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November 2010


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Funding Sources


Civic Engagement/Environment


, Employment & Training


Health and Human Services


Arts, Culture & Recreation




General Services


Nonprofit Resources


/Best Practices/Research


Southeast Region & Pennsy
lvania News


Child Welfare


Early Childhood


Education/Positive Youth Development




Juvenile Justice/Crime Prevention




Parent Education/Family Engagement


Service Learning


Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health



Professional Training and Conferences






National Gardening Association: Healthy Sprouts Awards

The Association recognizes youth programs via the Healthy Sprouts Awards. The
support school and youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in
the United States. Maximum award: $500 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply. Eligibility:
schools or organizations that plan to garden with children betw
een the ages of three and 18.

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Prudential: Spirit of Community Awards

The Awards honor young people in grades 5 through 12 who have demonstrated exemplary
voluntary service to their communities. Maximum award: $1,000 and a trip to

Washington, D.C.

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Applications Available for Youth Garden Grant Program

Five winners will receive a $500 gift card from the Home Depot for child
centered garde
programs that work to educate, encourage entrepreneurship, and build social aspects of
gardening for at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18.

Deadline: November 1, 2010


stlé USA: Very Best in Youth Program

The Program honors young people ages 13 to 18 who have excelled in school and who are
making their community and the world a better place. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility:
youth w
ho demonstrate good citizenship and
a strong academic record.
Entrants must have
permission from a parent or legal guardian to submit nomination.

Deadline: November 1, 2010

VFW: National

Citizenship Education Teachers' Award

The VFW's Award recognizes the nation's top elementary, junior high, and high school teachers
who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America's history and traditions.
Maximum award: $1,000. Elig
ibility: teachers K

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Open Society Institute Invites Applications for Soros Justice Fellowships

Stipends of up to $70,000 and other benefits will be awarded to individu
als working to reduce
the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on individuals, families, and
communities in the United States.

Deadline: November 3, 2010


Got breakfast? Foundation: Silent Heroes

Foundation Silent Hero program encourages schools and nonprofit organizations to expand the
reach of underutilized child nutrition programs, most

notably the National School Breakfast
Program. The program recognizes, encourages, and rewards those silent heroes who help
children start their day off right by serving breakfast. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility:
public schools, nonprofit private scho
ols, and nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations participating in the
National School Breakfast Program.

Deadline: November 15, 2010

Lexus/Scholastic: Eco Challenge

The Lexus Eco Challenge program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school
students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it.

Maximum award: $30,000
in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of five to 10
students and one teacher advisor.

Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water)

November 3, 2010; Challenge Two (Air/Climate)

January 19, 20

Echoing Green Opens Application Cycle for Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program

Up to $60,000 in seed funding plus technical assistance will be given to individuals or
partnerships working to turn their

ideas into sustainable social change organizations.

Deadline: November 12, 2010

Student Groups Invite
d to Submit Entries for SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Environmental
Excellence Awards

Grants of up to $15,000 plus trips to SeaWorld will be awarded to schools and community
groups working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.

ine: December 1, 2010

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Environmental Excel
lence Awards

The Awards recognize students and teachers across the country working at the grassroots level to
protect and preserve the environment. This is an awards program, not a grant; project applicants
should be able to demonstrate significant accomp
lishments pri
or to the submission deadline.
Maximum Award:

$10,000 to the winning project; all
paid trip for three students and
one adult leader to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event; 100 T
shirts to
share with school and
community partners; award trophy and participation certi
ficate for the
project leader.

all schools (grades K
12) in the United States; community
projects such as those managed and operated by community service organizations, public
ation centers, 4
H clubs, and

other public, nonprofit groups.


December 10, 2010


Land O'Lakes Foundation Mid
Atlantic Grants Program

Community organizations in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia can
apply for grants of
$500 to $5,000 for local projects and programs. Funds could be used to
support such worthwhile projects as: * Aiding 4
H or FFA programs; * Building a new park
pavilion for the community; * Establishing a local wetland preserve; * Purchasing books for the
community library; or * Backing local food pantries or emergency feeding efforts.

Deadline: December 31, 2010, but applications are accepted in an on
going basis.



The Big Help

The purpose of the Nickelodeon Big Help awards is to award grants to schools and community
organizations that support projects that inspire kids to take care of the environment, lead active
and healthy lives, engage in community service, or improve their educational experience.
Eligible schools and community
based organizations can apply for either a $2,500 grant or a
$5,000 matching grant. To request $5,000, an applicant must provide a dol
dollar match
($10,000+ total project budget).
rades K
9, and after
school community
based organizations
with 501(c)(3) status serving kids ages 5
15 are eligible to apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2010


Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Accepting Letters of Inquiry

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to protec
t the world's wildlife and
ecosystems through established conservation programs that promote education, awareness, and
training in local communities most at risk.

Deadline: January 1, 2011 (Letter of Inquiry)


Lexus/Scholastic: Eco Challenge

The Lexus Eco Challenge program is designed to inspire and empower middle and high school
students to learn about the environment and take action to impro
ve it. Maximum award: $30,000
in scholarships and grants. Eligibility: middle and high school teams comprised of five to 10
students and one teacher advisor.

Deadline: Challenge One (Land/Water)

November 3, 2010; Challenge Two (Air/Climate)

19, 2011.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants FY 2011

The Corporation for National and Community Service kicked off its 2011 AmeriCorps grant
competition b
y releasing two funding notices for organizations interested in using national
service as a solution to critical problems facing our communities and our nation. The total
funding available will be set by Congress through the appropriations process now unde
rway. If
the President's fiscal year 2011 budget request is fully funded, the agency anticipates
approximately $311 million to be available for new, recompeting, and continuation grants in all
of the AmeriCorps State and National grant categories, and $1 m
illion for
planning grants.

line: January 25, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Successful applicants will be
notified in June 2011.


Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants

The Starbucks Foundation is accepting applications from organizations that provide y
people a continuum of opportunities to develop creative approaches to address pressing concerns
in their communities. Grants are 10,000 to $30,000(USD) on average. Please complete a letter of
inquiry for your organization. The Starbucks Foundation wil
l contact you if we'd like to request a
full grant proposal. Successful grant applicants will exhibit all of the following qualities: Deliver
services to youth, ages 6

24; Preference will be given to organizations that focus on young
people in the age ra
nge of 12 and older, when they are able to take independent action; Provides
opportunity to combine learning with action that support communities and further global
citizenship; Deliver services, disseminate information, provide training and/or build broad

networks; Provide opportunities for Starbucks partners and multiple stores to be engaged in
community service.

: Letters of inquiry submitted between October 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011 will be
reviewed and considered for the spring 2011 grant

Third Annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

Students and teachers in grades K
8 will be awarded grants f
or replicable solutions to
environmental issues in their schools (grades K to five), community (grades six to eight), and the
world (grades nine to twelve).

Deadline: March 15, 2011

Action for Nature Invites Applications for International Young Eco
Hero Awards

Young people between the ages of 8 and 16 will receive public recognition, cash prizes, and
certificates for their self
directed efforts to help protect and preserve the environment.

Deadline: February 28, 2011


IRA: Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award

The International Reading Association
honors an outstanding elementary teacher of reading and
language arts dedicated to improving teaching and learning through reflective writing about his
or her teaching and learning process. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: regular classroom
elementary t
eachers of reading and language arts grades K
6; must be IRA members.

Deadline: November 1, 2010

Tiger Woods Foundation: Grants for Underserved Youth

Tiger Woods Foundation grants p
rovide opportunities to children who are underserved, focusing
on programs and projects that enhance the learning process for children, and transitional
programs for young adults to become productive adults. Maximum award: $25,000.

Deadline: November 1, 2



Brookdale Foundation Announces Leadership in Aging Fellowship Program Guidelines

Grants of up to $250,000 per year will be awarded to academic instit
utions for the salaries and
benefits of graduate students working to establish themselves in an area of aging research.

Deadline: November 1, 2010


Open Society Institute Invites Applications for Soros Justice Fellowships

Stipends of up to $70,000 and other benefits will be awarded to individuals worki
ng to reduce
the destructive impact of
criminal justice policies on individ
uals, families, and communities.

Deadline: November 3, 2010


Foundation for Child Development Seeks Applications for Young Scholars Program

Awards of up to $150,000 will be g
iven to researchers who have earned their doctoral degrees
and are working on both basic and policy
relevant research regarding the early education, health,
and well
being of immigrant children from birth to age 10.

Deadline: November 3, 2010


Air Force Association: Educator Grant Program

The Program is designed to promote aerospace education activities and use of innovative
ce activities within the prescribed curriculum. The program encourages establishing an
active relationship between the school and the local Ai
r Force Association. A
ward: $250.

Deadline: November 10, 2010

National Center for Family Literacy Library Grants

Three grants of $10,000 will be awarded to help libraries provide literacy programs for more
families and in new and innovative ways.

Deadline: November 12, 2010

ational Council of Teachers of Mathematics (N
: Equity in Mathematics Grants

The N
grants encourage
iddle school classroom materials or lessons Maximum award:
$8,000. Eligibility: teachers grades 6
that are NCTM members
and teach math.

Deadline: November 12, 2010

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

American Fell

The Foundation offers Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships of $30,000 for one year of
research and Dissertation Fellowships of $20,000 for the final year of doctoral work. Fellowships
support women who have achieved distinction or promise in an
y field. Summer/Short
Research Publication Grants fund female college and university faculty and independent
researchers to prepare research for publication.

Deadline: November 15


State Farm/NYLC: Project Ignition

State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council are sponsoring Project
Ignition, which
funds programs that give high school students and their teachers the chance to work together to
address the issue of teen driver safety. Maximum award: $2,000. Eli
grades 9

Deadline: November 15, 2010

The College Board: Costas Awards

The Bob C
ostas Awards for the Teaching of Creative Writing support exceptional teachers who
through their innovative teaching methods motivate their students to write. Winning teachers are
awarded grants to enhance successful projects currently underway. Projects c
an be carried out in
school (public or nonpublic), through an after
school writing workshop, or during a summer
program. Maximum award: $3,000.

Eligibility: teachers from
academic disciplines grades 6

Deadline: November 19, 2010


ALA/Young Adult Library Services Association: Great Stories CLUB Grants

The American Library Association Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library
Services Association are accepting appli
cations for the next round of Great Stories CLUB grants.
The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) is a book club
program designed to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through books that are
relevant to their li
ves. Maximum award: $200. Eligibility: all types of libraries (public, school,
c, and special).

Deadline: Nove
mber 19, 2010

The College

Board: Inspiration Awards

The Inspiration Awards celebrate America's most improved high schools, those that have
improved their academic environment and helped their students achieve the promise of a higher
education by initiating unique programs and cre
ating partnerships among teachers, parents,
community organizations, and local businesses. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility:
secondary schools (public and nonpublic) in which 40 percent or more of the students receive
free or reduced
price lunches.

dline: November 19, 2010

Schlumberger Foundation Applications for 2011 Faculty for the Future Fellowships

Grants of up to $50,000 will

be awarded to female students pursuing Ph.D. or postdoctoral
studies in the physical sciences and related discipli
nes at top universities abroad.

Deadline: November 30, 2010


NSTA: Distinguished Service to Science Education Award

The National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Service to Scienc
e Educat
ion Award
recognizes those who
have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in
the sciences and science teaching. Maximum award: formal citation; three nights' hotel
accommodation and up to $500 toward expenses to attend th
e NSTA National Conference,
March 10
13, 2011, San Franc
isco. Eligibility: NSTA members.

Deadline: November 30, 2010

NSTA: Delta Education/Frey
Neo/CPO Science Awards

The Awards for Excellence in Inquiry
based Science Teaching will honor full
time PreK
ers of science who successfully use inquiry
based science to enhance teaching and learning
in their classroom. Maximum award: $1,500 toward expenses to attend the NSTA National
Conference, March 10
13, 2011, San Francisco; and $1,500 for the awardee.

line: November 30, 2010


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation
: Classroom grants

The AIAA grants
are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math,
science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Assoc
iate or AIAA
Professional members actively engaged as K
12 classroom educators. Maximum award: $200.

Deadline: November 30, 2010

Freedoms Foundation: Leavey Awards for Excellence

in Private Enterprise Education

The Awards honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students to the free
enterprise system and unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary, junior
high school, high school, an
d college level.
Maximum Award:



November 30, 2010

Character Education Partnership: National Schools of Character Awards

The program has a twofold purpose: to identify exemplary schools and districts to serve as
models for others; and to help schools and districts improve their efforts in effective
education. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: schools that have been engaged in character
education for a minimum of three full years, starting no later than December 2007.

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Walmart Foundation

Foundation supports initiatives focused on

enhancing oppo
rtunities in
four main focus areas:
Education Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity Environmental Sustainability
Health and Wellness The
Foundation has a particular interest veterans and military families,
traditionally underserved groups, the disab
ility community and people impacted by natural

Request an application at
local Walmart Store or Sam’s Club



Applications are accepted Feb. 1 through Dec. 31.


Nominations Invited for Award in School Library Humanities Programming

A $4,000 honorarium, to be presented at the 2011 ALA Annual Confere
nce in New Orleans, will
be given to libraries that have conducted a successful humanities program or program series
serving children in any combination of grades K through eight.

Deadline: December 15, 2010

National Federation of Independent Business: Young Entrepreneur Awards

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program raises a
wareness among the nation's youth of
the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America.
Maximum award: $10,000 in tuition assistance. Eligibility: high school seniors.

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Kennedy Center Launches Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards Program

Awards of $10,000 will be given to K
12 teachers and college instruc
tors in the United States
who have made a significant impact on the lives of students; nominations made by students.

Deadline: December 15, 2010


Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Grants to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of
librarians, to conduct research, to attract high school and c
ollege students to consider careers as
librarians, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science,
and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

Nonprofit and public age
ncies, including libraries.

Max grant size
: $1,000,000:

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Knowles Science Teaching Fou
ndation: Teaching Fellowships

The Foundation support

America's best teachers of high school mathematics and science at the
critical early juncture of their career. Maximum award: $150,000 in tuition assistance, monthly
stipends, and support for summer pr
ofessional development; regular meetings, online
discussions, and a structured mentor relationship for each fellow.

Deadline: January 12, 2011

Applications Open for Inte
l Schools of Distinction Awards

Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to K
12 schools in the U.S. that have demonstrated
excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning

Deadline: February 17, 2011



The La
lor Foundation

Anna Lalor Burdick Program

The Lalor Foundation requests proposals to educate young women about human reproduction to
broaden and enhance their op-tions in life. Reproductive education must be the center-piece of
the proposed project and
should include attention to the subjects of contraception and pregnancy
termination. Projects must focus on young women, including young mothers and preteens.
Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Deadline: November 1 (concept papers)

Third Wave

We are p
leased to invite proposals for financial grants of up to $15,000 for our Fall 2010
Reproductive Health and Justice Initiative Grant Cycle. As a national feminist activist
foundation, Third Wave supports grassroots projects and organizations that are led by

and/or that
prioritize leadership by young women and transgender youth. This grant opportunity is focused
on issues of reproductive health and justice.

Support is available for non
profit projects,
organizations, and collaborations engaged in community
ased work to achieve gender, racial,
economic and social justice. We seek to support work that employs a range of strategies that
expand reproductive health, rights, and justice for their communities.

Deadline: November 5, 2010

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Health Policy Fellows Program

Up to six midcareer health professionals and behavioral or social s
cientists will be provided with
grants of up to $165,000 to participate in a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of
health science, policy, and politics.

Deadline: November 11, 2010

ot breakfast? Foundation Accepting Applications for School Breakfast Grant Program

The program will award up to $50,000 in total grants to public schools, nonprofit private schoo
and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations participating in the National School Breakfast Program.
Priority selection will be given to programs creating a breakfast program where one did not exist
before. Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded. Grant f
unds can be used for such needs as
serving equipment, program staffing, and nutrition education materials.

Deadline: November 15, 2010

National AIDS Fund Announces Availability of Funding for Access to Care Initiative

Grants of up to $800,000 with a 1:1 dollar match will be awarded to groups and individuals
working to strengthen HIV/AIDS support and service systems and addres
s barriers to healthcare.

Deadline: November 15, 2010



Mary Byron Project Innovative Domestic Violence Programs Solutions Awards

The Project typically presents 4 award
s of $10,000 each to pioneering programs that can serve as
models for the nation. These are awards for accomplishments, not grants for future projects. To
be eligible for the award, a program must address

the issue of domestic violence.
Both the
program and the institution must have been operating for a minimum of three years.
The program should be replicable, or, if it is national in scope, should have applications for
individual communities, regardless of their size or ethnic population.

ne: November 19, 2010

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Researc
h Grant Programs

Grants of up to $225,000 will be awarded to researchers nationally and abroad working on
projects that focus on understanding and preventing suicide through research and education.

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust Invites Letters of Intent
for New Projects

Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to full
time faculty at U.S.
based public and private
institutions working on early or conceptual project plans in exploratory and developmental
Alzheimer's research.

Deadline: December 1, 2010 (L
etters of Intent)

Finishline Youth Foundation Grants

The Foundation supports youth athletic programs. Programs, projects and scholarship funding
are available; in addition, the foundatio
n may directly provide support for equipment and small
capital projects. Direct service projects are encouraged; grant recipients will be chosen on the
basis of the project’s potential impact and number of lives changed, the presence of co
and pro
ximity to Finish Line stores. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000

Deadlines: December 31

Eisner Foundation Launches National Prize for
Excellence in Intergenerational Work

An award of $100,000 will be given to an individual or nonprofit working to unite multiple
generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their

Deadline: January 31
, 2011

Brookdale Foundation Seeks Applications for Relatives as Parent
s Program Local,
Regional, and State Seed Grant Initiatives

year matching grants of $10,000 will be awarded to up to five public agencies working to
create or increase services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the
of parenting when
biological parents are unable.




Robert W
ood Johnson Foundation Call for Proposals for Public Health Law Research

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to public entities, nonprofits, tribal groups, and
affiliated entities working to strengthen regulatory and policy approaches to improving pu

Deadline: Open




Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Grant Program

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music provides funding for educational activities including:
work-shops, symposia, scholarly conferences, lectures in connection wit
h performances, study
days, sec-ondary and college
level educational initiatives. These activities must focus on a topic
related to Kurt Weill and/or Lotte Lenya, includ­ing payment of speaker’s honoraria and travel
expenses, and preparation and printing o
f supporting materials.

Deadline: November 1

Surdna Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts Teachers Fellowship Program

ellows will design individualized courses of study
provide both immersion in their own
creative work and the opportunity to in
teract with other prof
essional artists
. A fellowship
program may include arts courses; advanced art
making workshops, festivals, or institutes;
residencies at artists' colonie
s; formal mentor relationships
; or independent study toward the
completion of an
ic project
. The program will award twenty grants of up to $5,500 each,
with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the fellow's school to support post
fellowship activities.

Deadline: November 12, 2010 (Letter of Intent)

Women's Sports Foundation Invites Applications for Travel and Training Fund

Grants of up

to $10,000 will be awarded to aspiring, successful female athletes who are in need
of coaching, specialized training, equipment, attire, and/or travel support.

Deadline: November 12, 2010

Nike and Oreg
on Community Foundation Launch Nike Employee Grant Fund

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofits and schools using sports/physical activity
to effect change in communi
ties where Nike employees live.

Deadline: November 15, 2010

Association of Performing Arts Presenters C
ultural Exchange Fund Travel Grants

Travel expenses of up to $10,000 will be given to individual and group members of Arts
Presenters who are working to build partnerships and collaborations with international artists.

Deadline: November 15, 2010


VSA an
d MetLife Foundation
Arts Connect All Program

Grants of up
to $15,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to create or enhance inclusive arts
education programs in twenty
two metropolitan areas across the country.

Deadline: November 19, 2010

Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Grants Available to Help Fund Youth and School
Sports Programs

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit youth sports organizations working to
courage responsible school sports programs with the participation of coaches, parents,
administrators, and youth sports supporters.

Deadline: November 30, 2010


The Saucony Run for Good Foundation

The Foundation
encourages active and healthy lifestyles in children by supporting organizations
that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids. Grants of
up to $10,000 will be

Deadlines: December 13, 2010


Proposals Invited for NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Pr

Matching and non
matching grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to community
nonprofits or middle or high schools working to improve the quality, safety, and accessib
ility of
local football fields.

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Applications for 2011 Institution
al Grants

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit film organizations and to film programs within accredited
schools, colleges, and universities that encourage the appreciation of motion pictures as an art
form and a vocation.

Deadline: December 15, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts 2011
Big Read Program

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, state agencies, tribal governments, and
exempt public libraries providing programs where participants read and discuss a single book
or the work of a poet.

Deadline: February 1, 2



Vernier/NSTA: Technology Awards

The Vernier/NSTA Technology Award
s promote the in
novative use of data
technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld de
vice in the science
Maximum Award:

$1,000 in cash for the teacher, $1,000 in Vernier Products, and up
to $1,000 toward expenses

to attend the annual NSTA National Convention.


Current teachers of science in grades K


November 30, 2010

Access for Educators to C
SPAN Archival Footage

The C
N Archives Grants awardees are granted the videotapes of their choice from the
extensive collection in the C
SPAN Archives for creative proposals for using the network's
programming in the clas
sroom or in research projects.

middle and high sch
college/university professors.
Maximum Award:




ePals, Inc.: free In2Books curriculum

In2Books, the curriculum
based e
mentoring program from ePa
ls, Inc., will be offered for free to
some Title I schools. Students participating in In2Books select and read age
appropriate, high
quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are
matched with carefully scre
ened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After
reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in
the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with r

lessons and discussion.
Maximum Award:

the online program, books and professional
nt (valued at more than $500).

all 3rd
5th grade classrooms in Title I
schools from any one district.

High Tech Camp for Girls

Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high
industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop
edge technol
ogy. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology
tours and demonstrations, networking and hands
on learning work

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Grants Available to Help Nonprofit Organizations With Fundraising

, an Indianapolis
based consulting firm that provides fundraising, strategic planning, and
gement counsel to nonprofit organizations, is offering service grants to nonprofit
organizations seeking assistance with fundraising. Seven grants are available for 2011: one for
Achieve consulting services (value to be determined by scope of services, up
to $20,000); two
grants to the Achieve Academy, which includes a five
part webinar and one
one coaching on
either Millennial engagement, developing a fundraising plan, or online engagement (valued at
$350); and four grants for premium subscriptions to A
chieve Access, an online resource library
of more than 270 templates and guidance pieces, an annual pass to twelve webinars, and a
subscription to Achieve's monthly newsletter (valued at $199).

Deadline: November 12, 2010

DeVos Institute Summer International Fellowship Program at the Kennedy Center

Twenty international arts managers will participat
e in an intensive arts management program
designed to teach them practical skills that are readily transferable to the management of their

Deadline: December 1, 2010

MA/Leader to Leader Institute: AMA Scholarship

The American Management Association and Leader to Leader Institute scholarship program

assists social
sector nonprofit organizations in developing strong leadership. The AMA
Scholarship is designed to provide

nonprofit leaders with an opportunity to step out of the day
day, interact with peers across sectors, and develop practical skills they can apply immediate
within their organizations.
Maximum Award:

year scholarship.

employees of
(c)3 organizations with a minimum of 3 years of work ex
perience in the social sector.


December 15, 2010

Atlantic Grants Program

A grassroots program developed specifically for Land O'Lakes dairy communities in Maryland,
New Jersey, New Yo
rk, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The program works to improve quality of
life by supporting valuable projects and charitable endeavors initiated by our Mid
Atlantic dairy
member leaders.

Deadline: December 31, 2010




New Tools Available to Grant Seekers

The Foundation Center, a New York nonprofit organization that aids grant seekers nationwide,

has started
, a new site filled with educational content, videos, and podcasts. The new
online resource is designed to make it easier for nonprofit workers to get information on
financing their operations, g
etting gran
ts, and operating
” We

built out GrantSpace to
be that one
stop shop for grant seekers worldwide to get information they need to advance their
work," says Cynthia Bailie, director of the Foundation Center's Cleveland office and of Sp
Information Initiatives.
She says the Web site took a year to construct and came about after
listening to grant seekers and "recognizing that they want to make the best use of their time." The
Foundation Center's own
Web site

had grant
seeking "content segmented in a way that made it
more time
consuming fo
r someone who's really busy."
New features on GrantSpace include a
chat service with a Foundation Center staff member during business hours; job listi
ngs; new
grant opportunities; sample documents; published reports; and multimedia resources. Grant
seekers can also find a schedule of classes, both online and in cities across the country, to hone
skills in proposal writ
ing or corporate fund raising.

registration, GrantSpace visitors receive
a free 24
hour subscription for access to the Foundation Center's searchable database of 100,000
making organizations and more than 2 million grants.

Human Service Providers Experiencing Problems
With Gov
ernment Payments

Hobbled by the anemic economic recovery, human service nonprofits working to help families
and communities weather the recession have reported serious and widespread problems with
their government contracts and grants, a new report from t
Urban Institute


The report,
Human Service Nonprofits and Government Collaboration: Findings From the
2010 National Sur
vey of Nonprofit Government Contracting and Grants

(52 pages, PDF),
found that 31 percent of respondents nationally felt their experiences with government
contracting in 2009 were worse than in prior years, while 82 percent reported having one or more
blems with a government contract and 66 percent reported having at least one serious
problem. In addition, fully three
quarters of those surveyed (76 percent) said they experienced
problems caused by complicated, time
sapping applications; 68 percent said
they were short
changed by federal, state, or local government payments that did not cover the full cost of
contracted services; 57 percent reported problems with a government agency changing the terms
of a contract midstream; and 41 percent said they had
to deal with late payments. The report also
found that all levels of government were slow in sending checks, with state governments the
most likely to be more than ninety days late.

All told, 57 percent of the organizations surveyed reported receiving less

revenue from state
governments, 49 percent reported receiving less from local government, and 31 percent said they
received less from the federal government. Budgets were further pressured by drops in
contributions from foundations, corporations, and indi
viduals, and by declines in investment
income. In response, 82 percent of human service providers said they were forced to scale back
their operations, 50 percent said they froze or reduced salaries, 39 percent were forced to draw
on their reserves, and 38

percent cut staff. Moreover, organizations that experienced changes in
the terms of their government contracts and grants, late payments, or reduced payments were

significantly more likely to resort to staff cuts than organizations that did not have to co
with changes or reduced payments.

The report also suggested that projected state budget shortfalls for fiscal years 2011 and 2012,
coupled with declines in charitable donations and investment income and increased demand for
services, may push many no
nprofits to the breaking point: "Of great[est] concern," the report
concluded "is the hollowing of organizational capacity that may take years, if ever, to rebuild."

“Hammered by the Recession, Most Human Service Nonprofits Say They're Having Major
Problems With Government Contracts.”






Both candidates for Gove
rnor have released
plans for education.

Here are links to their
education plans.

To read
Dan Onorato’s plan


12 education

click here

To read
Dan Onorato’s


Higher Education

click here

To read
Tom Corbett’s plan


click h

Preliminary results of the 2009
2010 PSSA tests indicate that the
Philadelphia School District

has achieved its 8th consecutive year of rising system
wide scores. In addition, for the first time
more than 50% of students performed at the advanced/pr
oficient level.

Test scores continue
upward trend, preliminary 2009
2010 PSSA. For more detailed information go to

The Pennsylvania General Assembly

has set up a new

that makes legislative
information accessible by cell phone and the Internet. Visitors can search for bills by number or
keyword, re
ad the text of bills, get information on legislative committees and contact members of
the General Assembly

to access the site, go to:

Suggestions for improvement may be e
mailed to:

PHEAA launches new student aid website

Parents and students will have access to a new and improved
Pennsylvania Higher Education
Assistance Agency

dent aid and debt management website,
. The free
site offers students and parents practical and easy
understand advice and information. For
more information, go to:


or you may call: 1800

Preliminary results of the 2009
2010 PSSA tests

indicate that the School District has achieved
its 8th consecutive
year of rising system
wide scores. In addition, for the first time more than
50% of students performed at the advanced/proficient level.

Test scores continue upward trend,
preliminary 2009
2010 PSSA. For more detailed information go to

Pennsylvania State Auditor General Jack Wagner is calling for a statewide
moratorium on the
creation of new
charter schools
, saying the way charter schools are funded is flawed.



Child Poverty Rate Up Since 2007, KIDS COUNT Data Center Finds

A new ana
lysis by the
Annie E. Casey Foundation
KIDS COUNT Data Center

shows that the
child poverty rate in the United States jumped from 18 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2009.

Based on recently released poverty figures from the U.S. Census Bureau's
American Community
, the KIDS COUNT analysis found that there were 14.7 million children in households
with incomes below the pove
rty threshold in the United States in 2009

1.6 million more than
in 2007, before the current recession began. The analysis, which for the first time broke down
child poverty rates by congressional district, also found wide variation in child poverty rate
across districts nationwide. Of the country's 435 congressional districts, those with the highest
2009 child poverty rates were New York's District 16 (49 percent) and Texas's District 15 (45
percent), while those with the lowest rates were New Jersey's
District 11 (3 percent) and
Pennsylvania's District 8 (3 percent). "These numbers should be a major wakeup call," said
Laura Beavers, national KIDS COUNT coordinator at the Casey Foundation. "The economic
success of America's children and families, now mor
e than ever, depends on the financial
stability of the communities they live in. The Casey Foundation believes that kids do well when
their parents do well, and parents do well when their communities thrive. Our future shared
prosperity is endangered if we

do not protect our current safety net and extend emergency
measures like jobless benefits, housing assistance, and other tax credits."

“Child Poverty Rates and Rankings by
State, City
Level and Congressional District Now
Available on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.”

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well
Being, 2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics ( gathers

from 22 Federal agencies to update 40 well
being indicators on children, youth, and families in
this annual report. A brief report was released this year; a full report is released every 2 years.
The indicators span seven domains: family and social e
nvironment, economic circumstances,
health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. Among the
report's conclusions are the following major findings:

Health insurance coverage rates for children increased

Teen smoking was at i
ts lowest since data collection began in 1980

The adolescent birth rate declined after a 2
year increase

The percentage of children whose parents had secure employment was the lowest since
1996, and the percentage living in food
insecure households was the

highest since
monitoring began in 1995

Read or download the report on the Forum's website:www.

Collection of NYTD Data Begins

October 1, 2010, marks the launch of the first national data collection dedicated to understandin
the transitions of youth from foster care to independent living, the National Youth in Transition
Database (NYTD). On this day, States begin collecting data for NYTD, including case
information on youth and the services they receive to assist them
in living independently as part
of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP). States will also be collecting
outcomes information for NYTD on certain youth who are in or who have aged out of foster

care. Ultimately, these data will provid
e insights into where State independent living programs
and services can improve youth outcomes by increasing financial self
sufficiency, educational
attainment, connections with adults, and access to health insurance as well as by helping youth
avoid home
lessness and high
risk behaviors.
Alongside the National Child Abuse and Neglect
Data System (NCANDS) and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
(AFCARS), NYTD will assist in gaining a more complete, national picture of youth ser
ved by
child welfare agencies.

The first semiannual NYTD data reporting deadline is May 15, 2011.
more information on NYTD, please contact the Children's Bureau at

Community Partnerships: Impr
oving the Response to Child Maltreatment

discusses how
communities, organizations, agencies, neighborhoods, and individuals can coordinate their
efforts and create a safer and more stable environment for children. Based on the belief that

approaches are essential to address the challenges of today's families in crisis
or at risk, the manual highlights the importance of responsive family

and community
approaches for the delivery of services and supports. This manual also illustrat
es the planning
process by providing step
step guidance on how to establish and sustain a community
partnership and measure results. The guide also includes eight appendices that offer checklists,
examples of community partnerships, and a resource listi

The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster
is written for community professionals

called to assess cases of possible child abuse.
Roles and responsibilities of different first responders (emergency medical technicians, law
enforcement officers, and child protective service workers) are outlined. In particular, this
publication undersco
res the importance of identifying signs of child maltreatment within the
context of domestic violence or substance abuse. Risks of child trauma in a
post disaster

are also addressed, along with issues relevant to disaster preparation and planning
. This manual
provides basic guidelines for conducting interviews with children and preparing for testimony in
court. Appendices offer a detailed description of signs of abuse, criteria for distinguishing
various types of injuries, home visit safety tips,
and more.

Both manuals are part of the

Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual
series published by the

Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect in the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. To download a copy of any manual in this collection, please visit the Child
Welfare Information Gateway website:

Administration for Children and Families' Office of Planning, Research and
Evaluation (OPRE) recently released three new research briefs

based on data from the
National Survey of C
hild and Adolescent Well
Being (NSCAW). NSCAW is a longitudinal
study of children at risk of abuse or neglect or already in the child welfare system. Data are
drawn from firsthand reports from children, parents, and other caregivers, as well as reports fro
caseworkers, teachers, and administrative records.

A Summary of NSCAW Findings

presents an overview of the main NSCAW findings on
children's safety, permanency, and well
being in the following key areas:


Permanency and living situation, including whether

children are living at home, are in an out
home care, have been adopted, or are living with kin

Child and family well
being, including health needs, delinquent behavior, and caregiver
risk factors

Use of mental health, special education, and parenting
_brief_main_findings.pdf (202 KB)

Kinship Caregivers in the Child Welfare System
examines the parenting provided by kinship
caregivers to children age 10 or you
nger who have been involved in investigations of child
maltreatment. The study found that, on average, kinship caregivers were older, less educated,
less likely to be married, and more likely be living under the Federal poverty level than foster
. The implications of these findings for the quality of care and the need for better
financial supports for these families are discussed.
f (417 PDF)

Children Involv
ed With Child Welfare: A Transition to Adolescence

is the third in a series and
presents findings from the NSCAW Wave 5 follow
up (6 to 7 years after baseline). It provides
information about safety, adolescent well
being, services received by adolescents a
nd their
caregivers, and child welfare system services for 1,484 adolescents who were reported for
maltreatment when they were between 3 and 11 years old.
_report_final.pdf (549 KB)

A complete list of NSCAW
related reports can be found on the OPRE


enters for Disease Control (C

Offers Resources on Shaken Baby Syndrome

CDC has
a new page in its Injury Prevention & Control web section on traumatic
brain injury and shak
en baby syndrome (SBS). The
information includes facts, statistics,
resources, and methods of prevention of SBS. Shaking a baby is usually the result of a
's frustrated response to a child's crying. A leading cause of child deaths, SBS
can cause bleeding in the brain or eyes. Infants up to the age of 4 months are most at risk
of injury from shaking, and inconsolable crying is the primary trigger for shaking
a baby.

The webpage describes two educational booklets about SBS and its prevention:

Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome: Guide for Health Departments and Community
Based Organizations

A Journalist's Guide to Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy
, which
also links
to a video in English and Spanish

Also available are four public service radio announcements in English and Spanish on
"Coping With Crying," as well as additional resources.

Access these resources on the





Obama Announces New STEM Education Initiative

n line with efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math education, President
bama "announced a nonprofit organization called Change the Equation." According to the AP,
the new initiative is "designed to bring successful, privately funded programs to 100 schools and
communities that are most in need. ... Former astronaut Sally Ride
and current and former
executives from Intel, Xerox, Time Warner Cable and Eastman Kodak founded the nonprofit


(9/16) added t
hat Change the Equation "has $5 million in funding for its
first year of operation, according to information provided by the White House." According to
CNN, "The goals of Change the Equation are to improve teaching in STEM subjects, inspire
student learnin
g in those subjects and achieve a national commitment to improve education in

In the first of a series of resource guides,
Education Resource Strategies and Education Week
have released Seven Strategies for District Transformation
, which outlines se
ven resource
misalignments in school systems, and provides seven strategies to transform those systems. The
tools are designed to help districts clearly define their strategic priorities; assess how well their

people, time, and money

with those strategic priorities; and make resource
decisions that drive improved student performance and equity. The seven common
misalignments are 1) schools and students with the same needs receive different levels and types
of resources that don't match

their needs; 2) job structure, salary, and support do not encourage
teacher effectiveness and contribution; 3) traditional school schedules and staffing practices do
not match time and individual attention to priorities, or foster professional working con
for teachers; 4) spending on and organization of curriculum, assessment, instruction, and
professional development are not aligned with school needs; 5) districts make limited
investments to build and reward leadership effectiveness; 6) central sch
ool services and
supervision are not designed to improve productivity and customize support to school needs; and
7) districts do not leverage more cost
effective community and expert resources to provide
student support and non
core academic instruction. F
or each misalignment, ERS explains
strategies for addressing them, offers examples of how districts are tackling this challenge, and
recommends specific

the strategies:

The Black
White Achievement Gap: New Report questions why progress has stalled in
closing the achievement gap


A new stu
dy from the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that in many of the
nation's middle
schools, black boys are nearly three times as likely to be suspended as white boys, and
black girls are suspended at four times the rate of white girls,

The New York Times re
School authorities also suspend Hispanic and Native American middle school students at higher
rates than white students, though not so disproportionately, and Asian students are less likely to
be suspended than whites. The study analyzed four decade
s of federal Department of Education
data on suspensions, with special focus on figures from 2002 and 2006, drawn from 9,220 of the
nation's 16,000 public middle schools. The authors focused on middle schools because research

has shown that students' middl
e school experience is crucial for determining future academic
success. One recent study of 400 incarcerated high school freshmen in Baltimore found that two
thirds had been suspended at least once in middle school. Federal law requires schools to expel
udents for weapons possession and incidents involving the most serious safety issues. The
authors examined disciplinary suspensions

in particular because school administrators can apply
them at their discretion.

Read more:

See the report:

A final evaluation of the federal
Enhanced Reading Opportunities

program suggests that extra,
explicit reading classes can boost reading skills for strug
gling adolescents, but the short
improvements can't save students lagging years behind, Sarah Sparks writes on her Inside School
Research blog in Education Week. Researchers tracked 6,000 9th
grade students in 34 high
schools who read at least two yea
rs below grade level. The students were randomly assigned to
attend either one of two supplemental reading programs or a scheduled elective course. Those in
the demonstration programs moved from the 23rd to the 25th percentile in reading during the
year, r
epresenting about two months of growth more than their peers in the control group. In
addition, the demonstration
group students had a 13 percent higher average GPA, and performed
better than the control group on state assessments of both reading and math.

However, gains
weren't nearly enough to make up the difference for kids who started out on average four or five
years behind grade level in reading. At the end of the year of supplemental help, nearly four out
of five students still read two or more years

below grade level, and neither they nor the control
roup were on track to graduate.

See the report:

A literacy crisis

A new policy brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education describes how over the last 37
years, the performance of thirteen

and seventeen
olds on the National Assessment of
Educational Progress reveals that nearly six mi
llion of 22 million American secondary students
struggle to read and write. Research demonstrates that around grade four, students must move
from learning to read to reading to learn, contending with increasingly complex material each
year. Without consist
ent content
area literacy support, many lose ground due to limited
background knowledge and lack of reading strategies to comprehend concepts introduced in
textbooks. When faced with students who struggle to read, teachers often lack sufficient training

integrating literacy into content areas, and tend to water down the curriculum and reduce task
demands on students. As a remedy, the brief strongly recommends that subject
area teachers
become more skilled in the kinds of reading and writing that are esse
ntial to their own academic
content areas, and foster students' abilities to read technical text, subject
matter material, and
digital content independently.
It also proposes that the Common Core State Standards, along
with aligned assessments, can serve a
s a first step to raise the level of literacy achievement for all

students in the United States.
See the brief:


Absences: critical data

The daily attendance roll is a way to welcome and engage students, but it also yields important
clues about students, classrooms, and whole communities, writes Hedy Chang of Attendance
Counts in Education Week.
Despite this, most schools track the wrong numbers and believe five
common myths about attendance. The first is that students don't start missing a lot of school until
middle or high school; actually, one in 10 kindergarten and 1st grade students misses at

least a
month of school every year, according to national research. Schools also think absences in the
early grades don't affect academic performance. On the contrary, when too many students miss
too much school, classroom churn affects the entire class a
s teachers repeat material to help
children catch up. Also, where state funding is linked to attendance, absences mean schools get
less money. Third, most schools also don't look at chronic absence patterns but instead measure
wide attendance or tra
ck truancy; neither figure captures what's actually going on with
kids. Schools also think there's not much they can do about attendance

it's up to the parents

when in fact partnering with community agencies can make a difference. Finally, schools th
the federal government has no role in reducing absence.
Chang concedes the best solutions are
local, but federal policymakers can ensure schools look at the right attendance data by requiring
the reporting of chronic absence rates and adding absences t
o longitudinal student databases.

Read more:

Charter School Group Fund Launches $160 Million Campaign

The Denver
Charter School Growth Fund

has launched a $160 million capital campaign to
help support the creation of non
traditional public sch
ools nationwide, the
Associated Press

reports. Once established, charter schools typically operate with a combination of public and
te funding. Start
up funding, on the other hand, tends to be private, posing a challenge for
parents, teachers, or business leaders who want to open a charter school. Start
up schools also
have to pay rent for facilities and receive on average $2,200 less
per student than traditional
public schools, said Peter Groff, president of the
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The Obama administration has encouraged the creation of new charter schools as part
of its
efforts to improve public education in the United States. Indeed, states that applied for the
billions in funding available through the government's
Race to the Top

competition were
required to have accommodating policies in place toward charter schools.

To date, the fund has raised half its goal from a range of individual and institutional donors,
including the
Walton Family Founda

and Netflix founder Reed Hastings. The campaign aims
to establish 335,000 additional spots for children at charter schools in the next decade.



Google Health

relaunches, targets wellness audience

Two and a half years after its launch, Googl
e Health has unveiled a "top
bottom" redesign

with a new focus on attracting

who want to "actively manage their health and wellness."

The revampe
d personal health record (PHR)

is still a place where one can aggregate and
organize all of one's he
alth information

medical record
s, prescriptions, immunizations

conditions. But "in the last several months we've stepped back to say, 'what can we do that's
more than just this notion of a personal health record?'" says Aaron Brown, senior product
r at Google.

The aim, he said, was to "expand the value and utility of this tool to a
broader set of users."

The traditional PHR is "extremely valuable to a specific type of user:
someone with medical problems, or someone who's a caregiver for someone who
has medical
problems," says Brown. "But a big class of consumers care about health and wellness and aren't
necessarily going to the doctor more than once a year."
Instead, they "may be trying t
o lose some
weight or fighting T
ype 2 diabetes, or trying to sl
eep better."


Google Health has done "a
complete overhaul of the user interface" to make the PHR more appealing and more intuitive to

Whereas before the focus was on importing records and exploring outside health services,
the visual hub now is a da
like page of graphs and charts that allow users to work toward
health goals and track how their medical data changes over time.

The interface can easily be
personalized and customized. Click on a particular topic

blood pressure, say

and a user
arrive at a detailed page that shows data over time, with flexible controls to view it in different
time frames and contexts. There's supplemental information alongside it

both licensed content
and search results from Google News, Google Scholar, an
d more.

There are also fields where
users can keep a diary of sorts, tracking their reactions to medications or making notes on the
outcome of a jog or a workout.

Google Health has also taken steps to make it easy for users to
enter data to the site. "If i
t's hard to enter data, if it's time consuming, people just don't do it,"
says Brown.

To that end, the site links with devices such as FitBit, a belt clip with accelerometer
and wireless radio that can measure steps taken, calories burned, distance walked
each day

information flows directly to the dashboard. It also interfaces with the Withings wi
fi scale: step
on and weight and BMI data is relayed to the PHR. The popular CardioTrainer app for Google's
Android smartphone also links directly to the da
shboard. Even before the relaunch, more than
50,000 users have uploaded information about 150,000 workouts to Google Health, says Brown.


In addition, on October 4, OJP's Bureau of Justice Statistics released its study,

Gang Units in
Large Local Law Enforcement Agencies, 2007

This report is the first nationwide study of
specialized police units dedicated to gangs and it discusses the operations of gang units,
including intelligence gathering approaches, investigational

tactics, gang suppression techniques,
law enforcement agency support work, and gang prevention activities.

According to the report,
in 2007, 365 of the nation's large (100 or more sworn officers) police departments and sheriffs'
offices had specialized
gang units, employing a median of 5 officers per unit and more than
4,300 full
time equivalent sworn officers nationwide.

Read more:



MENTOR Posts Resources for Action on
Waiting for "Superman"

September 23, 2010: As the nati
onal dialogue increases in anticipation of tomorrow's premiere of
the documentary
Waiting for "Superman,"

MENTOR has posted numerous resources youth
serving organizations and communities can use in the conversation around solving America's
educational chal

Waiting for "Superman"

highlights those challenges and is being
released by the same team that brought the world
An Inconvenient Truth
, including Davis
Guggenheim as creator and director, Participant Media as producer and Paramount Pictures as
ributor. MENTOR is working with a number of partners, including affiliated State
, to conduct screenings of the movie to promote conversations and encourage action.
MENTOR hopes the film and discussions will help people understand tha
t mentoring is a
powerful, evidence
based, solution to keeping kids in school.

The resources posted this week can be found at

and include MENTOR's
key messages

in response to the film, as well as key messages from partner United Way; national
and local
Waiting for "Superman"

campaign information; opportunities for action; and links to
partner America's Promise Alliance's Grad Nation campaign, United Way's educat
ion strategies
and Campaign for the Common Good, and the official
Waiting for "Superman"


An additional link takes users to information on MENTOR's recently
launched partnership with
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Mentoring USA called
Academic Achievement through
, which aims to connect potential mentors with young people in the 2,000 lowest
performing schools in the country that account for approximately 50
percent of students who
drop out of high school and 75 percent of students of color who drop out.

MENTOR has made its database of more than 5,000 quality, mentoring programs across the
country (Volunteer Referral Service) available to

so that after
seeing the documentary, potential mentors can go to the site and find mentoring and donation
opportunities via Microsoft's Bing Education Map. A zip code searc
h for users to find mentoring
opportunities near their home or where they work, using the same database, is available on
, as well.


Parenting Blogs: Advice from Moms and Dads

Read true tales from parents like you

Back to School for Family Education

Innovative Approaches to Engaging Parents

American Humane recently released a r
eport that highlights two parent engagement programs
designed to meet the immediate needs of families and to meaningfully involve parents in
making. The Parent Mentoring Program and the Parent Partner Program were
developed and implemented by the
Washington State Division of Child and Family Services.

The Parent Mentoring Program uses specially trained foster parents (mentors) to support parents
by helping them develop an action plan that addresses immediate needs (e.g., housing,
employment) as we
ll as barriers to reunification. The program involves a training curriculum,
selection criteria for both mentors and participating families, and a process that enables social

workers to guide mentors in their work with parents. The program is considered in
because it provides more individualized and intensive support than is typically available to
parents in the child welfare system.
A quasi
experimental evaluation of the program found that
parents in the Parent Mentoring Program were more likely to

reunify with their children than
s who were not in the program.
The Parent Partners Program draws on the learning
experiences of parents who were able to successfully reunify with their children with the help of
the Parent Mentoring Program.
These p
arent partners are matched with parents who are currently
trying to reunify with their children so that they can provide education and support and help
parents advocate for themselves.
Participants also attend courses designed to help them
understand the c
hild welfare system (including timelines, roles of professionals,

and ways to
access services).
"Engaging Parents: Innovative Approaches in Child Welfare," by Maureen
Marcenko, Ross Brown, Peggy DeVoy, and Debbie Conway, was published in American
Protecting Children,

Vol. 25(1).
It is also available o
n the American Humane website:
innovative.pdf (168

Meeting CFSR Standards of Father Involvement

The National Family Preserva
tion Network (NFPN) has developed a new guide,

Meeting CFSR Standards,

designed to help child welfare agencies improve their
practice and outcomes regarding fathers' involvement with their childr
en and their children's
While the F
ederal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)

which assesses each
State's compliance with Federal child welfare standards

has no specific measure for father
involvement, there are four relevant items under Child Well
Being Outcome I. Currently,
CFSRs indicate that States are receiving poor ratings in the area of father
involvement. NFPN's guide provides the following answers to the question, "What can be done
to help States improve their practice and outcomes?"

Assessment: An agency must first un
derstand its current response to fathers, which can
be done through an organizational assessment or by asking workers to complete an
assessment form on father involvement.

Motivation and Training: Anticipating that organizational and worker assessments of
father involvement will need

administrators can plan a kickoff event with a
motivational fatherhood speaker and soon after schedule the first training for workers.

Engaging Fathers: Workers can engage fathers by explaining how father involveme
positively affects child development, helping fathers select child
appropriate activities,
and connecting fathers to male
oriented supports and services.

Reinforcement and Instilling Cultural Change: Administrators can reinforce positive
changes and mak
e them a regular part of the agency culture by having additional training
and developing processes and policies that make father involvement an integral part of
agency culture.

Sustainability: An agency must integrate its good practice into the agency's co

The guide also describes how Kansas increased assessment of the fathers' needs, services for
fathers, involvement of fathers in the case planning process, and the quality and frequency of the
visits between the caseworker and the father.


guide's appendices offer tools for increasing father involvement, including:

Assessment of an agency's father friendliness


A checklist for assessing a father's involvement

Activities for fathers and their children

A message for mothers about the importanc
e of fathers

Other resources

To download the full guide, visit the NFPN website: (371 KB)


Get Help Now PA!
Is part of President Obama’s “United We Serve” national service in
which encourages Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in
service. To volunteer for a national service project, or list your volunteer project, go to:

Civic Life in America: Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation
, the first
ever federal
study of civic engagement, looked at how often Americans engage in a variety of activities,
including political

action, service, joining or belonging to a group, and connecting to information
and current events. The report found that between 2008 and 2009, nearly 58 percent of
Americans helped their neighbors at least once a month, and that nearly 1.6 million more
Americans did something to serve their communities in 2009 than the year before

the biggest
jump in volunteering since 2003.

Ten Cities Launch Community Service Plans Through Cities of Service Coalition

Cities of Service

coalition has announced that ten U.S. cities are getting ready to launch
impact community service plans designed to connect volunteers with opportunities in areas
of need. Launched in conjunction with the one
year anniversary of the

coalition, which now
includes 110 mayors representing more than 47 million Americans, the plans focus on engaging
spirited residents to address pressing local challenges. The cities about to launch plans

Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville,
Newark, Omaha,

Savannah, and Seattle

were recipients of Cities of Service Leadership Grants, which were
funded by the
Rockefeller Foundation

and used by each city to hire a ch
ief service officer to
develop and implement its plan. A second round of grants, funded jointly by the foundation and
Bloomberg Philanthropies, was announced in June. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg
launched the nation's first such plan,
NYC Service
, last April. Cities of Service also announced
that, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, it will provide coalition members with
customizable Web sites that can be used to post and prioritize volunteer oppo
rtunities and
connect interested residents to opportunities where they are needed. Six of the cities

Detroit, Nashville, Newark, Philadelphia, and Savannah

will use the new sites to highlight
their plans and collect information from interested

residents and organizations.



CCY behavioral guide now online
and i
ncludes information about the signs and symptoms of
trauma in children and descriptions of trauma
focused treatments and tips. Go to

Tobacco Use Declines A
mong Middle and High School Students

Tobacco use declined among middle school students from 15.1% to 8.2% and among high school
students from 34.5% to 23.9% between the years of 2000 and 2009, according to The Center for
Disease Control and Prevention Augu
st 27, 2010 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

were analyzed from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, a school
based survey administered to
grades six through twelve, from 2000 through 2009.

Although tobacco use decreased over the
past ten years,

momentum stalled between 2006 and 2009

and there was no observed change in
prevalence of use. Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., and
more than 80% of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 18.

A combination of
based programs and restrictions on tobacco marketing, promotion, and sales to youth
will help further decrease tobacco use.






Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP)

The project creates training resources to help bridge the gap between
behavioral health research and practice. Curre
ntly, the project offers online training in
five courses:

EBBP Process

Search for Evidence

Systematic Review

Critical Appraisal

Randomized Controlled Trials

Sponsored by Northwestern University and the National Institutes of Health, the EBBP courses
meet t
he requirements for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for some professions. CE

for social workers is scheduled to be established soon.

Visit the EBBP website to learn more:

Visiting Between Parents and Children in Foster Care

Child Welfare Information Gateway has partnered with the National Resource Center on
Permanency and Family Connections to offer an online training, "Introduction to Parent
Visits." Based on work
shops and materials developed by Rose Marie Wentz, the six lessons
provide training on maintaining parent
child and other family connections, covering such topics
as goals of visits, the legislative background pertaining to visitation, and best pr
to take the online training on the Information Gateway website:

The National Center for School Engagement

line course


ncy and Dropout: Mending the Cracks

in the Graduation Pipeline

This course was developed in response to the many requests we receive for information on best
practices in improving attendance and promoting school
engagement. The course covers:

school at
tendance matters so much

AAA Schools: the NCSE approach

Causes of truancy

Patterns of absence

Helpful approaches

Tips for effective case management

Compulsory school attendance law


Go to our

or see the course

for more information or to register.

Individual a
nd group rates are available. Sign up before November 30, 2010 to take advantage of
our introductory price!


November 2010

FREE Family Member Story Telling Training:
Tuesday November 2nd and 30th at PRO
ACT; 444 N. 3rd St., Suite 307; 12:30

4:30 pm. Do
ors close at 1 pm. Call 215
4989 or e

Registration is required.

Fractured Families: The Causes and Consequences of Children Separated From Their
Families Across Internatio
nal Borders


International Social Service

November 4

5, Baltimore, MD


2nd Annual Philadelphia OST Resource Fair

Monday, November 8, 10:00 AM

1:00 PM

Location: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street,
Philadelphia 19103

Registration information will be available shortly.

For details, contact John Price III at

5th Annual Conference on Differential Response in Child Welf


The Child W
Response Continuum

American Humane

November 8

10, Anaheim, CA

Advanced Analytics for Child Welfare Administration in Saratoga Springs, NY

November 8
12, 2010

In partnership with Casey Family Programs, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Chapin Hall and
the Center for State Foster Care and Adoption Data

are pleased to announce Advanced Analytics
for Child Welfare Administration, a five
day course for child welfare managers, on November 8
12, 2010, in Saratoga Springs, NY.


Forum 2010

A World Fit for Children: Advancing the Global Movement

tional Forum for Child Welfare

November 8

11, New York
, NY

Summer Changes Everything National Summer Learning Conference
November 9

Location: Indianapolis, IN. Contact: Ryan Rebarchick at 410
1370 ext. 203 or

22nd Annual National Dropout Prevention Conference

November 14
Location: Philadelphia, PA.

Sixth World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental
Health & Behavioral Disorders

November 17

, 2010

Omni Shoreham Hotel


December 2010

National Staff Development Council Annual Conference

December 4

Location: Atlanta, GA.

BOOST Collaborative & the Center for Collaborative Solutions (CCS)

announce their
new collaboration to provide enhanced support and lead national K
12 educators in the out
school time field to promote healthy lifestyles for y
outh. As a result of this collaboration, the
organizations will provide the first Annual Healthy Behaviors Conference

Changing Lives,
Saving Lives
December 8
10, 2010 in San Diego, CA.
Bird Registration Deadline Submit a
Workshop Proposal

25th Nati
onal Training Institute


December 9

11, Phoenix, AZ

January 2011

25th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Fam
ily Maltreatment

Chadwick C
enter for Children and Families

January 22

28, San Diego, CA