Category Archives: General Information

Federal Program Spotlight: Amber Alert

  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. The U.S. Department of Justice AMBER Alert program was instituted in 1996 as an early warning system designed to help find and return abducted children. According to the National Center for Missing &…

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National Volunteer Week is Next Week!

  April 12-18th is National Volunteer Week, a week dedicated to encouraging individuals to find creative ways to give back to their communities. By uniting to serve the community, participants demonstrate that working together can accomplish goals and challenges, and encourage a culture of philanthropy. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 as a program…

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Do you have a “fixed” or “growth” mindset?

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has been studying people’s mindsets since the 1960s. With decades of research on achievement and success, she found most people fall into two categories: People with a “fixed” mindset believe they are stuck with the intelligence or ability they are born with. They spend time worrying about the adequacy of their talents instead…

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Demand for “Middle-Skill” Jobs Is Strong In Indiana

  According to the National Skills Coalition, between 2010 – 2020, 55% of job openings will be middle-skill.  Middle-skill jobs require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree.  Middle-skill jobs make up the largest part of America’s and Indiana’s labor market, accounting for 59% of Indiana’s labor market.  However, only 48% of Hoosiers…

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Mobile and Internet Use on the Rise

  The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released a report that finds Americans are rapidly embracing mobile Internet devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers.  The NTIA’s findings are based on a U.S. Census Bureau survey conducted in October 2012 of more than 53,000 households in which the…

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Absences Add Up: How School Attendance Influences Student Success

The National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest national assessment of American students. Sometimes referred to as America’s Report Card, the NAEP tests students in a variety of subjects including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. The NAEP is given every two years in all 50 states and in 21 large urban areas. In…

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Indiana’s United Way Association Releases ALICE Report

A new study by Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW) reports 37% of Hoosiers—or approximately 923,000—are unable to afford “the basics” such as housing, food, healthcare, childcare, and transportation, despite working. The ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report details current research-based data on the financial stability of Hoosier families and individuals with incomes that…

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Transformational Organization: Tangram Life Coaching

  In 2010, the National Center for Leaning Disabilities reported only 17 percent of learning-disabled college students received proper learning assistance, compared to 94 percent of learning-disabled high school students. As a result, learning disabled young adults struggle in both college and the workforce. Tangram, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, created the Tangram Life Coaching program to assist young adults…

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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…

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