Supreme Court Rulings Uphold Affirmative Action, Deal Blow to Immigration Reform and Fourth Amendment Rights
Congress’ reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) earlier today is both cause for celebration and a call to action for continued advocacy on behalf of the millions of students of color and low-income students facing discrimination, poverty, and other | Read more >
From October 27-29, nearly 3,000 dynamic leaders, advocates, and other equity stakeholders from across the nation, coalesced to attend Equity Summit 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, and take on some of the most pressing issues of our time. As soon as I entered the Summit, I instinctively | Read more >
This June, Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ-10) re-introduced legislation that would provide essential funding and support for Promise Neighborhoods — a highly successful program that seeks to improve outcomes for children in distressed communities by combining high-quality | Read more >
Youth with disabilities, young people of color, and youth who identify as LGBTQI are disproportionately arrested, detained, and incarcerated. Unfortunately, time spent in a juvenile detention center increases a young person’s risk of truancy, dropout, and risky behavior. When | Read more >
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) introduces a new product: A Developmental Pathway for Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results
A Developmental Pathway for Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink‘s (PNI) newest publication, explains the crucial developmental milestones for implementing and charting progress towards the Promise Neighborhoods vision.
This | Read more >
In February, Senator Christopher Murphy along with cosponsors — Senators Richard Blumenthal (CT), Sherrod Brown (OH), Al Franken (MN) and Patty Murray (WA) introduced legislation that, if passed, would ensure continued support and funding for the Promise Neighborhoods program — a | Read more >
Last week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced standalone legislation to support the work of the Promise Neighborhoods program! The Promise Neighborhoods Authorization Act of 2015 will authorize the inclusion of the Promise Neighborhoods program into the Elementary and Secondary | Read more >
In an area where many families live in homes without running water or telephone service, where nearly one-third of the children live in poverty, and proper skills training and education seem out of reach, building a better life for the next generation can seem impossible. For the | Read more >
Our new resource guide, Achieving Health Equity in Promise Neighborhoods: A Resource and Implementation Guide, articulates how a focus on health equity is critical to the success of the Promise Neighborhoods program. It describes how Promise Neighborhoods have used a disciplined | Read more >
Setting targets and measuring performance can go a long way toward achieving goals. For ambitious, multi-pronged, cross-organizational, place-based initiatives like Promise Neighborhoods, target setting is critically important. It allows an organization to track progress, make | Read more >
Michael McAfee, Director, Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink
Promise Neighborhoods in Canada? Why not?!
Daphne Bramham’s profile of Michael McAfee in the Vancouver Sun today shows that reducing poverty is simple, though it does require hard work.
"Poverty is a big | Read more >
We know many grantees spend a lot of time on the topic of neighborhood surveys. Collecting data through a neighborhood survey is critical for measuring overall trends in the neighborhood throughout the initiative (not just among direct participants) and much of the information | Read more >
Even though the Arlington Promise Neighborhood’s planning grant ran out in September 2011, it hasn’t stopped making its community better for students and families.
Since the end of the grant period, The Community Group, the lead agency for the planning which has a successful record | Read more >
"I was warmed by the high level of engagement throughout the duration of the conference. Participants, in the spirit of advancing our children, worked collectively to share strategies and assist in problem-solving critical roadblocks to success. I will not forget the conversations | Read more >
“What a great network of people. I loved the valuable, honest lessons shared by current and past grantees about mistakes they made or things they would do differently so that current grantees move forward more efficiently and effectively.”
“It was great to see everyone coming together, using similar language to talk about the same goals for the children and families in their neighborhoods. Participants shared challenges they were having with each other–and then told the most amazing stories of how they found | Read more >
“Last week’s convening was an incredible opportunity to see how communities across the country are developing a true peer-to-peer network. Throughout the data and accountability sessions, I was thrilled to see Promise communities providing guidance on best practices, sharing tools | Read more >
“Wow! The Promise Neighborhoods Network is a collective force for children and families!
During our gathering last week, I was amazed to witness leaders’ unremitting commitment to achieving results on a large scale in their neighborhoods. Equally important, I felt great pride in | Read more >
“It was inspiring to be in the room during the Boys and Men of Color session as sites shared a robust range of solutions that reflect their extraordinary commitment to meet this vulnerable population’s needs. I’m looking forward to continuing the discussion during our next Black | Read more >
Groundbreaking research from Dr. Robert Balfanz establishes that middle school is a “make or break” period for children. Children who fail math or reading, are suspended or expelled, and/or are chronically absent during these critical years often drop out when they get to high | Read more >
Some good news!
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) has introduced the Promise Neighborhoods Act, H.R. 2195, which would permanently fund Promise Neighborhoods.
Rep. Payne, Jr., is the son of the late Rep. Donald Payne, Sr., who introduced similar legislation in 2011 as a companion bill | Read more >
Many people have criticized willful defiance as a subjective term that results in students being removed from class for | Read more >
Many people have criticized willful defiance as a subjective term that results in students being removed from class for | Read more >
The California Assembly Education Committee considered AB 1178, the California Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, on Wednesday–and it passed!
This legislation is modeled on the federal Promise Neighborhoods program, and would make California a leader in the nation in providing | Read more >
President Obama released his FY 2014 budget today, and Promise Neighborhoods fans will be pleased to see the inclusion of $300 million for Promise Neighborhoods!
From the horse’s mouth (aka the US Department of Education FY 2014 budget proposal):
“The Budget makes a significant | Read more >
Melinda Hall, Hayward Promise Neighborhoods’ Project Director and Dean Carolyn Nelson of The College of Education at CSU East Bay, Jamie Mumau, Director of Assessment, Research & Evaluation for the Hayward Unified School District and Stephen Redmond, Coordinator Prevention & | Read more >
As America’s consumers and workforce become increasingly diverse, equity, inclusion, and fairness are no longer only moral imperatives—they are economic ones. The latest evidence for this comes from a new study released today by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis | Read more >
Did you see this article in the Wall Street Journal by Bill Gates? He’s hoping for better measurement, clear goal-setting, stakeholder buy-in, feedback loops, and accountability to solve the world’s problems.
“If I could wave a wand,” Gates writes, “I’d love to have | Read more >
Quite a connection, quite a conversation.
We heard about some tremendous efforts underway in | Read more >
If you missed the excellent Strive and PNI webinar “Aligning for Impact: Connecting Promise Neighborhoods and Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure,” it’s now available for download! (Click the link and scroll down to the “Aligning for Impact” section.)
Not only that, you can | Read more >
Interesting new work from the National Center on Time and Learning and the Ford Foundation could affect tens of thousands of students in five states across the country!
Read the press release below for more.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2012
Read more >
More likely, you know how important media work is to the success of your Promise Neighborhood but may not have the time, or maybe you need a bit more direction.
Say no more! Check out our brand new media toolkit to answer questions about how to write compelling stories, craft | Read more >
Our own director, Michael McAfee, presented on a webinar with Strive and a few community leaders -- those building Promise Neighborhoods and regional cradle to career infrastructures -- to talk about how our efforts can complement each other.
Aligning for Impact: Connecting Promise | Read more >
If you’ve already voted, here’s a nice little piece by Harlem Children’s Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada in the latest Parade Magazine, offering a simple solution to improving education: Promise Neighborhoods!
(Were you surprised?)
There’s almost seven hours of footage from yesterday’s 2012 Opportunity Nation Summit. If you’ve got a free day, it’s all worthwhile viewing, but maybe you have to pick your kids up from school, buy groceries, go to the gym, or go to work.
Allow us to point out a few excellent | Read more >
Lots of good vibes (and good resources) flowing to sunny southern California Promise Neighborhoods!
Boyle Heights received a $600,000 AT&T Aspire grant for their Promise Neighborhood, which will assist their academic strategies.
Youth Policy Institute has been feeling the love as | Read more >
In an interview with NBC News, Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, and a recent New York Times article on poverty, says he thinks Promise Neighborhoods should have been at the center of the administration’s education | Read more >
Paul Tough’s article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine highlights Promise Neighborhoods as part of President Obama’s ambitious agenda to combat community-level poverty (paragraphs about Promise Neighborhoods from the article are copied below).
We want to let the nation know how | Read more >
Deycy Hernandez couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Just moments ago, the stern-faced gentleman standing next to her appeared impassive while his wife and daughters were jumping for joy. It wasn’t until Hernandez noticed the tears rolling down his cheeks that she realized how | Read more >
The deadline for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods grants was this past Friday, and there was a huge show of interest from across the country.
A total of 242 applications were submitted–60 implementation grant applications, and 182 planning grant applications.
These numbers | Read more >
We’re in the home stretch! This Friday is the due date for applicants vying for Promise Neighborhoods funding in FY 2012.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your organization is registered with grants.gov, and to submit your application EARLY to troubleshoot | Read more >
Research shows that mentoring matters. Personalized instructional support from an adult to a child is a powerful tool that speeds up and deepens learning. The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and San Antonio’s Eastside Promise Neighborhood are building on this premise by | Read more >
What do you do?
PolicyLink CEO and founder Angela Glover Blackwell has some suggestions in her new Huffington Post piece–which includes an excellent example of equity-focused giving from Surdna Foundation president Phillip Henderson. Plus, she gives us a shout-out!
“I spend a good | Read more >
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $80 million for Promise Neighborhoods in the FY 2013 budget.
The Promise Neighborhoods program, initiated in 2010 with $10 | Read more >
We’ve been super excited about the new Race to the Top–District grants available because of the focus on place, and the ability to make decisions at the neighborhood level.
Our friends at Coalition for Community Schools are hosting a webinar on this very topic to give you a handle | Read more >
An exciting new report from the US Department of Education demonstrates just how much the administration is internalizing the PolicyLink adage: Place matters.
This report, which mentions our Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink partner, the Center for the Study of Social | Read more >
Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink Director Michael McAfee had a few words of inspiration for graduates in the Huffington Post:
Need Inspiration for Your Graduate? Start With the Time 100 List
We all need a little graduation inspiration, especially when it can feel like Read more >
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette wrote up the viewing and panel discussion that took place last night. For more information about the film and the Main South community, visit www.yeateam.org!
FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation applications are due July 27, and notice of intent to apply is due June 8. If you’re interested in applying, or finding out more about the application process, join us for one or two upcoming webinars.
Applying for Promise | Read more >
Improving Outcomes for Transition Age Foster Youth: The Story of California Connected by 25
Date and Time:
May 24, 2012, 3:00-4:00pm EST
Patrick Lester, VP of Social Impact, Social Solutions
- Teri Kook, Director of Child Welfare, Stuart Foundation
- Wendy | Read more >
From the U.S. Department of Education:
Call for Peer Reviewers for FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Competition
FRI, MAY 11, 2012 9:37 AM
Call for Peer Reviewers for FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Competition
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement | Read more >
Check out the Meriden Patch’s great piece on Marisol Estrada-Soto, chair of the Meriden Children First Initiative!
Folks in Meriden already know Marisol’s good work, but here’s a chance to get to know Marisol a little better:
Meridenite of the Week: Marisol Estrada-Soto
Marisol | Read more >
We’re loving this new website from FY 2011 Planning grantee Zone 126, in Queens, NY!
There’s an awesome interactive presentation on the homepage that shows you just how intricate, well-planned, and thoughtful their planning process is–and gives a nice introduction to the | Read more >
Lots of motivation and determination in Boyle Heights these days, as seniors put “a lot of time and effort into anything college-related.”
Mendez Learning Center Academic Coordinator Martha Ramirez says that “students are coming into the college center spending their nutrition, | Read more >
More information is on the Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods page.
We know a lot of you have been waiting for | Read more >
Well, it was a wonderful interview!
You’ve got to watch the whole thing and leave a comment–Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, expresses so well exactly why programs that promote equity are so important to rebuilding our communities, our economy, and our | Read more >
Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative is searching for a Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy to join our team! Interested candidates may view the complete job description and application instructions in the attached PDF file or through our job posting on Craigslist, Read more >
She’s clear about why Promise Neighborhoods are the best model for comprehensive community change and get around the impulse to create short-term solutions to urgent problems, rather than addressing the root causes of the issues. And she knows they’ll work to improve outcomes for | Read more >
Even though they didn’t win a federal Promise Neighborhood grant this year, the Boyle Heights Promise Neighborhood in Los Angeles is moving forward with implementation.
They’ve taken stock of the hard work to be done, and are creating a strategy to improve outcomes for children and | Read more >
…It’s time to learn just how powerful and exciting it can be!
Here’s Principal White from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, TX, showing off their Wall of Success. (Thanks, Erika Bernabei!)
A statement from PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell yesterday, upon receiving news of Rep. Payne’s death:
We are deeply saddened to learn of Congressman Donald M. Payne’s passing today.
As New | Read more >
Watch this hilarious and informative clip from the extended interview Jon Stewart did last night with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on The Daily Show. They talk about pilot programs to change educational standards and community involvement at a federal level, and–surprise, | Read more >
The Meriden Family Zone Promise Neighborhood, in Meriden, CT, is starting its planning process. The Record-Journal talks to a family served by the Zone about just what it is that makes a Promise Neighborhood so great.
Meriden–a “small city with big city challenges”–has a great | Read more >
Read all about it, and get to know some of their plans. It’s great to see communities in action! (There’s a video, too.)
USA Today highlights Promise Neighborhoods across the country in an article published today, and PNI director Michael McAfee stresses what sets the Promise Neighborhood model apart:
“We are focusing on results,” McAfee says. “I think that is what makes Promise Neighborhood | Read more >
The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink congratulates the recipients of the FY 2011 US Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods grants.
The five Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees are:
- Berea College (Clay, Jackson, and Owsley Counties, Ky.)
- California | Read more >
Nothing is confirmed yet, as we’re still waiting for the vote next week, but we’re hearing that $60 million for Promise Neighborhoods has been included in the spending bill for FY 2012!
This is wonderful news for the communities across the country working to build Promise | Read more >
An op-ed piece by scholars Helen F. Ladd and Edward B. Fiske makes the case that education policy isn’t doing enough to address the issues that face disadvantaged students. What would be helpful? Promise Neighborhoods, which they say is a “welcome first step,” but has been | Read more >
Evan White, a student at University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and School of Law, wrote about Promise Neighborhoods for a scholarship context and took first place!
We know Promise Neighborhoods set a gold standard, and | Read more >
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette has published an editorial in support of the Main South Promise Neighborhood in Worcester, MA.
We’re thrilled to see such a wonderful program gaining fans, and excited also to see newspapers like the Telegram and Gazette support the vision of | Read more >
We know how important the Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation grants from the Department of Education are. We know how hard communities work to obtain one, and we’ve seen how transformative this funding and approach can be.
But what happens if you don’t get ED | Read more >
After PolicyLink released its paper, America’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model, lots of leaders, visionaries, thinkers, and doers have been weighing in to say why they think it’s true.
The Twin Cities Daily Planet hasa great profile of St. Paul Promise Neighborhood’s new director, Angelique Kedem.
Kedem, a native of South Africa, brings to her post a global perspective, experience as a teacher and nonprofit staffer, and a strong focus on helping disadvantaged | Read more >
The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is building a new early childhood development center to be the focal point of the Promise Neighborhood, and the best part? “With or without the federal implementation grant, the center will be built”!!
This dedication to improving outcomes for | Read more >
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved a bi-partisan bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that includes Promise Neighborhoods.
From our friends at Coalition for Community Schools:
Today, the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadershipreleased Scaling Up School and Community Partnerships: The Community Schools Strategy. Built on the experience of the growing number of local | Read more >
LA’s Promise just had a fabulous event at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles honoring Ryan Seacrest and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa!
Attendees included honorees Ryan Seacrest and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with guests Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, E!’s Ashlan Gorse, Julie Bowen, | Read more >
You read that right!
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved $60 million in their FY 2012 bill! That’s DOUBLE the funding for Promise Neighborhoods in FY 2011!
We are so excited to see the support for | Read more >
Lots of cool stuff happening in Buffalo right now.
Check it out
All right, Promise Neighborhoods, let’s keep the conversation going about jobs!
You heard President Obama’s speech about his jobs plan. You read Angela Glover Blackwell’s article on Huffington Post.
And you certainly know that unemployment is a HUGE issue for lots of communities | Read more >
Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and New Orleans were awarded Choice Neighborhoods implementation grants yesterday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Morna Murray’s article in the Huffington Post yesterday takes a hard look at our culture’s, well, soft look at poverty. Or, rather, inability to look straight at it. Ms. Murray, of First Focus, says:
“Can it be that poverty is simply not “sexy” enough to capture the attention of | Read more >
A new map from PolicyLink illustrates the vast difference in number of people of color of different generations.
It’s really quite remarkable–for those of us in the Promise Neighborhood world, it really demonstrates who we’re serving, and a little more about what the future will | Read more >
All across the country, we are seeing examples of communities working hard to improve conditions for their children. From Detroit to Brooklyn to Hayward, California, they’re building Promise Neighborhoods, communities of opportunity centered around strong schools, and they know | Read more >
At the hearing on the FY 2012 Dept of Education Budget this morning, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the following statement about the Obama Administration’s budget request for FY 2012:
“Our request would significantly boost funding for the Promise Neighborhoods program to | Read more >
Download them now!!
If you’ve got questions, be sure to join our webinar this afternoon, from 4-5pm Eastern time–if you didn’t register already, we’ll have the recording and powerpoint posted on our website afterwards.
Mark your calendars, Upstate- and Western-New Yorkers! Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is heading to the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood on September 3!
He’ll be visiting Bennett High School, and meeting with residents.
The U.S. Department of Education will host a conference call on Monday, July 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, for eligible rural entities intending to apply for the 2011 Promise Neighborhoods grant program.
DEFINITELY register for a call this Friday hosted by the United Way Worldwide! It’ll detail what you need to know about applying for this year’s Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods grants, with a sharp eye to what it took last year, and how you can find the help you | Read more >
The Department of Education is aiming to release the applications for this round of Promise Neighborhood program grants next week, so Promise Neighborhoods, sharpen your pencils!
Get ready for the new application by taking a tour of our new website (still ironing out some | Read more >
Students from Little Rock Promise Neighbrohood in Arkansas speak about how to get students involved in community-building events. Their suggestions include incorporating a field trip or another social activity, making announcements through a school PA system, ending with a dinner | Read more >
If you’re building a Promise Neighborhood, you know how difficult it is to collect and evaluate data. You also know how important it is.
But what kinds of questions do you ask yourself? What questions do you ask a data provider? What system makes sense for you? What data should you | Read more >
Exciting news out of California, where the State Assembly has passed the California Promise Neighborhood Initiative!
This bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, is headed to the Senate with great support from the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, Youth | Read more >
Reps. Payne, Honda, and Scott Introduce Companion Bill to Make Promise Neighborhoods a Federally-Authorized Program
Washington, DC – June 2, 2011 – National advocates for the federal Promise Neighborhoods program praised Representative Donald Payne of New Jersey, Representative | Read more >
NOWcast San Antonio is partnering with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas, to create documentaries, live webcasting, and community videos. The video below is excellent!
It’s an early learning kind of week here at the Promise Neighborhoods Institute.
First, the Early Learning Challenge grants were announced. Today, Education Week published an interview Maureen Kelleher conducted with Michael McAfee, director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, | Read more >
A new state-level grant competition for $500 million was just introduced! The Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge “will reward states that create comprehensive plans to transform early learning systems with better coordination, clearer learning standards, and meaningful | Read more >
An absolutely delightful video from the Houston Promise Neighborhood shows us why we’re building Promise Neighborhoods in the first place! These kids have so much potential and hope, and they ARE the Promise Neighborhood that will help them realize their dreams.
Check out Bridgespan’s website for helpful information on everything related to the building and maintaining of Promise Neighborhoods!
Also, sign up for their Knowledge Newsletter–it’s got a lot of great articles and blog posts you’ll want to see!
Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development certainly thinks so. In an editorial published in Louisville, Kentucky’s Courier-Journal, Donovan writes that:
“By transforming other distressed housing in a neighborhood — not just public housing — and | Read more >
PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell has a GREAT piece in the Huffington Post today describing some of the challenges facing young people of color, and some great ways to give them the chance to succeed.
This map shows the change in demographics over time, and | Read more >
It’s official: Senator Tom Harkin announced the Promise Neighborhoods Act this morning. Press release from the office of the Senator below, including statements from Geoffrey Canada and Angela Glover Blackwell!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2011
Contact: Justine Sessions / Kate | Read more >
On Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced $30 million in funding for a second round of Promise Neighborhood grants. This amount represents a three-fold increase in funding for Promise Neighborhoods in 2010, and is a crucial investment in our nation’s children at a | Read more >
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, introduced a panel at the Center for American Progress forum entitled, “Prosperity 2050: Is Equity a Superior Growth Model?”
As demographics change, the needs of our nation change, and so too do our methods of organizing. | Read more >
The Los Angeles Urban League will be welcoming Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink director Michael McAfee to their Spring Symposium this Monday, April 25. He’ll be moderating a session on the State of Black Los Angeles.
If you’re in the LA area on Monday, definitely | Read more >
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gives his annual State of the City address at the Oxford Community Center in St. Paul on Monday, April 18, 2011.
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman delivered his State of the City Address yesterday, at which he emphasized the Saint Paul Promise | Read more >
A new PolicyLink report clearly demonstrates that addressing long-term racial inequities is key to crafting effective strategies to build healthy, vibrant communities.
Promise Neighborhood planners know firsthand that where you live is a proxy for how you live, and nowhere is this | Read more >
The Promise Neighborhood in Athens, GA, has a whole new Vimeo channel with lots of great videos. Check it out for interviews with the Harlem Children’s Zone’s Geoffrey Canada and Rasuli Lewis, and remarks by community members in Athens.
Tim Johnson, head of the Athens Promise | Read more >
Late last night, the House Appropriations Committee released the continuing resolution for FY 2011, which will fund the government until September 30, 2011. The budget resolution includes $30 million for Promise Neighborhoods, which represents a three-fold increase from FY 2010. | Read more >
Del Norte county has lots of plans to use funds from the California Endowment strategically to fund early childhood programs, expand access to healthy, affordable food, and improve schools. One of their projects? A Promise Neighborhood in Klamath!
Read the news in the Daily | Read more >
In a press release yesterday on improving educational opportunities and outcomes for Latino students, the White House lists three Promise Neighborhoods as examples of excellence in President Obama’s agenda to win the future.
Neighborhood Planning Grants were awarded by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to 17 neighborhoods, including some of our own! Atlanta and San Antonio Promise Neighborhoods received Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants, as did neighborhoods near the Promise Neighborhoods in | Read more >
Two great Promise Neighborhoods launched websites this week, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the web!
The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation Promise Neighborhood encompasses the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and the communities of Colstrip and Ashland in | Read more >
Newark Mayor Corey Booker surveying residents. Photo courtesy of The Star Ledger
The efforts of both New York University’s Broader, Bolder Approach Newark andRutgers-Newark have both been highlighted in two articles this week for their | Read more >
UNCA Report: What It Took- Lessons Learned from the First Cohort of Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Applications
Last week, UNCA announced and posted their new report, What It Took- Lessons Learned from the First Cohort of Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Applications.
The report looks at the following questions: What did it take to become a Promise Neighborhoods grantee? What will it | Read more >
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of communities across the country continuing on with their visions for neighborhood transformation with and without federal Promise Neighborhood grants.
Oakland, California school district is one of them! Oakland schools just received a $7.5 | Read more >
Promise Neighborhoods grantees are being featured the news! We are blogging about the good work taking place in Promise Neighborhood communities.
Business Wire has posted an article that is making its way through media across the country about the Youth Policy Institute (YPI)-led | Read more >
Today’s blog post highlights two neighborhoods; Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston is a current recipient of a federal Promise Neighborhood grant and the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood in Tulsa County, Oklahoma is a high-scoring applicant receiving funding from | Read more >
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Centers Capital (SBHCC) Program Guidance Announced
Our friends at the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) have posted information on their website about theHealth Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) federal guidance on the “Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Centers Capital | Read more >
Just moments ago, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other top officials released thefull list of the 21 applicants picked to receive $10 million in Promise Neighborhoods planning grants for 2010.
The grantees communities are:
The Department of Education has announced that Sec. Arne Duncan, joined by other senior administration officials, will make an “important announcement about Promise Neighborhoods” at a press conference this Tuesday, September 21st!
We can all probably take a guess as to what this | Read more >
The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the FY 2010 Choice Neighborhoods Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) yesterday. Approximately $65 million is available, $3 million for planning grants and $62 million for implementation grants. Applicants are public housing | Read more >
Please read this visionary and insightful op-ed today in the New York Times by Paul Tough, a former NYT Magazine writer and the author of ” “Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America.”
From the piece:
Children who live in the 300-plus low-income | Read more >
Three White House officials, Thomas Abt, Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs, Larkin Tackett, the Deputy Director of Promise Neighborhoods at the Department of Education, and Luke Tate, Special Assistant to the Secretary at theDepartment of Housing and Urban | Read more >
Data.ed.gov has now hyperlinked each applicant to an abstract about their proposed Promise Neighborhood. Scroll down past the map to the alphabetical listing of the applicants and click on the name of the applicant for more information.
The list of the 339 Promise Neighborhoods planning grant applicants has finally been released. See if your community is in the mix (full list below the jump). And check out thisterrific map the Dept of Education put together.
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This fourth question, specifically on charter schools in the application process,will be my last post for the week on education. Again, please feel free to comment or ask additional clarifying questions using the comment function below. You can also continue to send your questions | Read more >
As promised, I am posting more of your questions on the involvement of schools in the application processand my answers – please feel free to comment or ask additional clarifying questions using the comment function below. You can also continue to send your questions to Read more >
Boston public radio station, WBUR, explores Boston-based participants’ experiences at the Harlem Children’s Zone Practitioners Institute – and their thoughts on what it would take to create a similar neighborhood in Boston. A great listen!
In 30 years of working with poor children, I have never given up hope for my kids, despite the huge odds stacked up against them. But today I am more confident than ever that we as a nation are on the verge of a | Read more >
Check out our new How-To guide for the application process: How to Apply: The Promise Neighborhoods Grant-writing Guide.
This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application for the 2010 Promise | Read more >
Now this is exciting.
The Promise Neighborhoods movement is growing stronger and louder every day. It’s as though the PolicyLink motto of “Lifting Up What Works” has come to life! Community leaders across the country are embracing the Harlem Children’s Zone model and using those | Read more >