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Amida Care Presents Free Community Fitness Class in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Amida Care Hosts an Evening of Fitness to Inspire Healthy Living in Brooklyn

Press Release – New York, NY (June 15, 2017)—On June 14, not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation presented a community fitness class, a “Live Your Life” wellness event.

With the goal of inspiring fitness and healthy living in Brooklyn, this event featured a variety of exercise and fitness techniques designed to give Brooklyn residents a basis for healthy exercise. The event was supported in part by Brooklyn Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

“Amida Care’s ‘Live Your Life’ program grew out of direct member feedback that health care needs to be about more than visiting the doctor and taking pills. These events are designed to meet the social, physical, and emotional needs of our members and build important life skills. We thank Council Member Cornegy for his support in bringing this interactive, healthy, and fun initiative to the Brooklyn community,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care.

“We are continuing to address policy and systems that make a formidable impact on the health of New York City’s residents. Amida Care’s citywide events are poised to help even more New Yorkers remain healthy. I believe Amida Care’s Live Your Life this week in the 36th Council District is a great way to bring the community together around important health prevention measures,” said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Amida Care holds monthly Live Your Life wellness events throughout the five boroughs of New York City, where members and their guests learn about ways to get and stay physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy. In addition to dance and fitness classes, the events cover such topics as art therapy, healthy cooking, meditation, aromatherapy, and more.


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PTSD Most Prevalent Mental Health Challenge, Treatment Available

EOD Warrior Foundation helps veterans and their families

Press Release – NICEVILLE, Florida – (June 13, 2017) – June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day, and the perfect time for a discussion on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects millions of people and their families, and they can take comfort in knowing that there are treatments available that do work. The key lies in identifying the symptoms of the disorder and then getting the appropriate treatment.

“PTSD is a serious issue for the EOD family,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “There have been 16 years of war and multiple deployments that have taken a toll on our force and on their family members.”

PTSD, according to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), occurs after someone has been through trauma. It can happen to anyone. The VA reports that 7-8% of the general population will have PTSD sometime in their life, and that in any given year there are 8 million people in the country who have it. Those in the military tend to have a higher rate of rate of PTSD, with up to 20% in veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, 12% of Gulf War veterans, and 15% of Vietnam veterans.

Here are 5 tips to keep in mind with PTSD:

  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of PTSD is the first step to helping a family member or friend. Symptoms include, nightmares, flashbacks, avoiding situations that remind the person of the traumatic event, having negative feelings about themselves, and being hyper-vigilant and on the lookout for danger.
  • PTSD is not a sign of weakness. Some people may avoid treatment or being diagnosed, because they feel it’s a sign of weakness. There’s nothing weak about someone getting treatment for a condition that is impacting his or her life.
  • Children can also have PTSD. Younger children may have symptoms that include having difficulty sleeping, getting overly upset if parents are not near them, or acting out the trauma through play. Older children may exhibit the same symptoms as adults.
  • There are many people who have PTSD who also have other conditions, such as depression, anxiety, hopelessness, shame, substance abuse problems, relationship problems, experience chronic pain, and difficulty obtaining and keeping jobs.
  • Those with PTSD should explore treatment options to see what works for them. Some people are able to completely get rid of the symptoms, while others are able to reduce them or have them with less intensity. Many people who seek treatment for PTSD have positive results.

“We are fortunate that there are good treatment options available and our foundation is here to help the EOD family,” adds Motsek. “The more we raise awareness about the invisible injuries of war, and help reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, the more our force can heal and experience posttraumatic growth.”

About EOD Warrior Foundation

The EOD Warrior Foundation is an organization that supports the military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians and their family members. The EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group of men and women by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, and care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Florida. The foundation’s work is supported by the generosity of private donors. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see an events calendar, visit: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.

Source:

US. Department of Veteran Affairs.National center for PTSD. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/what-is-ptsd.asp

U.S Department of Veteran Affairs. How common is PTSD? https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp


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Mariska Hargitay Testifies In U.S. Congress On National Rape Kit Backlog

Addresses first briefing of new Task Force to End Sexual Violence

Press Release – WASHINGTON – Director, Producer, Emmy-award winning Actress and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Mariska Hargitay, today testified on Capitol Hill before the new Task Force to End Sexual Violence about the national rape kit backlog.

Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation has made eliminating the rape kit backlog its top advocacy priority since 2010, and was the leading advocate in support of the federal government’s creation of the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in 2014. SAKI provides local communities with critically needed resources to: supplement efforts to test backlogged kits in law enforcement facilities; create multidisciplinary teams to investigate and prosecute cases connected to the backlog; and address the need for victim notification and re-engagement with the criminal justice system. To date, Congress has awarded $131 million in SAKI grants to 25 states.

“The impact of SAKI grants cannot be overstated,” testified Hargitay. “We have heard from law enforcement and prosecutors that the funds are bringing communities together like never before. These focused resources are helping law enforcement take serial criminals off the street, easing the burden on personnel, facilitating community engagement, and making communities safer. We have heard the same feedback from victim advocates—SAKI funds are helping agencies already stretched thin to implement reform to support survivors through the criminal justice process and healing journey.”

DNA evidence is an invaluable investigative tool. Yet too often, the decision is made not to test these kits. There are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sitting in police and crime lab storage facilities across the country. We cannot know the true extent of the backlog because federal agencies and most state governments do not require police departments to count or track the kits in their possession.

Joyful Heart has developed a national campaign to pass comprehensive rape kit reform legislation in all 50 states by 2020. To date, 30 states have enacted some type of reform law and last week, Texas became the first state in the nation to enact all six pillars of reform recommended by Joyful Heart and leaders in this field.

Chaired by U.S. Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and David Joyce (R-OH), the Task Force to End Sexual Violence unites a diverse group of Members of Congress to advocate for legislation to support victims and their families, educate communities to prevent violence, and implement solutions to end sexual assault. The Task Force’s areas of focus include: K-12 education, campus sexual violence, the rape kit backlog, military sexual trauma, improved data and collection, online harassment, and law enforcement training. Today’s briefing was its first.

Hargitay was also in town to attend the DC premiere of her new film, the HBO documentary I AM EVIDENCE, at the AFI Docs Film Festival. Through survivor accounts, I AM EVIDENCE explores the hundreds of thousands of rape kits left untested in police storage facilities. As the film’s lead social action campaign partner, Joyful Heart is working to leverage this moment as a catalyst for meaningful reform and grassroots activism. Hargitay introduced the film and participated in a post-screening Q&A.

“What mattered most to me in making I AM EVIDENCE was bringing survivor stories into the light and giving them the space to tell their truths,” added Hargitay. “The stories of strength, courage and resilience shook me, moved me, and inspired me deeply. And the process of making this film gave me a far more complete understanding of the impact the backlog has on survivors of sexual assault and the effect of a flawed criminal justice system that left their rape kits untested and their cases unresolved.”

Joyful Heart has created the premier national resource about the rape kit backlog, which includes an interactive map and resources for survivors, legislators, and the media. Learn more at: ENDTHEBACKLOG.org.


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Starlight Children’s Foundation And Niagara Cares Unveil New Pediatric Playroom At Grady Burn Center

Press Release – ATLANTA, Georgia (June 16, 2017) – Today, Starlight Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized children, with Niagara Cares, the philanthropic division of Niagara Bottling Company, unveil a newly renovated playroom for pediatric patients and their families at Grady Burn Center of Grady Memorial Hospital. The new Starlight Site will help young burn victims and their loved ones escape the isolation of patient rooms and offer much more than a place to play.

The $100,000 grant awarded to the Grady Health Foundation by Niagara Cares and Starlight Children’s Foundation supported the building and development of the Starlight Site at Grady Burn Center. The unique new space offers a happy and relaxing place for patients, friends and family to connect, learn and visit while undergoing treatment. The pediatric playroom is equipped with children’s furniture, toys, books, games and more.

“We are pleased to unveil this new, state-of-the-art Starlight Site playroom, and we hope it offers kids and families at Grady a fun and comforting escape from the stress of an otherwise traumatic experience,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Niagara Cares is an incredible partner in helping us bring smiles to seriously ill or injured children in communities across the nation where Niagara employees live and work, such as right here in Atlanta.”

“We were proud to partner with Starlight Children’s Foundation and Niagara Cares to create this special playroom for our young burn victims and their families. This newly renovated space will give children facing difficult times a place to relax and feel at ease,” said Renay Blumenthal, President of the Grady Health Foundation.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Starlight Children’s Foundation as we continue to improve lives of children in hospitals where our team members work and live,” said Kristen Venick, Director of Niagara Cares. “Together we hope to not only put smiles on the faces of young patients but also help with their treatment and coping techniques. We also take pride in the opportunity to involve team members of Niagara Bottling so that they can make an impact in the lives of children and families in need.”

The Starlight Site at Grady is funded as part of a generous $500,000 grant from Niagara Cares to awarded to Starlight in 2015 to support the creation or renovation of Starlight Sites in select locations where Niagara also has bottling operations. In addition to the playroom at Grady, the Sites include an outdoor playground at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif., a mobile washing station at Camp Korey in Seattle and an activity center at University Children’s Health in San Antonio, Texas.


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Baker-Polito Administration Launches Workforce Development Pay for Success Project

Program will address barriers to employment for limited English speakers

Press Release – BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration, along with Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), and Social Finance, a Boston-based non-profit, launched the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Project, a Pay for Success (PFS) initiative that will help limited English speakers in Greater Boston make successful transitions to employment, higher wage jobs, and higher education.

“One of our administration’s top priorities has been to expand workforce development opportunities for everyone in the Commonwealth and to help individuals obtain the skills needed to participate in Massachusetts’ nation-leading innovation economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Pathways to Economic Advancement Project is a forward-thinking public-private partnership that will help match employers with potential employees, and employees with the skills employers need, strengthening the Commonwealth’s workforce.”

“Providing critical English-language skills and vocational training limited English speakers will bolster our workforce and increase economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are excited for this collaborative program to launch, and look forward to working with our project partners.”

Shortly after taking office, the Baker-Polito Administration created the cross-secretariat Massachusetts Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) to align education, economic development and workforce issues, and to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in each region of the state. Through the WSC and initiatives like the Pathways to Economic Advancement Project, the administration has worked to advance economic opportunities for all in Massachusetts.

“This is another example of our administration’s investments to address workforce skills needs across the Commonwealth,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “The project’s funding model is an innovative way to address the workforce skills gap in Massachusetts, and with the results based payment structure, we are ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent in a responsible way.”

“This is a great example of how a public-private partnership can help close the workforce skills gap using outcome oriented approaches,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker II.

“We’re proud to be the home of the first PFS project dedicated to workforce development,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “As a leader in innovation, the Commonwealth understands how important workforce investments are to build a strong, talented workforce and remain competitive. This program will provide limited English speakers with new opportunities to succeed.”

This innovative program will combine nonprofit expertise, private funding, and independent evaluation to increase access to workforce development services, including vocational training, English language classes, job search assistance, and college-transitioning programming for approximately 2,000 adults over three years.

The project is being carried out by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, represented by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Executive Office of Education, in conjunction with partners including JVS, Social Finance, the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL), Economic Mobility Corporation, and Jobs for the Future.

PFS provides a tool for results-based government financing, leveraging private capital to fund experienced service providers and enable government to respond to identified needs. Investors are repaid based on the level of measurable success of the program. This data-intensive approach helps governments target funding towards approaches that work, while limiting risk on new policy programs.

This is the third PFS initiative launched in Massachusetts, and the first PFS project in the nation to focus exclusively on workforce development.

JVS, one of Greater Boston’s largest community-based workforce development and adult education providers, will offer four distinct program tracks that draw on its expertise integrating adult education with job readiness and employer relationships. Each program track will accommodate varying language levels, personal resources, employment objectives, and educational goals among program participants.

“This innovative source of private and public capital, where government pays only for what works, enables JVS to scale our proven workforce development model, reduce waiting lists, and prepare thousands of talented immigrant workers to meet the demands of our booming economy. We are thrilled to be part of the Commonwealth’s groundbreaking effort to creatively expand funding for high-quality human service delivery, and look forward to successfully delivering great results for our clients, investors, and partners,” said Jerry Rubin, President & CEO of JVS.

Social Finance raised $12.43 million from 40 investors including financial institutions, donor advised funds, individuals, and foundations, to fund JVS services.

“Social Finance is proud to be a part of the nation’s first Pay for Success project to focus exclusively on workforce development,” said Tracy Palandjian, Social Finance co-founder and CEO. “This public private partnership would not have been possible without the support of impact investors committed to using their capital to advance the core values of our country, including Prudential Financial, Maycomb Capital, CJP, Living Cities, and others. This initiative will contribute to the economic mobility of immigrants and refugees and to the vitality of the Massachusetts economy for years to come.”

Since 2011, GPL has provided technical assistance to the Commonwealth in developing and launching three of the nation’s 17 Pay for Success projects.

“The Massachusetts Pay for Success project not only allows the Commonwealth to expand important services for English language learners, it will serve as a model for other jurisdictions seeking innovative solutions to developing their workforce,” said Professor Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and GPL Director.

For more information on the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success Project, please visit: http://socialfinance.org/content/uploads/MAPathways_FactSheet.pdf

For additional quotes from project partners, please visit: http://socialfinance.org/content/uploads/MAPathways_QuoteSheet.pdf

ADAPT Community Network – Leading NY State Preschool Provider For Children With Special Needs—Receives The 2017-2018 NASET School of Excellence Award

70-year-old human service non-profit serving people with disabilities to hold graduation ceremonies June 15-23 at ADAPT’s borough-based locations

Press Release – New York, N.Y.— June 14, 2017, ADAPT Community Network (ADAPT) five preschool locations have been chosen as a 2017-18 NASET School for Excellence by National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).

“We are honored to receive this coveted recognition as it further demonstrates that the hard work and dedication of the special education teachers and staff here at ADAPT is truly making a difference in the lives of so many children with disabilities,” said Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT. “Our programs also integrate typically learning children with those that have special needs when possible as it can only benefit any child to learn in an integrated, non-segregated environment,” added Matthews.

All of ADAPT’s preschools met the high standards needed to be selected by NASET, as this distinction is only bestowed upon select qualified licensed private special education schools. As per NASET, the NASET School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private special education school can achieve through their organization.

“This honor is presented to private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education,” said Dr. Roger Pierangelo and Dr. George Giuliani, Executive Directors of NASET.

All five ADAPT Community Network Schools will also be featured as NASET Schools of Excellence on the organization’s website: http://www.naset.org/4860.0.html.

To meet the growing demand from New York City parents for quality education, ADAPT Network recently expanded when the New York League for Early Learning (NYLEL) joined – making ADAPT the largest provider of preschools in New York State. ADAPT now operates 14 preschools that educate children with and without disabilities in all five boroughs of New York City. NYLEL provides early intervention and preschool programs for children birth to 5 years of age with, or at risk for, developmental delays at no cost to families.

ADAPT’s preschool, school age, and after school programs are designed to engage and educate children with special needs. Our universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) and integrated programs offer families a high-quality, family friendly learning environment for children of all developmental levels. We also offer a program for school-age children. All classes are led by licensed and certified teachers and are staffed with certified teaching assistants. ADAPT also offer after-school programs, a summer day camp, and educational resource libraries. Funding for ADAPT preschool and school-age programs is made possible by the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education, and supplemented by donations to ADAPT. The ADAPT programs are provided at no cost to students.

ADAPT will be holding graduation ceremonies for its preschools and school-age program in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx, starting Thursday, June 15th through Friday, June 23th.

About ADAPT Community Network (formerly UCP of NYC)

ADAPT Community Network (formerly UCP of NYC) is the leading not-for-profit agency and a pioneer in providing programs and services that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. For over 70 years, ADAPT Community Network has created a more inclusive world for New York City children and adults with a variety of challenges. ADAPT Community Network’s breadth of over 100 comprehensive programs include education, health, technology, residential, and recreational services for thousands of individuals and families annually. Our programs are delivered by t

Thousands of trained and dedicated staff, including a number of employees who have disabilities themselves. For more information: www.ADAPTcommunitynetwork.org

Photography Models Out & About in Suburban Chicago: Individuals with Down syndrome in town for GiGi’s Playhouse Calendar Shoot

Press Release – Hoffman Estates, IL, June 14, 2017 – Children and young adults with Down syndrome will strike a pose this week all over Chicagoland for the 2018 GiGi’s Playhouse Calendar Photo Shoot. Models arrived from various parts of the country for the first round of pictures. A second shoot will take place next week in Syracuse, NY.

With planned locations in Schaumburg, Rosemont, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Deerfield, and downtown Chicago: the 2018 calendar will capture and celebrate the many capabilities and interests of people with Down syndrome. The 2018 calendar will also emphasize the many relationships between people with Down syndrome and family, friends, tutors and others. Models will be captured by professional photographer Heather Rodriguez, who also serves in a volunteer capacity as the Board Present of GiGi’s Playhouse in Syracuse, NY. Models from the greater NY and NJ regions will participate next week.

Now in its 14th year, the GiGi’s Playhouse Awareness Calendar serves to change perceptions about people with a Down syndrome diagnosis, and foster greater acceptance for people who appear different. Calendars are delivered to various children’s hospitals and medical practices as a component of GiGi’s Playhouse “Celebration Kits” for new parents of a baby with Down syndrome. Beautiful pictures demonstrating the vibrancy and potential of kids and adults with Down syndrome infuse hope to new parents. Currently the average age to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome is 28.

GiGi’s Mom and Chief Belief Officer Nancy Gianni shared, ‘This project is particularly close to my heart, as it began the same year GiGi was born and the same year we opened our first Playhouse. Models from our first calendar are now walking, talking, exceling in school, making friends, using social media, buying cool clothes, and even looking for meaningful jobs. Dozens of families work incredibly hard to promote and sell GiGi’s Playhouse calendars; not to make a profit but to increase awareness in their own workplaces and communities. This is our longest running and most collaborative campaign to change perceptions and increase acceptance for all. This calendar is where Generation G began. I hope people who see our shoots make time to stop, say hello, and acknowledge how hard our kids & adults are working to be accepted and valued.”

Proceeds from calendar purchases help fund educational, therapeutic and career training programs at GiGi’s Playhouse. Calendars will be available for purchase at the Hugs & Mugs store in Hoffman Estates, as well as in GiGi’s Playhouse online store, beginning in October. 2017 Calendars are available now for only $10. For more information please visit https://www.shopgigisplayhouse.org/.

Greens First KIDS Becomes Partner with Documenting Hope, Supporting New Approach to New Childhood Epidemics

Press Release – Boca Raton, FL., June 15 , 2107 — Wellness Watchers Global LLC, the parent company of www.GreensFirst.com, and makers of Greens First KIDS announced today that they have joined the ranks of some of the nation’s most forward-thinking companies in a partnership with Documenting Hope, endorsing their mission of a paradigm shift of the old-school medical model in the recovery of chronic childhood conditions, which have become modern day epidemics. The Documenting Hope Project seeks to inspire parents, physicians, and policy makers to think differently about children’s health and redesign a system that truly understands how to prevent and reverse chronic health conditions.

“We are extremely delighted to support this organization, which is genuinely committed to the cause of integrating new ideologies and looking beyond the scope of traditional medical protocols and institutional norms in treating childhood epidemic diseases. We share in their vision to discover and implement better recovery options and quality of life for the millions of children and their parents who are seek to find an alternative to the status quo,” said Ryan Benson, COO of Wellness Watchers Global.

Documenting Hope is a group of pioneering scientists, physicians, healers, parents and children’s health advocates who have assembled to scientifically demonstrate that recovery from chronic childhood conditions (even those as complex as autism and autoimmune conditions) is possible.

“We are thrilled to welcome Greens First KIDS as a partner to our growing community that understands and supports our ground-breaking work in the recovery of emerging childhood epidemics. As our research clearly shows, nutrition is a key factor in the healing process of all childhood illnesses and Greens First Kids provides outstanding USDA certified organic nutrition, with 30+ 100% organic superfoods, digestive enzymes as well as pre-and probiotics, which we now understand have a profound impact on gut health and immunity,” said Helen Conroy, Partnership Director of Documenting Hope.

The project will enroll 14 children in a healing and recovery program that will span 18 months. The children’s recovery journey will be documented on film and weaved into a powerful feature-length film that will provide an exposé on the environmental origins of the epidemics of autism, ADHD/ADD, asthma, allergies and other conditions skyrocketing in children. The Project will demonstrate that these conditions can often be reversed using cutting-edge healing modalities.

About Documenting Hope

Documenting Hope is a multi-year research and documentation project to demonstrate the effectiveness of changes in environment for children suffering from autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and autoimmune diseases. Documenting Hope is sponsored by Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding healing solutions for the New Childhood Epidemics. The non-profit’s mission is to educate and empower parents and caregivers so that they can facilitate their child’s return to wellness.

For more information please visit: http://www.documentinghope.com and http://www.epidemicanswers.org.

Lata Reddy Elevated To Chair Of The Prudential Foundation; Company Aligns To Accelerate Growth And Advance Financial Security For All

Press Release – June 14, 2017 10:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time: NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) has strengthened its longstanding commitment to address societal needs and champion financial security by moving its office of Corporate Social Responsibility to the C-Suite, reporting directly to Vice Chairman Mark Grier. The move affirms Prudential’s shared value approach to integrating CSR with business strategy under the leadership of Lata Reddy, who leads CSR and has been named chair of The Prudential Foundation.

Reddy, the architect of Prudential’s shared value approach, also serves as president of the Foundation. In these roles, she oversees the company’s efforts to harness capital markets to drive social and financial mobility and sustainable growth.

“Prudential was founded to serve working families. From our beginning, we have always believed that our higher purpose is to pursue inclusive growth that benefits shareholders, customers and society,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential.

“Lata is a transformative leader who has advanced Prudential’s mission to connect business growth with societal progress. The elevation of her role and this important organizational shift recognizes that the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility and business strategy is foundational to creating true long-term value,” Strangfeld continued.

Advancing social progress, creating business value

Prudential’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts tackle some of society’s most intractable problems and position the company for the future by building partnerships that lead to new markets or expand Prudential’s own workforce. Reddy leads these efforts by harnessing impact investments, philanthropy, corporate contributions and employee engagement, and leveraging Prudential’s full business capabilities.

Among examples:

  • A recent partnership with Leapfrog Investments, a private equity platform focused on promoting financial inclusion in emerging markets, began as a $15 million impact investment in a fund that invests in companies that provide insurance, savings, pensions, investment products and other financial services to emerging consumers in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. By 2016, the effort grew to a $350 million investment to expand Prudential’s international business footprint in Africa.
  • A nearly $1 million commitment from The Prudential Foundation in El Paso, Texas, is helping to build the next generation workforce in the city, specifically providing math and technology training to military veterans and military spouses, and the city’s large Latino community. The commitment complements the company’s business technology solutions center, opened in 2014, and promises to create a pipeline for new talent at Prudential, aiming to make Prudential the city’s employer of choice.
  • Prudential is more than halfway toward meeting its pledge to build a $1 billion impact investing portfolio by 2020 that seeks to generate financial returns while creating social impact. As an example, Newark, N.J.’s iconic Hahne Building reopened in January after sitting abandoned for nearly three decades, thanks to a $174 million redevelopment project led by joint venture partners Prudential Financial and L+M Development. The project continues Prudential’s campaign of investments to build a walkable, thriving community in its hometown, and creates a blueprint for revitalizing similar cities throughout the country.
  • Most recently, Prudential announced a three-year, $5 million partnership with The Aspen Institute to advance solutions that increase financial security for all American workers. The partnership will promote broad reforms in labor and financial markets to help working people move from financial fragility toward resilience, mobility and prosperity.

Reddy is credited with leading Prudential’s advancement of the revitalization of its hometown, Newark, N.J., by combining investments in the physical redevelopment of the city with philanthropic funding to support programs that enable social and economic mobility for its residents. In addition to the Hahne & Co. project, she has been instrumental in the renovation of Military Park, the epicenter of the historic downtown corridor; the creation of a free ultra-high speed Wi-Fi network in Newark’s downtown district; the development of the Teachers Village live-learn-work-play community; and bringing next-wave manufacturing to the city through the innovative vertical farming company AeroFarms, among numerous other projects and programs.

Reddy originally joined Prudential in 1997 to manage The Prudential Foundation’s education grants and became vice president of the Foundation in 2002. She left in 2008 to launch a consulting practice and returned—to her current role—in 2012. For her entire career, she has been dedicated to promoting equity—exemplified through her work as a civil rights attorney with the U.S. Department of Education.

Reddy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Emory University School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of Living Cities and Local Initiatives Support Corporation and is on the advisory board for the California Organized Investment Network.

About Prudential

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2017, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit news.prudential.com.

More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide

~Includes $60,000 awarded to The Metropolitan Opera Guild ~

Press Release – New York, NY [June 14, 2017]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $60,000 to The Metropolitan Opera Guild to support opera-based teaching and learning in public elementary schools in New York City and New Jersey. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as The Metropolitan Opera Guild, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“We are so grateful to receive this grant, and to expand the reach of our educational programs,” said Thomas M. Martin, Managing Director at The Metropolitan Opera Guild. “Our opera-based learning programs allow students and educators to build skills in the arts while also exploring creativity, communication and collaborative problem solving. It has been proven time and time again to drastically increase students’ test scores and engagement.”

The project emphasizes partnerships between classroom teachers and Metropolitan Opera Guild teaching artists, who collaborate to design and deliver a year-long program of arts instruction that is integrated with classroom curriculum. Composers, librettists, and other opera professionals will collaborate with classroom teachers to guide students through writing, composing, staging, and performing their own operas at a culminating event. Classroom teachers and music specialists will receive professional development in the principles of opera-based training, build their own music skills and knowledge of opera, and learn to facilitate the creative process with students. Many of the students and teachers will also have an opportunity to attend a final dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera.

A recent four-year research project (The Comprehensive Opera-Based Arts Learning and Teaching (COBALT) program), studied the link between increased student achievement due to participation in opera-based learning. The COBALT study demonstrated the overwhelmingly positive impact of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s arts education programs in New York City public schools. For more information about the study click here.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring17. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.

About The Metropolitan Opera Guild:

The Metropolitan Opera Guild is the world’s premier arts education organization dedicated to enriching people’s lives through the magic and artistry of opera. The Guild fosters personal expression, confidence, literacy and collaboration in children with customized education programs integrated into the curriculum of their schools, and builds a deeper appreciation of opera in adults through workshops and community programs, and by publishing Opera News, the world’s leading opera magazine. Through its unique relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, the Guild offers all audiences unique access to the artists, performances and majesty of one of the world’s most renowned performing arts companies. For more information about The Metropolitan Opera Guild and its programs, visit metguild.org.

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