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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.
How many times do we pass someone on the street? See our neighbor taking in the trashcans and head on into the house? Sometimes we see each other, sometimes in the hustle of the day the people in our path become a blur. When we hear people share their stories like this it is a powerful reminder that deep within each and EVERY one of us is a person whose life is important and even insprirational. And if we slow down a little. Make eye contact. Give a smile. A whole world of inspiration can well up.
We sure appreciate our Underwriters!
Underwriting helps defray business, event, marketing and campaign costs. This allows more donor dollars to go straight to work strengthening our community.
Follow this link to view all of our current year Underwriters as well as to follow links to the materials that can help your company make the decision to support our work in this way.
As always, feel free to contact David Bailey at 255-0696 to discuss any details about how you can get your company involved!
The NC Justice Center has prepared economic snapshots of all 100 counties in NC. Categories include: Unemployment, Poverty, Wages & Income, Housing, Health, Education, Supports for Working Families and the Living Income Standard.
View the Buncombe County Snapshot
Here is some information about proposed legislation that will impact funding for afterschool programs.
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) reauthorization and
- 21st Century Community Learning Center funding (CCLC)
Getting at Results
Check out the electronic-only release of the annual report focusing on the work of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.
If you haven't already seen it, Carolina Public Press just released an article about nonprofit organizations and the effect the economy has had on the increased demand for their services and their ability to raise funds.
Vicki Lloyd, Marketing Director for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and Rachael Nygaard 2-1-1 Director were both interviewed for this article.
Young people say that they have ideas but no one hears them. Last summer, I had a session with high school students and they said:
- School staffs don’t ask students their opinions or if they do ask, they don’t listen. They gave some examples including food service and a tardy policy.
- Students need to keep trying to make their voices heard.
Ask for an opinion
Listen to the answer
Repeat what was said
Don’t express your opinion