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Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley names Hasshan Batts Director of Operations

Regional nonprofit organization Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has named Dr. Hasshan Batts as its new Director of Operations.

His responsibilities will include developing and managing cross-sector relationships in the community; planning and launching fundraising events to support the organization; developing and implementing the organization’s programs; community organizing; and overseeing staff engagement with neighborhood residents and resident leadership.

Batts is an Allentown Promise Neighborhood resident, a community leader and committed to contributing to improving the Lehigh Valley through equity, collaboration and compassion. Batts most recently worked with the Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley, where he was a member of the management team supervising the community initiative staff and oversaw interns, while providing clinical and operational consultation, training and staff development. He is also a consultant with the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute based in Atlanta, and a fellow with The Rider-Pool Foundation’s Collective Impact Fellowship Program.

His professional career history includes working as a Clinical Supervisor for the Youth Services Agency of Pennsylvania in Jim Thorpe; Director of Children’s Services for NHS Human Services in Bethlehem; and an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Lincoln University in Philadelphia.

Batts has a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Gardner-Web University; a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T University; and a Doctorate in Health Sciences with a Global Health concentration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

After a decade of growth and development, the Board of Directors of PNLV is conducting a review and evaluation of the nonprofit organization’s community work as it plans for its next phase of growth and development. Its collective impact mission working with partner agencies, community leaders, and neighborhood residents will be reinvigorated as it continues to strengthen its neighborhood-level relationships and focus on community building in all three of its Lehigh Valley neighborhoods. Batts will work the PNLV Board on this reorganization, and will facilitate the hiring of two staff members in the coming months.

About Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Initiated in 2007 by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and developed by community leaders, PNLV was envisioned and planned as a regional organization to address challenges facing families and children in select neighborhoods across the Lehigh Valley. PNLV’s first neighborhood is in the Old Allentown Historic District downtown, and now includes Easton Promise Neighborhood in the city’s West Ward, and two Bethlehem Promise Neighborhoods on Southside and in the Marvine-Pembroke neighborhood. The nonprofit organization unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career. Promise Neighborhoods accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts. www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.

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Congratulations to LVCC!

We’d like to congratulate Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) on its achievement of higher quality ratings for three of its full-service centers.

LVCC on Walnut Street in Allentown, LVCC at Allen High School in Allentown, and LVCC at Stones Crossing in Easton all have been recognized with a STAR 4 designation in Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS program. With these advancements, all of LVCC’s full-service centers are now STAR 4!

http://www.lvcconline.org

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Job opening – we’re hiring a Manager for the Allentown Promise Neighborhood

Position Announcement – Manager, Allentown Promise Neighborhood

Posting Date: September 5, 2014

 

Department: Allentown Promise Neighborhood

Supervisor: Dr. Yamil Sanchez, Executive Director

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Location:  Allentown Office

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Allentown Promise Neighborhood is excited to share a job posting for a Manager.  The Manager for the Allentown Promise Neighborhood will lead effective and efficient coordination of services related to the 9 Promises for students and families living in the Promise Neighborhoods.  As a member of the Promise Neighborhoods team, the Manager will work closely with the Executive Director, other Managers, the Administrative Support Staff to provide seamless, in-neighborhood access to resources to children and families.  This position is an Exempt, Full-time position.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education (Elementary or Early Childhood)
  • 5 plus years of experience in early childhood program planning, implementing and/or management of programs
  • Ability to lead collaborative efforts
  • Skilled in working with collecting, interpreting and managing data
  • Demonstrated ability in the composition of compelling written communication
  • Computer Skills:  proficient in Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Word, PPT, and Excel
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking skills (required)

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.  Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley is an equal opportunity employer.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates may e-mail, fax or mail a resume and/or cover letter to:

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

Attn: Yamil Sanchez, Executive Director

347 N. 8th Street

Allentown, PA  18102

yamils@nullunitedwayglv.org

Phone 610-351-4288

Fax 610-351-4275

 

Deadline to apply will be September 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Miguel

Miguel1. How long have you lived in the APN? What do you like most about living here? I don’t live in the APN area, but in working for APN I’m getting to know the community and I like how APN is helping the people that live in this neighborhood.

2. What made you want to get more involved in your neighborhood? I would like to see the neighborhood get better. No more crime or drugs being sold.

3. Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN? I’m a people person and self-motivated.

4. What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Community Engagement Team? Getting to know the different people that live in the community and doing what they need.

5. What do you think of APN and what it does for our community? I feel APN brings hope to the community.

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Meet our Resident Liaison, Alissa

Alissa1) How long have you lived in the APN? What do you like most about living here?
I’ve been here about six or seven years. What I like most about living here is that the community is great and what they’re doing is great.

2) What made you want to get more involved in your neighborhood?
When I found out about Allentown Promise Neighborhood and what they do I wanted to get more involved. I thought it would be a good idea to go out and help other people

3) Why do you feel that you are a good candidate to represent APN?
I’m great with other people, even kids, and I’m a good leader.

4) What are you most looking forward to in your role as a member of the APN Resident Liaisons?
To be an even better leader and become an even better person.

5) What do you think of APN and what it does for our community?
I think it’s a great place and what they’re doing is great because they’re taking time out of their day to help others, and I think that is a great thing to do.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

We invite you to join us this Thursday 5/22 from 5-6 p.m. for a program on mental health stigma.

Find out how you can help and support someone you love who is living with mental health issues.

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Raub Middle School Student Assistance Team Celebration

We were happy to help Raub Middle School celebrate the achievements of their student assistants at last week’s Raub Middle School Student Assistance Team Celebration night.

Congratulations to Raub students for their committed support to teachers and faculty!

Raub Middle School SAP

 

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PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Yamil Sanchez Rivera, Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Yamil Sanchez Rivera, Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

After a six-month national search, downtown Allentown non-profit organization Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has selected a new executive director.

Yamil Sanchez Rivera of Reading, Pa. started the job on Monday, January 6. He comes to the position with an existing knowledge base of not only the Lehigh Valley but specifically of downtown Allentown having lived in the city twice.

He attended Kutztown University where he earned his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and also his Certification in Secondary Education for Chemistry. He went on to attend Lehigh University, graduating in May 2010 with a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Most recently he was the Head of School and CEO for I-LEAD Charter School in Reading. Prior to that position he was Head of School at Kuumba Academy Charter School in Wilmington, DE. His career history also includes working for the United Way of Delaware and of Berks County. PNLV is a program of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

“I am excited to join Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley in their efforts to mobilize residents, community partners, educational institutions, and business leaders to ensure the success of children from birth to career,” said Sanchez Rivera. “I look forward to serving the children and their families of the Lehigh Valley alongside the many individuals who have invested their time and resources to create Promise Neighborhoods. As I begin my journey, I welcome the opportunity to learn more about existing efforts and discuss how, through collaboration, we can best meet the needs of children and families.”

“The concept of a Promise Neighborhood is a “big idea” – all children born in a neighborhood will thrive, succeed in school and become vital members in the community. We are delighted that Yamil Sanchez Rivera has chosen to become our Executive Director,” said PNLV Board Chairman Ed Meehan. “Yamil’s combination of talent, training, experience and approach to community service made him the standout choice. This is a good day for families and children across the Lehigh Valley. I’d also like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks and compliments to Kay Hughston of Crayola and her volunteer search committee comprised of leaders from across the region. Their national search attracted a large number of extremely qualified professionals.”

Sanchez Rivera’s duties at PNLV will include strengthening and expanding quality early childhood education to all families in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood; assisting the PNLV board in establishing an independent, regional not-for-profit organization; developing more complete measurements for tracking the success of children at the community level; working in partnership with other community leaders and not-for-profit organizations to create winning opportunities for agencies and families in the APN; and exploring cooperative efforts to expand the Promise Neighborhood model to other Lehigh Valley communities such as Easton’s West Ward and Bethlehem’s Southside. He will also lead the organization’s small staff of two employees.

About Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Founded in 2007, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career. Promise Neighborhoods, a subsidiary of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts, like Allentown Promise Neighborhood. Its office is located at 347 N. 8th Street in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.

 

 

 

 

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PNLV Executive Director Job Description

We’ve begun our search for the next Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. Below is the job description for interested candidates.

PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY JOB POSTING

Position: Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

Open Date: 8/19/2013

Close Date: 9/30/2013

Salary Range: $80,000 – $100,000 (Compensation to be determined based on relevant experience and

performance.)

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley seeks a dynamic, motivated and experienced Executive Director to convene the Promise Neighborhoods to achieve the shared vision and desired results of its residents and partners.

The PNLV Executive Director will:

  • Engage the community, provider partner (health, child care education services and other not for profit organizations), local government, funders, businesses, and other key constituents in the implementation of the Allentown Promise Neighborhood as a model for community building in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Serve as a catalyst for our community to embrace opportunities to substantially improving the lives of the children, families, and residents in the Promise Neighborhoods; resulting in extended support, and long term commitment to priorities, vision and mission of Promise Neighborhoods.
  • Act as lead staff to the governing body of PNLV. Develop meeting agendas, communicate with members to advance strategic direction, implementation and refinement of strategies and end results.
  • Act as the operational manager of the PNLV office(s), including direct supervision of any staff and volunteers.
  • Convene/co-convene committees, action teams, or other groups focused on advancing the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the Promise Neighborhoods.
  • Strategically represent the PNLV’s initiative to become an independent 501©3 organization including alignment with United Way and other community partners and funders.
  • Identify and develop financial resources necessary to implement and strengthen the Promise Neighborhood, as well as opportunities for expanded public/private partnerships
  • Serve as chief fundraiser for the APN by securing/leveraging new resources in collaboration with volunteers and community partners
  • Develop annual results-based accountability “report card” related to both systemic and customer strategies and results to share with key stakeholders and the community

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION – PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY

Promise Neighborhoods of Lehigh Valley (PNLV) originated from a United Way initiative in 2007 based on the Harlem Children’s Zone model. PNLV commenced operations as a subsidiary of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley with the intent of becoming an independent 501C3 Organization in 2014.

The education improvement model for urban children evolved into a wraparound model that included not only children, but also parents and their environment.

Promise Neighborhood initiatives in other major cities were studied and replicated based on best practices and practical adaptation for the Lehigh Valley. The Allentown Promise Neighborhood is the initial venture for creating a network of Promise Neighborhoods that meet the greatest needs for education and neighborhood improvement in Lehigh Valley. PNLV is focused on supporting the development of the Promise Neighborhood in Allentown, while building support to replicate the model across the region.

Promise Neighborhoods of Lehigh Valley expect to be a convener of practical and proven solutions for the most serious barriers to education success and neighborhood vitality as defined by residents and the community.

Vision: Vibrant neighborhoods where every family is strong, every child born healthy, stays healthy, and every youth succeeds in school, graduates from college or other continued education and achieves life-long success

Mission: Fostering cooperation among Allentown Promise Neighborhood residents and with the Greater Lehigh Valley to create a safe, healthy, vibrant, inclusive neighborhood, which expects children to succeed in school and where adults and families thrive and want to live.

 

QUALIFICATIONS & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Experience:

  • Seven or more years of increasingly leadership-based responsibilities involving but not limited to collaborative/multi-system initiatives, strategic planning, project management, supervision, and evaluation related to neighborhood-based work with children, teens, and families.
  • Proven record of outcomes based on optimal use of skills, resources and talent is a priority.

Education:

BA required, graduate degree preferred, in social work, community organization, education, nonprofit management, or a related field.

Knowledge:

  •  Understanding of the philosophy, attributes, and practice of Promise Neighborhoods and related initiatives.
  • Understanding of philosophy and practice of place-based initiatives and collective impact principles
  • Understanding of the most critical challenges facing students, families, schools, and neighborhoods in urban centers similar to Allentown and Lehigh Valley communities.
  • Understanding of systems that serve people: education, human services, health, grants makers, funders, government, etc. and how those systems can be effectively integrated.
  • Understanding of results based accountability or similar measurements

Skills:

  • Understanding, nurturing, and facilitation of complex relationships (e.g. with key stakeholders from education, business, health/human services, and government)
  • Bilingual in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Listening, mediating and negotiating among diverse partners with different points of view
  • Grassroots training – experience engaging and cultivating stakeholders in the community
  • Hard traffic management and project management skills
  • Ability to manage special events and forums with efficiency and effectiveness
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to develop and present compelling communications (oral and written)
  • Ability to act as both team leader and team member as appropriate
  • Ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively use quantitative and qualitative data
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs

Mental demands:

  • Duties require planning, organizing, and performing a variety of duties applying a wide range of procedures and rules.
  • Duties require attention to detail, high degree of accuracy, reliability, timeliness, alertness, and use of judgment.
  • Requires ability in verbal and written expression, creativity, and concentration.
  • Access to and use of confidential data where discretion/sensitivity is of utmost importance.
  • Mature judgment and confidence.

Physical demands

  • Frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear.
  • Occasionally required to stand, reach, stoop, and handle and/or lift and up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to visibly check for completion and accuracy and to retrieve and transmit information.
  • Use of general office environment equipment.
  • Will often need to provide own transportation around the Lehigh Valley area in order to attend meetings. Staff members who drive on organization business are required to provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are equal opportunity employers.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates may e-mail, fax or mail a resume and/or cover letter including salary requirements to:

 

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Attn: Mary Terp, Human Resource Manager

1110 American Parkway NE

Allentown, PA 18109

maryt@nullunitedway.org

Phone 610-807-5712

Fax 610-867-7255

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PNLV featured on WDIY-FM’s Lehigh Valley Discourse program

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Sally Handlon and the staff at WDIY-FM for hosting us on last night’s “Lehigh Valley Discourse” program.

We greatly appreciate the chance to talk about our ongoing Cost of Quality study by local economist and researcher Dr. Kamran Afshar regarding preschool education in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood.

If you missed last night’s radio interview with PNLV’s Chairman of the Board Ed Meehan and Dr. Afshar, you can listen to it via the WDIY web site here:

http://www.wdiy.org/post/promise-neighborhood-lehigh-valley-discourse