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13 October 2006

The Network on Transitions to Adulthood

The Network on Transitions to Adulthood

A new Network book, The Price of Independence: The Economics of Early Adulthood, is in the works. Network members Sheldon Danziger and
Cecilia Rouse have asked economists to examine the economic situation of today's young people. The book will include chapters on:

* Job Stability - Does job churn delay the transition to adulthood?
* Housing Costs - Do housing costs delay the transition to adulthood?
* Earnings and Wages - Do lower paying jobs force youth to move back home?
* International Perspective - Are U.S. young adults alone in staying home longer?
* And more...

Check out the Network website to catch a sneak peak at the chapters.

Chapters, policy briefs, and summaries

A+ Schools

A+ Schools

Community Forum on Charter Schools

Mark your calendars now! A+ Schools is sponsoring a Community Forum on Charter Schools to be held on Tuesday, November 14th (please note change of date) at Bidwell Training Center, 1815 Metropolitan Street from 6-8:30PM.

Please share this information with your friends, family co-workers and make plans to attend this event.

Join us for a discussion of the process by which charter schools are established; the state laws that govern that process; the process for funding charter schools, and how it might be improved;
and the relationship between charter schools and local school districts in Pennsylvania and how that relationship can be improved to benefit all students.

11 October 2006

Sing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!

From: Lauro, Maria
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 10:46 AM

Subject: Sing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!
Importance: High

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is returning to Wilkinsburg High School on Saturday, November 4 at 7PM. The theme of this year’s concert is “Anthem of Praise.” Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for students in K-12, and can be ordered by calling Maria Lauro at (412) 871-2125.

Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, which is located in Wilkinsburg, will be singing with the Orchestra. Any member of the community who enjoys singing is welcome to join the choir. There are no auditions -- all you need is the desire to sing to the best of your ability with one of the greatest orchestras in the world! The choir will perform two numbers at the end of the concert.

Choir members *must* attend *all* of the following 3 rehearsals:

REHEARSAL 1: Thursday, October 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh at 2110 Andrew Drive, in the sanctuary. A mapquest map and directions to this location can be found here:

REHEARSAL 2: Thursday, October 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh at 111 Wood St.- in the sanctuary. This location is at the corner of Wood and Wallace, near 718.

REHEARSAL 3: Wednesday, November 1 6:30-9:30 PM (Location to be determined.) The final rehearsal is with Maestro Daniel Meyer and the entire PSO. They are rehearsing several choirs that evening, and cannot rehearse at Heinz Hall. As soon as their operations department has secured a location, we will let you know.

Dress for the choir will be all black. Women may wear pants, although dresses are preferred. The men will be wearing black shirts with red ties.

If you are interested, please contact either Maria Lauro at (412) 871-2125 or Lois Clark at (412) 371-9504 ext 2717, or just show up at the first rehearsal!

The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog: War on Drugs Victimizes Women

The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog: War on Drugs Victimizes Women

October 10, 2006
War on Drugs Victimizes Women

War on Drugs victimizes women
Op-Ed- Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA
We live in Orwellian times. We are asked to believe that the peacekeeper missile delivers peace and declaring war on a nation will bring democracy.

Now Sally Van Wright, soon to be assistant superintendent of the Hampden County House of Correction, a new jail for women, states ''We incarcerate to set free.''

Despite the beliefs of jailers, when the public is polled, as they were in a study by Peter Hart (''Changing Public Attitudes Toward the Criminal Justice System,'' February 2002), they say incarceration cannot solve the deep social and economic problems that drive crime, nor is criminalizing addiction more viable than treating it as an illness.

Jailing women does not set them free. It also drains money from programs that could treat drug addiction, prevent and treat childhood sexual abuse, and fund quality education.

Philanthropy News Digest Message Board: Fee Structure for Consultants

FROM: Philanthropy News Digest Message Board: Fee Structure for Consultants

Fee Structure for Consultants

Posted by cwoods on 9/27/2006, 8:29 am

An alum of the University in which I serve as Assistant Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has asked me to assist him in identifying resources/research for establishing fee structures for those programmatic advisors who offer their expertise to advance the goals of the nonprofit action agency in which he works. He made it clear that these advisors are not the Board, but rather collectively work on one of the organization's programs.

I suggested he look at the IRS regs and the fee structure they have established assigning a minimum dollar amount/hour for "volunteer" time. This figure, approaching $19/hour, is often used to calculate in-kind match requirements for grants, as well as being used in some financial reporting.

However, in terms of hourly rates applied to various expertise/skillsets, I am not certain how to advise and have come up with little. I do believe his organization should consider hiring an HR consultant with nonprofit backgrounds to tackle this project, as they would be more inclined to consider regulations that are tough in the employee/consultant differentiation as well as ethical implications, etc.

Do any of you have any experience in these areas or do you know of someone who has had similar experiences? I am hoping to identify people who have worked with professionals over and above fundraising.

Thank you for your time!

Pop City - Pittsburgh to host 2,500 for National Preservation Conference

FROM:Pop City - Pittsburgh to host 2,500 for National Preservation Conference

On October 31-November 5, Pittsburgh hosts the National Preservation Conference, the country’s premier educational mechanism for historic and community preservation.

Presented by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, with support from partner Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), the event presents strategies for protecting and restoring historic structures and communities.

“We’ll have planners, advocates, preservationists, municipal officials and leaders in community revitalization from across the county,” says Cathy McCollum, PHLF’s chief programs officer.

Over 2,500 participants are expected to attend fifty educational sessions to learn from best case studies and approaches. Author, historian and Pittsburgh native David McCullough will present the keynote address.

PodCamp Pittsburgh

PodCamp Pittsburgh

PodCamp Pittsburgh is coming - on Nov 10-12

This will be the second in what's become a growing number of PodCamp "un-conferences" around the country. This is a free grassroots event dedicated to sharing information and ideas regarding blogs, vlogs, audio and video podcasting and portable media in general.

The event is free to attend, and all sessions will be developed and carried out by the participants rather than the organizers.

Pop City - Development News

Pop City - Development News

with each edition of this weekly journal i wonder why some traditional media don't just fold their tent and quietly disappear into the night.

10 October 2006

from the Desk of Nicola Jones

Certified or Degreed Medical Assistants, Medical Billers and Medical Front Office associates needed for temp; temp to perm: and direct hire positions.

You must have one year of experience in either a clinical or healthcare setting to be considered.

Salary $10.00 plus, depending on experience.

We have multiple positions available for professional, eager candidates.

Fax resume to 412-325-2748 or
email resume to:

After sending your resume please call Nicole Jones at 412-325-2746 to schedule an interview.


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