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May 13, 2010
Produced by:
America's Promise Alliance
America's Promise Alliance and AT&T are looking for the energy, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to help make this country a Grad Nation through the My Idea grants program. "My Idea" will empower young people to examine the high school dropout crisis and take action to help more of their peers to graduate on time - improving outcomes for themselves and their community.
February 11, 2010
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Here's an interactive site with news, tools and ideas about media, government, nonprofits and politics. PoliticsOnline calls itself "the oldest political Internet company"—it was founded in 1996—but there's nothing old news about a lot of the resources you'll find on this site. (Nonpartisan and global.)
February 2, 2010
Produced by:
Innovation Center
Working in collaboration requires bringing different groups together.  Bridging gaps is a central feature of collective leadership; the gap most often bridged while using this approach is one of age.  This work is sometimes difficult and always requires intentionality.  Defining “youth” and “adult” – or at least discussing varying definitions of the
January 21, 2010
Produced by:
Network for Good
Fundraising is what it all boils down to for most nonprofits. Whether your online fundraising program never got off the ground, has started to tail off or just needs a quick retuning, Network for Good has a great section of free articles, tools and tips to help you jump-start (or start) your online fundraising.
January 12, 2010
Produced by:
NP Action
NP Action created this blog to share interesting advocacy related items on a range of topics -- from new research on funding for advocacy to examples of unusual advocacy strategies. Check it out, or add your own information. 
December 8, 2009
Produced by:
The Journalism Center on Children and Families
With nearly 40 million Americans -- including nearly 14 million children -- living in poverty, Congress included provisions for $5 billion in the
August 28, 2009
Produced by:
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
The Budget Bob Show is a series of short, low-fi videos that provides a comprehensive overview of the Wisconsin state budget. The series covers such topics as where the money comes from, what it is spent on, how the budget is developed, how the current deficit came into being, and how that deficit might best be addressed.
August 27, 2009
Produced by:
U.S. Department of Labor
Grant: To reduce violence within high schools designated as persistantly dangerous through strateigies that combine mentoring, education, employment, case management and violence reduction.Funder: U.S. Department of Labor.Eligibility: Either school districts or community-based organizations.Deadline: September 22, 2009
August 26, 2009
Produced by:
The Forum for Youth Investment
Out-of-school programs can help children improve their academic and social skills, but only if managers develop their capacity to implement continuous improvement strategies and improve staff “point of service” interactions with children and youth. This Forum for Youth Investment commentary draws lessons from successful programs in Michigan and Chicago.
August 4, 2009
Produced by:
Public/Private Ventures
Despite recent improvements, the rate of pregnancy among American teens is almost twice that of English and four times that of French teenagers (Singh and Darroch, 2000). Thus, teen pregnancy remains a problem in the United States.