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A Paddle and A Stick

 

The Asheville City School system is designing a new strategic plan.  I had the recent honor of being interviewed as a stakeholder in the schools.  The questions were well thought out and it gave me a chance to reflect on my children’s experiences in their very different journeys from kindergarten through graduation, and my own experience as a parent, nonprofit administrator and a four-year term member of the school board.  I plan to write several blogs about the questions and my thoughts about them not just for Asheville City Schools, but all public education systems.

 

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Three Predictions for the United Way Annual Meeting

Whenever I go to a conference that costs me or my employer money, I expect to bring back at least three things. 

  • I want to get at least one new idea I can put to use quickly. 
  • I want to make at least one connection with another person who is doing interesting things in their work and who I can follow up with later.
  • And I want to be inspired.  I look for a passionate speaker who makes me want to do a better job and be a better person.
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Three Predictions for the United Way Annual Meeting

Whenever I go to a conference that costs me or my employer money, I expect to bring back at least three things.  I want to get at least one new idea I can put to use quickly.  I want to make at least one connection with another person who is doing interesting things in their work and who I can follow up with later. And I want to be inspired.  I look for a passionate speaker who makes me want to do a better job and be a better person.

Your Investment's Impact: Education

Did you know that nationally 1,200,000, or 1 in 3, teens drop out of high school every year?
 

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe’s Teacher’s Pet project gives volunteers an easy way to help increase the basic academic skills of local students giving them an even better chance of moving successfully from kindergarten through high school graduation.

Through The Eyes of Our Volunteers: The Community Investements Process

We hope you will take a moment to watch this short video and hear first-hand from community members who have been Focus Area Volunteers for a number of years now and are intimately involved with the Community Investment process.

While some of our donors choose to designate their gifts to a specific nonprofit, many choose to donate to the Community Investment Fund.  They do this because they understand the powerful process that is used to invest these funds in the community.

Lessons from Local Youth

Last month I wrote about ways to ask young people their opinions.  Well, we’ve been practicing.  We just completed community conversations with 5 different groups in Buncombe County.  As part of conversations in over 35 communities around the country, our local discussions will be folded into a national report on the kind of community people want to live in and what gets in the way – particularly around young people who have dropped out of school or who are out of work. 

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