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Staff Advancement Grant Opens Doors for Nonprofit Employees

More than twenty years ago, Mike and Elaine Crough identified a common challenge among social service employees – that a large number of those working below the executive level lacked opportunities for further training and advancement. “With a little financial help, these hard working individuals could expand their horizons and future compensation while adding even greater value to the organizations

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Good Lawns Cultivates Work Ethic and Entrepreneurial Spirit

The seed for Good Lawns was planted during a staff meeting. Hasan Stephens, founder and executive director of Good Life Youth Foundation, wondered how to teach youth to make money using resources around them. What about offering to clear snow or cut grass? Unfortunately, the young people seeking work wouldn’t have equipment. What if they borrowed mowers and offered their

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Adult Education Roundtable Brings All Write! to Onondaga County

All Write Actors on Stage

Over the past ten years, just shy of 10,000 New Americans have resettled in Onondaga County. Often not native English speakers, these individuals commonly experience discrimination and other hardships due to a language gap. A new program recently brought to Syracuse by the Adult Education Roundtable (AER)* is working to ease this burden through a fun introduction to English-as-a-New-Language (ENL)

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New Program Addresses Mental Health Needs of Refugees

Central New York is home to more than 11,000 New Americans who have rebuilt their lives here. Many turn to local nonprofits for support to establish economic and social-self-sufficiency, long after the initial resettlement period. English-as-a-New-Language (ENL) lessons and housing assistance are primary support services refugees have access to, while mental health services are far less common. The lack of

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Community Foundation Partners With Elementary School to Fill Gaps in Summer Learning

When the school year ends, children in high-poverty environments often lose the opportunity to benefit from healthy food and safe places to spend their days. And their social and economic situations often provide few occasions where they can continue their learning. The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: students lose an average of more than two months in

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Forgotten Central New York Suffragist Celebrated Through Opera

With the centennial anniversary of a woman’s right to vote in New York State just passed in 2017, and as the national centennial approaches in 2020, there has never been a more appropriate time than now for the community to reflect upon the courageous, uncelebrated individuals who played a part in this significant moment in history. While suffragists Elizabeth Cady

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Students of Many Cultures See Themselves While Reading & Learning

As the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School (SASCCS) concluded its first successful year of operation, there was much to be proud of: students received ample one-on-one attention, parental engagement thrived, and teachers and students came together to build a diverse learning community. Yet, something very essential was still missing. “Literacy can’t be confined solely to the classroom,”

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