Archive for November, 2007

ALL TERRAIN BRAIN

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Request your free Team ATB Activity Guide & DVD today!

The Team ATB Activity Guide for youth leaders is coming soon! This 40-page guide provides:

• Engaging minds-on and hands-on activities: Kids have fun as they explore the 25 ATB entrepreneurial concepts and discover what it means to be an entrepreneur.
• Instructions for youth leaders on how to organize and run a Team ATB club and resources to support their efforts.
• A DVD that contains all 25 ATB videos. Each video focuses on a key entrepreneurial concept, such as sense of self, strength in individuality, passion, goal setting, problem solving, learning through failure, and more.

The Team ATB Activity Guide & DVD will be available in December 2007 and will be distributed for free to afterschool programs nationwide while supplies last. If you would like to receive this invaluable resource, please complete the downloadable form and e-mail to allterrainbrain@wgbh.org.

Order Form click here: www.allterrainbrain.org

We are looking for 15 afterschool programs to pilot activities from the Team ATB Activity Guide in early 2008. Pilot sites will receive a $500 stipend for conducting activities at their site and will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of each unit. If you are interested in piloting ATB activities at your program, please check off the box at the bottom of the request form.

 

When Girls Don’t Graduate

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

When Girls Don’t Graduate, We All Fail:  Strategies to Help Girls Stay in School
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
 
One in four female students drops out of high school every year, and the numbers are even worse for girls of color.  Plus, the economic consequences of dropping out are particularly damaging for girls. The National Women’s Law Center’s new report, When Girls Don’t Graduate, We All Fail: A Call to Improve High School Graduation Rates for Girls, details the problem and outlines specific proposals to help reduce dropout rates.

To further support efforts to improve graduation rates for girls, the National Women’s Law Center and Communities In Schools, Inc. are hosting a free webinar:

When Girls Don’t Graduate, We All Fail:  Strategies to Help Girls Stay in School
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern
 

The webinar will explore effective retention strategies and provide concrete models to address dropout risk factors.

Register Today! This online conference call is free to participants, but registration is required.

This webinar is part of the Citi Education Series on Family Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center. 

CLICK HERE

Sincerely,

Jocelyn Samuels
Vice President for Education and Employment

RISK MANAGEMENT TELECONFERENCE

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

A Workshop by Teleconference for Nonprofits:

Risk Management in Hiring:Overview of Employment Law and a Best Practices’ Guide to Safe Hiring

When: Wednesday, December 12, 2007,   12:00-1:30 p.m.

 This “nuts and bolts” workshop will provide you with the best practices and guidance with respect to creating a legally compliant safe hiring program:

I.     Setting a Legal Foundation for a Safe Hiring Program

a.      Required Due Diligence and Avoiding Negligent Hiring

b.      Policies, Practices and Procedures

c.      Legal Compliance:  Discrimination and Privacy Laws

 II.                  Qualification:  From Applicant to Employee

a.      Recruitment:  advertising and other concerns

b.      The Tools:  The application form, Offer Letters and Job Descriptions

c.      Knowing what to ask and what not to ask

d.      Pre-Employment Screening Primer:  criminal records, credit reports, education, credentials’ verifications and other sources

e.      Drug Testing

f.        Reference checks:  responding to reference checks from other employers, including a discussion on reference immunity laws.

 III.                Post-Hire Considerations

a.      Ensuring new hires complete required forms (e.g., W-4, I-9, insurance enrollment)

b.      Providing new hires notices you need to give (e.g., COBRA, CEPA, FMLA, anti-harassment policy, and workplace posters)

c.      Dealing with the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations regarding “no match” letters

d.      Overview of the DHS’s “e-Verify” pilot program 

IV.                Questions and Answers          

 

PRESENTER:          

N. Alexander Erlam, Esq. has practiced law since 1995, and brings more than twelve years of experience in all areas of contracts, employment, consumer reporting and privacy law. He serves as General Counsel of the Vertical Screen Group of Companies, which includes Truescreen, Inc., Business Information Group, Inc. and Certiphi Screening, Inc., a group of background screening companies based in Southampton, Pennsylvania and in Marlton, New Jersey.   For nine years, Alex previously served as General Counsel and Vice President of ACCU Personnel, Inc., New Jersey’s largest personnel provider. 

Alex received his B.A. from Villanova University, Paralegal Certification from the Philadelphia Institute, and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law (now known as the Beasley School of Law).

 Alex is a member of the Board of Directors of The Abilities Center of Southern New Jersey, 2003-present, a non-profit corporation that develops employment opportunities through education, training and employment of persons with disabilities that are re-entering the workforce.

 DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION:  Thursday, December 6th

There is no charge, but enrollment is limited.

Dial-up instructions will be provided to registrants.

 

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E-MAIL REGISTRATION FORM to:

Marlene Taylor at mtaylor@probonopartner.org

or call 973-968-7043

 

REGISTRATION FORM

 

Risk Management in Hiring:

Pitfalls to Avoid & Proactive Steps to Take
 Wednesday, December 12, 2007,   12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 Name:

Organization/Firm:

Business Address:

 Phone You Will Use for Conference:

Fax:

E-mail:

 To see our entire workshop series, visit our website at

www.probonopartnership.org

 The workshop registrant gives permission to the Pro Bono Partnership and/or other workshop sponsor(s) or host(s) to use my likeness, alone or with others, by means of photograph, video or other medium for use in promotional materials or publicity, without notice to me and without a caption that identifies me. I understand my likeness may appear in internal publications, promotional audio/visual presentations, or external publicity, including, without limitation, use on the Pro Bono Partnership’s website or its periodic newsletters or annual report. I agree that I shall have no right to (i) pre-approve use of my likeness as described above, (ii) claim compensation for the use of my likeness as described above, and (iii) make any claims based on the use, or non-use, of my likeness as described above, including any claims for libel, defamation or invasion of privacy. I agree that the Pro Bono Partnership and/or other workshop sponsor(s) or host(s), as the case may be, shall own all images taken by it or its representatives.
 

EXTENDED DAY

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

EXTENDED DAY:
ACTION DIALOGUE
Dec. 6th 12-1:30pm

For some, extended day means a longer school day, while for others it means more time for both academic and enrichment activities. With more schools and school districts offering early morning and afterschool programming, some questions arise: During a longer school day, will schools embrace the child and youth development strategies currently being implemented by the afterschool sector? How will the afterschool sector be incorporated into these reforms? Who will control the funds? How can CBO’s maintain their leadership role in youth development in this changing environment? What are the implications for programs that do not serve schools, or those that do not serve young people academically?

These are essential questions and the decisions that are made today will have great impact for a long period to come. Join this action dialogue, it is the beginning of a national discussion.

Registration is free and space is limited, so register today by going to www.pearweb.org. Make your and your organization’s voice heard!

We call these web seminars “Action Dialogues” because the presentations and discussions are connecting the newest knowledge toward needed changes of practices and policies. The audience participates by listening to short talks, viewing PowerPoint slides that are posted online, and emailing questions and comments to the panel in real time so the conversation is shaped by all of the participants.
   

Jennifer Davis, Co-Founder and President of Massachusetts 2020 Foundation, Boston, MA

Gil Noam, Ed. D, associate professor at Harvard University, founder and director of the Program in Education, Afterschool, & Resiliency (PEAR) at McLean Hospital and Harvard University.

Dale Blyth, Ph. D., director of center for 4-H Youth Development, University of Minnesota Extension.

Sam Piha, Founder and Principal, Temescal Associates, San Francisco, CA

Eric Schwarz, President & CEO, Citizen Schools, Boston, MA
 

Visit www.pearweb.org to register. Registration is free and space is limited, so register today!

 

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Friday, November 16th, 2007

Youth Created Anti-Bullying Website

Robert Frenette and Jean-Guy both High School Students from Bathurst, NB along with Katie Neu, of Ontario have created Youth Created Anti-Bullying Website

Robert Frenette and Jean-Guy both High School Students from Bathurst, NB along with Katie Neu, of Ontario have created BullyingCanada.Ca. A Anti-Bullying Website, for youth by youth. Our website has tips, for a bystander, victim, and bully. We also have a database of links to other anti-bullying Websites. We most recently created free e-newsletter called “Youth Voices” that has information about anti-bullying work around the country. To subscribe send an e-mail to: Subscribe@BullyingCanada.Ca. A Anti-Bullying Website, for youth by youth. Our website has tips, for a bystander, victim, and bully. We also have a database of links to other anti-bullying Websites. We most recently created free e-newsletter called “Youth Voices” that has information about anti-bullying work around the country.
To subscribe send an e-mail to: Subscribe@BullyingCanada.Ca

For web site go to: http://bullyingcanada.ca/index.php