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Monthly Archives: August 2018

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DKT International Advances the Goals of World Contraception Day. . .Every Day

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC: DKT International is proud to share in the goals of World Contraception Day, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are: (1) to acknowledge that “access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities”; (2) to allow women “to choose whether, when, and how many children to have”; and (3) to help “break the cycle of poverty, and put families, communities, and countries on a stronger, more prosperous and sustainable path.”

“We partner with the world’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers to increase access to the latest contraceptive technology available today,” says Christopher Purdy, President and CEO of DKT International. “Through the DKT WomanCare unit, our global reproductive health marketing and product distribution platform, we are able to provide products to DKT’s own country-based programs. And through our multi-lateral, governmental, commercial, and NGO partners, we are increasing the number of public and private health providers who can access and utilize a wide range of contraceptives and reproductive health technologies. By building these sustainable and resilient supply chains with our partners, we can prevent stock outs, expand the number of countries where products are sold, increase the capacity of trained health providers to deliver services, and support and enable a service provision environment.”

Examples of DKT’s many partnerships to increase access to contraceptives include the following:

  • DKT partners with Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical to provide Levoplant, a WHO-Prequalified contraceptive implant. Through social marketing efforts, educational campaigns and mobilizing their global network of doctors, midwives, and medical providers to provide and counsel women on the benefits of Levoplant, DKT dramatically increases the availability, accessibility, and affordability of this contraceptive. The price of Levoplant in FP2020 countries (69 countries with the greatest need for family planning) has been reduced to $6.90 per unit.
  • DKT’s partnership with Ipas expands access in more than 100 countries around the world to the Manual Vacuum Aspirator (MVA), the world’s most utilized, safe and effective surgical abortion technology, which can also be used to manage post-partum hemorrhaging, early pregnancy loss, and endometrial biopsy.
  • DKT Tanzania (DKTT) and UNFPA are collaborating to increase family planning utilization among Tanzanian youth by expanding access to DKTT’s iPlan program. iPlan is an innovative micro-insurance structure where, for a one-time nominal fee, an individual receives comprehensive sexual reproductive health services for one year. Services include four FP counseling sessions, a year’s worth of any contraceptive method, a years’ worth of condoms, and quarterly HIV/AIDS counselling and testing delivered through DKTT’s Trust clinics.

DKT’s innovative, country-specific activities continue to find new ways to reach youth and promote the use of family planning:

  • DKT Brazil participated in the Expo CIEE São Paulo, the largest student fair in Latin America to educate young people about all types of contraceptives to help avoid unwanted pregnancies and STI’s.
  • In China, DKT has been selling condoms throughout China since 1996, and Mojo the condom mascot made an appearance on the Great Wall this year.
  • In DR Congo, DKT aired a TV commercial for Aleze oral contraceptive pills (OCP) featuring a mother who offers her daughter some advice on family planning – and a pack of Aleze OCPs – before a night out.
  • As part of DKT Egypt’s regional expansion, DKT provided 29,000 IUDs in Saudi Arabia and Syria, commencing expansion plans in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • In Ghana, DKT launched a new Lydia Contraceptive campaign highlighting the benefits of each Lydia method using phrases such as “a pill a day goes a long way” and “take back control today”.
  • In Nigeria, in 2014, DKT co-launched Sayana Press (a new 3-month injectable contraceptive) with Pfizer. Using today’s technology, DKT Nigeria even now offers a text message reminder service to notify Sayana Press users of their upcoming dose.
  • In West/Central Africa, DKT began marketing “Préservatifs Kiss,” the first truly regional youth condom brand, with everything from product design to colors, packaging and media campaigns guided by young people.

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Major News For K-8 Educators: Announcing DIBELS 8th Edition, The Latest Technology For Literacy Assessment, From The Official And Only Authorized Home Of DIBELS

Press Release – August 30, 2018 (EUGENE, OR) – The University of Oregon Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) announced today a new version of its groundbreaking Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), available immediately to help educators assess children for reading disabilities, including dyslexia. This new not-for-profit version is based on years of research and the most recent breakthroughs understanding reading difficulty and dyslexia risk. We are delighted to affirm that the University of Oregon is the official and only authorized home of DIBELS and our launch of DIBELS 8th Edition represents our continued commitment to providing evidence based assessments, reporting, coaching and interventions as part of the College of Education’s education extension mission.

“DIBELS was developed here at the University of Oregon, and we are proud to bring an updated and unmatched assessment and supporting data system to schools and districts. All of our DIBELS related revenue is reinvested in the development and research of new tools and technologies.” said Dr. Hank Fien, Director of the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL). “Literacy skills are a crucial foundation in any child’s education, and schools need the best tools to help put every child on track for reading success. DIBELS 8th Edition will make that easier and more effective than ever.”

Specifically, key improvements over past versions include:

  • New grade levels. DIBELS has been extended through the end of eighth grade.
  • Screening for Reading Difficulties, including Dyslexia. DIBELS 8th Edition subtests offer efficient and cost-effective measures of processing speed, phonological awareness, and the alphabetic principle for screening students at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.
  • New subtests. As an example, DIBELS now includes word reading fluency, which helps identify students with poor sight word and irregular word reading skills.
  • Improved subtests. DIBELS forms now have items that increase in difficulty beyond risk thresholds, which provide data teachers can use in planning instruction for all students.
  • Consistent subtests in each grade. Subtests relevant to a given grade are offered at every benchmark period.

In addition, beginning in 2019, DIBELS 8th Edition will include:

  • Equated scores. DIBELS will offer equated scores for subtests within a grade level, which makes interpreting change in performance over time more straightforward and progress monitoring more reliable.
  • New composite scores. DIBELS composite scores are also getting an overhaul to make them better than ever at predicting risk.

The release of DIBELS 8th Edition follows the resolution of questions surrounding the ownership of the DIBELS trademarks between UO and DMG. “I want to thank DMG for their cooperation in getting these issues resolved and for their contribution to the field,” Fien added. “The most important thing is that we give teachers the tools they need to support every child in their classroom.”

UO CTL is also excited to announce that it is working with Amplify, a next-generation curriculum and assessment company, to offer the mobile and online versions of mCLASS:DIBELS 8th Edition in the future. Amplify will be a significant partner for UO CTL, delivering time-savings, instructional planning supports, and large-scale management tools via its patented mCLASS platform. Amplify and UO CTL will also partner on research and on support for schools, districts, and states.

To find out more about DIBELS 8th Edition, visit dibels.uoregon.edu.

About the University of Oregon Center on Teaching and Learning: The Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL), one of the largest research centers at the University of Oregon (UO), was established in 2000 as part of the College of Education. Over the last decade, CTL has been awarded 50+ state and federal research grants, totaling over $70 MM.

CTL is committed to conducting rigorous research on the design, delivery and efficacy of curriculum, instruction, and assessment as individual elements used in schools, especially in the primary, elementary, and middle school grades. CTL’s mission is to conduct, translate, and disseminate research that focuses on the solutions to serious but practical problems in school systems.

Presently, CTL research is focused on the rigorous evaluation of instructional strategies and materials in the teaching and assessment of reading and mathematic skills in K-8.

About DIBELS: The University of Oregon provides free download of the new DIBELS 8th Edition and will offer DIBELS Data System (DDS) service for schools to enter and monitor results. Incorporating the latest research in childhood development and skills acquisition, DIBELS 8th Edition allows educators to more effectively test the development of literacy skills among students in grades K-8, including screening students for dyslexia and other reading disabilities.


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MLB And Clubs To Wear “Gold” On September 1st To Promote The Fight Against Childhood Cancer

League-Wide “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” will Feature a Variety of On-Field Elements, Including Pregame Ceremonies, First Pitches & Hospital Visits

MLB Players, Coaches & Umpires will Wear Gold Ribbon Decals and Wristbands

Press Release – Major League Baseball today announced that for the third consecutive year MLB Clubs will dedicate a special “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” at ballparks on Saturday, September 1st in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), MLB and MLB Clubs will raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer by having Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew members wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under in the United States. Every year, an estimated 300,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. Through this effort, Clubs may choose to partner with local nonprofits, including hospital partners or organizations focused on childhood cancer. Clubs and players may also donate tickets, ballpark suites and funds to Stand Up To Cancer or local partner organizations. Club activations include pregame ceremonies, first pitches, hospital visits, special batting practice t- shirts, and more.

In collaboration with Major League Baseball and Starlight Children’s Foundation, hospitals selected by many Clubs will each receive a donation of 200 Club-themed Starlight Gowns, which replace traditional hospital garments with high-quality, comfortable and brightly colored gowns for children undergoing treatment. MLB donated an additional 3,000 Starlight Gowns to Clubs to distribute to local children’s hospitals or hospital pediatric cancer care units. Clubs on the road on Saturday, September 1st, may select another home game to observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Below are a few examples of unique Club activations:

  • Atlanta Braves: On Saturday, September 1st, the Braves will host a pregame party for cancer fighters, survivors and their friends and family members. The party will include refreshments, face painters and a DJ. All fighters/survivors are invited to parade around the warning track pregame. Leading up to September 1st, the Atlanta Braves Wives will host a fundraiser for local childhood cancer-focused nonprofits including Rally, CURE, Curing Kids Cancer and Camp Sunshine. The Braves will have an on-field check presentation with kids from each nonprofit, with the Braves Wives presenting the final fundraising number.
  • Baltimore Orioles: On Friday, September 14th, Orioles players, employees and mascot will attend Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical Center.
  • Chicago Cubs: As part of the Cubs’ “Let’s Go Gold” day at Wrigley Field, the team will again host pediatric cancer patients for a day full of unique experiences, including pregame dugout visits, player meet-and-greets and patients standing alongside players during the national anthem. The team will have one pediatric cancer patient deliver the rosin bag and throw out the first pitch. Additionally, net proceeds from the Cubs’ 50/50 raffle on this day will be split among players’ charities serving children battling pediatric cancer, including the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Jon Lester’s NVRQT campaign, Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation and the Brian Duensing Foundation. Earlier in the day, the Cubs also will make a visit to Advocate Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Cubs will host Cancer Awareness Night and donate a portion of net proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
  • Cincinnati Reds: Reds players will visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 26th.
  • Cleveland Indians: On Monday, September 10th, the Indians will visit Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
  • Colorado Rockies: On Friday, September 7th, Rockies players and their spouses, Rockies mascot Dinger and front office executives will pay a visit to Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Kansas City Royals: On Thursday, September 13th, current Royals and alumni will visit the University of Kansas Health System.
  • Los Angeles Angels: On Thursday, September 13th, the Angels will pay a visit to Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: On Monday, Aug. 27th, Dodgers alumni Dennis Powell and Billy Ashley visited the pediatric unit at Cedars-Sinai to deliver Dodgers-themed Starlight Gowns.
  • Milwaukee Brewers: On Saturday, September 15th, the Brewers, Aurora Health Care, Northwestern Mutual and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, along with several community partners including The MACC Fund, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Gold in September, will raise awareness for Childhood Cancer research and treatment with a stadium-wide, navy-and-gold visual. Additionally, the Brewers will collaborate with the American Cancer Society to host ‘Coaches vs. Cancer Night.’ Fans who purchase a ‘Coaches vs. Cancer Night’ ticket package will receive an Ed Sedar mini-bobblehead, featuring the Brewers third base coach in purple sneakers. All ticket package purchasers will be invited to walk the warning track in celebration of their support in the fight against cancer and the Brewers will make a donation to the American Cancer Society for every ticket package sold. The Brewers will also visit the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Saturday, September 8th.
  • New York Mets: On Thursday, September 8th, the Mets will host a junior Mets clinic with pediatric cancer fighters, survivors and siblings at Citi Field. The Mets will also distribute 500 game tickets to various hospitals in the area serving pediatric cancer patients and their families. On Thursday, September 13th, the Mets will visit Cohen Children Medical Center.
  • Oakland Athletics: On Friday, August 31st, the A’s will visit University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital.
  • Philadelphia Phillies: On Saturday, September 1st, the Phillies will host Nemours Childhood Cancer Awareness Night during their matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Players will wear special “We Play In Memory Of…” t-shirts during batting practice, and a portion of the proceeds from a special Theme Night ticket purchased will benefit childhood cancer research through the Nemours Foundation. As part of the evening, more than two dozen local children battling cancer will take part in major league moments created just for them, including taking to the field with players during a heartwarming “Lineup of Courage” before the National Anthem. Additionally, the Phillies have several #BeBold #PhilliesGoGold events dedicated to Childhood Cancer Awareness throughout the month, including a #BeBold #GoGold Kisses for Kyle fashion show featuring child patients and their siblings walking the runway with Phillies and media celebrities on Thursday, September 13th. Also in mid-September, players and the Phillie Phanatic will team up with the Starlight Foundation to make a special delivery of fun hospital gowns for pediatric patients at Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.
  • San Francisco Giants: On Saturday, September 1st, the Giants will partner with Buster Posey, his wife Kristen, Toyota and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital for a series of activations. Activities will include a home plate ceremony with childhood cancer patients and their families, a special meet and greet for the patients and their families with the Poseys and the raffling of Buster’s very own Toyota Tacoma, which will benefit The Cancer and Blood Disease Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The Giants will also offer a special ticketing package that includes a game ticket and a limited-edition Pediatric Cancer Awareness Buster Posey Glove Statue. Proceeds from every Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day special event ticket will go directly back to providing grants to research hospitals and charitable organizations that support children diagnosed with pediatric cancer in an effort to enrich their lives. Additionally, the Giants will visit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, September 4th.
  • Texas Rangers: On Tuesday, September 4th, the Rangers will visit Medical City Children’s Hospital.

Recent childhood cancer awareness activations by Clubs have included special pediatric cancer awareness batting practice t-shirts, online campaigns to empower fans to become fundraisers for pediatric cancer research and donations to local children’s hospitals. MLB and Clubs have supported the fight against cancer through a variety of initiatives for many years. As Stand Up To Cancer’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has provided both financial support (more than $40 million) and opportunities to raise awareness for Stand Up To Cancer’s efforts by encouraging fans around the world to get involved. MLB has recognized SU2C at its jewel events since the 2009 World Series.


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Giving Circle Members Grant $10,000 to ACRES Project

Bellefonte Art Museum and Discovery Space also benefit

Press Release – State College, PA – On Wednesday, Aug. 29, members of Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle gathered at Above the Valley for their annual cocktail reception to hear presentations from three local organizations: ACRES Project, Bellefonte Art Museum, and Discovery Space.

After members’ votes were tallied, the $10,000 Giving Circle grant was awarded to ACRES Project, which will use the funding to increase employment opportunities for adults with autism.

ACRES Project (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions) is a State College nonprofit working to foster independence, self-advocacy, and work/life skills for adults with autism. Their programs are uniquely designed by adults with autism for adults with autism.

Presenters Jeffrey Rose and Mary Krupa, both clients of ACRES Project, explained how programs are limited for adults with autism after the age of 21.

“Although the programs go away, your problems do not,” said Rose.

Krupa added, “Imagine having the skills and drive to earn a PhD but lacking the communication or social skills to secure meaningful employment.”

With this grant, ACRES Project will increase employment opportunities for adults with autism by providing mentors, networking opportunities, interview training, on-the-job support, and more.

Since the establishment of the Giving Circle in 2006 as part of Centre Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration, members have distributed $139,000 in grants, supporting important projects and organizations that serve Centre County. In June, organizations were encouraged to apply for the Giving Circle grant. Members then ranked over 40 applications and invited the top three finalists to present their proposals at the cocktail reception. Thanks to the generosity of Giving Circle members, the runners-up each received $2,500 in grants.

The Bellefonte Art Museum will use the grant money toward “Art of the Americas,” a four-part exhibition series featuring Native art from the Northwest Coast, Judaica art, pottery by Native Americans of the Southwest, and art from the Caribbean.

Executive Director Patricia House presented the idea to the Giving Circle members – replete with images of artwork from each culture. Amy Koll, trustee and member & visitor relations manager, and Lori Fisher, gallery manager, were on hand to answer Giving Circle members’ questions and show them a few samples of artists’ work.

Discovery Space will use the grant money toward “stEMPOWERed Girls,” an after-school program that teaches 5th grade girls about careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Participants gain hands-on experience by meeting with local female professionals at their places of work.

Executive Director Michele Crowl discussed her personal experiences growing up without knowledge of career opportunities in STEM fields. She says the purpose of this program is to empower young girls to learn about and pursue careers in primarily male-dominated fields.

Previous recipients of the Giving Circle grant include: Hearts for Homeless, Interfaith Human Services, Park Forest Preschool, House of Care, Discovery Space, Housing Transitions, Strawberry Fields, and Centre Helps (formerly known as the Community Help Centre).

More information about the Giving Circle program is available at centre-foundation.org.

Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a vibrant community.


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Hope For The Warriors Awards 10 Nationwide Scholarships To Military Spouses And Caregivers

Press Release – SPRINGFIELD, Va. (August 30, 2018)Hope For The Warriors recently awarded 10 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships for higher education totaling $15,500.

Celebrating more than 11 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Since 2008, Hope For The Warriors has awarded Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships twice a year. The program recognizes and rewards post-9/11 spouses and caregivers for their strength, fidelity and resolve despite adversity as they assume critical roles in the financial well-being of their families.

With the help of these scholarships, recipients can continue their education at an accredited university, college or trade school.

The following recipients were awarded for the 2018 fall semester:

  • Khieda King of Duluth, Georgia “Restoring Self” Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Kaitlyn McCarthy of Mint Hill, North Carolina “New Beginnings” Scholarship, Carolinas College of Health Sciences Associates in Nursing
  • RebeccaLynn Dobbins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Restoring Family” Scholarship, Community College of Allegheny
  • Perri Altomare of Albuquerque, New Mexico “Honorary” Scholarship, University of New Mexico
  • Amanda Wallace Seiter of Bedford Hills, New York “Restoring Hope” Scholarship, Fordham University.

The following recipients were essay award winners each receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Sarah Lyle of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania attending Carlow University
  • Jennifer Washam of Justin, Texas attending University of North Texas
  • Kimberly Miller of Erie, Pennsylvania attending Institute of Medical and Business Careers
  • Loretta Sanchez of McAllen, Texas attending University of the Cumberlands
  • Nicole Nielsen of Warren, Michigan attending Liberty University

“Life can change in an instant for military families due to life altering injuries or losing a spouse,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “This is why we built our scholarship program almost 12 years ago, so we can empower military spouses and caregivers to complete his/her education when their lives get turned upside down.”

Since the program’s inception, Hope For The Warriors has granted 90 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships totaling $349,260.

The 2019 spring scholarship season are open now through September 30. To apply for a scholarship visit https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/military-spouse-scholarships/.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.


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Pluralsight One Advances Access to Computer Science Education by Partnering with Code.org and CSTA

Pluralsight One Fund Providing $1.5 Million Grant to Code.org to Advance Access to Computer Science Education

Press Release – SILICON SLOPES, Utah – August 30, 2018Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS), the enterprise technology learning platform, today announced that the company’s social enterprise Pluralsight One has formed new partnerships with Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). These partnerships support Pluralsight One’s mission to democratize technology skills in education with an initial focus on strengthening the technology skills of students and computer science teachers.

In addition to the new partnerships, the Pluralsight One Fund is providing a $1.5 million grant to Code.org over three years to deepen opportunities for girls and students of color to access computer science education and continue their technology skills development beyond the classroom. The grant and Pluralsight One partnership will help enable Code.org to grow their resources for teachers and students, continue to develop curricula across K-12, expand their efforts to retrain America’s K-12 teachers to teach computer science, scale impact through their network of regional partners, debunk misconceptions about computer science through their annual Hour of Code campaign, and support Code.org’s international expansion.

“My father taught me to code when I was eight years old, and I believe every child, no matter the circumstances, should have the same opportunity,” said Aaron Skonnard, Co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “Educating our youth is one of the most important actions we can take as a society. With Pluralsight One, we are supporting teachers with access to continued learning and empowering students to be lifelong learners, problem-solvers and creators, while giving them a direct path into the professional world that so desperately needs their technology skills.”

The Code.org and CSTA partnerships will help provide access to Pluralsight One’s new education products. Students taking Code.org’s Computer Science Principles course may work with their AP Computer Science teacher to gain free access to Pluralsight’s curated intermediate and advanced courses in software development, IT/Ops and more to continue their learning journey. Curated by expert technologists, the library features over 150 courses to talling over 500 hours of content across four major areas: IT/OPs, software development, design/creative, and product management.

“Code.org is dedicated to giving all students a foundation in computer science to open up the best future opportunities regardless of what they ultimately pursue,” said Code.org Founder and CEO Hadi Partovi. “We’re excited that this partnership will allow Code.org students who uncover a passion for computer science to delve even deeper into subjects that our courses introduce.”

Teachers who are CSTA+ members can now access free curated courses on Pluralsight’s platform to hone their skills to pass computer science certification exams as well as gain deeper knowledge of computer science concepts and programming to train the next generation of innovators. Curated by expert technologists and mapped to the Praxis exam and national computer science standards, the course library contains 33 courses with over 100 hours of content covering everything from how to jumpstart a career in IT to UX design and front end development to Java and Python.

“Computer science teachers across the nation are at the forefront of a dramatic change in U.S. education, and through this partnership we’re thrilled to provide our members with even more resources to deepen their computer science knowledge and skills,” said Jake Baskin, Executive Director of the CSTA. “Together we’ll ensure more teachers have the support they need to teach all students this foundational skill.”

For information about Pluralsight One and the Code.org and CSTA partnerships visit https://www.pluralsightone.org/

About Pluralsight

Pluralsight is an enterprise technology learning platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including Pluralsight IQ, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring. For more information, visit pluralsight.com.


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Pluralsight One Announces New Products for Nonprofit and Education Sectors to Democratize Technology Skills

Press Release – SILICON SLOPES, Utah – August 30, 2018Pluralsight, Inc.(NASDAQ: PS), the enterprise technology learning platform, today announced new product offerings through the company’s social enterprise Pluralsight One to drive significant, lasting social impact by improving equal access to technology skills. Pluralsight One is launching products for the social and education sectors to amplify their capacity and equip them and the communities they support with the technology skills needed to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

“When we created Pluralsight One a year ago, we wanted to build something that would meaningfully contribute to making the world a better place for everyone,” said Aaron Skonnard, Co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “Whether it’s working with displaced youth, deeply understanding the needs of nonprofits and those they serve, funding programs that provide technology access to women and girls, working with organizations like Code.org and CSTA, Pluralsight One is democratizing technology skills to create a better future for us all.”

Through the new Pluralsight One products, global nonprofits will have the ability to develop technology skills to accelerate their missions and maximize their impact. Pluralsight One is offering nonprofits steeply discounted access to the Pluralsight platform to improve operational and programmatic capacity through technology skill development that in turn enables them to better serve their communities and solve global challenges. In addition, nonprofits can also make the Pluralsight platform available to their beneficiaries directly so that they, too, can learn from world-renowned technology experts and access more opportunities through technology.

Pluralsight One has already seen the power of technology skills development in action through its growing nonprofit community around the world. Leading global nonprofits are already making an impact for the world through technology and building skills that will expand employment opportunities for underserved and at risk communities. From global nonprofits that are building technology solutions to track and respond to Ebola to those that are working on skill development for young refugees across the Middle East to anti-human trafficking organizations working on employability, great work is underway to create progress through technology.

“Technology touches every industry and fuels innovation, participation and creation. Unfortunately, nonprofits often lack the resources to keep pace and are being left behind in the midst of digital transformation,” said Lindsey Kneuven, Head of Social Impact for Pluralsight.

“Through Pluralsight One and our new products, we are equalizing opportunities to learn, and empowering nonprofits to apply technology to innovate, disrupt, and build agency among the populations they support.”

Pluralsight One combined best practices from the humanitarian and development sectors with Pluralsight’s ground-breaking process of Directed Discovery to create the new nonprofit products. The team conducted a global needs assessment with thousands of organizations around the world. The Pluralsight One team tested these findings through an in-depth pilot program with 40 nonprofits across 16 countries to co-create an offering that best fits the needs of nonprofits and their beneficiaries. The new products will help build capacity among nonprofits and develop the technology skills among teams and individuals needed to build better lives and a better future for us all.

For information about Pluralsight One and the Pluralsight One products, visit https://www.pluralsightone.org/

About Pluralsight

Pluralsight is an enterprise technology learning platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including Pluralsight IQ, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs and live mentoring. For more information, visit pluralsight.com.


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Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces Scholarship Awarded in Remembrance of Terrorist Victim Darren Drake of New Milford

Press Release – (Bergen County, New Jersey; August 28, 2018) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) Darren Drake Memorial Fund announces New Milford High School graduate Christian Pavone was named the fund’s first recipient of a $2,000 scholarship award. This NNJCF charitable, donor advised fund memorializes New Milford High School graduate Darren Drake, who died in a terrorist attack in New York City on October 31, 2017.

The scholarship award is given to qualified students seeking to pursue a trade or technical career. Pavone was selected for good grades attained in high school and his community involvement volunteering as a firefighter with the New Milford Fire Department, while working part-time at DeMauro Towing. He plans to attend Lincoln Tech and pursue a career as an air conditioning technician.

The legacy of terrorist victim Darren Drake continues with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund. Drake, who served on the New Milford Board of Education, identified the need to meet a shortage of skilled labor in the trade and technical professions by preparing high school students interested in pursuing vocational careers. Career opportunities are available in the trade and technical professions.

Christian Pavone, the first recipient of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund scholarship award, meets Barbara and Jimmy Drake, the parents of the fund’s namesake.

Continue Darren Drake’s Legacy

Through the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior of New Milford High School to pursue training in the trade or technical professions. The public can continue Darren Drake’s commitment to education and his legacy with a donation in his memory. In remembrance of Drake, and as a lasting tribute to his lifelong love of and commitment to education, Moody’s Foundation provided the principal gift to establish the fund, which will be administered by his parents.

Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online at https://www.nnjcf.org/cause-posts/the-darren-drake-memorial-fund-memorializes-darren-scott-drake/. Contributions may also be sent by check made out to ‘The Northern N.J. Community Foundation’ with ‘Darren Drake Memorial Fund’ entered in the memo line. 
Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608.

About NNJCF

Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts. The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

For more information, visit www.nnjcf.org, send an email to nnjcf@nnjcf.org, or call (201) 568-5608. Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.


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Smithfield® Partners With No Kid Hungry To Donate Enough For Two Million Meals To Students In Need

Share Breakfast and Tag #BreakfastPower on Social Media to Join the Fight Against Childhood Hunger

Press Release – Smithfield, Va. August 1, 2018 – This back-to-school season, Smithfield® is partnering with No Kid Hungry to donate enough for two million meals to students in need through the brand’s “Most Important Meal” initiative. For the second consecutive year, Smithfield is ensuring a well-balanced breakfast is at the top of every student’s back-to-school list by doubling its commitment from last year and encouraging people to support No Kid Hungry’s in-school breakfast programs and the one in six children suffering from food insecurity in America.

From pencils and paper to binders and backpacks, families across the country prepare for an exciting year ahead, but too often breakfast is an afterthought and skipping it can lead to underperformance in school. According to a No Kid Hungry study, when students have a balanced breakfast in the morning, they are more likely to attend school and perform better on standardized tests, and Smithfield’s “Most Important Meal” campaign is ensuring everyone has access to this essential tool needed to perform successfully in school.

Now through the end of September, people everywhere can help Smithfield and No Kid Hungry reach their goal by sharing their breakfast on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #BreakfastPower. For every breakfast shared, Smithfield will donate enough for 10 meals* to No Kid Hungry – helping more kids get access to healthy meals.

“At No Kid Hungry, we found that students who eat school breakfast have been shown to achieve 17.5% higher scores on standardized math tests and attend an average of 1.5 more days of school per year,” said Jill Davis, senior vice president of corporate partnerships at Share Our Strength, the national organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. “Breakfast truly is powerful stuff, which is why we’re excited that with the help of partners like Smithfield, we can ensure breakfast is at the top of every school supply list this year.”

“As a food company, we know the importance of a well-balanced breakfast but find it concerning that so many kids in our country go hungry,” said Michael Merritt, senior director of brand marketing for Smithfield. “Smithfield is proud to partner with No Kid Hungry for a second year, doubling our donation to help support the organization’s commitment to end childhood hunger and provide children with access to the most important meal of the day.”

For more information on Smithfield’s “Most Important Meal” campaign and to learn how to donate, visit Smithfield.com/NoKidHungry.

*One dollar can provide up to 10 meals. This amount is based on the individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Smithfield Foods will donate $1 for every social media post shared with the hashtag #BreakfastPower up to $50,000 to No Kid Hungry from July 5,2018 to December 31, 2018. Smithfield will make a minimum donation of $200,000 to No Kid Hungry during this campaign.


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Code For America Expands Program To Promote Citizen-Driven Government In The Digital Age, With A New $2 Million Investment From Knight Foundation

Funding will support the next phase of Code for America Brigades—local networks of technologists, community leaders and local officials passionate about using technology to help government work for people

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO–August 30, 2018–Code for America will strengthen its national Brigade network of community organizers, developers and designers that use technology to improve how local government serves the American public, with $2 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The support will help expand the network over the next 2 years, building on Knight’s early support of the initiative.

“Code for America launched as an experiment, testing whether engaged citizens could use tech to make government work better for people; it has made great progress in this goal,” said Lilian Coral, Knight Foundation director for national strategy and technology Innovation. “This next phase is about establishing a stronger infrastructure for these efforts, as technology becomes ubiquitous in our communities and building strong connections between government and people becomes even more essential.”

Code for America and its local Brigades sit at the intersection of communities, city government and technology. Founded in 2009, Code for America is, in many ways, the seminal organization that founded what we know today as the civic tech movement.

Since 2012, the Code for America Brigade network has worked with local government and community partners to build and implement technology tools that help address local civic issues. Knight Foundation’s early support of the initiative helped the network grow substantially and mainstream the integration of technology in city governance. Since Knight’s initial investments, Code for America’s network has grown from 3 to 77 Brigades; the initial group of under 100 volunteers has grown into a network of 25,000 people—techies and non-techies alike.

New Knight support will now help support the next phase of growth for the Code for America Brigades, expanding its capacity and establishing advisory councils to amplify its impact within communities. The support will further allow Code for America to implement a redesigned fellowship model with a deeply local focus, connecting technologists from the community with city initiatives. The refreshed model will enable these technologists to better collaborate with government in building tools that help address local civic issues.

In addition, the organization will foster and develop the Code for America Brigade network through trainings, workshops and forms that bring Brigades together across cities. It will also work to expand local Brigades in communities where Knight invests; the number of members and the number and quality of the projects they work on; and the partnerships they develop within their communities and with local governments.

“Code for America believes that making government work for the people, by the people in the digital age creates strong, vibrant communities. In the last five years, volunteers in Brigades have defined a ‘new kind of public service.’ Strengthening the capacity for this kind of civic engagement is critical if we hope this impact to spread,” said Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director at Code for America. “We are grateful to the Knight Foundation for their continued vision and commitment to this work.”

Code for America Brigade volunteers get to know the people in City Hall (and sometimes, in fact, work in local government as their day job); advocate for digital practices that will benefit the public; and build solutions. They have increased youth access to local job opportunities in Boston; improved access to justice in Salt Lake City; tackled the affordable housing crisis in Asheville; developed tools for planners to build better bike routes in Philadelphia; and improved the delivery of health and human services in Missouri, among other successes.

In addition to organizing its volunteer Brigade network, Code for America builds easy-to-use technologies that improve government services in the areas of health, food, criminal justice and jobs, then it shares what it has learned with its broad network to enact long-term systems change.

Support for Code for America forms part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to harness the growth in digital technology to enable more informed and engaged communities. The foundation seeks to invest in strategies that increase responsiveness, connectedness and engagement to residents through the use of technology.

About Code for America

Code for America believes government must work for the people, and by the people, in the digital age, starting with the people who need it most. We build digital services that enhance government capabilities, and we help others do the same across all levels of government. We organize thousands of volunteers across nearly 80 chapters nationwide who improve government in their local communities. Our goal: a 21st century government that effectively and equitably serves all Americans. Learn more at codeforamerica.org.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org.


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