Children and Youth
1.6 million children in poverty at greater risk to repeat a school grade, be expelled or drop out of high school or have a major developmental delay, underscoring the need for adequate child care and educational supports for homeless youth (Child Trends).
Children in poverty more likely to have special health care needs, according to a survey of 190,000 households from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN).
Summer Jobs+, a new cross-sector initiative between businesses, non-profits, and government, aims to create pathways to employment for 250,000 low-income and disconnected youth by summer of 2012, at least 100,000 of which will be placements in paid jobs and internships (Department of Labor).
State Children’s Cabinets can increase efficiency while maintaining or even improving supports for young people by systematically breaking down silos and use of a data-driven, results-oriented approach, according to the Forum for Youth investment.
It takes someone age 55 or over three months longer to find a job than a younger person. There is increasing public awareness about the issue and tools available to seniors and advocates that help to confront it (AARP).
AARP filed a brief on behalf of persons with disabilities who find barriers in the housing market despite laws that meant to guarantee access to housing, over service animals not permitted by a landlord is in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
Needs of 10 million frail seniors and younger people with disabilities for long-term found absent from this presidential campaign, prompting NCOA and fourteen other groups to invite the candidates to answer five questions about their views on this critical topic.
Poverty and Community
The National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program, administered by NeighborWorks®, has been found to be effective at helping homeowners get more affordable loan modifications, cure serious delinquencies and remain current on their loans and reduces the number of foreclosure completions.
Ascend, the Aspen Institute’s Family Economic Security Program, has recently published a report promoting a two-generation approach that addresses needs of both vulnerable parents and children together (e.g., early child education programs that also create educational opportunities for parents) and advancing a three-pronged strategy that focuses on education, economic supports and social capital.
Irv Katz – President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, reflects on bigger picture implications of the recent collapse of Hull House in “Reality Time for Human Service Organizations,” featured in the Stanford Innovation Social Review, commenting that tectonic shifts in the sector (such an increased demand for services and curtailed funding) cannot be avoided and require nonprofit human service organizations to consider new operational options.
55% of respondents to a survey on workplace engagement by Opportunity Knocks report an intention to continue working for their current employer; 45% of those planning on leaving their current organization plan to do so within the next two years.
Chief Learning Officer magazine (CLO) has unveiled the 2012 LearningElite finalists, including National Assembly member - National Industries for the Blind, who were selected through peer-based benchmarking as representatives of the nation’s leading innovators in learning and development.