations, United Way Worldwide provides 
funding and technical assistance to almost 100 United Ways to support an approach to increasing financial stability 
that combines the critical short-term cash infusion provided by tax credits and refunds with financial education and 
other programs and services that provide longer-term benefits. Last tax season, United Ways and their partners 
provided free tax preparation services to well more than one million lower-income workers, returning almost two 
billion in total tax refunds.

 

United Way Worldwide’s financial stability initiative promotes community change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial stability that will allow them to plan for-and accomplish their long-term financial goals. In partnership with the Bank of America and Walmart Foundations, United Way Worldwide provides funding and technical assistance to almost 100 United Ways to support an approach to increasing financial stability that combines the critical short-term cash infusion provided by tax credits and refunds with financial education and other programs and services that provide longer-term benefits. Last tax season, United Ways and their partners provided free tax preparation services to well more than one million lower-income workers, returning almost two billion in total tax refunds.

 

 

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World Vision United States

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Inspired by Christian values, they are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. They serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

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Year Up, Inc.

Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Their holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Year Up currently serves more than 1,000 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore*, Boston, Chicago, Providence, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area and National Capital Region.

*College Based Program

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Since opening the doors at their first site in Boston in 2001, Year Up has grown into a national leader in workforce development by creating enterprising pathways to prosperity. Today Year Up serves over 1,300 students a year in eight cities across the country and is eagerly pursuing plans for continued and innovative expansion. Year Up’s high-expectation, high-support program combines marketable job skills, stipends, corporate internships and college credits. The program cycle lasts one year. During the first six months, students attend classes at a Year Up site, learning technical and professional skills that prepare them for success in a corporate environment. During the second six months, students gain experience in internships at leading companies. After completion of the program, 84 percent of graduates are employed or are in college full time within four months of graduation. Those who are working earn an hourly wage of $15 an hour (about $30,000 per year), more than twice the federal minimum wage.

 

 

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A Better Balance

At some point in our lives, we are all likely to be primary caregivers to a child, spouse, parent or other family member, or to need care ourselves. Caregiving is an issue that affects everyone.

A Better Balance is a legal team fighting to give American workers the time and flexibility they need to care for their families. They help to balance the demands of employment and home, ensuring that families are prioritized--not punished--in the workplace.

They lead the charge for policies that help families, such as sick leave, flex time, pay equity, antidiscrimination, and other issues that value family care. Although their work benefits families of all income levels, it is low-income families that benefit most. Their efforts help people who work outside and inside the home achieve a better balance between providing for their families and caring for them.

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A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.

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A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.

In a community with dropout rates over 50 percent, heavy gang activity, high unemployment and poverty, APCH provides young people from 8-20 years old with a highly successful dropout recovery program and a robust college prep and scholarship program. In the fall of 2011, 58 APCH Scholars went to colleges across the country—56 of them were the first in their families to do so. 

APCH’s new vocational development initiative supports young people to develop job skills and pursue fulfilling internships and employment opportunities.

 

 

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AARP

Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

AARP has offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As a social welfare organization, as well as the nation’s largest membership organization for people 50+, AARP is leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.

For more than 50 years, AARP has been serving its members and society and creating positive social change.

AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change, and delivering value to members through information, advocacy, and service.

They believe strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice, and collective purchasing power. These principles guide their efforts.

AARP works tirelessly to fulfill the vision: a society in which everyone lives their life with dignity and purpose, and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams.

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Admission Possible

Admission Possible believes that every student deserves access to higher education, regardless of their economic circumstances. A college education can end the cycle of poverty for a student and his or her family forever, while providing our communities the workforce required to compete in a global economy.

Admission Possible was founded on three fundamental beliefs:

  • Many low-income high school students lack the resources to compete effectively for admission to colleges and universities.
  • Colleges and universities are very interested in admitting students from low-income backgrounds, but have difficulty identifying and attracting them.
  • In an increasingly diverse and global economy, the economic stability and competitiveness of the United States requires a highly educated workforce.

Admission Possible is dedicated to helping low-income high school students prepare for and earn admission to college by providing four critical services:

  • ACT and SAT test preparation
  • Intensive guidance in preparing college applications
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Resources for the transition to college
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Admission Possible is making college admission and success possible for lowincome students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. 
Founded in 2000 to help close the socioeconomic college access gap, improve 
higher education diversity and build a globally competitive workforce, the award 
winning program has grown to serve more than 8700 students annually in high 
schools across three metro areas and on 150 college campuses nationwide.
Admission Possible’s results are the highest in the field: 98 percent of students 
have earned admission to college and nearly 80 percent of enrolled students are 
currently working toward their college degree or have graduated. A 2011 Harvard 
study found the Admission Possible program to more than double a student’s 
chance of college. Admission Possible was the first organization in the country to 
harness the spirit of service through AmeriCorps to help solve the issue of college access and success for 
low-income students. Using its cost-efficient and scalable model, Admission Possible plans to serve 20,000 
low-income students annually in ten metro areas by 2020

 

Admission Possible is making college admission and success possible for lowincome students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Founded in 2000 to help close the socioeconomic college access gap, improve higher education diversity and build a globally competitive workforce, the award winning program has grown to serve more than 8700 students annually in high schools across three metro areas and on 150 college campuses nationwide.

Admission Possible’s results are the highest in the field: 98 percent of students have earned admission to college and nearly 80 percent of enrolled students are currently working toward their college degree or have graduated. A 2011 Harvard study found the Admission Possible program to more than double a student’s chance of college. Admission Possible was the first organization in the country to harness the spirit of service through AmeriCorps to help solve the issue of college access and success for low-income students. Using its cost-efficient and scalable model, Admission Possible plans to serve 20,000 low-income students annually in ten metro areas by 2020

 

 

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After-School All-Stars

The weekday after-school hours of three to six p.m. represent an enormous challenge for children in the U.S. More than 70 percent of U.S. children have parents who work outside the home, leaving 15 million youth unsupervised by adults when the school day ends and three times more likely to engage in violent crime, drug use, alcohol and sexual activity. After-School All-Stars offers a proven alternative for these children. They are the largest national organization solely focused on providing school-based after-school and summer programs for low-income, at-risk youth. Founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992, ASAS now serves over 81,404 children annually at 453 school sites across the US. ASAS programs combine academic support, engaging enrichment activities, and health and fitness programs to improve students’ overall performance.

Beyond the threat of crime and juvenile delinquency, ASAS also motivates our participants to become productive and engaged community members, now and throughout their adult life. They know that youth who attend ASAS programs gain social and academic skills, improve their self-esteem and learn respect towards their peers, school and community through daily interaction with positive role models. They know that their kids show marked improvement in GPA, test scores, and school attendance. Among their after-school program participants, criminal activity drops, school attendance soars and real learning that will impact their pursuit of further education and employment increases. ASAS is committed to preparing our children for the future.

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Today’s youth are growing up in a globally competitive and rapidly changing economy. Technology is making many 
traditional, well-paying fields obsolete while creating entire new job sectors never imagined 10 years ago. The 
recent trends of jobs outsourced overseas, high unemployment, increased bankruptcy rates, financial scandals, 
credit card and mortgage defaults underscore the difficult economic times in which we live.
After-school programs have an opportunity and responsibility to better prepare students for success in the future 
economy. While middle school is not always the perfect time in life for a person to choose their career, After School 
All Stars believes it is a great time for students to begin exploring career options. After School All Stars tackles 
the opportunity gap through career exploration, engaging mentors and introducing students to financial literacy, 
entrepreneurship, professional workplace conduct and real world problem solving skills to help young people 
expand their skills and horizons.

Today’s youth are growing up in a globally competitive and rapidly changing economy. Technology is making many traditional, well-paying fields obsolete while creating entire new job sectors never imagined 10 years ago. The recent trends of jobs outsourced overseas, high unemployment, increased bankruptcy rates, financial scandals, credit card and mortgage defaults underscore the difficult economic times in which we live.

After-school programs have an opportunity and responsibility to better prepare students for success in the future economy. While middle school is not always the perfect time in life for a person to choose their career, After School All Stars believes it is a great time for students to begin exploring career options. After School All Stars tackles the opportunity gap through career exploration, engaging mentors and introducing students to financial literacy, entrepreneurship, professional workplace conduct and real world problem solving skills to help young people expand their skills and horizons.

 

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Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Afterschool programs are critical to children and families today, yet the need for programs is far from being met.

The nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country. Today the Afterschool Alliance boasts more than 25,000 afterschool program partners and our publications reach more than 65,000 interested individuals every month.

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The Afterschool Alliance is the nation’s leading voice for after school and the main organizing body of the after school movement, with a network spanning more than 26,000 after school programs. The Afterschool Alliance works with the Administration, the U.S. Congress, governors, mayors and advocates across the country to advance after school for all. Its efforts have helped expand public and private investments in quality after school programs and systems nationwide. They are a national organization that partners with after school networks in every state.

The Afterschool Alliance is working to ensure that every child has access to affordable, quality after school programs. Research has shown that quality programs have a significant impact on school attendance, performance and graduation rates. Students in LA’s BEST after school program, for example, are 20 percent less likely to drop out of school than their peers, and are 30 percent less likely to participate in criminal activities. Another outstanding example, Project Exploration, has achieved a 95 percent graduation rate among its participants.

 

 

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American Association of Community Colleges

"Building a Nation of Learners by Advancing America's Community Colleges"

This mission statement captures AACC's commitment to advance the recognition of the role of community colleges in serving society today.  By providing advocacy, leadership and service for community colleges, the Association will play a key role in assisting the nation as it passes from the industrial era of the twentieth century to the new knowledge-based society of the twenty-first century."

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American Human Development Project

The American Human Development Project provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards.

The hallmark of this work is the American Human Development Index, an alternative to GDP and other money metrics that tells the story of how ordinary Americans are faring and empowers communities with a tool to track progress over time. The Index is comprised of health, education, and income indicators and allows for well-being rankings of the 50 states, 435 congressional districts, county groups within states, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups.

Through national and state reports, thematic briefs, and the project’s interactive website, the American Human Development Project aims to breathe life into numbers, using data to create compelling narratives that foster greater understanding of our shared challenges and greater support for people-centered policies. The American Human Development Project is an initiative of the Social Science Research Council.

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America’s Promise Alliance

Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of 400+ corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children. They have made a top priority of ensuring that all young people graduate from high school ready for college, work and life. Their work involves raising awareness, encouraging action and engaging in advocacy to provide children the key supports they call the Five Promises: Caring adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, An Effective Education and Opportunities to Help Others.

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America’s Promise Alliance is improving opportunities for the nation’s children and youth by mobilizing all Americans to 
end the dropout crisis. Only 75 percent of public high school children graduate, and many who do are not college 
or career ready.
The Alliance convened 105 dropout prevention summits—one in each state with an additional 55 in key cities. 
More than 30,000 young people, mayors, educators and business and community leaders came together to 
focus on solutions.
As a result Detroit launched a $10 million fund to support schools and is reorganizing 11 of the city’s 35 lowperforming schools. Mississippi is requiring every district to implement a dropout prevention plan and Louisville 
is raising compulsory school age to 18.
The Alliance now leads Grad Nation, a ten-year campaign bringing together thousands of businesses, government 
agencies, schools systems and nonprofits to collaborate to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with 
no school graduating less than 80 percent. Grad Nation is also dedicated to making America again the leader in 

 

America’s Promise Alliance is improving opportunities for the nation’s children and youth by mobilizing all Americans to end the dropout crisis. Only 75 percent of public high school children graduate, and many who do are not college or career ready.

The Alliance convened 105 dropout prevention summits—one in each state with an additional 55 in key cities. More than 30,000 young people, mayors, educators and business and community leaders came together to focus on solutions.

As a result Detroit launched a $10 million fund to support schools and is reorganizing 11 of the city’s 35 lowperforming schools. Mississippi is requiring every district to implement a dropout prevention plan and Louisville is raising compulsory school age to 18.

The Alliance now leads Grad Nation, a ten-year campaign bringing together thousands of businesses, government agencies, schools systems and nonprofits to collaborate to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating less than 80 percent. Grad Nation is also dedicated to making America again the leader in college completion.

 

 

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Asian Community Development Corporation

The Asian Community Development Corporation, a community-based organization, is committed to high standards of performance and integrity in serving the Asian American community of Greater Boston, with an emphasis on preserving and revitalizing Boston's Chinatown.

The Corporation develops physical community assets, including affordable housing for rental and ownership; promotes economic development; fosters leadership development; builds capacity within the community and advocates on behalf of the community.

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Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here.

Founded in 1945, as a way for the region’s business community and like-minded individuals to concentrate and coordinate their efforts, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the regional voice of business in the Bay Area.

Today, more than 275 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member.

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As the voice of business for over six decades in the San Francisco-Silicon ValleyOakland Bay Area region, the Bay Area Council is proud to have a role in promoting communities of opportunity through our public policy initiatives. The work to which we are all committed recognizes a simple fact: economies that involve and empower all members of society are successful economies.

The Council and its more than 275 member companies have facilitated transformation in lives and communities through our research, advocacy, programs, thought leadership and action. From work on regional planning and infrastructure to healthcare and education reform, the Council has helped lead the way toward a more equitable society for everyone who lives, works, plays and serves within the nine counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay. Our hope is to achieve our vision of improving the competitiveness and vitality of the Bay Area region by informing and mobilizing business, civic and political leaders on the most critical issues and opportunities.

 

 

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Bethel New Life

Bethel’s mission is to realize God’s vision of a restored society by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building neighborhoods through community-driven, solution-oriented, and value-centered approaches.

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Bethel New Life is a catalyst for positive transformation on Chicago’s West Side. Bethel invests in people who are ready to invest in themselves and in one another to create a healthy community.Bethel’s goal is to create a healthy, stable and just community where people want to live. Bethel’s efforts result in participants becoming agents of transformation for themselves and their communities. Bethel invests in people of all ages and families and communities on Chicago’s West Side. Bethel works to assure that the conditions exist for healthy people, healthy families and healthy communities. By creating healthy conditions, the community and its people become autonomous, empowered and self-reliant to meet their own needs.

Bethel New Life was founded in 1979 to rebuild Chicago’s West Side communities. It is nationally recognized for its innovative approach to community development. Bethel has equipped tens of thousands to start businesses, find employment, buy and maintain homes, embrace aging with dignity, attend college and advocate for safer neighborhoods and better schools.

 

 

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters (Newark)

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. They have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country - including yours.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact.

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Blue Engine

During one-year terms of service, teams of Blue Engine Fellows—recent college graduates of all academic backgrounds—work to accelerate academic achievement in high-need public high schools.  Their theory of change is rooted in evidence that increased academic rigor is the most effective way of helping students—especially those from low-income backgrounds—acquire the academic skills they will need to succeed in college and complete their degrees on time.

At Blue Engine, they provide talented young people with an opportunity to serve high need communities in new and measurably effective ways.  By channeling thousands of direct service hours to address our nation’s most pressing educational imperative, Blue Engine is proud to join the national movement dedicated to expanding educational opportunity in America.

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Blue Engine harnesses the power of national service to combat a cycle of college under-preparedness by recruiting, 
training and supporting a professional team of Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) dedicated to academic 
acceleration in high-need public high schools.
In our first year, 43 percent of 9
th
 graders at our partner school scored 80 or higher on the Integrated Algebra 
Regents Exam, nearly tripling the number of students who reached this bar the year before. 45 percent of tested 
8
th
 graders at our partner school scored 80 or higher on the Integrated Algebra Regents and we accelerated 
coursework for two out of three 8
th
 grade sections. Lastly, 89 percent of students supported by Blue Engine 
passed the Integrated Algebra exam.
As a result, there will be more sections of geometry offered next year than ever before. Increasing the number 
of geometry classes will lead to more Algebra II and Trigonometry classes. Of all high school classes, Algebra II 
is cited by research as the leading predictor of college and work success.

 

Blue Engine harnesses the power of national service to combat a cycle of college under-preparedness by recruiting, training and supporting a professional team of Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) dedicated to academic acceleration in high-need public high schools. 

In our first year, 43 percent of 9th graders at our partner school scored 80 or higher on the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam, nearly tripling the number of students who reached this bar the year before. 45 percent of tested 8th graders at our partner school scored 80 or higher on the Integrated Algebra Regents and we accelerated coursework for two out of three 8th grade sections. Lastly, 89 percent of students supported by Blue Engine passed the Integrated Algebra exam.

As a result, there will be more sections of geometry offered next year than ever before. Increasing the number of geometry classes will lead to more Algebra II and Trigonometry classes. Of all high school classes, Algebra II is cited by research as the leading predictor of college and work success.

 

 

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Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families.  They are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves. Reading

They do this by providing both online and physical chapter-based communities and by serving as a bridge between families and support and service organizations that are striving to help make military life more sustainable.  Through outreach and involvement with national and local organizations, civilian communities and government entities, Blue Star Families works hand in hand to share the pride of service, promote healthier families, aid in our military readiness and contribute to our country's strength.

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Blue Star Families is proud to be part of Operation Honor Cards (OHC), a joint project with the American Red 
Cross and ServiceNation: Mission Serve, working together with Veterans Affairs, the Corporation for National and 
Community Service and the Department of Defense. Inspired by the First Lady’s Joining Forces campaign for 
military families, the program aims to create an atmosphere of shared service and a WWII sense of “all give some” 
by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.
OHC will collect Honor Pledges of community service and maintain a running tally of hours of community service 
committed and fulfilled in honor of military families, service members and veterans. OHC will also collect physical 
honor cards that organizations can fill out to thank military families. These cards will be displayed at military 
installations and events across the country.
More than three million hours have been pledged so far, with pledges from organizations like Girl Scouts of the 
USA, Lions Club International, Virginia Department of Volunteerism, American Red Cross, Blue Star families, Service 
Nation: Mission Serve, Operation Gratitude, The Mission Continues, BAE Systems and Blue Shield of California.

Blue Star Families is proud to be part of Operation Honor Cards (OHC), a joint project with the American Red Cross and ServiceNation: Mission Serve, working together with Veterans Affairs, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Defense. Inspired by the First Lady’s Joining Forces campaign for military families, the program aims to create an atmosphere of shared service and a WWII sense of “all give some” by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.

OHC will collect Honor Pledges of community service and maintain a running tally of hours of community service committed and fulfilled in honor of military families, service members and veterans. OHC will also collect physical honor cards that organizations can fill out to thank military families. These cards will be displayed at military installations and events across the country.

More than three million hours have been pledged so far, with pledges from organizations like Girl Scouts of the USA, Lions Club International, Virginia Department of Volunteerism, American Red Cross, Blue Star families, Service Nation: Mission Serve, Operation Gratitude, The Mission Continues, BAE Systems and Blue Shield of California.

 

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Boston Rising

Boston Rising is a start-up fund and grantmaking organization focused on fighting poverty in Boston.

Inspired by the Robin Hood Foundation, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and new approaches to empowering individuals and communities to chart their own paths out of poverty, Boston Rising will invest in the most innovative and effective strategies to break the cycle of poverty in Boston while engaging the next generation of philanthropists in the issues of economic inequality and urban poverty.

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Boston Rising is an antipoverty fund with a mission to end the cycle of poverty once and for all in Boston by clearing a path for the next Rising Class. We do two things: we mobilize resources and we invest for huge impact. Boston Rising believes each individual knows best his or her own goals and ambitions, so we invest in programs and leaders who believe the same and do business accordingly. By connecting and engaging an unprecedented number of advocates for and with the Rising Class we will break the cycle in Boston once and for all.

Breaking the cycle means transforming communities from within. Understanding this, Boston Rising uses an Impact Zone model. The Impact Zone is Boston Rising’s entry point for investment and we have chosen to start our work in the greater Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston. Our approach focuses on our three investment areas of social connections, education and jobs and community wealth. Resident partnership is a key component of everything we do.

 

 

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Bowdoin Street Health Center

Licensed and operated by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Bowdoin Street Health Center has been an integral part of the Dorchester community since 1973. Multilingual, multi-ethnic services include: pediatric and adult preventive and primary care, family practice, geriatrics, OB/GYN, physical therapy, optometry, mental health counseling, nutrition services and community health programs. The health center is very active in developing alliances with community-based organizations and local businesses that enhance the health status of area residents.

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Boxxout

Boxxout partners with organizations and schools that cater to youth in urban, low-income communities to provide their youth with innovative and engaging educational workshops and events that teach 21st Century skills.

Boxxout exists to create and implement innovative educational programs and events that teach 21st Century skills to youth in urban, low-income communities.

What does opportunity mean to Boxxout or to the communities they work in?

"To the youth with whom we work "Opportunity" means having access to the proper tools and experiences that will allow them to be competitive in today's global society."

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Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

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Boys and Girls Club of America

The Boys and Girls Club's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

A Boys & Girls Club Provides:

A safe place to learn and grow.

Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals.

Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.

Hope and opportunity.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America represents a network of some 4000 community-based facilities serving four million 
young people. We offer a wide array of proven programs to improve academic success, reduce childhood obesity 
and create a generation of civically engaged young people. Evidence of the organization’s effectiveness is found in 
the response from a Harris Interactive Survey where 57 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni said, “the Club saved 
my life.” 
A new public service advertising campaign with a PSA directed by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard features 
a star-studded list of celebrity alumni including Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Magic Johnson, Shaun White, 
Martin Sheen, Edward James Olmos, Kerry Washington, Mario Lopez, Gen. Wesley Clark and CC Sabathia—living 
proof that Great Futures Start in Boys & Girls Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs are located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, 
the Virgin Islands and on U.S. military installations around the world.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America represents a network of some 4000 community-based facilities serving four million young people. We offer a wide array of proven programs to improve academic success, reduce childhood obesity and create a generation of civically engaged young people. Evidence of the organization’s effectiveness is found in the response from a Harris Interactive Survey where 57 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni said, “the Club saved my life.” 

A new public service advertising campaign with a PSA directed by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard features a star-studded list of celebrity alumni including Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Magic Johnson, Shaun White, Martin Sheen, Edward James Olmos, Kerry Washington, Mario Lopez, Gen. Wesley Clark and CC Sabathia—living proof that Great Futures Start in Boys & Girls Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs are located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and on U.S. military installations around the world.

 

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BUILD

BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success.  Our program staff work with youth based on a set of Core Values and Guiding Principles. Today, BUILD operates programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C. and Boston. We partner with 18 schools to serve 900 students.
Core Values

  •     BUILD sees value and opportunity in marginalized youth that others often do not.
  •     BUILD views entrepreneurship as a vehicle to higher education, not an ultimate destination.
  •     BUILD matches high expectations for students with a “can-do” problem-solving approach.
  •     BUILD operates at the axis of absolute authority and unconditional love.
  •     The BUILD program is different from most high school programs.
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Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Employment Opportunities offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO’s model is based on a highly structured program of life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services. This year, CEO anticipates preparing more than 3,000 people to move into mainstream employment.

CEO is committed to serving the most at-risk populations. They place an emphasis on providing services to Young Adults ages 18-25—a population who frequently has limited work experience and faces particularly strong barriers to entering the workforce.

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The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) is dedicated to providing effective and comprehensive employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. CEO’s vision is that anyone returning from prison who wants to work has the preparation and support needed in order to find a job and stay attached to the labor force.

A three-year independent, randomized, controlled study of CEO by MDRC, showed that for individuals recently released from incarceration, participation in CEO resulted in lower rates on all measures of recidivism, including arrests, convictions and returns to jail and prison. Convictions of a crime fell by over 22 percent, and re-incarceration for a new crime fell by over 26 percent—outcomes MDRC not only deemed statistically significant but rare for rigorous studies of this kind.

CEO has created thousands of transitional job opportunities that have led to over 15,000 full-time job placements for formerly incarcerated individuals. Our program helps people acquire the workplace skills that allow them to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

 

 

 

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Center for Family Policy and Practice

The mission of the Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) is to strengthen society through the expansion of opportunities for low-income parents – mothers and fathers – to protect and support their children. CFFPP operates as a policy think tank to remove the unique barriers and negative public perceptions that affect low-income men of color. Through technical assistance, policy research and analysis, and public education and outreach, CFFPP works to support low-income families and develop public awareness of their needs.

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Center for Rural Affairs

Established in 1973 in an old store front in a Northeast Nebraska town of 1,000, the Center for Rural Affairs has grown to a national organization with 30,000 supporters across the country. They remain rooted in agriculture and rural communities to this day. Their staff live in rural communities of less than 5,000 or the countryside surrounding them. They have evolved into one of the nation’s leading rural organizations, known for our pioneering work to rebuild rural America and reform federal policy.

They are committed to:

  • Advocating for policies that support rural communities reduce poverty, reward stewardship, and strengthen small farms and businesses.
  • Creating opportunities to earn a living in rural communities though work with small businesses and family farms and ranches.
  • Advancing communities by working to develop leaders, create innovative new approaches and provide resources for individuals working in small towns.

The Center for Rural Affairs has a long and proven track record in promoting sustainable agriculture policy and practices.

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Rural Nebraska is vast, covering over 75,000 square miles—an area larger than all of New England. It is sparsely populated, with about 997,000 residents. In rural Nebraska, small business and self-employment is king. Approximately one-third of all workers in the region are self-employed. In the more rural areas, the number climbs as high as 90 percent. Approximately 367,000 rural citizens don’t live in an incorporated community—they are farmers, ranchers and small rural community residents.

The Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP program specializes in serving these rural entrepreneurs with loans, technical assistance, business training and networking. REAP offers services to every Nebraska community except Lincoln and Omaha. Last year, REAP helped startup and existing entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska, placed the most loans in the history of the program, and reached large numbers of women and Hispanic entrepreneurs. REAP is closing fast on placing $7 million in total lending. 

 

 

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CEOs for Cities

CEOs for Cities is a civic lab of today's urban leaders catalyzing a movement to advance the next generation of great American cities.

They support the development of next generation cities by: 

  • Identifying first-look trends and opportunities that represent the best opportunities for cities and the people who live in them to succeed
  • Connecting urban leaders to powerful ideas and each other
  • Articulating the value to cities and the nation of improving performance on key urban success measures
  • Mobilizing new urban activists to execute real change in cities
  • Telling powerful stories about the potential of cities to solve our most pressing problems

CEOs for Cities works with its network partners to develop great cities that excel in the areas most critical to urban success: talent, connections, innovation and distinctiveness.

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CEOs for Cities has calculated the monetary gains that America’s 51 largest metro areas could realize if they increased their college attainment by one percentage point (The Talent Dividend), reduced vehicle miles traveled by one mile per person per day (The Green Dividend) and reduced the number of people in poverty by one percentage point (The Opportunity Dividend). Together, we call these the City Dividends, and they are worth $166 billion to the nation.

The Talent Dividend alone accounts for $124 billion, which is why CEOs for Cities, with the support of the Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education, launched the $1 million Talent Dividend Prize. The prize will be awarded to the city with the greatest increase in post secondary degrees granted per 1000 population over a three-year period.

 

 

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Champion Access

Champion Access exists because they live in an inequitable society where geography and race predetermine the probability for an individual's career success. And that’s not right.

The hurdles that exist for an individual born into a low-income community often lead to weak, long-term personal development. Early in life, many are forced to drop out of school to get a job to support themselves. This progresses the diminishment of their prospects and aspirations, and many end up with low-paying jobs that offer limited potential for growth. From this point on, most individuals are never afforded the time or financial resources to pursue self-development. This is when they begin to accept, willingly or not, a life of dependence on government programs devoid of prospects for a better life.

Champion Access believes that they can serve as a mechanism that can reverse this societal paradigm that has predetermined our champions’ opportunity for success.

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Manufacturing jobs which were once plentiful have been replaced by low-wage jobs in the food industry. 
Whereas food industry jobs were once occupied by teenagers looking for temporary or part-time work, they 
are now largely occupied by adults. A majority of these food industry workers have a high school degree or 
less. Most are not making a livable wage and move, willingly or otherwise, from one low-wage job to the next. 
This low and inconsistent income is perpetuating the cycle of generational poverty.
Champion Access is challenging the notion that these low-wage workers are not worth investing in by saying 
that for a marginal investment we can improve their economic mobility and help businesses improve their 
operations. Our training program complements employers’ needs by providing participants with the technical 
skills, management skills, expanded professional networks and individualized support to improve their access 
to a promotion. Supporting an industry at the center of New York City’s economy will have ripple effects on the 
entire city.

Manufacturing jobs which were once plentiful have been replaced by low-wage jobs in the food industry. Whereas food industry jobs were once occupied by teenagers looking for temporary or part-time work, they are now largely occupied by adults. A majority of these food industry workers have a high school degree or less. Most are not making a livable wage and move, willingly or otherwise, from one low-wage job to the next. This low and inconsistent income is perpetuating the cycle of generational poverty.

Champion Access is challenging the notion that these low-wage workers are not worth investing in by saying that for a marginal investment we can improve their economic mobility and help businesses improve their operations. Our training program complements employers’ needs by providing participants with the technical skills, management skills, expanded professional networks and individualized support to improve their access to a promotion. Supporting an industry at the center of New York City’s economy will have ripple effects on the entire city.

 

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Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI) is a private, not-for-profit, community based organization incorporated in 1965 as part of a network of 1100 Community Action Agencies formed to implement the initiatives of President Johnson's War on Poverty.  Since that time, COI has evolved in response to local needs and conditions and now has a number of designations and licenses related to specific programs. 

COI also carries out economic development activities through an affiliate agency called Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. (CODI).  CODI has been designated a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) through the US Treasury Department.

COI is a grassroots agency both governed by and serving the people of Chautauqua County.  Its eighteen member Board of Directors is drawn from the community it serves and is made up in equal parts of representatives of the private sector, public sector, and low-income community.

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Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee maintains a focus in a broad range of civil rights and economic justice matters, including: hate crime prevention and response; employment discrimination litigation; affordable housing development efforts, fair housing complaints and fair mortgage-lending advocacy and litigation; and support for a broad range of economic development activity in Chicago, including free legal services to individuals using small businesses/micro-enterprises as strategies to achieve self-sufficiency.

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. is the public interest law consortium of Chicago's leading law firms. From nineteen firms in 1969, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee has grown to forty-five member firms today. Each year, over 15,000 hours of donated professional legal services, with a value of over $3 million are directed to civil rights issues by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee.

The Chicago Lawyers' Committee enforces fair housing laws and works to preserve affordable housing, advocates for the rights and interests of poor children, works to improve the ability of Chicago's Public School system to meet the needs of its 89% minority student population, and represents victims of hate crimes. It focuses on the reduction of barriers to opportunity and the promotion of efforts which increase the capacity of individuals to access and sustain employment. The Committee also provides transactional legal services to community-based organizations working in the areas of housing and community and economic development, to entrepreneurs creating minority owned businesses in disadvantaged communities and to first-time low-income home buyers moving out of federal rental assistance housing and into their own homes using Housing Choice Vouchers. The program philosophy of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee recognizes that locally-based efforts that empower minority communities with the capacity for self-sufficiency are critical to the development of safe and stable urban communities.

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Children Now

Children Now’s mission is to find common ground among influential opinion leaders, interest groups and policymakers, who together can develop and drive socially innovative, “win-win” approaches to helping all children achieve their full potential.

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Children Now is building The Children’s Movement of California, an organizing 
effort dedicated to empowering organizations and individuals resolved to see all 
children’s basic developmental needs met in order to improve the lives of children 
and the prosperity of our society.
Until now, the voices of those concerned about children’s well-being in California 
have been disconnected, making it unnecessarily difficult for children’s policy 
issues to get the attention of the public and policymakers compared to other better 
organized and more powerful interest groups. The Children’s Movement of California 
is connecting all those who want to change this unfortunate dynamic by leveraging 
their collective force to raise awareness and generate the major policy changes 

Children Now is building The Children’s Movement of California, an organizing effort dedicated to empowering organizations and individuals resolved to see all children’s basic developmental needs met in order to improve the lives of children and the prosperity of our society. 

Until now, the voices of those concerned about children’s well-being in California have been disconnected, making it unnecessarily difficult for children’s policy issues to get the attention of the public and policymakers compared to other better organized and more powerful interest groups. The Children’s Movement of California is connecting all those who want to change this unfortunate dynamic by leveraging their collective force to raise awareness and generate the major policy changes kids need.

 

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Christian Community Development Association

The mission of CCDA is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.

Their vision is wholistically restored communities with Christians fully engaged in the process of transformation.

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Chrysalis

Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.

Chrysalis empowers its clients to successfully complete a self-directed job search with the help of its programs and social enterprises. They are dedicated to expanding their program capacity and services to meet the increasing demand and changing needs of their clients. They provide their staff and volunteers with an environment that values collaboration, professionalism and opportunity for personal growth. While their resources are focused on those most at risk in the greater Los Angeles area, they also serve as a model for communities across the nation.

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Chrysalis is dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Offering a hand up, rather than a hand out, Chrysalis empowers its clients to complete a self-directed job search. In 2010, Chrysalis helped 1500 individuals find jobs.

With its services needed now more than ever, Chrysalis is expanding its program capacity to meet the increasing demand of its clients. Chrysalis Enterprises, a transitional jobs program for clients with the greatest barriers to employment, provides valuable work experience so clients can gain the necessary skills needed to re-enter the job market. In 2010, Chrysalis Enterprises created over 218,000 hours of employment and $2.5 million in wages.

 

 

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Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools was founded in 1995 to bring new solutions to the challenge of young adult education:

    * more time
    * more relevance
    * and more caring adults.

Now a growing national network of after-school education programs for students in the middle grades (6th, 7th and 8th), their programs complement classroom learning by engaging students in hands-on learning projects led by adult volunteers after school and supported by a staff of professional educators.

Through the demonstration of our powerful impact and partnerships with out-of-school advocates, they are at the forefront of a movement to transform the learning day and improve the educational trajectories of young people across the country.

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Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle 
schools to expand the learning day for low income children across the country. 
Citizen Schools uniquely mobilizes thousands of adult volunteers to help improve 
student achievement by teaching skill building apprenticeships after school. The 
organization’s programs blend these real-world learning projects with rigorous 
academic and leadership development activities, preparing students in the middle 
grades for success in high school, college, the workforce and civic life.

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low income children across the country. Citizen Schools uniquely mobilizes thousands of adult volunteers to help improve student achievement by teaching skill building apprenticeships after school. The organization’s programs blend these real-world learning projects with rigorous academic and leadership development activities, preparing students in the middle grades for success in high school, college, the workforce and civic life.

 

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City Connects

Formerly Boston Connects, their school-based model identifies the strengths and needs of every student and links each child to a tailored set of intervention, prevention, and enrichment services in the community.

They efficiently and cost-effectively address students’ academic, social-emotional, family, and physical well-being.

Their data show that this systematic and scalable approach to meeting the needs of urban students helps children thrive in school, improves academic performance, and significantly narrows the achievement gap.

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City Connects is a proven school-based intervention developed at Boston College that revitalizes student support 
in urban elementary schools. This systematic and comprehensive approach to addressing out-of-school factors 
significantly improves academic performance and narrows the achievement gap. City Connects evaluates 
the strengths and needs of every student and links each child to a tailored set of intervention, prevention and 
enrichment services located in the community. For each student, City Connects documents and tracks the service 
plan and follows up to assure service delivery and assess effectiveness. City Connects students demonstrate 
significant improvements in report card and state standardized test scores, as well as lower rates of retention. 
In 2010-11 City Connects linked 6100 students to 33,700 services and enrichment opportunities, ranging from 
tutoring to mentoring to athletic programs. 

City Connects is a proven school-based intervention developed at Boston College that revitalizes student support in urban elementary schools. This systematic and comprehensive approach to addressing out-of-school factors significantly improves academic performance and narrows the achievement gap. City Connects evaluates the strengths and needs of every student and links each child to a tailored set of intervention, prevention and enrichment services located in the community. For each student, City Connects documents and tracks the service plan and follows up to assure service delivery and assess effectiveness. City Connects students demonstrate significant improvements in report card and state standardized test scores, as well as lower rates of retention. In 2010-11 City Connects linked 6100 students to 33,700 services and enrichment opportunities, ranging from tutoring to mentoring to athletic programs. 

 

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City Fresh Foods

City Fresh Foods Inc. is the leading meal delivery food service provider in the Metropolitan Boston Area. Those who currently enjoy our meals include children enrolled in child care, school students, guests in various residential programs and homebound elders.

They deliver over 8,000 meals daily throughout Massachusetts. Their meals are prepared fresh daily and delivered hot or chilled, fully prepared, and ready to be eaten. They will work with you to fulfill all of your food service needs.

City Fresh Foods is a highly entrepreneurial company. The leadership is constantly pushing the envelope to find ways to better service our partners.

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City Year, Inc.

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world.

As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.

Major corporations and businesses participate in their mission by serving as strategic partners, team sponsors, and national leadership sponsors.

Together they’re building a citizen service movement that is larger than their organization, our lifetime, and ourselves.

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City Year unites diverse teams of 17-24 year olds for a year of full-time service in America’s most challenging schools. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.

Since 1988, City Year’s 15,100 corps members have served more than 1.2 million children across the country and completed more than 26 million hours of service. Last year, 87 percent of students tutored by City Year corps members improved scores in literacy, and 58 percent of students identified as off-track in attendance improved their average attendance by the end of the year.

 

 

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Civic Enterprises

Civic Enterprises is a public policy firm that helps corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities and governments develop and spearhead innovative public policies to strengthen our communities and country.

Created to enlist the private, public and nonprofit sectors to help address our Nation's toughest problems, Civic Enterprises draws on some of the best minds in the country to fashion new initiatives and strategies that achieve measurable results.

They feature a talented team of policymakers, public officials, senior advisors to Presidents and Members of Congress, social scientists, and leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Their staff has extensive experience serving at the highest levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In tackling an organization's project, they also call on the vast talents of our company's Policy Council, who are leading experts with broad experience in many public policy areas.

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Coalition for Responsible Community Development

The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is a nonprofit community development corporation in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

CRCD works with residents, businesses, community organizations, and civic leaders to foster a safe and economically vibrant community where young people have opportunities to thrive. Founded in 2005, CRCD’s mission is to better sustain, coordinate, and improve local planning, development, and community services that address the needs of low-income residents and small businesses in South Los Angeles. During CRCD’s first year of operations, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps served as our fiscal sponsor.

CRCD serves a 15 square-mile area immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. The Vernon-Central neighborhood is generally located east of the 110 Harbor Freeway and south of Washington Boulevard, in the southern portion of Los Angeles City Council District 9. In CRCD’s target area, 37% of families have incomes at or below the poverty level, and 21% of young people aged 16-24 are unemployed.

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The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is a neighborhood-based community development 
corporation in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Vernon-Central is renowned for its role in 
jazz history from the 1920’s to the 50’s, and is home to historic landmarks such as the Historic 28th Street YMCA 
and the Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue.
CRCD leads initiatives to foster a safe and economically vibrant neighborhood—a place where young people can 
thrive and contribute to neighborhood revitalization. With effective partnerships, CRCD promotes public safety and 
civic pride; trains and hires unemployed youth to beautify their neighborhood; engages young people in education, 
training and career-building at Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College; builds permanent supportive 
housing for former foster youth and other low-income residents; and strengthens small businesses to promote 
economic growth.

 

The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is a neighborhood-based community development corporation in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Vernon-Central is renowned for its role in jazz history from the 1920’s to the 50’s, and is home to historic landmarks such as the Historic 28th Street YMCA and the Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue.

CRCD leads initiatives to foster a safe and economically vibrant neighborhood—a place where young people can thrive and contribute to neighborhood revitalization. With effective partnerships, CRCD promotes public safety and civic pride; trains and hires unemployed youth to beautify their neighborhood; engages young people in education, training and career-building at Los Angeles Trade Technical Community College; builds permanent supportive housing for former foster youth and other low-income residents; and strengthens small businesses to promote economic growth.

 

 

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Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Nearly two decades ago, leaders of metropolitan and urban universities realized the unique challenges and opportunities of their types of institutions as they looked to the future of higher education.

In 1990, they created the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in recognition of their shared mission to use the power of their campuses in education, research, and service to enhance the communities in which they are located. Institutions located in metropolitan areas often do not fit the common definition of more traditional colleges and universities.

Their institutions serve the diverse needs of our local communities and regions.

Members of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities are focused on fully understanding the distinctiveness of their mission through conferences, a journal, research projects, creation of a policy agenda and regular networking opportunities.

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The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities institutions are heavily invested in P-16 community initiatives that partner with schools and educational agencies at the local, state, federal, and global level. 85 percent of CUMU members are currently engaged in university-assisted community P-16 initiatives. P-16 program objectives range from mentoring and college readiness partnerships in high-need communities to global classroom projects where middle schoolers share experiences with students from around the world.

 

 

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College Bound

College Bound provides promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to apply, matriculate and succeed in four-year colleges. The College Bound program begins with students in their freshman year of high school and remains with students until they graduate from college.  It has a daily presence in participating high schools and works closely with both families and high school staff, along with university partners, to ensure close alignment between high school preparation and college success. The College Bound culture is one of high expectations and high support with an unwavering focus on degree completion.

Since being founded in 2006, 100% of College Bound students have graduated from high school AND matriculated to a 4-year postsecondary institution.  College Bound collegians are on track to graduate at 7 times the rate of their low-income peers, and at the same rate as those from the highest income quartile.

 

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College Bound provides promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to apply, matriculate and succeed in four year colleges. Since our founding in 2006, we have succeeded in helping 100 percent of our graduating seniors earn admission to a four-year college. College Bound collegians are on track to graduate at seven times the rate of their low-income peers!

The College Bound program begins with students in their freshman year of high school and remains with students until they graduate from college. It has a daily presence in participating high schools and works closely with families, high school staff and university partners, to ensure close alignment between high school preparation and college success. The College Bound culture is one of high expectations and high support with an unwavering focus on degree completion.

 

 

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Common Sense Action

Created by and for Millennials, Common Sense Action brings youth voices to the policymaking table to fight for generational equity.

What is Generational Equity? Generational Equity is the guarantee that the gateways of American opportunity are open as wide – if not wider – for young people as they were for their parents.

We believe in problem solving.  Common Sense Action believes strongly that any real answer to our nation’s woes requires that every interest at the table do its part to bring about meaningful change. Without a willingness on the part of all involved to put every option on the table and consider each on its own merits, a workable solution for America’s future will remain elusive.

We believe in our generation. We always hear how our generation has a short attention span, how we are disengaged, how unlike the Baby Boomers in their youth, we are apathetic. We reject that notion. We are launching Common Sense Action because we believe in the capacity of this generation to actively  influence and chart America’s path forward.

We believe in bipartisanship. Common Sense Action is not a group of moderates.  We are proud partisans who have a strong commitment to our own values, whether they be liberal or conservative.  However, we also recognize that our elected officials must find common ground with those who believe in different ideologies.  We believe in bipartisanship not non-partisanship. Non-partisanship is an ideal. It means sacrificing your values and your affiliations. Bipartisanship can be a reality. It means coming to the table and allowing your values to guide your approach to problem solving.

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Community Action Partnership

The Community Action Partnership is the nonprofit, national membership organization representing the interests of the 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that annually help 17 million low-income Americans achieve economic security.  Whether it's a Head Start program, Weatherization, job training, housing, food bank, energy assistance, financial education, or any of the other 40+ distinct programs, CAAs work to make America a better place to live.
 
The Partnership's current initiatives include the Office of Community Services (HHS)-sponsored initiative on Exemplary Practices in Community Economic Development (CED), Rooting Out Poverty: A Campaign by America's Community Action Network and a two-year Ford Foundation project on Racial Equity and Economic Security. The CED project is identifying, disseminating and implementing successful best practices for CAAs and related organizations. Rooting Out Poverty - which initiated with the National Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security held in May 2007-is a campaign to promote economic security for all Americans, especially those who are poor.  It offers themes and specific recommendations and strategies to help children, families, senior citizens, and other individuals who are vulnerable to poverty, economic deprivation, and other significant barriers to economic self-sufficiency.  The Racial Equity and Economic Security project examines whether strategies to reduce poverty and enhance economic security are more effective when they take into account racial inequalities.  Through this project, the Partnership is developing tools and materials that help the Community Action network improve their programs and services.

In order to help CAAs meet ever-changing community needs, the Partnership sponsors an annual convention, publishes a quarterly magazine, provides training and technical assistance opportunities, and a weekly electronic newsletter.  The Partnership sponsors a national certification program for individual CAAs ("Pathways to Excellence," based on the Baldrige standards) and a rigorous training program for individual Community Action leaders ("Certified Community Action Professional," CCAP).  Most recently the federal Office of Community Services in the Department of Health & Human Services designated the Partnership as the lead national non-profit for two working groups:  Jobs & Job Creation and Community Economic Development.

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The Community Action Partnership is a national membership organization comprised of private non-profit and public agencies. The Partnership promotes economic security, especially for those people and families who are low-income and vulnerable. The Partnership lives by its promise: “Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”

Last year 1060 Community Action Agencies provided services to 20.3 million lowincome individuals. Programs include emergency food, shelter, and home energy, Head Start, childcare, home weatherization, economic development, job training and placement and many others.

 

 

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Community Center of St. Bernard

Even though it has now been more than 6 years since Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005, the devastation in St Bernard Parish remains overwhelming. Entire blocks of homes and businesses still stand empty and derelict, marked for destruction. The population is only about half of what it was before the disaster, and the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010 has only made things harder for those determined families who have managed to return.

As they continue one of the most daunting disaster recovery efforts this nation has ever seen, the people of St. Bernard have very practical needs. They need a centralized location for basic services like food and clothes and medical care so they can receive assistance easily and with dignity. They need a place to come together and share their ongoing frustrations and successes as they continue to work towards a full recovery. And they need to know that they have not been forgotten..

The Community Center of St Bernard works to meet those needs every day. They are dedicated to providing the survivors of hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill with the practical resources they need to rebuild their lives and their communities. And they thank you for your generous help and support in making that goal a reality.

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Community Coalition

The Community Coalition's mission is to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA that foster addiction, crime, violence and poverty by building a community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing and changing public policy.

Community leaders, including California Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass, founded Community Coalition as a non-profit organization in 1990 in response to the 1980's crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South LA. The goal was to provide preventative community-centered solutions to the drug problem.

Community Coalition works with African American and Latino residents to build a prosperous and healthy South LA with safe neighborhoods, quality schools, a strong social safety net and positive economic development in order to reduce crime, poverty and substance abuse in our community.

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Community Health Corps

Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America's underserved, while developing tomorrow's health care workforce.  

The mission of the Community HealthCorps is to improve health care access and enhance workforce development for community health centers through national service programs.
 
The vision of Community HealthCorps is to become a national service pipeline for careers in community health centers that is improving access to necessary primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved.

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Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, 
Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps 
program that promotes healthcare for America’s underserved, while developing 
tomorrow’s healthcare workforce.
The mission of the Community HealthCorps is to improve healthcare access and 
enhance workforce development for community health centers through national 
service programs.
The vision of Community HealthCorps is to become a national service pipeline 
for careers in community health centers that are improving access to necessary 
primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved. About 500 
full-time Community HealthCorps members served over 560,000 unduplicated 
people across the country.

 

Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes healthcare for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s healthcare workforce.

The mission of the Community HealthCorps is to improve healthcare access and enhance workforce development for community health centers through national service programs.

The vision of Community HealthCorps is to become a national service pipeline for careers in community health centers that are improving access to necessary primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved. About 500 full-time Community HealthCorps members served over 560,000 unduplicated people across the country.

 

 

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Community Renewal International

Community Renewal International is a non-profit organization working to restore safe and caring communities through personal relationships. Founded in 1994, after more than a decade of planning, CRI is today an international model for all cities looking to bring renewal to their communities. Simply put, Community Renewal brings together caring partners to make our world a home where every single child is safe and loved.

Community Renewal restores hope, rebuilds caring communities and renews the spirit of cooperation in every segment of the community. They help residents come together to turn neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support.

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Community Renewal International (CRI) was formed to provide the solution to the problem of societal decay by methodically rebuilding the system of relationships at the most basic level. CRI has created an intervention methodology based on initiating, growing and nurturing mutually enhancing relationships delivered through activities in three strategic areas; the Renewal Team (city-wide), Haven House (block by block) and Friendship House (low-income, high-crime neighborhoods). These activities grow individuals to wholeness in six areas of competency and compassion. The results speak for themselves: A 49.5 percent average drop in major crime in Friendship House target neighborhoods; 48,000 members of the We Care Team (people actively caring about and reaching out to their neighbors and others in the community); and 2725 children and teens helped through Friendship House programs.

 

 

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Community Service Society of New York

The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is a 160 year-old institution that has been on the cutting edge of public policy innovations to support poor New Yorkers in their quest to be full participants in the civic life of the nation’s largest city. CSS employs a variety of tools – advocacy, direct service, research and policy analysis, and strategic partnerships – to forge consensus on appropriate policy interventions to facilitate the economic mobility of low-income New Yorkers.

Our legacy includes establishing the prototype for the free school lunch program, serving as the catalyst behind the city’s first tenement housing laws, aiding victims of the Titanic maritime disaster and World Trade Center employees impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, creating the nation’s largest senior volunteer program and the curriculum that spawned the Columbia University School of Social Work.

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Connecticut Association for Human Services

Founded in 1910, Connecticut Association for Human Services promotes family economic security strategies that empower low-income working families to achieve financial independence. Our mission is to end poverty and engage, equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future. CAHS plays a unique role as a catalyst and convener.

CAHS works to reduce poverty and build family economic success (FES) through outreach, education, and policy work. We inform service providers and others to advocate for policy and practice changes that move low- to moderate-income (LMI) families toward prosperity. Most efforts are directed at families under 130 percent of the federal poverty level and all at families under 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

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The Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) promotes family economic security strategies that empower low-income working families to achieve financial independence. CAHS’s mission is to end poverty and engage, equip and empower all families in Connecticut to build a secure future. CAHS plays a unique role as a catalyst and convener. CAHS works to reduce poverty and build family economic success through outreach, education and policy work. 

CAHS champions important issues by promoting collaboration among ongoing initiatives to help end poverty in Connecticut; creating a supportive cross-sector network for policies and practices that ensure family economic stability; connecting to the state’s plans for strengthening its talent pipeline, recharging its economy and reducing child poverty; and developing and strengthening policies and programs to move families out of poverty and prevent families from falling into poverty by providing access to opportunities for low to middle-income families.

A key strength of CAHS is the ability to collaborate with others, and bring together diverse interests like concerned citizens, policy makers, human service providers, corporate leaders, labor leaders, academics, state and municipal organizations and religious organizations.

 

 

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Corporate Voices for Working Families

Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization representing the private sector on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, they improve the lives of working families by developing and advancing innovative policies that reflect collaboration among the private sector, government and other stakeholders.

Businesses, working families and communities succeed when individuals at all ages and all socioeconomic levels prosper -- and the competitiveness of American business is tied to the quality and skills of a workforce that is shaped and nurtured in a lifelong talent development pipeline.

Consequently, in conjunction with our corporate, strategic outreach and funding partners, Corporate Voices for Working Families combines research, collaboration, business best practices, legislative outreach and advocacy to adopt policies that ensure the mutual success of businesses, individuals and communities. Success for one requires the sustainability of the whole.

Collectively their 50 partner companies, with annual net revenues of more than $1 trillion, employ more than 4 million individuals throughout all 50 states.

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Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization shaping 
conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. Corporate 
Voices continues to expand its increasingly important initiatives to improve workforce and workplace practices, 
especially those involving lower-wage and nonexempt employees. Corporate Voices focuses the national spotlight 
on the significant issues of jobs and our economy, workplace flexibility and the imperative to strengthen education 
and increase educational attainment so workers have the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace. 
Corporate Voices believes when businesses, working families and communities collaborate and succeed, all ages 
and all socioeconomic levels prosper. The competitiveness of American business is tied to the quality and skills of 
a workforce that is shaped and nurtured in a lifelong talent development pipeline.

Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families. Corporate Voices continues to expand its increasingly important initiatives to improve workforce and workplace practices, especially those involving lower-wage and nonexempt employees. Corporate Voices focuses the national spotlight on the significant issues of jobs and our economy, workplace flexibility and the imperative to strengthen education and increase educational attainment so workers have the skills they need to succeed in today’s workplace. Corporate Voices believes when businesses, working families and communities collaborate and succeed, all ages and all socioeconomic levels prosper. The competitiveness of American business is tied to the quality and skills of a workforce that is shaped and nurtured in a lifelong talent development pipeline.

 

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Corporation for Enterprise Development

The Corporation for Enterprise Development is a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for low-income families and communities. CFED uses a “think-do-invest” approach grounded in community practice, public policy and private markets. Here’s how they work.

Think.

They explore ideas and practices that help families and communities more fully participate in the mainstream economy.

Do.

They gather funding partners, local practitioners and policymakers to carry out demonstration programs in communities nationwide.

Invest.

They find investors and policy advocates for ideas that might bring about large scale change.

Microenterprise. The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. Children's Savings Accounts. These are just a few of the social innovations CFED has been known for.

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The Corps Network

The Corps Network is a proud advocate and representative of the nation's Service and Conservation Corps. Their number one goal is to sustain and grow the Corps movement. 

The Corps Network's member Service and Conservation Corps operate in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Over 30,000 Corpsmembers, ages 16-25, annually mobilize approximately 227,000 community volunteers who in conjunction with Corpsmembers generate 21.3 million hours of service every year.

Service and Conservation Corps are a direct descendant of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, in which three million young men dramatically improved the nation's public lands while receiving food, shelter, education, and a precious $30-a-month stipend.

Today's Service and Conservation Corps provide a wealth of conservation, infrastructure improvement, and human service projects-those identified by communities as important. Some Corps improve and preserve our public lands and national parks. Others provide critical energy conservation services, including weatherization, restore natural habitats and create urban parks and gardens. Still others provide disaster preparation and recovery to under-resourced communities. Finally, Corps raise the quality of life in low-income communities by renovating deteriorating housing and providing support to in-school and after school education programs.

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Council for Adult & Experiential Learning

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a national non-profit organization which creates and manages effective learning strategies for working adults through partnerships with employers, higher education, the public sector, and labor.

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Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) is organized to empower individuals, communities and community organizations in Southeast Michigan to educate, advocate and organize for cleaner, healthier communities and environments.

Since 1994, DWEJ has been a voice for environmental justice in Michigan. Historically, minority and low-income populations have suffered disproportionately from environmental pollution, often because they have the least capacity to respond. Therefore, DWEJ is dedicated to empowering urban residents to take a meaningful role in the decision-making process surrounding environmental concerns in their own communities.

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Since 2008, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) has trained over 200 historically disadvantaged Detroiters in industry recognized certifications in the green economy. They spend six weeks in basic skills and six to eight more weeks in technical training, and graduate trainees with a diverse set of marketable credentials. In the process, DWEJ’s trainees become environmentally literate, and advocates for environmental justice and for each other. Graduates have gone on to help clean up and green up our communities in work involving oil spill cleanup, environmental site remediation, asbestos and lead abatement, historic renovation and weatherization. Graduates work on projects such as the Detroit Residential Parcel Survey, which inventoried the entire city’s vacant houses, and home lead interventions. Impressed by their passion and work ethic, DWEJ has hired two trainees themselves, to be their Job Developer and Community Organizer. The two of them have reached out to former graduates who are now fanning out as a network of job developers for each other.

 

 

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Dysart Community Center

Dysart Community Center was established in 1962 by a group of twelve determined volunteers to provide primary health and educational resources for local families struggling on the verge of poverty.  The initial work of these founding members centered on providing basic medical services including a mobile health unit and dental clinic for rural workers and their families.  Education was also a first priority for these volunteers, with the introduction of literacy training for adult learners eager to improve their lives and build self-sufficiency through English language instruction.

Serving West Valley families for three generations.
From its founding nearly fifty years ago, Dysart Community Center has expanded its services to provide a variety of educational, developmental and recreational programs for thousands of West Valley children and adults.  All with a goal of helping to enhance and improve the lives of local community members.  Today, the original focus on providing educational opportunities and building strong families remains the guiding principle behind the community services they provide.

An evolving program of community services.
As the West Valley communities have expanded and matured over the past five decades, the long-term commitment of the Center has remained constant.  While their human services programs have continually evolved to address the challenges of new priorities, their mission of support to local families in need is unchanged.  Much has been accomplished, with so much more they can do.  They look forward to participating in a brighter future for the many West Valley families they serve with the continued support of their dedicated volunteers, skilled staff and financial contributions from friends and neighbors.

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Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Estes Park, CO; http://www.eaglerockschool.org/) This is both a school for re-engaging disconnected youth and a center for teaching educators how to effectively engage this population. Our Liaison has already applied to be an Opportunity Leader!

  •     An initiative of the American Honda Education Corporation, a 501(c)3, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Honda Motor Company
  •     A full-scholarship high school for students and a low-cost professional development center for adults
  •     Located in the mountain resort community of Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park
  •     Opened in the fall of 1993

Students

  •     Have not experienced success in traditional academic programs
  •     Did not expect to graduate from high school
  •     Are passionate about changing their lives
  •     Are admitted between the ages of 15 and 17
  •     Graduate when they can demonstrate mastery of Eagle Rock's requirements
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Earth Conservation Corps

The Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth development and environmental service organization located where the heavily polluted Anacostia River flows through our nation's capital's most disadvantaged communities. Since 1992 they have been successfully reclaiming two of America's most endangered resources, our youth and our environment.

They use the challenge and promise of restoring the Anacostia River to engage unemployed community youth in workforce training, environmental education, and media arts to help them learn the skills they need to become candidates for the emerging workforce and environmental stewards through advocacy, action and community service.

A small but highly trained staff provides Corps members with the leadership skills and environmental expertise to empower them to engage thousands of local and national volunteers of all ages in the restoration of the Anacostia River.

The mission of the Earth Conservation Corps is to empower our endangered youth to reclaim the Anacostia River, their communities and their lives.

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Educate Big

Educate Big's mission is to rally support for education, so that anyone, from any walk of life, can have the opportunity to dream big, educate big and live big.

Educate Big's environmentally-friendly, reusable products provide businesses, charities, school boards and individuals with a means to fund education and educational programs, so that all students can be the best that they can be. Our products include everyday essentials, like water bottles, recycled notebooks, silicone bracelets, dry erase boards and tumblers. Each of them displays our dynamic slogan: Dream Big. Educate Big. Live Big.

Here are some of the many ways you can use Educate Big products:

  • Sell Educate Big products as a fundraiser for schools, charities, educational programs, scholarships, school trips, clubs, fraternities and sororities, etc.
  • If you own a company, partner with Educate Big by adding your logo to Educate Big products. Or co-brand your company logo and the logo of a school you do business with. Show your support, split the cost and build revenue. Emotionally connect with your end users! 
  • Give Educate Big products to volunteers and donors as incentives and tokens of appreciation. 
  • Include Educate Big products in gift baskets and college survival kits. 
  • And more . . .

We invite companies, charities and schools to embrace our mission. By buying, selling and using our products, you both raise funds for education and send a powerful message: dream, educate and live - BIG!"

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Education Resource Strategies

At Education Resource Strategies (ERS), their goal is to change the way people, time, and money are used in urban education so that all students receive the support they need to succeed.

Education Resource Strategies, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with large urban school systems to transform their resource use to dramatically improve student learning. Their mission is to be a catalyst for positive change by helping educational leaders rethink how they use system- and school-level resources—people, time, and money—to support strategies for improved instruction and performance.

ERS is the only organization with more than 10 years of experience working with the largest urban school systems in the country in the area of strategic resource allocation. They have worked with more than 20 school systems nationwide, including 13 of the 100 largest urban U.S. school systems and worked hand-in-hand with our educational partners to introduce solutions that are both innovative and effective. This experience gives ERS unrivaled knowledge of the issues facing school systems.

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Education Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS) is a non-profit organization helping urban school systems organize talent, time and money to create great schools at scale. The only nonprofit organization that connects resource analysis to improving instruction, ERS has partnered with many leading urban systems across the country to understand how they are allocating resources and what they can improve. ERS offers a library of approaches that can guide district leaders in their own resource analysis and help leaders align resource decisions with becoming a successful district in the information age. Elizabeth Arons, Senior HR Policy Advisor with the New York City Department of Education said, “ERS is the best in the country at saying that if you invest your resources this way, it correlates with this end result."

 

 

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Educators 4 Excellence

Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) is an organization of education professionals who seek to provide an independent voice for educators in the debate surrounding education reform. E4E's mission is to unite the education community around a shared set of goals, principles, beliefs, and actions, which place student achievement first.

E4E envisions an education system in which all stakeholders are driven to improve student achievement by putting students' needs first.

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As elementary school teachers in the Bronx, Evan Stone and Sydney Morris knew that teaching was an isolating profession, and that teachers did not have a voice in education policy decisions. They founded Educators 4 Excellence to connect teachers to each other and to policymakers, and in just a year E4E has grown to over 3000 teachers committed to elevating the teaching profession and improving outcomes for students. This year, E4E’s teacher-generated policy recommendations were included in a bill that passed the New York state senate, and teachers met with officials like Mayor Bloomberg and UFT President Michael Mulgrew about their ideas. “I’m a part of E4E because it makes me feel that, as a teacher, I have some sort of say in what goes on in the education system in New York City,” says Jarell Lee, a second grade teacher in Brooklyn. “It’s important that classroom teachers have a voice in educational policymaking because they’re the ones doing the work. They’re the ones in the classroom every day.”

 

 

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Empowerment Through Education

Empowerment through Education's mission is to bring empowerment curriculum, its community engagement approach and structured management system into schools to address current needs.  Preparing students for what's awaiting them after high school is critical to empowering the next generation workforce.  They will be expected to make the decisions and take actions we will all be counting on them to make in our collective best interest.

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EOS Foundation

The Eos Foundation seeks an equitable and just society where the basic human needs of all individuals are met, and where children grow up healthy, with opportunities for high quality education and the tools to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

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Equity and Inclusion Campaign

The Equity and Inclusion Campaign is a nonpartisan coalition of local, state, and national organizations and community members advocating for structural solutions to end persistent poverty and inequity across the three states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, including fulfillment of the federal commitment to address poverty and inequity.

They're committed to transforming outcomes for the South by making sure that the priorities and voices of grassroots communities are involved in shaping public policy and rebuilding poor communities. They partner with state and local advocacy groups to achieve their mission.

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Equity and Inclusion Campaign (E&I) is a coalition of faith-based and community organizations working to end persistent poverty and inequity in the South. E&I recently succeeded in uplifting a community of opportunity in Trinity Gardens, Alabama with local partner Leevones Dubose. The Equity and Inclusion Campaign worked to shed light on the unmet and devastating housing needs there, and succeeded in bringing HUD Secretary Donovan to the area. “Washington hadn’t forgotten us—they didn’t even know we were there,” said Ms. Dubose. “First came Secretary Donovan’s visit, then 37 homes financed through the Community Stabilization Trust, then support from national development organizations. Now, they’ve got 64 homes to go, down from a waiting list of 400. With each home rebuilt comes access to better jobs and better opportunity.”

 

 

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Esperanza

Esperanza was founded in 1987, in response to the violence and poverty that plagued the Hispanic community of North Philadelphia. Esperanza was created to bring a sustained response of hope to the individuals and families in the barrio.

Their Transformation:

Esperanza has grown from a one-person shop in 1987 to an agency with over 200 employees today. In 2000, Esperanza saw possibilities where others saw an abandoned factory, and the abandoned factory is now our corporate home. In the past 10 years, they have invested approximately $30 million in homeownership and rental projects for low-income individuals, in the renovation of their facilities and in commercial development of their Hunting Park community. They have founded and continue to develop educational institutions, health initiatives, and workforce development programs. They have contributed to the organizational capacity building of over 450 smaller nonprofit organizations across the country.

Expanding Their Reach:

Over the past 22 years, Esperanza’s vision and reach has grown to include Hispanics throughout the United States, Latin America and Israel. Although Hispanics are the fastest-growing community in the United States, the population as a whole continues to face barriers to education, employment, health, and well-being. Esperanza’s faith conviction calls us to remove these barriers wherever they may find them, in order to strengthen the Hispanic community.

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Esperanza is a Hispanic faith-based community development corporation promoting communities of opportunity by spurring educational and economic advancement for low-income families.

Esperanza’s institutions and programs maintain a high standard of excellence, evidenced by the transformative outcomes achieved. Esperanza Academy Charter High School graduates 90 percent of its minority students on time, while Pennsylvania graduates only 78 percent and Philadelphia’s school district graduates 57 percent. Over 90 percent of Esperanza graduates are accepted into college. Esperanza College, a two-year associates degree-awarding branch campus of Eastern University, graduates 65 percent of its students in two years compared to a national community college graduation rate of about 25 percent in three years. Esperanza also offers comprehensive housing counseling services (and serves as a national HUDcertified intermediary), adult literacy and ESL instruction, arts and music education, immigration legal services, welfare-to-work job training and more.

 

 

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Experience Works

Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization that helps older adults get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities. For more than 45 years we have devoted ourselves to helping people break out of poverty and reclaim their lives and dignity through work.

 

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Faith for Change

Faith Leaders for Community Change (FLCC) is a growing coalition of America’s most diverse, committed and service-oriented houses of worship. Their member congregations are firmly united around a single important goal: doing their part to dramatically improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes of kids who attend high-needs public schools as well as the communities in which they live.

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Faith for Change helps people of faith partner with the community, local schools and other organizations working to improve educational opportunities for young children. Our vision is to organize a national network of highly productive schoolcommunity partnerships where every child is prepared to learn, grow and thrive inside and outside the classroom.

Currently Faith for Change has organized communities of faith in seven cities and connected them with high needs schools in their neighborhoods to focus on improving the ability of children to read and comprehend information. The population for this program, “The New Future Initiative”, ranges from elementary school through high school. Among our goals are improving academic performance among students in under performing schools, increased capacity of houses of worship to assist at-risk youth and schools in need of assistance, and harness the talents and resources of people of faith to support schools so that they become learning communities where children can succeed.

 

 

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Family Independence Initiative

This country has a rich history of entire communities moving themselves out of poverty, from the immigrants that built the Chinatowns to the African Americans who built vibrant townships after slavery. It took some personal initiative, shared capital, and families helping one another. It took a sense of community.

Through its Demonstrations, FII has learned that this kind of initiative and mutuality still exists across every ethnic group in our low-income communities, but it needs to be encouraged and resourced. FII has evolved into a social laboratory, working in communities to disprove negative stereotypes about poor people and advocating for policy and funding changes that promote personal initiative and peer-to-peer support.

FII’s mission is to:

Create an opportunity rich environment that invests resources in low-income communities based on the strengths and initiative they demonstrate towards improving their lives and others’ lives in their communities.

Test and advocate for a new set of policies and practices that support community initiative while still protecting the current needs-based system for those in crisis.

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The Family Independence Initiative (FII) is a national center for anti-poverty innovation that over the last decade has proven that when the self-determination of low-income communities is supported they can improve their own economic and social mobility. 

For decades the only support systems for low-income families have been based on responding to people’s needs rather than their strengths. While the “safety net” approach is critical for those in crisis, it does not support real, self-sustaining advancement for low-income communities. Inspired by the historical successes of poor and immigrant communities who worked together toward self-sufficiency, FII is leading the development of an approach that more effectively supports low-income families who want to leave or are not a part of the safety net system.

More than 1000 individuals from more than 150 families are currently participating in demonstrations of FII’s approach. On average, these families increase their income by more than 20 percent and their savings by more than 200 percent. Significant numbers also improve their children’s grades, start businesses, buy homes, drop government subsidies, increase civic engagement and become community leaders.

 

 

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Feeding America

Feeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

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Feelgoodz

Feelgoodz's vision is to become a global lifestyle brand that uses sales of conscious products to create positive social change around the world.

Feelgoodz operates its business through the triple bottom-line model of People, Planet, Profit.  They believe in doing well by doing good, and they strive to be a responsible company from the ground-up.  The most innovative model they found is entitled The Materials Economy:  Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, Disposal. With every product that they create, they aim to take this product on the journey through this system and gauge areas of improvement.

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Feelgoodz LLC, a marketer and distributor of natural flip-flops, aims to create a new industry for the world—The Dandelion Project. Feelgoodz CEO Kyle Berner plans to build an industrial infrastructure in the New Orleans area that manufactures, distributes and exports upwards of 30,000 rubber products harvested from dandelion latex. This industry could create upwards of 1000 employees for the Gulf Coast, turning communities into nodes of opportunity

 

 

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The Financial Clinic

The Financial Clinic (“the Clinic”) builds working poor families and individuals’ financial security by addressing their immediate financial challenges and helping them create trajectories for long-term goals and financial mobility. 

The Clinic’s vision is that of systemic change by leveraging its on-the-ground lessons to creating system-level solutions that impact our customers at scale. The Clinic works towards this mission via a combination of services that include: immediate access to tax preparation and financial education workshops; “on-ramp” services around budgeting, improving banking engagement; legal assistance with bankruptcy, foreclosure and consumer law; and, long-term, one-on-one financial coaching aimed at identifying goals as well as creating and maintaining the financial habits necessary to achieve those goals.

Beyond direct service provision, the Clinic also has three additional major areas of work. Our Business-2-Business consulting services is designed to build capacity at organizations working with similar populations, both at the local and national level, for the purpose of better positioning them to achieve their mission and work towards their vision. The Clinic's Research and Policy work partners with organizations like Appleseed to explore potential policy change impacting cash earners in New York State. The Financial Clinic Fellowship is a new emerging program that is a low-cost, high-impact scale and social innovation model for the delivery of financial coaching services at an exponential rate building upon the Clinic’s existing high-quality, outcomes-driven financial development model.

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Founded in 2005, The Financial Clinic is a nonprofit financial development firm that builds working poor families’ 
financial security by addressing their immediate challenges and helping them create trajectories for long-term 
goals and financial mobility. The Clinic works towards its mission through a combination of services that include: 
immediate access to tax and FAFSA preparation and financial education workshops; legal assistance on personal 
financial issues; and long-term, one-on-one financial coaching aimed at identifying goals as well as creating and 
maintaining the financial habits necessary to achieve those goals. In the last five years, the Clinic has served over 
6000 working poor New Yorkers, securing nearly $10 million in cash value services.
The Clinic’s vision is that of systemic change. By leveraging its on-the-ground lessons, the Clinic seeks to create 
system level solutions that impact the working poor at scale. By integrating financial development strategies into 
a wide range of social service models the Clinic has demonstrated success in scaling financial security, as well as 
creating greater impact.

Founded in 2005, The Financial Clinic is a nonprofit financial development firm that builds working poor families’ financial security by addressing their immediate challenges and helping them create trajectories for long-term goals and financial mobility. The Clinic works towards its mission through a combination of services that include: immediate access to tax and FAFSA preparation and financial education workshops; legal assistance on personal financial issues; and long-term, one-on-one financial coaching aimed at identifying goals as well as creating and maintaining the financial habits necessary to achieve those goals. In the last five years, the Clinic has served over 6000 working poor New Yorkers, securing nearly $10 million in cash value services.

The Clinic’s vision is that of systemic change. By leveraging its on-the-ground lessons, the Clinic seeks to create system level solutions that impact the working poor at scale. By integrating financial development strategies into a wide range of social service models the Clinic has demonstrated success in scaling financial security, as well as creating greater impact.

 

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Florida Prosperity Partnership

To engage, through a statewide collaboration of organizations that are holistically focused, in providing life-enhancing services to Floridians.

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Ford Foundation

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Forum for Youth Investment

The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people.

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Freedman Consulting, LLC

Freedman Consulting's goals are to:

  • Solve problems.
  • Work on important and interesting issues.
  • Have the quality of our work be our best advertising.
  • Be a place of learning for all involved.
  • Use partnerships to maximize talents.

What Freedman Consulting does:

  • Provide high-level strategic consulting to organizations and leaders.
  • Build upon diverse experience in politics, policy development, high-level marketing, and philanthropy.
  • Advise a broad range of political, corporate, and non-profit clients. Their work has included marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, strategy work in presidential races, and reviews and proposals for new communications approaches for major foundations.
  • Use their small size to provide personal attention to each of our clients.

They believe that creative, innovative ideas are the key to success in every sector.

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Future Chefs

Future Chefs is a privately-funded, school to career program working with high school culinary arts students in the Greater Boston area. 

Future Chefs envisions a world in which all young people are supported through the transition from adolescence to adulthood and have ample, quality opportunities to reach their potential for economic self sufficiency and personal fulfillment.

Future Chefs uses a youth development model in which youth participate in planning, leading and evaluating our program. Students earn scholarships and apprenticeships for post secondary training. Young participants develop a career plan and receive coaching through caring and supportive relationships with educators, staff and industry mentors.

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Future Chefs seeks out urban adolescents with culinary curiosity and budding talent and helps them transition from high school to a successful career. Future Chefs unites these Greater Boston students with a community of culinary arts professionals, teachers and caring citizens, helping them prepare for fulfilling jobs.

After journeying through a three-phase program, students receive ongoing support, guidance and professional connections. Future Chefs goes full circle as the students take their places as engaged individuals and good citizens, who, in turn, are compelled to give back to their communities.

Future Chefs’ vision is that one day all of Greater Boston’s exceptional youth will receive equal opportunity to succeed in careers that allow them to be both economically self-sufficient and personally fulfilled. Serving 80-90 youth annually with a special brand of high expectations, opportunities and support, the program was selected as the 2011 Social Innovation Forum Innovator for Education and Employment for Vulnerable youth.

 

 

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Future Civic Leaders

Future Civic Leaders is an organization founded to empower high school students like you to take part in the civic and political processes to improve your community. With Future Civic Leaders, you can run simulated congressional campaigns, debate current issues and get advice from real politicians! They provide you with political leadership experience, cash scholarships and connect you with political internship opportunities.

They offer you an opportunity to debate, work together and make change regarding civic issues affecting you and your surrounding communities. Additionally, if you are a member of an under-served community, you can attend their annual Summer Leadership Conference and spend four days running your own campaign while learning from real political operatives!

Only 17% of young people would consider running for political office, according to a Harvard University poll. Future Civic Leaders is here to help you grow as a leader by offering tools, advice and encouragement through programs such as our annual Summer Leadership Conference and high school clubs!

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Gateway to College National Network

Gateway to College National Network is a national nonprofit organization that’s tackling the dropout crisis and catalyzing change across developmental education in college.

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Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) believes all students can succeed in school, and in today’s economy success means a high school diploma and a college credential. Yet too many of our nation’s young people either drop out of high school or fail to gain traction in college and never earn a degree.

GtCNN builds the capacity of communities to support these students through two related programs: Gateway to College and Project DEgree. These are designed to serve at-risk and academically under prepared students age 16-26 through wraparound support in a learning community environment on the college campus, where they develop their skills, increase their academic momentum and change the trajectory of their lives. 

Since Gateway to College’s inception, students have passed 72 percent of nearly 70,000 college courses with a C or better. On average our graduates have also earned 35 college credits, putting them well on their way to an associate’s degree. Project DEgree, a relatively new program, is showing early promise in helping students move quickly through remedial courses and on to college transfer level classes.

 

 

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Generation Citizen

Despite the promises of a government in which all citizens can play a role in determining the country’s future, a large part of our nation, namely minority and lower-income citizens, does not actively participate in our democracy. Generation Citizen exists to change this dynamic.

Generation Citizen’s mission is to expand democratic participation among youth populations that have been historically under-represented or excluded from the political process.

Generation Citizen envisions a country in which every individual is equipped and empowered to effectively participate in the political process as an engaged citizen capable of advocating for change.

Their innovative, action-based program will revolutionize civics education in this country, and help empower a new generation of youth activists and leaders. Generation Citizen is building a generation of students making change.

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Generation Citizen’s mission is to empower under-represented youth to be active participants in the democratic 
process. Operating in New York, Boston and Providence, RI, Generation Citizen promotes communities of 
opportunity by giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to make effective change in their 
communities, whether it’s lobbying legislators on gang violence, holding teen jobs fairs, or convincing their 
Mayor to build a youth center. Being engaged in politics is crucial to a better opportunity and economic pathway

 

Generation Citizen’s mission is to empower under-represented youth to be active participants in the democratic process. Operating in New York, Boston and Providence, RI, Generation Citizen promotes communities of opportunity by giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to make effective change in their communities, whether it’s lobbying legislators on gang violence, holding teen jobs fairs, or convincing their Mayor to build a youth center. Being engaged in politics is crucial to a better opportunity and economic pathway

 

 

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Generations United

Generations United is the national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.

They represent more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans. Since 1986, Generations United has served as a resource for policymakers and the public on the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation.

They act as a catalyst for stimulating collaboration among aging, children, and youth organizations, providing a forum to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the richness of each generation.

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Catalyst. Advocate. Champion. These three words probably best describe Generations United’s multiple roles as it works to improve the lives of children, youth and older people. 

As a catalyst, Generations United promote intergenerational collaboration by bringing together children and aging groups to find common ground, and they support the growth of intergenerational programs nationwide. Their grassroots initiative, Seniors4Kids, mobilizes older adults in support of the care and education of the next generation.

As an advocate, they promote policies that meet the needs of all generations. Generations United was one of the founding co-sponsors of the Fourth National GrandRally, which brought grandparents and other relatives raising children from across the country to the US Capitol to focus lawmakers’ attention on the contributions relative caregivers make and ensure that lawmakers create and preserve policies that support these families.

As a champion for all generations, Generations United promotes efforts to value and engage each generation’s unique talents, skills and wisdom in order to build stronger communities and a better society. Their motto says it best, “Because we’re stronger together.”

 

 

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Gourmet Caterers

Nobody knows their way around the kitchens of Boston like Gourmet Caterers.

For more than 35 years, Gourmet has served the people of the greater Boston area from the city’s most exclusive rooms to its most public spaces.

Exclusive caterer to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum and Granite Links Golf Club, Gourmet is a Boston institution, renowned for its talented chefs and gracious staff, and for creating unforgettable events with a singular level of expertise.

Whether it’s an intimate soiree for just a few of your closest friends or a citywide convention for thousands, sophisticated elegance or a classic summer clambake beneath a starry Boston sky, call Gourmet.

 

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Green City Force

Green City Force’s (GCF) mission is to break the cycle of poverty, preparing urban youth to succeed in their chosen careers by engaging them in service, training and work experiences related to the clean energy economy. In doing so, GCF encourages them to lead socially and environmentally responsible lives.

They are working towards a “green city” built on principles of sustainability, social, economic and environmental justice.

They work towards this vision through our model city-wide Clean Energy Corps in New York City, that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, inspires passion for sustainability and service, stimulates the demand for green services, and creates ladders to careers in the green economy for young people living in poverty.

Their ambition is that national service directed at reducing green-house gas emissions and improving the environment becomes an avenue to prosperity for a generation of urban youth in New York City, as well as a means to build a culture of sustainability that can drive the growth of the green economy.

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Green City Force’s Clean Energy Corps prepares urban young adults for careers and college while addressing critical needs in New York City. Of the most recent cohort, 75 percent were placed in college or work with 88 percent still employed after 6 months.

Wilson Feliz, 19, was “watching his baby daughter’s clothes get smaller” with no prospects for work. Selected from nearly 150 applicants, he joined a team performing energy audits in low-income homes. The rigors of the program and fatherhood were almost overwhelming. Daily feedback and the dream of becoming a full-time energy auditor spurred Wilson to earn national certification and full-time employment with GCF partner Community Environmental Center upon graduation. GCF’s goal is to engage 200 Corps Members annually by 2013.

 

 

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Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat Youth Farm (New Orleans, LA, incubated by Tulane University)

The Mission of the Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.

 

On our farm we work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat is a place where people from different backgrounds and disciplines come together in research and practice to support public health, local economies and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.

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GTECH Strategies

Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH) Strategies is a nonprofit social enterprise investing in community revitalization through green economic development initiatives.

Their core values are:


    * To enable, stimulate, and cultivate energy
    * To engage, empower and realize community
    * To promote and secure social economic and environmental health
    * To conduct, develop, and refine responsible business practices
    * To innovate, contribute, and measure value
    * To practice, advance, and share resourcefulness

They partner with community organizations, service providers, and public agencies  to develop and implement community-based projects that include vacant land management, green infrastructure, weatherization and retrofitting, deconstruction, residual waste reuse, and biofuel production.
 
As a social enterprise, they seek new opportunities and develop joint ventures to  cultivate new markets in the green economy that benefit our communities and create jobs.
 
GTECH is committed to building and strengthening the Green Economy through innovative business practices, goods and services that have a positive impact on the environment, connecting people, and catalyzing communities.

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Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build with people in need regardless of race or religion. They welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

What they Build

  • Habitat for Humanity's houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world.
  • Whenever possible, they build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing.

Why they Build

  • Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless. Habitat for Humanity is needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need.
  • Families left homeless by natural disasters, war and civil unrest often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Response program provides shelter and housing solutions to help these families recover.
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Harlem Children’s Zone

Called "one of the most ambitious social-service experiments of our time," by The New York Times, the Harlem Children's Zone Project is a unique, holistic approach to rebuilding a community so that its children can stay on track through college and go on to the job market.

The goal is to create a "tipping point" in the neighborhood so that children are surrounded by an enriching environment of college-oriented peers and supportive adults, a counterweight to "the street" and a toxic popular culture that glorifies misogyny and anti-social behavior.

In January 2007, the HCZ Project launched its Phase 3, expanding its comprehensive system of programs to nearly 100 blocks of Central Harlem. President Barack Obama has called for the creation of "Promise Neighborhoods" across the country based on the comprehensive, data-driven approach of the HCZ Project.

The HCZ pipeline begins with The Baby College, a series of workshops for parents of children ages 0-3. The pipeline goes on to include best-practice programs for children of every age through college. The network  includes in-school, after-school, social-service, health and community-building programs. The pipeline has, in fact, dual pathways: on one track, the children go through our Promise Academy charter schools; while on the other track, we work to support the public schools in the Zone, both during the school day with in-class assistants and with afterschool programs.

For children to do well, their families have to do well. And for families to do well, their community must do well. That is why HCZ works to strengthen families as well as empowering them to have a positive impact on their children's development.

HCZ also works to reweave the social fabric of Harlem, which has been torn apart by crime, drugs and decades of poverty.

The two fundamental principles of The Zone Project are to help kids in a sustained way, starting as early in their lives as possible, and to create a critical mass of adults around them who understand what it takes to help children succeed.

The HCZ Project began as a one-block pilot in the 1990s, then following a 10-year business plan, it expanded to 24 blocks, then 60 blocks, then ultimately 97 blocks.

The budget for the HCZ Project for fiscal year 2010 is over $48 million, costing an average of $5,000 per child.

Like all HCZ programs, those of the HCZ Project are provided to children and families absolutely free of charge, which is made possible by the support of people like you.

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Harlem Children’s Zone has created a new paradigm for fighting poverty. Our model 
focuses on the social, health and educational development of children. We provide 
programs that improve the children’s family and neighborhood environments by 
serving an entire neighborhood comprehensively and at scale, creating a pipeline of 
support and building community among residents, institutions and stakeholders. 
In 2011 across all four early childhood programs, 100 percent of children attained a 
school readiness classification of average or above. Participants in the HCZ Asthma 
Initiative have missed fewer days of school (6.8 percent vs. 25.7 percent) and have 
fewer emergency-room visits (14.8 percent vs. 45.7 percent) due to asthma. 
A Harvard University evaluation of HCZ’s Promise Academy Charter Schools 
concluded HCZ “is enormously effective at increasing the achievement of minority children.” Taken at face value, 
the effects in middle school are enough to reverse the black-white achievement gap in mathematics and reduce it in 
English Language Arts. The effects in elementary school close the racial achievement gap in both subjects.

Harlem Children’s Zone has created a new paradigm for fighting poverty. Our model focuses on the social, health and educational development of children. We provide programs that improve the children’s family and neighborhood environments by serving an entire neighborhood comprehensively and at scale, creating a pipeline of support and building community among residents, institutions and stakeholders. 

In 2011 across all four early childhood programs, 100 percent of children attained a school readiness classification of average or above. Participants in the HCZ Asthma Initiative have missed fewer days of school (6.8 percent vs. 25.7 percent) and have fewer emergency-room visits (14.8 percent vs. 45.7 percent) due to asthma. 

A Harvard University evaluation of HCZ’s Promise Academy Charter Schools concluded HCZ “is enormously effective at increasing the achievement of minority children.” Taken at face value, the effects in middle school are enough to reverse the black-white achievement gap in mathematics and reduce it in English Language Arts. The effects in elementary school close the racial achievement gap in both subjects.

 

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Health Leads

Every day in America, doctors prescribe antibiotics to patients who have no food at home or are living in a car.  Of course, medicine alone won’t solve these problems, and many of the patients will return with more serious – and more expensive – illnesses. But, for the most part, doctors don’t have the time or knowledge to address patients’ basic resource needs.

Health Leads solves this problem. With Health Leads, a doctor can “prescribe” food, housing, or other critical resources – just as they would medication. Patients take their prescriptions to the clinic waiting room, where Health Leads’ college volunteers are ready to connect them to these resources.

Last year, Health Leads trained and deployed 660 college volunteers to connect nearly 6,000 low-income patients and their families to the resources they need to be healthy.

By providing a transformative experience for hundreds of college volunteers, Health Leads is producing a pipeline of new leaders who will have both the conviction and the ability to revolutionize health care.

Health Leads’ goal is that one day, all doctors will be able to prescribe solutions that improve health, not just manage disease. The diagnosis and treatment of non-medical, but health-critical, conditions should be a standard part of patient care.

By addressing the real health issues facing low-income Americans, Health Leads’ simple, economical, and effective model is a key step toward achieving both better health and lower costs.

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Every day in America, doctors prescribe antibiotics to patients who have no food at home or are living in a car. Of course, medicine alone won’t solve these problems, and many of the patients will return with more serious—and more expensive—illnesses.

In clinics where Health Leads operates, a doctor can “prescribe” food, housing or other critical resources—just as they would medication. Patients take their prescriptions to the clinic waiting room, where Health Leads’ college volunteers are ready to connect them to these resources.

Nearly 60 percent of Health Leads patients solve at least one critical need like receiving food or getting their heat turned back on within 90 days of getting their “prescription.” Last year, Health Leads’ 850 volunteers worked with over 9000 patients and their families

 

 

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Heart of Compassion

Heart of Compassion Distribution is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization located in the City of Montebello. They have been serving the needy for over fifteen years. They distribute to 144 organizations such as food banks, shelters, veterans, seniors, city and school programs throughout the Southern California area. They do this by providing fresh fruits, vegetables and other nutritional foods, and when available furniture and clothing to the less fortunate. In 2009-2010 H.O.C. fed a total of more than 1.1 million people – nearly twice the number they served last year. They secured and distributed 14.4 million pounds of goods and were able to acquire, store and distribute each pound for $0.03 per pound!

What does opportunity mean to Heart of Compassion or to the communities they work in?

To show Heart of Compassion is built on action, not words. People don't need another message, they need to see a demonstration of the heart.

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Hillel

The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life.

Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.

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Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life. The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel gives Jewish students the opportunity to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. 

Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. 

Hillel’s Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative and Peer Network Engagement Internship encourages 15,000 students by fostering social entrepreneurship, community organizing and peer engagement. Our Alternative Breaks combine hands-on volunteer service with service learning and reflection, giving 8000 students the chance to join their peers in pursuing social justice.

 

 

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Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Established in 1987 by the White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is a 501c3, nonprofit, leadership organization which leverages established programs, effective platforms, and influential relationships to meet America’s priorities in the classroom, community and workforce. HHF also provides role models, cultural pride and a promising future through public awareness campaigns and special events.  HHF is celebrating their 25th Anniversary in 2011 and will look back on accomplishments but more importantly look forward to a greater impact on the Latino community and America through their leadership programs.

HHF has developed a unique approach by creating a “Leadership Pipeline” of community service, education and the workforce by indentifying, inspiring, preparing and positioning Latino leaders through the various programs.

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Hollister Associates

Hollister is a leading, national recruiting firm with a referral network that is wide and deep with more than 70% of its business referred. They build trust by valuing the needs and culture of the companies they serve, and are committed to efficient and effective customer service. Hollister's process focuses on valuing the intangibles, the 'soft skills', and goes beyond the resume, resulting in a high rate of placement and retention. Hollister is a national recruiting industry leader. Headquartered in Boston, their extensive referral network and strong relationships enables us to deliver our service nationwide. They have spent over two decades building relationships and supporting the growth of the business community in New England.

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Hope Street Group

Hope Street Group is a new generation of leaders dedicated to building an Opportunity Economy, where anyone who works hard and invests in themselves has the chance to succeed, and our nation prospers as result.

They represent Policy 2.0, a different way of thinking and acting in the policy arena, bringing new talent and tools to traditionally partisan debates. They convene leaders from business, government, and civil society to develop actionable proposals that expand economic opportunity. They also provide young professionals and practitioners an online platform where they can collaborate on policy ideas that are then shared with decision makers. They then leverage their wide-ranging networks to drive implementation of these recommendations.

Their innovative model has made a genuine impact on policy, from the inclusion of their education reform principles in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to their "Health Care Agenda for an Opportunity Economy," an agreement among unlikely partners in the health care industry.

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Horizons for Homeless Children

Horizons for Homeless Children helps children learn how to play, to share, to read, and to enjoy exploring their worlds. They help parents learn how to be nurturing and involved in the growth and development of their children, and help them learn and grow through job training, GED and college courses. They help to stabilize families so that they can weather any crisis, and thus help to break the cycle of homelessness that too often occurs.

Since 1994, several thousand children have been served by the Community Children's Centers. They have recruited and trained more than 11,500 volunteer Playspace Activity Leaders since 1990, giving thousands of children living in family shelters across Massachusetts the opportunity to play, learn and to just be kids. They have training sessions for service providers in Massachusetts and participate in local and national conferences. They work with public officials in state and federal government to increase the resources available to young homeless children and to change the conditions that lead to family homelessness.

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This year, 1.5 million US children will experience homelessness, more than 100,000 in Massachusetts alone. As child and family homelessness rises across the state and nation, Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) provides the tools and support services that help stabilize families, provides very young children experiencing the trauma of homelessness with high quality early childhood education geared to meet their needs and shares its expertise with educators and service providers across the country. HHC provides NAEYC-accredited education each day for 175 children ages six and under living in homeless shelters to ensure that they develop on par with their peers and are school-ready, laying the foundation for future social and academic success. HHC supports parents as well, offering assistance with education and training, employment and parenting and life-skills classes. HHC also provides 2200 young children living in shelters each week across the state with opportunities for play and developmental activities through Playspaces in the shelters, while training and placing over 1400 volunteers to be Playspace Activity Leaders to engage the children.

 

 

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I Have A Dream Foundation

The "I Have A Dream" Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.

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i.c.stars

By the late 1990s, the founders of i.c.stars had been working for fifteen years in various workforce development programs. Their experiences led them to develop a technology-based curriculum that combined hard skills and training with a broader perspective on community impact and “bigger than you” sense of accountability for the young adults in their program.

Importantly, their outcomes were five times better than those reported by organizations in the field. Their students were not just more successful at getting and retaining jobs, they were also taking responsibility for lifting others in their communities, helping through various forms of civic engagement to attack the root causes of unemployment. As these students were solving their own problems, they were also reaching out to help others.

Since 1999, i.c.stars has been identifying, training, and jump-starting technology careers for Chicago-area low-income young adults who, although lacking access to education and employment, demonstrate extraordinary potential for success in the business world and for impact in their communities.

Their program is grounded in the conviction that the fundamentals necessary to succeed in technology services are the same as those necessary for community leadership. They believe that when young adults focus their talent on both technology services and community impact, their success in both increases significantly.

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Formed in 1999, i.c.stars has a goal to develop 1000 Community Leaders by 2020. Using project-based learning and full immersion teaching, i.c.stars provides an opportunity for change-driven future leaders to develop skills in business and technology. i.c.stars offers a unique two-year program that provides an opportunity for low-income young adults to develop advanced technical and leadership skills while earning an Associate’s Degree. On average, i.c.stars participants have an annual income before the program of $10,490. The average annual salary after the first year following the program is $31,358. The initial placement rate for graduates is 93 percent with an IT industry retention rate of 76 percent. Graduates are working in jobs that pay 201 percent better than their previous jobs.

 

 

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iMentor

iMentor's mission is to improve the lives of high school students from underserved communities through evidence-based, technology-enabled mentoring. iMentor's new mentoring model uses mentoring relationships to ensure more students graduate high school college-ready and succeed once they are there.

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Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter.

ICIC's mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities through private sector engagement that leads to job, income and wealth creation for local residents. ICIC brings together business and civic leaders to drive innovation and action, transform thinking, and accelerate inner city business growth.

ICIC’s team is led by President and CEO Mary Kay Leonard. ICIC’s nationally recognized Board of Directors includes CEOs, scholars, venture capitalists, and community leaders.

ICIC was founded on the conviction that the only sustainable path out of economic distress is to leverage the existing assets in inner cities to enable them to participate in the market economy. Their mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities through business development and private sector engagement that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. They bring together business and civic leaders to transform thinking, drive innovation and action, and accelerate inner city business growth and investment.

Working from a distinctive market-based approach, ICIC's path-breaking research and unique programs highlight the competitive advantages of inner cities, document the thousands of thriving companies that are already capitalizing on these advantages, and point the way to new economic development strategies.

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Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a free program sponsored by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City 
and Bank of America designed to stimulate the flow of capital to inner city businesses. ICCC is the country’s 
only program that educates investment-ready companies about equity and other sources of capital and matches 
them with investors to grow their businesses and create jobs. ICCC has an outstanding track record of bringing 
entrepreneurs together with the sources of capital they need to build strong companies and create jobs. 
Approximately 100 alumni of the ICCC program have raised $406 million for their companies and helped 
create 2790 jobs.

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a free program sponsored by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Bank of America designed to stimulate the flow of capital to inner city businesses. ICCC is the country’s only program that educates investment-ready companies about equity and other sources of capital and matches them with investors to grow their businesses and create jobs. ICCC has an outstanding track record of bringing entrepreneurs together with the sources of capital they need to build strong companies and create jobs. Approximately 100 alumni of the ICCC program have raised $406 million for their companies and helped create 2790 jobs.

 

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Iowa Campus Compact

Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) is a statewide association of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities. This is accomplished by integrating community service, service-learning and community engagement opportunities into student's academic and co-curricular activities.

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Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation partners with resident teams in an underinvested community called the Diamond Neighborhoods in southeastern San Diego, California. Their mission, “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” is based on the philosophy that residents must envision, drive, and own change in their community to make it meaningful and sustainable.

Together, they are working on a comprehensive development plan to transform 45 unused, untended, and underutilized acres into The Village at Market Creek, a vibrant community center and cultural destination in the heart of San Diego. A series of social enterprises, ultimately owned by residents, include a conference and community center, retail establishments, service providers, educational hubs, affordable housing, and a variety of marketplaces.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is committed to the belief that residents must own the plans, process, and assets of neighborhood change for that change to be meaningful and sustainable. Working in the Diamond Neighborhoods of San Diego, thousands of residents worked in teams to plan, design, lease, build, operate and now own a commercial and cultural center called Market Creek Plaza. As residents saw the impact of their work on the Plaza, they wanted to invest their own hard-earned money in the project. At that time, there was no way to transfer ownership of a community asset into the hands of local residents. Thanks to a resident-led team that included JCNI staff and a team of lawyers, the nation’s first Community Development IPO was created. After six years and three submissions to the California Department of Corporations, a first-of-its kind offering made ownership possible for more than 400 resident investors. With investments as small as $200 and as large at $10,000, they are now earning a full 10 percent return every year.

 

 

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Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future identifies, develops, and promotes new education and workforce strategies that help communities, states, and the nation compete in a global economy.

  • They create strategies and schools that challenge struggling and out-of-school youth through academic acceleration, earning a high school diploma and college- and career-ready skills.
  • They collaborate with 2-year and 4-year colleges to improve graduation rates through effective, efficient ways to educate diverse student populations.
  • They develop practical strategies that help employers, employees, and communities prosper in a 21st-century economy.
  • Across all their work, they inform public officials about policies that enhance educational and economic opportunity for all Americans.
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Over the past three years, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in the Texas Rio Grande Valley 
has seen a dramatic improvement by recovering over 700 dropouts. With support from Jobs for the Future and 
the Texas High School Project, the District is incorporating an early college design in all its schools with college 
coursework for all students. A huge part of this success is the College, Career and Technology Academy operated 
in partnership with South Texas College. 
The Academy emphasizes the skills needed for college, using a strategy of tutoring, college ready classroom 
courses and online skills remediation. Students take classes to address their specific skill gaps, and a flexible 
schedule allows them to meet family and work obligations. They transition into college courses as soon as they 
pass the necessary state tests. Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, is replicating 
the model in five nearby districts. 
In more than 200 communities across 43 states, Jobs for the Future improves the pathways leading from high 
school to college to family-sustaining careers.

 

Over the past three years, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in the Texas Rio Grande Valley has seen a dramatic improvement by recovering over 700 dropouts. With support from Jobs for the Future and the Texas High School Project, the District is incorporating an early college design in all its schools with college coursework for all students. A huge part of this success is the College, Career and Technology Academy operated in partnership with South Texas College. 

The Academy emphasizes the skills needed for college, using a strategy of tutoring, college ready classroom courses and online skills remediation. Students take classes to address their specific skill gaps, and a flexible schedule allows them to meet family and work obligations. They transition into college courses as soon as they pass the necessary state tests. Jobs for the Future, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, is replicating the model in five nearby districts. 

In more than 200 communities across 43 states, Jobs for the Future improves the pathways leading from high school to college to family-sustaining careers.

 

 

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Juma Ventures

Juma Ventures is an innovative and award-winning youth development program that combines employment in social enterprises, college preparation, and financial and intellectual asset building to create a safe, supportive community where under-resourced youth can achieve their dreams of a college education.

Their mission has never wavered since our inception in 1993: to create a support system for underserved youth aimed at the singular goal of ensuring that they complete a four-year college education.

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In 1993, Juma Ventures became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise—
a single Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop. The store provided a handful of jobs to homeless youth in San Francisco. 
Since then, Juma has grown from a job training and placement program serving 25 youths to a nationally 
recognized youth development organization operating seven social enterprises in three cities. Juma has employed 
more than 2800 young people who have earned $3 million in wages and saved more than $2 million for higher 
education. Juma has received numerous awards for its work including the National Youth Employment Coalition’s 
PEPNet Award and a Community Achievement Award as the national organization of the year from the Social 
Enterprise Alliance.

In 1993, Juma Ventures became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise—a single Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop. The store provided a handful of jobs to homeless youth in San Francisco. Since then, Juma has grown from a job training and placement program serving 25 youths to a nationally recognized youth development organization operating seven social enterprises in three cities. Juma has employed more than 2800 young people who have earned $3 million in wages and saved more than $2 million for higher education. Juma has received numerous awards for its work including the National Youth Employment Coalition’s PEPNet Award and a Community Achievement Award as the national organization of the year from the Social Enterprise Alliance.

 

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Jumpstart for Young Children

At Jumpstart, they know that every child is born with the potential to succeed in school and in life. They also know that the foundation for that success is established in the early years, before a child enters kindergarten.

To cultivate a child’s social, emotional and intellectual readiness, Jumpstart brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for year long, individualized tutoring and mentoring.

Since 1993, more than 70,000 preschool children across America have benefited from millions of hours of Jumpstart service. This year alone, Jumpstart volunteers are serving more than one million hours with 13,000 preschool children in more than 60 communities across America.

Today, Jumpstart is recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations in the field of early childhood education.

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More than 80 percent of young children living in poverty enter kindergarten without the skills necessary to succeed in school. Jumpstart, a proud AmeriCorps program, addresses this achievement gap by recruiting and training college students and community volunteers, called Jumpstart Corps members, to implement a high quality, research-based early education curriculum in early learning centers.

Jumpstart Corps members spend up to 15 hours in preschool classrooms each week during the course of the school year, helping young children develop the literacy and language skills critical for success in school. The majority of children who participate in Jumpstart’s program demonstrate gains of one developmental level or more, indicating significant gains in key school readiness skills. By helping children develop critical language and literacy skills, Jumpstart’s high-quality program sets children on a path to succeed in kindergarten and in life.

In the 2010-11 school year, more than 9000 preschool children in low-income neighborhoods in 14 states and the District of Columbia benefited from more than 1 million hours of service from more than 3450 Jumpstart Corps members.

 

 

 

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Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) is a non-partisan, non-profit, children's advocacy organization. KYA represents a voice for Kentucky's most precious asset – its youth.  They believe that Kentucky's youth deserve the opportunities and resources necessary to ensure their productive development and health. They work on behalf of Kentucky's children with the state legislature, the community, and the media.  KYA listens to children, their families, and service providers who are reluctant or unable to raise questions about existing policies.

KYA promotes positive changes and policies that impact children by providing research, timely publications on issues and collaborating with a variety of groups to craft policies that positively affect Kentucky's children, especially those who are poor and otherwise disadvantaged.

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Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) is a trusted, independent voice for Kentucky’s children and has worked for over 
35 years to improve child well-being and public policies that influence the lives of children and families. Our vision 
is to make Kentucky the best place in America to be young. 
KYA’s work relies on the power of coalition building and collaboration. Since 2007, KYA has brought together 
child advocates to speak with one voice for state-level policy change through the Blueprint for Kentucky’s 
Children initiative. This effort includes advocates from across Kentucky who focus on issues such as early 
childhood, education, health, economic well-being and juvenile justice. Blueprint supporters work on common 
goals to promote safe and healthy families, a fair deal for working parents and a fair opportunity for every child. 
KYA and partners have successfully worked to increase access to health insurance for kids, improve dental health 
for children and raise awareness about the danger of the debt trap caused by high interest rates associated with 
payday loans.

Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) is a trusted, independent voice for Kentucky’s children and has worked for over 35 years to improve child well-being and public policies that influence the lives of children and families. Our vision is to make Kentucky the best place in America to be young. 

KYA’s work relies on the power of coalition building and collaboration. Since 2007, KYA has brought together child advocates to speak with one voice for state-level policy change through the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children initiative. This effort includes advocates from across Kentucky who focus on issues such as early childhood, education, health, economic well-being and juvenile justice. Blueprint supporters work on common goals to promote safe and healthy families, a fair deal for working parents and a fair opportunity for every child. KYA and partners have successfully worked to increase access to health insurance for kids, improve dental health for children and raise awareness about the danger of the debt trap caused by high interest rates associated with payday loans.

 

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L.A. Youth

When Los Angeles teens read L.A. Youth, the newspaper by and about teens, they say, “I relate to it.” That has been their greatest accomplishment since they started publishing student journalism in 1988. They have helped thousands of teachers make their classrooms more relevant, interesting places to learn by publishing the first-hand accounts of teens’ experiences with college stress, racial identity, homophobia, censorship, broken families and many more topics. They have investigated serious problems in our community such as teen pregnancy, teen prostitution, drug addiction and dilapidated schools.

Along the way, their coverage has earned honors and scholarships for many of their writers, artists and photographers, helping them with college admission and future job prospects. They have gone on to careers in journalism, teaching and other fields, and often stay in touch with L.A. Youth as they continue through life.

They have grown from a small, upstart publication produced at a kitchen table to an established non-profit with five full-time adult staff and more than 80+ teen staff members. A long list of funders and individual donors have supported our coverage of such tough issues as juvenile justice, foster care and sexuality. In addition to bringing these important topics to an audience of 350,000 youth in Los Angeles County through our newspaper and website L.A. Youth has been written up and had articles reprinted in other media from the Los Angeles Times to NPR.

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L.A. Youth gathers and reports the news while helping youth develop literacy skills. 
Adult staff members and volunteers provide mentoring, guiding students from 
identifying a story idea, developing its theme, editing and making sure that what 
appears in print represents the students’ insights.
The Foster Youth Writing and Education Program provides youth in the juvenile 
justice system with opportunities to share their experiences. Our bureau at Locke 
High School in Watts brings the program to a community where students need 
to acquire skills and share their opinions. We hold Letters to the Editor and essay 
contests to elicit participation from diverse readers and help L.A. Youth gather teen 
opinion from communities throughout the region. Our intensive, 6-week Summer 
Writing Workshop helps teens keep their minds and skills sharp as they await the 
next school year. 
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L.A. Youth gathers and reports the news while helping youth develop literacy skills. Adult staff members and volunteers provide mentoring, guiding students from identifying a story idea, developing its theme, editing and making sure that what appears in print represents the students’ insights.

The Foster Youth Writing and Education Program provides youth in the juvenile justice system with opportunities to share their experiences. Our bureau at Locke High School in Watts brings the program to a community where students need to acquire skills and share their opinions. We hold Letters to the Editor and essay contests to elicit participation from diverse readers and help L.A. Youth gather teen opinion from communities throughout the region. Our intensive, 6-week Summer Writing Workshop helps teens keep their minds and skills sharp as they await the next school year. 

More than 700 middle and high school students, most of whom come from low-income households, participate annually in the publication of L.A. Youth, and an average of 70 students contribute to each of the newspaper’s six annual issues

 

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Ladder Up

Since 1994, over 16,000 Ladder Up volunteers have returned $295 million to 148,000 hardworking clients, helping them climb above the poverty line. Through our programs, TAP (Tax Assistance Program) and LIFT (Life-Improving Financial Tools), we provide free, real world financial solutions that maximize earnings and savings. Whether it’s getting them the tax refunds they deserve, securing the financial aid that makes higher education a reality, or putting them in touch with reputable banks so they can save on unnecessary fees, we equip our clients with the financial tools they need.

 

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Legal Action Center

The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

For three decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep these individuals out of the mainstream of society. The Legal Action Center is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.

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Legal Aid Ministries

Legal Aid Ministries is unique among legal service providers: Only Legal Aid Ministries combines legal services, educational services, conflict resolution services, and financial education services as part of a comprehensive community justice center.

Their mission is to provide "Legal Aid Ministry" through a comprehensive program of educational outreach, legal assistance, and conflict resolution services to empower the powerless, give hope to the hopeless and show mercy and compassion to those in need. While faith motivates their desire to serve, they are nonsectarian and in no way limit our services to any race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion or any other basis other than emphasizing services for the poor.

Most of their major programs – legal and conciliation – are free, except for very small and affordable administrative fees. This ensures that those who need their services can obtain them regardless of their ability to pay.

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Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011.

The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

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Lend for America

Lend for America helps student leaders to build their communities through the creation of campus microfinance institutions (Campus MFIs). Our national platform supports students practicing microfinance in the U.S. by providing training, networking, funding, and research. Our mission is to empower emerging social entrepreneurs to build strong businesses and communities through innovative microfinance. With the right tools, college students can change the lives of their communities' low-income families and gain a broader social perspective. The growth of campus microfinance will help disadvantaged individuals start and grow businesses, develop assets, increase their financial capacity and improve their economic well-being.

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Let’s Get Ready

THE MISSION of Let’s Get Ready is to expand college access for motivated, low-income high school students by providing FREE SAT preparation and college admission counseling.

 

Let’s Get Ready accomplishes this mission by mobilizing and training college student volunteers to be the "Coaches", mentors, and role-models who provide not only SAT instruction and college admissions guidance, but the encouragement and inspiration students need to succeed.

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Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill advances movements for social change through a unique combination of grants, leadership training and alliance building.

Liberty Hill is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. They invest in changemakers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. After more than 30 years, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles.

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LIFT

LIFT’s mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. They envision a day when all people in our country will have the opportunity to achieve economic security and pursue their aspirations.

What They Do:

LIFT is a growing movement to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. LIFT currently runs centers staffed by trained volunteers in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, to serve low-income individuals and families.

LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. Simultaneously, the LIFT experience pushes volunteers to grapple with our country's most challenging issues related to poverty, race, inequality, and policy. Since LIFT's founding, over 5,000 volunteers have served more than 30,000 individuals and families.

What does opportunity mean to LIFT or to the communities they work in?

"For LIFT, opportunity means developing a country that is free of poverty and full of options.  Through our work, we hope to see a day when all Americans will have the opportunity to obtain economic security and pursue their personal life aspirations."

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LIFT’s mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. With one in six Americans currently struggling under the weight of poverty, LIFT’s model re-imagines the way that social services are provided in the U.S. at every level—from office environment, to customer service, to clinical methodology to cost structure and effectiveness. LIFT engages volunteers—mostly college students—to work one-on-one with thousands of underserved community members. Our clients and volunteers work together to find stable employment, secure housing, apply for public benefits and access referrals for other critical social services. In the process, the lives of our volunteers are transformed as they grapple with the issues and challenges that their clients are facing.

Since its founding in 1998, LIFT has placed over 40,000 families on a path out of poverty with the dedication of 6000 volunteers, rendering over 800,000 unique services to those families—all at a cost of $250 per family served.

 

 

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Male Leadership Academy

Our Mission: The mission of The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte is to provide a holistic, high quality education that develops young men into world-class leaders.

Our Vision: The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte will be nationally recognized as a model institution for the education of boys from K-6th grade.

The MLAC is committed to being on the cutting edge of teaching students how to apply technology to real-world needs.  Through a robust technology program we ignite the minds of children to bring learning and innate possibility alive.  Students learn how to search for new and expanded uses for technology and investigate ways to shape technology to create innovation and integration in meeting global challenges.  We seek to prepare all students for academic success in technology-rich careers.

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Marion Institute

Founded in 1993, the Marion Institute is a member based non-profit that acts as an incubator for a diverse array of programs and projects that delve into the root cause of an issue and seeks to create deep and positive change. They work with individuals, schools and communities to inspire change in the areas of health and healing, sustainability, green economics, environmental education, spirituality and much more.

The Marion Institute seeks to engage the widest possible number of people in seeing, connecting and participating in new ways that best support their own lives, and those of the wider community at large. They believe in the interdependence of all life and the critical balance necessary for a sustainable future.

The Marion Institute introduces innovative models for creating deep and positive change, empowering individuals by connecting them to these programs and projects, thus encouraging effective transformation. They believe that when individuals are offered practical and visionary solutions, they become inspired, realize their potential and will act to restore a healthier balance.

From the start, they have always sought to see more deeply – beneath the radar of the everyday – and to bring the views of the latest thinkers to new audiences and by sharing articles and mailings. The Marion Institute is always looking to create, support or simply showcase programs and projects and innovators that go deeper – that address root causes, create systemic change, and are a little more likely to help tilt the world on its axis.

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Maryland CASH Campaign

The Maryland CASH Campaign™: was established in 2005 to link asset building programs in Maryland together to strengthen products and policies that promote financial security for families. Maryland CASH is housed under the Job Opportunities Task Force, a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to helping low-wage workers advance.

Maryland CASH promotes programs, products, and policies that protect and grow the financial security of working families by improving the availability of financial education, providing practitioner trainings and professional development, conducting research, and advocating for policy change. Maryland CASH partners with nonprofits, government agencies, the financial service industry, higher education institutions, elected officials, and private foundations across the state of Maryland.

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MassChallenge

Their mission:

Catalyze a startup renaissance.

What they do:

They help early-stage entrepreneurs win.

They connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.

Their primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events.

Their Vision:

They envision a creative and inspired society in which everyone recognizes that they can define their future, and is empowered to maximize their impact.

Their Objectives:

  • Promote innovation, collaboration and commercialization
  • Address the seed-stage investment gap, empowering novice entrepreneurs
  • Provide educational opportunities for entrepreneurs
  • Showcase entrepreneurship assets and infrastructure locally and nationally
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MassChallenge is a $1 million global startup competition and accelerator designed 
to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. 
MassChallenge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not take equity from startups 
or place any restrictions on winners. The 111 startups supported in the 2010 
MassChallenge accelerator raised over $90 million in outside funding and created 
500 new jobs in under 12 months.
In 2011 MassChallenge received 733 applications from 24 countries and 34 states. 
Every entrant receives training, feedback, PR and networking support via expert 
volunteers from partner organizations. 125 of the highest-potential startups receive 
more than three months of acceleration support, including intensive mentorship, 
free office space and targeted introductions to customers and funding sources. 
While the accelerator is based in Massachusetts, there is no requirement to create a presence there at any time. 
The very best startups are identified by expert judges to receive cash awards toward launching their businesses 
along with enhanced PR and privileged access to top investors.

 

MassChallenge is a $1 million global startup competition and accelerator designed to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. MassChallenge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not take equity from startups or place any restrictions on winners. The 111 startups supported in the 2010 MassChallenge accelerator raised over $90 million in outside funding and created 500 new jobs in under 12 months.

In 2011 MassChallenge received 733 applications from 24 countries and 34 states. Every entrant receives training, feedback, PR and networking support via expert volunteers from partner organizations. 125 of the highest-potential startups receive more than three months of acceleration support, including intensive mentorship, free office space and targeted introductions to customers and funding sources. While the accelerator is based in Massachusetts, there is no requirement to create a presence there at any time. The very best startups are identified by expert judges to receive cash awards toward launching their businesses along with enhanced PR and privileged access to top investors.

 

 

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MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States.

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Met Council

Met Council is the voice of the Jewish poor and the first line of defense for our community’s needy. They fight poverty through comprehensive social services and treat every individual with dignity and respect. Their grassroots Jewish Community Council network strengthens families and neighborhoods throughout New York City.

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Michigan League for Human Services

The Michigan League for Human Services is a nonprofit, nonpartisan statewide policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that Michigan’s low-income residents achieve economic security.

To accomplish this, the League uses data-driven advocacy to shape public policy, focusing on a range of public and private supports, including public assistance, work and family supports, job training and education. The League also works to make sure adequate resources are available to support these services. Through research, analysis, public education and advocacy efforts, the League brings credible and accessible information to the public policy discussion of the critical issues that affect the lives of low-income people.

The League has a network of  more than 1,500 individuals and organizations from business, labor, human services professions, faith-based organizations as well as concerned citizens. Financial support comes from foundation grants, local United Ways, membership dues, fees and contributions.

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Missouri Assocation for Community Action

The Missouri Association for Community Action is a statewide association of 19 community action agencies fighting poverty in every county in Missouri.

Poverty is a formidable foe, impacting one in every seven Missourians. But, it's not an impossible one. Each day, the organization wins battles against poverty, family by family. Community action agencies provide critical services to strengthen families and communities. They assist with childcare so parents can obtain education to improve their job opportunities. They find solutions to transportation obstacles so people can get to work. They weatherize homes to reduce energy costs. They help families save to buy homes of their own. These and other community action agencies help families work their way to self-sufficiency.

They are an association on a mission: "United in purpose, the Missouri Community Action Network will inspire and engage people to ensure that all families and communities thrive."

The Missouri Association for Community Action - MACA - supports the mission through advocacy, training, awareness, technical assistance, and resource development.

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United in purpose, the Missouri Community Action Network inspires and engages 
people to ensure that all families and communities thrive. To achieve this vision, 
MACA has the Community Action Poverty Simulation, a copyrighted learning tool 
for organizations wanting to promote a greater understanding of poverty. MACA 
believes that understanding the day-to-day reality people face while living in 
the crisis of poverty is important for everyone involved in fighting poverty—from 
policymakers to service providers. 
To date, we have distributed 581 poverty simulation kits throughout the United 
States, Canada and Singapore. Recipients include universities, public school 
districts, city governments, nursing and medical schools, United Way agencies, 
extension offices, faith-based organizations, other state community action 
associations and communities involved with poverty reduction initiatives. 
We believe that by allowing people to experience for themselves the stress of poverty, we open opportunities 
for community dialogue that can bring about real change.

United in purpose, the Missouri Community Action Network inspires and engages people to ensure that all families and communities thrive. To achieve this vision, MACA has the Community Action Poverty Simulation, a copyrighted learning tool for organizations wanting to promote a greater understanding of poverty. MACA believes that understanding the day-to-day reality people face while living in the crisis of poverty is important for everyone involved in fighting poverty—from policymakers to service providers. 

To date, we have distributed 581 poverty simulation kits throughout the United States, Canada and Singapore. Recipients include universities, public school districts, city governments, nursing and medical schools, United Way agencies, extension offices, faith-based organizations, other state community action associations and communities involved with poverty reduction initiatives. 

We believe that by allowing people to experience for themselves the stress of poverty, we open opportunities for community dialogue that can bring about real change.

 

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Mobilize.org

The mission of Mobilize.org is to improve the way democracy works by investing in Millennial-driven solutions.

Mobilize.org believes that in order to create long-term, sustainable and community based solutions to the challenges facing our generation, Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996) must authentically engage their peers in identifying problems, proposing solutions, and most importantly, must work together to implement these solutions on their campuses and in their communities.

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Mobilize.org believes that community college students can provide an essential voice in the college completion discussion. Students themselves can take a leadership role in identifying the obstacles they face in completing their education, and develop innovative solutions they can champion and implement in their communities and on their campuses. In order to engage community college students in the discussion, Mobilize.org created a summit series titled Target 2020: My Education, Our Future to address community college completion on the local and national level. 

Mobilize.org has convened over 200 Millennials from North Carolina and California to discuss the challenges they face in completing their education and collaborate on sustainable community solutions to address them. 

 

 

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More than Words

More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café, and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership, and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood. In addition to store-based job training, youth are engaged in personal transition planning and case management to support their progress towards employment and education. The MTW model is premised on the belief that when at-risk youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and have high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address their personal barriers, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become thriving members of society.

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Music National Service

Music National Service (MNS) is a national nonprofit organization that supports music as a strategy for public good through direct programs, public advocacy and leadership development.  In 2008, MNS was named “1 of 10 nonprofit innovations that will strengthen U.S. communities” by the Aspen Institute. MNS is widely credited with inspiring the inclusion of musicians and artists in the bipartisan, federal Kennedy Serve America Act of 2010.

MusicianCorps, MNS’s flagship program, trains and places musicians to serve full-time as teachers and mentors in low-performing public schools, youth centers and other high-need community settings. MusicianCorps uses music to reengage youth in their academic and civic lives, and provide them critical skills for success in the 21st century.

The program recently completed a year-long pilot in Chicago, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle, where it provided ongoing music instruction to over 3,600 children and youth in public schools, afterschool programs and wellness settings. The program also reached over 7,000 community members through 175 public events and the creation of 62 recording projects and bands.

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myImpact.org

myImpact.org is an online platform for volunteers in national and community service programs. Their Twitter-based tool allows volunteers to record, share and track their impact.

They believe that ordinary citizens are doing extraordinary things to help solve local and national problems. myImpact.org seeks to be a resource for volunteers and service organizations by leveraging the power of new technology and social media.

What does opportunity mean to myImpact.org or to the communities they work in?

"At myImpact.org, we believe that opportunity means that every American who wants to serve can do so and find meaningful impact through their service. 1 in 3 volunteers this year will not return to their volunteer organization the next year- Millennials especially report that this is because they do not feel that their work is making a difference. With systemic problems plaguing our communities and nation as a whole, it is no longer acceptable to treat volunteers as free labor- they must be integral assets to solving any problem and within any organization."

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National Association for State Community Services Programs

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is the premier national association charged with advocating and enhancing the leadership role of states in preventing and reducing poverty.  NASCSP's vision encompasses the empowerment of low-income families to reach self-sufficiency in its broadest context, through helping states attain full utilization of their resources and implement an extensive array of services to these families, including weatherization, energy assistance, child care, nutrition, employment, state energy programs, job training, and housing in urban, suburban and rural communities.

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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation. Their specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy among single, young adults. They support a combination of responsible values and behavior by both men and women and responsible policies in both the public and private sectors.

The National Campaign believes that if they are successful, child and family well-being will improve. There will be less poverty, more opportunities for young men and women to complete their education or achieve other life goals, fewer abortions, and a stronger nation.

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National Center on Time and Learning

The National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL) is dedicated to expanding learning time to eliminate the achievement gap and provide a well-rounded education for children in high-poverty schools.

NCTL conducts research and advances public policy at the federal, state and local levels and provides direct technical assistance to states, districts and schools that add significantly more school time for academic and enrichment opportunities to help children meet the demands of the 21st century.

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National Community Tax Coalition

The National Community Tax Coalition is a national network dedicated to strengthening economies, building communities and improving lives through tax assistance and asset building activities that produce financial security, protect families and promote economic justice.

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National Conference on Citizenship

Founded in 1946 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1953, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a leader in promoting our nation’s civic life. We track, measure and promote civic participation and engagement in partnership with other organizations on a bipartisan, collaborative basis. They focus on ways to enhance history and civics education, encourage national and community service, and promote greater participation in the political process.

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Promoting communities of opportunity, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a dynamic, non-partisan 
non-profit working at the forefront of the nation’s civic life. NCoC continuously explores what shapes today’s 
citizenry, defines the evolving role of the individual in our democracy, and uncovers ways to motivate greater 
participation. Through events, research and reports, NCoC seeks new ideas and approaches for creating greater 
civic health and vitality throughout the United States.
As part of NCoC’s commitment to building communities of opportunity nationwide, they recently produced a 
report that found that states with higher levels of civic engagement are more resilient in an economic downturn. 
The report identifies five measures of civic engagement—attending meetings, helping neighbors, registering to 
vote, volunteering and voting—which appear to protect against unemployment and contribute to overall economic 
resilience. This new research helps clarify how critical engagement is. Getting involved, attending a neighborhood 
meeting, or registering to vote are not just good things to do. They are essential to unlocking our own, our 
community’s and our nation’s potential to thrive.

Promoting communities of opportunity, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a dynamic, non-partisan non-profit working at the forefront of the nation’s civic life. NCoC continuously explores what shapes today’s citizenry, defines the evolving role of the individual in our democracy, and uncovers ways to motivate greater participation. Through events, research and reports, NCoC seeks new ideas and approaches for creating greater civic health and vitality throughout the United States.

As part of NCoC’s commitment to building communities of opportunity nationwide, they recently produced a report that found that states with higher levels of civic engagement are more resilient in an economic downturn. The report identifies five measures of civic engagement—attending meetings, helping neighbors, registering to vote, volunteering and voting—which appear to protect against unemployment and contribute to overall economic resilience. This new research helps clarify how critical engagement is. Getting involved, attending a neighborhood meeting, or registering to vote are not just good things to do. They are essential to unlocking our own, our community’s and our nation’s potential to thrive.

 

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National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all regions of the country and has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio.

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National Council on Aging

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.

NCOA is a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. They bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.

They work with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.

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National Fatherhood Initiative

National Fatherhood Initiative's Mission: To improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

They strive to ensure a brighter future for America's youth.  By equipping and educating fathers, they're working on an issue that is at the core of our nation's well-being.

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National Fatherhood Initiative is the #1 provider of fatherhood skill-building materials in the nation. NFI has distributed over 5.8 million fatherhood resources since 2004. Since 2002, NFI has trained 11,549 practitioners from 5374 organizations on how to deliver fatherhood programming into communities.NFI’s work has been evaluated and found to be effective. For example, NFI’s InsideOut Dad program for incarcerated and reentering fathers was found to be an evidence-based program through a rigorous evaluation conducted by Rutgers University. The study found that there were statistically significant increases in dads’ attitudes, skills, knowledge and behavior compared to a control group. NFI’s flagship 24/7 Dad program has also had successful evaluations conducted showing its impact on the attitudes and knowledge of fathers.

It is critical that fathers are included in services to families, which have traditionally been focused on serving mothers and children. There is a father factor at play in the issues that we care about most—poverty, crime, education, child abuse and more. Helping dads builds stronger children and families.

 

 

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National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), Inc., promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and builds capacity for its Members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. The NFCC is the nation's largest and longest-serving national nonprofit credit counseling network, with nearly 100 Member Agencies and more than 800 offices in communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In 2010, NFCC Members assisted 3.2 million consumers, helping many to drive down their debt and take control of their finances.

NFCC Members, often known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) or other names, can be identified by the NFCC member seal. This seal signifies high standards for agency accreditation, counselor certification, and policies that ensure free or low-cost confidential services. NFCC Member Agencies can be reached in person in communities nationwide, on the phone toll-free at (800) 388-2227, or online. The NFCC national office is located in Washington, DC.

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National Human Services Assembly

The National Human Services Assembly is an association of the nation’s leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services.  Many of the member organizations are national offices of large networks of local health & human service organizations.  Others are national research or resource organizations or national programs.

The National Assembly is a learning community where leaders with parallel responsibilities at different national nonprofit human service organizations (e.g., CEOs, HR directors) share knowledge and expertise about their work in this sector.

The Assembly envisions “a just and caring nation which effectively addresses the development and care of its citizens.”  And it envisions itself as a force attempting to make that vision a reality.

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National Latino Evangelical Coalition

The National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) seeks to respond to a real need for Latino and Latina Evangelical voices committed to the common good and justice in the public sphere. A national coalition with the objective of educating from a common good Latino-Evangelical perspective in the public sphere may increase the probability of the enactment for just legislations. They seek to do this by promoting and amplifying the voices of this growing constituency. The aim is to both provide alternative voices to the existing partisan voices and  to create national awareness about the growing number of Latino Evangelicals who are not captive to partisan politics. The NaLEC initiatives can provide a platform for this growing and often unheard demographic.

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National Service-Learning Partnership

The Partnership, founded in 2001, is a national network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education. Service-learning is a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies or other type of intentional learning activity.

The network consists of more than 10,000 members in all 50 states. We are young people, teachers, parents, administrators, policymakers, education leaders, community partners, businesspeople, and researchers.

The Partnership is funded through grants from W.K. Kellogg Foundation and State Farm Companies Foundation. It is sponsored by the Academy for Educational Development, an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems.

The Partnership concentrates on strengthening the impact of service-learning on young people's learning and development, especially their academic and civic preparation. The Partnership supports members sharing resources, organizing change, and sponsoring innovation.

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National Skills Coalition

National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. They engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members.

National Skills Coalition was founded in 1998 as The Workforce Alliance in response to a series of federal policies that signaled the end of national investments in the skills of America’s workers at a time when skill gaps were growing in key U.S. industries. Since then, they've demonstrated that investments in skills work. They've shown that diverse stakeholders can find agreement around specific reforms that will improve a variety of workforce education and training policies. And they have documented that the American public is strongly supportive of a deeper investment in the skills of America’s workers. They continue to mobilize support for a new national skills agenda that cuts across public policies, and simultaneously serves a wide range of U.S. workers and industries.

National Skills Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors and advised by a national Leadership Council drawn from the ranks of business, labor, community colleges, community-based organizations, and the public workforce system.

More than 3,200 members, representing more than 1,400 organizations in over 25 states, comprise the broad-based membership of National Skills Coalition.

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National Youth Employment Coalition

The National Youth Employment Coalition envisions a nation in which every young person is assured the full range of educational, developmental, vocational, economic and social opportunities, supports, and services s/he may need to become a productive and self-sufficient worker, taxpayer, parent, and citizen.

The National Youth Employment Coalition improves the effectiveness of organizations that seek to help youth become productive citizens.

The National Youth Employment Coalition offers a range of projects, programs, and activities that fall into one of four areas of core business:

  • Track, craft, and influence policy;
  • Set and promote quality standards;
  • Provide and support professional development; and
  • Build and increase the capacity of organizations and programs.
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Native American Community Academy

The Native American Community Academy (NACA) is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in middle and high school (grades 6th to 12th), currently located in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 1100 Cardenas SE, in the Southeast Heights.

In school year 2010/2011 they will be serving up to 11th grade and anticipate an enrollment of 340. NACA’s student body is diverse with many cultural and ethnic backgrounds represented, including students from more than 37 different tribes.

NACA is currently working on plans to relocate their school into a newly constructed LEED Certified campus near the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College in 2012.

NACA is a small school that integrates culture, wellness, language, community, family, and preparation for college into each child’s education. Their philosophy is grounded in both the Native American tradition and a rigorous, modern approach to college-preparatory education. We require excellence from our students, dedication from our teachers, and commitment from our parents.

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New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures helps at-risk youth in San Francisco get ready for work and life by providing jobs, job-readiness and supportive community.
They are inspired by their faith to empower and equip youth for the future. They provide jobs and training through social enterprises they own and operate, and in other settings. They create community that facilitates personal growth.

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New Door Ventures helps high-risk youth get ready for work and life through real jobs, training and deep support. The program’s effectiveness is reflected in its exceptional outcomes. Of the youth who completed New Door’s employment programs in 2010, 86 percent were employed or in school upon exit, 94 percent of youth with a prior criminal background did not re-offend within six months of program exit, and 100 percent of homeless youth acquired stable housing within six months of program exit.

New Door attributes its success over the past 30 years to its unwavering commitment to providing services that address the needs of the whole person, from deep support to real jobs that empower youth to help themselves. With New Door alongside them every step of the way, youth who face enormous challenges are able to work their way out of poverty, and into self-sufficient lives—ultimately as contributing members of society. 

“I learned how to communicate, be reliable and respect myself. I’ll never give up, never!” 

 

 

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New Jersey Minority Educational Development

In 1995, America First or Last formed the New Jersey Minority Educational Development (NJ MED) organization to help develop practical solutions to the problems of minority youth development in public education, and to foster higher education and career pursuit aimed at enhancing positive growth within the minority community. They strongly believe that our nation’s public educational system has to be the catalyst to rescue this community, and is the central issue which will define our nation’s growth in the 21st Century. To that end, in 1996, they created a grassroots educational campaign to help the country close its academic achievement and attainment gaps in our national public educational system, in an effort, towards building a stronger minority workforce that will assist in improving our nation’s economic sovereign during this period. The campaign contained several specific objectives to which they give particular attention.

These include:

  • Improving the national high school and college graduation rates of minority males.
  • Improving our national educational system in information technology and it’s application for minority students from early-childhood through post-secondary education.
  • Maximizing all our nation’s resources to reach these two objectives towards reestablishing America’s educational position as number one in the world by the end of the 21st Century.

They deeply believe that if the objectives they have outlined for this campaign can be both understood and acted upon by institutions of higher education, our business leaders, and the people who have public responsibility in the matter, they could save the U.S. economy over several billion dollars a year by cutting the cost of adult and juvenile incarceration, public health care costs, and at the same time increase tax revenues, and provide over 600,000 highly skilled workers into the U.S. workforce by 2040 and an additional 60,000 workers per year after that period.

They are aware that the campaign’s objectives are long-term in nature and will require at least several decades to measure their impact. However, the campaign’s first objective of increasing high school and college graduation rates of minority males could provide immediate returns within 10 years (if the top universities and corporations in the United States participated). They have already test marketed a multi-purpose high school drop-out prevention program entitled the 100% Graduation Rate Program with a high level of success in one of our nation’s most depressed areas Camden, New Jersey.

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The New Jersey Minority Educational Development (NJMED) organization was formed as a nonprofit organization in 
August 1995. The mission of the organization is to provide an alternative lifestyle for minority youth through higher 
education, by providing innovative programming and technical assistance to existing educational, business and 
community organizations.
In 2011, NJMED’s 100 percent Graduation Rate Program became the nation’s first 21
st
 Century at-risk minority male 
dropout prevention evidence-based model. The program has a 95 percent high school graduation rate and 3 percent 
dropout rate. Starting in 2012, NJMED will launch its 12 Million Drive for 2025 campaign to increase the US high 
school graduation rate, by raising the nation’s minority student’s graduation rates by 30 percent by the year 2025.

The New Jersey Minority Educational Development (NJMED) organization was formed as a nonprofit organization in August 1995. The mission of the organization is to provide an alternative lifestyle for minority youth through higher education, by providing innovative programming and technical assistance to existing educational, business and community organizations.

In 2011, NJMED’s 100 percent Graduation Rate Program became the nation’s first 21st Century at-risk minority male dropout prevention evidence-based model. The program has a 95 percent high school graduation rate and 3 percent dropout rate. Starting in 2012, NJMED will launch its 12 Million Drive for 2025 campaign to increase the US high school graduation rate, by raising the nation’s minority student’s graduation rates by 30 percent by the year 2025.

 

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New Leaders for New Schools

New Leaders for New Schools was founded in 2000 by a team of social entrepreneurs. It attracts, prepares, and supports outstanding individuals to become the next generation of school leaders in response to the immense need for exceptional principals in our nation's urban public schools.

More than a principal training program, New Leaders for New Schools is a national movement of leaders with an unwavering commitment to ensure that every student achieves academic excellence.

What does opportunity mean to New Leaders for New Schools or to the communities they work in?

"At New Leaders for New Schools, we believe opportunity means that every student, regardless of circumstance, can achieve at high academic levels and is deserving of an education that prepares them for success in college, career and citizenship. Accordingly, we are building a community of influential change agents – school leaders – dedicated to making dramatic improvements in urban public schools across the country to ensure all students unlock their fullest potential in the classroom and in life."

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In the last decade, New Leaders has trained more than 800 school leaders who are now serving a quarter 
million students in our public schools. In addition to selecting and training new principals, New Leaders works 
with districts, charter organizations and states to develop the leadership policies and practices that support 
improvements in teaching and learning across a system. RAND found students in K-8 schools headed by 
a New Leader significantly outperform students in similar schools. 
James Griffin walked into Manassas High School as the new principal in the fall of 2010. It was a new building 
that suffered from low expectations, low test scores and graduation rates, frequent fights and a loss of hope. 
Under Griffin’s leadership, that quickly changed. At the end of the school year graduation rates moved up 25 
points. Along with improved rates came college scholarships that increased from $500,000 in 2010 to more than 
$4,000,000 in 2011. Of 135 graduating seniors, 104 received college acceptances compared to only 25 college 
acceptances for 98 seniors in 2010. 

 

In the last decade, New Leaders has trained more than 800 school leaders who are now serving a quarter million students in our public schools. In addition to selecting and training new principals, New Leaders works with districts, charter organizations and states to develop the leadership policies and practices that support improvements in teaching and learning across a system. RAND found students in K-8 schools headed by a New Leader significantly outperform students in similar schools. 

James Griffin walked into Manassas High School as the new principal in the fall of 2010. It was a new building that suffered from low expectations, low test scores and graduation rates, frequent fights and a loss of hope. Under Griffin’s leadership, that quickly changed. At the end of the school year graduation rates moved up 25 points. Along with improved rates came college scholarships that increased from $500,000 in 2010 to more than $4,000,000 in 2011. Of 135 graduating seniors, 104 received college acceptances compared to only 25 college acceptances for 98 seniors in 2010. 

 

 

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New Profit Inc.

New Profit exists to help innovative social entrepreneurs and their organizations dramatically improve opportunities for children, families, and communities.

They focus their portfolio investments on innovative nonprofit organizations with the potential to create significant, long-term impact on the social mobility of low-income Americans. And they pursue a range of strategies designed to help build an environment in which all social entrepreneur-led organizations may realize their full potential for social impact.

They believe that our country's biggest challenges in education, workforce development, public health, and poverty, and the barriers that prevent them from being solved, can be overcome.

They aspire to harness America's spirit of innovation, vision, and optimism to help innovative social entrepreneurs and their organizations solve our nation's most pressing social problems.

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New Profit Inc. identifies innovative leaders and their organizations and works to strengthen, connect and amplify their potential. Since 1998, we have partnered with more than 30 non-profit organizations seeking to alleviate poverty, fix our broken education systems and build healthy communities across America. To date the organizations in our portfolio have impacted more than two million children and families. Through our signature initiative, America Forward, we work to create greater opportunity for all citizens by connecting on-the-ground, replicable solutions of social innovators to policy makers looking for the most effective ways to use public and private resources. Through our annual event, the Gathering of Leaders, we bring together social entrepreneurs to catalyze the development of new ideas, relationships and resources targeted at helping communities of opportunity and solve some of the most pervasive problems facing our nation.

 

 

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The New York City Coalition Against Hunger

By the early 1980s, hunger in New York City had become unbearably severe. Religious organizations and charitable agencies had long served their neighborhoods in relative isolation; despite the heroic efforts of these groups, their ad hoc approach had inherent limitations. Many began to realize that soup kitchens here and there could relieve, but not end, the problem of hunger in New York City. 

Community leaders from all five boroughs met in April 1983 and concluded that the best way to tackle hunger in the city was with a unified organization that helped emergency food providers and pushed for long-term solutions. In this spirit, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger was born.

The Coalition's original mission was to "coordinate the activities of the emergency food providers in the city so that issues can be identified, prioritized and addressed effectively." Though its aims have expanded and evolved over the last two decades - for example, it has strengthened advocacy and legislative efforts and now provides national service participants to emergency food providers - food access for all New Yorkers has always remained the Coalition's animating goal.

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The New York City Coalition Against Hunger represents—and is the voice for—the more than 1200 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the more than 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers who live in households that can’t afford enough food. The coalition works not only to meet these residents’ immediate food needs but also to enact innovative solutions to help society move “beyond the soup kitchen” to ensure economic and food self-sufficiency for all Americans.

This past summer we engaged 50 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates to promote the Summer Food Service Program and conduct outreach for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Summer Associates served for eight to ten weeks in 15 states in food pantries, soup kitchens and other anti-hunger agencies. We had 611 volunteers serving 1675 hours, made $1700 in awarded grants with another $120,000 pending, and provided 8772 meals for children who may otherwise not have had breakfast or lunch available to them. This is an increase of 41.58 percent over the 5125 served last summer.

 

 

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New York Needs You

Vision

Leveraging the resources of New York City, ambitious first-generation college graduates will have the support necessary to realize their full potential. Their individual and collective success will enrich the social fabric of our city, country, and world.

Mission

NYNY closes the opportunity gap through an intensive career development and leadership training program that enables high-potential, first-generation college students to realize their career aspirations.

Target Population

NYNY targets high-potential, first-generation NYC college students with the tenacity, ambition, and desire to enhance their lives and their communities. NYNY Fellows will reflect the ethnic and gender diversity of NYC. NYNY recruits high potential students in their freshman and sophomore years.  The inaugural class of 50 Fellows began the program in June 2010.

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Newark Now

Newark Now was founded by Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker in 2003 to provide Newark residents with skills, tools, and support to transform their neighborhoods. After a robust outreach effort, Newark Now's work began with seven brave grassroots organizations. Today, those seven organizations are some of the most successful grassroots organizations within the City of Newark and have been joined by many more grassroots organizations that partner with Newark Now to improve their neighborhoods.

Over the years, Newark Now's work has evolved. Today, Newark Now is an intermediary organization that partners with municipal government, residents, grassroots organizations, and the philanthropic community to catalyze the achievement of significant positive outcomes throughout the city. The organization channels the efforts and energy of the grassroots community to improve safety, economic independence, and civic participation.

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Nexstar Legacy Foundation

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is dedicated to attracting talented individuals to the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries, by inspiring these people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in these fields. The foundation accomplishes this by being the leading resource for information on careers and training, as well as a source of financial aid.

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Next Street

Next Street is a merchant bank founded to serve high-performing, high-potential inner city small businesses and entrepreneurs across the U.S. Next Street selects businesses that are poised for growth and, in the context of a long-term trusted advisor, provides them with the tandem assets of finance and advice that together ensure they achieve their full potential.

Small businesses in our inner cities form a large — and growing — market of attractive opportunities. Despite impressive performance and high potential, inner city small businesses have historically been underserved by banks and other traditional financial service providers. They face structural barriers to accessing the financing they need to support their growth. Next Street capitalizes on the substantial unmet needs created by the gaps and inefficiencies in urban small business lending and investment.  Next Street enters this market as a unique player, with an innovative business model.

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North Carolina Campus Compact

North Carolina Campus Compact, launched in 2002, builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and to strengthen communities.  The Compact state office works to provide resources, training and opportunities to member campuses that they may not be able to pursue individually.  Elon University serves as their host and fiscal agent and they are a member of national Campus Compact, which has nearly 1,200 presidential members, and 35 state offices.

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Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks

The mission of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks is to assist Ohio's 12 Feeding America Foodbanks in providing food and other resources to people in need and to pursue areas of common interest for the benefit of people in need.

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One Family, Inc.

Founded in 1999 by Paul and Phyllis Fireman and family, One Family was incorporated in 2003 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a mission to end family homelessness in Massachusetts. This mission supports their central belief that no parent and child should be homeless in this state. Their One Family Scholars program supports low-income single parents on their journey out of poverty to economic self-sufficiency through higher education.

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One Million Degrees

One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life.

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Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability.  Their strategy combines microloans for small businesses, IDA microsavings accounts, and community real estate financing. Since making their first loan in 1995, our team has deployed over $200 million into our communities.

The Opportunituy Fund's mission is to advance the economic well-being of working people by helping them earn, save and invest in their future.

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OpportunityTexas

In the Spring of 2010, the Center for Public Policy Priorities and RAISE Texas, two leading Texas advocates for increased economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income Texans, teamed up to create the OpportunityTexas initiative with generous support from the Ford, F.B. Heron and Charles Stewart Mott Foundations, CFED, the Texas High School Project and Citi. The organizations joined forces to develop and advance a more comprehensive strategy to move more Texas families beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck and toward greater economic opportunity through education, saving, and asset building. The initiative has three main goals:

  • Creating jobs;
  • Increasing income, and
  • Promoting savings.

The initiative seeks to increase college access and success through new pathways that enable more students and families to save and build assets. OpportunityTexas aims to catalyze large-scale action and innovation in these areas using statewide platforms.

To achieve broader opportunity in Texas, they are working to leverage new investments and developing new partnerships, between the business community, higher education, nonprofits, the public sector, philanthropy, employers, and Texas students in kindergarten through college.

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Our Piece Of The Pie

At Our Piece of the Pie®, Inc. (OPP ®), we believe that with access and opportunity, all youth can succeed.  With the mission to “help urban youth become successful adults,” OPP has successfully structured its programs and services to lead at-risk or disadvantaged youth, ages 14-24, toward the goals of achieving a college degree or vocational credentials and/or obtaining rewarding post-education employment.  Through innovative methods, OPP seeks to re-engage disconnected youth and help them find a realistic “pathway to success.”

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Oxfam America

Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. They are one of the 14 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam. 

Their vision: A just world without poverty 

Their mission: To create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice.

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Oxfam America, an international relief and development agency, works in coalition with community groups in the Gulf Coast to increase the resilience of socially vulnerable communities, making sure local people qualify for the well-paying jobs from as much as $20 billion that could come to the region for coastal restoration.

A key partner is Reverend Tyrone Edwards, Founding Executive Director of Zion Travelers Cooperative Center in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Reverend Edwards is a lifelong community organizer and tireless advocate for coastal communities affected by hurricanes and last year’s BP oil spill. After the oil spill, when Louisiana fishers were reeling from the loss of livelihoods, Reverend Edwards helped them get jobs with the Vessels of Opportunity program in the clean-up effort. Later he formed the Getting the Water and Jobs Rights coalition, uniting more than 20 organizations and hundreds of community members from coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. This summer, the coalition brought together 100 people, including community groups, nonprofits, engineering firms, academics and government officials to devise solutions for communities to benefit from coastal restoration efforts.

 

 

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Parramore Kidz Zone

The mission of Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) is to level the playing field for Parramore’s children, equipping them to become successful, healthy, well-educated adults.  Parramore Kidz Zone aims to reduce juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, and high school drop-out rates in Orlando’s highest poverty, highest crime neighborhood, and ultimately replicate this model in other Orlando neighborhoods also struggling with disproportionately high rates of juvenile crime, school failure and teen pregnancy.  PKZ is achieving this by investing in things that make a difference in children's lives - such as quality early childhood education, after school programs, programs that build family economic success, youth development programs for teenagers, access to health care, mentoring, and more.

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Peace First

Peace First (formerly Peace Games) began as a response to the sky-rocketing youth homicide rates in the early 1990s, as an approach to look at children as problem-solvers, rather than witnesses, or victims of their surroundings. Peace First was conceived at Harvard University in 1992 as an annual festival where children gathered to play cooperative games and share their dreams of peace. Peace First was student-run until 1996 when it became an independent non-profit organization under the leadership of Harvard graduate, Echoing Green fellow and Ashoka fellow Eric D. Dawson. In 2000, with Boston as a flagship site, Peace First began national expansion of its intensive approach to whole school climate change. We now operate in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, and receive requests for our work from all over the world.

Peace First has taught over 40,000 students critical conflict resolution skills; created over 2,500 peacemaker projects that improved communities and instilled a sense of civic engagement in students; recruited over 4,000 volunteers who provided 400,000 hours of volunteer teaching service; and trained 2,500 teachers in conflict resolution and classroom management skills. We have seen remarkable results in each of our schools: a 60 percent reduction in violence, but more importantly, a 70-80 percent increase in instances of children breaking up fights, including others and helping one another—resulting in better schools and better potential for each child in that school.

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Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.

Their vision is to give as many teenagers as possible the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by building a health education organization that serves teenagers nationwide.

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People’s Grocery

Their mission is to build a local food system that improves the health and economy of West Oakland. West Oakland is a community with the highest joblessness and chronic disease rates in the city—its residents also have limited access to healthy and fresh foods. Their work involves increasing local supply of fresh foods; advocating for living-wage business and job opportunities; and developing strong relationships and community leadership.

Their Philosophy:

They want to change the way the food system works.

They believe everyone should have access to healthy food, regardless of income. They call this "food justice" - the belief that healthy food is a human right. The food system is failing to provide low-income people with the healthy foods they need to thrive. It is also failing to create good jobs and support local food businesses in urban communities. People’s Grocery works toward creating a food system that prioritizes the needs of the urban poor.

Their Work:

People's Grocery has attracted local and national attention in their effort to transform the inner city food environment and address health problems in West Oakland. They pursue unique approaches to community health and food security that contribute new ways of solving our community's needs. Their efforts to build more innovation into their approaches have provided them with first hand knowledge and in-depth understanding of how to provide healthy foods and nutrition education to inner city residents. This is the essence of how People's Grocery lives its mission in the community everyday.

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Per Scholas

Per Scholas is a national nonprofit organization that breaks the cycle of poverty by providing technology education, access, training and job placement services for people in low-income communities.

Founded in 1995 as a neighborhood-based effort to increase access to personal computers, Per Scholas was an early pioneer in bridging the digital divide for families and children in the South Bronx — the nation’s poorest Congressional District.

Now, continuing this formative work, we operate the state-licensed Per Scholas Institute for Technology, the largest and oldest professional IT workforce development program in New York City, and embarked on an ambitious national expansion with a new location in Columbus, OH serving 80 individuals a year. An additional city will open in 2013. More than 400 individuals are served each year through our programs — 4,000 in our history — and our outcomes resulted in Per Scholas being named one of the top 100 high-impact nonprofits in America.

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Philadelphia Youth Network

A nationally recognized leader in youth workforce development, the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for collective action by developing and delivering models that change systems and improve educational and economic outcomes for youth. Our vision is that all of Philadelphia's young people will take their rightful places as full and contributing members of a global economy.

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Points of Light Institute

Points of Light Institute embraces service and civic engagement as fundamental to a purposeful life and essential to a healthy world.

They have the history, the scale and reach, the leadership and the strategy to mobilize millions of people to tackle concrete, significant challenges.

With more than 20 years of history, a bi-partisan presidential legacy, the largest national volunteer footprint in the nation, Points of Light has the vision and strategy to create a quantum leap for the service movement through 2012.

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Several HandsOn Network affiliates run volunteer-led programs that provide academic support and training to 
adults and young adults so that they can improve their job prospects. One such program is New York Cares’ GED 
Prep with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. Once a week, volunteers assist adults to develop the academic 
skills that will lay the foundation for a GED preparation course. The adults and young adults in this program 
advance toward self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life 
skills, job placement, and support services.
Another affiliate-led program is the United Way of King County Volunteer Center’s Bridge to Basics program. Bridge 
to Basics volunteers are stationed in the community to connect folks with money-saving services such as food 
stamps, low cost health coverage and utility assistance. Since the fall of 2009, Bridge to Basics volunteers have 
helped more than 7000 people connect to food stamps, children’s health insurance, heat and utility assistance and 
job training.

 

Several HandsOn Network affiliates run volunteer-led programs that provide academic support and training to adults and young adults so that they can improve their job prospects. One such program is New York Cares’ GED Prep with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. Once a week, volunteers assist adults to develop the academic skills that will lay the foundation for a GED preparation course. The adults and young adults in this program advance toward self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement, and support services.

Another affiliate-led program is the United Way of King County Volunteer Center’s Bridge to Basics program. Bridge to Basics volunteers are stationed in the community to connect folks with money-saving services such as food stamps, low cost health coverage and utility assistance. Since the fall of 2009, Bridge to Basics volunteers have helped more than 7000 people connect to food stamps, children’s health insurance, heat and utility assistance and job training.

 

 

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ProInspire

ProInspire is building the next generation of leaders for the nonprofit sector and helping organizations effectively achieve their missions. ProInspire is expanding the movement of people working for social impact by recruiting and training business professionals to work for nonprofits.

Their flagship program, the Inspire Fellowship, recruits outstanding business professionals with 2+ years of business experience that want to use their skills for social impact.  Fellows spend one year working in an analytical or strategic role at a nonprofit organization. This highly competitive program offers targeted positions with leading nonprofits, monthly trainings with a cohort of peers, a coach, and a network to support career growth.  

The second class of Inspire Fellows launched in August 2010 in Washington D.C. Through a rigorous selection process, they selected 12 young business professionals who have a passion for social impact and work experience at leading banks, consulting firms, and corporations.

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ProInspire is building the next generation of nonprofit leaders by expanding the talent pipeline, developing 
professionals and increasing diversity. ProInspire’s flagship program, the Inspire Fellowship, recruits outstanding 
business professionals to spend one year working full-time in an analytical or strategic role at a leading nonprofit 
organization. ProInspire’s nonprofit partners are creating paths for opportunity through education and youth 
development, economic development and international development.
Recent work by Inspire Fellows include Laura Stephenson, a former consultant at Booz Allen, who helped the Latin 
American Youth Center get approval for a new charter school in Washington D.C. Rashan Jibowu, another Inspire 
Fellow, is a former analyst at Morgan Stanley and Parthenon Capital, and helped City First Enterprises structure a 
community development fund that will provide $20 million of support to local communities.

ProInspire is building the next generation of nonprofit leaders by expanding the talent pipeline, developing professionals and increasing diversity. ProInspire’s flagship program, the Inspire Fellowship, recruits outstanding business professionals to spend one year working full-time in an analytical or strategic role at a leading nonprofit organization. ProInspire’s nonprofit partners are creating paths for opportunity through education and youth development, economic development and international development.

Recent work by Inspire Fellows include Laura Stephenson, a former consultant at Booz Allen, who helped the Latin American Youth Center get approval for a new charter school in Washington D.C. Rashan Jibowu, another Inspire Fellow, is a former analyst at Morgan Stanley and Parthenon Capital, and helped City First Enterprises structure a community development fund that will provide $20 million of support to local communities.

 

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Public Allies

Public Allies' mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

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Purpose Built Communities

Based on lessons learned from the revitalization of Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood and other successful, holistic neighborhood revitalizations, we help local lead organizations develop the strategies and partnerships they need to effectively address all issues that trap a neighborhood and its people in intergenerational poverty.

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Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The 3.9 million families served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.

What does opportunity mean to Reach Out and Read or to the communities they work in?

"At Reach Out and Read, opportunity is both access to books and education -- and the knowledge to use them to help children develop critical early learning skills."

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Reading Partners

Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.

 

How we do it:

 

Focus on children from low-income communities.

 

Give one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level.

 

Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children.

 

Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.

 

Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child’s life.

 

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Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Their network of more than 200 affiliates provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans.

Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. This means that they believe disabled and aging homeowners should be able to remain in their homes for as long as possible. They believe that homeowners displaced by natural disaster will get back into safe housing with help from the community. They believe that our nation’s veterans with disabilities deserve safe and accessible homes. Rebuilding Together believes they can preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities by providing free home modifications and repairs, making homes safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient.

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REDF

REDF (also known as The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization that creates jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work.

Founded in 1997 by George R. Roberts (KKR), REDF provides equity-like grants and business assistance to a portfolio of nonprofits in California to start and expand social enterprises—nonprofit-operated businesses selling goods and services demanded by the marketplace while intentionally employing young people and adults who would otherwise face bleak prospects of ever getting a job.

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Repair the World

Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need. They aim to make service a defining part of American Jewish life.

Their work focuses on mobilizing Jews of all ages and backgrounds to serve with integrity and authenticity, ensuring that we leave the world a better place. They work with existing and emerging organizations — Jewish and secular — and with American Jews — engaged in the community and not — to develop high-quality service opportunities and build an inspired Jewish community engaged in service.

They’re focused not just on bringing more people into service, but also on making the service more meaningful with long-lasting results. By providing more — and better — opportunities to serve, they aim to unite American Jews in this shared value.

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Repair the World is leading the way in using service as a tool for social change. Founded in 2009 to make service a defining element of American Jewish life, learning and leadership, Repair the World seeks to inspire individuals and communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need by elevating the quality, quantity and capacity of effective and meaningful volunteer opportunities.

According to a recent study by Repair the World, while more than 70 percent of Jewish young adults engage in some form of civic activity or volunteerism, with a majority of this work performed locally, they do so sporadically. Repair the World supports, develops and encourages authentic, regular volunteerism, enabling 4800 young adults to perform a term of service, 26,000 volunteers to serve in their communities and recording 93,000 days of service to date. Repair the World mobilizes others toward effective service and volunteering so that as a community Jews can help address the world’s most pressing issues. 

 

 

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Rising Tide Capital

Rising Tide Capital, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Jersey City, NJ whose Mission is to assist struggling entrepreneurs and communities to build strong businesses that transform lives, strengthen families and create vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods.

Their Vision is to build a replicable model for high-quality entrepreneurial development services that can be locally adopted in other low-wealth communities and used as a catalyst for social and economic empowerment.

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Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country.
 
Founded twenty years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote is growing its team and its campaigns in 2011, to support the tidal wave of young people who want to get involved in elections and seize the power of the youth vote to create political and social change.
 
Over the last two decades, Rock the Vote has registered more young people to vote than any other organization or campaign, and we intend to register and turn out millions more in years to come – and to be the best-informed place online where young people can find out what they need to know before casting a ballot.
 
After years of declining participation at the polls, a new generation of young voters has arrived. Millions of new voters between the ages of 18 – 29 cast ballots in 2004, 2006, and 2008.  Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power and clout of the Millennial Generation by registering and turning out young people, by forcing the candidates to campaign to them, and by making politicians pay attention to youth and the issues they care about once in office.

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Rock the Vote’s (RTV) mission is to engage and build political power for young people using music, popular culture, 
new technologies and grassroots organizing. RTV has registered more than five million young people, including 
a record shattering 2.5 million registration downloads in the 2008 election. In 2010, Rock the Vote logged nearly 
300,000 voter registration downloads as part of the largest midterm election outreach in our organization’s history. 
This year RTV has been leading the charge toward making the electoral process more accessible to young people 
through a high school civics program, Democracy Class, and by rallying youth to stop unfair registration laws. Rock 
the Vote is preparing for its largest voter engagement campaign yet in 2012.

Rock the Vote’s (RTV) mission is to engage and build political power for young people using music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing. RTV has registered more than five million young people, including a record shattering 2.5 million registration downloads in the 2008 election. In 2010, Rock the Vote logged nearly 300,000 voter registration downloads as part of the largest midterm election outreach in our organization’s history. This year RTV has been leading the charge toward making the electoral process more accessible to young people through a high school civics program, Democracy Class, and by rallying youth to stop unfair registration laws. Rock the Vote is preparing for its largest voter engagement campaign yet in 2012.

 

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Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a national student initiative, engages young people in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change. Through communication and coordination with political actors and community members, students identify pressing issues facing their towns, counties and states. Taking advantage of the unique resources on their college campuses, they engage in policy research and writing and then connect the fruits of that research to the political process, delivering sound, progressive proposals to policymakers and advocacy groups.  We call our unique model of policy activism Think Impact. Adding policy papers to picket signs, Think Impact engages young people in activism fueled by innovative, student ideas.

 

Founded in the wake of the 2004 election, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network was formed in order to strengthen the progressive movement by meaningfully engaging young people in politics. The Campus Network emphasizes that young people can do far more than participate in campaigns; students are asked to take action on their ideas and create an impact in their communities. It encourages them to campaign for the progressive policies that they have written. It gives them an opportunity to reshape their communities. It allows them to experience, first-hand, the power of progressive thought in creating positive change. And the Network empowers students to see themselves as progressive leaders in their own right.

 

Today, the Campus Network boasts more than 10,000 members organized at approximately 85+ chapters across the country. Chapters foster debate and dialogue on campus, teach policy courses, engage with local policymakers, generate policy, and promote student ideas through conferences and publications. Since its founding, Roosevelt members have presented student policies on Capitol Hill, testified to city council, implemented legislation, and worked directly in their communities. The initiative is always growing, always evolving, and always looking towards the future. 

 

The Roosevelt Campus Network is a division of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of their namesakes for future generations. You can learn more about them at www.rooseveltinstitute.org.

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The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, the largest student policy organization in the country, engages young people in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change. Roosevelt members have presented student policies on Capitol Hill, testified before city councils, implemented legislation and worked directly in their communities.

To empower its students, the Campus Network gives its 10,000 members the tools they need to identify the challenges facing their communities and to develop ideas to solve them. Known as Think Impact, our model engages young people to create positive, sustainable change fueled by innovative, community-driven student ideas. 

This past summer, the Campus Network Summer Academy collaborated with students from underserved communities in New York City to research and propose solutions to chronic problems facing their communities. From eliminating food deserts in public schools to expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program until age 24, the students not only thought of ways to increase access to opportunity in New York City, but also demonstrated how they could become thought leaders in their own right.

 

 

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Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center

Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center (RoxComp) was founded more than 30 years ago by local citizens in response to a severe lack of medical care in the Roxbury and North Dorchester communities. From its storefront beginnings, RoxComp has evolved to become the leading provider of primary healthcare and outpatient mental and social health services in Roxbury and North Dorchester. The Center's mission is to provide culturally, ethnically and linguistically competent primary healthcare and social services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. RoxComp also serves as an advocate for medically underserved persons and works in collaboration with numerous other private and public organizations to fulfill its goal of strengthening the health status of the individual, family and community.

What does opportunity mean to Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center or to the community they work in?

"Access to affordable high quality healthcare, affordable and safe housing, jobs, and cummunity based education and social programs."

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Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for their commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, their work takes them into the heart of communities, where they help children and families help themselves. They work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining their own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.

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Scholarship America

Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. The movement began in 1958 with the first Dollars for Scholars chapters. We became a national organization in 1961—and since then, we've helped more than 1.7 million students follow their dream of getting to college. As we enter our second half-century of helping students, we invite you to come and be a part of our mission.

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Search Institute

Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization committed to helping create healthy communities for every young person. Because they believe that “all kids are our kids,” they create books and other materials that welcome and respect people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities. Their Mission: To provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

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Share Our Stength

Share Our Strength is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.

They weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children facing hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

They work with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®, Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit®, Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out®, and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™.

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Share Our Strength is ending child hunger in America. Through the No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength 
works with governors, mayors and community, faith and private sector leaders to connect families facing hunger 
with the programs that can help them. Share Our Strength funds local anti-hunger organizations and builds effective 
partnerships that bring together private funders, public officials and nonprofits to create a plan with measurable 
goals to end child hunger.
No Kid Hungry partnerships throughout the country innovatively surround at-risk children with food where they 
live, learn and play. Through the Colorado School Breakfast Challenge, for example, 95 participating schools 
served 130,000 more breakfasts, a per-school average increase of 66 percent over the previous year. Similarly, the 
Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland boosted participation in summer meals in 2010 by more than 35 
percent through creative marketing efforts and other program improvements. As Share Our Strength brings these 
programs to more communities, we get that much closer to No Kid Hungry in America.

Share Our Strength is ending child hunger in America. Through the No Kid Hungry campaign, Share Our Strength works with governors, mayors and community, faith and private sector leaders to connect families facing hunger with the programs that can help them. Share Our Strength funds local anti-hunger organizations and builds effective partnerships that bring together private funders, public officials and nonprofits to create a plan with measurable goals to end child hunger.

No Kid Hungry partnerships throughout the country innovatively surround at-risk children with food where they live, learn and play. Through the Colorado School Breakfast Challenge, for example, 95 participating schools served 130,000 more breakfasts, a per-school average increase of 66 percent over the previous year. Similarly, the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland boosted participation in summer meals in 2010 by more than 35 percent through creative marketing efforts and other program improvements. As Share Our Strength brings these programs to more communities, we get that much closer to No Kid Hungry in America.

 

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ShopProgress

ShopProgress provides a streamlined and efficient way to buy Union-made, US-made, and eco-friendly promotional items. We have pre-selected products that are useful, practical, well-designed, well-made, and adhere to our highest-in-the-industry standards for sourcing and manufacturing. Our mission is to promote widespread adoption of fair labor and manufacturing practices by making such products available on an accessible and affordable basis to political campaigns, companies, and not-for-profit organizations alike. It is our job to make you look good while doing right by the world in which we live.

ShopProgress is the brainchild of Grossman Marketing Group, a 101-year-old, fourth generation, Union print and promotional products company with a storied history of serving political campaigns, progressive causes, and sustainable-minded organizations nationwide. Grossman Marketing Group recognizes the need for those seeking Union-made, US-made, and eco-friendly products to have a resource they can trust, that makes specific product recommendations because they are “best-in-class” and available at competitive prices in a short time frame.

ShopProgress provides a wide array of materials ranging from apparel, bumper stickers, and tote bags to desktop items and writing instruments, all customizable based on client needs.

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ShopProgress provides a streamlined and efficient way to buy Union-made, USmade and eco-friendly promotional items. Our mission is to promote widespread 
adoption of fair labor and manufacturing practices by making such products 
accessible and affordable to political campaigns, companies and not-for-profit 
organizations alike.
ShopProgress is the brainchild of Grossman Marketing Group, a 101-year-old, 
fourth generation, Union print and promotional products company with a storied 
history of serving political campaigns, progressive causes and sustainable-minded 
organizations nationwide. Grossman Marketing Group recognizes the need for 
those seeking Union-made, US-made and eco-friendly products to have a resource 
they can trust. Grossman makes specific product recommendations because they 
are “best-in-class” and are available at competitive prices in a short time frame.

ShopProgress provides a streamlined and efficient way to buy Union-made, USmade and eco-friendly promotional items. Our mission is to promote widespread adoption of fair labor and manufacturing practices by making such products accessible and affordable to political campaigns, companies and not-for-profit organizations alike.

ShopProgress is the brainchild of Grossman Marketing Group, a 101-year-old, fourth generation, Union print and promotional products company with a storied history of serving political campaigns, progressive causes and sustainable-minded organizations nationwide. Grossman Marketing Group recognizes the need for those seeking Union-made, US-made and eco-friendly products to have a resource they can trust. Grossman makes specific product recommendations because they are “best-in-class” and are available at competitive prices in a short time frame.

 

 

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Single Stop USA

Single Stop USA is a revolutionary initiative to slash poverty nationally with an approach that is simple, effective and ultimately paradigm-shifting.

Single Stop bridges the information gap separating low-income families from life-changing public benefits, tax credits and other essential services that remain untapped and inaccessible. These basic resources - food, health insurance, child care and tax refunds - increase the likelihood that families are healthy and stable, with parents who work and children who attend school.

Single Stop USA is the ambitious nationwide expansion of Single Stop NY, a remarkably successful program launched by the Robin Hood Foundation to connect the working poor in New York with government funds and services intended for them.

Incorporated as a non-profit in March, 2007, Single Stop USA encompasses the existing New York program, as well new efforts throughout the country. In its first five years, Single Stop USA will deliver $2 billion in benefits to up to a million households.

These efforts change the way America combats poverty by focusing on prevention rather than intervention. Benefits provide a cushion against the small setbacks - a sick child, car trouble, temporary job loss - that can become catastrophes in the lives of the working poor.

What does opportunity mean to Single Stop USA or to the communities they work in?

"For Single Stop USA, opportunity means getting those who are in need on track to self-sufficiency."

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Single Stop provides comprehensive services like free tax preparation services, full benefits access, financial counseling and civil legal services at community colleges to low-income students and student households in need. By doing so, the percentage of those able to stay in school through completion—which is currently below 40 percent nationally—can be dramatically increased.

By partnering with community colleges and integrating its successful economic empowerment model with student service centers and financial aid offices, Single Stop seeks to harness two of the country’s most effective anti-poverty tools: coordinated access to America’s safety net and a postsecondary education. 

 

 

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SnagFilms

SnagFilms is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to the wide audience these titles deserve.

SnagFilms.com is a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free, but they’re also a platform that lets you “snag” a film and put it anywhere on the web. With a library of over 1500 films, and rapidly growing, you’re bound to find films that resonate with your interests. They make it easy for you to find a film that shines a light on a cause you care about. You can then open a virtual movie theater on any web site, so any one can watch your favorite SnagFilms for free.

SnagFilms can be summed up in four words: Find. Watch. Snag. Support.

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Solid Ground

Solid Ground is dedicated to achieving a just and caring community, free from poverty, prejudice and neglect.

Their mission:

  • Develop and provide creative, comprehensive and effective responses to our community's needs.
  • Offer quality human services in a manner that promotes dignity.
  • Advocate for public policies and private initiatives that give all people equal opportunities and resources.
  • Support the efforts of others who share our vision of community.

Their history:

Solid Ground was founded in 1974 by community leaders and concerned citizens of one of Seattle's then most economically devastated neighborhoods, Fremont. Originally called the Fremont Public Association, their services — emergency food bank, clothing bank, and employment program — reflected the desperate needs and the determined response of a mobilized and committed neighborhood.

Solid Ground today:

As the scope and severity of homelessness and poverty have increased over the years, so too has their reach to their greater community as well as their range of services. Now based in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, their nearly 30 programs help over 38,000 households each year to overcome poverty and build better futures throughout King County and beyond.

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Kelly and her young daughter never had stability. “We were homeless, living at 
grandma’s, never really had a place. I’d get a job and lose it...”
Solid Ground gets over 64,000 people the resources and support they need to 
overcome poverty and thrive. After just a year in transitional housing, working 
intensively with Darlene, a Solid Ground case manager, Kelly and her daughter 
became the first family to move into the permanent affordable housing Solid 
Ground recently built at a former Navy base. “What really helped me was making 
realistic goals,” Kelly says. “I made a goal plan every three months. Darlene helped 
me get on paper what I needed to do for me—and my girl. And I’ve achieved every 
goal I’ve made.” Solid Ground gives Kelly “the stability I need to raise my daughter, 
and be self-sufficient.”

Kelly and her young daughter never had stability. “We were homeless, living at grandma’s, never really had a place. I’d get a job and lose it...”

Solid Ground gets over 64,000 people the resources and support they need to overcome poverty and thrive. After just a year in transitional housing, working intensively with Darlene, a Solid Ground case manager, Kelly and her daughter became the first family to move into the permanent affordable housing Solid Ground recently built at a former Navy base. “What really helped me was making realistic goals,” Kelly says. “I made a goal plan every three months. Darlene helped me get on paper what I needed to do for me—and my girl. And I’ve achieved every goal I’ve made.” Solid Ground gives Kelly “the stability I need to raise my daughter, and be self-sufficient.”

 

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Southern Education Foundation

The Southern Education Foundation, Inc. (SEF) is in the business of advancing creative solutions to ensure fairness and excellence in education for all. SEF is a public charity with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Through a variety of programs and strategies involving research, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, and outreach, SEF works to:

  • Improve education policy and practice
  • Inform the public about education issues and policy options
  • Strengthen parent, school, and private sector efforts to better meet the needs of underachieving students and prepare America's future workforce
  • Promote a high quality of universal education

From the beginning in 1867, SEF has been a small organization with a huge, timeless mission: to improve educational excellence and equity in the South. Today, in a global village, SEF believes that America needs to develop the talents and contributions of all of its people in order to thrive and create a shared and prosperous future for everyone.

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Springfield Institiute

The Springfield Institute is a think tank with a twist: a central commitment to outreach, inclusion, and community organizing. They help organizations implement innovative and transformative projects through capacity building, analysis, strategic communications and planning with broad community participation.

What does opportunity mean to The Springfield Institute or to the communities they work in?

"Opportunity means that low-income communities and communities of color are incorporating their own priorities into decision making and the discussion of big ideas including the education achievement gap, health disparities, and sustainability."

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St. Bernard Project

The mission of the St. Bernard Project is to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program.

The St. Bernard Project was started in March 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney after the couple volunteered in St. Bernard in February. During their initial month of service, they met residents who were courageous, spirited and determined to rebuild their lives and community. They shared their stories, opened their homes and made Liz and Zack laugh, cry and question their own values. Inspired by the residents’ collective spirit, openness and fierce desire to rebuild their lives and community, Zack and Liz decided to create an organization that would provide vital resources and support to families in a seamless and timely manner. The St. Bernard Project's programs and goals are directly driven by the needs expressed by the community members.

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Stoked

Stoked’s mission is to empower youth from under-served communities to achieve a more successful future by providing programs based in action sports culture that result in personal development, academic achievement, positive relationships, and a healthy lifestyle.

Founder Steve Larosiliere, along with Co-founder Sal Masekela, believed that the courage and perseverance needed to learn action sports would be an ideal way to teach those life skills to at–risk and disadvantaged youth. Combining life lessons with the power of mentoring and a supportive community, Stoked Mentoring was born. Through Stoked, teens gain a supportive, encouraging mentor along with a team of people determined to see them succeed. By introducing underprivileged youth to action sports, the very activities many of us were warned against, Stoked is now creating a positive environment and foundation for teens. One teen at a time, counterculture WILL change the world.

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StreetWise Partners

The mission of StreetWise Partners is to build mentoring relationships between low-income individuals (mentees) and volunteer mentors to develop workplace skills and employment networks as the bridge to a successful career. StreetWise Partners’ flagship program is Career Ventures, which takes place twice a year over 13 weeks. Additional workshops and one-day events are held throughout the year to both supplement weekly meetings and help support program alumni’s continued success in their career development. Their vision is that one day all citizens will have the skills and opportunities to become economically self-sufficient and achieve their full potential.

Since its founding, StreetWise Partners has served over 1600 low-income and unemployed youth and adults ages 18-60. Currently programs serve approximately 300 mentees each year in New York, New Jersey and Washington, DC. StreetWise Partners has worked with leading corporations to train more than 3,800 volunteer mentors who collectively donate more than 30,000 hours a year towards StreetWise Partners core programming.

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StreetWise Partners is a highly effective, cost efficient career development program that works with low-income 
individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, break the cycle of poverty, obtain better jobs and achieve 
short term as well as long term economic self-sufficiency. StreetWise Partners taps into the expertise of volunteer 
corporate professionals who provide customized one-on-one job skills training, access to professional networks, 
career coaching and job search assistance. StreetWise Partners assists people in proactively developing their 
career, not just their next job, and provides the tools and support required to set and achieve specific career goals.
StreetWise Partners was founded in 1997 when young professionals, working in New York’s financial sector, 
envisioned a program that would meaningfully help unemployed and underemployed individuals develop the skills, 
confidence and connections needed to break their cycle of poverty. Today, StreetWise Partners transforms the 
lives of more than 300 motivated trainees annually while engaging the human capital of more than 1000 corporate 
volunteers from leading global firms.

StreetWise Partners is a highly effective, cost efficient career development program that works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, break the cycle of poverty, obtain better jobs and achieve short term as well as long term economic self-sufficiency. StreetWise Partners taps into the expertise of volunteer corporate professionals who provide customized one-on-one job skills training, access to professional networks, career coaching and job search assistance. StreetWise Partners assists people in proactively developing their career, not just their next job, and provides the tools and support required to set and achieve specific career goals.

StreetWise Partners was founded in 1997 when young professionals, working in New York’s financial sector, envisioned a program that would meaningfully help unemployed and underemployed individuals develop the skills, confidence and connections needed to break their cycle of poverty. Today, StreetWise Partners transforms the lives of more than 300 motivated trainees annually while engaging the human capital of more than 1000 corporate volunteers from leading global firms.

 

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STRIVE

STRIVE’s mission is to transform the lives of at-risk populations by providing support and training that lead to livable wage employment and societal re-integration.

For nearly 25 years East Harlem based STRIVE has been transforming the lives of the hardest to employ – the chronically unemployed, the formally incarcerated, at-risk young adults, recovering addicts, the homeless and near homeless, public assistance recipients – and the working poor. Over 40,000 people from New York, 18 domestic affiliates and 5 international affiliates have benefited from their belief that every individual has the power to change, to re-create themselves, or to begin anew.  The key to their success has been CORE – their attitudinal (soft skills) and job readiness training model that facilitates personal transformation, taps into the power of self-affirmation, changes lives – and connects their clients to the world of work.

STRIVE builds on techniques that were first developed in the therapeutic community to help participants understand that a good attitude and a strong work ethic is essential to getting and keeping a job and that managing “one’s disposition” is an essential first step to positive self-affirmation.  Recognizing the phenomenon of “disconnection,” particularly of youth, and its impact on motivation to seek out legitimate employment, STRIVE re-engages through education, role-modeling based on the civil rights movement, and setting high standards for achievement.  This model has a profound impact on STRIVE students and forms the basis for the development of follow-on skills and career advancement.

At-risk populations must compete on the open job market with people who have fewer barriers, more education and more experience.  STRIVE’s model recognizes that for those who have barriers to employment, whether a felony conviction, chronic unemployment, or some other factor, it is essential to have a critical mass of skills, experience and education.  A livable wage job is highly unlikely without a serious investment in these three “moons.”  STRIVE engages with partner organizations to provide skills training that produces graduates that are attractive to existing or emerging employment opportunities.  In New York City, the “hot” skills for the foreseeable future are in computer networking and repair, Office Operations – and Green Construction.  STRIVE has pioneered a comprehensive green construction skills program that incorporates basic construction, Brownfield remediation and certification, weatherization, and photo voltaic training.  STRIVE’s Green Construction graduates are demonstrating the ability to exit training and obtain jobs with starting wages as high as $15 per hour.

In a recent study bymission2 Public-Private Ventures (PPV), STRIVE’s A+ computer certification program ranked in the highest category for placement and wage outcomes.  The STRIVE result was even more impressive in that it was achieved with the most difficult population to get employed at a livable wage: formally incarcerated individuals re-entering society after long period of incarceration (76% placement rate at over $14 per hour average salary). Recidivism rates for STRIVE graduates are equally impressive: In a 2004 study of 800 formerly incarcerated students taking part in a US Department of Labor sponsored nationwide STRIVE program, the recidivism rate for STRIVE graduates was 12%, or 72% lower than the expected average recidivism rate of 44%.

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Strive Network

Imagine if we were able to achieve this rather simple vision: Supporting the success of every child from cradle to career.

The impact would be tremendous. Children would thrive. A sense of hope would emerge in long struggling neighborhoods, communities, and regions.  And our economy would improve as a more skilled workforce feeds innovation and growth.

To achieve this vision we need to see education as a journey that is much more inclusive than what happens in the schoolhouse alone.  Education is a lifelong experience that begins well before a child ever sets foot in a classroom and continues long past a cap-and-gown commencement.

Strive’s Student Roadmap to Success plots the course of a student’s journey from cradle to career, with plenty of signposts along the way. This map is not just a guide for the student, but for all members of the community with an interest in seeing that students have successful journeys. It highlights specific research-based competencies and experiences, as well as key transition points where Strive must ensure students are on target developmentally. If they are not at these critical points, Strive knows the potential for long-term success is greatly inhibited.

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Strive works to ensure the success of every child, cradle to career, by helping communities to develop a civic 
infrastructure to promote what works for kids. Building on lessons learned from five national demonstration 
sites, Strive has developed a framework that helps cross-sector community partnerships use existing resources 
to target the needs of every individual child so that they have support to succeed in their learning journey. The 
approach focuses on creating a shared community vision, using evidence-based decision making and collaborative 
continuous improvement, and aligning investments to support and sustain what works. Some early Strive 
communities are already seeing results as key indicators from cradle to career are trending in the right direction. 
More than 30 communities have joined Strive’s Cradle to Career Network. 

Strive works to ensure the success of every child, cradle to career, by helping communities to develop a civic infrastructure to promote what works for kids. Building on lessons learned from five national demonstration sites, Strive has developed a framework that helps cross-sector community partnerships use existing resources to target the needs of every individual child so that they have support to succeed in their learning journey. The approach focuses on creating a shared community vision, using evidence-based decision making and collaborative continuous improvement, and aligning investments to support and sustain what works. Some early Strive communities are already seeing results as key indicators from cradle to career are trending in the right direction. More than 30 communities have joined Strive’s Cradle to Career Network. 

 

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Student Veterans of America

Today’s veterans face tremendous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to a lack of understanding by university faculty and peers. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree seems to be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.

SVA's vision is that all veterans will succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals, and gain meaningful employment.

SVA's mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

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Summer Advantage

Summer Advantage's mission is to harness the power of summer learning to raise the educational achievement of all students.

Their vision is that day all children will have equal access to well-rounded, high-quality summer learning experiences which help them achieve mastery in core subjects, stimulate their dreams and aspirations for the future, and help them develop as scholars, citizens, and leaders.

Summer Advantage believes that if they provide rigorous academic programming and an array of enrichment activities during the summer months of the primary and middle school years, then children will show significant academic gains in reading and math, improve their self-esteem, and aspire to be leaders in their families, communities, nation and world.

What does opportunity mean to Summer Advantage or to the communities they work in?

"Opportunity means for all children to have a high-quality and well-rounded summer learning experience that will help them achieve mastery in core subjects, stimulate their dreams and aspirations for the future, and help them develop as scholars, citizens, and leaders."

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A century of research shows summer learning loss is responsible for declines in academic development among all children, accounting for two thirds of the 9thgrade achievement gap. Children across the country are losing the fight for their future, and it is happening during the summer.

Summer Advantage USA harnesses the power of summer learning to raise the achievement of all children. Focused on both the academic and social development of children, Summer Advantage offers rigorous academic instruction in the morning and a diverse array of enrichment in the afternoon; a healthy breakfast and lunch; service projects and inspirational guest speakers, fun field trips and an annual college campus visit. 

As opposed to experiencing the typical loss of over two months of academic skills during the summer, which is also known as summer learning loss, Summer Advantage scholars gain over two months of reading, writing and math skills. These gains translate into higher performance during the school year, setting children on a path to proficiency and graduation. 

 

 

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Summer Search

The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.

Summer Search is a leadership development program with a unique commitment to providing ongoing and long-term support for low-income high school students. Founded in San Francisco in 1990, Summer Search now operates seven offices nationwide helping to place more than 1,100 high school students annually on a path of positive change.

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SunCoast Community Capital

SCC's mission is to empower low income people and communities to achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship, workforce readiness, asset development and facilitated investment.

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Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

The mission of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve campuses, workplaces, and communities.

SDCN is an initiative of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD), headquartered in Washington, DC. IISD is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2002 to promote the process of Sustained Dialogue for transforming racial, ethnic, and other deep-rooted conflicts in the United States and abroad.

What is SD?

Sustained Dialogue (SD) is a tool to transform relationships and design change in the community. SD helps participants understand the different perspectives of individuals they otherwise would not meet.  Engaging in such important conversations not only enables them to interact comfortably with all kinds of people, but also helps build relationships across community divides.  SD equips students with communication skills necessary for increasingly diverse academic, social, and work environments.

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The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to 
improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. Sustained Dialogue®
 was founded by Hal Saunders 
(former US diplomat and key drafter of the Camp David Peace Accords), and Princeton students adapted the 
process in 1999. With 14 campuses, an annual participation by 1000 students and with 4000 alumni, SDCN 
creates inclusive environments through its proven dialogue-to-action process. Post-Sustained Dialogue 
participation indicates significant increases in the skills most sought after and most deficient in entry-level 
workers such as empathy, the ability to work effectively in diverse teams, critical thinking, communication and 
problem solving. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network works with institutions 
of higher education, communities and workplaces throughout the country

 

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. Sustained Dialogue® was founded by Hal Saunders (former US diplomat and key drafter of the Camp David Peace Accords), and Princeton students adapted the process in 1999. With 14 campuses, an annual participation by 1000 students and with 4000 alumni, SDCN creates inclusive environments through its proven dialogue-to-action process. Post-Sustained Dialogue participation indicates significant increases in the skills most sought after and most deficient in entry-level workers such as empathy, the ability to work effectively in diverse teams, critical thinking, communication and problem solving. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network works with institutions of higher education, communities and workplaces throughout the country

 

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Tavis Smiley Foundation

The mission of the Tavis Smiley Foundation is to enlighten, encourage and empower youth by providing leadership training that will promote the quality of life for themselves, their communities and our world. 

Since its inception more than 6,000 youth ages 13 to 18 have participated in the foundations leadership training workshops and conferences. Many teens in the program have entered and completed college, organized health fairs and voter registration drives, conducted teen town hall meetings, started businesses and interned with city mayors and presidential candidates.

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Ezekiel Phillips was among the 2011 graduating class at Morehouse College. It was a stunning achievement for a young man who six years prior was headed nowhere fast in juvenile detention. But his pastor sent him to the Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Leadership Institute. Ezekiel says the experience changed his life because the exposure to thought-leaders and youth who were achievers gave him a new vision of what his life could be. Ezekiel recently completed an internship with the Bill Clinton Foundation. 

Our mission is to enlighten, encourage and empower youth by providing leadership training. Through the Institute teens learn characteristics common to successful leaders, including completing high school and college as a path toward economic opportunity and mobility. To date more than 6500 students have participated in our programs and 98 percent finish high school. We have awarded $500,000 in college scholarships to 200 alumni. 

 

 

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Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.

Their mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.

In the short run, their corps members work relentlessly to ensure that more students growing up today in our country's lowest-income communities are given the educational opportunities they deserve. In the long run, their alumni are a powerful force of leaders working from inside education and from every other sector to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.

What does opportunity mean to Teach for America or to the communities they work in?

"There are over 15 million children in this country who are living in poverty; these kids have a 50% chance of graduating from high school and only 10% will graduate from college, compared with 80% of their more affluent peers. This educational inequity limits life choices, professional options and incomes, and it weakens families and communities. We believe it is unconscionable that our education system fails children growing up in poverty and that we have a moral imperative to eliminate this inequity. To Teach For America, "opportunity" means receiving an excellent education, going to college and transcending the statistics that currently define low-income communities."

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The Children’s Movement of Florida

The Children’s Movement of Florida believes that the well-being and education of the children in Florida must be the highest priority of government, business, non-profit institutions and families. The economic future of the state and the stability of the communities we live in depend on achieving this goal. The major objective of the citizen-led, non-partisan Children’s Movement of Florida is to inform the political, business and civic leaders, and the parents and people of this state, about this issue – and encourage them to make the well-being and education of children our highest priority, including in the way we invest our public resources.

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Each child should be our child. Each child should have the fullest chance to be 
successful in school and in life. The Children’s Movement of Florida’s focus is on all 
children because all children need the basics of health and education and nurturing 
and love. This approach is American to its core. When we say “our” child and “all” 
children, we do so in the deepest belief that parents must be front and center in a 
child’s growth—cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. A real 
“movement” must be about everyone’s child, while realizing, of course, that some 
children need more help than others.
In the Movement’s first year we held Milk Parties in 17 cities with 15,000 Floridians 
attending, grew our weekly email mailings to more than 260,000 and raised more 
than $2 million in private and foundation dollars.

Each child should be our child. Each child should have the fullest chance to be successful in school and in life. The Children’s Movement of Florida’s focus is on all children because all children need the basics of health and education and nurturing and love. This approach is American to its core. When we say “our” child and “all” children, we do so in the deepest belief that parents must be front and center in a child’s growth—cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. A real “movement” must be about everyone’s child, while realizing, of course, that some children need more help than others.

In the Movement’s first year we held Milk Parties in 17 cities with 15,000 Floridians attending, grew our weekly email mailings to more than 260,000 and raised more than $2 million in private and foundation dollars.

 

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The Declaration Initiative

Each year, the nation celebrates the signing of The Declaration of Independence. This document states the nation’s values, our responsibility for them, and to one another. Currently, 85% of America’s people experience the well-being that comes from access to equality, and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as set forth in the Declaration of Independence.

The goal of The Declaration Initiative (TDI) is to raise a national sense of urgency to assist communities across the U.S. to enable the remaining 15% to arrive at parity for personal well-being with the American middle income population by July 4, 2026, the 250th anniversary of the signing of our founding document.

To achieve this goal, TDI began in October 2010, with the launch of a twenty-month planning period. Supported by the wisdom and experience of a National Leadership Council and a Strategic Action Council, TDI is establishing a working strategy to identify and engage leaders from across the philanthropic sector, the lowest income communities, the non-profit sector, technology, and media. Together we will work to collect and deploy the most successful approaches to enabling people to permanently end multi-generational poverty in the US. TDI recruits interested people from conservative, centrist and liberal-progressive beliefs, and a wide range of ages, races and ethnic groups who share the goal.

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The Friendship Club

The Friendship Club engages, educates and empowers girls at risk.

Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club is a prevention program designed to reach at-risk girls before they engage in unhealthy behaviors. We teach the girls life skills, personal responsibility and the value of hard work through a year-around program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement.

The Friendship Club guides girls to bright futures and helps them to become valuable members of their community. The Friendship Club receives no public funding and is supported by the generosity of the community and private grants.

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The National Center on Family Homelessness

The National Center on Family Homelessness (The National Center) conducts state-of-the-art research, identifies and disseminates best practices and innovative solutions, and raises public awareness about the unique needs of homeless families. They know what families need to rebound from the economic, social, medical, and mental health problems that put them on the streets. The National Center identifies strategies that work to prevent and end homelessness, and makes these solutions available to frontline providers.

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The WorkPlace

The WorkPlace is a company of ideas and actions, resources and initiatives – all designed to strengthen the workforce. “Think it forward” is our corporate culture. Every discipline within our organization is encouraged to innovate and activate as we put ideas into motion for the greater good of the economy…and society as a whole.

 

From job training to ongoing education, The WorkPlace is the yardstick by which all workforce development efforts across the country will be measured. Funded by state and federal agencies, private foundations and corporations, The WorkPlace and its partners, community leaders and allies fully leverage the positive impact of our programs.

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THINK Together

THINK Together works to ensure that more students, especially those from under-resourced communities, have access to high-quality out-of-school programs. These efforts increase academic success and improve a student's chance of staying on track, finishing high school, and continuing on to higher education thereby boosting potential career opportunities and lifetime earnings.

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Trust Project

A non-profit founded in 1992, the Trust Project instills hope, vision and a more positive future for Boston's high-risk teens. Their proven early prevention strategy has helped improve attendance, engagement and student performance. Life Success Coaches are integrated in Boston Public Middle Schools to 'coach' and manage the schools truant students with the goal to motivate, mobilize, and equip the youth with the skills and support needed to complete high school.

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United States 4 Kids

UnitedStates4Kids is an organization committed to raising awareness about the national crisis of homelessness that plagues an estimated 750,000 American children between the ages of 0-6 each year.

Some Startling Facts:
1 in 50 American children experience homelessness each year – and that number is growing at an alarming rate. Here is some additional, disturbing information about this neglected segment of our country’s population:

  • They go hungry at twice the rate of other children;
  • They are 4X more likely to get sick;
  • They are 2X as likely to have learning disabilities;
  • 36% of homeless children will repeat a grade

Bottom line - United States 4 Kids believe that we are at a turning point, and with your help, they can establish a clearer image of and a stronger voice for homeless children.

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United Way of Central Iowa

United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.
 
Their focus is on

  • Education
  • Income
  • Health

Because these are the building blocks to a good quality of life.

United Way unites the people and organizations from across central Iowa who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

They invite you to be part of the change.
 
LIVE UNITED. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

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United Way Worldwide

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. They envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

To advance the common good and mobilize the caring power of communities around the world, they will:

  • Ignite a worldwide social movement, and thereby mobilize millions to action — to give, advocate and volunteer to improve the conditions in which they live.
  • Galvanize and connect all sectors of society — individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and governments — to create long-term social change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families.
  • Raise, invest and leverage billions of dollars annually in philanthropic contributions to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained impact in local communities.
  • Hold ourselves accountable to this cause through our steadfast commitment to continually measure — in real terms — improvements in education, income and health
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United Way Worldwide’s financial stability initiative promotes community change strategies to help families meet 
their basic needs, while gaining the financial stability that will allow them to plan for-and accomplish their long-term 
financial goals. In partnership with the Bank of America and Walmart Foundations, United Way Worldwide provides 
funding and technical assistance to almost 100 United Ways to support an approach to increasing financial stability 
that combines the critical short-term cash infusion provided by tax credits and refunds with financial education and 
other programs and services that provide longer-term benefits. Last tax season, United Ways and their partners 
provided free tax preparation services to well more than one million lower-income workers, returning almost two 
billion in total tax refunds.

 

United Way Worldwide’s financial stability initiative promotes community change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial stability that will allow them to plan for-and accomplish their long-term financial goals. In partnership with the Bank of America and Walmart Foundations, United Way Worldwide provides funding and technical assistance to almost 100 United Ways to support an approach to increasing financial stability that combines the critical short-term cash infusion provided by tax credits and refunds with financial education and other programs and services that provide longer-term benefits. Last tax season, United Ways and their partners provided free tax preparation services to well more than one million lower-income workers, returning almost two billion in total tax refunds.

 

 

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Unreasonable Institute

Attract: They attract the world’s most brilliant and promising entrepreneurs who are dedicated to having a globally significant social or environmental impact with their ventures. Through an intensive application process, these early-stage entrepreneurs are chosen to become Unreasonable Fellows and attend the Unreasonable Institute. Additionally, they attract serial entrepreneurs, globally recognized thought leaders and innovators, and leading investors to mentor our Fellows. These Unreasonable Mentors become the crux of our model throughout the Institute.

Unite: Imagine if the likes of Richard Branson, Mother Theresa, Mohammad Yunus, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, and Rosa Parks came together to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Now stop imagining. That’s what they do with 25 of the world’s most promising entrepreneurs and 60 expert mentors from around the world at their intensive 6-week Institute. Their secret sauce? Everyone lives under the same roof and shares 3 meals a day.

Mentor: At their Institute, these social entrepreneurs undergo rigorous and practical training including personal & entrepreneurial skill development, intensive collaboration & work-shopping, and active, hands-on guidance from leading thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. Additionally, they welcome highly acclaimed consultants to lead weekly workshops and invaluable sessions on prototype development, legal structure, design, raising capital, marketing, and more. Each Unreasonable Fellow will graduate the Institute ready to execute on their financially viable and globally scalable venture.

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The Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship-driven program that provides resources to for-profit enterprises creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems. Fundamentally, the Institute helps build stronger, more financially sustainable businesses that can be scaled to impact millions of lives.

Each year, the Unreasonable Institute invites 25 entrepreneurs from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive training and build long-term relationships with 50 worldclass mentors, ranging from the co-founder of Google, to the CTO of HP, to an entrepreneur who’s enabled over 19 million farmers to move out of poverty. They pitch to one hundred potential investors and capital sources, form relationships with at least 20 impact investment funds and foundations, and grow profitable, globally scalable ventures that can serve the needs of at least one million people.

 

 

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Up2Us

Up2Us is a national coalition of Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) organizations. Since 2008, Up2Us has been leading the movement to use sports to address critical issues facing youth- issues like childhood obesity, poor health and nutrition, academic failure and antisocial behavior.

Their vision is that one day, all youth, regardless of socio-economic background, have the opportunity to be engaged by sports that teach them values and skills that help them achieve goals on the field, in school and in life.

Up2Us seeks to achieve this vision through a four-tiered mission: to define and increase the quality of programs so that they achieve youth development outcomes; to involve more kids in Sports-Based Youth Development programs, especially in underserved communities; to educate the public about the value of SBYD programs; and to engage more people to volunteer and work in SBYD programs.

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Vanguard Leadership Group

Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG) is a leadership development academy and honor society for top students at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. Their fellowship inspires its members to post-graduate achievement and, through its institutional focus on excellence, honor and high ideals, to a dynamic form of citizenship. The ultimate goal of VLG is the ascension of the individual, an individual who will in turn be compelled to elevate their respective community and the world.

VLG seeks to expand the paradigm and consequently enrich the lives of a new generation of African-American leaders. The wise know that to be myopic is to be on a path toward blindness. Therefore, they contend that education is a holistic experience that need not be confined to fundamental curricula, beliefs and practices.

In order to gain a leader’s perspective, aspirants must develop both an awareness of many subjects and proficiency within many disciplines. Consciousness is enhanced through such synergy. Because this knowledge is increasingly actualized, the individual becomes qualified for the future stewardship of important social institutions in their region.

Parallel models of leadership development have met with great success within the majority culture. VLG is the emerging, and similarly informed, contingent within Black America. A collective advancement.

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Vanguard Leadership Group (VLG) is a leadership development organization for top students at the nation’s colleges and universities. Its curriculum identifies Nine Pillars of Dynamic Citizenship, a set of insights and competencies that are inherent to the successful African American leader of tomorrow. VLG members promote communities of opportunity by integrating the Nine Pillars into high impact projects and initiatives. Its members have collectively traveled to over 35 countries, held internships with elected officials and engaged with prestigious institutions such as the Aspen Institute, the UN World Tourism Organization, Booz Allen and the US Department of State. VLG led a successful Sudanese and Iranian divestment campaign in the city of Atlanta, and recently hosted White House officials Michael Strautmanis and Michael Blake at the Atlanta University Center. 

Recognized as a Top Program by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Vanguard Leadership Group contends that America needs new talent to face the challenges of globalization and the organization is unequivocally determined to provide it.

 

 

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Voto Latino

Founded in 2004, Voto Latino is a dynamic and growing non-partisan organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached 55 million Latino households nationwide. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.

In the past, Voto Latino has creatively and effectively used celebrity voices and the latest technology to register more than 120,000 young Latino voters, galvanize Latino youth and their families to be counted in the 2010 Census, and mobilize them to speak out and take action on policies impacting their lives.

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Wings Over America

Wings over America is a newly created organization formed to address twin challenges: endangered birds of prey and at risk youth. The mission of Wings is to provide these youth with transformative opportunities to connect to environmental service, and in that process, inspire the reconnection to self. Amidst a growing national movement to re-envision youth rehabilitation, Wings is an innovative and forward thinking model offered at a critical time in these young people’s lives.

Wings brings together adjudicated youth and injured birds of prey. The relationship offers a mutual healing that can change the course of a young person’s life while giving the bird a second chance for survival. With the care and reconditioning provided by youth under the guidance of raptor specialists, youth will have a direct experience of resilience and hope as he releases the bird back to the wild. This pairing of bird and youth occurs in the short window as youth are preparing to return to their communities.

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Women in Need

Women In Need provides housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. Through comprehensive programs such as shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and childcare, WIN offers the tools and guidance which allow our families to return to their communities and live independently.

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Women In Need’s programs include supportive housing for 226 formerly homeless families headed by women who 
are victims of domestic violence, have histories of substance abuse or have aged out of foster care. These women 
strive to reach economic independence while overcoming years of abuse, addiction or abandonment. WIN offers a 
range of services from intensive counseling and job readiness to parenting and life skills training. For many clients, 
this is their first stable home, and they stay an average of 36 months.
For example, Jessica, a program client, began running away from home at age 13 when her stepfather began 
hitting, burning and degrading her. At 17 she began her journey through a string of foster homes and over the years 
gave birth to two daughters. After aging out of foster care she entered WIN’s supportive housing. With the help of 
WIN staff, Jessica and her daughters have remained in their own apartment for more than two years and Jessica is 
pursuing her dream—studying to become a Crime Scene Investigator.

Women In Need’s programs include supportive housing for 226 formerly homeless families headed by women who are victims of domestic violence, have histories of substance abuse or have aged out of foster care. These women strive to reach economic independence while overcoming years of abuse, addiction or abandonment. WIN offers a range of services from intensive counseling and job readiness to parenting and life skills training. For many clients, this is their first stable home, and they stay an average of 36 months.

For example, Jessica, a program client, began running away from home at age 13 when her stepfather began hitting, burning and degrading her. At 17 she began her journey through a string of foster homes and over the years gave birth to two daughters. After aging out of foster care she entered WIN’s supportive housing. With the help of WIN staff, Jessica and her daughters have remained in their own apartment for more than two years and Jessica is pursuing her dream—studying to become a Crime Scene Investigator.

 

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World Education

World Education contributes to individual growth, strengthens the capacity of local partner institutions, catalyzes community and national development. World Education's approach is characterized by a commitment to meaningful and equal partnership that is flexible and evolves over time, and is based on mutual interest and trust. In its role as catalyst, World Education strives to develop assets such as good health, literacy, numeracy, business and civic participation skills, and access to credit. World Education promotes local autonomy by partnering with stakeholders to plan and implement their programs for social and economic change, appropriate to the local context and the needs of grassroots constituents.

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World Vision United States

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Inspired by Christian values, they are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. They serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

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Year Up, Inc.

Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Their holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

Year Up currently serves more than 1,000 students a year at sites in Atlanta, Baltimore*, Boston, Chicago, Providence, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area and National Capital Region.

*College Based Program

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Since opening the doors at their first site in Boston in 2001, Year Up has grown into a national leader in workforce development by creating enterprising pathways to prosperity. Today Year Up serves over 1,300 students a year in eight cities across the country and is eagerly pursuing plans for continued and innovative expansion. Year Up’s high-expectation, high-support program combines marketable job skills, stipends, corporate internships and college credits. The program cycle lasts one year. During the first six months, students attend classes at a Year Up site, learning technical and professional skills that prepare them for success in a corporate environment. During the second six months, students gain experience in internships at leading companies. After completion of the program, 84 percent of graduates are employed or are in college full time within four months of graduation. Those who are working earn an hourly wage of $15 an hour (about $30,000 per year), more than twice the federal minimum wage.

 

 

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Young Invincibles

Young Invincibles began in the summer of 2009, out of the recognition that young people's voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. Co-Founders Ari Matusiak and Aaron Smith and a few friends wanted to change that. So they put up a one page website, asking young people to share their stories, believing in their generation's capacity to stand up and make itself heard.

In a little more than a year, 'YI' went from a group run out of a law school cafeteria to a national organization, representing the interests of 18 to 34 year-olds and making sure that our perspective is heard wherever decisions about our collective future are being made. They do this through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, sharing the stories of young Americans, campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation and advocacy intended to change the status quo.

They still believe in our generation - now more than ever. They know that our generation will define the future we share as a nation. These are difficult times. But this is also our time.

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Youth Leadership Institute

The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) has been an innovative leader in the field of youth development for over 20 years, working to build communities that invest in youth. At YLI, we believe cultivating engaged and dynamic young people today will lead to a more equitable and sustainable society tomorrow. Through our decades of youth leadership development, we consistently see young people’s deep motivation to challenge and improve the society in which they live. YLI fosters this passion, providing ways for youth to channel it into effective community change.

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Youth Opportunity Baltimore

For more than a decade YO! Baltimore has successfully helped young people, previously disconnected from traditional learning environments, to increase their wage earnings and education credentials. YO! Baltimore provides a supportive environment at two locations, staffed by caring adults who offer education and career skills training opportunities for Baltimore’s youth, 16 to 22 years of age. YO! Baltimore serves out-of-school youth and young adults citywide at two youth-friendly centers. Caring adults provide wide-ranging, support services and opportunities for participants to reach their academic and career goals. YO! Baltimore members build important life skills and participate in activities that support creative self-expression and a fit and healthy life style. YO! Baltimore sponsors several dynamic programs for in-school, as well as out-of-school youth. With a proven track record of helping young people increase their wage earnings and educational attainment while reducing recidivism, YO! Baltimore has received national recognition as a model, youth-development program that works.

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Youth Service America

Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles.

Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning leadership, and achievement.

The impact of YSA’s work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities.

Their goals are to:

  • Educate youth, teachers, community organizations, media, and public officials in the power of youth as problem solvers.
  • Engage children and youth as volunteers, as academic achievers, and as community leaders.

They do this through:

  • Public Mobilization Campaigns such as Global Youth Service Day, Semester of Service, Service Vote and engaging public officials;
  • Funding and Recognition through grants and awards geared toward youth, educators, service-learning coordinators, and program partners.
  • Resources and Training includes the GYSD Planning Tool Kit, the Service-Learning Curriculum Guide, the National Service Briefing, the Youth Service Institute, webinars, and individual support.
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YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16-24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas, learn job skills and serve their communities by building affordable housing, and transform their own lives and roles in society

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YouthBuild is a youth and community development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention and leadership development. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 earn their GED or diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and lowincome people. Students spend six to 24 months in the full-time program, dividing their time equally between the construction site and the YouthBuild alternative school. Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development, peer support, and community service.

Autonomous community based nonprofit organizations or local public agencies sponsor the programs. Each program raises its own private and public funds. Primary support comes from the US Department of Labor through the authorized annual YouthBuild appropriation.

There are 273 YouthBuild programs in 46 states. Over 100,000 students have built 20,000 units of affordable, increasingly green, housing since 1994. Research shows a $7.80 ROI for every dollar invested in YouthBuild.