Dear Colleagues:

Here are some resources you can use…

Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, the Online Work Readiness Assessment (OWRA) is a web-based tool that offers an innovative approach to creating a plan for clients. OWRA assesses and summarizes client strengths and barriers, and makes recommendations on placement into work activities and work supports.

Click here to access this tool .

Wellness Check: Factsheets on the Well-Being Among Families with Infants and Toddlers

This month, the Urban Institute has published a series of Wellness Check fact sheets about families with infants and toddlers based on data collected from their Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey (WBNS). WBNS monitors the ability of individuals and families to meet their basic needs at a time when the safety net faces a period of transition. Urban researchers are using the survey to develop a broader understanding of material well-being beyond income-based poverty indicators. These three fact sheets highlight three essential areas of well-being: ,aterial hardship and pyshological distress, financial stability, and food insecurity.

These facts sheets can be accessed here.

Shaping the Narrative: Community Stories of Effective Practice and Impact Across the OYF Network

This new report from the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions lifts up the stories from Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF) communities working on the ground to improve policies and programs to support opportunity youth, who are 16- to 24-year-olds out of work and school. The OYF began as a group of 21 community collaboratives and has grown to a network of more than two-dozen urban, rural, and tribal communities. Roughly one-quarter (about 1.2 million) of all opportunity youth in the United States reside in or near OYF communities

Click here to read this full report

The 2018 Opportunity Index

The Opportunity Index is an annual multidimensional snapshot of opportunity at the state and county levels. It provides data on all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 2,100 counties, covering 97 percent of the population. Each year we rank every state and grade counties on 20 indicators in four dimensions: the economy, education, health, and community life.

The new index was released earlier this month and includes dis-aggregated national data by race/ethnicity/gender, which allows deeper examination of racial, ethnic and gender equity in opportunity.

Click here to access the 2018 index


ASPIRE: Using TANF Funds to Improve Child Outcomes by Serving Noncustodial Parents

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

1:00PM-2:30PM ET

The webinar from the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) will feature a panel of programs using TANF funds to serve noncustodial parents (NCPs): the Ohio Fatherhood Commission, South Carolina Department of Fathers and Families, which fund community programs for fathers and families and advocate for “father-friendly” policies and practices in state agencies, and Fathers Support Center of St. Louis, which will share its experiences of directly engaging fathers to improve family and economic security. A presenter from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement will also talk about programs for fathers and NCPs who have alternate funding sources.

.Click Here to Register

Emerging Lessons on Place-Based Impact Investing Collaboration

Thursday, June 27, 2019

3:00PM-4:00PM ET

Foundations and their partners are turning to collaboration to maximize the social and economic returns of their place-based impact investments. To support these efforts and facilitate lesson sharing, the Urban Institute and Mission Investors Exchange have produced a set of practitioner briefs, focusing on three elements of collaborative place-based impact investing: building strong ecosystems, mapping opportunities and capacities, and deploying capital on the ground together. Join Urban and Mission Investors Exchange to learn more about these resources and how they can help foundations and their partners build and enhance local impact investing ecosystems.

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Funding/Collaboration/Learning Opportunities:

Collective Impact Accelerator on Using Data

The “Collective Impact Accelerator” is a twelve month learning cohort that focuses on improving how collective impact backbone teams, funders, and other partners use data to learn and strengthen their work in collaboration with others, ultimately contributing to achieving greater impact in communities. Accelerator will be limited to participants from 10 separate collaboratives and will take place from November 2019 to November 2020.

Applications Due: July 26, 2019

Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities

These grants will enable eligible applicants within the Appalachian and Delta regions to expand the impact of existing workforce development initiatives, as well as provide valuable career, training, and support services to eligible individuals in counties and parishes and/or areas currently underserved by other resources.  These grants support workforce development activities that prepare dislocated workers, new entrants to the workforce, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations aligned with a regional or community economic development strategy.

Applications Due: July 15, 2019