Here's a wrap-up of just some of the news New Profit portfolio organizations made this week:
CURRENT PORTFOLIO ORGANIZATIONS:
PR Web: Year Up Launches Year Up Professional Resources "Recognizing the growing need for skilled talent in the US, Year Up announced today the launch of Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO), a for-profit affiliate that will focus on job placement for its growing alumni base and serve as a pipeline of talent for organizations across the country. As a Public Benefit Corporation, YUPRO’s profits will be directed to the nonprofit Year Up to fund and support alumni networks and activities."
LIFT Blog: Why Serving A Year Is A Big Deal: A Guest Post by Our Partners at ServiceNation Tim Smith, Director of Online Engagement at ServiceNation brings awareness to LIFT's Serve A Year campaign, and explains the importance of spreading a new spirit to our nation: "Through this campaign, we’ve been able to hear amazing stories of AmeriCorps members fighting poverty, rebuilding after disasters, empowering veterans — stories that speak to our spirit as a country. A spirit that Senator Kennedy knew, a spirit that AmeriCorps members know, and soon — with the help of LIFT and the Serve A Year campaign — millions of Americans will know. Then, maybe we can get Washington to catch up with the rest of the country." ServiceNation is an America Forward Coalition member.
Aspen Institute: Ascend Network Partners LIFT was announced as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using "two-generation" approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable parents and children together.
BostInno: Support Boston's Homeless by Buying Their Works of Art A look at ArtLifting, a year-round social cial enterprise that gives the homeless and low-income a platform for selling their original artwork to interested buyers. Liz Powers of ArtLifting, explains how her and her brother founded the idea: "After doing volunteer case work with LIFT...I realized listening was so crucial to relationships. I thought about how to create support groups that aren't just one-on-one. I decided to create art groups that bring people who face similar challenges together so they can support one another."
Connecticut Magazine: Iraq Veteran, Ballet Dancer Roman Baca Brings Fallujah to West Hartford Roman Baca returned to Iraq in 2012 as part of The Mission Continues, an organization dedicated to helping veterans transition back into civilian life, and the New York-based Battery Dance Company, which travels to at-risk communities to teach youth how to dance using their personal experiences as inspiration. "Baca worked with Iraqi youth for five days in April 2012, creating a dance number that expressed who they were as young people, how they felt about their country, what they thought the U.S. thought of them and how they wanted to live in a safer Iraq."
The Intelligencer: The Mission Continues Partners With Engaged Health Solutions for a "Year of Change" "Engaged Health Solution selects the St. Louis-based organization The Mission Continues to received pro-bono health and wellness coaching as its first Year Of Change partner because the non-profit’s values and EHS’ are clearly aligned...Through The Year of Change program, EHS offers employees of a nonprofit the same personal coaching and education sessions that it provides to Fortune 100 companies, large manufacturing firms and universities—free of charge."
Edison Awards: 2014 Edison Award Winners The Mission Continues is recognized with an Edison Award as Silver Medal Winner among social impact organizations! Being recognized with an Edison Award is "one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business success."
sweetgreen: Meet Our New Charity Partner sweetgreen (a fast food restaurant that only serves healthy, organic food) is partnering with FoodCorps, which will enable sweetgreen to be brought to schools. "This partnership also means that FoodCorps will become our official charity partner for 2014 - 2015 and receive 1% of all purchases made with the sweetgreen rewards app. Similarly, we will work with FoodCorps to select a ‘pay what you want’ local beneficiary to receive 100% of proceeds from opening day at all future sweetgreen locations."
Oliver Wyman Blog: Frontlines: Health Leads Improves Care By Expanding Its Definition Jeremy Schifberg, who spent time last year as a strategy fellow at Boston-based Health Leads through Oliver Wyman’s Non-Profit Fellowship program, profiles Health Leads and the future of a holistic approach to healthcare. "As healthcare continues to move towards a world where providers of care are assuming risk for the total healthcare costs of their populations, look for models like the one Health Leads employs to continue to gain steam – the healthcare system as a whole, and vulnerable patients across the country in particular, are counting on it."
YouthBuild Blog: Region’s lead professionals volunteer on worksite, offer leadership advice A look at the YouthBuild/Junto 7 Philadelphia project which includes participants from LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s 2014 Core Program - a program that prepares leaders in the Philadelphia region’s private sector to serve the community as non-profit board members - and YouthBuild students. "The Philadelphia project consisted of five weekly sessions during which the LEADERSHIP volunteers would visit the Wingohocking worksite, put on hard hats and dust masks, and work alongside [YouthBuild] students in the process of deconstructing the abandoned properties and preparing them for renovation... Over the course of the five weeks, the volunteers also shared their own expertise with students by providing career advice during breaks on the worksite."
Journal Sentinal: Efforts to prepare MPS students for college bear fruit A look at how Milwaukee Public Schools' rate of graduates going to - and staying in - college is slowly increasing with some help from College Possible, a nonprofit that helps low-income students prepare for, apply to and succeed in college.
Aspen Institute: Ascend Network Partners AVANCE was announced as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using "two-generation" approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable parents and children together.
Boston Magazine: The Power of Ideas Boston Magazine names Peace First President, Eric Dawson, as one of Boston's best leaders and idealists!
NationSwell: These Programs for the Poor Preserve Dignity and Demand Accountability --- and They're Working A look at Family Independence Initiative, which is developing a computer platform through which low-income families can rate and offer feedback about programs and services they’ve used. The program is analogized as "Yelp, but for social services."
Aspen Institute: Ascend Network Partners Family Independence Initiative was announced as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using "two-generation" approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. Two-generation approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable parents and children together.
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Jefferson Public Radio: A Father-Daughter Dance — In Prison? A TED radio hour featuring Angela Patton, CEO of Girls For A Change, which helps prepare girls for their passage into womanhood. Angela is also the creator of Camp Diva, which "works to help girls and fathers stay connected and in each others' lives — but that becomes harder when the father is in jail. Patton tells the story of a unique father-daughter dance."