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Grant Enhancing Cross-Cultural Understanding in Selected States

Funder:
Laura Jane Musser Fund: Intercultural Harmony Program

Description:
The Intercultural Harmony Program, an initiative of the Laura Jane Musser Fund, promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural projects. Support is provided to nonprofit organizations in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wyoming that include members of various cultural communities working together on projects with common goals. These projects must be intercultural, rather than focused on just one culture, and must demonstrate tangible benefits in the larger community. Funded projects can be carried out in a number of areas, including the arts, community service, and youth activities.

Award:
Up to $20,000

Eligibility:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, organizations that are forming if they have a documented fiscal agent relationship, organizations located within one of the eligible states, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wyoming.

Deadline:
Wed, 10/12/2011

For more information:
http://www.musserfund.org/index.asp?page_seq=25

Grant Addressing Native American Issues

Funder:
Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development

Description:
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples and the sovereignty of tribal Nations throughout the Americas. The Fund’s primary grant-making program areas include the following: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities, Intergenerational Leadership, and Women’s Leadership.

Award:
From $500 up to $5000

Deadline:
Wed, 02/01/2012

For more information:
http://www.7genfund.org/

Grant Addressing Native American Issues

Funder:
Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development

Description:
The Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development is dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples and the sovereignty of tribal Nations throughout the Americas. The Fund’s primary grant-making program areas include the following: Arts and Cultural Expression, Environmental Health and Justice, Human Rights, Sustainable Communities, Intergenerational Leadership, and Women’s Leadership.

Award:
From $500 up to $5000

Deadline:
Sat, 10/01/2011

For more information:
http://www.7genfund.org/

Support for Anti-Poverty Programs

Funder:
Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Description:
The mission of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through the support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education. CCHD’s Community Development Grants support organizations like home additions lansing that bring poor and vulnerable people together to change structures and policies that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Priority is given to organizations that work with persons directly experiencing economic or social injustice, such as racial discrimination, long-term joblessness, or economic dislocation.

Award:
From $25,000 up to $75,000

Eligibility:
The Pre-application Eligibility Quiz may be submitted between September 1 and November 1, 2011. (Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit their quiz prior to the November 1 deadline.)

Deadline:
Sat, 12/31/2011

For more information:
http://old.usccb.org/cchd/grants/criteria.shtml

Philadelphia DHS Honors Students Who Beat the Odds

Posted on: Mon, 08/22/2011 – 4:40pm

The Philadelphia Department of Human Services held a big celebration Wednesday afternoon for young people aging out of the foster care system, young people who have worked extremely hard against incredible odds. According to DHS, approximately 500 young men and women in Philadelphia age out of foster care and must prepare to live on their own.

To read the full article, go to http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8312050.

New Juvenile Justice Law Aims To Keep Young Offenders Out Of Prison

Posted on: Mon, 08/22/2011 – 4:37pm

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on August 15th that will require juvenile court judges to review additional factors before issuing sentences in Illinois in the hopes sending fewer young people to state prison. The law directs judges to review several additional factors, including a youth’s mental health and educational needs, before determining whether secure confinement is necessary and advocates for correctional treatment in a youth’s community whenever possible. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2012.

To read the full article, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/16/new-juvenile-justice-law-_n_928….

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2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available

Posted on: Wed, 08/17/2011 – 1:44pm

Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book provides information and data trends on the conditions of children and families in the United States. This year’s Data Book explores how children and families are faring in the wake of the recession and why it matters to help kids reach their full potential and become part of a robust economy and society.

For more information and to read the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, go to http://datacenter.kidscount.org/databook/2011/.

OJP Releases Financial Guide

Posted on: Tue, 08/16/2011 – 8:55pm

The “2011 Financial Guide” is the primary reference manual to assist grant recipients in fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities to safeguard grant funds and ensure that funds are used for their intended purposes. The guide compiles a variety of laws, rules, and regulations that affect the financial and administrative management of awards.

To read the full guide, go to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/PDFs/OCFO_2011FinancialGuide.pdf.

NM Receives Nearly $1 Million in Grants for Juvenile Justice

Posted on: Mon, 08/15/2011 – 3:30pm

New Mexico has received nearly $1 million in grants from the Justice Department to enforce underage drinking laws, reduce juvenile delinquency, and for personnel to investigate crimes against children, provide for training and increased forensic capacity, and increase efforts to work collaboratively with tribal law enforcement.

To read the full article, go to http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/386acae63a4f46d0b4bce002cf6a3cc6/N….

Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth

Posted on: Thu, 08/04/2011 – 10:26am

The administration of Mayor Michael R Bloomberg plans to spend nearly $130 million on a program that would overhaul how the government interacts with a population of about 315,000 New Yorkers who are disproportionately undereducated, incarcerated and unemployed. Mr. Bloomberg intends to use his personal funds to cover about a quarter of the costs, while the remainder will be paid for by the city. The administration will place job-recruitment centers in public-housing complexes, retrain probation officers in an reduce recidivism, establish new fatherhood classes and assess schools on the academic progress of male black and Latino students. To provide role models for men on probation, the city will recruit 900 paid mentors and promote a range of community service programs.

To read the full article, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/04/nyregion/new-york-plan-will-aim-to-lif….

OJJDP Study Questions Incarceration’s Effect on Recidivism

Posted on: Wed, 08/03/2011 – 9:31am

A study released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention finds that most youth who commit felonies significantly reduce their illegal activities over time regardless of the correctional approach, and that longer institutional stays do not reduce recidivism. Youth with the lowest offending levels committed more crimes after being incarcerated. The study, “Highlights From Pathways to Desistance: A Longitudinal Study of Serious Adolescent Offenders,” followed 1,354 serious juvenile offenders, between 14 and 18 years old, for seven years after their conviction.

To read the full article, go to http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/JuvenileDetentionAlternativesInitia….

States Move to Limit Youth in Adult Prisons, Jails

Posted on: Wed, 08/03/2011 – 9:28am

Fifteen states have enacted legislation over the last five years limiting the number of youth placed in adult jails and prisons, according to a report authored by Campaign for Youth Justice researcher Neelum Arya. The report, “State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2005 to 2010,” examines 27 pieces of state legislation passed between 2005 and 2010. It found that four states (Colorado, Maine, Virginia, and Pennsylvania) have passed laws limiting the ability to house youth in adult jails and prisons; three states (Connecticut, Illinois, and Mississippi) have expanded their juvenile court jurisdiction so that older youth who previously would be automatically tried as adults are not prosecuted in adult criminal court; ten states (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Washington) have changed their transfer laws, making it more likely that youth will stay in the juvenile justice system; four states (Colorado, Georgia, Texas, and Washington) have changed their mandatory-minimum sentencing laws to take into account the developmental differences between youth and adults.

To read the full article, go to http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/JuvenileDetentionAlternativesInitia….

The Southern Poverty Law Center Support At-Risk Students

Funder:
The Southern Poverty Law Center

Description:
The Southern Poverty Law Center is accepting proposals to fund legal work designed to improve the quality of educational services and support for students who have behavioral and emotional problems and may be at risk for entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Interested applicants should contact Jerri Katzerman at jerri.katzerman@splcenter.org.

Deadline:
Fri, 09/16/2011

For more information:
http://www.splcenter.org/

Youth Encouraged To Read, Learn, Stay Fit

Posted on: Tue, 08/02/2011 – 4:47pm

Attorney General Eric Holder joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Miss America 2011, and NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to address youth through the “Let’s Read. Let’s Move” campaign. The campaign encourages youth to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and asks students to continue to read and learn over the summer.

To learn more about the “Let’s Read. Let’s Move” campaign, go to http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2010/06/10/united-we-serve-lets-read-lets-move.

Lights On Event Promotes Afterschool Programs

Posted on: Tue, 08/02/2011 – 4:44pm

On October 20, 2011, more than 7,500 communities nationwide will participate in the annual “Lights on Afterschool” event. Lights on Afterschool calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the positive role they can play in children’s lives.

To learn more about “Lights on Afterschool”, go to http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm.

Homes for Those That Could Have Been Homeless

Posted on: Tue, 08/02/2011 – 4:33pm

“When I needed my real mom the most, she wasn’t there for me. I go to bed every night just thinking about her. It’s tough,” said Tracy Joachim, a 21-year-old Atlantan who spent his childhood in the city’s foster care system. Joachim’s story is painful, but things have been looking up for him since he entered the CHRIS Kids’ TransitionZ program and moved into Summit Trail, the EarthCraft-certified apartment complex in East Atlanta where the young adults in the program live.

To read the full article, go to http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/homes-for-those-that-could-have-be….

Juvenile Lockups Locking Their Doors This Week

Posted on: Tue, 08/02/2011 – 4:31pm

Four Texas Youth Commission (TYC) lockups are locking their doors for good this week, as the state’s juvenile-justice system prepares for a major transformation. TYC and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission are slated to merge into a single department by December. The goal, says Benet Magnuson, an attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition’s Juvenile Justice Initiative, is to dramatically reduce the number of juveniles who wind up behind bars, diverting many toward rehabilitation programs in their own communities.

To read the full article, go to http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/21427-1.

National Graduation Rates Likely to Dip as States Switch to More Accurate Calculation Formula

Posted on: Tue, 08/02/2011 – 4:29pm

States are bracing for plummeting high school graduation rates as districts nationwide dump flawed measurement formulas that often undercounted dropouts and produced inflated results. Education wonks long have suspected the statistics used by some people to determine how their neighborhood high school is faring — or even where to buy a house — can be figured using various formulas that produce wildly different results.

To read the full article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/national-graduation-rates-….

Biker for Mentoring To Arrive in D.C. This Week

Posted on: Tue, 08/02/2011 – 4:24pm

For the ninth consecutive year, Gary Walters has embarked on a fund-raising challenge for youth mentoring. This year he is riding a bicycle from his home state of Minnesota to Washington, D.C. Walters, as well as his son Jackson and daughter Jessica, left Minnesota in mid-July with plans to reach the nation’s capital by Friday or Saturday so they can meet with legislators to promote mentoring. Then, as the challenge’s Coast to Coast for Kids title implies, the Walters will fly to the West Coast to bike back home, arriving in early September.

To read the full article, go to http://www.mentoring.org/news_and_research/news_releases/biker_for_mento….

From Gangland To The Ivory Tower

Posted on: Mon, 08/01/2011 – 4:29pm

Victor Rios is a former gang member from East Oakland, who left the gang life, attending college and now serving as an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The interview is titled – From Gangland to the Ivory Tower, and is expected to address both his life story and the impact authority figures have on at-risk youth. Dr. Rios earned a PhD from UC Berkeley and was a member highlighted as a speaker with the Homeboy Goes to Harvard series.

To read the full article, go to http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/07/29/gangland-to-the-ivory-tower.