WBEZ | Non-profits http://www.wbez.org/tags/non-profits Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Getting a 'Jumpstart' on literacy http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/getting-jumpstart-literacy-99736 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/9_Jumpstart_WEB.jpg" title="Classmates Morgan Conner and Britany Villegas Ortiz raise their hands to volunteer to share with the class what they did during the Jumpstart Session. (Josh Freund/Medill)" /></div><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.3567390073687523">Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., a group of Northwestern University students in red Jumpstart T-shirts trickle into the Howard Area Community Center.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Once inside, the <a href="http://www.jstart.org/site/PageServer" target="_blank">Jumpstart</a> members follow a carefully crafted pre-school literacy curriculum to engage toddlers in poems, songs, reading and word games. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Kerry Brown, a Northwestern sophomore, is one of thousands of college students the non-profit organization places in preschool classrooms across the nation to help educators tackle the learning achievement gap in low-income neighborhoods. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;When you look at the disparities between education for middle class kids and low-income kids, it&rsquo;s just a shocking gap,&rdquo; Brown said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so sad to know that these kids (are) already behind when they get to kindergarten.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>According to a 2008 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only about half of children from low-income families can write their own name by kindergarten. That number jumps to 75 percent and above in higher income brackets.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Tony Raden of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a Chicago-based non-profit that advocates for early childhood education programs, says waiting to tackle these literacy issues in kindergarten is too late. &nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6_Jumpstart WEB.jpg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 200px; " title="Miguel Gonzalez experiments with a flashlight at Jumpstart. (Josh Freund/Medill)" /><br /><br />&ldquo;We know in Chicago and across the nation that there&rsquo;s a very significant difference in skills at a very young age, and it is very evident and very significant by kindergarten,&rdquo; Raden said. &ldquo;(The gap) starts in the developmental period and grows and widens over time.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Barbara Bowman, a leading early childhood education expert and advocate, said in an email interview that programs like Jumpstart can help, especially by providing stimulating one-on-one instruction. But she says closing the achievement gap requires a greater nationwide effort. &nbsp;</div><p>&ldquo;Unfortunately, many children need expert teaching which untrained people cannot provide,&rdquo; Bowman said. &ldquo;It would clearly make more sense to fund the schools so there were enough qualified teachers.&rdquo;<br /><br />Brown says it&rsquo;s a start. And it&rsquo;s worth her effort.<br /><br />&ldquo;College students can make a difference,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;At the end of the year, you see that they are making improvements, that they&rsquo;re spelling their names, they&rsquo;re writing out different letters, and the parents definitely seem to respond well. I think they&rsquo;re seeing an improvement too.&rdquo;</p></p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/getting-jumpstart-literacy-99736 Daily Rehearsal: Occupy Broadway? http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-11/daily-rehearsal-occupy-broadway-93049 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-11/broadway_flickr_ryanhoard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-11/charlesisherwood.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 137px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. Have you seen the tumblr <a href="http://charlesisherwoodsyogurtshop.tumblr.com">Charles Isherwood's Yogurt Shop</a></strong></span></span> because GO RIGHT NOW. It's all based off of this one quote he gave just a few days ago in our new favorite <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-10/daily-rehearsal-seven-minutes-heaven-ellen-degeneres-93004">review of Adam Rapp's despised playwriting abilities</a>: "[T]he prospect of five more [plays] next year...frankly leaves me contemplating abandoning my vocation to open a yogurt shop in Long Island City."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Remy Bumppo has a new "Between the Lines"</strong></span></span> conversation coming up this weekend from Long Wharf Theatre on&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.remybumppo.org/mourning-becomes-electra-pages-363.php" title="http://www.remybumppo.org/mourning-becomes-electra-pages-363.php">Mourning Becomes Electra</a></em>, not to be confused with the hit children's show from way back when,<em> Between the Lions</em>. Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein talks about Eugene O'Neill and plans to show how O'Neill&nbsp;"packed all the power of <em>Mourning Becomes Electra</em> in to just half the time."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Taxes, art and non-profits</strong></span></span>, Kelly Kleiman's<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-02-28/new-illinois-will-theaters-lose-property-tax-exemption-83067"> favorite topics</a>. According <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/10/10/who-benefits-from-tax-free-arts-philanthropy">to the <em>Reader</em></a>, who got it via&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncrp.org/paib/arts-culture-philanthropy">National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy</a>, "Fifty-five percent of foundation arts grants go to the less than 2 percent of arts organizations with annual budgets of more than $5 million." And, perhaps unsurprising to you, the people who experience the work of these insitutions are typically white and wealthy.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-11/broadway_flickr_ryanhoard.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 225px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Occupy Broadway?</strong></span></span> Though it hasn't yet come to that, <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/10/11/gross/">writes Howard Sherman</a>, the reason shows keep grossing more money isn't because more people are going to them, but because the tickets are more expensive. "Do we need a movement?" asks Sherman. "Perhaps not yet. But do we need pronounced change we can believe in when it comes to access and pricing for the arts? Absolutely."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. A week from Saturday we've got TimeLine Theatre's “Meet the Artists”</strong></span></span> reception in relation to their show <em>The Pitman Painters</em>. They have artwork by six Chicago-area union members displayed at the theatre and Art de Triumph/Artful Framers Studio, and the reception will be after the&nbsp;4 pm show at the latter location.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-11/daily-rehearsal-occupy-broadway-93049 Assessing city's partnerships with non-profits to provide services http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-19/assessing-citys-partnerships-non-profits-provide-services-92159 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-19/Homeless.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many essential public services result from partnerships, not government work alone. The city of Chicago, like the state and federal government, partners with non-profits to deliver a variety of programs – from affordable housing to emergency health care. But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered, how does a government decide which organizations make the best partners? And what might it mean for the quality of the services provided to the public? To discuss, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>was joined by <a href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/faculty/j-mosley.shtml" target="_blank">Jennifer Mosley</a>, from the <a href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/" target="_blank">School of Social Service Administration</a> at the <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu" target="_blank">University of Chicago</a>.</p><p>No one from the city was available to join the conversation but <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>hopes to speak with someone about these issues in the future.</p><p><em>Shawn Lee, "Corvette", from the CD Under The Sun-OST, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-19/assessing-citys-partnerships-non-profits-provide-services-92159