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April 25, 2014

Here's a wrap-up of just some of the news New Profit portfolio organizations made this week:

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Huffington Post: Skoll World Forum: The Olympics of Social Entrepreneurs Jamiel Alexander, President of the National YouthBuild Alumni Council, reflects on his time at the Skoll Foundation: "The spirit of hospitality and service to others made me feel right at home at the Skoll World Forum. My purpose in life is service and as I mentioned in my interview, Oxford is the Olympics of Social Entrepreneurs. Each person willing and able to pursue the life of service in many different ways at the peak of their careers challenging themselves and others to do and be more."

Forbes: Can Urban WebSlams STEM The Dropout Tide? Forbes covers a cool concept - an urban WebSlam - that YouthBuild Charter School students competed in earlier this month. "Learning to code not only sets the table for Web-related work, it is also a gateway to STEM fields in general. 'Teaching students how to code will help increase math and critical thinking skills and open the door to technology-related jobs,' said Nadia Despenza, YCSC’s STEM Coordinator, and creator of the schools’ first WebSlam. 'And that will ultimately serve as a pathway out of poverty for many of these talented young people.'"

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First Business News: Corporate Doorway [VIDEO] A feature on Year Up, where Chuck Coppola discusses how the organization aims to bridge the gap between urban youth and the tech jobs in the corporate world.

SSIR: "To Reach Transformative Scale, Transform the Conversation: Scaling impact is much bigger than scaling an enterprise." Gerald Chertavian writes about one of the most important and critical topics in social innovation - transformative scale. "For Year Up to reach transformative scale, we need to catalyze a broad employer movement for wider talent pipelines—one that goes far beyond our own enterprise’s growth. It’s a fundamentally different bet on impact than we’re used to. If we’re ultimately successful in our work, the vast majority of those who benefit from it will never have heard of us."

KIPP Schools
Arkansas Traveler: UofA Partners With Charter School The University of Arkansas has partnered with the KIPP schools to provide UA students in the College of Education and Health Professions with the chance to learn and possibly teach at KIPP schools. In return, KIPP students will be provided with scholarships and student support services, such as tutoring at the UofA.

Eye to Eye
The Exponent: Eye-to-Eye mentorship program helps learning disabled students A look at the partnership between Eye to Eye and West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School and the University, which is the first of its kind in Indiana.

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Iowa Public Radio: Public, Private Partners Key to Local Food Success "The schools in Waukon are part of a thriving local food movement in a six-county region of Northeast Iowa. Nationwide, the popularity of local food has skyrocketed over the last two decades...Several AmeriCorps and Food Corps members are spending their year of service working with local growers, school districts, non-profits and colleges to support the network that has made local food popular here."

College Advising Corps
CNCS Blog: College Advising Corps – Using AmeriCorps and SIF to scale pathways to college A look at how College Advising Corps has leveraged its SIF involvement to "extend the program’s geographic reach, build additional evidence around the program model, and access new funding opportunities...College Advising Corps has now expanded nationally to 423 schools served by 375 advisors, 261 of whom are engaged through AmeriCorps funding. Another 50 advisors are provided through the SIF investment of New Profit Inc." As a SIF intermediary, New Profit's Pathways Fund provides strategic and financial support to scale 6 of our nation's most promising social innovations focused on college and career success for youth, including College Advising Corps. New Profit also supports YouthBuild, which is a SIF grantee and an AmeriCorps organization.

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Blog Talk Radio: School Turnaround for Children in Poverty As part of the "Know it All ABCs of Education" feature of Blog Talk Radio, Turnaround for Children, Inc. Founder, President, and CEO Pamela Cantor, M.D. speaks about her organization and about how fortified environments will allow us to address the impacts of poverty on teaching and learning.

SF Gate: Announcing the Top Nominees for the 5th Annual Classy Awards Turnaround for Children is named as a top nominee for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards for Education Advancement. The CLASSY Awards is the largest social impact awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest champions of social progress. The winners will be announced on May 3rd.

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SF Gate: Announcing the Top Nominees for the 5th Annual Classy Awards The Mission Continues is named as a top nominee for The 5th Annual CLASSY Awards for Active Duty and Veteran Services. The CLASSY Awards is the largest social impact awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest champions of social progress. The winners will be announced on May 3rd.

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SF Gate: Announcing the Top Nominees for the 5th Annual Classy Awards Right to Play is named as a top nominee for the 5th Annual CLASSY Awards for Education Advancement. The CLASSY Awards is the largest social impact awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest champions of social progress. The winners will be announced on May 3rd.

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Take Part: Well Versed: Why Teaching Poetry Matters "In this era of short attention spans and 40-word tweets, poetry may be the ideal vehicle for enticing students to learn. In classrooms across the country, Emily Southerton witnesses the magic of poetry and its ability to transform kids. As Teach For America’s digital initiative specialist, Southerton is part of the organization’s Poet Warriors Project, a nationwide program that helps kids write and publish poetry on tough issues they face, such as poverty, gangs, and peer pressure. The idea is to generate positive changes in their lives. More than 50 classrooms around the country, and more than 2,500 students, have written for it."

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U.S. News: The Crucial Role of Mentors in STEM A panel at U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, which included Eric Schwarz of Citizen Schools, agreed that too many students in low-income communities do not often get mentoring opportunities."Mentoring can help reverse the achievement gap between black and white students, especially kids in underserved or rural communities, says Schwarz. 'It’s not that the schools in lower- and upper-income neighborhoods are unequal, it’s not because poor kids are learning less, but wealthy kids are learning much much more' because of 'extra learning' outside of the classroom, he says."

New York Daily News: Getting a boost from Google: Citizen Schools makes STEM education relevant to at-risk students Some great coverage on a terrific collaboration between schools serving opportunity-gap populations, Citizen Schools, and Google. "One of the things people don’t talk about is the inspiration gap...My students don’t necessarily have as many role models, and so one of the things that Citizen Schools brings is a core group of high-functioning, high-achieving adults to help students, to inspire students, to make a clear transition between what’s happening in their classrooms and what it could mean for their life. If you’re thinking, 'How is math applicable to my life?' Who better to show you than a Google software engineer?"

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