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By Julie Jimenez, CNCS, Office of Government Relations

Jose Valencia, who currently works with financial coaches towards his goal of owning a home, has benefited greatly from programs at Instituto.  “I came to Instituto and they have supported me through everything. Instituto first helped me to become a citizen and then taught me how to work with a computer and internet. They helped me to find training and get a job with the City of Chicago. And now they’re helping me to improve my credit. This organization is preparing people to excel”.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th through October 15th, CNCS will highlight and recognize the contributions that our private-sector partners that work with Latino communities across the country have made in improving the lives of Latinos.

This week, we highlight Instituto Del Progreso Latino, a LISC subgrantee funded by CNCS’s Social Innovation Fund. Instituto has served Latino families in Chicago for almost 40 years. Their mission is to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing US society while preserving cultural identity and dignity.

In 2010 the Social Innovation Fund partnered with LISC to increase the number of individuals and families served by an innovative workforce development and asset building model called Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs). FOCs bundle three key services: employment counseling and training, financial education and coaching and access to income supports. Instituto serves as an FOC in Chicago serving clients from the Little Village, Pilsen and Back of the Yards neighborhoods. In the last year, this site helped 727 clients in gaining employment, financial and income supports coaching.

By Julie Jimenez, CNCS, Office of Government Relations

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Today, two AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with the Google Code Corps program attended the White House Summit on Computer Science (CS) for All.  The White House’s CS for All Summit celebrated progress and announced new commitments towards President Obama’s bold initiative to empower a generation of American students with the computer science skills they need to thrive in a digital economy. CS for All builds on efforts already being led by parents, teachers, school districts, states, and private sector leaders from across the country.

Google, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Google Code Corps program will connect with more than 5,500 Boys & Girls Club kids and teens over the next year as part of the organization’s partnership. In support of the President’s CS for All initiative, the Google Code Corps program aims to inspire and train the next generation of computer scientists with the help and support of AmeriCorps VISTA members. 

Robert Petrowsky, and Morgan Staton attended the CS for All Summit to represent the incredible impact they have made at the Dorchester, Mass. and Wake County, N.C. Boys and Girls Clubs, respectively. 

Attending a career fair can be a really awkward experience. We get it. So before attending our career fair in October, read these tips on how to prepare so it’s a productive and not-so-awkward experience. 

1. Research who will be there. 

Before the career fair, take a minute to see who will be attending. Research the agencies and possible openings. By knowing who is there, you can strategically plan your time and impress recruiters with specific questions.

2. Ask questions. 

Create a list of questions. Specific questions indicate interest. This may be the only chance you have for face time with an agency representative during the application process.

3. Look professional. 

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First impressions can be lasting. Your clothing choices make a statement about who you are and where you want to go.

By: Ted Miller, Chief of External Affairs 

Rep. Derek Kilmer and David Wilkinson, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, third and fourth from right, respectively, joined staff from Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell’s office to learn how the Social Innovation Fund has helped patients of the Peninsula Community Health Services.

Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting with the leaders of the Peninsula Community Health Services in Bremerton, Washington, an organization that is one of 400 community-based groups that successfully competed for funding from the Social Innovation Fund.

In this case, the Bremerton-based center secured funding through the John A. Hartford Foundation, a Social Innovation Fund grantee.

One of the reasons we visited Bremerton is because we heard of the progress they were making, yet we are concerned that the current Senate appropriations bill does not include funding for the Social Innovation Fund. That means more stories like the one you’re about to read may not materialize.

Let’s start from the top: Peninsula Community Health Services last year served 24,884 patients, providing basic medical care, dental services, and mental health support. The mental health supports include treatment for depression as well as addiction.

In short, the dedicated professionals give hope those in the toughest of circumstances.

For instance, we learned about one man’s journey from being misdiagnosed as suffering from a bipolar disorder to getting ready to re-enter the workforce.

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