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New Grant Opportunity from the Criminal Justice Institute

Transform Consulting Group wants interested nonprofits to know that the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) is accepting applications for Sexual Offense Services (SOS) grant funding. The (SOS) funding could be used in the following ways: (1) improve sexual assault advocacy services for victims; (2) increase education and awareness in communities; (3) target underserved populations; and (4) provide training for students and professionals in effort to reduce the reoccurrences of sexual violence. Program efforts should be focused on victim safety; heightening community education and awareness in the areas of prevention and safe housing; and intervention for victims and their dependents. ICJI has not yet been informed of the federal funding level for the October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 grant

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IYI Capacity Building Grant Opportunity

Transform Consulting Group wants community and faith-based nonprofit organizations serving children and youth to know about a capacity building grant opportunity from the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI). IYI is awarding twelve grants, and each recipient will receive the following: • Up to 150 hours of coaching and technical assistance from an IYI Consultant focused on one or more of the following: Strategic planning Sustainability planning (including fund development) Board development Evaluation plans and procedures Financial management policies and procedures Human Resources management policies and procedures Another area that would increase the effectiveness of the organization • Registration, hotel and travel expenses for 2 persons to attend IYI’s Because Kids Count Conference in Indianapolis – December 3 & 4, 2013 • Registration

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Intervention is Key to Third Grade Literacy

  Transform Consulting Group is sharing updated research from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that underscores the urgency of ensuring that children develop proficient reading skills by the end of third grade, especially for those living in poverty. The Early Warning Confirmed report further supports the link between reading deficiencies and broader social consequences, including how living in poor households and high-poverty neighborhoods contribute to racial disparities in literacy skills in America and how low achievement in reading impacts an individual’s future earning potential. Third-grade reading proficiency is crucial to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. The report also identifies the key factors in reaching the goal of third grade literacy, many of which can be successfully addressed by local

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Five New Grant Opportunities from the Department of Education

  Transform Consulting Group wants local nonprofits to know that the Department of Education has five new grant opportunities available. These grants are meant to expand fundamental knowledge and understanding of developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for disability, and of education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. The grant competitions are for (1) education research, (2) education research training, (3) education research and development centers, (4) statistical and research methodology in education, and (5) partnerships and collaborations focused on problems of practice or policy. The education research topics include: • Cognition and Student Learning • Early Learning Programs and Policies • Education Technology • Effective

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Funders Are Changing Grant Focus

  Transform Consulting Group is seeing an industry trend that funders are becoming more focused on outcomes and demonstrated impact in their grantees. Recently for example, the Ronald McDonald House Foundation announced that they have changed the way that they are awarding grants going forward – to focus on outcomes and on sustainable, replicable projects that include a train-the-trainer component. Most of the prior awards have gone to nonprofits with a focus on “access to care” for children and decreasing negative youth behaviors and school dropout rates for adolescents, both nationally and internationally. Explaining their change in funding philosophy, the McDonald’s Foundation stated that it “will consider organizations whose project methodology involves a comprehensive, ethnographic approach to their research, program

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Poor Planning Skills Contribute to Student Achievement Gap

  Transform Consulting Group works with our clients to build strategy that is current with industry trends and the latest research. Recent research from Cornell University indicates that efforts to enhance the academic performance of low-income children need to consider multiple aspects of their development, including the ability to plan in a goal-oriented manner. The study is published in the July/August issue of Child Development. Children from low-income families tend to do worse at school than their financially better-off peers. Poor planning skills, which can emerge as early as kindergarten and continue through high school, are one reason for the income-achievement gap. Researchers believe the group of skills called executive function, which includes planning skills, can be strengthened through interventions.

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Key Ways Museums and Libraries Support Young Children

  Transform Consulting Group is highlighting the capacity of museums and libraries as an often overlooked resource to support early learning efforts. The federal Institute of Museum and Libraries Services (IMLS) and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recently released a report documenting 10 key ways that libraries and museums are supporting young children. Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners also offers case studies and provides a clear call to policymakers, schools, funders and parents to make full use of these vital, existing community resources. The ten key ways in which museums and libraries help develop a strong start for young children’s learning include: Increasing high-quality early learning experiences; Engaging and supporting families as their child’s first teachers; Supporting development

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New Grant Opportunity from Department of Education

  Transform Consulting Group is highlighting a new grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Education. The successful applicant will enter into a cooperative agreement to establish and operate a National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS). The Center will assist schools in developing a framework that will help students remain engaged in instruction and improve academic outcomes for students with and without disabilities. A PBIS framework helps to improve behavioral and academic outcomes by improving school climate, preventing problem behavior, increasing learning time, promoting positive social skills, and delivering effective behavioral interventions and supports. The grant is open to public agencies, schools, charters and nonprofits, and will provide $1.65 million in funding for four years. Applications

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Tips and Resources for Volunteer Recruitment

  Transform Consulting Group recently helped recruit summer workshop volunteers for College Summit, an organization dedicated to increasing the college enrollment rates of youth from low-income communities. Many organizations rely on volunteers to help staff programs, assist clients, provide administrative support and participate on their Board. Volunteers are a valuable resource that, if cultivated properly, can become passionate champions for your organization. Four tips for volunteer recruitment are: Have a clear message. People volunteer because the opportunity matches their values, they want to understand more about the world around them, they are seeking personal development, they want to make a difference, and/or they want to feel better about themselves. Your recruitment message should appeal to people who want to volunteer

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Client Project Spotlight: United Way of Central Indiana ReadUP

  Transform Consulting Group is helping more students read at grade level by third grade. Through a $260,000 grant provided by the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) will be able to expand and enhance its landmark literacy tutoring program, ReadUP. Transform Consulting Group was hired by UWCI to help them plan for the addition of AmeriCorps members. In doing so, Transform Consulting Group provided the following key services: Completed research on the need for literacy tutoring in Indianapolis. Identified research-based literacy tutoring programs and interventions to model ReadUP after. Assessed the current ReadUP program model and developed recommendations to change the ReadUP program based on the research and analysis. Wrote the AmeriCorps’

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