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Paid Internships for Indiana Students

    Internships provide a win-win opportunity for both the employer and the intern. The employer receives cost-effective labor and potential job candidate pool through their intern program. At the same time, interns receive real-world experience to apply their education from the classroom and gain networking contacts for their future career. To foster an environment of internships in Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) launched EARN Indiana. EARN Indiana was launched to help college students with financial need have access to resume building, experiential, and paid internships. Employers also benefit through the EARN Indiana program when they have provide paid internships. ICHE offers employers with approved positions up to 50% reimbursement for the hourly wage paid to the

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Afterschool Programs Close Achievement Gap

  Nationwide, 15 million children who are left unsupervised after school. New research by Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell, Dean of the School of Education at the University of California Irvine, shows that there is a relationship between afterschool activities and boosting academic performance and work habits. The results are especially true for children of low-income families. Vandell’s findings include the following: Children who consistently participate in afterschool programs are more likely to achieve better scores in mathematics by fifth grade. Afterschool participation is linked to eliminating the achievement gap between children from low-income families as to high-income families. This new research has captured the attention of parents as well as policymakers about the value of extending the school day through

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Girls on the Run Empowerment Project Event

    Where do Empowerment, Encouragement and Inspiration mingle?  At Girls on the Run’s The Empowerment Project of course! This October, you’re invited to join Girls on the Run of Central Indiana for the screening of this powerful documentary depicting the incredible journey of five female filmmakers as they journey across America interviewing ordinary women who have done extraordinary things. The Empowerment Project celebrates strong, inspiring women in leadership roles all across the U.S. Details for the event include: Where – Latitude 360 (formerly known as Latitude 39) When – Thursday, October 9th (VIP entry begins at 5:30 PM, general admission entry begins at 6:15 PM) Why – To raise funds for the Girls on the Run scholarship fund Tickets

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Make Attendance in the Month of September Count!

  Now that the students are back to school, it is important that we ensure good attendance for student growth and learning. Research shows that students with poor attendance in the first month of school are more likely to experience chronic absences. Chronic absence is defined as missing more than 10 percent (or 18 days for a 180 day school year!) of school days during the school year. This can be as little as just 2 school days a month. Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. They have developed free tools (including a toolkit) and resources for schools and community partners to use to improve school attendance and identify

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Indiana Nonprofit Summit

  The Indiana Nonprofit Summit (formerly the Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building) will be held on October 1 – 2 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Center. The Summit is a gathering of nonprofit and community service members in the State of Indiana. The Indiana Nonprofit Summit aims for a real-world approach for strategy among the nonprofit sector. This is the same practical “what works” approach that is embraced by Transform Consulting Group. This environment is designed to help implement new ideas and connect programs. Discussions will include the following topics: Funding/Finance Marketing/Communications Collaboration Volunteerism Strategic Planning Governance Open Track Social service agencies Faith-based organizations Neighborhood and community-based organizations Libraries Students and professionals entering the nonprofit field

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Free Fundraising App for Nonprofits

  Nonprofit organizations are always looking for alternate and new ways to fundraise for their cause. In today’s Information Age, technology provides an opportunity for nonprofits to diversify and expand their fundraising efforts. A new fundraising App, Givelify, might be a good solution for your nonprofit organization. Givelify has decided to offer this donation App for free to 100 nonprofit organizations. In return, the organizations will be asked to test it out and provide feedback to Givelify. Sign-ups are currently open to the first 100 nonprofit organizations and the donation app will go live on September 30, 2014. Sign-ups are completely free for this great opportunity. Givelify is a local Indiana company who has primarily been serving the church community

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New Smartphone App To Prevent Bullying

                                            Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is launching a free mobile App that provides parents, caretakers, educators and others information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying app was developed in conjunction with the federal partnership of StopBullying.gov. The Knowbullying App helps parents talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Bullying can take place anytime and anywhere in a child’s life. To have quick and easy access to information about how to address bullying is a great advantage. Through the use of technology, the KnowBullying App shares new research

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U.S. Census Bureau Launches New App – Dwellr

  The U.S. Census Bureau is providing free mobile Apps to iPhone and Android users that will allow easy access to statistical information. The dwellr App uses Census Bureau data to match the user with 25 places that best fit his or her lifestyle. Dwellr provides all kinds of neighborhood-level statistics such as demographics, home values, educational levels, population diversity, or the percent of single or married people in a city.  The dwellr App uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) Five-Year Estimates. ACS is an ongoing survey that provides information every 1, 3 and 5 years about every neighborhood in the nation. ACS collects statistics on age, ethnicity, marital status, taxes, education, income, and much more. Dwellr updates as new data

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Prioritizes Family Engagement in Student Achievement

  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is partnering with the White House to discuss transformative family engagement as a major contributor to a child’s school readiness and success. Transformative family engagement is a shared responsibility of families, schools, and communities aimed at helping students learn and achieve. The White House recently held a first-of-its-kind Symposium on Transformative Family Engagement convening philanthropic, research, and federal partners for a dialogue on opportunities and pathways for empowering parents as leaders and key decision makers in education. WKKF’s Vice-President for Program Strategy Carla Thompson says, “Parents and caregivers are the strongest voices for their children and deserve a say in the decisions that affect their success.” In April 2014, the Kellogg Foundation announced the

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New Team Members

  Transform Consulting Group is thrilled to announce our newest talent – Bradley Baker, Lauron Fischer and Nicholas Fisher. Bradley Baker, Project Intern, is currently a junior undergraduate student at the University of Indianapolis where he is pursuing a double major in Finance and Economics with a minor in Accounting. He is the President of the Student Economics Club and a member of the Student Finance Club on campus. After graduation he plans to move to Texas to pursue a Masters of Finance degree where he would eventually like to become a financial analyst. Bradley enjoys researching many different topics but economic development and American fiscal policy are his favorites. Being from Louisville, Kentucky, Bradley is a newcomer to Indianapolis.

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