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  • City’s digital divide can be squeezed | Urban Affairs Coalition
    more than 80 locations which can be found at phillyKEYSPOTS org Open to the public about one third of the training spaces are reserved for Philadelphia Housing Authority residents To draw publicity to the plight of the 41 percent of Philadelphians who lack basic computer skills or access the partnership is asking city residents with computers to give up the Internet for 41 hours beginning at 3 p m Saturday and ending with a breakfast to kick off Philly Tech Week at 8 a m Monday Meanwhile the Free Library is launching a Techmobile basically a 25 foot updated version of a bookmobile that will travel around the city offering residents the chance to learn on assorted laptops and iPads with technical advice provided by staff The library of course with computer centers at its 54 facilities remains a digital oasis in many neighborhoods Certainly there s no greater mission for the Free Library than to help link city residents with key information about jobs training or any number of other issues What the partnership and library initiatives do not achieve though is getting households online For that the Comcast program perhaps one day joined by Verizon as it wires more of the city is the best hope But an ongoing outreach effort in city schools must be ramped up for more families to learn of their eligibility for the low cost program which includes laptops sold as cheaply as 150 each Eligibility for the 10 rate is determined by a family s qualification for the school lunch program The fact that there s such a broad cross section of interest in helping city residents get online itself offers hope of greater progress Philadelphia cannot thrive much less boost high school graduation rates and expand college level opportunities with so

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/city%E2%80%99s-digital-divide-can-be-squeezed (2016-05-02)
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  • Home Economics: Home Buy Now helps employees' purchases | Urban Affairs Coalition
    contractor already are redoing the kitchen I only moved in two weeks ago said Pompey for the last five years the center manager for NewCourtland Life a senior care provider in Mount Airy and a participating employer She received 2 000 from Home Buy Now and 3 000 from NewCourtland Pompey who had been renting a two bedroom apartment in Horsham with her son Ronald Roberts III 21 closed on the house Feb 12 This is the neighborhood where I was born and raised she said Although I ve lived in the suburbs for many years this is home Many of my friends live close by and the neighbors have been welcoming Best of all her office on Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy is a short drive away Although she said she had a lot of plans for changes to the house I also know that you don t over improve a place so that it becomes the most expensive house in the neighborhood My goal is to make a place where my son and I will feel comfortable said Pompey who was awaiting an invasion of friends over the weekend to help her paint Home Buy Now first saw the light of day in 2005 By 2009 when the program went on a two year hiatus because of state budget problems it had made 211 matching grants totaling 696 330 to employees purchasing houses in Philadelphia The resurrected program administered with the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition has given 84 matching grants totaling 84 000 since July 2011 resulting in 5 3 million in home sales Nineteen participating employers are signed on thus far and they have provided a total of 175 000 toward the purchases of houses since July Home Buy Now is focusing on the three employers in targeted areas up to four targeted neighborhoods will be defined by those anchor institutions The Urban Affairs Coalition and the city said this incarnation of the program would help about 240 finance their home purchases over the next two years depending on how many buyers take the 4 000 and 2 000 matching grants Home Buy Now will leverage 735 000 in public funds into more than 29 million in home sales in the Philadelphia market within the next two years they said Penn has been providing employer assisted housing benefits since the 1960s said Nicole Hudson the program manager for Penn Home Owner Services The university offers a 7 500 forgivable loan that can be used for closing costs down payment buying down points and or interior or exterior improvements Home buyers can also use the funds to convert a multifamily dwelling into a single family home In addition its closing cost reduction program offers prospective buyers mortgage financing options that feature discounted closing costs of 0 25 percent of the mortgaged amount Garfield who has worked as a technician for the University of Pennsylvania Health System for 21 years tried to buy her circa 1930s twin on

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  • NONPROFIT BEST PRACTICES: Q&A: Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO of Urban Affairs Coalition | Urban Affairs Coalition
    though we re no longer legally separated from each other it s still not always easy to make all the connections you need to make in order to try to drive change When people look at organizations and I think of the Urban Affairs Coalition I think we ve been able to do quite well We have a very diverse board but when I look at small organizations especially grassroots organizations a lot of times they don t have money to get press releases out or the time to really go out and find all the donors they need Sometimes they can t respond to or know every funding opportunity that s out there It makes it a little harder when there s not someone that can say hey here s an opportunity or a contribution for you which gets right into why Generocity is such an important tool It allows organizations that maybe aren t going to be able to identify or link to all the resources out there Technology plays a role and Generocity lets us be able to make those connections Working in politics naturally you made many connections and built solid relationships What did you take from your time working with the late State Sen Roxanne Jones First and foremost it taught me to be humble Secondly just because you have a college degree it doesn t mean you re the smartest person in the room And now that you re sort of on the other side of the table what did you learn in politics that you d urge new nonprofits to keep in mind when they re getting started You have to be well prepared you have to know your case You can care an awful lot about people and communities but you still have to be able to collect data and understand the issue You have to understand that the solution that you re proposing is really going to have an impact and give a sense of how long it s going to take in order for you to drive some of the changes Ultimately you have to be able to convince people you have the wherewithal to get the job done Having sat on the other side I know when I go to the table I know I better have those things lined up You can care and be extremely passionate but you better make sure you have all those other things too The UAC carries a 29 million budget It seems we re always hearing the same mantra of doing more with less in government as well as in industry and even in our own homes People in the nonprofit world are used to doing more with less but I think as a group we have to push back a little bit more on that It s like a no win situation If you agree to take less than what you need to get a job done and if you don

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  • Digital On-Ramps among 30 winners of Digital Media Learning competition, to build standardized badging system for digital literacy | Urban Affairs Coalition
    final stage of the DML competition DOR was partnered with Pragmatic Solutions a software development company that will help DOR execute the badging concept according to an email announcement from Lisa Nutter the mayor s wife who discussed the program with Technically Philly last month The group will receive 200 000 to get them started According to the proposal a standardized system would provide numerous employment advantages DOR would have the capacity to capture and preserve the effort that people put forward toward reaching their goals These permanent independently maintained portable badges could be easily shared among prospective schools programs or employers Most importantly badges would create systemic efficiencies ensuring that people do not lose valuable time and effort if life disrupting events cause them to start stop and re start efforts to improve their lives DOR also plans to test the badging system on 900 students from two area high schools participating in the Philadelphia Academies Inc PAI Post Secondary and Career Readiness PSCR Course which teaches high schools students post secondary skills Organizations contributing to the initiative include the Philadelphia Academies Inc Urban Affairs Coalition Drexel University the Philadelphia Youth Network Pragmatic Solutions and the City of Philadelphia The DOR initiative was announced last month alongside an IBM report commissioned by the city of Philadelphia that analyzed the digital literacy in Philadelphia The report found that by 2030 an estimated 600 000 Philadelphians will lack basic skills needed to work in a technology inclusive economy as Technically Philly reported Digital On Ramps with the help of Pragmatic Solutions will get right to work on this on Monday said Nutter in the email That s today Go to article Source Technically Philly Tags Strategic Partnerships Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s

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  • Business News in Brief: Bank Grant to Aid Students | Urban Affairs Coalition
    Your Money Smart Shopping and Living on Your Own The clubs will be hosted by the School District for seventh and eighth grade students Go to article Author Al Heavens Source Philadelphia Inquirer Tags Community Economic Development Building Wealth Financial Literacy 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

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  • Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Winners Announced | Urban Affairs Coalition
    skills and competencies achieved over a lifetime Badges are simple easy and if done well can change the way people share information about themselves businesses make hiring decisions and organizations support the acquisition of skills important to their mission or to the larger society To accelerate and support the creation of a badge ecosystem Mozilla is currently developing an open source platform that will offer a digital badge backpack for learners to collect and display their badge credentials from youth through adulthood The platform called the Open Badge Infrastructure was inaugurated in September 2011 to coincide with the Competition s launch We believe digital badges have the power to unlock the full educational potential of the Web said Mark Surman executive director of Mozilla Our goal is to provide a free and open infrastructure that today s award winners and any organization or learning community in the world can use to easily issue and share badges across the Web This will empower learners to take charge of their online identity and reputation gathering badges from any site on the Internet and combining them into a single story about what they know and what they have achieved In conjunction with the Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Badges for Vets sponsored jointly by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Departments of Education Energy and Labor awards were granted to three badge systems that aim to help veterans translate their military skills into civilian jobs or to receive advance credit in higher education We strive to support the men and women who served in uniform as they make their transitions to good jobs and advanced education said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K Shinseki Our Badges for Vets program will offer veterans a handy tool to demonstrate their experience to employers and educators Applicants were also invited to propose badging systems not only for learning content but also for teacher learning and feedback The four winners of the Teacher and Project Mastery Competitions supported by the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation were granted awards of varying amounts to develop their proposed badging system We are thrilled to include teacher badge winners in this competition said Carina Wong deputy director of education Bill Melinda Gates Foundation Teachers as much as students need to be recognized for their achievements Badging provides a potentially innovative and motivating way to acknowledge teachers contributions to creating lifelong learners in schools Digital badges have the potential to supercharge 21st century learning said Dr David Theo Goldberg director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and co founder of HASTAC While we don t yet know everything there is to know about how a digital badge ecosystem will work in the real world we know that digital technologies are changing the way we learn play socialize and participate in civic life The badge systems in this year s Competition offer a promising platform to explore how we as a society can harness the power of digital media to advance

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  • Sharmain Matlock-Turner Shares Lessons She's Learned | Urban Affairs Coalition
    worked with her in North Philadelphia for nine years and we learned from each other She showed me how to work in communities with people with different views Evans says that he met Matlock Turner in the early 1970s when she was chief of staff to state Rep John White Jr and says You couldn t find a better person She s a great friend mother wife and grandmother I recently visited South Africa and focused on the significance of the emerging democracy and the fact that the most important component of the democracy is the citizenry Matlock Turner is a good solid citizen of the city state country in fact she s a great worldwide citizen She s been an essential part of almost every community political and social issue project and concern in the city and we are fortunate to have her in this city I am honored that she would think enough of me to even mention me as one of her mentors Matlock Turner has been volunteering for many many years and her mother often wonders if she gets paid for all of the things she does She references her work with the Black United Fund and Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation West Oak Lane Charter School where she is a founder and board chair Children s Scholarship Fund Citizens Bank Advisory Board co founder of ARISE Charter School However she s cutting back some on outside activities and at this time and her major concern is education reform noting that it is key to a person having a sense of themselves and how to harness it to do what one needs and wants to do Other roles she assumes include her weekly appearance on WURD Radio as a talk show host and as a periodic panelist on Inside Story on 6 ABC In her spare time this self proclaimed neat freak and putterer enjoys a good glass of wine gardening Pinochle and TV drama mini series Recently she began yoga and meditation which she finds calming and centering Her favorite vacation destination is Aruba Matlock Turner credits her years at West Philadelphia High School Penn State Temple University and membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc with establishing lifelong friendships Reflecting on the decades since the passing of the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts she notes that there is still discrimination against people because of the color of their skin although many say they don t discriminate She speaks of people dedicating their entire lives to working to advance the rights of people of color and acknowledges the commitment contributions and accomplishments of Malcolm X and Rev Martin Luther King Jr Locally she refers to Charles Bowser and the work of the Black Political Forum and John White Sr Mayor W Wilson Goode Sr and Hardy Williams among many other local politicians and activists She readily acknowledges lessons learned and the respective teachers include Kevin Dow who emphasizes Focus Finish meaning it s important to

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/sharmain-matlock-turner-shares-lessons-shes-learned (2016-05-02)
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  • Wescott Financial Advisory Group LLC CEO Grant Rawdin Elected Chair Of Urban Affairs Coalition | Urban Affairs Coalition
    low income families and minority owned businesses by creating economic opportunities and strengthening non profit organizations in urban communities Sharmain Matlock Turner President and CEO of the UAC said As co chair of the UAC board Grant has provided excellent leadership in strategic planning We look forward to working with him now as chair of the board as we continue to drive change in communities and improve lives Wescott was founded in 1987 by Rawdin from his tax and business practice at the prominent law firm Duane Morris LLP Today Wescott has grown to three offices and is one of the nation s largest registered independent advisors with 1 6 billion in assets under management In addition to holding a law degree Rawdin is an accountant a registered trust representative and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM and has been awarded accolades as a top financial advisor by Barron s Worth and Philadelphia Magazine Along with his charitable work at the UAC Rawdin serves as President of Temple University Law Foundation as well as serving on the boards of many other cultural civic and charitable organizations He received his undergraduate degree and juris doctor from Temple University Author CityBiz Tags News

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