11/06/2014

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    Here's five social innovation links we are clicking on today:
  1. The Huffington Post: A Commitment to Making College Accessible to First-Generation College Students Anne E. Huot, President of Keene State College, writes about one of her main goals: "to make an education at Keene State College accessible to a wide variety of potential students who exhibit the drive, dedication and perseverance to earn a college-level education." With a focus on first generation students, Huot shows the obstacles students face and profiles organizations and tactics that may be utilized to help them.
  2. Opportunity Nation: How Starbucks’ Solutions City Shows the Importance of Leading on Youth Employment "In five cities across the country, including Baltimore, Starbucks is promoting cross-sector collaboration on the issue of youth employment. Given that partnerships among likely and unlikely allies is what Opportunity Nation is all about, I was proud to represent us at the gathering on October 21. We are also proud to have coalition partners like Youth Opportunity Baltimore who are working everyday to get young people on a career path, as we profiled in our WIOA in Action series."
  3. The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Strength in Storytelling "In an era of big data, many nonprofits return to the ancient art of connecting on an individual level. Health Leads, a Boston charity that recruits college-student volunteers to help low-income people connect with social services, can boast some terrific numbers. More than 4,000 volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people address urgent needs—like paying fuel bills, finding food banks, and seeking shelter from domestic abuse. But when Rebecca Onie, the chief executive, speaks about the program at health conferences, she often focuses more on the details of people’s stories than the data. She describes a young asthma sufferer in substandard housing who wakes up covered in cockroaches. She puts listeners in the shoes of a homeless man who lost his apartment when he had to choose between paying rent and buying his HIV medicine." New Profit is a proud funder and partner of Health Leads.
  4. Education News: Can the Universal College Application Rival the Common App? Last year, many applicants faced technical difficulties with the Common Application website. In response some universities to turning to an alternative: the Universal College Application.
  5. The Huffington Post: The American Dream Can Only Be Fulfilled If Our Top Students Have the Opportunity to Attend Our Top Colleges "Today, 70 percent of students at the country's most competitive colleges -- which graduate students at the highest rates -- come from families with incomes in the top 25 percent. Only 6 percent of students who grow up poor attend a leading school. Those are damning statistics for a country that prides itself on being a meritocracy, where young people with drive and ability can rise to the top, regardless of their family's income...The problem is not that poor and middle-income students lack the credentials to gain acceptance at top schools; many are highly-qualified. But they are not applying for a myriad of reasons -- starting with sticker shock...This week, Bloomberg Philanthropies is setting a new national goal: Increasing the percentage of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students who attend top colleges from approximately one-third to one-half in just four years. To help reach that goal, we are launching a new initiative that aims to help as many as 65,000 of these students find a school that matches their abilities."