Tag: youth

How DC is interrupting violence in neighborhoods without police reliance

PUBLIC SAFETY
– Here’s the story of one of DC’s Violence Interrupters, a position created to be an alternative to policing. This person’s job is to try to de-escalate neighborhood disputes before someone is seriously hurt, especially after a shooting. (WaPo, 12/14)

Similar initiatives have been started in Baltimore, Chicago and some other cities. The hope is fellow residents, those who understand what it is like to live in a violent neighborhood, can convince others to join a jobs program, stay in school, stop selling drugs. Lower a gun.

The impact is hard to measure — a dispute quieted, anger channeled elsewhere, retaliation that is never carried out. But city leaders hope small success stories eventually will show up in the broader violent crime numbers, which for now are trending the wrong way.

Death sentences and executions continue falling across Virginia and U.S. (Richmond Times, 12/14)

BUSINESS | Anna Powell Bard, senior vice president of community affairs for Maryland, Virginia and DC at Wells Fargo, is profiled in Riveting Women’s latest blog post. (Riveting Women, 12/12)

YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should be invested in youth leadership development. (PND Blog, 12/13)

ENVIRONMENT | 3 things the federal farm bill funds besides farming: Chesapeake Bay cleanup, food stamps and renewable energy (Baltimore Sun, 12/13)

TRANSIT | Metro’s board has voted to charge riders peak fares for special events and to hold a public hearing on expanding rush-hour service hours. (WaPo, 12/13)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Vice President of Programs | Gill Foundation– New!
Administrative Associate | United Philanthropy Forum
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
Program Associate for Strategy, Equity, and Research | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

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Are you going to Arlington National Cemetery for “Wreaths Across America” tomorrow? Virginia has these tips for you.

– Kendra

Multiple DC families find lead present in homes inspected by the city

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | According to the Washington Post, between March 2013 and March 2018, at least 41 homes that were subsidized by a DC housing voucher had high levels of lead present. Two of these families are now suing the city because it did not adequately inspect the units before giving its approval. (WaPo, 8/15)

The District Department of Energy and Environment, which performed the count and the testing, said it inspected about half of the homes because a child living at the property, or visiting it often, had tested positive for elevated levels of lead; the other homes were investigated following a tip about possible lead hazards. The agency said that the list wasn’t exhaustive and that there may be more.

TRANSITMetro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says (WaPo, 8/15)

WORKFORCE
– The role customers can play in ensuring better working conditions and wages for restaurant workers. (Civil Eats, 8/14)

– Ever Heard of a Tanda? Inside D.C. Restaurant Workers’ Savings Circles. (WCP, 8/15)

EDUCATION | DC will open up its only public ‘girls only’ school after taking over Excel Academy Public Charter School. (DCist, 8/15)

MENTAL HEALTHThe Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s (YES! Magazine, 8/13)


We lost the Queen of Soul today. Let’s celebrate her life by listening to our favorite songs. Here’s one of mine.

– Kendra

A new lawsuit alleges that DC has failed to provide adequate mental health care to youth

HEALTH | A coalition of disability rights organizations in DC have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city, alleging that it has failed to provide adequate mental health services to youth. (WaPo, 8/14)

The suit, filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of two unnamed minors, states that the District did not give the children access to intensive outpatient counseling and mentoring programs.

As a result, they were repeatedly institutionalized at psychiatric facilities, violating the District’s obligations to provide the least restrictive care possible under Medicaid and the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to the lawsuit.

WORKFORCE | Advocates from DC’s homeless community want the city to do more outreach about its First Source program, which is a law that gives DC residents first priority in hiring for new jobs. (Street Sense, 8/14)

HUMAN RIGHTS
– Preliminary estimates show that the District spent at least $2.6 million last weekend protecting the 20 to 30 white supremacists that came to attend the Unite the Right 2 rally. (WaPo, 8/14)

– Crystal City Hyatt Will Host An Anti-Muslim Group’s Annual Conference (DCist, 8/14)

IMMIGRATION
– The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has been conspiring with ICE to tell them when immigrants eligible for deportation came to the CIS office for routine interviews. (WaPo, 8/15)

– The history of the United States’ policy of separating migrant families. (Atlantic, 8/14)

CENSUS | Two Congress members have introduced a bill to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the census and the annual American Community Survey. (Washington Blade, 7/31)


Find out where DC’s new murals will go.

– Kendra

How judges enforce best practices in domestic violence cases

PUBLIC SAFETY | A Montgomery County nonprofit has released an analysis of how District Court judges handle hearings for domestic violence protection orders. The data comes from volunteers from the organization who observed hearings for those seeking protection orders. (Bethesda Beat, 8/2)

The recommended practices are:

  • When victims wish to drop their cases, judges should try to ensure that a victim has not been coerced or intimidated and take a moment to discuss the person’s safety.
  • When victims do drop their cases, judges should encourage petitioners to return to court any time they are in danger from an intimate partner.
  • Judges should tell every respondent receiving an order that violating a protective order can result in imprisonment.
  • Judges should tell every respondent receiving a final protective order that the person must surrender all guns to law enforcement immediately.
  • Judges and bailiffs should implement staggered exits, such as having the respondent wait in the courtroom for a minimum of 15 minutes after the victim’s departure.

HEALTH
– Maryland’s House Speaker is joining other politicians across the country who are leading efforts to ensure access to abortions. (WaPo, 8/2)

– Senate blocks effort to kill D.C.’s version of Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate (WaPo, 8/2)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | A new play, ‘Shakespeare Is A White Supremacist’, will explore the plight of people of color in the arts. (DCist, 8/2)

YOUTH | Community Raises Funds To Send D.C. Little League Champs To Regional Tournament (WAMU, 8/2)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Major Gifts Officer | Food & Friends –New!
Executive Director | Gandhi Brigade Youth Media –New!
Membership & Development Director | Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation –New!
Associate, Resource Development | Flamboyan Foundation
Operations Specialist | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Membership Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Director, School Partnerships Coach | Flamboyan Foundation
Program Officer | Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Membership Development Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Senior Manager of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Evaluation & Impact Manager | DC Bar Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Madison House Autism Foundation
Development Manager | Young Playwrights’ Theater
Sr. Social Innovation Specialist | Washington Gas
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Wolf Trap Foundation
Foundation Coordinator | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Senior Manger of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum

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This GWU professor could be the next host of Jeopardy, once Alex Trebek resigns.

– Kendra

DC Council proposes an amendment to protect undocumented immigrants

IMMIGRATION |DC Councilmembers have proposed an amendment to the city’s extortion statute to make it a crime for landlords and employers to use an undocumented person’s status to force them to work extra hours or to pay more rent. (WaPo, 7/17)

Immigrant rights advocates said the District bill would be a step toward protecting vulnerable populations but might not go far enough. Rob Wohl, a tenant organizer with the Latino Economic Development Center, said slumlords who chronically flout city codes and housing regulations are unlikely to be intimidated by another law on the books.

“It’s good to offer people protection. I think that’s a good thing,” Wohl said. “But I’m concerned that D.C. keeps putting these statutory protections on the books without doing anything to improve the mechanisms that are meant to actually enforce these laws.”

WRAG COMMUNITY | A recent  profile of Eileen Ellsworth, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, shows her journey into the nonprofit world and her passion for social justice. (Profiles in Success, 7/18)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Members of Congress have introduced a bill to end the use of the ‘gay or trans panic’ defense which is often used to justify someone’s violent actions against individuals who identify as LGBTQIA. (Metro Weekly, 7/13)

HEALTH | Gwyn Barley, vice president of community partnerships and grants at the Colorado Trust, discusses how her organization is working to achieve health equity. (NCRP, 7/10)

INCOME GAP | A Pew Research Center report exploring income inequality within racial and ethnic groups found that Asian Americans hold the widest income gap between its top and bottom earners. (Next City, 7/16)

YOUTH | A nonprofit recently held a discussion in Virginia on interfaith leadership with American Muslim and Jewish youth and Muslim and Jewish youth from Jerusalem. (Loudoun Times, 7/17)


Enjoy a walk through the woods. 

– Kendra

How the US criminalizes those with mental illness and then attempts to treat them

MENTAL HEALTH | In the US, individuals with mental illness are often incarcerated, which ensures they don’t receive adequate care or the resources they need. In fact, in some cases, they are punished for experiencing distress because prison staff are not trained to care for people. (NPR, 7/10)

Jails and prisons have all kinds of rules and regulations. … Some of them are for security and some of them are just basically for the sake of rules, like where you have to stand when they do the count or where you have to stand to receive your food tray, things like that. And when people can’t follow the rules, either because they don’t understand them or because their paranoia makes them think that following the rules is going to get them hurt, the punishment is solitary confinement, which basically means being shut in a windowless room by yourself 23 hours a day. And it can make people who are sane completely mentally ill, but for somebody with mental illness it’s absolutely devastating. … If you’re paranoid and you’re afraid that your food is being poisoned or that people are out to get you, being locked in this room by yourself really makes it worse.

CSR | Katy Moore, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, and Sean Herpolsheimer, WRAG’s 2018 Summer Fellow, discuss how leading companies are leveraging their data for social good in a new blog. (Daily, 7/11)

VETERANS | This month, Virginia will begin adding “veteran” to the driver’s licenses and identification cards of residents that served in the military. (Prince William Times, 7/10)

YOUTH | A Virginia writer, along with local groups, has started a book drive for the children separated from their families at the border. (DCist, 7/9)

PUBLIC SAFETYChairman Pulls Noise Amplification Bill That Rankled D.C. Musicians (DCist, 7/10)

WORKFORCE | How the gig economy is making it easier for employers to discriminate against care workers with no consequences. (Nation, 7/10)

BUSINESSVirginia climbs, Maryland tumbles on CNBC’s top states for business rankings (WBJ, 7/11)


Make sure to get your free Slurpee at 7 Eleven today!

– Kendra

Study finds community banks discriminate against communities of color

EQUITY | A new study released yesterday found that community banks are just as likely as traditional banking institutes to discriminate against communities of color, especially when looking at the fees associated with opening, maintaining, and closing checking accounts. (Citylab, 6/21)

For example, the study finds that overdraft fees are higher in banks located in predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods when compared with the overdraft fees assessed in white communities. Not only that, but banks in Black and Latinx neighborhoods are more likely to use credit-screening agencies for opening accounts than they are in white neighborhoods.

Other findings from the report:

Banks in predominantly African-American neighborhoods require higher opening deposit charges for starting a basic checking account.

EDUCATION | The Office of the State Superintendent of Education has discovered that about 1,000 teachers in DC Public Schools lack certification the city requires to teach. (WaPo, 6/21)

YOUTH | Eshauna Smith, CEO of Urban Alliance, has announced that Nathaniel Cole will step down as the DC executive director after eight years and Monique Rizer will step into this role. (Urban Alliance, 6/21)

LOUDOUN | Phyllis Randall, corporate vice president of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Board Chair of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, was selected to the Women in Government Leadership Program hosted by Governing Magazine. (Loudoun Tribune, 6/19)

AGINGBill before D.C. Council would block assisted living facilities from taking new dementia patients (WaPo, 6/21)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Development Manager | Young Playwrights’ Theater– New!
Senior Research Analyst | Job Opportunities Task Force
Sr. Social Innovation Specialist | Washington Gas
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Wolf Trap Foundation
Foundation Coordinator | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Senior Manger of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Grants Associate | Democracy Fund
Contract Grant Writer | Project HEAL
Program Associate| Case Foundation
Grants Manager | Public Welfare Foundation
Program Manager | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Grants Program Analyst | Legal Services Corporation

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Would you drive this tiny car?

– Kendra

On Bike-To-Work Day, calls for more protected bike lanes

TRANSPORTATION | This morning, a group of cyclists formed a human-protected bike lane on a block of DC’s 14th Street to demonstrate the need for more bike lanes. The region has been ranked among the top biking cities in the US, but cyclists say that progress is slow on creating the lanes and other initiatives to keep them safe. (WAMU, 5/18)

The difficulty now is that in many places, transportation planners have done the easy stuff, painting bike lanes on streets that could easily fit them…in Arlington, the county has “picked the low hanging fruit” in terms of bike infrastructure. The next steps are going to be harder: “They’re going to take more money, they’re going to take more political capital.”

In D.C., Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation, used similar words to explain why D.C. is averaging only three or four new miles of bike lanes a year, rather than the ten miles envisioned by its transportation master plan. “While we’ve been able to accomplish those that are easier, those that are more complex, more complicated, just require us to do a little more detailed work, which is what we’re doing.”

HEALTH | The administration has proposed cutting federal funding from clinics that provide or refer patients for abortions and are recipients of the Title X program. (NPR, 5/18)

HOMELESSNESS | DC’s Friendship Place launches a regional homelessness prevention program with the help of Amazon’s million-dollar donation (Street Sense, 5/16)

YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should invest in youth organizing. (PND Blog, 5/16)

ENVIRONMENT | How climate change can negatively impact historical documents and other rare materials. (Citylab, 5/17)

HOUSING | A new analysis by District, Measured found that most of the people renting DC’s luxury apartments are young, single individuals with relatively high salaries who are new to the city. (Urban Turf, 5/17)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Manager | Public Welfare Foundation– New!
Facilitator | Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties– New!
Program Manager | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation– New!
Executive Director | Nonprofit Montgomery
Grants Program Analyst | Legal Services Corporation
Vice President of Strategy | Gill Foundation
Associate, Program Design | Flamboyan Foundation
Associate, Program Operations | Flamboyan Foundation
Director of Communications and Marketing | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Membership and Program Coordinator | Funders Together to End Homelessness
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


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Click the button if you can.

– Kendra