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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

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/wescott-financial-advisory-group-llc-ceo-grant-rawdin-elected-chair-urban-affairs-coalition-0 (2016-02-11)
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  • Three Philadelphia Students Win Surprise Scholarships | Urban Affairs Coalition
    teachers at Arise Academy Charter High School Collins family including her mother aunt grandmother two younger brothers and three cousins knew about the surprise and were at the ceremony to celebrate this perfect moment with her I was very emotional too It was something that I really wanted said Collins who cried when she received her check Robinson 18 of West Philadelphia who attends Abraham Lincoln High School shared similar sentiments and felt relieved that the scholarship would ease the financial burden on his mother Also from West Philadelphia and currently attending One Bright Ray Community High School Clowney 18 said he was caught off guard but very joyful when he heard he d won The three were not the only winners Their sponsoring organizations each received a 50 000 grant to help with education initiatives such as youth counseling and college preparedness Collins was sponsored by the Urban Affairs Coalition a nonprofit that focuses on quality of life issues in cities Robinson was sponsored by Philadelphia Futures which helps students from low income families get into college Clowney s sponsor was Philadelphia Youth Network Inc which provides similar services The scholarships were donated by the international financial services company Sun Life Financial which awards scholarships to students through its Sun Life Rising Star Awards programs and also aids nonprofit groups Collins who calls herself very protective says she wants to become a nurse Her summer job serving breakfast and lunch to students taught her hospitality how to prepare and serve food and proper hygiene skills that should help in her future career I m very much a neat freak I don t mind cleaning up all day said Collins who says she plans to apply to Pennsylvania State Howard and Georgetown Universities Author Quan Nguyen Source Philadelphia Inquirer Tags

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/three-philadelphia-students-win-surprise-scholarships (2016-02-11)
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  • Can We Tackle Philadelphia's Poverty Problem With Technology? | Urban Affairs Coalition
    of households in Philadelphia are without internet access This is challenge that we as a city can overcome as has been discussed on Technically Philly before There are 77 public computer centers being launched this year across the city as a part of the Freedom Rings Partnership a 25 million federally funded partnership that aims to create a new wave of technology adopters in the city By just taking advantage of these free programs people can gain access to a range of training opportunities to further their educations gain valuable skills find jobs and participate in the economy By linking up to these resources people will have the chance to participate in the classroom workplace and in the world on their own anywhere anytime via technology In March Mayor Nutter announced that IBM would send as much as 500 000 in technology and consulting to create a strategy for more innovative workforce development in Philadelphia Internet Essentials the low cost broadband access program from Comcast announced last month is leveraging the Freedom Rings partnership to offer training to low income Philadelphians It s important that people get connected as soon as possible Those of us who follow tech trends know that the digital world will change dramatically in the coming decade As we move deeper into the 21st Century much more of the infrastructure of life bills purchases communications entertainment work and play will happen in the digital space We need to inspire all Philadelphians to make it their job to help others to learn how to read get trained on how to use computers get connected to the internet and to find opportunities to do even more Technology can t and won t solve every problem However applied correctly technology could dramatically change the factors that fuel unemployment and

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/can-we-tackle-philadelphias-poverty-problem-technology (2016-02-11)
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  • UAC Sponsors Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week | Urban Affairs Coalition
    foster the growth and competitiveness of the minority business community For more information go to http www phillymedweek com Source Press Statement Tags Building Wealth Economic Development Projects 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

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/uac-sponsors-philly-med-week (2016-02-11)
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  • Comcast Offers Low-Cost Internet and Computers | Urban Affairs Coalition
    service area with a child eligible for free school lunches The eligible families will receive three simple things Cohen said First our economy broadband service at 9 95 a month with no charge for the equipment no activation fee no contract no requirement to buy any other Comcast service Second they ll get a voucher to buy a computer for 150 thanks to help from Dell and Acer and third they ll receive instructional materials and computer training In Philadelphia the program will be facilitated by the school district and through dozens of city computer centers created in part with the help of an 11 million federal stimulus grant Sharmaine Matlock Turner president of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition said Internet access has become a household necessity If you are looking for a job a lot of that information now is going to be online Turner said If you re trying to figure out how to sign up for health care benefits you re going to need to go online Cohen said while provision of its low cost Internet program was included in the FCC order permitting Comcast s merger with NBC it was something the company offered voluntarily and would have done anyway Comcast is offering the program to any qualified family in the 39 states where it operates but there is one wrinkle Families that are already Comcast Internet customers can t get the 9 95 a month deal To find out more or apply for the program call 1 855 8 Internet Read original article on Newsworks org Author Dave Davies Source WHYY News Tags News Publications Strategic Partnerships Economic Development Education Adult Education Youth Literacy Workforce Development Subscribe to our Newsletter About Us History UAC Impacts President s Corner President s Bio Interviews Speeches Board

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/comcast-offers-low-cost-internet-and-computers (2016-02-11)
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  • CEO File: Stay Curious, Engaged and Passionate | Urban Affairs Coalition
    sector doing more with less requires great teamwork Best way to keep a competitive edge Stay curious engaged and passionate about what you do Yardstick of success Improving the lives of the people we serve Goal yet to be achieved Expand the work of UAC regionally and nationally JUDGMENT CALLS Best decision Throwing my hat in the ring to compete for the UAC CEO job Worst decision Hiring someone who turned out to be a poor fit Toughest decision Telling people who have worked side by side with you that their jobs are being eliminated Mentor I don t have one person but several who advise and challenge me TRUE CONFESSIONS Word that best describes you Coach I love to see my team win Like best about your job I work with talented individuals who love what they do and who teach me something new almost every day Like least about your job Seeing people in need and not being able to help them Most important lesson learned Growth and change are constant companions they need to be understood and managed well Persons most interested in meeting President Barack Obama to understand how he manages a work life balance and Oprah Winfrey to make a case for UAC funding First choice for a new career Trash Czar of Philadelphia I d love to walk or drive around Philadelphia especially our neighborhoods and see them trash free ETCETERA Award most proud of I am looking forward to getting the grandmother of the year award Most influential book Good to Great by Jim Collins Outliers and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni Practically Radical by Bill Taylor and Native Son by Richard Wright Favorite movie I really enjoy television mini series Right now I m watching

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/stay-curious-engaged-and-passionate (2016-02-11)
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  • PFCU’s Financial Educator Named “Top Educator” | Urban Affairs Coalition
    such as budgeting building credit money management and banking procedures Transitional Work Corporation Horizon House Grace Teenshop and Orleans Technical Institute are among the various organizations that participated in these informative seminars promoting financial independence As a not for profit organization PFCU prides itself on its dedication to the community and promotes financial literacy to improve individual economic well being To schedule a free financial seminar for your organization contact Karl Bernhard at 215 934 3581 or kbernhard pfcu com The Urban Affairs Coalition works to improve life s chances for young people low income families and minority owned businesses by creating economic opportunities and strengthening nonprofit organizations in urban communities Founded in 1951 PFCU is currently among the top credit unions in the city serving the entire Philadelphia and Bloomsburg PA communities in addition to the owners employees and directors of over 400 organizations throughout Pennsylvania New Jersey and Delaware Read original article in CU Insight Author Alexa Novachek Source CUinsight Tags News Publications 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 the Coalition

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/http%3A/%252Fwww.cuinsight.com/456/media/news/pfcuandrsquos_financial_educator_named_andldquotop_educatorandrdquo.html (2016-02-11)
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  • DRWC Pledges to Spend About $1 Million Annually With Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses | Urban Affairs Coalition
    in inclusive practices In addition to its operating budget DRWC also spends about 10 million each year on capital projects The new plan calls for establishing individual equal opportunity programs for each project The DRWC will establish a committee to oversee the inclusion plan and make suggestions annually to the board on how it might be improved No plan can succeed without proper monitoring Matlock Turner said And the board agreed to monitor progress with the UAC s help each quarter DRWC Board Chairman Donn Scott reminded the board of their very first meeting after Mayor Michael Nutter dissolved the beleaguered Penn s Landing Corporation and created the DRWC as its replacement We talked about the need to have a commitment to diversity he said It has taken us a couple of years to get there but I think the plan that we put forth today accomplishes many of the goals the board is committed to DRWC Vice President Joe Forkin who stayed with the organization after the transition from Penn s Landing to DRWC said the old organization had minority and women participation goals but nothing like this Back then we took a lead from the city and piggybacked off the city s plan With this new plan DRWC s goals will at least meet city goals but will also be tailored to DRWC projects specifically Matlock Turner suggested that DRWC expand its definition of minority and women led businesses to include both large and small businesses in other words diversity is about more than economic disadvantage Forkin said that some small businesses that are minority or women owned have not gone through an official certification process And non profits are never certified The new plan will allow DRWC to get some credit for working with such businesses and

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/drwc-pledges-spend-about-1-million-annually-women-and-minority-owned-businesses (2016-02-11)
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