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Criminal justice, media literacy: Lenfest just announced its first collaboration grantees

January 30, 2019, Julie Zeglen - Generocity Local nonprofits and funders have been adhering to the trend of collaboration over competition for the sake of increased effectiveness and resource sharing. Media, too. That’s why a new Lenfest Institute of Journalism fund is supporting collaboration in journalism, nonprofits and beyond: Its Philadelphia Ecosystem Collaboration Fund is giving $150,000 in “planning or prototype grants” of up to $25,000 each to collaborative projects related to information sharing in the region. Apps, which opened in October, were open to nonprofits, for-profits and individuals, as long as their projects had something to do with local news and the information ecosyst

Why Not Prosper is hosting a LGBT Round-table Discussion

All Woman Identified Individuals are invited to Why Not Prosper's LGBT Roundtable Discussion February 6, 2019 10am – 2pm Germantown Area 717 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144 Facilitated by Sappho Fulton MA, Cassandra Bolding LPC Please join us for a candid discussion on health service issues that are specific to the LGBT community.

Philadelphia jail scrambles to find doctors who can prescribe addiction treatment

January 23, 2019, Nina Feldman - WHYY Almost a year ago, the Philadelphia Department of Prisons began offering buprenorphine to its opioid-addicted inmates. The drug, widely known by its brand name, Suboxone, is a low-dose opioid designed to curb withdrawal and prevent cravings. When combined with therapy, it is considered the gold standard for opioid-addiction treatment. But due to federal prescribing limits, the department has found itself in a tough position: It has more people who need the drug than doctors who can prescribe it. Of the 30,000 inmates expected to be admitted to Philadelphia’s county jail this year, officials estimate that about 6,000 will be addicted to opioids. For many,

Join us to learn about the astounding link between TBIs and Incarceration!

This event will mark the first training of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition's 2019 Training Calendar. The Training Calendar is intended to offer monthly trainings for members, which will focus on issues returning citizens face, and how demonstrate to support people coming home who live with these circumstances Dr. Gillian Murray will provide additional education about the link between incarceration and TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries). This presentation will explore several relevant topics. Information about the prevalence of TBI and how TBI impacts and increases the vulnerability of these populations will be discussed. Attendees will receive training on the use of a TBI screening tool. Ava

Pa. lawmakers try out new way of assessing impact of state dollars

January 23, 2019, Katie Meyer - WHYY Thanks to a law passed two years ago, Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office is now required to periodically create what are known as performance-based budget reports on state agencies — basically, analyses measuring program funding against actual outcomes. A legislative board formed to assess those reports held its first-ever hearing Tuesday. The IFO focused on the Corrections Department this time around. Its key takeaways included a list of new data points for the department to track, broken into 13 categories like assessing public safety risk, parole supervision, and alcohol and drug treatment. The parole category saw some of the most significant rec

SAMHSA’S GAINS CENTER IS EXTENDING THE DEADLINE FOR THREE OF THE 2019 CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEARNING COLL

Applications for Family Treatment Courts, Improving Risk-Need-Responsivity Policies and Practice in Adult Drug Courts and Reentry Programs, and Data-Driven Equity and Inclusion are now due on February 20, 2019. SAMHSA’s GAINS Center is still accepting applications for THREE Learning Collaborative opportunities: Family Treatment Courts Improving Risk-Need-Responsivity Policies and Practice in Adult Drug Courts and Reentry Programs Data-Driven Equity and Inclusion Each Learning Collaborative will bring together six local teams for an intensive learning, strategic planning, and implementation process to address local issues and needs within a given topic area. Each Learning Collaborative will e

Philadelphia Works RFP for TANF Youth Development

Background and Purpose Philadelphia Works announces this release of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Youth Development (TANF YD) funding to entities interested in providing workforce development services and supports to Philadelphia’s youth and young adult job seekers and employers. Services sought via this RFP will be supported with TANF YD funding originating with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and administered by Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor & Industry (LI). In support of the City’s workforce development strategy, Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine, and Philadelphia Works’ approved WIOA Local Plan, youth workforce development services are provided for bo

After 2016 ruling, battles over juvenile lifer cases persist

January 21, 2019, Sharon Cohen and Adam Geller - Associated Press Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, pledged to give Brown an opportunity to get out — then rejected parole in a process a federal judge ruled recently must be overhauled. Three years after the Supreme Court gave inmates like Brown a chance at freedom, the justice system is gaining speed in revisiting scores of cases. About 400

PLSE is hiring a Paralegal!

PLSE is seeking to hire a Paralegal for our Criminal Records Expungement Project (C-REP). While PLSE expects to obtain funding to make it a permanent, full-time position as of July 1, the position is currently funded only until June 30 and is therefore a temporary position. The successful applicant for the temporary position will negotiate with the Managing Attorney the number of hours to be worked per week. Responsibilities include creating, reviewing, and finalizing expungement petitions for filing with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The Paralegal will also participate in intake clinics, interview and collect information from new clients, notify clients of court dates and decision

Pa. AG's plan to reduce recidivism taking form

January 17, 2019, John N. Mitchell- The Philadelphia Tribune When Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the formation of the PA Reentry Council (PARC) in May 2017, he did so with designs on reducing the high rate of recidivism in the state (60 percent) that contributes to the national rate of 68 percent. On Thursday, Shapiro introduced some of the first steps toward that goal. Appearing with Brian Hudson, PA Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CEO, and Kurt Myers, state Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services, Shapiro highlighted initiatives to provide reentering Pennsylvanians affordable housing (landlords often

The JEVS Human Services IT Pre-Apprenticeship Program starts January 28th!

The JEVS Human Services IT Pre-Apprenticeship Program starts January 28th! The program is a 5-month, no-cost training program in IT for 18- to 24-year-olds in Philadelphia with a high school credential (or close to earning one). The program provides foundational information technology (IT) training and professional development to help young adults transition into a registered apprenticeship, college, or the workforce. Consists of three months of classroom instruction and two months of paid internships. Services Hands-on information technology training Opportunity to work towards Cisco COMP TIA A+ credential Internship and job placement assistance Eligibility Philadelphia resident Must be age

READINESS, IMPLEMENTATION, AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR EFFECTIVENESS (RISE) WILL HELP ORGANIZATIONS IN PH

We are excited to announce the official launch of the RISE Partnership. RISE stands for Readiness, Implementation, Sustainability for Effectiveness and is an effort to strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region. The RISE Partnership builds on BECI (the Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative), which has been working with organizations in the region for the past eight years. The RISE Partnership will continue to provide a range of capacity building services, including training and support to build readiness for measuring and driving program outcomes, implementation of an intensive program of internal evaluation capacity building, and support

Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. FY2020 Funding Application / Info Session

Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. FY2020 Funding Application For grant period: 7/1/19-6/30/21 Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 Applicant Information Session: Friday, January 25, 2019 (10:00-11:30) The Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. (HAFI) supports programs in Philadelphia that remove barriers facing families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness in their quest for permanent housing. For questions about HAFI and to RSVP for the Applicant Information Session (p. 3) contact Janet Kroll (janet@hafi-phila.org). Attendance at this session is optional.

The Prison Society is hiring!

Position: Prison Programming Director Salary: $65,000 Deadline: February 4, 2019 1) Within 2 months, you will successfully assume the management of our two current prison programs. 2) Within 8 months, you will develop a plan for enhancing all programs to present to your manager, the Executive Director and also to staff, consultants, partners, and volunteers. 3) Within 18 months, you will assess if there are gaps in our current prison programming across the state that the Society is well positioned to fill (i.e. that match our organization’s knowledge base and volunteer capacity). See the full description of responsibilities and prerequisites here!

Rehabilitation through Spirituality and Faith: Why isn’t the Prison and Reentry Reform Movement Focu

January 16, 2019, Caterina Roman and John Roman - Berkeley Center Since the origins of penitentiaries in Europe and America in the 1700s, individuals affiliated with religious institutions have been providing care and support for incarcerated and released prisoners. Fortunately, we have moved past the thinking of the original Quaker penal regimes which held that solitude and silence could bring about spiritual conversion such that dishonest men and women would become virtuous (e.g., rehabilitated). Unfortunately, policymakers and criminal justice stakeholders have not taken advantage of the broader and more nuanced role that faith and spirituality can play for many in offender rehabilitation

This newly revived cash assistance program for poor Pennsylvanians is at risk again

January 15, 2019, Grace Shallow- Generocity The roughly $200 Susan Brown receives every month from the state’s general assistance program buys her more than just groceries and rent. It affords her a sense of independence. “I feel like an adult, like I’m participating in my own life,” said Brown, a 53-year-old Project HOME resident who asked to be identified by a different name due to privacy and safety concerns. General assistance helps people with disabilities and their caretakers, people with substance use disorder, people seeking help after experiencing domestic violence and some other groups of Pennsylvanians experiencing poverty who do not receive the federally funded Temporary Assistan

Now You Can Blog from Everywhere!

We’ve made it quick and convenient for you to manage your blog from anywhere. In this blog post we’ll share the ways you can post to your Wix Blog. Blogging from Your Wix Blog Dashboard On the dashboard, you have everything you need to manage your blog in one place. You can create new posts, set categories and more. To head to your Dashboard, open the Wix Editor and click on Blog > Posts. Blogging from Your Published Site Did you know that you can blog right from your published website? After you publish your site, go to your website’s URL and login with your Wix account. There you can write and edit posts, manage comments, pin posts and more! Just click on the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) to see all the

Design a Stunning Blog

When it comes to design, the Wix blog has everything you need to create beautiful posts that will grab your reader's attention. Check out our essential design features. Choose from 8 stunning layouts Your Wix Blog comes with 8 beautiful layouts. From your blog's settings, choose the layout that’s right for you. For example, a tiled layout is popular for helping visitors discover more posts that interest them. Or, choose a classic single column layout that lets readers scroll down and see your post topics one by one. Every layout comes with the latest social features built in. Readers can easily share posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and view how many people have liked a pos

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With Wix Blog, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active online community. That’s why the Wix blog comes with a built-in members area - so that readers can easily sign easily up to become members of your blog. What can members do? Members can follow each other, write and reply to comments and receive blog notifications. Each member gets their own personal profile page that they can customize. Tip: You can make any member of your blog a writer so they can write posts for your blog. Adding multiple writers is a great way to grow your content and keep it fresh and diversified. Here’s how to do it: Head to your Member’s Page Search for the member you want to

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