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CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ambus Shephard, age 23, and Zishoun Melvin, age 18, had spent parts of their young lives incarcerated and, without skills or experience, faced bleak futures. Already fathers, they wanted more – for themselves and for their children. Both signed up for Pathway to Resilience, the new job-training pilot program launched by Cleveland-based private equity firm Resilience Capital Partners and Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in December 2016 and now supported by more than a dozen Cleveland-area businesses and organizations. Shephard and Melvin are part of the inaugural class of Pathway to Resilience’s intensive, six-month career readiness and mentoring program. Combining practical job skills training and literacy instruction with extracurricular activities such as sports and music, Pathway to Resilience is turning around the lives of young adults aged 18-24 who are at risk of involvement in gang activity or have been incarcerated. At an event for the program’s sponsors and volunteers held yesterday at Key Center, Shephard and Melvin shared with attendees how their lives have been changed in just the four months that they have been enrolled in the program. The young people participating in the program agree. Zishoun Melvin said, “The street life, I know now, it’s not worth it. It’s not worth my freedom. You could end up doing it for the rest of your life. That’s not what I want. I want to have a future. Pathway to Resilience is making me become a man. It’s giving me responsibility.” Ambus Shephard, the father of four sons, said, “I am not proud of some of the things I have done in the past. But, if I stick with this program and reach my goal, it will change my life for the better.” “Poverty and violence are facts of life for too many of our young people. We need to create new facts and that is why we started the Pathway to Resilience program,” said Steven H. Rosen, co-chief executive officer of Resilience Capital Partners. “This program is about opening doors for a group of young people who will now have a new path, a different path, a better path to make a difference in the world. Seeing young people make this commitment to themselves and their families gives us all hope for the future.” Added Bassem Mansour, co-chief executive officer of Resilience Capital Partners, “Cleveland is America’s second-poorest city and has the third-lowest high school graduation rate among the nation’s biggest cities. Look at our poorest neighborhoods, and you’ll understand that this program is good for our young men, better for our companies and essential for our city.” Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland President and CEO Ron Soeder, who helped develop Pathway to Resilience, said, “We are proud of Ambus, Zishoun and the other young people who have made the decision to join Pathway to Resilience. It’s not easy to change your life, but they are working hard to acquire the skills they need for good jobs and full, rich futures.” Additional support for Pathway to Resilience is being provided by the Cleveland Foundation; James Vaughn, III; Timothy P. Ryan; Key Bank; McDonald Hopkins; The Cavaliers Youth Fund; Meaden and Moore; ParkOhio; City of Cleveland; Cintas; and American Greetings. Pathway is an intensive six-month career readiness and mentoring program that combines job skills and literacy instruction with extracurricular activities. It is based on innovative research on gang intervention conducted by the late Dr. Irving Spergel and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention that showed that the most effective intervention strategies combine policing, mentoring and social services. Those who complete the Pathway training will be eligible for employment with sponsors of the program, which includes large and small Cleveland-area employers. Founded in 1954, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves more than 7,000 youth annually at 16 locations in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The Clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, to engage in life-enhancing programs and to create a culture of hope and opportunity. For more information, visit us at www.clevekids.org. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Resilience invests in niche-oriented manufacturing, value added distribution and business service companies with sustainable market positions and a clear path to cash flow improvement. Resilience targets platform businesses with $25 million to $250 million in revenues across a broad range of industries where it can improve a company’s operations, competitive positioning and profitability. Resilience manages in excess of $625 million for its global investor base which includes pension funds, insurance companies, foundations and endowments, fund of funds and family offices. For more information, please visit www.resiliencecapital.com.

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GRANITE BAY, Calif., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AQUAOSO™, an early-stage water management and trading platform that helps customers identify, manage, buy and sell water rights, continues to receive critical recognition for its mission to build a resilient water future through advanced...

Milburn N.G.,Resilience | Lightfoot M.,University of California at San Francisco
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review | Year: 2013

Adolescents in wartime US military families are a unique group of young people who are experiencing the usual milestones of adolescent development, including establishing their identities and becoming autonomous, while they face the challenges of military life such as multiple frequent moves, relocation, and parent deployment to combat settings. This paper reviews research on adolescents in wartime US military families, within the context of adolescent development, to identify their behavioral, emotional and academic risk status, and challenges and resources. Recommendations for future research and interventions to foster the healthy development of these adolescents are also provided. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SEC-2013.4.1-5 | Award Amount: 1.13M | Year: 2014

The main objective of POP-ALERT is to prepare societies and populations to cope with crisis and disasters in a rapid, effective and efficient way by blending traditional Crisis Preparedness & First-Reaction strategies with the use of innovative contemporary tools. POP-ALERT proposes to undertake thorough behavioural research and take traditional Crisis Management research a step further by carrying out a series of empirical studies, taking into account new issues related to targeting both local populations and visitors such as expats or tourists (cultural differences, language barriers, etc.), in order to create a framework to facilitate the assessment of the populations capacity to absorb and preparedness to make use of different Crisis Management strategies and technologies developed at the EU level. POP-ALERT will identify specific target success stories within existing and past community preparedness programmes and put together a portfolio of case studies on social networking and community self-reliance initiatives which could potentially be replicated to crisis with a European dimension and to cross-border disasters. The project will seek to study the best ways to blend contemporary tools with the existing practices identified in order to create flexible and easily deployable toolkits for preparing and alarming the European population in case of a crisis. The approach this project proposes for improving the current practices revolves around the use of messaging and cultural sharing technologies to create awareness using technologies and approaches that offer the best form of accessibility and penetration by citizens and authorities. POP-ALERT will propose a pilot project (designing criteria for selection of the area and population to be involved in the pilot, developing scenarios and objectives) in order to test the generic methodologies and to assess their effectiveness in raising an improved level of preparedness of the community.

Falkenmark M.,Resilience
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences | Year: 2013

As water is an essential component of the planetary life support system, water deficiency constitutes an insecurity that has to be overcome in the process of socio-economic development. The paper analyses the origin and appearance of blue as well as green water scarcity on different scales and with particular focus on risks to food production and water supply for municipalities and industry. It analyses water scarcity originating from both climatic phenomena and water partitioning disturbances on different scales: crop field, country level and the global circulation system. The implications by 2050 of water scarcity in terms of potential country-level water deficits for food self-reliance are analysed, and the compensating dependence on trade in virtual water for almost half the world population is noted. Planetary-scale conditions for sustainability of the global water circulation system are discussed in terms of a recently proposed Planetary Freshwater Boundary, and the consumptive water use reserve left to be shared between water requirements for global food production, fuelwood production and carbon sequestration is discussed. Finally, the importance of a paradigm shift in the further conceptual development of water security is stressed, so that adequate attention is paid to water's fundamental role in both natural and socio-economic systems. © 2013 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.

Rapid environmental change in the Arctic has led to calls for new forms of environmental governance that consciously fit policy solutions to both the policy problem as well as the underlying social-ecological system dynamics. While efforts to evaluate the ecological fit of institutions to place have become more sophisticated, efforts to measure the social fit of policy remains underdeveloped. In order to examine the effect of institutional form on policy processes and socially relevant outcomes, I employ a mixed methods approach including ethnographic data and social network analysis to compare the implementation of two international wildlife regimes in two indigenous Iñupiaq towns in Alaska. My results yield three findings: (1) that separate institutions create differently structured policy networks, (2) differences in network structures and levels of power-sharing correlate with perceptions of policy, and (3) networks that reflect local social patterns are more likely to be considered fair and inclusive. These findings support congruence theory, which posits that public policy reflective of local constructions of legitimacy will achieve greater success than policy that is not reflective. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is receiving much attention and is being promoted as an important low-carbon technology. This paper communicates key insights and conclusions from a larger study that conducted review work, policy analysis, and interviews with actors in the global CCS community (Varnäs et al., 2012). No judgment is made of the desirability of choosing CCS as a low carbon technology option, but if this technology is indeed pursued, four challenges are found to be 10 times greater than often recognized. These are; (i) a tenfold up-scaling in size (MW) from pilot plants to that of commercial demonstration, (ii) a tenfold increase in number of large scale demonstration plants actually being constructed, (iii) a tenfold increase in available annual funding over the coming 40 years and, (iv) a tenfold increase in the price put on carbon dioxide emissions. It is clear that the current development path will not fulfil expectations of CCS being commercially available at the end of this decade, nor will CCS be widely applied in time for significant contributions to needed CO2 emission reductions. CCS will only be developed if policymakers continue to favour coal based power generation while simultaneously developing stringent climate policy. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

The debate about the possibilities to engineer the Earth's climate has changed drastically in the last years. Suggestions of large-scale technological interventions to combat climate change that a decade ago would have been discarded as science fiction are slowly moving into the center of international climate change discussions, research, and politics. In this article, I elaborate three joint key challenges to geo-engineering research from a resilience perspective, with a special emphasis on governance issues. First, I discuss the need to understand geo-engineering proposals from a "planetary boundaries" perspective. Second, I elaborate why the notion of Earth stewardship and geo-engineering are not necessarily in conflict, but instead could be viewed as complementary approaches. Last, I discuss the critical need to explore an institutional setting that is strong enough to weed out geo-engineering proposals that carry considerable ecological risk, but still allow for novelty, fail-safe experimentation, and continuous learning. These issues are critical for our understanding of how to effectively govern global environmental risks, complex systems, and emerging technologies in the Anthropocene. © 2012 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2015

Application for an innovation voucher to undertake Cyber Essentials PLUS accreditation and ISO 27001:2013 alignment.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2013

Our Company works with Government agencies and we are initiating commercial dealings with the MOD . We recognise the sensitive nature of data potentially exchanged through a customer/supplier relationship at this level and therefore consider it essential to source external expertise to ensure compliance with the duty of a supplier to develop the most robust security measures possible. We have an excellent level of Corporate Governance supported through ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditation and we have found this to be an essential tool for winning new B to G business. Therefore, we also recognise the value of Cyber Security accreditation as a springboard for future growth.

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