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July 6, 2016
Celebrating the Passion for Advocacy
ACNJ President & CEO, Cecilia Zalkind was a featured panelist at the annual Power of the Purse event, honoring women in philanthropy, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Read more.
ACNJ Board member Gail Houlihan received a Governor’s Jefferson Award for Public Service in the area of service to youth. To quote from the event presentation: “Gail exemplifies the attributes of lifetime service. She leads directly and by example – and the example she sets is one of caring, determination and a strong sense of responsibility for others.”
Creating Better Outcomes for Kids
Last call to attend one of our Kids Count regional forums for a discussion on improving outcomes for kids in your backyard.
Part of our discussion will include social media strategies to advance our efforts for children. To make the most of the session, we encourage you to activate a twitter account before the forum.
Tackling Summer Hunger
Mayor Ras J. Baraka and American Dairy Association North East kicked off the summer meals program in Newark, NJ on June 28th. Throughout the city there are hundreds of sites, including schools, parks, libraries and swimming pools that offer free meals to children in the summer.
Many sites in the community offer fun learning and recreational activities, so kids can eat a healthy, free meal while staying active and spending time with friends.
Don't let children go hungry in the summer months. Contact your Mayor's office, schools or local recreation department to find locations near you that provide free summer meals.
Visit njsummermeals.org to learn more.
Highlighting ACNJ and Paterson’s Chronic Absenteeism Work
The US Department of Education, “My Brother’s Keeper,” and the “Every Student Every Day” Campaign hosted in June the first national conference on chronic absenteeism. With more than 300 stakeholders from all over the country attending, the conference focused on ways to improve attendance to close the achievement gap and reduce dropout rates. ACNJ and representatives from the Paterson Public Schools and the Paterson Education Fund presented on initiatives in our state that are improving student absentee rates that lead to better outcomes.