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UNCA Report: What It Took- Lessons Learned from the First Cohort of Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Applications

Last week, UNCA announced and posted their new report, What It Took- Lessons Learned from the First Cohort of Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant Applications.

The report looks at the following questions: What did it take to become a Promise Neighborhoods grantee? What will it take for them to be successful?

From the report: “Based on a review of all 21 Promise Neighborhoods grantee applications, their peer review comments, and memoranda of understanding (MOUs), it covers such topics as project design, organizational capacity, community involvement, work with local schools, project funding, and replicability.” Check it out here.

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Senate’s Draft Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes $60M for Promise Neighborhoods

If today’s proposed Senate omnibus appropriations bill passes, the federal Promise Neighborhoods program will receive $60 million for FY 2011.

The next step as outlined by the Washington Post, is for Senate Democrats “to hold a vote on the omnibus measure this week. If it passes, the House would have to vote next. If it fails in the Senate, the chamber would likely take up the House-passed resolution that simply continues 2010 funding levels.”

We will continue to update our blog with any further details!

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Promise Neighborhoods in the News – Buffalo, NY

We are continuing our posts on Promise Neighborhoods grantees featured the news!

Photo of Westminster Community Charter School – model school for the Buffalo Promise Initiative, courtesy of WNED Buffalo Toronto

In today’s Buffalo News, the Buffalo Promise Initiative serving the East Side of Buffalo is highlighted as a “nascent neo-collaborative” – a consortium of institutions that has a “culture of cooperation and unity” and uses collective resources to address issues.

To read the article, click here.

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Oakland Schools Receive $7.5 Million in Funding from Kaiser!

Smith at Kaiser news conference. Photo courtesy of the Oakland school district.

Photo courtesy of the Oakland School District

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of communities across the country continuing on with their visions for neighborhood transformation with and without federal Promise Neighborhood grants.

Oakland, California school district is one of them! Oakland schools just received a $7.5 million gift from Kaiser Permanente, much of which will go to the district’s health and wellness programs. This gift is the largest corporate donation yet to fund Oakland’s efforts. Reporter Katy Murphy blogged about the Kaiser gift, which in addition to funding health oriented programing, will fund “full-service community schools” and an African American male achievement initiative. Kaiser also donated an addition $3 million “to support community-based violence prevention and youth mentoring for at-risk teens” and a humanitarian park and curriculum.

Click here for a local news video on the donation: Kaiser Donates $7.5 M to Oakland Schools

Congratulations OAKLAND!

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Promise Neighborhoods in the News – San Antonio, TX

We have been highlighting Promise Neighborhood communities across that country whose good work has received media attention – today we highlight San Antonio, TX.

In It takes a village to restore a community, the article speaks to how through “the efforts of many public and private initiatives and the perseverance of community residents, the community is on the verge of meaningful revitalization.” The Promise Neighborhoods project is part of a larger set of initiatives that aim to revitalize and transform the community.

For more, read the full article here.

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Promise Neighborhoods in the News – Pacoima and Hollywood, CA

Promise Neighborhoods grantees are being featured the news! We are blogging about the good work taking place in Promise Neighborhood communities.

Business Wire has posted an article that is making its way through media across the country about the Youth Policy Institute (YPI)-led Promise Neighborhood in Los AngelesHollygrove Children to Benefit from Promise Neighborhoods Grant Only 21 grants nationwide.  United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA) recently highlighted the site, as well, in their blog post.

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Promise Neighborhoods in the News – St. Paul, MN

Promise Neighborhoods grantees are being featured in local news outlets across the country! We are blogging about articles we find on the good work taking place in Promise Neighborhood communities.

St. Paul, MN, has two pieces, one on Minnesota Public Radio that describes the federal initiative and the specific neighborhoods for the program in St. Paul, Frogtown and Summit-University (includes article and audio).  In addition, local news covered the Mayoral kick-off and public event for the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, as a way to engage community residents and celebrate the initiative. They have even developed a video of the Mayor’s speech from the event: St. Paul Promise Neighborhood Celebration!

We will continue highlighting media from other Promise Neighborhoods!

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Promise Neighborhoods in the News – River Rouge, MI

Photo courtesy of The Guidance Center

Photo courtesy of The Guidance Center, includes Guidance Center staff and Geoffrey Canada of The Harlem Children's Zone

Promise Neighborhoods grantees are being featured in local news outlets across the country! We will be blogging about articles we find on the good work taking place in Promise Neighborhood communities.

The Guidance Center in River Rouge, MI, was featured in yesterday’s news in this article, Federal program supports students in education path. Roxanne Brinkerhoff, The Guidance Center’s director for early childhood, and project director for the Promise Neighborhood grant, highlights the “power of three” – “building and maintaining a relationship among the city, school district and The Guidance Center,” as key to the initiative.

Stay tuned for posts highlighting other Promise Neighborhoods!

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