United Way of Central Massachusetts

Promise Neighborhoods

imageIt is with immense delight that I share with you that United Way of Central Massachusetts and our partners have been selected for the highly competitive planning grant - Promise Neighborhoods Grant. The word came September 21, 2010, from both Congressman Jim McGovern’s office and from Secretary Paul Reville who said, that this is a culmination of the great work that United Way of Central Massachusetts does everyday.

We were one of 21 grants awarded from across the country. For the complete list of grants awarded and U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan’s comments visit: www.ed.gov

Together with Clark University, Worcester Education Collaborative, Worcester Public Schools and Main South CDC, United Way of Central Massachusetts will use the more than $456,000 to create an action plan for the children of the Main South based on the successful “Harlem Children’s Zone”--a model that combines education and wrap-around human services so all children can succeed, in turn creating a new vibrancy for the neighborhood.

Main South P.N. Blog

Keeping the community up-to-date on the progress of the Main South Promise Neighborhood Partnership.

“Getting Ready Day” in Main South

Getting Ready Day

United Way in partnership with Worcester Public Schools will be co-hosting the second annual Getting Ready Day event on Wednesday, June 6th from 8:30-12pm. Getting Ready Day is a part of Worcester Public School’s preschool and kindergarten open house and is specifically focused on increasing student readiness and parent engagement early for entering preschoolers and kindergartners Read More

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Short Film Featuring Main South

YEA Flyer

The Telegram & Gazette highlights the short film “Breaking Through Main South Concrete,” a production of Youth Empowerment & Activism (YEA). The YEA video production represents an extension of the ongoing work of United Way and its partners to transform Main South through the Promise Neighborhoods initiative. Read More

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Troubled school’s staff must reapply to stay

Claremont Academy

Superintendent Melinda J. Boone told the staff yesterday that they will all have to reapply for their jobs at the school or look elsewhere. Principal Paula Severin plans to resign at the end June, and University Park Campus School Principal Ricci Hall will take over in July, said Worcester public schools Chief Academic Officer Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, who accompanied Ms. Boone to Claremont yesterday. Read More

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Community Innovation: Lifting Up Voices from the Field

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Boston on Saturday at UMASS Boston for Community Innovation: Lifting Up Voices from the Field! We could not have been more pleased by the quality of conversations throughout the day, and we are thrilled about the possibilities for our collective work moving forward.
The main issues raised by all presenters:

1) How to support our children to be college and career ready. Follow up with them until they graduate from college and get a job (not just high school).

2) Educate and train the youth in how to be civil in the community (to get involved in community service).

3) Collaboration is the key to success: How to bring everybody in the community (i.e. families and organizations) to work together towards the common good, and to be accountable.

4) Another challenge is to open effective channels of communication between organizations and families to facilitate smooth flow of information and to build mutual trust.

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Congratulations to a Great Role Model

United Way of Central Massachusetts and the Main South Promise Neighborhood Partnership congratulate Raquel Castro Corazzini for achieving national recognition for her work overcoming barriers and helping youth graduate high school and become successful in higher education and in life. At a ceremony in New York City, Ms. Corazzini, adviser and mentor at Dynamy Youth Academy in Worcester, received a Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children & Youth from the National Child Labor Committee. Read more

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Main South Promise Neighborhood Partnership Briefing

Monday, October 25, 2010 from 4-6pm at Goddard Elementary School

The evening included the following:
Dinner and Welcoming Remarks
Tim Garvin, CEO of United Way of Central Massachusetts

Recognition from the City of Worcester
Mayor Joseph O’Brien, City of Worcester, Main South resident
Dr. Melinda Boone, Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools
Jack Foley, Worcester Public School Committee Member and Vice President for Government and Community Affairs and Campus Services at Clark University

Background on the Promise Neighborhood Grant Program
Tom Del Prete, Chair and Director of the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education at Clark University

Jennifer Davis Carey, Executive Director of the Worcester Educational Collaborative

Moving Forward
Marianna Islam, Project Director, United Way of Central Massachusetts
Rev. Dr. Sarai Rivera, Parent and Main South resident

Questions and Closing
Tim Garvin

Visit us on Flickr to see event photos

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Good news: $30 Million for Promise Neighborhoods

Congratulations Proposed Innovation Schools

Info for Committees

Meeting Schedules:

Facilitators Meeting Dates

NAC Meeting Schedule 2011

Neighborhood Advisory Council:

Meeting documents

Family Child and Innovation School Partnership:

MSPNP School and Community Support Plan

27 New Innovation School Prospectuses Receive Local Approval

Act Relative to the Achievement Gap

Mass.gov documents

Data and Evaluation:

Youth Action Council
Youth Advocate Committees:

Neighborhood Revitalization:

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