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  • UAC Program Operations Manager Karen Harvey Offers Advice to Youth Searching For Summer Employment | Urban Affairs Coalition
    employment experiences with us and offering insightful advice to youth across the city Here are some of the highlights from our interview with UAC Program Operations Manager Karen Harvey My first job was as a cashier for Giants Grocery Superstore in Pittsburgh PA I worked 5 7 hour shifts helping customers bag their own groceries I was 16 years old at the time I maintained this position for three consecutive summers until my freshman year of college One thing I learned about myself while working as a cashier is that I enjoyed working with people it was one of my strengths Also my employer admired the fact that I was reliable Join UAC as we fight for our youth Advocate for summer youth employment in Philadelphia because summerjobsmatter Click here to learn more about UAC s WorkReady Program and to complete an application for summer youth employment Tags News Publications Youth Development Strategic Partnerships After School Activities Advocacy Education Youth Job Training Placement Life Skills Mentoring Networking Service Initiatives Workforce Development 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

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-program-operations-manager-karen-harvey-offers-advice-youth-searching-summer-employment (2016-05-02)
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  • Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal Hosts Special Edition Launch Event on Literacy Innovations Highlighting READ by 4th Campaign | Urban Affairs Coalition
    prepared to read at grade level UAC President and CEO Sharmain Matlock Turner began the READ by 4 th press conference by emphasizing the importance of the READ by 4 th program While the single most important predictor of high school graduation and career success is reading proficiency by the end of 3 rd grade 51 percent of Philadelphia 3 rd graders cannot read at grade level Through the power of the Coalition Urban Affairs Coalition UAC and everyone involved in the READ by 4 th Campaign will fight to give Philadelphia s youth a helping hand and a chance at a better future The READ by 4 th Campaign ensures that education stakeholders the parents and advocates of Philadelphia children affirm to addressing and alleviating the literacy barrier so that Philadelphia children can also receive a high quality education About READ by 4 th Campaign The READ by 4 th Campaign leaders include Public Citizens for Children and Youth PCCY The Urban Affairs Coalition UAC The Mayor s Commission on Literacy The Public Health Fund The Public Health Management Corporation PHMC and The School District of Philadelphia SDP This campaign encompasses four educational goals Family Engagement Empowering parents and guardians to serve as their child s first teacher Year Round Readers Summer Boost Summer reading opportunities for year round reading Attendance Matters Public awareness and targeted interventions for regular attendance Evidence Based Instruction for all Readers Standardized evidence based practices of reading instruction to support a range of student learning needs Click here read more about the READ by 4 th Campaign Click here for the full press release Tags News Publications Strengthening Nonprofits Youth Development Strategic Partnerships After School Activities Advocacy Cultural Programming Development Education Youth Mentoring Neighborhood and Communities Parent Education Training Publications Service Initiatives Youth Youth

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/philadelphia-social-innovations-journal-hosts-special-edition-launch-event-literacy-innovations (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC Partnerships and Outreach Manager Tivoni Devor Reinvents the Model for Changing the World | Urban Affairs Coalition
    business development Here are some of the article s highlights Founding For Profits A for profit business is founded on the principle that an investment of X will become X 1 by doing Y That is the basic business plan and that is what you take to the bank to get a small business loan You show that by performing some type of service or selling some type of product you can borrow money and turn it into more money Founding Nonprofits A nonprofit organization is founded on the principle that people are suffering in some way You think you can help by doing X and you need someone who is willing to give the money to support that Sometimes the funder benefits in a tangential spiritual or indirect way but a funder is not an investor With distinct similarities between for profit and nonprofit business operations what is the most efficient way to reinvent the nonprofit business model Tivoni proposes reconstructing the current nonprofit ecosystem to show an outcome driven franchise model Click here to read the full article Tags News Publications Strengthening Nonprofits Advocacy Arts Business Entrepreneurship Business Financial Assistance Development Leadership Development Other Publications Workforce Development Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-partnerships-and-outreach-manager-tivoni-devor-reinvents-model-changing-world (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC is Acknowledged by Comcast for Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide | Urban Affairs Coalition
    Comcast wants you to help keep the momentum going in Philadelphia by sharing this news about InternetEssentials to your networks You can read more about this milestone here Comcast is extending an offer for up to 6 months of complimentary Internet Essentials service for families who sign up between now and May 31 st Here are the details Families in Philadelphia schools may qualify for up to 6 months of complimentary Internet service if you apply for Internet Essentials our low cost 9 95 a month tax Internet service from Comcast from March 1st May 31st To qualify your household must meet all these criteria Be located where Comcast offers Internet service Have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days Does not have outstanding Comcast debt that is under one year old Sign up by May 31st and complete your application by June 15th For more information call 1 855 846 8376 Tags News Publications Strengthening Nonprofits Strategic Partnerships Advocacy Business Entrepreneurship Business Financial Assistance Development Family Services Neighborhood and Communities Networking Other Publications Service Initiatives Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-acknowledged-comcast-helping-bridge-digital-divide (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC Program Manager of Philadelphia Home Buy Now Christopher Waters Gives Presentation to Empowerment Zone's Housing Committee | Urban Affairs Coalition
    a presentation of the program s accomplishments to the Empowerment Zone s Housing Committee The PHBN program fits in well with the housing goals of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone Chris presentation generated new ideas among Promise Zone partners for aligning PHBN with the ongoing equitable development work in the Promise Zone Carolyn Brown Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Mayor s Office of Community Empowerment Opportunity Chris will continue to discuss with the Empowerment Zone s Housing Committee possible partnerships and connecting participating employers to committee s long term plan For more information about the Philadelphia Home Buy Now program contact Christopher Waters at cwaters uac org or 215 851 1955 Tags Community Economic Development News Publications Strengthening Nonprofits Strategic Partnerships Business Entrepreneurship Economic Development Economic Inclusion Equitable and Sustainable Housing Neighborhood and Communities 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 HomeBuyNow Foreclosure Prevention Home Improvement Loans Financial Education Network FAN Clubs Financial Education Workshops

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-program-manager-philadelphia-home-buy-now-christopher-waters-gives-presentation-empowerment (2016-05-02)
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  • The Face of Nonprofit Boards: A Network Problem | Urban Affairs Coalition
    studied people s social networks by race and the results showed that social networks are largely racially homogeneous In fact 91 percent of White Americans social networks are other White Americans and this is the racial group that dominates nonprofit board and CEO positions Further board members tend to be older and wealthier populations and their social networks that also tend to be majority White These factors explain and perpetuate the problem of board diversity If we tie these two studies together we can start to see why we have this problem a problem perceived by boards and CEOs to be a hindrance in advancing their missions Most people including board members simply don t know many people outside their own race and if they do those individuals may not be a good fit for the board Granted this assumes that a predominance of board recruitment is via social networks Organizations that use other organizations and consultants for board matchmaking may be making faster strides in this area but the numbers show investment in this area is either low or poor The Need to Diversify Nonprofits compose five percent of the U S GDP 805B and employ 10 percent of the U S workforce If any other industrial sector of the economy was of this size and this White it would not be acceptable It may be hard to get your board members to expand their social networks so unless your organization doesn t mind poaching board members from other organizations new mechanisms must be developed to grow the available pool of diverse board members One example in Los Angeles is the African American Board Leadership Institute whose mission is to strengthen nonprofit public and private organizations through recruiting preparing and placing African Americans on a broad range of governing boards Established in 2011 this local effort is one example of a proactive solution to this issue There are other board development programs across the country but few specifically tackle racial diversity The best benefit of actively recruiting individuals from outside of your social network is that you are growing your social network exponentially bringing entirely new potential connections donors and insights to your organization Think of every board member as a node of their own network with its own hubs and constituents Intra network recruiting is basically when a node recruits a hub to join the board This methodology doesn t bring in many new people to the board or the organization When board recruiting is node to node the network value increases greatly Based on the American Values Survey individuals have only so many connections When boards traditionally recruit out of their existing social networks hubs and constituents they limit the new connections the new board member can bring to the table because many of the new recruit s connections are already on the board or supporting the organization They are recruiting hubs not nodes By bringing in outsiders new nodes to the board you also get an

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/face-nonprofit-boards-network-problem (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC Partnerships and Outreach Manager Tivoni Devor Inspires New Job Bill | Urban Affairs Coalition
    committee Then nonprofit organizations and business leaders rally for advocacy of the bill and reach out to City Council in support of the bill If businesses are willing to make donations the tax credit bill as the potential to build wealth for the city and employees would be able to develop their workforce skills with the wage tax revenue The more leverage the tax credit bill has the more opportunity it has to become a law Under the tax credit bill 15 businesses will receive 16 000 each 900K total If the tax credit bill is fully used it can create scholarship opportunities for employees to develop their workforce skills For every scholarship awarded to an employee businesses will receive a tax credit This return on investment ROI is financially beneficial for the city within the next 14 months The bill will reward businesses who contribute 60 000 dollars to a Qualifying Scholarship Organization defined as a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and job placement to students obtaining Skills Certifications with a tax credit of the same amount against their Business Income and Receipts Tax Skills Certifications are earned by completing a short term program that teaches employable skills such as welding HVAC and assistant nursing For example the Red Cross offers a 4 week training course to become a Certified Assistant Nurse a position that can pay as much as 30 000 dollars a year and only costs 1 300 dollars Although this cost will initially be covered by the city the Return on Investment gained through wage tax revenue will cancel out the cost of the course in a little over a year To learn more about Councilman Johnson s bill click here This article was also republished in the Philadelphia Business Journal Tags Community Economic Development News

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-partnerships-and-outreach-manager-tivoni-devor-inspires-new-job-bill (2016-05-02)
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  • Getting it Right: UAC’s Mini-PHIL and PHIL-PLUS Program Improves Client Experience | Urban Affairs Coalition
    fiscal year the Mini PHIL Plus home improvement loan program has increased the rate of closed loans for home repairs by 43 This has been accomplished in no small part to the increased communication efforts between the bank partners housing counselors and CED staff members that all work together to process these loans Bi monthly conference calls with our partners are an exciting new addition to help keep all stretched partners up to date on getting their clients into the door and through the process in today s new normal of underwriting for home improvement loans Thanks to the leadership of Nelson Acevedo Vice President of PNC Community Development Banking the calls allow for bank branch representatives housing counselors and the UAC Program Administrator to gather in one setting and facilitate valuable information sharing and assessment of applications that could get stuck in the application review process These calls will allow for the underwriters to be more accessible to housing counselors questions and are increasing all of the partners understanding of their different roles and expectations for the program With the second call scheduled for April we anticipate more growth and learning leading to an increased positive experience for all clients who begin the application process for either the Mini PHIL or PHIL Plus loans Click here to learn about Eligibility Requirements Approved Lenders and More Make sure to check out Community and Economic Development CED PECO Crown Lights display from March 3rd March 4th atop the PECO towers Follow CED on Twitter Tags Community Economic Development Building Wealth Strengthening Nonprofits Case Management Economic Development Economic Inclusion Equitable and Sustainable Housing Family Services Financial Literacy Housing Neighborhood and Communities Publications Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches Board of Directors

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/getting-it-right-uac%E2%80%99s-mini-phil-and-phil-plus-program-improves-client-experience (2016-05-02)
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