FWEC is excited to be collaborating with two amazing southern Oregon organizations starting on October 1st. I actually started my grant writing back in 2002 with the Sugarloaf Community Assocaition, so this feels like a completion of a synchronistic circle! Building and renovation projects will include: driveway, bathroom, classrooms, irrigation system, fencing, permaculture plan, community center, solar power system, pond, and audio/visual systems.
New to FWEC is the Woodlands Charter School in Murphy, OR. The mission of the school is "to kindle a life-long love of learning by providing a developmentally appropriate, arts-integrated curriculum which engages the whole child: head, heart, and hands. Rich academics interwoven with human and nature studies foster a sense of belonging within the human community and a reverence for the beauty of the natural world. Our school will thrive with on-going family involvement and inspire the support of the greater community. Our nurturing learning environment will awaken each child’s thinking, creativity, and emotional sensibility." We will seeking funding for projects similar to the SCA's priorities. Welcome to both organizations!
Helping Hands Around the World!
One of my new clients is Helping Hands Around the World, led by their Executive Director, Agbora Naanee (based in Portland, OR). Your tax deductible donation helps provide an education (and meals) to impoverished children in Biara, Nigeria. Agbora has been shouldering financing the Dookue Memorial School alone, and I will collaborate with him on grant writing and fundraising to expand this important project. Contact info is below, and please feel free to share on your FB pages! G-d bless!
WOW Hall Continues to Wow!
The Community Center for the Performing Arts in the historic Woodmen of the World (WOW) Hall sits at the West end of downtown Eugene, a pink but low-slung 1932 Art Deco building that once served as a venue for dances and gatherings of its era.
In restoring the historic building and reviving it as an arts center, WOW Hall had received grants from the Lane County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Arts Commission, as well as the Kinsman Foundation and other prestigious groups. But FY14 marked the first time the intersecting arts and heritage organization received a Cultural Trust Development grant award.
“There are organizations that have applied for Cultural Development grants multiple times, and it takes a few attempts to get their proposal just right,” said Trust Manager Kimberly Howard. “You're rooting for them and it becomes a happy occasion when they make it.”
Such was the case with WOW Hall. As an Arts Commission and cultural coalition grantee, the group was familiar to the Trust. “(WOW Hall grant writer) John Pincus was like a celebrity in our office. He called frequently during the spring of 2013 – he was taking the application process very seriously,” said Trust Donor Relations Coordinator, Raissa Fleming. “When their grant application came in, 11 minutes ahead of deadline, we all cheered.”
Cultural Development grants are awarded by panels of independent subject matter experts, and "the WOW Hall application was determined by the Heritage Panel to be a well-written application for a project that showed great merit," said Howard.
Staff had the opportunity to tour WOW Hall in April, two weeks in advance of National Heritage Month (May), and they were charmed and enchanted. The building acts as a performing and visual arts center, with notable Oregon bands playing in an intimate downstairs coffee house; various dance classes, community theatre and musical performances in the main hall, and monthly exhibits by local artists. Murals adorn the outside walls and landscaping brings cheer to other-abled patrons using the ADA ramp at the side of the building. Doors, gates, archways and most fixtures have been lovingly restored to their former glory. The Cultural Development grant helped WOW Hall restore the curved wooden built-in benches lining the main hall.
Joining the tour, painting contractor Ron Saylor mentioned that his business has flourished with the restoration. “This was a big job for us,” he said. Saylor has also done work on the new Oregon Contemporary Theatre building a few blocks away and is gaining a reputation in the cultural community for his diligence and diversity of skill.
“It's an important example of how heritage and the arts fuel the Oregon economy,” said Howard. “The money granted by the Cultural Trust stays in Oregon and helps local businesses grow – whether that be the arts venue itself, or the restaurant, hotel, retail shop down the street, the print shop who prints playbills, or the contractor and subcontractors who remodel and restore the buildings.”
Meanwhile, WOW Hall plans to recreate the original streetlamps around the center, leading to more work for Lane County lighting, electrical and historic preservation contractors, enhancing the downtown experience and giving the community an ever more vital center for the arts.
- See more at: http://www.culturaltrust.org/featured-grant/wow-hall-community-center-performing-arts#sthash.z53M1QNY.dpuf
Over the next year, these communities will use their grant funds to organize themselves for five-year Community-Based Partnerships. Of the 25 Organizing Grant Communities, up to 10 will be selected for Community-Based Partnerships beginning in 2016. These partners will join NWHF in transforming institutions, programs and policies to deliver better outcomes in early life, equity and community health.
We look forward to working with all of the Organizing Grant Communities, who hope to impact everything from African maternal and child health, to families impacted by or at risk for family violence and sexual abuse, to rural Latino communities, and much more. With the support of our partners, Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities will help communities improve health, from birth to high school, by 2020.
Going back to school myself!
I have found that investing in myself in the realm of education and learning, has one of the greatest paybacks for me, my family, friends, and community. So it is with great excitement that I have decided to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at U of O this fall. I am finding myself more and more drawn to the nonprofit world and feel that this certificate will shore up and strengthen my skill-set. I am psyched to go back to school (yet again)! http://pppm.uoregon.edu/grad/nonprofit
YouthBuild Grants Made Available
Approximately $73M in YouthBuild grants to help disadvantaged youth
develop job and leadership skills made available by US Labor Department Grant applications are now being accepted for latest round of funding
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $73 million in YouthBuild grant funds to develop programs that will help out-of-school youth complete high school or General Educational Development programs, as well as learn critical occupational skills in construction, health care, information technology and other in-demand fields.
"Too many of our young men and women face challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "The YouthBuild program helps them overcome these challenges by providing participants with the resources they need to develop the life and job skills that lead to a place in the middle class."
The department will award approximately 75 grants with a maximum funding of up to $1.1 million each. The grants will be awarded to organizations that oversee education and employment services for disadvantaged youths in their communities. The department anticipates serving approximately 4,950 young people in this grant cycle.
Join the Office of Head Start and the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR)
and celebrate International Mother Language Day!
What is it?
International Mother Language Day, sponsored by the United Nations, honors the 6,000 languages spoken around the world. It's a great time to celebrate, speak, and learn our mother and home languages. Head Start programs, where more than 140 languages are spoken, can lead local efforts to share the value, importance, and joy of all languages!
"Languages are absolutely vital to the identity of groups and Individuals…" Kōichirō Matsurra, former Director-General of UNESCO. Head Start programs are committed to taking every opportunity to affirm every child's culture, language, and lifeways. International Mother Language Day provides a chance to celebrate diversity, increase understanding, and engage in dialog.
Click on this link for materials and curriculum:
Mother Language Day Resources for Head Start Programs
NEW Celebrating Mother Language Day 2014 English and Español [PDF, 508KB]
Flyer 1 — Mother Language Day: How Can Head Start Programs Participate? English and
Español [PDF, 795KB]
Flyer 2 — Mother Language Day: How Can Families Participate? English and Español [PDF, 975KB]
Flyer 3 — Mother Language Day: How Can Children Participate? English and Español [PDF, 982KB]
NCCLR resources for use in conjunction with Mother Language Day
NEW Same Different and Diverse [PDF, 724KB]
Head Start Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Resource Catalogue, Volumes 1 and 2
Importance of Home Language Series
NCCLR Quick Guides for Teachers
Last Reviewed: February 2013
Last Updated: February 3, 2014
"Voices of Japanese-American Internees" high school curriculum from the Anti-Defamation League
Voices of Japanese-American Internees Curriculum
Using video histories of Japanese-American internees during World War II, this lesson engages students in understanding the discrimination that Japanese Americans faced before and after their internment. In addition, students will be introduced to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, and discuss whether or not it made up for the discrimination that Japanese Americans received from the U.S. government.
Students will learn about the concept of the “perpetual foreigner syndrome” and understand how it contributes to past and present discrimination against Asian Americans and, specifically, Japanese Americans.
Students will learn about the escalation of hate if left unchecked.
Students will identify examples of different types of hate in the 20th century faced by Japanese Americans.
Students will discuss two different perspectives from former Japanese-American internees about the redress made by the U.S. government.
Closest Relocation Center to Oregon:
Native Youth Youth and Culture Fund
We are pleased to announce this 2014 request for proposals (RFP) for projects that focus on youth, and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health or other social issues.
Specifically, we are seeking projects that focus on one or more of these four priority areas:
Author: Ahavah Oblak
Mother, Jewish, Nonprofit Advocate, educator, grant writer, curriculum developer, dual US/Israel citizen, friend, dancer, lover of life.