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The 2015 Women’s International Study Center Founders’ Award Will Be Awarded To The National Museum Of Women In The Arts

WASHINGTON — The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) has chosen to honor the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) with its annual Founders’ Award, which recognizes women’s accomplishments. The prize will be awarded to the museum during a ceremony on Aug. 6, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

NMWA was founded in 1981 with the singular mission to bring to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today. Through its programming, NMWA directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art, therefore assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future. NMWA remains the only museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative achievements.

By awarding the third annual Founders’ Award to NMWA, the WISC board acknowledges the museum’s record of achievement and programming that champions women in the arts. Past recipients of the WISC Founders’ Award include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2014) and author Gail Sheehy (2013).

“The National Museum of Women in the Arts is extremely honored to receive the prestigious Founders’ Award from the Women’s International Study Center,” said NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling, who will accept the award on the museum’s behalf. “The museum is dedicated to providing a platform for women’s free expression and filling the void in recognition of women artists past, present and future. NMWA champions women through the arts with its programming, collections, exhibitions and outreach, advocating for equity for women by shining a light on excellence.”

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In addition to accepting the award on the museum’s behalf, Sterling will be a featured speaker in the EDGE Series: Women in the Visual Arts Week—How Women Artists Shape the Arts and Contribute to Social Change, taking place on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at Santa Fe Prep. This program focuses on women artists’ contributions to social change over recent decades. Sterling will be introduced by Elizabeth A. Sackler, matron of NMWA and chair of the Brooklyn Museum Board of Trustees. A panel discussion will follow with Sterling and artists Harmony Hammond, Rose B. Simpson and Meridel Rubenstein, moderated by Kymberly Pinder, dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico. The event is presented by the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in partnership with WISC.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, NMWA is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum’s collection features 4,700 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Chakaia Booker and Nan Goldin, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit nmwa.org. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under. Free Community Days take place on the first Sunday of each month. For more information about NMWA, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes Blog, Facebook or Twitter.

NMWA International and National Committees

In 1984, NMWA created its network of national and international committees. The museum currently has 18 outreach committees (ten in the United States and eight abroad) with more than 2,000 dedicated members, and continues to expand its network. The committees host regional programs and serve as ambassadors for the museum. Committees host significant programs that promote women artists, offer new educational experiences and broaden the museum’s membership. NMWA has 15,000 members and devoted supporters from all 50 states in the United States and from 22 countries.

Women’s International Study Center

WISC is dedicated to inspiring and enabling women around the world to achieve their full potential. Building on the contributions of the three women of Acequia Madre House™ and advancing their work in the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business, WISC honors women’s accomplishments, supports study and research, and facilitates intergenerational, multi-cultural and cross-disciplinary dialogue. WISC’s programs include recognizing women of achievement, hosting Fellows-in-Residence, sponsoring WISC Conversations in various venues and media, convening symposia, preserving the Acequia Madre House™ and its collections and assisting with the preservation of and access to the Acequia Madre House™ Archive.

Women’s International Study Center Awards

WISC has established a series of awards to recognize women of achievement, “past, present and future.” “Past” awards are posthumous, and recognize women of the past for their achievements. “Present” lifetime achievement awards recognize the accomplishments of today’s women. “Future” awards honor young artists, scientists, historians, preservationists or businesswomen who, early in their careers, have made remarkable contributions and show great promise. This program is designed to recognize the continuum of women’s achievements—looking to the past for inspiration, to the present for affirmation and to a future of aspiration and promise.

How Going Back To School With Paw Prints Learning Will Skyrocket Confidence

As millions prepare to go back-to-school this fall, it’s exciting to hear how “Paw Prints Learning” handwriting curriculum will be implemented coast-to-coast to help children with special needs and kids struggling with this critical life skill. This unique program has been proven to transform children’s lives and skyrocket confidence like 7-year-old Ari in this story.

Paw Prints Learning includes three handwriting curriculum books that can be used by teachers in a school, by an Occupational Therapist and/or by parents teaching their children at home. Co-Authors Sarah Appleman and Alissa Alongi are currently helping teachers get ready to implement this program when they go back-to-school. They are also donating books to the National Lekotek Center (non-profit) for their AblePlay library this fall.

Occupational Therapist Sarah Appleman came up with the idea of “Paw Prints Learning” after seeing children with special needs respond positively to animals. Working with OT and childhood educator Alissa Alongi, Sarah developed a program that includes therapeutic devised multi-sensory activities that help children succeed in many ways.

The “Paw Prints Learning” curriculum is now seeing major breakthroughs for pre-k and kindergarten students, along with those with learning disabilities using art, art projects and animals. The parent feedback and Ari’s story below is heartwarming:

During a recent interview, Alysa Kaplan, shared how her son’s life transformed, “Sarah implemented the Paw Prints Learning with my son Ari who was previously diagnosed with ADHD…and within two weeks he was doing things that I hadn’t seen him doing in those two years working with somebody else. He was writing his name. He was drawing. He was drawing pictures of people, which he was really proud of, and animals. He was doing all the things that the other kids were doing, and his confidence went thru the roof. I saw a completely different child in this time.”

When asked about Ari, Sarah shared these observations, “What’s really exciting for me as a therapist is that I watched Ari grow. In just a short period of time, in only a few weeks, he went from not being able to write or visually understand top and bottom and making his letters to being called on by the teacher and coming up in front of the entire class and writing on the board. His teachers smiled. I smiled, and his self-confidence just skyrocketed.”

In addition to parents, Occupational Therapists and teachers are getting ready to implement “Paw Prints Learning” handwriting program when they go back-to-school.

Pam Miscioscia, an OT from New York, who is incorporating the curriculum this fall, describes it this way, “Parents are excited to see something new and innovative, and because of their excitement, the kids are excited as well…This is the perfect fit to add to the current curriculum because not only is it fun and educational, but it fills a void that is not currently being taught in schools these days.”

We need more innovative ways to help children learn, and especially those with special needs. This creative use of art and animals to teach handwriting and social skills is groundbreaking. What a great way to enhance our childhood education programs, and boost confidence in children! You can check out the “Paw Prints” books on Amazon http://bit.ly/PawPrintsCurriculum and/or visit http://pawprintslearning.com.

Midnight Madness Returns To NYC Will Raise Funds For Good Shepherd Services Saturday, August 8, 2015

The charity hunt challenges the brightest minds in finance and other industries to an all-night marathon puzzle-solving contest through New York City to raise money for Good Shepherd Services

Over 200 participants will tackle a game which, in the past, has had them playing mini golf with lasers, lighting up skyscraper spires, and planning the seating chart for Kevin Bacon’s wedding, to beat the competition and demonstrate superhuman ingenuity and resourcefulness

The last Midnight Madness event in 2013 raised $3 million dollars for Good Shepherd Services

NEW YORK, NY, JULY 29, 2015Midnight Madness, an urban puzzle-solving contest experience that raises money for Good Shepherd Services, returns to New York City this August.

Over 200 of the brightest minds in finance and other industries will compete in the elaborate scavenger hunt, which, in the past, has required knowledge of everything from military alphabets, circuit wiring, ’80s songs and video games, to New York historical locations.

Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, PDT Partners, and SECOR Asset Management all have returning teams. Cantab Capital Partners, Global Atlantic, and Pine River Capital Management, previous participants on the Goldman Sachs teams, return this year to compete for their own organizations. Joining for the first time are teams from Bloomberg, Ernst & Young, KPMG and other financial and tech institutions.

Challenge creators, Mat Laibowitz, PhD and Dan Michaelson, have designed a series of “cleverly camouflaged, incredibly ingenious and devilishly difficult puzzles” — the answers to which indicate the location of the next puzzle, and so on, until the finish line. Laibowitz is the founder of Futuruption, whose mission is to design, develop, and deploy engaging experiences in the forms of augmented environments, reactive architecture, interactive installations, and unique products. Michaelson is one of the founders of Linked by Air, a graphic design partnership where design and technology are intertwined inventive processes, often focused on the production of public space, both in the world and online.

The last Midnight Madness event, in 2013, raised $3 million for Good Shepherd Services through sponsorship of the 30 teams that competed. Good Shepherd Services is a nonprofit that helps young people growing up in poverty find opportunities for success. It operates over 80 programs, which help nearly 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City.

This year’s event will help underwrite the cost of Good Shepherd Services’ construction of a new state-of-the art community center in East New York. This new facility will serve 1,000 children, youth, and families each year through a range of programs and services that promote community development with a goal of contributing to the social capital, strength, and vibrancy of the whole neighborhood.

In-depth coverage of the 2013 event was provided by a New York Times reporter who was embedded with one of the teams. Additional coverage can be found in The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, ABC News, Bloomberg Business, and the Daily Mail.

WHO:
Mat Laibowitz and Dan Michaelson, Midnight Madness creators
Elisha Wiesel, Goldman Sachs partner and Good Shepherd Services board member
Lindsi Shine, INsider CEO, Midnight Madness event planner

WHAT:
Midnight Madness 2015 — an all-night charity scavenger hunt of intricate riddles and puzzles on the streets of New York City that raises money for Good Shepherd Services, a nonprofit that helps young people growing up in poverty find opportunities for success.

WHEN:
8PM Saturday, August 8, 2015 into midday Sunday, August 9, 2015

WHERE:
Starting point: a secret location in Manhattan to be announced next week; and various locations throughout New York City

Sayali LLC And AHMC Announce Loan Agreement With OPIC To Fund American Hospital Tbilisi Projected To Open In 2016

TBILISI, Georgia – July 28, 2015Sayali Ltd. and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) have reached a financial agreement to develop the first American-funded and managed hospital in Georgia, which will be operated by American Hospital Management Company (AHMC). The hospital will be called the American Hospital Tbilisi (AHT). Mamed Suleimanov, Director of Sayali, Greg Kuntz, AHMC’s Executive Vice President, and Kenneth Angell, OPIC Managing Director of Project Finance, met in Tbilisi recently to move toward disbursement of USD 18 million in OPIC financing of the total project costs of USD 31 million. The parties plan for a formal event later this year to officially announce the project and status of construction, which is currently underway in Tbilisi.

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The origin of the project dates back to 2011 when Sayali Ltd. secured privatized land and buildings located at 58, D. Uznadze Str. and 17, U. Chkheidze Str., Tbilisi, the site of the former Maternity Hospital #2 and the Traumatology Hospital. In place of those outdated facilities, the AHT, which is currently under construction, will specialize in cardio surgery and neuro surgery. The modern, 100 bed tertiary care facility will be managed and operated by AHMC, a Washington, DC based hospital management company with more than 30 projects operating and in development around the world. AHT is expected to be completed in mid-2016 and will employ 700 medical and support professionals once the hospital is operational.

This momentous agreement will bring American expertise to the market, as AHT will not only be the first healthcare facility in the Georgia to be operated by an American hospital management company, it aims to be the first to earn the prestigious accreditation of the Joint Commission International.

“The Georgian market expressed a desire for local access to American healthcare standards in a modern, world-class hospital, and we are honored to be in the position to deliver it to them. We are excited to be able to work with OPIC and AHMC to deliver this to the people of Tbilisi,” stated Mr. Suleimanov.

The United States Could Undermine Sustainable Development Agenda

Women’s Advocates Call for More Equal Playing Field for Developing Countries

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United Nations — As government representatives convene this week in New York to finalize plans for the Sustainable Development Goals, which will be adopted in September, actions by the United States threaten to derail progress. The United States, along with other Global North countries, is pushing for the weak outcome of the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa earlier this month to guide the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Women’s Major Group, comprising more than 600 women’s organizations from 100 countries, argues that the Action Agenda adopted in Addis Ababa lacks vision, ambition, and strong financial commitments and should not be the guidepost.

The Women’s Major Group is urging Northern governments to go beyond the Addis Ababa agreement to develop concrete means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals and to address the major systemic factors that perpetuate global inequality and stand in the way of sustainable development.

“What came out of Addis was a deck that is still heavily stacked against developing countries,” said Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy at the International Women’s Health Coalition. “Taken alone, it does not form the basis for a transformative and sustainable development agenda.”

The Women’s Major Group contends that the Addis Ababa outcome has numerous shortcomings. It abdicates government responsibility, focusing instead on unaccountable private sector investment as the answer to development challenges. It lacks concrete commitments to undertake long overdue reforms to global economic policies that marginalize developing countries. And, it fails to restructure international tax and trade systems that maintain the global status quo, impede development in the Global South, and undermine the human rights of women and girls.

“In order for the new Sustainable Development Goals to be met, implementation and financing plans must address inequalities and human rights, especially for women and girls,” said Serra Sippel, President of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE). “The financing plan being advocated by the United States and other Northern countries will merely uphold the world we have and not get us to the world we want.”

At the UN this week, the Women’s Major Group is further troubled by the United States’ strong opposition to the notion that while the Sustainable Development Goals are universal, countries’ responsibilities vary according to their capacity and contributions. This concept, dating back to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, recognizes that those countries with greater historical responsibility for climate change and environmental degradation and with more resources—such as the United States—bear the greatest burden for addressing and financing sustainable development. But wealthy countries with the biggest carbon footprints are pushing back, trying to remove this language in the outcome document that will be released at the upcoming UN summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals.

Specialty Food Association Honored for Hunger Relief Efforts

Foundation’s Work Recognized by ASAE for Giving Back across the U.S.

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NEW YORK (July 30, 2015) – The Specialty Food Association has been awarded a Power of A Gold Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its work to help reduce hunger and increase food recovery via the grant making, education and industry events of its Specialty Food Foundation.

The Foundation, established in 2014, in its first year gave $250,000 in grants to support 14 innovative organizations in ten states that are working to address hunger and improve food recovery. They include Portland Fruit Tree Project in Portland, Ore., which harvests and distributes fruit from urban fruit trees that would otherwise go to waste and Move for Hunger, Neptune, N.J., which mobilizes the relocation industry to reduce food waste by picking up unwanted food during the moving process to deliver to food banks.

The Foundation has also created “Embrace Hunger Relief Week,” a program that links specialty food professionals to anti-hunger organizations with volunteer events that include re-packs of bulk produce donations and assembling grocery boxes to deploy to a network of local food pantries and high-need schools.

“The Foundation grew out of the Specialty Food Association’s efforts to make a difference amid continuing hunger and food waste in the U.S.,” says Ron Tanner, vice president of philanthropy, government and industry relations for the Association. “We strive to help raise awareness among our members, industry partners and in the communities where our members do business.”

ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the valuable contributions of the association community on the local, national and global level. The Power of A Awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.

“Congratulations to the Specialty Food Association for helping make the world a better place,” said Hugh “Mac” Cannon, chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their program exemplifies how associations make a difference every day – not just to the industry or profession they represent, but to society at large.”

In addition to its foundation, the Specialty Food Association supports its long-established Fancy Food Show exhibitor donation program where exhibitors can opt to donate food at the end of the trade show to a partner charity. At the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show, exhibitors donated 96,000 pounds of food. The association donates as well and has an internal team to organize employee volunteering and charity drives.

New Access to Capital Program and Online Resource Portal Helps Entrepreneurs Find the Financing Needed for Their Small Businesses

New program anchored by an online resource portal will help entrepreneurs learn about options for securing capital, and how to connect with financial experts, tools and organizations that can help their small business thrive

Washington, D.C.– One of the biggest challenges facing small business owners and entrepreneurs has been and continues to be the inability to access sufficient credit and capital. That’s why Small Business Majority has launched a resource and education program, anchored by a new online access to capital resource portal, to help entrepreneurs explore their options for securing capital, and connect with financial experts, organizations and information to help them get the funding they need for their small businesses’ start-up, survival and growth.

The Small Business Access to Capital Program and Online Resource Portal is the first component of Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship program that will be rolled out over the next 12 months. The program consists of in-person seminars, online webinars and the online resource portal that provides an overview of potential funding options for small businesses, including the U.S. Small Business Administration’s loan programs, community banks and credit unions, microloans, crowdfunding and alternative online lenders. The resource portal also provides information on how to connect with reputable agencies and organizations that can help entrepreneurs navigate the funding landscape. The website also includes information for women and minority-owned businesses who face unique challenges when accessing capital.

“I have been a small business owner for 20 years and have continually struggled with obtaining capital to finance my cafe operations,” said Pam Gueldner, co-owner of Manndible Café in Ithaca, New York. “When my business partner and I first had the idea to open a cafe, we were turned down for a start-up loan by most of the banks in town. When we wanted to expand, we could not get a bank loan for renovations or operating capital, despite having very good credit scores and a thriving business with 45 employees. Our only option was to borrow from high interest credit cards.”

Small Business Majority’s opinion polling found 90 percent of small business owners identify access to capital as a problem—and with good reason. Big banks approve just 2 in 10 small business loan requests. That’s up from less than 1 in 10 just a few years ago, but still not very encouraging. And those numbers don’t count the many small firms that don’t even apply for loans for fear of rejection.

“For entrepreneurs, getting a loan could mean the difference between success and failure, whether it’s used for renovation, purchasing equipment or working capital,” said Rhea Aguinaldo, Small Business Majority’s Manager of Entrepreneurship. “Securing funding might feel like an uphill battle, but the truth is there are more funding options than ever before. Our new resource portal outlines these funding options and provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to make the best decisions for their small business.”

To learn more about the Small Business Access to Capital Program and the online resource portal, visit: www.sbmbizportal.com.

New Art Show Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons Showcases The Therapeutic Power Of Art For America’s Inmates

New York, NY (July 29, 2015) — This August, experience a different view of a life behind bars with Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons, a unique show of artwork created by inmates. Curated by Anastasia Voron, Director of Exhibitions at Wallplay, the show is a production of the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, which aims to rehabilitate men and women in prison through the use of art. On view from August 1st through September 27th on Governors Island, the show includes over 200 pieces collected from prisons across the country and on view for the first time, including works from renowned painter Anthony Papa and display-only pieces attributed to Charles Manson. Each piece for purchase includes an accompanying handwritten letter from the artist. The groundbreaking art show highlights the therapeutic properties of art, and calls attention to the struggle many prisoners face when attempting to reintegrate into society after their release. The show aims to help the prisoners by building their credibility as artists, giving them a platform on which to build a new career.

The highlight of the show will be a collection of art by world-renowned oil painter Anthony Papa, a former prisoner himself whose work has been collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art. An artist, writer, and drug war activist, Papa first tried to build a business selling his art upon his release in 1997, but struggled to gain credibility in the art world. Now internationally known, Papa has been featured in multiple news sites and networks, and his pieces currently sell for thousands of dollars. In addition to the artwork available for purchase, Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons will also include a display-only series of undocumented pieces widely attributed to Charles Manson, which will not be for sale.

“The consolations of expression should not be limited to physical entrapment. Art offers prisoners a new conviction that, although their circumstances may seem inescapable, their memories, experiences, and hopeful dispositions are preserved,” says Voron. “The complexities of incarceration in the U.S. penal system are reminders that time is not of the essence. Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prisons seeks to unlock the barriers of physical and temporal captivity by presenting the bouts of escapism that compel inmates to create art. During the confined period of forced introspection and shortage of external stimuli, art can provide a sense of flight from confined walls and copious time.”

The show is particularly timely given the current national discussion led by President Obama about the need for prison reform. In addition to the art pieces, the show will feature quotes and statistics demonstrating the transformative and therapeutic properties of art, as well as videos of John Oliver and President Obama speaking about the tremendous need for prison reform. Staffed by former inmates from Defy Ventures and housed in a former military home, the show will benefit the Safe Streets Arts Foundation, the prisoner artists, and the Defy Ventures staff, which offers intensive leadership development courses to former inmates.

WHO: Anastasia Voron in collaboration with Safe Streets Arts Foundation, Defy Ventures, Alfa Development, Gallery 151 and the Levinson Tractenberg Group
WHAT: Escaping Time: Art From U.S. Prisons
WHEN: Weekends throughout August 1st-September 27th, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Governors Island – Nolan Park, #6A

ABOUT THE SAFE STREETS ART FOUNDATION:

By supporting imprisoned artists, writers, and musicians, the Safe Streets Arts Foundation helps the 2.5 million men and women in U.S prisons communicate with each other and the public. The program aims to use art to help rehabilitate men and women in prison, and to teach those in the justice community to use art to convey their feelings. Incorporating The Prisons Foundation and The Victims Foundation, The Safe Streets Arts Foundation exhibits art at several major art fairs and festivals around the country, operates The National Jail Museum and Art Gallery, and produces the annual Justice Arts Show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit http://www.safestreetsarts.org.

Dropping out of High School to attend Coding School

A 16 year old female enters the world of tech, gives speeches, teaches coding to Utah’s Governor

What happened when Katya Eames, a 16 year old female dropped out of High School and joined the tech world by enrolling in a coding school?

Joe Eames, her father, is a successful programmer. He believes in empowering youth and females, through technology. He got his daughter involved in some basic exposure to programming and web development. The more she got involved, the more empowered she felt.

Katya was selected to speak at one of the largest recent gatherings of web developers, ng-conf. Following, she attended an event where she taught Governor Herbert of Utah how to code. Katya will complete her high school requirements using an online high school.

What are the thoughts of a high school age female about dropping out of school to attend DevMountain, a coding school in Utah?

1. What do you think was missing from your High School experience in terms of your personal interests?

What I think was missing from my high school experience was the ability to actually learn, and to try new things and grow at your own pace. It seemed less like they wanted you to learn, and more like they wanted you to pass tests.

2. Was it difficult to transition to coding school at your age?

It was. In high school it was easy for me to not pay much attention and do my assignments at the last minute but still get relatively good grades. Then at DevMountain, I had to manage myself and had no grades to try and earn. It was definitely very different from high school.

3. How important was the role of your father, a professional programmer, in helping you make your decision?

He was really important in my decision because he was an example of how successful I can be doing something I love, and he was really supportive of me choosing to do it though it’s not the normal way to go about getting an education.

4. Are you finding the online, high school learning experience something you can easily handle?

I haven’t started yet, but from what I’ve seen and heard from friends who do online schooling, it seems to be much more my speed than traditional public schooling.

5. Would you encourage other members of your generation to think about their options while still in high school, and perhaps go into coding?

Definitely. You should explore your options as much as you can in high school, even if it doesn’t seem like something you would like. You never know when you’ll discover something you seem to have a natural talent/understanding for, or something that excites you that you never thought to pay attention to (or especially something you thought only those of the opposite sex are supposed to do).

6. Do you think that members of your generation are particularly adept with computers and likely prospects for a coding school experience?

I do. Those in my generation, and the younger Millennials, have grown up with technology always nearby. We know how to use it and we understand newer technology easier than others. Everyone in my generation has ideas on how to make our world better for us and our siblings and our future children. Programming and computer sciences, along with the other sciences, are great ways for us to advance the world in the direction we want it to go. 

7. Have you begun to make an income with your coding knowledge?  Are you in the market for a coding job as an employee or contractor?

I have started making an income, not solely on my programming, but also on my unique views as someone who wants to know what they want to do in life at a young age in has taken a very untraditional route to pursue that career. As of now I am in the market for smaller projects while I finish school and continue learning.

8. What do your friends think of this, leaving high school and learning a skill early on in life where you can make an income?

Some of them were worried first about my sudden decision to drop out of school in the middle of my junior year, but now they’re all very supportive of me and think it’s really cool that I’m able to pursue what I want to do. (though they all have the same complaint of missing me at school.)

9. Lastly, what are the ideal personality characteristics for a young person to become involved and succeed at coding school?

They need to be willing to push themselves and manage their own time. They also need to be able to be critiqued regularly by those who are more experienced than them and know that most, if not all, critiques are done with good intentions. You need to be willing to continue learning. Technology is always changing, and so the languages we use to program that technology have to constantly adapt. You never know everything there is to know when you’re a programmer.

About DevMountain

DevMountain started in 2013 in Utah. With over 300 graduates, two campuses, and six course offerings, DevMountain is the largest coding/technology school in the Intermountain West, and one of the highest rated coding schools in the country.

Improving Care for Older Americans

A $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is helping to develop the next generation of geriatric health workers in San Diego County.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 30, 2015) — San Diego State University’s School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Public Health, along with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services (AIS), UCSD Geriatric Medicine and five community partners, have received $2.5 million in funding through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program to establish the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center and develop the next generation of geriatric health workers in San Diego County.

The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, a $35.7 million effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve the quality of healthcare for older Americans. DHHS awarded cooperative agreements to 44 organizations in 29 states, challenging them to identify the specific interprofessional geriatrics education and training needs of their communities and develop a program responsive to those needs. California received the largest number of awards.

“This award recognizes the cooperation between SDSU, UCSD, the County of San Diego, and multiple community partners in addressing the educational needs of professionals and families related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.” said Philip A. Greiner, director of SDSU’s School of Nursing and principal investigator of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. “It is an opportunity to further develop interprofessional geriatric teams, a proven method for improving care to older adults with memory disorders.”

With a focus on Alzheimer’s and related dementias (ADRD) and the chronic conditions that impact memory loss, the initiative will:

  • Train at least 60 graduate students, medical residents and fellows on integrated geriatrics and primary care, interdisciplinary team building, and the prevention, recognition and treatment of memory loss and associated chronic conditions
  • Expand clinical training environments to provide experiences in integrated geriatrics and primary health care delivery systems for at least 60 students
  • Train at least 1,500 primary care providers and staff on ADRD screening, diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols, disease and care management and community resources, all derived from The Alzheimer’s Project
  • Train at least 9,000 service providers who work with people with memory loss and their families
  • Train at least 2,500 caregivers on effective care strategies for themselves and family members
  • Develop and conduct a public education campaign on memory loss and ADRD
  • Conduct a needs assessment in Imperial County for expansion of Geriatric Education Center services.

This program builds on The Alzheimer’s Project, a regional initiative where the County of San Diego, through the leadership of Chairwoman Dianne Jacob (now County Supervisor) and the County Board of Supervisors, brought together community partners to develop plans to address this growing health concern. The GWEP initiative will begin in San Diego County and, in year three, explore expansion into Imperial County.

“The $2.5 million award is a recognition of the impressive teamwork we’re seeing across San Diego County to address the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” said Jacob. “By bolstering training and know-how among geriatric workers, the award will allow us to make real progress in our efforts to help those with the disease, along with their families.”

The San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center, which will be based out of SDSU’s Academy for Professional Excellence, will build on the strong, multi-sector partnerships established by The Alzheimer’s Project to address the education and training needs in San Diego County.

Community partners collaborating on the project include The Alzheimer’s Association – San Diego/Imperial Chapter, Glenner Memory Care Centers, San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, and Southern Caregiver Resource Centers.

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