Take 5! Here are five social innovation links we are clicking on today:

  1. The Alumni: Georgetown Scholarship Program: Getting First-Generation Students Acquainted to College Early On
    “Potts and Kelly were paired up for an ‘achieve chat’ — one of the university’s many services offered out of its Georgetown Scholarship Program, which is designed to guide first-generation college students like Potts through the intimidating waters of a prestigious university like Georgetown. Between 2003 and 2013, the number of students at Georgetown who received federal Pell Grants aimed at low-income students, like Potts, doubled. The GSP, as it’s known, is Georgetown’s answer for making sure those students earn degrees.”
  2. Tech Crunch: Google Commits $1 Billion in Grants to Train U.S. Workers for High-Tech Jobs
    “The search giant has regularly expressed a desire to help stem some of that negative impact, and now it’s putting its money where its mouth is to the tune of $1 billion. CEO Sundar Pichai announced Grow with Google at an event earlier today in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the next five years, the initiative will commit $1 billion to nonprofits aimed at training American workers and helping build business.”
  3. America Forward: Key to Success in Pay for Success: Data, Data, Data
    “Gaps in data infrastructure impact the ability of governments to fully examine service utilization and costs. Lack of integrated data systems and technical capacity limit government and provider staff from being able to measure outcomes of interest or support improvement processes of programs and services. And not being able to access certain administrative datasets makes it difficult to set outcome baselines, thus impeding the ability to enter into PFS contracts. Two specific examples from Third Sector’s SIF PFS work clearly showcase the importance of data and the significance of being about to access, integrate, and analyze data for the achievement of government and provider goals, including the provision of effective and efficient services.”
  4. Teach For America: After the Floods Receded, Houston Educators and Students Rose Up
    “From organizing kid zones at shelters to salvaging students’ college applications, meet some of the people who stepped up in the face of catastrophe.” Teach for America is a past New Profit portfolio organization.
  5. Chicago Sun Times: Report: For Illinois Youth, Future Success Tied to Education Funding
    “Illinois Kids Count 2017, being released Thursday by Voices for Illinois Children, blames systemic inequities in access to early childhood education, public funding for kindergarten through 12th grade, and both readiness for and access to college for those disheartening education statistics. The annual report by the advocacy group shines new light on the critical nature of recent reforms to Illinois’ public education funding system. It found 82 percent of state kids most in need had access to preschool in 2015.”

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