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Transformational Organization Spotlight: Wabash County Promise

The Wabash County YMCA is “planting seeds of hope,” in its youth through a new initiative: Wabash County Promise. Wabash County Promise is a community-wide initiative to promote college and career readiness in students in grades K-12. The initiative includes four key college and career ready components: Educational Savings: At school registration, families enroll in a CollegeChoice529 college savings account and may receive help in doing so. Students with a college savings account are more likely to enroll in and complete college. College & Career Discovery: All students participate in college and career discovery in the classroom throughout the month of September. In the younger grades this includes lessons such as: “What do I want to be when I grow

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Federal Program Spotlight: Job Corps

  This post is part of Transform Consulting Group’s blog series highlighting federal programs that provide education opportunities and/or youth development services in communities. Job Corps is a free education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The program is designed to help low-income young people ages 16-24 gain experience needed for a career or higher education. The Job Corps was initiated in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a part of the war on poverty. Since then, the Job Corps has offered resources to young adults looking for meaningful careers. Last year, the Job Corps budget was $1,691,923,000. Job Corps offers career planning, on-the-job training, job placement, residential housing, food service, driver’s

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Grad Nation Report Released

  America’s Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic Enterprises and Everyone Graduates Center for John Hopkins University has released the 6th annual report update demonstrating progress towards a national quest to achieve a 90-percent high school graduation rate by 2020. The GradNation campaign, led by America’s Promise Alliance, not only hopes to increase the on-time graduation rate, but also increase postsecondary enrollment and completion rates for groups of students that have traditionally struggled to earn a high school diploma. The Report reveals a continuing pattern that shows high school graduation rates are not increasing because of broad national economic, demographic, or social trends. Rather, the collection of leadership, reforms, and multi-sector efforts at state, district, and school levels are

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Program Spotlight: Indiana Afterschool Network

  According to a study by the Afterschool Alliance, roughly 11.3 million school-aged children are left alone and unsupervised during the hours afterschool. Approximately 19.4 million children would participate in out-of-school time (OST) programs if they were offered. Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) is an organization with a mission to promote afterschool and summer learning through connecting and inspiring youth, community partners, and advocates. IAN hopes to ensure all K-12 youth have access to high quality learning experiences that extend beyond the school day. IAN recently launched the Indiana Academy for Out-of-School Learning to help educate OST professionals in a partnership with the National Afterschool Association and Child Care Aware. Roberta L. Newman is credited with creating the 36-course Certificate Series, and

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Inaugural Red Nose Day USA

  Red Nose Day is a day of fundraising to help young people living tough lives around the world. On May 21, 2015, NBC is teaming up with Comic Relief to raise money during a three-hour entertainment special featuring superstar actors, comedians, musicians, and original sketch comedy. Since 2009, Comic Relief has made grants totalling more than $300 million to create lasting change. The money raised through Red Nose Day goes to organizations that help children and young people in the US and across the world by keeping them safe, educating them, and making sure they are healthy. Comic Relief has helped over 1 million children in Africa and the world’s poorest countries to get an education. The campaign formally kicked off in April and will conclude

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Federal Grant Opportunity: First in the World

  The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education has launched the First in the World (FITW) grant program for higher education institutions to drive innovations in higher education and increase college affordability, completion, and quality outcomes through the development and testing of new approaches and strategies. This year, FITW will have two tiers: In the development tier, projects will be funded in three areas (with specific descriptions in the announcement): Improving teaching and learning Developing and using assessments of student learning Facilitating pathways to credentialing and transfer In the validation tier, projects will be funded in these four areas: Improving success in developmental education Improving teaching and learning Improving student support services Influencing the development of non-cognitive factors In

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Meet the Newest Team Member

  Transform Consulting Group is thrilled to announce its newest team member, Monica DiOrio!  As Project Coordinator, she will assist with several client projects.  Monica graduated from the University of Missouri with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as a certificate in Multi-Cultural Studies. She recently completed a one-year term of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, focusing on capacity building through grant management, reporting efficiency, and cultivating community partnerships. Working to expand the impact of local organizations has been a passion of hers for many years. Her experience in non-profit organizations spans small community-based organizations to a large medical non-profit in Chicago. During her spare

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month

  May is National Foster Care Month and provides an opportunity to celebrate the heroes that are foster and adoptive parents as well as share critical information about the number of children and families who are impacted. There are approximately 400,000 children and youth in foster care. Here are some quick facts about foster care in Indiana: Many Hoosier children need temporary homes in the form of foster care; in 2012, nearly 49% of children who needed an out-of-home placement were placed into a non-relative foster home. Between 2009 and 2013, an average of nearly 4,000 children were adopted in Indiana each year. Overall, 2.7% of Hoosier children live in adoptive families. There are several ways to support the 400,000

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New Federal Grant Opportunities for Mentoring Programs

  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has two federal funding opportunities for mentoring organizations and programs: Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiatives and Mentoring for Youth: Underserved Populations. The OJJDP Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiatives supports mentoring programs that reduce juvenile delinquency, drug-abuse and other high-risk behaviors. The OJJDP Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiatives grant is divided into three eligibility categories: National Mentoring Programs that have mentoring programs in at least 45 states. Multistate Mentoring Programs that have mentoring programs in at least 5 states but fewer than 45 programs. Collaborative Mentoring Programs that are a part of at least 3 and as many as 5 mentoring organizations. An organization that applies for funding in Category 1 may not apply

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Federal Program Spotlight: Federal TRIO Programs

  This post is part of Transform Consulting Group’s blog series highlighting federal programs that provide educational opportunities and/or youth development services in communities across the country.  The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) include eight programs designed to promote the attainment of postsecondary education for all students, especially those most in need of additional support. Federal TRIO programs focus on individuals that are low-income, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities who face difficulties advancing from middle school through postsecondary. This year marks 50 years of TRIO programs and services! The term “TRIO” was coined in the late 1960s to describe the original three (of eight) federal outreach programs. The first was Upward Bound, which came from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in

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