No Doubt About the Success of the Quantum Opportunities Program
(Dover, NH) June 2, 2006 - There can be no doubt about the success of the Quantum Opportunities Program in Dover New Hampshire, according to an Op-Ed that appeared in Seacoast Online. Not only did the original group of students benefit, but local sources provided funding for additional students to participate. Read about the exciting outcomes of this four year program.
New Hampshire Quantum Youth to Lend a Hand for Katrina Victims
(Dover, NH ) May 29, 2006 - Four years ago, a group of at-risk students, with a low probability of graduating high school, joined the Quantum Opportunities Program. Now they are graduating and several are heading to Waveland Mississippi to lend a hand in the Katrina cleanup. Read about the success of these young people.
New Quantum Opportunities Program in Baltimore looks at the Success Seen in Herndon, VA
(Baltimore) May 22, 2006 - As preparations are underway to open a new Quantum Opportunities Program in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, the staff looks at the successes seen in similar programs, including one in the Northern Virginia city of Herndon. Click here to read the story by Gregory Kane of the Baltimore Sun.
Youth Center Celebrates Year of Progress
Staff member Katie Canatsey and Joseph Colgan
(Herndon) April 13, 2006 - The Eisenhower sponsored Youth Safe Haven in Herndon, Virginia, is celebrating its first anniversary serving a diverse population of local and immigrant youths. Read the story here.
Staff member Myron Evans assists Micael Taylor with Algebra
In just six months, young people's lives are being changed, for the better
(Jackson) April 10, 2006 - Normally, the four year Quantum Opportunities Program requires at least a year to begin having a measurable impact on student attitudes toward education and their grades. However, it appears that Quantum students in Jackson, Mississippi are developing new, positive attitudes toward school, after less than six months. Read the story here.
Eisenhower program forges alliance with police, college students to offer safe after-school instruction
(Birmingham) March 20, 2006 - Students from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and Samford University have joined the civilian and police at the Youth Safe Haven in Southtown, to provide academic enrichment for 50 young people.
To read more about this program, click here.
Planning for a Delancey Street Expansion in Baltimore is announced
(Baltimore) February 24, 2006 - Planning has begun for a Delancey Street Replication in Baltimore. "The Delancey Street Project is designed to help communities replicate a successful program implemented in San Francisco to help ex-offenders called the Delancey Street Project. The ex-offender program is educational and entrepreneurial based."
To read more about the Baltimore replication, click here.
To read more about Delancey Street, click here.
Leigh Scott and Talesha Burke
High School Seniors Prepare to Say Good Bye
(Herndon) February 13, 2006 - Quantum Opportunities after school program comes to an end as Herndon High School seniors prepare for graduation. Read more about the success of the program in the Herndon Connection Article.
Nonprofit groups work to combat high re-arrest rates
(Charelston-AP) February 20, 2006 - A coalition of non-profit and faith-based groups is working with the Eisenhower Foundation to establish a substance abuse treatment and career training program in Charleston, SC.
To read the story from WIS TV10 news, click here.
City gets new tool in fight against crime
(Birmingham) February 19, 2006 - The director of the Bimingham Urban League reminds city officials that in addition to their new Cease Fire program, the city has a new Youth Safe Haven - Police Ministation program that is the 'Right Tool' to deal with crime in the Southtown Public Housing Complex just east of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's campus.
To read the story in the Birmingham News, click here.
Foundation to Help Charleston's Ex-Offenders Succeed
(Charleston) February 14, 2006 - With property set aside on an old military base in North Charleston, S.C., the Eisenhower Foundation is set to start one of five new Delancey Street replication sites across the country. The Charleston site will provide free, long-term educational and vocational training and substance abuse rehabilitation programs, which are much needed in an area of South Carolina where close to 1,000 prisoners are released each year, many of whom have substance abuse problems.
To read an article from the Charleston Post and Courier about the city's efforts to help ex-offenders, including the new Eisenhower program, click here.
To learn more about Delancey Street, click here.
Full-Service Educators Gathered to Share Successes, Plan for the Future
Recently, the Foundation brought educators and parents from full-service community schools across the country together in western Pennsylvania. The East Allegheny Middle School, an Eisenhower Foundation-funded full-service school, were gracious hosts to our Sixth National Cluster Workshop. The theme of the workshop was "Sustaining our Work-Creating Structures of Permanence." Around 50 participants shared their experiences and listened to speakers from other successful community schools.
To read an article from the McKeesport Daily News about the workshop, click here.
Foundation Offering Hope, Opportunities in the South
New Youth Safe Haven-Police Ministations
in Birmingham and Tuskegee, Ala; Quantum
Debuts in Jackson, Miss. and Birmingham
Students from Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss., are the new beneficiaries of Eisenhower's tested and proven Quantum Opportunities Program, which uses computerized tutorials to help high-school students catch up -- and stay -- in school.
An hourly stipend doesn't hurt, either. Columnist Eric Stringfellow writes about this unique, four-year, educational enrichment program for ninth- to 12th-graders in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
For an additional report on the brand-new, first-ever Quantum Opportunities Program in Jackson, please click here.
A week later, Quantum Opportunities began at the first of the school year in Birmingham, Ala. at the city's Urban League headquarters -- and the city also received a new Youth Safe Haven-Police Ministation at the SouthTown housing community.
Youth Safe Haven-
also grow in South
With new Safe Haven-Police Ministations in D.C., New Hampshire, Virginia and elsewhere, the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation continues to expand its after-school youth-development initiatives in the South -- with first-ever Safe Haven-Police Ministation sites in Tuskegee and Birmingham, Ala.
To read the Montgomery Advertiser's report about our most recent success in Tuskegee, click here.
For an account in the Tuskegee News, please click here.
Encouraging Words from Baltimore
About Eisenhower Aid to Ex-Offenders
Kudos came our way Wednesday, Oct. 12, when Baltimore Sun columnist Gregory Kane wrote a fine profile of our foundation -- a 25-year history in 500 words or less.
Kane focused on Eisenhower's efforts to replicate its anti-prison recidivism program in Baltimore -- where 59 percent of Maryland's parolees will return upon their release this year. Should you like to know a little more about us, and our Delancey Street Program for ex-convicts, please click here.
ribbon is Aldonys Reyonoso.
U.S. Senator Judd Gregg was on hand at the Seymour Osman Community Center in Dover to receive the Champion of Children award. The Eisenhower Foundation funds programs in three New Hampshire communities: Rochester, Dover, and Somersworth. See Full Story.
Leila McDowell, Director for Capacity-Building Replications, helps participants to become more media savvy -- and thus more effective with members of the news media.
National Cluster Workshop Gathers
Problem-Solvers from Cross-Country
The Eisenhower Foundation theme of “Multiple Solutions for Multiple Problems” was on demonstration at the famed Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. in June as the foundation hosted more than 60 partners from around the country to the National Cluster Workshop on Youth Safe Haven and Quantum Opportunities Program replication initiatives.
While the three-day workshop was designed to focus on youth safe haven/police ministations on the Quantum Opportunities program for high school youth, participants also took part in panel discussions on grant writing, media training, effective youth development strategies and better policing in public housing.
“These people represent the front-line of Eisenhower programs around the country,” said Johnnie A. Gage, Eisenhower Foundation COO. “The forum gives participants the opportunity to share their experiences and problem-solve," he said. "We want to act as a clearinghouse to impart information and discuss lessons learned.” Please click here for scenes from the workshop.
Photo by Robert L. Bailey
Congressman Frank Wolf holds a $75,000 “check” from Eisenhower CEO Alan Curtis, left. At right is Vecinos Unidos president Chris Griffin and Herndon vice-mayor Darryl Smith, far right.
Previously, Congressman Wolf joined Eisenhower Foundation staff, Herndon police officials and students from Herndon High School to celebrate the opening of the Quantum Opportunities Program there.
Above left, foundation president Alan Curtis stands with some of the Herndon youth enrolled in the Quantum Opportunities Program. The program begins in 9th grade, and continues though graduation from high school.
Above right, Congressman Wolf and Curtis discuss how the Quantum Opportunities Program will help Herndon's high-school youth with its four-year, computer-based model.
Reggie serves potluck with Cpl. Alfred Stewart at the Carver Terrace housing community in northeast DC.
Reginald Grant is one of many people who make Eisenhower Foundation programs run on time. Reggie is site director for the Carver Terrace Youth Safe Haven-Police Ministation in Washington, DC, as well as its Quantum Opportunities Program. To find out why Reggie is so remarkable, please click here.
Officer Triano and his family.
It takes a special kind of police officer, like Tony Triano, to work with kids as their primary job. To find out more about one of the dedicated officers that have worked with Eisenhower Youth Safe Haven / Police Ministation programs, click here.
Photo by Robert L. Bailey
Officers frisk handcuffed suspects as neighbors look on.
Carver Terrace Opening
New York Times Opines
on Quantum Opportunities
For teens in poor communities, The Eisenhower Foundation is replicating the Quantum Opportunities Program, for at-risk teenagers that has won the praises of education experts, policymakers and The New York Times. The program offers academic tutoring, computer based learning, stipends and money towards college. Initially, Quantum will be replicated in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Virginia.
Positive Youth Development
and the Youth Safe Haven
-Police Ministation Program
The service components of the Youth Safe Haven/Mini-Police Station programs are based largely on a theoretical framework known as Positive Youth Development, which focuses on the developmental needs of youth and building the assets that are required in order to make a successful transition to adulthood. Read our recent report on this program which provides an overview of positive youth development theory and shows how it is related to major features or strategies that serve as a foundation for effective programs.
"Community schools" or "full-service community schools" are partnering with private non-profit agencies to provide whatever services people need, from GED and job training classes to family therapy, homework help, and after-school programs.
Father Baroni at confirmation hearings in 1977
Televised on C-SPAN
What Would Geno Do?
What is public morality? Many religious and secular leaders believe it is more than personal morality – that it is about vision, and what journalist Walter Lippman called “pursuit of the good society.”
How can we create a framework of public morality at a time when poverty has increased four years in a row, tax breaks are being given to the rich, domestic spending is being reduced, schools are becoming more segregated, and the public sector has failed New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina?
One man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of the good society was the late Father Geno Baroni, a secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the highest ranking priest in the federal executive branch of the government.
On what would have been Baroni’s 75th birthday, the Eisenhower Foundation held a forum on public morality that gathered more than 30 government, religious and secular leaders to discuss his legacy and explore ways it can be put to practice today.
Commentary: Invest Hawaii tax surplus in poverty solutions
Eisenhower Foundation President Alan Curtis and Trustee Jeff Faux of the Economic Policy Institute spoke at Facing Hawai'i's Future: A Gathering for the Common Good, a forum held by Faith Action For Community Equity (FACE), a local coalition of churches, labor unions, grassroots groups, tenants' organizations and native Hawaiian groups. FACE, the largest advocacy coalition on the island, represents a constituency of over 38,000 that engages in actions and programs that challenge the systems that perpetuate poverty and injustice.
Curtis and Faux spoke on the growing economic rift in America and the need for proven policies that help the truly disadvantaged, issues explored in the Eisenhower Foundation book Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense.
As part of the Eisenhower Foundation capacity building program, the Foundation provided critical media and organizing strategies to the coalition, helping it to achieve coverage and legislative victories on housing and long term health care. (To read more about Eisenhower Foundation's capacity building inititiave, click here).
To read Alan Curtis' thought provoking op-ed in the major daily newspaper, the Honolulu Advertiser, click here.
To read Columnist Jerry Burris' observations on Hawai'i's Next Social Revolution, click here.
Michelle Takemoto of FACE believes that Hawai'i's Middle Class is in Trouble. To read her Op-Ed, click here.
To read the Honolulu Advertiser's editorial regarding support for caregivers, click here.
Ex-offenders and organizers convene the first national
conference of Previously Incarcerated Persons at Delancey Street in San Francisco.
Ex-Offenders Find a Voice
at First-Ever National Summit
In November 2005, the Eisenhower Foundation, in partnership with the Delancey Street Foundation and more than 20 other organizations around the nation, hosted a forum in San Francisco that brought together the concerns of previously incarcerated persons in America with the warnings of President Dwight Eisenhower a half-century ago.
Eisenhower's farewell address, drafted by his brother Milton, warned against the "military-industrial complex." Today, most observers agree America has a "prison-industrial complex" -- in which huge government prison-building expenditures are made as job-generating economic development grants to rural communities, disproportionately white.
In response to the prison-industrial complex, the Delancey Street Foundation and the Eisenhower Foundation seek to create a national movement that empowers previously incarcerated persons, advocates for the same rights people have in other industrial democracies, expands our replications of Delancey Street, and significantly reduces the American recidivism rate.
For more on the first national summit of Previously Incarcerated Persons, please click here
Goodman, at left, and the Right Honourable Clare Short, MP.
Amy Goodman Interviews Clare Short
In Recent Democracy Now! Episode
Crusading humanitarian Clare Short, a member of the British Parliament, has been fighting against international issues of hunger and poverty during her entire career in government. A contributor to Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense, Short visited fellow contributor Amy Goodman at her Firehouse studio to tape a segment of Democracy Now! recently in New York. To read a transcript of the exchange, click here. To watch the segment (at 128k stream) click here.
Poverty Rise, Katrina Damage:
Both Could Have Been Avoided
Our prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which wracked the U.S. on Aug. 29. The next day, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that a million more Americans had entered the brewing storm of poverty in America − which grew for the fourth straight year.
Next year, tens of thousands of Katrina's victims may be added to the list of those who live on less than $19,300 for a year family of four. The total is now 37 million Americans, with more well on their way there.
Eisenhower president Alan Curtis is featured in a nationally syndicated column by William Raspberry in the Washington Post, who writes that this fourth-year economic disaster could have been avoided – much like the catastrophic aftermath of Katrina. For the full article, please click here.
Poverty Standard 'a Joke'
In Costly American Cities
In response to the Census data, the San Diego Union-Tribune correctly observed that $19,300 can't go far for a family of four in a major city.
In San Diego, the average small apartment rents for $1,210 -- or $14,520 a year. Subtract that from $20,000, and that family of four will be having a pretty lean year. Trouble is, that $20,000 is above the poverty level. This will shut the door to most poverty assistance.
Experts agree that the real income needed to escape poverty in America is significantly higher than the 40-year-old federal standard.
Eisenhower president Alan Curtis told the paper that "the long-term trend is to ignore the realities of the poor." For a look at what it takes for a family to really break even, please click here for the full story.
From East Coast to West Coast,
Outrage Over Poverty in America
After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the state of America's poor was vividly brought before us -- the face of a nation that many of us seem to avoid until disaster strikes.
As a nation consumed with the lives of the rich and famous, we rarely seem concerned about the 37 million Americans who live below the poverty level. Now will we remember these images of desperation, and work for change, or will the memories fade yet again?
On the West Coast, the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the recent shift in focus toward the poor. On the East Coast, Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher write of the new "celebrity poor" in The Washington Post. Eisenhower president Alan Curtis is quoted in both.
Urge Practical U.S.
Concerns of Working America
Addressed in Eisenhower Forum
Labor and the Eisenhower Foundation came together as one April 27 at the National Labor College for a major forum based on themes addressed in new book, Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense.
“The Eisenhower Foundation didn’t just write a book,” said Labor College president Sue Schurman. “This is part of a campaign to take our country back and make it what it ought to be.”
Dr. Alan Curtis, editor of the volume, was joined by noted economist Jeff Faux and Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Labor College faculty member, on the panel moderated by Dr. Schurman during sometimes contentious question-and-answer.
Each presenter received a standing ovation.
Dr. Schurman told 55 labor leaders from around the U.S. about the foundation’s roots in the civil-rights movement. “That was your calling – the social-justice movement,” she told the authors of the book who comprised the forum panel.
“You found the labor movement a natural extension of that movement. And if labor is going to grow, and help take back our country and take back our movement, then we must make common cause with people like the Eisenhower Foundation and the ideas contained in Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense.”
Dr. Curtis received sustained applause from union leaders during a portion of his presentation that focused on “public morality”:
“It is publicly immoral for a fifth of America’s youngest children to live in poverty,” he stated to a round of applause. “It is immoral for America’s CEOs to earn 400 times more than America’s workers and 250 times more than its teachers” – a comment well understood by the unionists.
For a transcript of the proceedings, please click here.
Get the Ear of Congress
Poverty, unemployment, poor education, racism, and the highest incarceration rates in the world remain American dilemmas that diminish the credibility and "soft power" of the U.S. in the eyes of other nations.
Yet cost-effective solutions exist, as illustrated by the Congressional testimony of two Eisenhower Foundation principals.
Testifying before the Congressional Black Caucus, Eisenhower President Alan Curtis concluded the issue is not lack of knowledge, but lack of will. "We already know what works for the truly disadvantaged and need to replicate it to a scale equal to the dimensions of the problem." For Dr. Curtis' presentation, click here.
Christopher L. Fay, Director for Delancey Street Replications at Eisenhower, addressed federal sub-contracting of prison workers to benefit private-sector industries, most of which use inexpensive labor to manufacture cheap goods on the inside. Fay suggested a better way to teach prison workers in ways that benefit the prisoner, as well as the society to which many will return. For Mr. Fay's testimony, click here.
Hope Exists at Delancey Street
the best efforts of the "three strikes" law and mandatory minimums,
convicts still get released from prison. This year, about 625,000
individuals will be dismissed, and their futures are not what you'd
Out of art, awareness
Chris Fay's films shine light on poverty
Christopher L. Fay, Eisenhower's Director for Delancey Street Replications, has long sought to show the plight of homelessness and poverty through his filmmaking and art.
With Eisenhower, he seeks to reproduce the remarkable success of San Francisco's Delancey Street rehabilitation program at sites throughout the U.S. -- but his films are a labor of love. They just happen to reflect much of his mission at the Eisenhower Foundation.
The Washington Post recently spent some time with Chris, and the results may be seen here.
Washington Standardized Test
Gets Failing Grade from Students
Students in Washington state have a new hurdle to clear in order to graduate -- the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. It's a hot topic among parents, and students say the test "is an unfair addition to graduation requirements."
In some schools, almost half the students fail the standardized test, beginning in 9th grade. If you don't pass in your senior year, you can forget about a high school diploma. For the latest on the controversy, please click here for a new developments in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Social Security Going Broke?
Immigration a Problem?
Maybe Not, Experts Say
Rumors of the death of Social Security
are greatly exaggerated, thanks in part to continuing immigration,
experts said at a recent Eisenhower forum in Washington.
When one looks at the Social Security system and immigration trends in the U.S., production is going to increase, not sharply drop as some predict. Wages will be going up, and as a result, the Social Security system will be as healthy as it has been in years.
At a time when both Social Security and Immigration Policy are center stage in the political debate, it is important to fully understand the sometimes technical and confusing issues.
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Journal Report Sheds Light on
Lesser-Known Nonprofit Skills
Foundation publication Lessons
from the Street is featured in the latest edition of the
Journal for Nonprofit Management. The report assesses
ten years of capacity building and shares valuable wisdom.
A summary of
Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation programs and policy is available in the new publication,
National Conversation on Policy
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