Opportunities from United Way and Community Foundation

As the local elections are nearing, there are various organizations (including ours) that are working to increase engagement in communities. Do note, we are not pushing voter registration or looking to step outside of our lane as it relates to civic engagement. We are simply increasing our effort to make the connection between the quality of life and public policy/government to residents in the City of Atlanta (proper).
However, there are a lot of opportunities we are receiving that typically do not reach our communities. I would love to share these opportunities with you and get you printed materials, if we receive any, so you can share them with your networks.
If at any point my emails become overwhelming, please send me a note and I will fall back. 🙂
Currently, there are two opportunities I wanted to share with you as educators and those in capacities to reach even further than I can. These are sponsored by the Community Foundation and United Way…so I am simply the messenger! One is Ideas Challenge (14 years olds and up can apply) and the other is Spark Prize.
Both of these are competitions where ideas are submitted and people pitch their ideas to the grantor. Applications are very short to decrease barriers to entry and pitch trainings are provided at our center in case folks need assistance sharpening their pitches in advance.
The prize for Ideas Challenge is $500 for five people/organizations and $10,000 for the finalist. They are looking for ideas on how to increase voter turnout, educate the community on elections and a few more items you can read by clicking the links above. High school students can apply and submit their ideas as well so please feel free to circulate in schools and to instructors.
Spark Prize is geared primarily toward educators and improving the life of youth/children. More info can be found in the link above as well. I hope this is helpful in some way or form. If you would like to formally partner with the Center for Civic Innovation and we place you on our larger distribution list, please let me know.
Raina Turner
Community Engagement Director
Center for Civic Innovation |


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StrongStart reading program


Dear NPU-T,

The Morehouse College Community Revitalization Initiative (MCCRI) is excited to initiate our StrongStart reading program in Fulton County of Atlanta, GA, and we are looking for book donations! Our mission is “to inspire and secure the future of Atlanta’s youth through literacy and mentorship.” To accomplish this mission, we have been recruiting volunteer mentors to read to students who are in grades 1-3 at the targeted four schools, KIPP WAYS, KIPP STRIVE, Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy, and M. Agnes Jones. We are planning to initiate StrongStart at M. Agnes Jones on January 26th, 2017.

We are encouraging potential donors to donate by January 20th, 2017, however, we welcome donations year-round. The types of books we need are Kindergarten through third grade level picture/story books that are new or gently used.

We thank you for your consideration, and we hope that you will join us in reaching our literacy goals for the children in this community.

Please contact the MCCRI at 404-215-2673 or send an email to darius.mcgahee@morehouse.edu for more information about our program or to donate books.

Warm regards,

The Morehouse College Community Revitalization Initiative

830 Westview Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30314

404-215-2673 office

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FREE Movie Screening – A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools

2016 SOURCE PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT: “A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools” reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation’s first all-charter school district. The film, directed by Phoebe Ferguson and Dr. Raynard Sanders, features interviews with leaders in the New Orleans education community who were faced with the daunting task of reopening schools immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The film screening will be followed by a conversation with the film maker. This event is free of charge, so, please join us on October 18, 2016, at 6:00 PM in the Urban Life Building Room 220 on the campus of Georgia State University and engage in meaningful community dialogue.


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Fwd: #ATLisREADY: Oct. 19th Meeting

monthly movement building meeting is quickly approaching. It will be 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 19th
at the Rick McDevitt Youth Center in Peoplestown. This will be a big one. We invite you, yo’ cousin and ya mama too to come out as we strategically align the progressive and revolutionary movement’s efforts. We will be diving into the closure of the Peachtree
and Pine Shelter from all angles (housing, education, access to healthcare, policing for profit). We’ve already confirmed some key players and organizers to give us a full-scale understanding of some very layered issues.

As always bring any printed materials for circulation. Please share
this announcement and the graphic with your network of Ready folks!



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NPU-T 2017 By-laws



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NPU-T AUCC Communiversity: Common Cents Financial Empowerment Workshop in October

Date: Saturday, October 22,2016

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: The Shrine of The Black Madonna Cultural Center located at  946 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta Georgia

Details: Lunch is provided, parking is free in the rear of the building, door prizes awarded hourly, and a Gift certificate is available for the person who brings the most adult participants.

Please distribute the attached flyer to family, friends other adult audiences in your network who would greatly benefit from the development of a personal written financial plan to build wealth and financial stability. The workshop is especially good for those with credit issues seeking to buy a home or planning other major purchases.

Registration is available on-line at www.aucenter.edu (click on Community Engagement box at top of page and select Communiversity, click on Courses and Events photo, click on Financial Empowerment Series, then scroll to Common Cents page bottom and “click here” to register at Eventbrite.com) or call Anthony Otey at 404-523-5148 x 1525 and leave your name, phone number and email address.

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NPU-T City Wide Legislation

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NPU-T October 12, 2016 final



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NPU-T Cascade Road & Cascade Avenue Complete Street Impovements Project


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