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DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. and UnitedHealthcare teamed up to renovate the gymnasium at J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit’s Morningside neighborhood. UnitedHealthcare donated $11,000 to the Marvin Jones Jr. Dreambuilders program to support the renovation. Employees from UnitedHealthcare were joined by Jones at the school today to announce and unveil the renovated gymnasium to the students. The renovations include the installation of four new basketball backboards. The lockers within the gym received a fresh coat of paint, and UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers created a series of panel murals for the gym’s walls. “Keeping kids active and healthy in Detroit is very important to me, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in this effort than UnitedHealthcare,” said Jones. “This new basketball equipment and the other improvements in the gym will give all of the Clark Prep students a chance to stay active.” “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Marvin Jones Jr. and his Dreambuilders program to promote healthy activity in the Detroit community,” said Tim DiMartino, vice president of UnitedHealthcare of Michigan. Since 2010, UnitedHealthcare has partnered with 23 professional athletes across the country and donated more than $500,000 to Dreambuilders programming that addresses food insecurity among students, promotes physical activity and active play, and assists with access to playgrounds for students with special needs. “We appreciate the generosity of Marvin Jones Jr. and UnitedHealthcare in providing the funding needed for these upgrades to our gym,” said Demond Thomas, principal of J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy. “The gym is an important part of our school and, because of their kindness, our students will be able to play in a safer and cleaner environment.” The Marvin Jones Jr. Dreambuilders program and UnitedHealthcare have helped Clark Prep and other schools in Detroit with its support of City Year, which places AmeriCorps members inside schools to provide academic and mentor support to disadvantaged children. “City Year Detroit is grateful to Marvin Jones Jr. and UnitedHealthcare for their support of the work of our AmeriCorps members,” said Andrew Stein, City Year Detroit’s executive director. “These young idealists have pledged to serve all day, every day to help students achieve academically and to help create a positive school culture. City Year Detroit is an exciting way for us to engage more of the community in this very important work.” The donation and gym renovation project are part of UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook. About Dreambuilders The Dreambuilders Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with pro athletes across the country to help financially, physically and mentally-challenged kids receive the items, opportunities and equipment they need to reach their dreams. About UnitedHealthcare UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter. About City Year City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to 2-3 times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org, City Year’s Facebook page, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for UnitedHealth Group.


News Article | May 19, 2017
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St. Louis agency partners with AmeriCorps, credit union and library to provide hunger relief. St. Louis, MO, May 19, 2017 --( Enter Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, which has teamed up with new area partners to create additional avenues and expand existing methods for feeding children 18 years of age and younger. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the USDA, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The summer meal program begins June 5 and runs through Aug. 11 with mobile and stationary service Mon. through Fri. In 2012, OFS sponsored SFSP at a single location, serving 5,000 meals to children. Last year the organization served nearly 100,000 meals at a combination of stationary and mobile sites throughout the St. Louis region. The introduction of the mobile meals concept proved successful in breaking down transportation barriers and increased access to healthy food. As a result, child participation at OFS-sponsored sites grew by 40% over summer 2015. This year the mobile meal vans will expand from 16 locations to a total of 33. New collaborations and extended services include: · OFS will team up with 20 AmeriCorps leaders who are part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Along with meal service, AmeriCorps volunteers will provide educational interaction and entertaining activities. · The St. Louis Public Library – which has five locations – will now feature the OFS mobile route service at the following branch locations: Carpenter, Carondelet, Central, Divoll, and Walnut Park. OFS has offered the stationary option at several St. Louis County Libraries since 2014 and will continue this year. · St. Louis Community Credit Union – which has three of its 15 locations for distribution sites – will now feature OFS mobile route service at the following branches: Gateway (Union and Natural Bridge), Pagedale (24:1 Wealth Accumulation Center), and Benton Park (South City Wealth Accumulation Center). · Community pop-up pantries, which will be held on five Fridays throughout the summer, will provide shelf-stable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and on-site cooking demonstrations. The pop-up pantries will be located on the existing mobile routes to ensure access to healthy food over the weekend. The SFSP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “This program is a part of our campaign to end childhood hunger and combat the toxic stress that threatens our area’s youth,” said Operation Food Search Executive Director Sunny Schaefer. “We greatly appreciate the far-reaching community support we have received this year because it allows us to help those who would otherwise go hungry during the summer.” Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families with a range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. OFS is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. For more information, call (314) 726-5355. St. Louis, MO, May 19, 2017 --( PR.com )-- No matter how hot St. Louis summers get, children – approximately 173,000 in our bi-state region – still need to be fed.Enter Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, which has teamed up with new area partners to create additional avenues and expand existing methods for feeding children 18 years of age and younger. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the USDA, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The summer meal program begins June 5 and runs through Aug. 11 with mobile and stationary service Mon. through Fri.In 2012, OFS sponsored SFSP at a single location, serving 5,000 meals to children. Last year the organization served nearly 100,000 meals at a combination of stationary and mobile sites throughout the St. Louis region. The introduction of the mobile meals concept proved successful in breaking down transportation barriers and increased access to healthy food. As a result, child participation at OFS-sponsored sites grew by 40% over summer 2015. This year the mobile meal vans will expand from 16 locations to a total of 33.New collaborations and extended services include:· OFS will team up with 20 AmeriCorps leaders who are part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Along with meal service, AmeriCorps volunteers will provide educational interaction and entertaining activities.· The St. Louis Public Library – which has five locations – will now feature the OFS mobile route service at the following branch locations: Carpenter, Carondelet, Central, Divoll, and Walnut Park. OFS has offered the stationary option at several St. Louis County Libraries since 2014 and will continue this year.· St. Louis Community Credit Union – which has three of its 15 locations for distribution sites – will now feature OFS mobile route service at the following branches: Gateway (Union and Natural Bridge), Pagedale (24:1 Wealth Accumulation Center), and Benton Park (South City Wealth Accumulation Center).· Community pop-up pantries, which will be held on five Fridays throughout the summer, will provide shelf-stable food, fresh fruits and vegetables, and on-site cooking demonstrations. The pop-up pantries will be located on the existing mobile routes to ensure access to healthy food over the weekend.The SFSP is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).“This program is a part of our campaign to end childhood hunger and combat the toxic stress that threatens our area’s youth,” said Operation Food Search Executive Director Sunny Schaefer. “We greatly appreciate the far-reaching community support we have received this year because it allows us to help those who would otherwise go hungry during the summer.”Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families with a range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food.OFS is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. For more information, call (314) 726-5355. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Operation Food Search


Receive press releases from Church of Scientology National Affairs Office: By Email Washington, DC, May 15, 2017 --( Ambassador Don Bliss, President of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, National Capital Area Chapter, acknowledged President and Founder of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, for her tireless efforts to educate youth around the world on their basic human rights for the last 16 years and presented her with a Presidential Volunteer Service lifetime achievement award. A representative from Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s office presented Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for a Slavery Free World, actor Marisol Nichols, with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award to honor her activity as a passionate advocate in the fight against child trafficking. Nichols (Riverdale, NCIS, 24) was the keynote speaker for the event, capturing the attention of audience members with gritty stories of her undercover work highlighting less well known aspects of the child prostitution network, making it clear that more needs to be done about this pressing issue. A representative from Congressman Brad Sherman’s Office also presented a Presidential Volunteer Service Award to two of their constituents for their human rights work. Members of the diplomatic community, congressional office representatives, dignitaries and humanitarians were on hand for the presentations. Erica Rodgers, the Director of the Youth for Human Rights Washington DC Chapter, was the master of ceremonies for the event. Recipients of the 2017 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards included Bob and Irina Kaye of California; Emma Ashton of Florida; the Washington DC Youth for Human Rights Chapter; the Delphian School Youth for Human Rights Chapter, of Oregon; and actor Marisol Nichols, of California. These individuals and groups were each acknowledged for their work promoting and educating on human rights, and shared their stories of inspiration. The event was co-hosted by Youth for Human Rights and the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office. “Education is vitally important, especially in the arena of human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written, agreed upon and meant to be disseminated in all areas of society. Broad human rights awareness can change the world. Lack thereof is one of the main factors for where we are today,” Beth Akiyama said. Akiyama is the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, a partner in the event. The President’s Volunteer Service Award was started by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The Council is no longer, but the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is administered by Points of Light. The Gold PVSA represents a minimum of 250 hours of public service in a year.(1) Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights. The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI accomplishes this through simple yet empowering, high-quality human rights education materials for youth, teachers and officials in more than 20 languages. The Church of Scientology engages in collaborative efforts with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations to bring about broad-scale awareness and implementation of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Central to Scientology beliefs is a conviction that all humankind is entitled to inalienable rights. Inspired by Mr. Hubbard’s words that “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream,” Scientologists support what has become one of the world’s largest nongovernmental human rights education initiative. (1) http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/recognition/presidents-volunteer-service-award Washington, DC, May 15, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Outstanding Youth for Human Rights International volunteers and national advocates were honored with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards in a Capitol Hill ceremony marking the finale of Youth for Human Rights International's 14th annual World Education Tour.Ambassador Don Bliss, President of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, National Capital Area Chapter, acknowledged President and Founder of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, for her tireless efforts to educate youth around the world on their basic human rights for the last 16 years and presented her with a Presidential Volunteer Service lifetime achievement award.A representative from Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s office presented Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for a Slavery Free World, actor Marisol Nichols, with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award to honor her activity as a passionate advocate in the fight against child trafficking. Nichols (Riverdale, NCIS, 24) was the keynote speaker for the event, capturing the attention of audience members with gritty stories of her undercover work highlighting less well known aspects of the child prostitution network, making it clear that more needs to be done about this pressing issue.A representative from Congressman Brad Sherman’s Office also presented a Presidential Volunteer Service Award to two of their constituents for their human rights work.Members of the diplomatic community, congressional office representatives, dignitaries and humanitarians were on hand for the presentations.Erica Rodgers, the Director of the Youth for Human Rights Washington DC Chapter, was the master of ceremonies for the event.Recipients of the 2017 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards included Bob and Irina Kaye of California; Emma Ashton of Florida; the Washington DC Youth for Human Rights Chapter; the Delphian School Youth for Human Rights Chapter, of Oregon; and actor Marisol Nichols, of California. These individuals and groups were each acknowledged for their work promoting and educating on human rights, and shared their stories of inspiration.The event was co-hosted by Youth for Human Rights and the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office.“Education is vitally important, especially in the arena of human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written, agreed upon and meant to be disseminated in all areas of society. Broad human rights awareness can change the world. Lack thereof is one of the main factors for where we are today,” Beth Akiyama said. Akiyama is the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, a partner in the event.The President’s Volunteer Service Award was started by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The Council is no longer, but the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is administered by Points of Light. The Gold PVSA represents a minimum of 250 hours of public service in a year.(1)Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights. The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI accomplishes this through simple yet empowering, high-quality human rights education materials for youth, teachers and officials in more than 20 languages.The Church of Scientology engages in collaborative efforts with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations to bring about broad-scale awareness and implementation of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Central to Scientology beliefs is a conviction that all humankind is entitled to inalienable rights. Inspired by Mr. Hubbard’s words that “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream,” Scientologists support what has become one of the world’s largest nongovernmental human rights education initiative.(1) http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/recognition/presidents-volunteer-service-award Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Church of Scientology National Affairs Office


News Article | May 16, 2017
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"As local organizations experience increased demands with fewer resources, older Americans are stepping up to fill in the gaps, and their service is more important now than ever," said Erin McGrath, acting director of Senior Corps. "Older adults are transforming society and addressing some of the toughest problems facing our nation by closing the mentoring gap, reducing crime and reviving cities, fighting the opioid epidemic, helping seniors remain independent in their homes, and rebuilding communities following disasters. I salute the Senior Corps volunteers leading these efforts and thank them for their commitment to serve their country." According to the annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America report by CNCS, more than 21 million Americans age 55+ contributed more than 3.3 billion hours of service in their communities. Based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, their collective service provides a yearly economic benefit valued at $78 billion, while helping communities fill critical gaps in education, health care, and other services. The top-ranked volunteer activities among this group were collecting and distributing food, fundraising, and providing professional or management assistance to nonprofits. With nearly 1 in every 5 Americans projected to be age 60 or older by 2030, a great opportunity exists to engage older Americans in service to meet critical community needs while contributing to longer, healthier lives. A growing body of research points to mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering, including lower mortality rates, increased strength and energy, decreased rates of depression, and fewer physical limitations. Last year, 245,000 Senior Corps volunteers served 74.6 million hours helping 845,000 older adults remain independent in their homes; and improving the academic performance, self-esteem, and overall social behavior of more than 267,000 young people. Here are several examples of Senior Corps projects in action: Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service. CNCS engages millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs and leads volunteering initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/older-americans-provide-services-valued-at-78-billion-to-us-economy-300458344.html


News Article | May 17, 2017
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In 2016, CNCS deployed more than 1,300 AmeriCorps members from AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams to seven nationally-declared disasters. AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams are CNCS's elite specialty-trained crews deployed at the request of local and federal emergency managers. The teams deployed in 2016 represented the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. AmeriCorps members joined response efforts for the Missouri, West Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana flooding; the Flint water crisis; Hurricane Matthew; and the East Tennessee wildfires. Their efforts led to the mucking and gutting of more than 1,400 homes. Mucking and gutting is essential to returning families and individuals back to their homes. Without these services, houses quickly become unsalvageable, contributing to the devastating loss of available, affordable housing in communities most in need. Other services include debris removal, roof tarping, sandbagging, volunteer and donations management, and the establishment of long-term recovery coalitions, which bring together local organizations to provide critical recovery resources to homeowners. "CNCS's work in disaster response and recovery cannot be done alone. The AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members deployed become part of the communities in which they serve and stand shoulder to shoulder with their neighbors throughout the recovery process," said Kelly DeGraff, senior advisor for disaster services at the Corporation for National and Community Service. "CNCS is honored to receive this award, and proud to share it with the thousands of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who've responded to disasters and all the lives they've touched." Additional 2017 NVOAD winners include the South Dakota VOAD for the Innovative Program of the Year, the North Carolina VOAD for State VOAD of the Year, All Hands for Member of the Year, Christy Smith of UMCOR for the Spirit Award, and Dee Binder of the American Red Cross for the Don Hampton Volunteer of the Year Award. Currently, more than 80 AmeriCorps members in Missouri and Texas are assisting local communities in their response to devastating storms and flooding. In Texas, AmeriCorps members from the Texas Conservation Corps have set up a Volunteer Reception Center and are joined by Senior Corps members from the RV Disaster Corps. In Missouri, AmeriCorps St. Louis members are joined by five AmeriCorps NCCC teams to support the 2-1-1 call center, muck-and-gut operations, debris removal, and volunteer management. Following a disaster, national service acts as a force multiplier, providing key resources and significantly expanding the capacity of existing organizations on the ground. More than 40,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members were deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina. In the decade since, AmeriCorps teams have provided critical support after countless disasters, including the Flint water crisis; 2016 Louisiana flood; 2014 Southeast Michigan flood; Hurricane Sandy; tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Moore, Okla.; the explosion in West, Texas; and the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, provides strong support, expertise, and trained and dedicated volunteers to help communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. From forest fires and floods, to hurricanes and tornadoes, to terror attacks and oil spills, participants in CNCS programs have provided critical support to millions of Americans affected by disasters since 1994. CNCS engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads volunteer initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/federal-americorps-agency-selected-for-national-disaster-award-300459272.html


News Article | April 27, 2017
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"We're truly fortunate to bring Rusty aboard, whose deep experience and thought leadership in the realms of education innovation, government and entrepreneurship will bring immediate value to 2U and our university partners," said Christopher "Chip" Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U. "Much of my passion and work has been focused on building and leveraging innovative platforms to transform how we learn and become more connected, thoughtful and productive citizens," said Rusty Greiff, senior vice president and regional general manager at 2U. "I could not be more excited to work with 2U and its dynamic team, higher-ed leaders and university partners to create this impact globally." Most recently, Greiff served as managing director and general partner at 1776, a global innovation incubator and venture fund. Greiff will remain a partner in 1776's Seed Fund and serve as a senior advisor to 1776 on global innovation and edtech initiatives. While at 1776, Greiff expanded 1776's global strategy, oversaw 1776's global education platform of over 100 edtech companies, and lead its innovation work with university presidents and provosts. Greiff also headed 1776's venture investments in leading edtech companies in higher-ed workforce development.  Previously, Greiff was a co-founder, chief strategy and development officer, and board executive at Grockit, which was acquired by Kaplan, Inc. in 2013, as well as Learnist, Inc. a leading curation platform.  Greiff has held senior executive roles at Educate, Inc., and USA Networks, Inc. (now IAC/InterActiveCorp), as well as the Office of the Minority Leader and Democratic Steering & Coordination Committee, U.S. Senate; and the Corporation for National and Community Service during President Clinton's first term. Greiff is a frequent speaker, public contributor and panelist on higher education innovation and entrepreneurship, who serves as a senior advisor or board member to multiple venture funds, national non-profits, academic institutions, foundations, and edtech companies. He is a former Coro Fellow in Leadership, holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Harvard Business School and has completed coursework at London School of Economics. About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU) 2U partners with great colleges and universities to build what we believe is the world's best digital education. Our platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. 2U's No Back Row® approach allows qualified students and working professionals around the world to experience a first-rate university education and successful outcomes. To learn more, visit 2U.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/russell-rusty-greiff-joins-2u-as-senior-vice-president-and-regional-general-manager-300447072.html


News Article | April 20, 2017
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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners have joined with three state and local governments to develop a new big-data infrastructure for evaluating programs that aim to increase economic opportunity. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the Santa Cruz Human Services Department, and the Washington Department of Early Learning will receive research and development support from Stanford and Third Sector. These government-nonprofit-university partnerships will build linked federal, state, and local administrative data sets for evaluating policy and improving economic outcomes and well-being. The first cohort of state and local agencies will be supported by a grant awarded by the Social Innovation Fund, a federal program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Third Sector Capital Partners. This $1.5 million grant was matched by a $1.5 million contribution from the Ballmer Group. “These communities are showing their commitment to using data to develop programs based on outcomes. By accessing and linking to critical data, these communities will be able to better measure results and improve services. This effort is essential to expanding data-driven social programming resulting in delivering proven support to those individuals most in need,” said Caroline Whistler, CEO of Third Sector Capital Partners. The three awardees are: With new big-data capacity, each agency will be able to measure both short- and long-term effects of their programs. “The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality is committed to improving the country’s infrastructure for evaluating and developing policy to reduce poverty and expand opportunity. These new partnerships will address key issues related to child and youth development, labor market attachment, and individual well-being. We’re excited to join with these communities to evaluate their economic opportunity programs, to learn what works and what doesn’t, and to build capacity for ongoing innovation,” said Charles Varner, Associate Director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. In addition to evaluation and program design, award recipients will join in thematic learning communities that will span the entire West Coast to provide peer development opportunities and encourage the adoption of outcomes-based, data-driven policy. “The Social Innovation Fund is changing the way the government works with the private sector. We identify and invest in efficient and effective models so that more people can benefit from them,” said Lois Nembhard, Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “This group of sub-recipients exemplify how communities are building innovative, data-driven programs. By supporting this opportunity, the Social Innovation Fund is continuing to support evidence-based public policy and create a pipeline of Pay for Success-ready governments.” THE STANFORD CENTER ON POVERTY AND INEQUALITY, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford University, is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to monitoring trends in poverty and inequality, explaining what’s driving those trends, and developing science-based policy on poverty and inequality. The Center’s mission is to conduct and facilitate research on issues of domestic poverty, mobility, and inequality and to disseminate the results of this research to scholars, policy makers, and the general public. The guiding principle of the Center’s work is that research findings should be evidence-based, the result of rigorous scientific inquiry, and communicated clearly and objectively. For more information, visit inequality.stanford.edu. THIRD SECTOR CAPITAL PARTNERS leads governments, high-performing nonprofits, and private funders in building evidence-based initiatives that address society’s most persistent challenges. As experts in innovative contracting and financing strategies, Third Sector is an architect and builder of the nation’s most promising Pay for Success projects including those in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Santa Clara County, California and Salt Lake County, Utah. These projects are rewriting the book on how governments contract for social services: funding programs that work to measurably improve the lives of people most in need while saving taxpayer dollars. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, DC, Third Sector is supported by its work for governments and service providers as well as philanthropic and government grants. THE SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND (SIF) is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts. The SIF positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—using public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of results. The SIF focuses on overcoming challenges confronting low-income Americans in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. To learn more, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/sif.


Stanbridge College Awarded Presidential Recognition for Outstanding Community Service Efforts for the Seventh Consecutive Year Irvine, CA, December 16, 2016 --( “Service and higher education go hand in hand,” said Ms. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “The President’s Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve." “Congratulations to Stanbridge College, its faculty, and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” Ms. Spencer continued. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders.” President of Stanbridge College, Mr. Yasith Weerasuriya stated, “We are extremely honored and pleased to accept this award from the Corporation for National and Community Service recognizing our service efforts for the seventh year in a row. Our students, staff, and faculty endeavor every year to intensify their efforts to help the impoverished in Orange County and abroad.” Throughout the 2013 – 2014 academic year, Stanbridge College developed and strengthened both new and well maintained, long-term community partnerships with non-profits. Such partners include the Autism Speaks Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern California Special Olympics, the Free Pantry Organization, the Downtown Dog Rescue, OC Parks, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, the Illumination Foundation, and Irvine Animal Care Center. Recently, Stanbridge College has expanded its efforts to partner with organizations on several civic engagement projects. These projects include: Occupational Therapy students working with Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA (WAVES) Project to help veterans with PTSD, Veterinary Technology students creating a kitten foster program alongside the Forever Home Cat Rescue, Occupational Therapy students tutoring Life College students with learning disabilities, and Physical Therapist Assistant students administering wheelchair assessments for clients of the Goodwill of Orange County Fitness and Technology Center. In the recent academic year, Stanbridge College was honored to receive the 2016 Gold Award for Excellence in Community Service from The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) for extending its students quality higher education while simultaneously assisting the local community. To learn more about the programs at Stanbridge College and its degree programs, please visit www.stanbridge.edu. About Stanbridge College Founded in 1996, Stanbridge College offers specialized degrees at the Master, Bachelor, and Associate levels in the fields of Nursing and Allied Health. Stanbridge is based in Irvine, California with an annual enrollment of over 1,300 students. For each year from 2009 through 2015, Stanbridge has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. In 2016, Stanbridge College was awarded the Gold Award for Excellence in Community Service from The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) for offering students quality higher education while simultaneously maintaining efforts to assist the local community. In 2013, Stanbridge College received the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) Community Service Award for outstanding outreach to the local and global community. Stanbridge College has been selected as a 2014-2015 School of Excellence by the ACCSC, and also received its 2015 Excellence in Student Services Award for creating a comprehensive student services program that enhances student achievement outcomes. Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., has named Stanbridge College one of America’s Best Technical Colleges for each year from 2009 through 2016. For more information, please visit www.stanbridge.edu or call (866) 837-3620. Irvine, CA, December 16, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Stanbridge College has been named to the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the seventh consecutive year. The award is the highest federal affirmation a college or university can receive in recognition of its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. The acknowledgment underlines Stanbridge College’s extensive efforts to bring positive change to both the local and global communities.“Service and higher education go hand in hand,” said Ms. Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “The President’s Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve."“Congratulations to Stanbridge College, its faculty, and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” Ms. Spencer continued. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders.”President of Stanbridge College, Mr. Yasith Weerasuriya stated, “We are extremely honored and pleased to accept this award from the Corporation for National and Community Service recognizing our service efforts for the seventh year in a row. Our students, staff, and faculty endeavor every year to intensify their efforts to help the impoverished in Orange County and abroad.”Throughout the 2013 – 2014 academic year, Stanbridge College developed and strengthened both new and well maintained, long-term community partnerships with non-profits. Such partners include the Autism Speaks Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern California Special Olympics, the Free Pantry Organization, the Downtown Dog Rescue, OC Parks, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, the Illumination Foundation, and Irvine Animal Care Center.Recently, Stanbridge College has expanded its efforts to partner with organizations on several civic engagement projects. These projects include: Occupational Therapy students working with Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA (WAVES) Project to help veterans with PTSD, Veterinary Technology students creating a kitten foster program alongside the Forever Home Cat Rescue, Occupational Therapy students tutoring Life College students with learning disabilities, and Physical Therapist Assistant students administering wheelchair assessments for clients of the Goodwill of Orange County Fitness and Technology Center.In the recent academic year, Stanbridge College was honored to receive the 2016 Gold Award for Excellence in Community Service from The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) for extending its students quality higher education while simultaneously assisting the local community.To learn more about the programs at Stanbridge College and its degree programs, please visit www.stanbridge.edu.About Stanbridge CollegeFounded in 1996, Stanbridge College offers specialized degrees at the Master, Bachelor, and Associate levels in the fields of Nursing and Allied Health. Stanbridge is based in Irvine, California with an annual enrollment of over 1,300 students.For each year from 2009 through 2015, Stanbridge has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. In 2016, Stanbridge College was awarded the Gold Award for Excellence in Community Service from The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) for offering students quality higher education while simultaneously maintaining efforts to assist the local community. In 2013, Stanbridge College received the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) Community Service Award for outstanding outreach to the local and global community. Stanbridge College has been selected as a 2014-2015 School of Excellence by the ACCSC, and also received its 2015 Excellence in Student Services Award for creating a comprehensive student services program that enhances student achievement outcomes. Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., has named Stanbridge College one of America’s Best Technical Colleges for each year from 2009 through 2016.For more information, please visit www.stanbridge.edu or call (866) 837-3620. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Stanbridge College


News Article | February 1, 2016
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said January 30, 2016, he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy. "In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill. It's a basic skill," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. Obama said only about one-quarter of K-12 schools offer computer science instruction, but that most parents want their children to develop analytical and coding skills. "Today's auto mechanics aren't just sliding under cars to change the oil. They're working on machines that run on as many as 100 million lines of code," Obama said. "That's 100 times more than the Space Shuttle. Nurses are analyzing data and managing electronic health records. Machinists are writing computer programs." The federal budget proposal for 2017 that Obama plans to send Congress on February 9 will seek $4 billion for grants to states and $100 million for competitive grants for school districts over the next three years to teach computer science in elementary, middle and high schools, administration officials said. Separately, the National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service this year will start spending $135 million to train teachers over five years. Obama also wants governors, mayors, business leaders and tech entrepreneurs to become advocates for more widespread computer science education. Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said computer science education is an "economic and social imperative for the next generation of American students." Smith, who spoke on a media call arranged by the White House, said that up to a million U.S. technology jobs could be left unfilled by the end of the decade. Meanwhile, countries as large as China and as small as Estonia are expanding computer science education, Smith said, but in the U.S. "we're moving, frankly, just more slowly than we need." Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) week, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service, celebrated a major milestone for the SIF. Since the program's inception in...

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