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Education

A Different Approach to School Readiness

Using a strengths-based approach, Smart From the Start works to promote school readiness and eliminate the educational achievement gap among children in Boston’s lowest 10% income families. They provide an array of wrap-around services to give families the tools and resources they need to create stability in their lives and enable parents and caregivers...
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Working with Boston Youth to Improve Math Skills and Develop Personal Resiliency

MathPOWER takes a comprehensive approach to developing both proficiency in advanced mathematics and personal resiliency as vehicles to bring about transformational change in the lives of urban youth.
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Using the Arts to Revitalize Civic Life

The mission of Cultural Agents is simple: to promote the arts and humanities as social resources. Through arts education, Cultural Agents expands citizens’ imagination and resourcefulness so that together, people are more capable of solving community problems. The initiative identifies creative agents of change, reflects on best practices, and inspires their replication.
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Street Talk, Suite Talk: A Rap Opera About Conflict, Community, and Personal Transformation

Street Talk, Suite Talk has been developed through a collaborative process involving Anna, seven young poet-rappers, seven dancers, composer Jakov Jakoulov, and violinist Mark Berger. Advisors to the project include Anthony Toombs of Project Joy and Robert Macy from the On-Track Initiative, part of the Center for Trauma Psychology.
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Detroit Nonprofit Uses Industrial Scraps for Art Education

Industrial remnants and artistic creation—two things you may not associate with each other that when paired, create a social phenomenon called Arts and Scraps. Arts and Scraps is a nonprofit organization in Detroit’s eastside, a location conducive to acquiring plenty of industrial scrap materials. Arts and Scraps reclaims and reuses materials that would otherwise...
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“ArtScience” Teaches Cross-Disciplinary Thinking & Innovation

Together with Cloud Foundation founder, David Edwards, Carrie has led the creation of the Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize, an urban teen empowerment program that provides learning opportunities through the development of breakthrough ideas in arts and design at the frontier of scientific knowledge.
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Community-Based, Comprehensive Adult Education in South Boston

Community-Based, Comprehensive Adult Education in South Boston

The Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) has been a place of hope for South Boston residents since it opened its doors in 1860. Started by a group of nuns called the Sisters of Notre Dame, the center began as a free high school for girls. While the school closed in 1992, the sisters remained...
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VIDEO: Students Talk About Notre Dame Education Center

Today, NDEC serves over 350 students in South Boston, with its ESOL program serving over 200 students each year. Additional support services include employment and educational counseling, immigration case management, and citizenship preparation and tutoring. In this video, students discuss the people and programs of NDEC, the impact the school has had on their...
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VIDEO: NPi Speaks with The Cloud Foundation about the 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize

In this video we talk with Carrie Fitzsimmons of The Cloud Foundation about The ArtScience Prize, an award that provides opportunities for teens to develop breakthrough ideas in the arts and design at the frontier of scientific knowledge.
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Reflections, Photos, and Video from NPi’s Community Dialogue on Innovative Youth Programs and Initiatives

Speakers included Carrie Fitzsimmons of the Cloud Foundation and The Boston 100K ArtScience Innovation Prize; Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of Friends of the Children--Boston; and Chad Milner, National Coordinator of Programs and Site Director for Greater Boston, The Young People's Project.
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A Conversation with Tina Chéry of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute was founded in 1994 to assist and support families of homicide victims in the City of Boston. Today, the Peace Institute works with schools, families (both of victims and offenders), and communities to promote peace and unity.
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August 6th, 2009 NPi Community Dialogue Reflections, Photos, & Video

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our event earlier this month, “Building Community Online and Offline” at City Year’s headquarters in Boston. Speakers at this event were Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director of Boston World Partnerships; Joseph Porcelli, Founder and Chief Neighbor at Neighbors for Neighbors; and Doris Sommer, Faculty Director at Cultural...
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Kaia Stern Discusses Her Work at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

We have a variety of initiatives that really could all be framed under the inclusion project. What are policies and practices that include people and what are those that exclude people, whether that’s from human community or from civic membership and participation?
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The Young People’s Project: A Math Literacy Organization Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement

With its roots firmly set in both the American Civil Rights Movement and Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Young People’s Project (YPP) promotes social justice using math literacy. Its programs have spread nationwide, teaching high school students to teach themselves and instilling in college students the value of giving back.
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VIDEO: NPi speaks with The Young People’s Project

In this video, learn about The Young People's Project, a nationwide organization teaching high school students to teach themselves and instilling in college students the value of giving back.
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VIDEO: NPi speaks with Lakenya Johnson of FAMILY Movement

In this video we speak with Lakenya Johnson of FAMILY Movement in Dorchester Massachusetts about its vision to empower young moms, women, and men in homeless shelters and transitional living by providing self-worth and family values.
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Eve Sullivan discusses her work with Parents Forum, a grassroots organization concerned with family life issues

On February 4th, 2009 Eve Sullivan, Founder of Parents Forum, a grassroots organization concerned with family life issues participated in NPi’s community dialogue at the Boston Public Library. NPi community dialogues bring together local leaders to discuss lessons learned, current projects, and potential collaborations. Here are some excerpts from the conversation. About Parents Forum...
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Lakenya Johnson Discusses Her Work With F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement

I started F.A.M.I.L.Y. Movement because about nine years ago I was in a homeless shelter for about 10 months with my daughter... I started out by just mentoring. That was my main purpose. I did not expect it to turn into what it is right now, but I’m going for it. I allowed my...
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