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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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New Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Signed into Law

  Recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the first significant legislative reform of the nation’s job training system in 15 years. WIOA will make key improvements to the public workforce development system, help workers attain the essential skills for today’s jobs and promote a modern workforce to make American companies more competitive in the global economy. The new law emphasizes creating career pathway programs and improving the integration of education and job training services. White House Administration is taking steps to lay a foundation for the transformation of adult learning in America. They have released the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity, a federal-wide effort introduced by Vice President

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New Federal Grant Opportunity to Support Preschools

   The U.S. Departments of Education (DOE) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly announced the Preschool Development Grants–Expansion Grants competition.  Two hundred and fifty million is available to support low and moderate-income families’ access to high-quality preschool programs. Under the Preschool Development Grant program, states with either small or no state-funded preschool programs will be eligible for “Development Grants”, while states with more robust state-funded preschool programs, or that have received Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants, will be eligible for “Expansion Grants”. This grant competition builds on President Obama’s comprehensive early learning agenda, investing in and strengthening early learning and development for our nation’s youngest children. An important outcome of this competition will

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