Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. New Profit Blog: Statement Commending President Obama for Leadership on Social Innovation "On the occasion of Jonathan Greenblatt’s stepping down as director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (SICP), New Profit and America Forward commend Jonathan, President Barack Obama, and committed partners across the Obama Administration and Congress for their efforts to catalyze new, high-impact solutions to our country’s most pressing challenges."
  2. Yahoo: Preschoolers and Sleep: What Parents Should Know "Now research, published in the journal Sleep Medicine, shows that... Just 18 percent of the nearly 250 preschoolers in the new STRONG Kids study are getting the 11 to 12 hours of nightly sleep that’s recommended by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. On average, the 3- to 5-year-olds whose families were polled are getting just 9.6 hours of shuteye a night. And the kids getting the fewest hours of sleep? Children of mothers who work full-time, naturally."
  3. Education on Tap: Continuing To Serve - How Veterans are Shaping Education In this edition of the Teach For America podcast we hear from Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues and Sidney T. Ellington, Ph.D., Director of the veterans initiative at Teach For America. Teach for America is a past New Profit portfolio organization. New Profit is a proud funder and partner of The Mission Continues.
  4. The Daily Beast: What It Takes to Fix American Education "We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions." Jonah Edelman explores the "proven solutions" that we need to be implementing in education.
  5. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina: FoodCorps North Carolina: Growing Healthier Kids One Bite at a Time "What is FoodCorps? Put simply, it’s a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to real food so they can grow up healthy. FoodCorps service members in North Carolina have served with their local community partners to build 28 new school gardens across the state — and that’s in addition to teaching 30,000 kids where real food comes from and how to prepare it, and harvesting 3,200 pounds of produce together. Sure, the numbers in North Carolina and across the country are certainly impressive. But I want to tell you the real stories of students who are slowly changing their eating habits for the healthier." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Food Corps.