Category: teen pregnancy prevention

How a refundable EITC credit will help Virginia families

POVERTY | The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis discusses why making the EITC credit refundable will make it stronger and benefit all families, including working families with low and moderate incomes, and especially families of color. (TCI Blog, 11/28)

The positive impacts of the EITC are well documented. State EITCs have been shown to reduce poverty in communities of color. Research finds that the average state EITC benefit for non-white- or Hispanic-headed households was $120 greater than for non-Hispanic white households, and state EITCs reduce poverty for a larger share (relative to their share of the population) of the non-white and Hispanic population.

State EITCs also are associated with educational benefits for children of color. Studies show that young children in low-income households who get the state or federal EITC tend to see increased educational achievement and attainment.

RACIAL EQUITY | A new Chronicle of Philanthropy article discusses how nonprofit organizations can ensure that their equity and diversity efforts are successful. (Chronicle, 12/5 – Subscription needed)

Related: The article cites the research initiative Georgetown University undertook to understand how philanthropic and nonprofit institutions are intentionally promoting racial equity and justice in the Greater Washington region. The researchers studied WRAG’s efforts and produced the following reports:

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Impact Assessment of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Putting Racism on the Table Learning Series 

Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Racial Equity: Case Study of the Horning Family Fund

Advancing Racial Equity Within Nonprofit Organizations

HEALTHCARE | For nonbinary patients, seeking health care can be a painful task (NBC, 12/9)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will display the museum’s first gallery focused on the US Latinx experience. (WaPo, 12/6)

TRANSIT | Are women paying more for transit by taking an Uber or Lyft because they feel unsafe on Metro? (WaPo, 12/6)

TECHNOLOGY | Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet (NPR, 12/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum– New!
Director of Administration | Public Welfare Foundation
Process Systems Expert | Client of SHG Advisors
Programs Manager | DC127
Development Manager | DC127
Director of Development (East Coast) | Rocketship Public Schools
Director of Development | ECHO
Executive Director | The Volgenau Foundation
Gifts and Grants Administrator | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Manager of Communications & Events | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Director of “Count the Region” | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
President | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant | Exponent Philanthropy
OST Community Impact Program Manager | United Way of the National Capital Area
Development Coordinator | National Building Museum
Grants Program Manager | Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Special Grants Coordinator/Program Analyst I | Legal Services Corporation
Marketing/Membership Demand Generation Specialist/Digital Marketer | BoardSource
Office Assistant & Member Relations | BoardSource
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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The Carrera model: full steam ahead

CarreraTen months ago, Dr. Michael Carrera told members of WG’s Children, Youth, and Families Working Group that he was interested in developing a D.C. model of his Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. Last week, he reported back to the group on the program’s first academic year.

In partnership with WG member Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, Carrera began working with a cohort of 75 fifth-graders in Ward 7’s ATA Charter School last fall. Only months old, the program has proved so successful that it will expand to three cohorts in the fall – 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. It has also attracted the attention of the District Government, whose support marks a new stage in the Carrera model.

The model, which operates now in seven states, is usually privately funded. But with the District getting behind the program financially, and with a program in Toledo, Ohio, being fully funded by the government, Carrera is optimistic that “the whole model is on the verge of making systemic change.”

Dr. Carrera is moving quickly to expand the program. In his words: “You don’t balance inequity with rhetoric.”

[News 11/7/07] A holistic approach to teen pregnancy prevention


[D.C.] Holistic teen pregnancy prevention program to open to District students (Examiner, 11/7) – “The Carrera program is one D.C. agencies have tried for more than a decade to bring to the nation’s capital, according to Brenda Rhodes Miller, executive director of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy… The difference now is that the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation [a WG member] has partnered with the Children’s Aid Society and the Carrera group to chip in the necessary dollars to launch the program.”

Back in April, Dr. Michael Carrera addressed Washington Grantmakers’ Children, Youth, and Families Working Group about plans for Washington, D.C.

The ‘Philanthropy Project’ Launches With Unprecedented $10 Million Grant to Promote Generosity in America (wire, 11/5) – Filmanthropy!

Giving While Living: Billionaire Chuck Feeney (Express, 11/6)

[D.C.] Rhee To Hold Public Hearing On School Budget on Thurs., Nov 15, at 6 pm. (NBC4)

[Va.] “[T]he lion’s share of funding for the rebuilding of [Arlington’s Doorways Family Home] came from private non-profit organizations. [WG member] Freddie Mac Foundation gave Doorways a more than $500,000 grant for the project…” (Connection, 11/6)

Federal study cites fewer homeless (USAToday, 11/6) – “The number fell 12% to 155,623 in January 2006 from 175,914 in January 2005,” according to a HUD report.

[News 10/30/07] Teen pregnancy and birth rates plummet in D.C. region

In 1996, D.C.’s pregnancy rate for females age 15 to 19 was 164.5 per 1,000. In 1998, a number of area funders committed to cutting D.C.’s teen pregnancy rate in half by the year 2005. The Summit Fund of Washington was an early leader, making a three-year, $750,000 grant to help launch the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

“The city was remarkably unified,” recalled Brenda Rhodes Miller, executive director of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Advocates vowed to reduce the rate to the mid-70s by 2005. Instead, as statistics released this month show, it plunged to 64.4.” [more] (WaPo, 10/29)

The Campaign’s current supporters include several Washington Grantmakers members. 

“Overall, private support for arts institutions, including libraries, museums and public broadcasting, rose 17.5 percent from 2005 to $2.5 billion. By comparison, U.S. educational institutions, a leading magnet for private philanthropy, saw an 11.3 percent increase in private donations to $17.6 billion,” according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey. (Bloomberg, 10/29)

Here in blog-land, the Chronicle ponders a post on Albert Ruesga’s blog, which notes: “Effective board members exist, but they appear to be rare birds indeed.”

“Advisers not confident in guiding charitable dollars” (InvestmentNews, 10/29)

That Gilbert Arenas seems like a good guy, eh? “His unexpected largesse had just cost him $62,000, and he left the Verizon Center the way he came in, giving high-fives and handshakes to each of the kids who lined his path.” (WaPo, 10/30)

Children “at promise”: Hope is a powerful contraceptive

Dr. Michael Carrera
Dr. Michael Carrera with the Children Youth and Families Working Group

On April 20, the founder of New York City’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program addressed Washington Grantmakers’ Children, Youth, and Families Working Group about his plans for Washington, D.C. Dr. Michael Carrera is working with Washington Grantmakers member D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (CYITC) to develop a “flagship program” at the Trinidad Recreation Center in Ward 5, which reopened last month after a two-year, $6.8 million renovation.  

Carrera founded the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program in Harlem in 1984 with a unique approach: Rather than thinking of youths as “at risk,” why not view them as “at promise” and focus on “goodness, gifts and possibilities”? The program works with youths in seven key areas: education, employment, family life and sexuality education, self-expression, lifetime individual sports, medical and dental care, and mental health services. What drives Carrera? “I ask myself, what do I want for my own daughter? That’s what I want for other people’s kids, too.”  

Results for program participants–who may begin in 5th or 6th grade and continue throughout high school and sometimes beyond–have been impressive: a 50 percent reduction in teen pregnancies, a 20 percent increase in high school graduation, and a 17 percent increase in college acceptance.

Read more about Dr. Carrera’s recent work here.