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March 20, 2012

Youth Worker Opportunities
Events for Youth Workers and Non-Profit Professionals
Community Discussion on "Teaching, Learning and Power" Hosted by: Chicago Public Media and Project on Civic Reflection Date: March 20 Time:6:30PM Location: WBEZ North Side Community Bureau, 2913 W. Devon Avenue Cost: Free Join WBEZ and the Project on Civic Reflection for facilitated community discussions on "Teaching, Learning, and Power," which will create opportunities for teachers to explore the conditions that make learning possible. These will not be problem-solving exercises or grading sessions but opportunities for teachers city-wide to reflect on the challenges and hopes that animate their day-to-day efforts to teach our children well. Each discussion – March 7th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau, March 15th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau, and March 20th at the WBEZ North Side Bureau – will provide educators with a structured opportunity to consider and re-consider the purpose of our educational efforts and to strengthen teachers’ sense of agency and community. Developing Your Communications Plan Hosted by: The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Date: March 21 Time: 9am-12pm Location: 3225 West Foster Avenue Cost: $40-$75 Ann Pinkney, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, Metropolitan Family Services Guest Speaker: Matthew Johnson, Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Project Living Well In a world filled with organizations and causes striving for attention, you need to set yourself apart from the pack. As communications channels grow at breakneck speed, developing and using a communications plan is essential to establishing a strong brand identity. This session will address these questions and more. Learn key “things to know” such as who you and your competitors are; what are your budget, goals, and strategies; whose support you need you need to secure; and what communications channels are available. Listen to examples that explain what is required for successful campaigns. Get valuable advice through a Q&A session, and get insights on fleshing out your own communications plan. Learn more and register Google+ Workshop Interested in learning about job, internships and volunteering opportunities? If you are looking to switch careers or hoping to make a lasting impact on your community through volunteering, please visit our opportunities page here. Want to connect with the CEL?

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr Opportunities for Nonprofits Apply for the Leadership Institute - March 20th So you want to be an Executive Director? A nonprofit leader in Chicago? Executive Service Corps is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2012 class of "So You Want to be an Executive Director?," the premier program of the Leadership Institute, offered exclusively to members of YNPN Chicago current employed with a non-profit organization. Learn how to

manage staff, work with a board of directors, prioritize endless demands, raise money, plan a budget, and market your work! The deadline to apply is March 20, 2012 at 5pm - late applications will not be accepted. Learn more and

Google+ Workshop

Hosted by: HandsOn Tech Date: March 21 Time: 9am-10:30am Location: Google, 20 West Kinzie Street

Call for Nominations - Young Nonprofit Professional and Mentor of the Year Awards March 23 YNPN Chicago is soliciting

Cost: Free

Google has recently launched its new social media platform Google+, which aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Google+ offers a brand new way to connect with people, including through features such as contacts organized into Circles that make it easy to send relevant messages to different groups of people, integration with Google Chat and Gmail, and a fantastic new way to “Hangout” in a live video conference with up to 10 colleagues and friends. The goal of this workshop is to give you with the tools, knowledge, and know-how to use Google+ in your nonprofit. Come learn how Google+ can help your agency connect with your audience in a new and interactive way that fosters deeper relationships! Taught by Googlers, this workshop will take place at Google's offices in downtown Chicago at 20 West Kinzie Street. Please go to http://goo.gl/ig0yn to register Quarterly Meeting Hosted by: Consortium on Lowering Obesity for Chicago Children Date: March 21 Time: 1-4pm Location: The Conference Center at UBS Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr.,

nominations for its annual Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year Award. This award recognizes a young nonprofit professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the Chicago nonprofit sector through exemplary leadership at his or her organization or through broader involvement in the Chicago nonprofit sector. The Mentor of the Year award recognizes someone who provides exemplary mentorship for young nonprofit professionals in Chicago. This is someone who is active in the personal and professional development of emerging

2nd floor Cost: Free

The meeting will focus on data and research around childhood obesity, featuring a keynote presentation by Dr. Terry T-K Huang from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. There will be also be a panel on emerging obesity research trends, networking opportunities, working group meetings (either 12 - 1 p.m or 4 - 5 p.m.) and more. See the full agenda at www.clocc.net. New to CLOCC? Attend a 30-minute Introduction to CLOCC session at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. RSVP required. Please RSVP and submit your response below. If your response does not go through, RSVP to LaShaun Hayes at lsmiley@childrensmemorial.org or 312-5737764. We look forward to seeing you!
North Park Justice Summit Hosted by: North Park University Date: March 23+24 Location: North Park University, 3225 West Foster Avenue Cost: $30-$105 University Ministries and the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University invite you to be challenged, inspired, and

nonprofit leaders. Both awards will be presented at YNPN Chicago's 11th Anniversary Celebration. Learn more and nominate
Kraft Free Family Night - Plan Ahead for your 2012 Visit! Join us for Kraft Free Family Night, 5-8pm every Thursday, when museum admission is free for all visitors. Groups of 15 or more must book ahead. Have a group of 35 people or more? Free transportation is available for qualified nonprofit organizations serving low-income families. Please see below for bus availability. Email us or call (312) 4647715 to register your group today!

transformed by the gospel at the North Park Justice Summit and Chicago Reload. Led by theologians, teachers, and activists from across the country, participants at this two-day event will learn how to engage people in ministries of compassion and mercy, challenge policies through advocacy and community organizing, and partner with programs and projects of community-based organizations for the sake of Christ and his kingdom. Learn more Miracle Major Gifts Hosted by: The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management Date: March 27 Time: 9am-4pm Location: 3225 West Foster Avenue Cost: $75-$150 Jimmie R. Alford, LL.D., LH.D., Founder and Chair, The Alford Group Designed for development officers, senior staff, and board volunteers, this all-day seminar will explore the key elements necessary to achieve transformational gifts from individual donors. What attributes are evident in donors who make significant gifts? What characteristics are present in organizations that achieve such gifts? How do these align with each other? What are some of the tried-and-true techniques in soliciting and stewarding donors to bring about miracle major gifts? In this seminar you will also learn to formulate philanthropic value

March 29 Get your heart pumping and your mind racing during Health and Wellness Night! In celebration of our newest exhibit, Circus Zirkus, community partners from CircEsteem will teach kids circus talents, a fun way to develop flexibility and balance. Plus, pick up some helpful tips on how to get fit and stay healthy. Seeking Group Facilitators

Health and Wellness Night -

A Loyola dual-degree graduate student in Social Work and Women's & Gender Studies is looking to connect with group facilitators for interviews about their use of ritual in groups with African American women. Her

propositions and develop skills to prepare you for asking for major gifts. Learn more and register Strategic Brand Development Workshop Hosted by: Arts & Business Council of Chicago Date: March 27 Time: 9:30am-12:30am Location: Columbia College Chicago, 623 South Wabash Avenue Cost: $45-$65 Learn how to be more strategic in building and maintaining the brand o f your arts organization. Your brand is fundamental to your visibility and your ability to stand out from the crowd, and thus your ability to create a value proposition for ongoing support. Learn more and register Resource Development: Prospecting Funding Opportunities and InKind Donations Hosted by: Association of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Chicago Date: March 27 Time: 9:30-11:30am Location: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue Cost: $10 for Non-Members Are you coming to the March 27th meeting? Members and Guests will b e learning about how to find more money to support your Volunteer/Mentoring Programs! Who doesn't need more money? Melanie Sillas will speak at the event. She is the Manager of Resource and Program Development at Chicago Youth Centers where she has successfully prospected and secured public and private funding to maintain key programs. Wonderful heathly and delicious snacks are served. Members: Free! (Membership is only $40/year) and Guests are $10.00. Career Development Session Hosted by: Latinos in Development Date: March 27 Time: 6-8pm Location: Instituto del Progreso Latino, 2520 S. Western Ave. Cost: $20 for Non-Members Calling all Associates and Managers! Are you thinking about the next step in your development career? Join LID and experienced members of Chicago's development community for a one-on-one career development session. Learn how they got to the next level and how you can too! Register Here! Annual Public Policy Conference Hosted by: Illinois Action for Children Date: March 27-28 Location: 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62703 Cost: $125 Illinois Action for Children’s Spring Into Action conference brings together more than 200 early care and education advocates, parents, providers and other leaders in the field for 2 days of policy-oriented workshops, capitol visits and networking opportunities. Click here to view conference website and register today Sexual Education Advocacy Day Hosted by: Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition Date: March 28 Time: 10am-3pm Location: Springfield, IL with buses leaving from Chicago Cost: Free The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) and the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (IMCHC) are co-hosting an annual advocacy day with the Reproductive Health Access (RHA) Coalition and would like to ask you to join advocacy related activities around HB

African American women. Her hope is to find a group of leaders using therapeutic techniques that are specifically relevant to this population. The group facilitators must facilitate groups that are at least 30% African American women although the group does not need to be exclusively female or African American. Groups with transgender women will also be considered. If you would like to participate or know of any leads please contact Kathryn here. Faith and Public Health Leadership Institute The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation is partnering with the UIC Center for Public Health Practice to offer a Faith and Public Health Leadership Institute to bring teams of faith and public health leaders together to think and plan more deeply about how to address the root causes of health disparities. ("Leader" if broadly defined, including formal and informal, institutional and community, clergy and lay.) We are particularly focused on those working in HIV/AIDS, emergency preparedness, chronic disease, and food access. Ideally we'd like for teams of faith leaders and public health leaders to have some experience of working together already, but that is not mandatory and interested individuals are also welcome. Cost is $100 for all 5 sessions. Sessions will be held monthly from 9am-2pm at UIC, running from April to August. For more information, contact Rev. Kristen Peachey at 847-3843552 or kristen.peachey @advocatehealth.com Become a Family and Youth Services Bureau Grant Reviewer

Do you have experience working in the field of Runaway and Homeless Youth or other youth and family services? The ability to analyze and evaluate complex grant applications? A knack for collaborating with a virtual team? FYSB needs you to review grant applications for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program! All you need is a computer that runs Windows or Apple software, Adobe Acrobat

3026, the Accurate Sexual Health Education Bill. Participants will receive an Advocacy Day training and the opportunity to meet with their State Legislators to urge them to support comprehensive sexual education for Illinois youth and with your help, we know we can do it!! Food and transportation will be provided. Contact Tiffany at tiffany@icah.org to register. March Networking Happy Hour

software, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9, broadband or DSL Internet access, and a reliable second source of Internet in case your primary connection is lost. Register today at www.acfgrantreviewer.com, reference code FYSB-0012012. Or call 866-796-1613.

Hosted by: Young Non-Profit Professionals Network Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm Location: Corcoran’s Grill & Pub (1615 North Wells Street) Cost: Networking is FREE (purchase your own drinks) Drink specials available YNPN Chicago is continuing its goal of bringing you a networking happy hour on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Corcoran’s Grill & P u b in Old Town. The happy hours at Corcoran’s are FREE and include a private space, cash bar, and drink specials. You are welcome to bring friends that are not currently YNPN Chicago members. Bring lots of business cards and come ready to connect with fellow nonprofit professionals! Find potential partners or just some friendly support from the nonprofit community. Register now to help us best plan the happy hour (registration is highly recommended/ encouraged). Building a Major Gifts Program with CCS Hosted by: Young Non-Profit Professionals Network Date: March 29 Time: 3:30-5:30pm Location: CCS Offices, 155 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1790 Cost: $10 for YNPN Members (Membership is free) includes wine/cheese reception A major gifts program is a key component to successful and balanced fundraising. Major gift fundraising takes advantage of carefully developed relationships and personal requests of your very best donors making it the most effective and efficient means of fundraising. Key learning objectives for this session include a review of principles of major gifts, addressing strategies for prospects, and a discussion about the tools you need to be effective. Register Monthly Information Session Presented by: University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program Date: March 29 Time: 4-5pm Cost: FREE Learn how you can get certified to teach in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and earn a Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Chicago. Earn up to $36,000 toward tuition by teaching in CPS for 3 years. Learn more Non-Profit Fair Presented by: Young Professionals of Chicago Date: March 30 Time: 5:30-8:30pm Location: Holiday Inn, 350 West Mart Plaza Drive, 14th Floor Cost: $10 for YPC member, $15 for non-members will include appetizers and one drink per person Join YPC as we partner with Chicago Non-Profit for a unique networking event that provides you with access to dozens of Chicagobased, non-profit organizations in need of volunteers, junior board members, business sponsors and more generally, increased awareness. Whether it be tutoring a student once a month, assisting with a fundraising campaign or taking a leadership role by joining a junior board, this event is sure to connect you to the cause that you are most passionate about. Non-profit organizations interested in having a table / representatives at the forum should contact Michael Fineman at mfineman@ypchicago.org.

Funding Opportunity
Social Innovation Fund FY 2012 Due Date: March 27, 2012 The Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund provides funding to "intermediary" grant-making institutions, who in turn make grants to community-based organizations. This year's focus areas are: read more> Grants to Prevent Underage Drinking Due Date: March 29, 2012 The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking, or STOP, Act grants program aims to prevent and reduce alcohol use among 12- to 20-year-olds. About 78 grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded. Learn more on the STOP Act grants page on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. read more>> Dannon Company Announces 2012 Next Generation Nutrition Grants Program Deadline: March 30 Grants of $30,000 will support programs to promote children's nutrition education in the communities where Dannon employees live and work...read more National Wildlife Federation Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Deadline: March 30 National Wildlife Federation and the Tufts family are now accepting nominations from students between the ages of 8-18 for the Craig Tufts Scholarship Award. The award is given to a student and chaperone to attend a weeklong educational and adventure experience in the Summer. This year's winner will attend the Family Summit Inc program in the Rocky Mountains (YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado) on July 7-13, 2012. Interested

Making Leaps and Bounds in the Classroom Hosted by: National Louis University Date: March 31 Time: 10am-1pm Location: National Louis University Skokie Campus, 5202 Old Orchard Road, Public Forum Room 353 Cost: $12 payment at the door Engage in collaborative discussion with colleagues in the fields of early childhood, music, movement and arts education. Observe, discuss, and participate in age appropriate artistic activities that address the learning and development of young children. Light fare and Refreshments will be served. Please register for the workshop by sending an email to: Rekha.Rajan@nl.edu

on July 7-13, 2012. Interested students need to complete an essay submission by March 30th. http://bit.ly/ykyDZI The Active Schools Acceleration Project Due Date: Rolling Deadline The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) will award up to $500,000 in prizes to schools and innovators that are leading the way in getting kids active. The top winners will get the chance to take part in funded pilot studies to expand their efforts. I know many of you operate amazing physical activity programs on a shoe-string budget. Or maybe you know people who are working hard to make their local school a more active place. Perhaps the techie in your life is doing great work to use technology to help kids get fit. The competition is a wonderful opportunity for you or someone you know to earn some welldeserved recognition and support. The deadline for entries is April 2, so click here to apply NOW! Singing for Change Due Date: Rolling Deadline Singing for Change grants are awarded to programs that work to improve the health, education and safety of children and their families and aim to foster self-esteem, selfsufficiency, nonviolence and creative problem solving. Learn more and download the grant application form at the Singing for Change website. read more>> Scholastic Book Grants Due Date: Rolling Deadline Scholastic is sponsoring donations of 500 to 1,000 books to nonprofit organizations that foster literacy and a joy of reading among at-risk youth and families. Scholastic is particularly interested in promoting literacy in inner-city and rural areas. Click here to download an application. The deadline is rolling. Do Something Seed Grants Deadline: Ongoing Are you working to start a community action project or

Leveraging LinkedIn for your Nonprofit Presented by: Community Media Workshop Date: March 20 Time: 2-3:15pm Cost: $60 Did you know that LinkedIn is the second largest social network next to Facebook? This powerful online tool allows you to raise the profile of your organization and connect with potential donors, volunteers and employees. In this webinar you will learn new ways to reach out to advocates in the social media arena, how to create and optimize your nonprofit's community pages and causes, along with tips on using LinkedIn groups effectively. Register here or call 312-369-6400. Prevention of Childhood Obesity: The Vital Role of Parent Training Hosted by: Chicago Public Media and Project on Civic Reflection Date: March 20 Time: 2PM Cost: Free The study, conducted by researchers from UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital, found that a new parent-training program is effective in reducing the risk of low-income, preschool-age Latino children being overweight. After one year, there was a 9 percent reduction in overweight and obese children in the parent-training intervention group, while a control group that did not receive the parent training had a 16 percent increase in overweight and obese children. The intervention blended nutrition, physical activity and parenting topics delivered in a participatory manner. It was the first pilot intervention study that reversed the weight gain seen in preschool Latino children living in low-income families. The webinar will detail the study's objectives, tactics, outcomes and next steps. Please Note: There is no fee for this Webinar, but you must register in advance. Community Schools: A Strategy, Not a Problem Hosted by: The Children's Aid Society Date: March 21 Time: 12pm

Cost: Free
T h e Children's Aid Society will present this one-hour online discussion about the role of community schools in promoting equity and excellence in education. Vice President Jane Quinn will talk about the society's community schools model and results. Register here. Use Ready by 212 to Guide Youth Master Plans Presented by: The National League of Cities Date: March 21 Time: 1:30PM Cost: Free Th e National League of Cities (NLC) invites municipal leaders, city

staff and community partners to a free one-hour webinar, "Using Ready by 21 Tools to Guide Youth Master Planning." The webinar will feature officials from two cities that have used Ready by 21 to guide their planning processes - Nashville, Tenn., and Charlottesville, Va. - as well as staff from the Forum for Youth Investment and NLC's Institute for

community action project or program with your friends? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? A $500 Do Something Seed Grant is given out every week to help young people just like YOU! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact. http://dsorg.us/yc6MPI Articles Tracking Child & Youth Wellbeing

Youth, Education and Families. Register at: https://my.nlc.org/eweb (Account creation required.) Where do I go from here? Evolving your Volunteer Management Program for More Involvement Presented by: VolunteerMatch Date: March 22 Time: 11:30am-12pm Cost: FREE How long do volunteers usually stay with your program? Do you struggle with keeping them interested, involved and engaged? This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided. Register Community Safety Scorecard: Using Neighborhood Data to Inform a Comprehensive Approach Presented by: Healthy Schools Campaign Date: March 22 Time: 1-2pm Cost: FREE Farm to Cafeteria: Supporting Student Health and Local Farm Systems Presented by: Healthy Schools Campaign Date: March 22 Time: 1-2pm Cost: FREE How can large urban school districts create successful farm-to-school programs? What impact can these programs have for students and for local farmers? This webinar will feature two stakeholders who participate in Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) regional procurement program who will discuss the ways this program has shaped business and farming practices and discuss the barriers and lessons learned through the experience. Participants will also learn about national policy initiatives that have an impact on farm to school programs. Register here » More than Celebration: Spotlight on Demonstration Presented by: Generation On Date: March 22 Time: 2:30-3:30pm Cost: FREE Join generationOn for this free webinar exploring the fifth stage of the IPARD/C service-learning process - Demonstration/Celebration. Explore how to move beyond celebration to meaningful demonstration. This webinar is part of a bi-monthly webinar series designed especially for educators in which presenters dig deeper into the steps of service-learning. http://bit.ly/zRmdZE Establishing a Balanced Set of Goals: Guiding the Way Presented by: Ready by 21 Date: March 27 Time: 2pm Cost: FREE Conceiving goals and indicators is easy. The challenge is getting community leaders to agree on goals and indicators that cover all young people of all age groups, in all aspects of their lives - from education and health to interpersonal skills and job readiness. You'll get introduced to activities for building agreement and hear about

This report is an analysis by the Forum for Youth Investment of several studies on child and youth well-being. The paper outlines how tools such as the Ready by 21 developmental dashboard can help leaders be effective. This report provides an overview of four sources of data for child and youth wellbeing and calls for more robust indicators to reflect the full picture of child and youth development. This can be used to prompt conversation about the quality of data in a community and how data can be gathered that is reflective of the 'big picture' of child and youth outcomes. (Registration Required) View the full report>>

To see what a supportive school can accomplish, look at this new report about Gainesville, Ga., where graduation rates rose and

Strong Supports Boost Student Success

disciplinary actions dropped after the city schools adopted a stronger system of supports in partnership with community organizations. Those supports included recreation and enrichment, community service, health care and family preservation. The initiative was designed by Scholastic and the UCLA Center on Mental Health in Schools, and supported by the American Association of School Administrators, a Ready by 21 National Partner. Collecting Data from Collaborations

get introduced to activities for building agreement and hear about potential indicators for goals across developmental years and the range Trends. Register for this webinar >> Salesforce Webinar of outcomes, as developed by the Forum and Child

Collaborations While it is essential for organizations to collaborate in order to significantly improve services and supports for all youth, collecting and using data about those collaborative efforts and their impact can be difficult. This new report from

Presented by: HandsOn Tech Date: March 28 Time: 1-2pm Cost: FREE D o e s your organization rely on antiquated methods for tracking contacts, clients, and donors? Do you use different databases that don't talk to each other? If you are considering moving to a unified database system, login to HandsOn Tech's webinar on Salesforce.com, a leading cloud-based CRM and database tool that offers five free enterprise licenses for nonprofits. This webinar will walk nonprofits through how they could use Salesforce to organize their data in useful ways. Click HERE to register! Explore Family-School-Community Partnerships Presented by: The National Education Association Date: March 29 Time: 4pm Cost: FREE

Public/Private Ventures offers practical advice. Struggling Youth Remain

Optimistic America's teens and adults both think the nation's economic troubles have hit youth harder than anyone, but youth are still optimistic about their futures. Those are among the findings of this recent survey from the Pew Underemployed and Optimistic: Coming of Age, Research Center, Young,

The National Education Association will host a webinar to explore its recent study, Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0, which profiles 16 collaborative programs in 14 states. The leader o f the study will explore the 10 strategies for effective partnerships, and will be joined by leaders and participants in two of the programs. Register here.
Building a College-Going Culture: Lessons from School Leader Presented by: American Association of School Administrators Date: March 28 Time: 1-2pm Cost: FREE The American Association of School Administrators helps school leaders build a college-going culture, use post-secondary outcomes data to drive K-12 school improvement, and disseminate on-theground strategies to enhance college and career readiness. In this one-hour webinar, you'll hear from a superintendent about the challenges of building a system that perpetuates college access and success, and from a principal and a curriculum coordinator about how district and school-level leaders are working together and using data to enhance college and career readiness. Register here.

Slowly, in a Tough Economy. Among the conclusions: The public says today's young adults have it harder than their parents did; tough economic times are altering young adults' daily lives and long-term plans; and youths' level of optimism about having enough money now and in the future remains undiminished from 2004.
Using Data in Multi-Agency Collaborations: Guiding Performance to Ensure Accountability and Improve Programs

More programs than ever are participating in collaborations to serve more youth clients and use funding dollars more effectively. This report highlights P/PV's extensive experience evaluating and managing collaborative initiatives to offer practical advice about collecting and using data. The report also provides a step-by-step guide to a multi-agency data system, how to make sure that system works, and hot to analyze and act upon data to strengthen programming.

Opportunities for Young People
Re-Naming Blog Contest - Due March 24 Give our Blog a new name! We need your fresh, innovative ideas that incorporate your style and teen culture. Anyone can apply! The award for the Winner includes: Recognition on our blog and printed materials Receive a $25 gift card from Amazon.com Send your idea with your full name to

chicagoteenmuseum@gmail.com. Submit your name now! Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds - Due March 28 Time Warner Cable has launched Wouldn’t It Be Cool If … . a new STEM ideation competition that challenges youth to use creativity and imagination to develop ideas that could make a difference in their lives, communities and even the world, and then show how STEM can make them a reality. Kids ages 10-15 can submit their ideas online until March 28 ( HERE). Four finalists will have the chance to travel to the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis to pitch their ideas to will.i.am, Dean Kamen and other guest judges. One grand prize winner

The Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom Guide This free downloadable guide includes strategies and accounts of marketing techniques shared by 219 other nonprofit marketers.

Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources "Here are some suggestions for teaching and learning about the 2012 election season, followed by

will develop their idea with Fahrenheit 212 . Pearson Prize for Higher Education - Due: March 28 Th e Pearson Foundation is proud to present the Pearson Prize for Higher Education, an award meant to identify students who are giving back to the college community and to help them continue their service while in school. The Pearson Foundation is awarding Pearson Prize National Fellowships to 20 students in recognition of their commitment to local communities. Students that attend an accredited community college, undergraduate school, or university in the United States, who have completed at least one year of studies prior to the start of the application, and who are leaders in their community should consider applying. http://bit.ly/wGvlde Chicago Business Institute Accepting Applications - Due March 30

election season, followed by selected New York Times features and Learning Network lesson plans. Bookmark this page: we'll be adding activity ideas and resources as the march to the White House proceeds, and will link from here to all the election resources we publish." Keep reading
Harvard Study Suggest Ways to Develop New Skills A new study that aims to 'plot a

pathway from childhood experience to adult leadership' has claimed to have identified the key characteristics of a child most likely to become a leader in adult life. The research, which highlights behaviors like embracing novel experiences and supporting peers, may also help educators encourage leadership once they know what to look for and support. Students need time and experience connecting with real-world experiences, need to fail and pick themselves up, and to connect with passions they can pursue and master. Keep reading Forum Brief & Video - Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for Improving College Readiness and Success for All Students Increasingly dual enrollment is becoming a strategy to support and encourage more students in post-secondary education and beyond. Yet, the research is only beginning to allow us to understand the long-term impacts on student success as well as understand the necessary design elements for student success. This forum reviewed the range of research conducted by the Nation Center on Post-Secondary Research, as well as discussed ways that dual enrollment has been/can be used as a strategy to promote college and career readiness for all students. Job Training for

The Chicago Business Summer Institute (CSBI) provides a six-week paid internship program for high school sophomores and juniors each

summer. These internships take place at various banks, accounting, law and engineering firms throughout the Loop and business districts. APPLY TODAY! Deadline is March 30. www.chicagobusinessinstitute.com

DoSomething.org - Green your School Challenge -Feb 1st-April 22nd Register your school to take part in the challenge! Get your friends to sign up too. Browse projects ideas for your school to tackle to increase recycling, save energy, promote green agriculture, and more! Report back on your completed projects to be judged by our panel of celebrity and expert judges Bring the challenge home! You don’t have to just green your school, you can green your home too! Learn more. Drawing Us Together Competition - Deadline: April 5

This Spring, the International House of Blues Foundation invites 9th through 12th grade students to participate in Drawing Us Together, a visual arts exhibit and competition. Students will create original artworks inspired by this year’s theme: The Arts Inspire Hope. Winners receive gift certificates for art supplies. Exhibits will take place at House of Blues venues and online at www.actionforthearts.org. Registration and submission details/forms, artwork guidelines, and official rules can be found at: www.actionforthearts.org Apply to Serve on GenerationOn National Youth Advisory Council April 10 Are you a young person or do you know a young person (13-18 years old) who is passionate about service and would make a great leader? GenerationOn will be accepting applications for its next National Youth Advisory Council in mid-March. This is a unique opportunity for twelve middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds across the nation to participate in a service-learning and leadership development program within generationOn. Applications will be accepted through April 10th, 5pm EDT. http://bit.ly/wnqowN Nominate a Young Leader for a $2,500 Barron Prize! - Deadline: April 30 The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes invites nominations for its 2012 awards. Each year, the Barron Prize honors inspiring young people, ages 8 to 18, who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Ten winners each receive $2,500 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 30. » Visit www.barronprize.org for more information and to nominate someone. Announcing New Summer Program: Intuit Teen - Deadline: April 30

Disconnected Youth Looking for examples of how businesses can lead disconnected youth to careers? Look at Expeditors, a Fortune 500 company whose Opportunity Knocks program recruits and supports disconnected youth so they can get training in a professional environment training they can leverage for future success. The program has helped 25 disconnected

Intuit Teen is a new summer education program for high school students at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in partnership with the Chicago Teen Museum. The program lasts 8 weeks from June 26-August 16 every Tuesday and Thursday 11am3pm. Learn more

Nordstrom Scholarship Program - Deadline: May 1

has helped 25 disconnected youth at sites around the country and plans to add 75 positions this year. Corporate Voices for Working Families, a Ready by 21 National Partner, explains the approach in in this two-page case study. Saving Money for College While financial aid helps many students attend college, many others don't even apply because they think that paying for college is out of their reach. In Overcoming Obstacles to College Attendance and Degree Completion, the New America Foundation looks at the role of savings in increasing postsecondary access and completion, presents a framework for developing a pro-college savings agenda and recommends policy changes. Resources Austin, Texas: Coordinating Change This is a story about how a Access

Nordstrom is excited to award $10,000 scholarships to 80 outstanding high school students and help them achieve their dreams of going to college. The Nordstrom Scholarship recognizes students across the country for their exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement. To qualify, students must have at least a 2.7 GPA , volunteer or participate in community service or extracurricular activities, plan on attending a four-year college, and plan on applying for financial aid. To learn more and apply Afterschool Alliance - Calling All Artists - Deadline: May 1 This year’s Lights On Afterschool p o s t e r contest is


underway! Afterschool program participants are encouraged to submit artwork that celebrates afterschool programs and conveys the importance of keeping the lights on afterschool. The deadline for submissions is May 1. Keep in mind that the winning artwork will be scanned and converted to a digital image, so students should avoid using textures or raised materials. Also remember that bright colors jump off the poster, so students should choose materials that won’t smear or rub off. Markers, paint and pens generally work better than crayons, watercolors or chalk. Digital designs are welcome, too! Click here for contest details and submission guidelines. Summer 2012 Digital Teen Program - Deadline: May 11

This summer, the Field Museum is offering three free digital programs for high school teens. Each program is free and includes meals and CTA assistance. For more information click here. Call Me Mister Program for Black Male Future Teacher

Do you know any Black Males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for FREE? The CALL ME MISTER program is offered by 4 historical black colleges in South Carolina,Benedict College, Chaflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University – visit www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htl for details and the online application or call 1.800.640.2657 Full Tuition Scholarship for Harvard University

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community built a state-of-theart online tool to map and track youth services. Community leaders in Austin are using this tool to improve services and make them more accessible to families in need. The Ready by 21 set of strategies, tools and technical assistance helped Austin leaders create and use the tool to enable all youth to be ready for college, work and life. View the full case study. Child Health Information and Prevention Resources (CHIPR) via Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc. provides accurate information and effective resources to promote the health and safety of young children. They offer up-to-date training modules, curricula, classroom resource books, family information resources, and children's activities. The resources are in child care, Head Start, and pre-K programs, community services programs, family readiness groups, health departments and clinics, and teacher preparation programs. Visit their website at www.childhealthonline.org for more information. To subscribe to their e-Newsletter email CHIPR@childhealthonline

Harvard University is offering free tuition to families of HONOR STUDENTS and their income is less than $125,000 per year. Visit www.fao.fas.harvard.edc or call 617.495.1581. Syracuse University School of Architecture i s desperately

seeking young women and men of color interested in pursuing a 5 yr. professional degree in Architecture. Contact: Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture, 201 Slocum Hall, Syracuse, NY 132441250 (315) 443-256 www.soa.syr.edu/indes.php

Events for Young People

Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Monday-Thur Time: 3:30-5:30 PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free A multi-media arts class for students in grades 6, 7, & 8. Th i s class provides a space for youth to independently and collectively explore the transitions they may be making in their life right now. The projects are directed toward thinking critically about themselves, their communities and their role as a member or the community at large. Cooking Matters

Hosted by: Howard Area Community Center Date: Mondays Time: 6-8pm Location: 7510 N. Ashland Ave Cost: Free Cooking Matters courses help parents and school-aged children with limited resources make healthy meals at home using a wide variety of foods that are commonly available in their grocery stores, in WIC

foods that are commonly available in their grocery stores, in WIC packages and from emergency food providers such as food pantries. Participants will cook and eat a meal together at every class while learning about nutrition and food budgeting strategies. Sign up today: Call Kathryn at (773) 381-3652 or kslaboski@howardarea.org Toddler Poemtime Hosted by: The Poetry Foundation Date: Wednesdays Time: 11am Location: 61 West Superior Street Cost: Free The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages 3 to 5 to a weekly storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and games. Admission is granted on a first come, first served basis. Media-Arts Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Wednesdays Time: 3:30-5:30PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free Youth will create collaborative video, audio, and visual media projects that will encourage them to reflect and think critically about themselves, their communities, and their role as members of the community at large. Youth will explore issues that affect them and their communities, contributing to an ongoing dialogue about how to work for social justice. Capoeira Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Wednesdays Time: 6:30-7:45PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: $5-$10 suggested donation L e a r n capoeira with Graduada Sucuri! Students will learn basic capoeira technique and skills and obtain familiarity with the rituals of the roda. If you are new to capoeira this class is for you! For teens and adults. Check the Method Saturday Writing Workshop Hosted by: Young Chicago Authors Date: Saturdays Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Location: 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor Cost: Free Lead by YCA Artist-in-Residence Roger Bonair-Agard and YCA Artistic Director Kevin Coval this rigorous, comprehensive workshop series will focus on honing your craft and voice. Learn more. Intro to Digital Media and Podcasting Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Saturdays Time: 12-3PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free For high school students. Multi-Arts Children's Workshop Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Saturdays

.org Quality Improvement Comes in Smaller Packages One of the most trusted

names in improving the quality of youth programs is making it easier for providers to assess and improve their youth development work. The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality (a division of the Forum for Youth Investment) has divided its Youth Program Quality Intervention into packages for providers to carry out in stages, either on their own or with assistance. The system is implemented by dozens of programs in 27 states, including YMCAs, Camp Fire councils and school districts. Find out more. Video - Understanding STEM Education: A Discussion of the Key Issues, Efforts, and the Role of Federal Policy AYPF held a special briefing

on January 27, 2012 exclusively for Congressional staff to learn about the role of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (collectively known as STEM education) in preparing America's youth with the skills needed for jobs in today's economy. New Tools Gauge Social

Service Quality Social service providers have a new way to help make their programs more effective. Urban Institute, Child Trends and Social Solutions have teamed up to create PerformWell, which provides information and tools to measure program quality and outcomes. The collaborators say the site "leverages research-based findings that have been synthesized and simplified by experts in the field." Dashboard for Youth

This classic Ready by 21 publication outlines a variety of ways that 'dashboards'-simple two- dimensional visuals - can illustrate the width and breadth of goals for children and youth, including the ability to assess whether they cover the range of ages, outcomes and approaches (prevention, intervention, promotion, etc.). These dashboards offer a starting point for states,

Time: 1-2:30PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free This is a visual arts workshop for children Ages 7 to 12. Children will g e t to try out a variety of mediums for making art including drawing,

collage, painting, and more! Free Illustration

starting point for states, localities and organizations as they improve their policies and programs to better prepare young people for adulthood. View the guide>> Grant Station An online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions. www.grantstation.com Sign up to receive the weekly GrantStation Insider from GrantStation.com and Youth Service America with news about new funding programs, upcoming deadlines, conferences, seminars, and more. GrantWatch Lists current federal government grants, state grants, city grants, local grants, foundation grants, corporation grants, educational grants, international grants and grant resources. www.grantwatch.com GrantWrangler A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school funding. www.grantwrangler.com YouthToday Grants Today A national source for news, views and important developments in the youth service field from a nonprofit organization. www.youthtoday. org/grants.cfm National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Funding

Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Sundays Time: 3-5PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: $5-10 suggested donation Illustration, drawing class for Kids and Teens.This class will focus on the creation of fictional characters. Students will design any type of character they want: from sci-fi/fantasy to cowboys and superheroes, as well as the tools or weapons they use and the worlds they inhabit. Come let your imagination run wild! Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts Hosted by: Rumble Arts Date: Sundays Time: 4:30-5:30 PM Location: 3413 W. North Ave Cost: Free Children's Martial Arts class using Filipino-Indonesian techniques for Kids and Teens. Blog Literacy Hosted by: Young Chicago Authors and Yollocalli Arts Reach Date: Feb. 20-April 30 Time: Mondays 5-7PM Location: Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor Cost: Free Create your own WordPress Blog Record and edit your own audio/video Streamline across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc To register, email natasha@youngchicagoauthors.org Job Readiness Workshop

Hosted by: Chicago Business Institute Date: March 24 Time: 10am-12pm Cost: Free Chicago Summer Business Institute – Job Readiness Workshop is being held on Saturday, March 24th from 10:00-12:00 PM. Students must be a current sophomore or junior, have a valid social security card, have a 3.0 GPA or above and currently attending a public, parochial or private high school and reside within the City of Chicago. For all eligibility to: info@chicagobusinessinstitute.com requirements go

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We love to connect with non-profit community-based organizations throughout the Chicagoland area interested in creating opportunities for students to do community-based research, academic internships and service learning placements. For more about the Center for Experiential Learning visit our website. Contact Ashley Slupski, Community Youth Support Specialist, at aslupski@luc.edu or Travis Proffitt, Community Partnerships Coordinator, at tproffi@luc.edu Need to get in touch? Ashley Slupski Community Youth Support Specialist Center for Experiential Learning Loyola University Chicago aslupski@luc.edu

Opportunities Information on current funding opportunities in the servicelearning and national service communities www.servicelearning.org/fun ding-opportunities Grants Alert A website dedicated to making life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state


districts, consortia and state education agencies. www.grantsalert.com

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