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Monday, March 4, 2013

Partnership for Youth Development E-Newsletter March 2013

Partnership for Youth Development
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E-Newsletter | March 2013
Richard Murphy
Friends and Colleagues,
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.
Richard 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!
Thursday 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 Weekly.
2013 Summer NOLA Youth Works
Mayor 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.
Complete details are available now on the City of New Orleans website.
21stCCLC RFP available
Louisiana 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 or
Kartina Roberts, Section Administrator for Afterschool Programs at
EPNO Class of 2013
Emerging 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
CP3AZ Update
In 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 second lines.
The 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 style!
ExpandED Schools Update
Students 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 here.
Fannie 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. The full story is available here.
Expanding 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 authors.
This 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.
Upcoming Events
3/9/2013, 9:30am - 12:30pm
City Wide Mentor Seminar - New Orleans, LA
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
Information and registration
3/11 - 13/2013
Ready by 21 National Meeting - Atlanta, GA
Presented by the Forum for Youth Investment
Information and registration
4/7 -10/2013
National Afterschool Association Annual Conference
Indianapolis, IN

PYD staff and other CBASS partners will be attending and presenting at NAA this year.
Information and registration
TUCAN's 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
Juvenile Regional Services
JRS seeks a Development and Communications Coordinator (Full-time one-year AmeriCorps*VISTA position). For complete position and application information contact Joshua Perry at
Youth Empowerment Project
YEP seeks a Business Manager for their new Work & Learn program. Complete position and application information available online.
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

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.
Jefferson 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 or fax 504.364.3703.
Hope 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.
Junior 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.
2013 New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools
Available online NOW for download on the NOPG website,
Wallace Foundation and Fiscal Management Associates
The Wallace Foundation and FMA have launched a new website to help nonprofits boost their financial know-how. offers free tools, how-to's and guides for financial management.
PolicyLink, 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.
Lockheed Martin
Offering Grants for Education, applications are accepted year-round and funding guidelines are available here.


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