NYN Daily 8/13

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NYC, Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sunny across the state with a foggy morning in Albany. New York City, high 84; Albany, high 82; Buffalo, high 76. 

Top News

Photo Essay: A Night In Brooklyn Criminal Court

The New York Times Magazine presents a photo essay that tracks one persons night in Brooklyn Criminal Court and how nonprofit legal services like the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and the Brooklyn Defender Services work to keep those who don't need to be in jail out of Rikers Island. Read more.

Op-Ed: NYCHA is 'Drowning in Incompetence'

The Daily News writes that after the Mayor pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for repairs, NYCHA repairmen have botched roofing jobs in Harlem's King Tower, leaving residents worse off and offering no assistance for months as their apartments fall into increased disrepair. Read more.

NYN Buzz

Harlem RBI Receives $500K From Bank of America

Harlem RBI announced today that it received $500,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its Project Coach program helps teens gain the skills necessary to enter the workforce and ensure they are highly competitive for college and beyond. The contribution includes a $150,000 Bank of America Workforce Development and Education grant, as well as an additional commitment of $350,000 to support the Project Coach program through 2018. 

"Our long-term relationship with Bank of America has been one that Harlem RBI greatly values and we are honored to receive this incredible grant of $500,000 to support our Project Coach program," says Rich Berlin, Executive Director of Harlem RBI. "This grant will allow us to have a lasting impact on the lives of our youth as they continue to develop their skills in the workplace and in their future careers, which will ultimately bring about positive change to our communities." 

“Harlem RBI’s Project Coach has played an instrumental role in our community, connecting inner city youth with opportunities they otherwise may not have access to,” said Maurice Coleman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking. “By providing a fun and safe environment through a variety of sports-based team-building and leadership programs, they better prepare local youth for college and careers, ultimately setting them up for success.” 

For more information, visit the Harlem RBI website.

Friends of Karen Receives Grant from KeyBank 

Friends of Karen, a charity that provides vital and comprehensive support to local families who are caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, has received a $2,500 grant from KeyBank Foundation. The funding will be used in its Family Support Program, which ensures that each Friends of Karen family receives the emotional, financial and advocacy help they so desperately need to remain functioning and able to cope during a time of intense crisis. 

“Friends of Karen was founded in 1978 when one neighbor wanted to sustain her close friends through the devastating illness of their daughter Karen,” says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director. “How wonderful that KeyBank can be a good neighbor to the 350 families we help each month!”

For more information, visit the Friends of Karen website.

On Board: Union Settlement Appoints New Director of Adult Education

Union Settlement Association, the oldest and largest social service provider in East Harlem, today announced the appointment of Oilda Martinez to the position of Director of Adult Education.  In this role, Ms. Martinez will oversee all of Union Settlement’s adult education services and programs, including English classes for Speakers of Other Languages, and Basic Education and High School Equivalency courses for English speakers and for Spanish speakers.  In addition, the Adult Education program offers counseling and advocacy for young people eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and an intensive job readiness program for individuals seeking to become Home Health Aides. Education is central to Union Settlement’s mission and role. 

“We are delighted to have Oilda Martinez join our team,” said David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement.  “She has tremendous experience and stature in the Adult Education field, and her expertise and dedication will be invaluable to the East Harlem community. ”

“I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Union Settlement team. I feel this is a great opportunity to give back to the community,” said Oilda Martinez.

With over three decades experience in the education and administrative fields, Ms. Martinez brings a multitude of knowledge managing a diverse range of education programs, with expertise in curriculum development and assessment, enrollment management, relationship building with key internal and external stakeholders, oversight of budget and revenue streams, supervision of faculty and staff across multiple sites, workforce training and development, and student mentoring.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* An audit by the state comptroller’s office.found the on-time performance of New York City’s subways declined in 2014, fueled by overcrowding and delays related to unplanned work, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio created a $150,000-a-year job to boost his national immigration agenda and hired live-in girlfriend of one of his most trusted aides for the position, the Post writes. Read more.

* Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning microbeads from sale in stores, the first county in the state to do so, City & State reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Nonprofit Governance Approaches

The Nonprofit Quarterly unpacks larger governance issues by exploring a "dominant coalition approach," with authors Frederik Andersson and Avery Edenfield writing that "one must distinguish between boards and governance, because the board is a structure whereas governance is a function." Read more.

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