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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/29/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Pretend City Children’s Museum offers a safe place for autistic children and their families to socialize.  Just as Susan Schober was about to complete her advanced degree in chemical engineering at USC, she was presented with two life-changing events at once: the offer of a prestigious graduate fellowship, and the discovery that she was pregnant with her first child.

There is a movement afoot that supports “collective impact” by nonprofits. That is, for agencies serving similar (or the same) target populations, they should consider collaborative planning and actions with government, funders, foundations, to better maximize resources. With trends that predict less government funding and an exponential need for services, proponents of this movement tend to minimize the effectiveness of individual organizations tackling a major social problem.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/15/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Break the cycle of poverty by focusing on vocational training. 

In recent weeks, this column has focused on critical issues facing an alarming number of local residents—issues that ultimately affect everybody in Orange County. We’ve examined high school dropout rates and the education achievement gap, children without access to adequate healthcare, and our county’s largely invisible homeless population.Each of these topics echoes an underlying theme: Orange County is not an easy place to be poor.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/8/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

The challenges facing Orange County’s students can’t be addressed by the local education system alone. Solving the equation will take the whole community, working together. You don’t have school-aged children, so the cuts to education don’t affect you, right? Or maybe your children attend private school, so the lack of a balanced state budget isn’t urgent? Perhaps your children are in public school, but in a high-performing district, so there is no need to worry? Yes, there is. 

Posted by: Lucy Dunn on 4/4/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

In 10 years, will OC’s students and workers be able to call Orange County home? We are seeing troubling signs:  an inadequate supply of affordable housing, aging infrastructure, and an education system in need of transformational change if the next generation is to succeed.

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