Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nonprofit news

  • Connecting Classrooms with Careers, December 5:   The Brookings Institution is holding this roundtable to discuss the recent Brookings report, Strengthening Educational and Career Pathways for D.C. Youth and the broader issue of rebuilding career and technical education in DC high schools.The event is being held December 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Brookings (1775 Massachusetts Ave NW ).   RSVP to Karen Slachetka via email by December 1.

    The report recommends the District adopt the goal that by 2022, 90% of DC youth will earn a post-secondary credential and obtain full-time work by age 24.   Ross contends that one way to improve outcomes for District youth is to reinvigorate Career and Technical Education (CTE) in public schools.   Career Academies are a particular form of CTE that blend small learning communities, integrated academic and occupational curriculum, and strong partnerships with employers.   Research shows that Career Academies provide strong labor market payoffs and do not reduce post-secondary enrollment and completion.   Come hear about the opportunities and challenges for CTE programs in DCPS and public charter schools and participate in a roundtable discussion.

    Event speakers are:

    *Martha Ross, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
    *James Kemple, Executive Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools and formerly with MDRC, where he was principal investigator of the Career Academies evaluation
    *Thomas Penny, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center and Board of Trustees, Hospitality High School
    *K-12 representative TBD
  • New report on employment opportunities for previously incarcerated:   The Council for Court Excellence has just released the first major study to document the enormous obstacles to employment facing DC residents with a criminal record. Unlocking Employment Opportunity for Previously Incarcerated Persons in the District of Columbia offers practical and inexpensive solutions for addressing the issue of reentry and unemployment.   This free report is in PDF.
  • How supportive housing is funded:   CNHED's Elizabeth Falcon offers a look into the daunting issue of funding for affordable programs in DC with this November 7 blog post Supportive Housing Funding.
  • Fair Chance has moved:   Their new address is
    2001 S Street, NW
    Suite 310
    Washington, DC 20009

    Their phone and email are unchanged.

  • Bread for the City's now farming:   The University of the District of Columbia has granted access to 1.8 acres to Bread so the nonprofit can plant about 1,000 apple and Asian pear trees along with hundreds of blueberry and blackberry bushes.   City Orchard, as the new project is called, is just outside of the District.   Learn more about the project in this WAMU piece and in this blog post.
  • DCFPI continues to offer valuable insights:   DC Fiscal Policy Institute continues to offer solid evaluations of public policy and budget ideas along with well thought out recommendations for improving people's lives through policy.   Be sure to follow them on their blog District's Dime.
  • Safe Shores ED featured in Essence magazine:   Michele Booth Cole was featured in the October 2011 issue of Essence magazine in an article entitled "The 10 Principles of Power" (and in PDF here) about successful women in leadership positions.   Booth Coles is featured on the title page of the article; she talks about her work to secure Safe Shores' newly renovated home at the former Bundy School in northwest DC.   She also discusses some of the obstacles she encountered and how she overcame them to ultimately ensure that Safe Shores acquired a larger, child-focused facility to serve children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District.

    You can learn more about what inspires and drives Booth Cole in 7 Questions – Michele Booth Cole (Safe Shores).

  • Workshop on crimes against children, December 8:   Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW) and Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington are sponsoring "Facebook Gangsters and Other Computer Crimes Against Children" December 8 from 4:00 – 7:30 pm at the Ophelia Egypt Health Center (3927A Minnesota Ave NE).   More info below.

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