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NLEN Board President Dr. Michael McAfee Keynotes Collective Impact conference in Australia

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Business, government and community sector meet to discuss tackling state’s big problems

Government, business and community sector representatives came together in Hobart today to explore a “Collective Impact” approach to addressing some of Tasmania’s deep-rooted problems.

Collective Impact is a framework for successful cross-sector collaboration aimed at achieving large-scale social change.

A keynote speaker at today’s forum, Dr Michael McAfee, heads the President Obama-backed Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. Promise Neighborhoods partners with leaders from more than 60 of America’s poorest communities to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children in those neighbourhoods.  This is achieved by integrating the supports available for children.

Dr. McAfee recently returned from a series of speaking engagement in Australia. The above article was originally printed in Tasmanian Times. Click here to read the full article.

Federal Reserve Chair Highlights NLEN Clients


Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen highlighted NLEN Clients Dorine Poole and Jermaine Brownlee at the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference earlier today.

In her remarks, Chairwoman Yellen described how the Great Recession and anemic job growth have prevented workers like Dorine and Jermaine from maintaining stable employment at a living wage, despite their skills and previous experience.

After serving two years on probation for retail theft, Dorine completed NLEN’s U-Turn Permitted program in 2009. After a three-month transitional job period, Dorine was hired onto the administrative team at Urban Ponics and promoted to Office Manager in April 2012, a position Dorine still holds today. Dorine was honored as a 2013 Creating a Community that Works award recipient for her efforts. Jermaine graduated from NLEN’s U-Turn Permitted program in the fall of 2013 and was soon hired at Sweet Beginnings.

Click here to read Chairwoman Yellen’s full remarks.

Sweet Beginnings at the Cook County Board

North Lawndale Employment Network and Sweet Beginnings are proud to announce a new partnership with Cook County Forest Preserve. This $25,000 grant will allow Sweet Beginnings to manage a new apiary on forest preserve land.

The Sweet Beginnings team was honored to hear of the grant approval at last Tuesday’s Cook County Board meeting. Above the team is pictured with North Lawndale’s Cook County Commissioner Robert Steel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.

Brenda Palms Barber honored as ComEd Power of One Neighborhood Hero


Brenda Palms Barber will be honored as one of ComEd’s Power of One Neighborhood Heroes this February 24th.

In honor of Black History Month, Brenda and 27 other outstanding people will be recognized for showing what the power of one can accomplish in our neighborhoods and communities.  Learn more about Brenda and the other honorees on the Power of One website.

Billboard featuring Brenda will be at the following locations:

Kedzie Av ES 100ft N/O 16th St F/S
Cermak Rd NS 2ft E/O Avers Av F/W
Cermak Rd SS 500ft W/O Kildare Av F/W
Pulaski Rd WS 25ft N/O 16th St F/N
Kostner Av WS 10ft N/O 16th St F/N
Roosevelt Rd SS 25ft W/O Keeler St F/W
Roosevelt Rd NS 150ft W/O St Louis Av F/E