I am devoting my brief message this month to memorializing Richard Murphy,
who died too young (at 68) on Thursday, February 14th. Richard's work on
behalf of our nation's children was unequaled. Richard's experiences with young
people disconnected from schools and community in the late 1960s led him to
establish the Rheedlen Foundation, which ultimately evolved to become the
original iteration of the Harlem Children's Zone. Working in the Dinkins
administration in the early 1990s, Richard created a network of Beacon
Centers, community-school partnerships where young people could benefit
from diverse activities, warm and caring adults, meals, opportunities to
explore and grow as individuals - the very elements of quality programming
that our field can now claim as "proven practice," because
Richard took risks to implement his model at a time when such proof
received little respect from policymakers and such practice was all too
rare. After leaving the public sector, Richard (ever hungry for greater
innovation and new challenges) created iMap America, a community resource
mapping initiative that engages young people directly in understanding,
navigating, and advocating for equitable communities. Through this mapping
work Richard left another indelible footprint in New Orleans: PYD's Nola Youth
Map was one of iMap's early initiatives.
was a personal and professional mentor to legions of youth development and
education professionals across the country. His tireless efforts and
advocacy changed the way cities and communities think about their young
people. No one better embodied the notion that young people are our most
precious resource. As Nicole Yohalem, a friend and colleague from the Forum
for Youth Investment explained, "If you work in this field, Richard
has influence on you every day, whether you knew him or not." Richard
Murphy was the giant on whose shoulders we stand. It is with tremendous
sorrow that we mark his passing. If Richard had a defining personality
feature, it was resilience. In honor of that, PYD (and all who knew him)
look not back, but forward, so that we may carry on his legacy by doing the
work he taught us to do. We have far to go, but I can say in all confidence
that we live in a world that is a better place for young people for having
had Richard Murphy in it.
Thanks to Sarah Carr!
night Sarah Carr launched her book tour for Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and the
Struggle to Educate America’s Children at Garden District Books
and PYD was deeply honored to help her celebrate the occasion and are
grateful for the generous donation of 10% of her books sales that night to
PYD! In this powerful narrative non-fiction debut, the lives of a student,
a new teacher, and a principal in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
provide readers with a vivid and sobering portrait of education in
21st-century America. The book has been receiving wonderful notices
including nationally in USA Today
and locally in Gambit
2013 Summer NOLA Youth Works
Mitch Landrieu recently announced details of the 2013 NOLA Youth Works
Summer Employment Program, a multifaceted program that provides rewarding
summer experiences to young people ages 13 to 21. New to the program this
year is NOLA Youth Corps, which will offer a combination of summer
employment and community- based service projects in targeted neighborhoods
around New Orleans.
Department of Education has released the 21st Century Community Learning
Center RFP for July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016. The complete
RFP and instructions are available here. Completed applications are DUE
March 25th by 2pm CST. Pre-proposal webinars are available but must be
registered for no later than March 5th, webinar registration details
included in the RFP. Written inquiries must be received by Thursday, March
14, 2013 at 2pm CST. Official responses to all questions submitted by
potential proposers will be posted by Thursday, March 21, 2013. Inquiries
must be received by e-mail: Toni Gordon, Procurement Director of Purchasing
and Contracts at Toni.Gordon@la.gov
Kartina Roberts, Section Administrator for Afterschool Programs at Kartina.Roberts@la.gov.
EPNO Class of 2013
Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) is a group of next-generation leaders
working together to pool their resources and skills to support
organizations effecting positive change in the Greater New Orleans
community. EPNO is currently seeking up to 40 members for the Class of
2013. Applications are open now through March 18. Each member contributes
$500 to the grantmaking fund, which is matched dollar for dollar by outside
sponsorships, for a total of $40,000 to be distributed in 2013 grants. For
more information or to apply to the 2013 class, visit the EPNO website at www.emergingphilanthropists.org.
February, the CP3 Afterschool Zone celebrated their second annual Mardi
Gras Ball. This year's event saw the students celebrating the food, fun,
and art of the New Orleans Carnival season by making homemade king cakes,
Mardi Gras masks and crowns, and even taking the role of a Carnival float
rider delivering beads to the masses. And of course there were many, many
party continued after the Carnival season as students returned to celebrate
and congratulate Chris Paul for his All-Star Game MVP winning performance
and the retirement of his college jersey at Wake Forest by coming together
to produce and deliver many forms of appreciation in true Afterschool Zone
ExpandED Schools Update
from Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, an ExpandED School supported by PYD and
TASC, recently visited the White House for an exclusive speech by First
Lady Michelle Obama and a special screening of the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild
with filmmakers and Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis. Read more
C Williams, an ExpandED School supported by PYD and TASC, was recently
highlighted in the Times-Picayune for implementing a school-wide health and
wellness program. The push to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle has
been led by Bernetta Sisco, Dean of Students and ExpandED Instructional Coordinator.
story is available here.
Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer
Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K.
Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and
commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders,
elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent
powerful collection of nearly 70 articles presents bold and persuasive
evidence—as well as examples of effective practices, programs and
partnerships—that demonstrate how opportunities after school and during the
summer are yielding positive outcomes for authentic student, community and
family engagement in learning. Explore the compendium here.
9:30am - 12:30pm City Wide Mentor
Seminar - New Orleans, LA
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131 Information
Afterschool Association Annual Conference Indianapolis, IN
PYD staff and other CBASS partners will be attending and presenting at NAA
this year. Information
Play And Learn
The Tulane Community Advancement Network (TUCAN) will be partnering with
the Boys and Girls Club NFL-YET Center to offer Play And Learn, an
opportunity for young people to explore new and exciting enrichment
options. For more information, contact Play and Learn's founder, Max
Seidman, at email@example.com.
JRS seeks a Development and Communications Coordinator (Full-time one-year
AmeriCorps*VISTA position). For complete position and application
information contact Joshua Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YEP seeks a Business Manager for their new Work & Learn program. Complete
position and application information available
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO)
is seeking a Deputy Director. For complete position and application
information contact VAYLA-NO at email@example.com.
TFA - GNO
Teach For America - Greater New Orleans (TFA-GNO) is seeking candidates for
several positions including Managing Director of District and School
Partnerships and Director of Individual Giving. Visit the TFA-GNO
website or contact Jeffrey Fingerman
for complete position and application information.
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
CAC is seeking to fill its full-time forensic interviewer position and will
provide all necessary training and supervision to meet state
qualifications. Interested applicants should submit their resumes to Erika
Dupépé via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax 504.364.3703.
Community Resource Center
Seeking volunteers and retired teachers to tutor students in an afterschool
program. More information available
online or by calling 504.312.1333.
Achievement of Greater New Orleans
Looking for individuals to volunteer in area K-12 schools. No experience
necessary. Training and materials provided. More information available
online or by calling 504.569.8669.
New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools
Available online NOW for download on the NOPG website, neworleansparentsguide.org.
Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates
The Wallace Foundation and FMA have launched a new website to help
nonprofits boost their financial know-how. Strongnonprofits.org
offers free tools, how-to's and guides for financial management.
The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund
are excited to announce the Healthy
Food Access Portal and an accompanying, introductory webinar, Knowing the Basics: Food Access
101. The new portal connects community leaders, healthy food
retailers, policymakers, and advocates to an extensive array of resources,
strategies, and ideas to improve and increase access to healthy food retail
in underserved communities.
Offering Grants for
Education, applications are accepted year-round and funding
guidelines are available
Partnership for Youth Development E-Newsletter March 2013