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  • Press Releases | Urban Affairs Coalition
    s UAC new website The site wwww uac org which launched today features an UAC To Host Information Session For Employers on Philadelphia Home Buy NowProgram July 25 2011 Philadelphia Home Buy Now is an excellent tool for employers to recruit top talent and for the city to create more stable flourishing neighborhoods Mayor Nutter The Urban Affairs Coalition is UAC Partners with City to Relaunch Program to Help Working Philadelphians Buy Homes July 18 2011 Mayor Michael A Nutter relaunched Philadelphia Home Buy Now a program that helps Philadelphia s workforce to become homeowners The City provides incentives for participating employers to Mayor Nutter Urges Businesses to Support Additional Jobs for Youth This Summer June 30 2011 Mayor Michael A Nutter joined Sharmain Matlock Turner President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition UAC to urge the Philadelphia business community to support additional internships and jobs Urban Affairs Coalition s Campaign for Working Families June 15 2011 Urban Affairs Coalition s Campaign for Working Families Ends Another Successful Tax SeasonWith great enthusiasm The Campaign for Working Families CFWF a partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition Successful Foster Care Youth Recognized As Arise Academy s Second Graduating Class June 15 2011 A ceremony for the second graduating class of the Arise Academy Charter High School the nation s first public charter high school for youth in foster care will honor 18 graduates on June 16 2011 With Umbrellas in Hand Citizens Tell Governor It s Raining in PA June 9 2011 With umbrellas in hand concerned Pennsylvanians gathered outside City Hall today to tell elected officials now is not the time to put hundreds of millions of dollars into the state s Rainy Day Fund Arise Academy Charter High School Appoints New CEO May 18 2011 The board of directors of Arise Academy Charter High School the nation s first public charter high school dedicated exclusively to students in foster care has announced the appointment of its new ODAAT to Host its First Ever Recovery Weekend May 5 2011 One Day At A Time ODAAT fortifies its commitment to progression and solutions for the epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction in Philadelphia by hosting its inaugural Recovery Weekend May 5 7 2011 Fight to Begin Opening 27 Public Computing Centers with April 26th Ribbon Cutting Event April 26 2011 PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia FIGHT will officially open the first of 27 public computing centers it will manage on Tuesday April 26th with a ribbon cutting reception from 3 5 PM Mayor Michael Nutter Winter Spring 2011 Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide is Released April 1 2011 The Urban Affairs Coalition and the UAC Foreclosure Prevention Task Force are pleased to present the Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide Winter Spring 2011 Edition The Guide is designed to help Press Release One Day At A Time ODAAT Offers Free Computer Training for N Phila Residents March 18 2011 One Day At A Time ODAAT in conjunction with the Freedom Rings Partnership will launch its series of

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  • Growing coalition pushes for new kind of Philly teachers contract | Urban Affairs Coalition
    and the school district The right teacher in the right classroom absolutely matters putting together a school culture and a school climate getting everybody on the same page makes a huge difference on whether or not schools will be successful said Matlock Turner Donna Cooper of Public Citizens for Children and Youth says the coalition want to make important changes in the classroom not just focus on school budgets Our goal is to put conditions into the union contract that support the thoughtful changes that well informed teachers know make schools great and we know based on research can help children succeed said Cooper The group wants to give principals the power to select teachers for their schools and choose which ones would be brought back from layoffs The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers strongly opposes both ideas The teachers contract expires next month and it s not clear how many of the 3 800 employees the district laid off will be back on the job in September Author Tom MacDonald Source Newsworks WHYY http www newsworks org index php local item 57679 growing coalition pushes for new kind of philly teachers contract Tags News Publications Education Youth Youth Youth Development

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/growing-coalition-pushes-new-kind-philly-teachers-contract (2016-05-02)
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  • 4 More Nonprofits Push For Reforms In Next Philadelphia Teachers Contract | Urban Affairs Coalition
    the next teachers pact is adding four new groups The Urban Affairs Coalition Parent Power the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the NAACP Jerome Mondesire is president of the NAACP We at the NAACP decided to join this coalition because in real simple terms these changes make good common sense The coalition favors changes including the effective end of seniority to fill teaching vacancies and giving teachers raises for taking leadership roles in school instead of automatic pay bumps for advanced degrees We re not trying to dictate union policy for the future Mondesire said We want to urge the union to make good common sense changes The current teacher contract expires at the end of August http philadelphia cbslocal com 2013 07 24 4 more nonprofits push for reforms in next philadelphia teachers contract Author Mike DeNardo Source CBS Local Tags News Publications Education Youth Youth Youth Development Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches Board of Directors Management Staff Financials FAQ Office Location Directions Friends of the Coalition Our Priorities Strengthening Nonprofits Building Wealth Economic Development Projects Services Current Past Clients Community Economic Development CED Committee Philadelphia

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  • Annette John-Hall: Teaching men to be fathers | Urban Affairs Coalition
    class to oldest son Aamir now 18 on how to care for newborn brother Naim now 15 Youngest brother Hammad is 12 Natalie the boys mother and Austin s wife at the time had new mom classes to take I was the only person in the house who had no training whatsoever Austin says I had no playbook I talked to my buddies and they didn t know anything either We knew about oil changes but we didn t know about diaper changes As the years went on Daddy UniverseCity grew from a small support group to a nationally recognized organization Today it s needed more than ever In Philadelphia 55 percent of all children live in single parent homes according to the latest census Among African Americans the number skyrockets to 71 percent Austin works with men of all ages and races but he says young black males are the fathers who need the most help navigating the court system over child support and custodial issues and just learning how to be responsible supportive parents The picture of fatherhood is set around responsibility and in America that means financial responsibility Austin says Guys may love and honor their children do their daughter s hair but when the financial part stops they re told by the courts that they re not loving and caring dads If men don t know how to overcome the barriers they ll turn away For his part Austin who now shares custody with his ex wife also needed help dealing with the anger and bitterness toward his children s mothers Imagine the suffocating rage Austin felt those years ago when an old girlfriend called to offer condolences over his mother s death and added oh by the way you have a daughter named Jacinda now 19 but a preteen at the time I was angry hurt miserable he says until I met Jacinda and all the pain disappeared Austin interrupted our two hour chat only once when son Naim called wanting to know how much to pack for a six week science and engineering camp at Penn State Just bring the stuff you need over to my house Austin tells him We ll figure out a way to get it into the suitcase He acknowledges he s not the perfect father But he s come a long way I ve gone from a F to about a B he says It took a while but I m in a good place Contact Annette John Hall at 215 854 4986 Ajohnhall phillynews com or on Twitter Annettejh As the years went on Daddy UniverseCity grew from a small support group to a nationally recognized organization Today it s needed more than ever In Philadelphia 55 percent of all children live in single parent homes according to the latest census Among African Americans the number skyrockets to 71 percent Austin works with men of all ages and races but he says young black males are the fathers

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/annette-john-hall-teaching-men-be-fathers (2016-05-02)
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  • Lack of computer access a major hurdle for the poor | Urban Affairs Coalition
    online Some can t and a large proportion of claims are being denied Skinner said How people get on the net is changing of course Among smartphone owners for example those with lower household income levels are more likely than other groups to say their phone is their main source of Internet access according to Pew Experts suspect that may be because smartphone Internet access can be cheaper and more convenient than owning a home computer with broadband access an always on high speed computer line A large percentage of poor Americans also get online by using computers in libraries In Philadelphia the poorest city with more than one million residents in the United States it is estimated that 41 percent of people lack access to computers in their homes according to an analysis based on 2008 census material Some researchers using updated figures such as Temple University urban studies professor Charles Kaylor believe the real number is closer to 54 percent David L Cohen executive vice president of Comcast Corp which has created a program to get more low income Americans online said no more than 15 percent to 20 percent of residents were hooked up to broadband in poor communities By comparison 85 percent to 90 percent of residents in better off communities get broadband Cohen said Overall the Philadelphia metropolitan area including Camden and Wilmington ranks 35th out of 100 in broadband adoption rates according to the most recent information compiled by the American University School of Communication The Bridgeport Conn metropolitan area had the highest rate at 77 percent of households The Philadelphia metropolitan area registered 64 percent Interestingly Skinner said low income students with Web access spend more time than their better off counterparts using online time for games and social networking rather than schoolwork That may be because there aren t that many low income adults with sufficient computing acumen to police their kids experts said To help poor people get online in Philadelphia the Freedom Rings partnership including city agencies nonprofits and Drexel University has used federal grant money to create 77 KEYSPOT computer access labs It s not easy for low income adults to be cyber savvy This new world is strange for them said Hamidou Traore an instructor at the People s Emergency Center Their reading levels and writing skills aren t all there It s overwhelming To help address such problems Comcast last year created Internet Essentials which offers a discounted 9 95 a month home broadband Internet service to people whose children qualify for free or reduced price school lunch The program also helps low income people buy a computer for 150 The nation s largest provider of residential Internet service Comcast agreed to the program as a condition of its deal to buy NBC Universal Inc Byrum said The whole company has a passion for this Cohen said The program has had mixed results with just 463 broadband activations in Philadelphia as opposed to more than 5 000

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  • KEYSPOT at UAC Helps Good Students Become Better | Urban Affairs Coalition
    her initial KEYSPOT classes Carey has dramatically improved her skills She can type letters in Microsoft Word and search for information using Internet search engines However Carey isn t done learning just yet She hopes to master all of Microsoft Office and gain some information on investing strategies I just have a small sum of money and I want to know the best way to increase it Carey said She also hopes to share her knowledge with fellow retirees She is astounded that so many of them lack interest in computers and fail to see how critically important they are in today s world Carey believes that it feels good to learn something new every day you feel better mentally Carey will continue to remain a loyal user of the local KEYSPOT locations She hasn t been able to purchase a computer for herself just yet but KEYSPOT will provide everything she needs until then According to Carey computers aren t going away I guess I have to learn how to work with it WURD AM broadcast its morning show at the launch event and interviewed Fisher on the air Hosts Sharmain Matlock Turner and Steven Sanders boasted about Fisher s abilities as she demonstrated some of what she has learned how to do Fisher said she believes the KEYSPOT locations are a real asset to the community They provide training that will help any and all with finding jobs and further succeeding in life Fisher considers KEYSPOTS to be for people of all ages When she has the chance she likes to take her grandson with her He loves to paint on the computer Fisher said Fisher wishes to continue her computer education Next on the list is to become A Plus Certified This certificate will show that Fisher

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/keyspot-uac-helps-good-students-become-better (2016-05-02)
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  • Putting young people to work | Urban Affairs Coalition
    never know the impact Take Olney student Odelia McFadden An internship at St Christopher s Hospital for Children inspired her to study adolescent psychology She earned bachelor s and master s degrees and this fall will begin a Ph D program in clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Michael Burns a South Philadelphia High student who interned at Wachovia was offered a full time position at the company after graduation He attended college part time while he worked Today he works for The Vanguard Group and credits WorkReady for his accomplishments Young people want need and deserve high quality experiences offered through WorkReady The Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success has launched the 2012 Save Summer Jobs campaign aimed at heightening awareness of this impending crisis and generating donations to increase job opportunities for young people Individuals and employers can make a donation to youth slots To find ways to contribute and get involved visit our website Author Stacy E Holland and Sharmain Matlock Turner Source Philadelphia Public School Notebook Tags News Publications Job Training Placement Publications Youth Youth Development Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches

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  • How Starbucks Is Helping Small Businesses Create Jobs | Urban Affairs Coalition
    Since its inception in 1989 Entrepreneur Works has served over 3 000 small business and entrepreneurs providing them with loans training business counseling and guidance About 55 percent of their clients are women and 90 percent are African American The companies they help run the gamut from restaurants caterers neighborhood grocery stores to graphic artists massage therapists taxi cab drivers and truckers In November Benoliel applied for a Create Jobs for USA award and in January her organization received a 20 000 grant Since that time she has made eleven new small business loans totaling just over 88 000 which means that in just three months the 20 000 has helped make available an additional 68 000 in other funds to finance other businesses And here s the best news She doesn t have to repay it The only provision is that the money be used to make loans Their message aligns with our mission We re all in this together says Benoliel In early April Entrepreneur Works made a 25 000 loan to Truly Custom Cakery LLC which started out as two separate home based custom cake businesses owned by Stacey Hill and Suzy Vanhoose The two women are merging their businesses and moving into a commercial space which will allow them to ramp up their production and grow their business It will also give them a storefront giving people the opportunity to walk in and buy baked goods right off the shelf By both moving from part time to full time Stacey and Suzy have already created one full time equivalent job for themselves she says And since the women plan to hire one part time employee in the next 3 4 months and a full time employee within 12 months they ll have created the equivalent of

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