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  • The Vote Is In! Pennsylvania Elects Tom Wolf as New Governor | Urban Affairs Coalition
    candidates The majority of Democrats elected ran from districts within or surrounding Philadelphia where support for the party remained strong Democrat Tom Wolf defeated Governor Tom Corbett who battled negative approval ratings during his term With this loss Corbett has become the first incumbent to lose since 1854 Governor Elect Wolf affirmed his commitment to focus on education and promised swift action once in office in his late night victory speech As he assumes power he will need to reach across the aisle as both the State House and Senate remained solidly Republican In the city of Philadelphia all three ballot questions were overwhelming approved by voters creating the Mayor s Office of Sustainability realigning prison operations and allowing the city to borrow 137 3 million dollars for various capital projects On Sunday November 9 at 10am UAC President CEO Sharmain Matlock Turner will lend her opinion on the outcome of the elections on 6ABC s Inside Story Sharmain Matlock Tuner is a frequent commentator on the award winning public affairs show Tags News Publications Advocacy Economic Development Neighborhood and Communities Other Publications Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/vote-pennsylvania-elects-tom-wolf-new-governor (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC 45th Annual Breakfast: To This We Pledge | Urban Affairs Coalition
    Esq Vice President and General Counsel PECO Inspired by Dwight E Evans this award honors a policy leader who has committed to fostering the Coalition s mission Tickets for the event are 125 and can be purchased at www uac org breakfast through November 12 2014 For the past 45 years the UAC has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region by building wealth in urban communities and solving critical issues such as digital literacy job training youth development free tax services small business development anti predatory lending adult education economic inclusion HIV AIDS prevention and homeless prevention services Driving change from the ground up the UAC strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship capacity building and program evaluation in order to provide economic opportunity to low income household working families and disadvantaged businesses With a network of 55 partner organizations and programs the UAC is able to serve more than 150 000 children youth and adults annually This year guests can show their support by participating in two onsite fundraising initiatives I Can lapel pins will be sold at three different levels Grassroots green 25 Sky is the Limit blue 50 and Shine a Light yellow 100 Additionally UAC has instituted the Young Friends of UAC initiative to establish and support the next generation of leaders and givers Young professionals under 40 years old who pledge 1 000 to UAC will receive recognition at the 45th Anniversary Breakfast exclusive networking opportunities with other YFUAC members and top regional executives access to invitation only events during the Pennsylvania Society in December 2015 and an exclusive invitation to the UAC Board of Directors Annual Meeting and Reception in June 2015 Donations can also be made on the UAC s website at www uac org donate UAC s President Sharmain Matlock Turner will host a twitter chat on November 11 2014 To schedule interviews with Sharmain Matlock Turner the award recipients and or representatives from the UAC please contact Christanna Ciabattoni at 215 625 7988 or Christanna skaibluemedia com About the Urban Affairs Coalition The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government business neighborhoods and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region build wealth in urban communities and solve emerging issues With a network of over 55 partner organizations the Coalition strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship capacity building and program evaluation in order to provide economic opportunity to low income household working families and disadvantaged businesses www UAC org Breakfast Co Chairs Steven Bradley President CEO Bradley Bradley Jerry Sweeney President CEO Brandywine Realty Trust Honorary Breakfast Co Chairs Nelson Diaz Dilworth Paxson Michael Rashid AmeriHealth Caritas retired 2014 Breakfast Cabinet Members Renee Amoore President The Amoore Group Maria Pajil Battle Office of Community Investment AmeriHealth Caritas Sandy Brown Director of Public Relations Shop Rite Brown s Super Stores Lynette Brown Sow Vice President Marketing Government Relations Community College of Philadelphia John J Dougherty Business Manager IBEW Local 98 Brian Edmonds Managing Principal Concordis Real

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-45th-annual-breakfast-we-pledge (2016-05-02)
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  • The School Reform Commission makes READ! by 4th Campaign the focus of its first Strategy, Policy, and Priorities meeting of the year | Urban Affairs Coalition
    can continue to support literacy by picking up a book and reading it with their children 22 minutes a day With the success of this campaign The School Reform Commission SRC is making the READ by 4th Campaign the topic of discussion at its first Strategy Policy and Priorities meeting of the year The meeting will be held Monday November 3rd from 5 7pm at the School District s Education Center 440 North Broad Street The meetings are to educate the SRC and the public on pression education policy issues in the city The meeting will proceed as follows Presentation of the School District s READ by 4th strategy Panel Presentation 1 Creating Effective Partners followed by a group discussion Panel Presentation 2 Parent Engagement followed by a group discussion A special invite is extended to parents families teachers principals literacy partners and early childhood and out of school providers Light refreshments will be served Activities for young learners will also be provided For event details click here Tags News Publications Youth Development Strategic Partnerships Education Youth Life Skills Literacy Mentoring Neighborhood and Communities Parent Education Training Publications Youth Youth Development Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/school-reform-commission-makes-read-4th-campaign-focus-its-first-strategy-policy-and-priorities (2016-05-02)
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  • Educating in a Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy | Urban Affairs Coalition
    EDAS is to work with teachers on Saturday to show them tools and resources that they can bring into the classroom on the next Monday says Tivoni Devor Partnership and Outreach Manager of The Urban Affairs Coalition We are confident that we will reach this goal bridging the gap between education and digital literacy One of the many digital tools that we believe would best service students is Scholly a mobile application that helps high school and college students find scholarships internationally This tool was presented at event to encourage teachers to offer students as a digital aid for the college application process Scholly is accessible for download on Android and iPhone devices That was one of many event highlights Here are some additional EDAS highlights Event Opener Matt Kay Founder Coordinator of the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement PYPM Slam presented two youth poets who performed spoken word Comcast laptop giveaway Three laptops were given away to teachers to pay forward to deserving students Professional Development Educators were offered free professional development credits for attending the event and received the opportunity for in group and one on one networking with fellow educators Educating in the Digital Age A Celebration of Writing Literacy is more than an event It is the first part of an annual series We are currently developing a website that will host all event details and photos so stay tuned for a special update about that in the near future We would like to thank all event speakers Special thanks to our event sponsor Comcast NBC Universal our emcee Vince Lattanzio NBC 10 Digital and Television Journalist and Diane Waff Director of The Philadelphia Writing Project at Penn Graduate School of Education GSE Together the EDAS partnership will conquer the digital divide with expanding digital literacy Follow

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/educating-digital-age-celebration-writing-literacy-0 (2016-05-02)
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  • Educating in the Digital Age: A Celebration of Writing & Literacy | Urban Affairs Coalition
    classroom Educating in the Digital Age A Celebration of Writing Literacy will highlight promising practices to leverage the tools already in the hands of teachers and introduce new accessible and affordable free low cost software and platforms to support their work We wanto to connect teachers and educators with easy plug and play resources to make it easier to integrate the use of technology in the classroom allowing more learning possibilities for students Breakfast lunch and a reception is included For more event details click here Presented by Urban Affairs Coalition Philadelphia Writing Project Presenting Sponsor Comcast NBC Universal Partners School Reform Commission SDP Graduate School of Education GSE of University of Pennsylvania Leading in Education for 100 years The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government business neighborhoods and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region buidl wealth in urban communities and solve emerging issues The Philadelphia Writing Project is a growing teacher network of over 700 teacher consultants who work in a variety of ways with teachers and other educators to explore literacy writing teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools regardless of grade of discipline Tags News Publications Youth Development Strategic Partnerships Arts Development

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/educating-digital-age-celebration-writing-literacy (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC Program Partner NUAD's barbershop anti-violence project featured in Southwest Globe Times Newspaper | Urban Affairs Coalition
    that I don t know anymore than they do They know that their thoughts and opinions are just as valuable as mine or anyone else s Kevin Livingston one of the young black males from the program offered his valuable opinion by describing his former outlook on leadership I thought this was the way to lead a life lesson of crime and violence Livingston learned from the streets Now Livingston has abandoned his street mentality and has refocused on a new purpose becoming a change agent With added guidance from his mentor Mike Bighum barber of Philly s Finest Unisex Salon barbershop Livingston and the three fellow members of The Barbershop Project are well on their way to making positive impacts in their communities The six week initiative will give these young men the opportunity to create and implement a simple project that will encourage progressive change on others We are proud of NUAD s efforts to continue to make positive change in the lives of young men As you can see The Barbershop Project is truly creating change agents one haircut at at time To view Southwest Globe Times Newspaper feature click here Tags Community Economic Development News Publications

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-program-partner-nuads-barbershop-anti-violence-project-featured-southwest-globe-times-newsp (2016-05-02)
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  • UAC Program Partner GALAEI Mourns Loss of Gloria Casarez | Urban Affairs Coalition
    fierce determination were recognized by the city when she was appointed the first Director of Philadelphia s Office of LGBT Affairs During her time at the city s Office of LGBT Affairs Gloria developed policies that helped launch Philadelphia to a number two ranking in LGBT equality according to the Human Rights Campaign Equality Index Gloria received multiple awards commemorating her dedication to the LGBT community including the Community Service Award from the NAACP the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award for Justice from Philadelphia FIGHT Gloria was a fun serious strong and kind person who always wanted to do more for others and who fought for equality of rights for all people said Mayor Michael Nutter in a statement released this morning We at UAC send our deepest sympathy to Gloria s family friends and her wife Tricia In response to this tragic news current GALAEI Executive Elicia Gonzales released a statement remembering Gloria s contributions to the organization and the community at large Click here to read Elicia s letter A Goodby to Gloria Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/uac-program-partner-galaei-mourns-loss-gloria-casarez (2016-05-02)
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  • Former GALAEI Executive Director and LGBT Advocate Gloria Casarez Passes Away | Urban Affairs Coalition
    fiery passion did not leave when she left the helm She cultivated a whole new generation of leaders who continue to fight to ensure justice will come to the marginalized and disenfranchised One only has to go to City Hall right now to see the rainbow flag flying high a visual representation of what Gloria stood for and of all of her advocacy efforts for the LGBT community Some of the rights our community gets to enjoy today can be directly attributed to Gloria s determination strong will and smarts She was fierce She was fearless And she was a fighter Gloria was a fighter till the end She squeezed every last ounce out of this life and gave 150 of herself to her work her community her family and her friends She helped to make issues visible that affect those who are often made to feel invisible She gave a voice to the voiceless and hope to those who had given up In short she was a total bad ass She fought for what she believed in holding us all accountable to act against any injustices that were perpetuated in our community She was unique Her passion wisdom and courage were perfectly reflected by her heart mind and soul There are none like her and she will be missed greatly We continue to carry the torch that Gloria kept lit for 10 years the very torch that David Acosta lit in 1989 in the quest for social justice for queer Latinos We fan the embers that are her legacy We will not let the fire burn out We will mourn her And we will celebrate her life as well as the gifts she left us all the gifts of voice of power of creativity of vision and of love

    Original URL path: http://www.gpuac.org/news/former-galaei-executive-director-and-lgbt-advocate-gloria-casarez-passes-away (2016-05-02)
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