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I met this great man while volunteering at Million Man March Headquarters in Washington, DC

Originally posted on Black Men In America:

By Harold Bell

Legendary vocalist Frank Sinatra’s classic rendition of “My Way” best describes the life and times of D. C. businessman Ed Murphy.

Murph was born in Raleigh, North Carolina but grew up in Washington. D.C.  He attended Shaw Middle School and graduated from Cardozo High School.

After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge in 1950.  Murph returned to his DC hometown to embark on his life-long dream of establishing a business in the heart of the inner city.

He was known on the streets as “Eight Ball” because of his love for the game of Billiards (pool).

Murph was the black community’s Donald Trump without the pedigree, bankroll, education and business background.  Trump’s father was a New York real-estate developer and Trump was educated at the famed Wharton School of Business.

Murph had a Ph.D. earned the hard way, on…

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May 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

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Closing the Achievement Gap Topeka Community Conversation – Please Plan to Attend

"No person has ever been honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." – Calvin Coolidge

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May 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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Juvenile Justice News

Noteworthy Articles and Publications:

o   Each year in the United States, thousands of children are placed into youth correctional facilities and various other forms of congregate, out-of-home residential placements following a court disposition or sentence.  As documented in great detail inNo Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration, in the aggregate these out-of-home placements have a deeply troubling track record: high rates of recidivism; exorbitant costs; frequent harm to the health and safety of youth (and staff) who are confined in them; and poor outcomes in terms of youth development.  Adding insult to injury, local, state and national data suggest that, far too often, out-of-home placements of young people are minimally related to the severity of their offenses or the risk they pose to public safety.

o   While there is a growing consensus that the country needs to re-examine the criminal justice system’s prosecution of serious young offenders, there is little documentation of how this population experiences and perceives the laws, policies, and practices that are intended to hold them accountable.

o   This brief from the National Conference of State Legislatures explores recent legislative reforms within the juvenile justice system. The primary purposes of secure detention are to ensure that a young person appears in court and to minimize the risk of re-arrest while current charges are pending. A rise in serious juvenile crime in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to state laws and policies that moved away from the traditional emphasis on rehabilitation in the juvenile justice system and increased the number of youth held in detention dramatically. During the past decade, juvenile crime rates have declined and policymakers are rethinking juvenile justice policy, including alternatives to secure detention.

o   Advancing race equity and inclusion can sometimes seem daunting and often leaves many wondering how and where to start.  One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work.  The seven steps in this guide provide a clear framework for undertaking this important work.

o   This brief from the International Association of Chiefs of Police is designed to help law enforcement officials who interact with youth better understand normal adolescent development and behavior.  The brief provides an overview of adolescent behavioral development, recommendations for developmentally appropriate responses, strategies to improve interactions with youth, and examples of programs that foster positive youth development.

o   The child welfare system was created to care for abused and neglected children.  But too often, teenagers are landing in the system because they simply aren’t getting along with their parents.  This paper traces Casey’s efforts to learn from communities that are preventing teens from landing in the system by helping families while the teen remains at home.

  • Video

o   The Collaborative for Change’s “In Their Own Words” video features Dr. Julian Ford, Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, discussing how to identify youth who have been exposed to traumatic experiences and what interventions are most appropriate for working with these youth.

  • A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Systems

o   This article presents a practical approach that JJ systems can take in achieving evidence-based programming that reduces recidivism.  Most JJ system programs produce relatively small reductions in recidivism, on average, thus there is much room for improvement.  A research based approach to making program improvements system-wide – and with that, increase the cost effectiveness of the system itself – is presented in this article.  The success of this effort, however, depends on delivery of the right service to the right youth at the right time.

o   Article attached.

Juvenile Justice Headlines:

o   WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The boy loved to walk in the woods.  He savored the gurgle of the creek as the water tumbled over the rocks, the sweet melody of birdsong, the wind rustling the leaves in the trees that soared high overhead.

o   Juvenile justice advocates hailed Friday four key Florida Supreme Court decisions on life without parole and other extremely long sentences imposed on children.

o   Louie Chagolla was in and out of trouble with the law for most of his teenage years.  He was in lockup twice and, when not in lockup, he was on probation.  Possession of a deadly weapon made the scared but tough-acting kid feel secure on the streets of Los Angeles.  And, it solidified his sense of belonging to his surrogate family, his gang.

o   The House agreed to Senate Amendments Tuesday on legislation implementing a standard placement assessment for juvenile offenders and authorizing incarceration in a Kansas facility of teens convicted as adults.

o   Police officers in Meridian, Mississippi, were spending so much time hauling handcuffed students from school to the local juvenile jail that they began describing themselves as “just a taxi service”.  It wasn’t because schools in this east Mississippi town were overrun by budding criminals or juvenile superpredators – not by a longshot.  Most of the children were arrested and jailed simply for violating school rules, often for trivial offenses.

o   The Justice Department for the first time is weighing in on a state court case on whether some courts are depriving juveniles of their rights to a lawyer.  The department filed astatement of interest in a Georgia case that alleges that public defense in four southern counties is so underfunded that low-income juveniles are routinely denied the right to legal representation.

o   Adolfo Davis admits he was a swaggering thug by the age of 14 s he roamed and dealt drugs with a South Side gang.  He also describes a childhood of emotional and physical deprivation: a mother fixated on crack, an absent father, a grandmother’s overflowing and chaotic apartment.

o   Danielle Hicks-Best’s shocking story, “An 11-Year-Old Reported Being Raped Twice, Wound Up With a Conviction” reported in the Washington Post on March 13, puts a compelling face to our mistrust and misunderstanding of girls and our harmful over use of the juvenile justice system.

o   Less than ten percent of doctors recognize trafficking victims, and less than 3 percent of ER doctors have received training in recognition and action.  Here’s what we can do about it.

o   More than half of U.S. states allow children to be detained for repeated nonviolent “status offenses” such as skipping school, running away from home or possession of alcohol, a new report says.

o   For years, many juvenile offenders in New York City had been exiled to upstate facilities – hundreds of miles from families, schools and communities.  This continued despite mounting evidence that keeping such youth closer to home improves the odds of reducing recidivism, continuing their progress in school through their local school systems and helping them successfully re-enter the community.

o   The United Nations top investigator on torture has delivered a scathing criticism of juvenile justice practices common in the United States, including routine detention of youths, solitary confinement and sentences of life without parole for children.

o   What do you think should happen when a kid is incarcerated?  If you’re like most Americans, you think rehabilitation should be a top priority for youth correctional facilities, according to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Educational Opportunities:


o   While relationships between case managers and offenders are important, it is not the only thing that impacts recidivism. A cognitive element has to be present. Relationships along with core correctional practices have the greatest impact on recidivism. EPICS-II skills enhance the work case managers are doing by introducing them to core correctional practices – appropriate use of authority, modeling and reinforcement, skill building, problem solving, and relationship factors. Additionally, case managers will learn new skills and work with new tools which will make their work with the offenders more productive and efficient while working on risk reduction activities.

o   In this webinar panelists share with participants the most recent research on how to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for juveniles who have committed sexual offenses, and provide a practical example of how the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is working to achieve these goals.  This webinar will be especially useful to juvenile correctional agencies, reentry coordinators, parole staff and other stakeholders.

o   This webcast will cover important implications the recent Closer to Home report has for the juvenile justice field.  Panelist include: Nate Balis, Director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, Terry Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director, Dallas County Juvenile Services, Andy Block, Director, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, and Fernando Giraldo, Chief Probation Officer, Santa Cruz County.

o   Session date: Thursday, May 21, 2015

o   Starting time: 1:00 pm, Central Daylight Time

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May 4, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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Third Annual Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, May 18-19

Kauffman Foundation joins with UMKC, USASBE to host Kansas City event

Over the last two decades, we have witnessed an expanding interest in social entrepreneurship – a movement that crosses the boundaries of the business, nonprofit, and public sectors, and is rapidly growing. The Third Annual Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship offers a forum to continue the advancement of social entrepreneurship thinking, teaching, and practice; promote an exchange of knowledge and experience; and facilitate a discussion among business and nonprofit practitioners, teachers and researchers, funders, and others interested in sharing and shaping ideas and learning focused on promoting successful social entrepreneurship. Those interested in advancing their understanding of social entrepreneurship are invited to attend the 2015 Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship on May 18-19.

This highly interactive symposium includes the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops developed and delivered by leading faculty in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. The symposium will also allow its participants to tap into the existing experiences and expertise of those living, breathing, and supporting social entrepreneurship. Workshops and Breakout Sessions include:

•    Identifying and Assessing Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities
•    Measuring the Impact of Social Ventures
•    Funder’s Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship
•    Implementing the Social Venture Plan and Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum
•    Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship
•    The New Rules of Marketing: Concepts and Applications to the New Social Venture
•    Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
•    Decision Making Tools for Directors/Managers of Social Ventures

The Symposium begins Monday morning, May 18, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO, and concludes the afternoon of May 19 at the the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 5110 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO. The afternoon of May 19 includes a social venture business plan competition featuring several entrepreneurial initiatives developed by students participating in The Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The Kauffman Foundation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City are co-sponsoring the event in collaboration with the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).View the full event schedule.

Register to attend the Symposium.

NOTE: The workshops described in the Symposium Program Schedule are open to all Symposium registrants. Five of the nine workshops are being offered in conjunction with the innovative USASBE Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship Program. This initiative, currently presented through a collaboration among USASBE, UMKC, George Washington University, and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), is designed to be of value to educators interested in teaching courses and participating in other programs on social entrepreneurship, as well as to principals and consultants interested in the planning and implementation of social ventures.

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May 4, 2015 at 10:25 am

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Summer Youth Tech/Entrepreneur Camp – Topeka

We are preparing to again host some of the most enterprising and motivated youth in the city.

Once again, Streets University will offer an 8-week program where students will be introduced to web development using WordPress and entrepreneurship through salesmanship. Students will meet twice a week for 2 1/2 hours per group session and will have access to locations providing wireless internet access to complete assignments and special projects. Projects include building or re-designing WordPress websites, preparing and initiatiing a social media marketing campaign and/or producing a short video promotional to share on YouTube and across other social media networks for a small business or nonprofit organization.

Students that complete all assignments & projects, along with having a satisfactory attendance record will receive their own Chromebook. Activities include guest speakers, field trips, and an advisor or mentor to help with assignments and to refer prospective leads to youth participants as they pursue reaching their individual program sponsor goal.

How can you support the summer camp and youth involved?

1) Pledge to sponsor a student for the year

2) Join us as a youth advisor

3) Donate in-kind items useful to our students or the program

4) Get your company to donate/contribute to the program through their corporate giving or foundation.

5) Signup to be a guest speaker

6) Signup your business or agency to serve as a field trip location

For more information on IBSA, Streets University or our Summer Camps & Workshops we facilitate contact us vie email at admin@ibsa-inc.org


IBSA, Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization formed in 1993 under the state laws of Kansas. Donations and contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law.

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May 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

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OFA PeerTA Spotlight: Summer Youth Employment

The Federal Government continues its commitment to promoting summer youth employment opportunities for at-risk youth. In 2015, the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Family Assistance issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to their TANF program stakeholders. The letter highlights a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) issued on March 26, 2015 by the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor (DOL). The TEGL explains the broad vision for the youth services included in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Additionally, it references another letter jointly issued by DOL, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2014 that encouraged youth providers and Public Housing Agencies to develop summer programs for at-risk and low-income youth.

In 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Labor (DOL), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a letter encouraging partnerships among the network of state and local youth service and workforce development providers, human service agencies, and public housing agencies to develop summer jobs programs for needy and at-risk youth that provide employment, educational experiences, and essential skills such as financial literacy and time management. Summer employment provides teens and young adults with critical skills and experience that lay the foundation for their future employment. As agencies contemplate operating a summer youth employment program for 2015, the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) PeerTA Network has compiled the following resources from OFA webinars and products to assist in our users’ preparation.

Selected Resources on Summer Youth Employment

Webinar: Investing in Youth and the Community: Summer Youth Employment Programs, May 2014

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, the OFA PeerTA Network, along with partners from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development, hosted the “Investing in Youth and the Community: Summer Youth Employment Programs” webinar. This webinar explored emerging initiatives, partnerships, and strategies for implementing summer youth employment programs. The webinar highlighted federal, state, private, and public services available to engage youth in summer employment, while also providing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-serving organizations and other stakeholders with the opportunity to learn how to engage various partners in supporting summer youth employment activities. Presenters included representatives from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Brandeis University’s Center for Youth and Communities, and the Denver Public Housing Authority’s Youth Employment Academy.

In follow-up to this presentation, OFA created a series of Summer Youth Employment Program Profiles – providing more in-depth information on the background, program model, lessons learned, outcomes, and successes for a number of programs engaging youth in summer employment. These profiles highlight the activities of the City of Richmond, Department of Employment and Training’s YouthWORKS Division; the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Employment and Training Center; and the Denver Housing Authority’s Youth Employment Academy.

Webinar: Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities, December 2012

The Office of Family Assistance hosted the “Leveraging Private/Public Partnerships and Funding to Improve Summer Youth Employment Opportunities” webinar on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. This webinar provided background information on funding strategies for summer youth employment activities and discussed methods for leveraging both public and private funding streams. The webinar featured presenters from the LA Conservation Corps, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, ABCD Inc., and the Philadelphia Youth Network. The presenters encouraged those implementing summer youth employment programs to collaborate with TANF agencies, the business community, community action agencies and other Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)-funded programs, workforce investment programs, and private foundations, in an effort to better serve youth, reach TANF participants, and engage key stakeholders.

The Office of Family Assistance hosted a webinar entitled “The ABC’s of Creating Summer Youth Programs and Partnerships” on October 17, 2012. The webinar featured presenters from Mathematica Policy Research, the Southeast Tennessee Development District-Local Workforce Investment Area Five, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, and Corporate Voices for Working Families. The presenters provided an overview of strategies for developing summer youth employment programs that can work in various contexts with different types of employers. Also discussed were the strategic partnerships, funding streams, and recruitment and placement strategies that can be utilized to increase summer youth employment opportunities.

ACF/OFA Region IV and DOL-ETA Region III TANF and WIA: Strengthening Pathways to Employment Meeting, July 2012

In response to the technical assistance and program needs of states throughout the southeast, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region IV, and the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Region IIII, hosted a technical assistance meeting from July 24 – 26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting allowed member states to work alongside their peers to outline specific challenges faced by TANF and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) agencies and the families they serve and posit plausible peer-based solutions for moving low-income and working families toward economic self-sufficiency. State TANF and WIA directors and program staff also discussed ways to promote interagency collaboration. Topics included: engaging veterans and military families in the TANF and WIA systems; leveraging partnerships to strengthen subsidized employment and transitional job initiatives; developing demand-driven career pathways for low-income individuals and TANF participants; maximizing WIA youth and TANF funds to support summer youth employment initiatives; and improving skill-building for low-income individuals and TANF participants with barriers to employment.

Webinar: Region X Tribal TANF – Summer Youth Employment, May 2012

On May 16, 2012, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Region X hosted a webinar on how Tribal TANF programs can use Federal TANF and State maintenance-of-effort (MOE) funds for the creation and expansion of subsidized summer youth employment programs. The webinar provided information on how Tribes have operated summer youth employment programs within a Tribal TANF System, strategies for leveraging funds for subsidized youth employment programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and presented promising practices of Tribal TANF agencies that currently operate summer youth employment programs. The webinar was facilitated by Judy Ogliore and Karen “Jack” Granberg from Region X and included presentations from Tammy Kieffer, the 477 Youth Employment Coordinator for the Spokane Tribe in Washington State; Lu Ann Warrington, the Assistance Director of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; and Arlene Templer, the Director of the Department of Human Resource Development for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

The Summer Employment Experiences and the Personal/Social Behaviors of Youth Violence Prevention Employment Program Participants and Those of a Comparison Group, 2013

This report from the Center for Labor Market Studies highlights the efforts of the Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative, which funded youth employment opportunities in low-income neighborhoods in Boston from 2010 – 2012. The report evaluates the employment program’s impacts and effects on employment experiences, personal and social behaviors, and exposure to violence. The program was shown to have positive impacts on program participants.

Employment and Unemployment Among Youth in the Summer of 2014, August 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics released an economic news release on the summer youth labor force for the summer of 2014. From April to July 2014, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old increased by 2.1 million to 20.1 million. The share of young people employed in July was 51.9 percent. Unemployment among youth rose by 913,000 from April to July 2014, compared with an increase of 692,000 during the same months in 2013.

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May 3, 2015 at 6:49 pm

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Grant Opportunity: Youth Opportunity Fund

This week the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance launched the Youth Opportunity Fund, a new component of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative. This $3 million grant fund seeks to support innovative programs that prepare low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, for lifelong success.

Given your organization’s commitment to youth economic opportunity, we invite you to submit an idea for consideration or help us spread the word to your networks.

The Youth Opportunity Fund will award one-year grants up to $250,000 to nonprofits in 10 major U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

We’re investing in nonprofits that partner with municipal governments, leverage technology, collaborate across key sectors, and serve as models for replication and scalability.

The Youth Opportunity Fund builds on the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative – a three-year $50 million commitment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the United States the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to compete in a 21st century economy.

For more information about the Youth Opportunity Fund and to submit your program idea please visit the America’s Promise website
.  The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2015.

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April 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

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