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  • Federal Cuts Mean Fewer Summer Jobs for Philly Kids | Urban Affairs Coalition
    Nutter says that equation is not good It will have an impact on the justice system our Philadelphia Police Department and departments all over the United States of America will end up picking up the collateral damage as a result of acts of Congress to cut the summer jobs program said Nutter adding it will be a disaster all across the United States of America Demetrius Lacey one teen who did not get a summer job said he s upset at a missed opportunity As a student preparing to begin my college career it s important to understand the professional world he said The Workready program would not just teach me technical skills but soft skills such as proper professional dress resume writing networking interviewing skills The Urban Affairs Coalition is collecting donations to hire more teens for the summer http www youtube com watch v yWbH kjiW2c feature player embedded Author Tom MacDonald Source NewsWorks Tags 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

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/federal-cuts-mean-fewer-summer-jobs-philly-kids (2016-02-11)
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  • UAC, Nutter, Business Leaders: Jobs for Teens Imperative | Urban Affairs Coalition
    as he reiterated the importance of summer employment for teens It s not just about the money It s also about skill building and improving their competencies in the workplace The push for support comes at a time when the nation s youth unemployment rate is at an all time high of 24 percent and Congress is considering cutting federal funding for the summer job program Nutter noted that if Congress cut the funding for summer jobs it would impact the nation s justice system Our Philadelphia Police Department and departments all over the United States of America will end up picking up the collateral damage as a result of these acts of Congress cutting summer jobs programs which will be a disaster all across the U S said Nutter David Buckholtz an 18 year old who has been placed in summer jobs by the UAC since he was 14 helped to make the case for the importance of the WorkReady program Buckholtz whose first summer job site was at the Franklin Institute Science Museum is now working for Turner Construction The Urban Affairs Coalition has helped me move ahead in my life by giving me an opportunity I didn t even think was possible and then continuing to play a constant role by helping me to prepare for post secondary education and professional job placement said Buckholtz who heads to Pennsylvania State University in the fall to study aerospace engineering My career goal is to be an aerospace engineer and ultimately come back to Philadelphia and give back to my community When Demetris Lacey a recent graduate of the Boys Latin Charter School submitted an application for a summer job through the UAC he was initially denied due to lack of funding However it was announced during the press

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/nutter-business-leaders-jobs-teens-imperative (2016-02-11)
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  • Philadelphia Protesters Urge Gov. to Spend ‘Rainy Day’ Fund | Urban Affairs Coalition
    umbrellas at Dilworth Plaza just west of City Hall to send the message to Harrisburg that it s raining now and the state should spend its half billion dollar surplus on schools and social services instead of putting it into the state s rainy day fund Linda Burnett with the Flash Forward Coalition of Pennsylvania says Gov Tom Corbett should spend the surplus rather than hoard it We re talking about kids We re talking about seniors We re talking about the most vulnerable people in our community and you re not even willing to use part of the rainy day fund It s raining now Speakers said they want the legislature to restore the governor s cuts when budget votes are held later this month Author Mike DeNardo Source CBSPhilly com 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 Youth Development Youth Employment

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/philadelphia-protesters-urge-gov-corbett-spend-%E2%80%98rainy-day%E2%80%99-fund (2016-02-11)
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  • Working to Narrow Philadelphia's Digital Divide | Urban Affairs Coalition
    at the right time has become a matter of vital importance Sure many of the folks living online are doing so socially as friend requests fly faster than political promises on Election Day And if you want to apply for a job more likely than not you will be required to do so online If you re trying to increase your learning chances are you ll be asked to enroll via computer and once you re admitted your class will use online materials and may even be conducted online And recently it was announced that the White House will soon have the capability to text any cellphone in the United States to warn of impending danger under a new emergency alert system scheduled to be rolled out in New York City by the end of this year the rest of the country will follow in mid 2012 Being plugged in is becoming necessary to our survival Sadly too many people are left behind because they remain disconnected The digital divide is widening within some circles and you re more likely to be on the wrong side of the chasm based on your economic condition rather than the complexion of your skin The bottom line is that if you re trying to figure out where your next meal is coming from you re not going to be spending a lot of time on a smartphone laptop or iPad that you can t afford The good news is that Philadelphia is one of the cities leading the country in addressing this inequity More than seven years ago Philadelphia was ahead of the curve when it announced plans to make the city the nation s largest hot spot Author David W Brown Source Philadelphia Inquirer Tags News Publications Strategic Partnerships Economic Development Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/working-narrow-philadelphias-digital-divide (2016-02-11)
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  • First of Dozens of City Computer Centers Open in Center City | Urban Affairs Coalition
    grants Over the next few months a total of 77 centers will open at other community organizations and public housing locations in the city s least served neighborhoods offering access and crucial training for residents The training programs are funded by an 11 8 million sustainable broadband adoption grant to Urban Affairs Coalition The centers are funded by a 6 4 million Public Computing Centers Award given to the city In addition grant recipients are providing nearly 7 million in matching funds Officials say it s the largest investment in digital inclusion in the city s history The freedom rings partnership really is about providing digital literacy and workforce training opportunities to communities all across the city Imagine 77 of these kinds of operations all around the city Mayor Nutter said While many details are being finalized UAC hopes to offer in person training for 15 000 people at computer centers in addition to online training that residents can access on their own The partnership also plans to distribute 5 000 netbooks to Philadelphia Housing Authority residents who pass a skills test In a very short amount of time we organized with many other organizations to submit two proposals that would touch every neighborhood and every vulnerable population in the city FIGHT education director Juliet Fink said of the grant applications Many residents need training in applications that most take for granted like the basics of browsing the web Freedom Rings project director for the Urban Affairs Coalition Peter Kiliani said But the partnership also plans to offer training in productivity applications like Excel and Powerpoint Officials hope trainees will use the web to access government resources like benefits job opportunities and public safety information We hope people will access information online so they don t have to spend so

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/first-dozens-city-computer-centers-open-center-city (2016-02-11)
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  • Industry Leaders Form Economic Policy Advisory Group | Urban Affairs Coalition
    first time last month and will be meeting quarterly to discuss issues related to the region s economy including job creation They ll also convene by conference call when relevant as matters arise Hughes said The state budget which must address a projected 4 billion deficit is the most pressing issue for the group which is also chaired by Brandywine Realty Trust President and CEO Jerry Sweeney Vision 2020 Co Chair Rosemarie B Greco and Payne Brown senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Comcast Corp From a budgetary standpoint there are a number of pots of money that specifically could impact both job creation and job training and those types of vital opportunities to this area Brown said The group is getting to hear and communicate firsthand with city and state officials on matters as well as each other All of these decisions are tough and all of these issues are extremely hard Matlock Turner said Having those conversations across sectors gives us all a sense of what people are grappling with Even after state and city budgets are adopted many challenges remain including work force development making sure the population is work ready and attracting companies locally Brown said I think the main thing we want to commend the Senator for is being willing to seek a number of various views and being open to that and for support Brown said of the group which includes Independence Blue Cross President CEO Daniel Hilferty Aqua America Inc Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis Drexel University President John Fry and Mayor Michael Nutter s Chief of Staff Clarence Armbrister among numerous others The group is a positive step for the region with longtime powerhouses like Gov Ed Rendell now gone from Harrisburg said Joseph P McLaughlin director of the Institute for

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/industry-leaders-form-economic-policy-advisory-group (2016-02-11)
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  • IBM Smarter Cities Challenge to Support Freedom Rings Initiative | Urban Affairs Coalition
    of eight U S cities chosen in this round I want to thank IBM for the opportunity to help us work smarter and more strategically about how we tackle the many challenges that face this great city Nutter said a small press gathering Wednesday This will lay the groundwork to create a citywide strategy that uses technology to support literacy and workforce development programs IBM President of Corporate Citizenship Stan Litow was on hand along with stakeholders from the Philadelphia Freedom Rings Partnership a consortium of public and private entities led by the Urban Affairs Coalition and a centerpiece of the city s Digital Philadelphia strategy Two core reasons for Philadelphia s application being chosen were Litlow said seeming buy in from the mayor and a clear proposal that fit into other city objectives Philadelphia will receive between 400 000 and 450 000 in services and technology Litlow said Once arrived the IBM team will pore over available demographic education jobs and other available data information and analysis said Litlow to make recommendations about investment and direction for Philadelphia s workforce development Put simply the City of Philadelphia has won outside help in knowing how to better help prepare its residents for future employment The Freedom Rings coalition won an 11 8 million federal stimulus grant to increase internet computer and media literacy access for low income Philadelphians The IBM grant can further the Freedom Rings coalition movement said Urban Affairs Coalition President and CEO Sharmain Matlock Turner Having this kind of technical support will not only make sure what we re doing now can be successful Matlock Turner said it also helps us plan for the future http technicallyphilly com 2011 03 10 ibm smarter cities challenge to support freedom rings initiative mayor nutter Source Technically Philly Tags Strategic

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/ibm-smarter-cities-challenge-support-freedom-rings-initiative (2016-02-11)
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  • Philadelphia Nonprofits Anxiously Await Corbett Budget | Urban Affairs Coalition
    at 10 45 a m and handing out flyers to the public in support of education and health services funding These are hard times for all our citizens UAC President Sharmain Matlock Turner said in a released statement Adequate funding for nonprofits will ensure that youth stay out of trouble people get job training families avoid foreclosures and small businesses can hire people We want to send the message to Harrisburg that we want jobs not jails programs not prisons to educate not incarcerate UAC program partners will view the budget live with community members at their office at 1207 Chestnut St Budget Watch viewings are also being held at One Day At A Time 2426 W Lehigh Ave Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance 1616 Walnut St Turning Points for Children 415 S 15th St and West Oak Lane Senior Center 7210 Ogontz Ave PCN will begin budget coverage at 10 30 a m and stream Corbett s 11 30 a m budget address before the General Assembly live on the Internet at http pcntv com pcnplus Push the live signal button underneath the video window to watch Author Athena Merritt Source Philadelphia Business Journal Tags Advocacy Subscribe to our Newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.uac.org/news/philadelphia-nonprofits-anxiously-await-corbett-budget (2016-02-11)
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