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We’re hiring! Case Manager for PNLV and YouthBuild

POSITION: Case Manager

ORGANIZATION: YouthBuild and Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

POSITION LEVEL: 12 Month exempt, split position between YouthBuild and Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

The position will be expected to work 24 hours per week for YouthBuild and 16 hours per week for PNLV.

REPORTING STRUCTURE: Reports to PNLV Community Manager

DESCRIPTION:

The Case Manager will provide on-going case management support, advocacy and guidance to YouthBuild students, Allentown Children Health Improvement Project (ACHIP) clients and Allentown Promise Neighborhood residents in order to assist them in dealing with their personal, legal, and social service needs. In addition, the Case Manager will advocate and utilize strategic community building and organizing techniques to engage neighborhood stakeholders for purposes of improved education, economic, housing, health and life outcomes.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to these duties:

  • Build knowledge of appropriate community services and resources to make appropriate referrals for students and residents.
  • Conduct initial assessments, refer to appropriate community resources and provide goal oriented case management and discharge planning for program participants
  • Facilitate weekly life skills sessions/support groups
  • Monitor and track participant progress on service plans
  • Conduct home visits as appropriate, to assess needs and support clients and their families
  • Actively participate in a collaborative processes for addressing issues of social isolation, health disparities, early childhood education, racism, and poverty in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment, block level organizing and other resident leadership development.
  • Represent organizations at appropriate meetings, presentations and community events/fairs, as needed.
  • Assist with the creation and distribution of communications on PNLV activities and issues, including website, newsletters and social media outlets.
  • Contribute to maintenance of PNLV calendar of events, organizational databases, and all records and reports for PNLV, and community stakeholders.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, public health, education, sociology, criminal justice, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of one year human service, social services, education, early childhood or healthcare experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Interest in learning community organizing principles
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Good analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong time and task management skills
  • Genuine commitment and sensitivity to students, residents and community issues
  • Strong commitment to racial, ethnic, religious and gender equity and experience working with diverse groups
  • Highly motivated and independent, yet team-oriented
  • Must be able to work weekends and evenings
  • Computer and other standard office equipment skills sufficient to document participant progress, prepare flyers and other communications, maintain databases, email, and website posting.
  • Pleasant disposition, keen sense of humor and a desire to make the world a better place.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish is a huge asset

Salary: $28,000-$35,000 depending on education and experience plus competitive benefits package

CONTACT INFO:

Send Resume to: hasshanb@nullpromiseneighborhoodslv.org

 

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We’re hiring! PNLV Community Manager

POSITION: Community Manager

ORGANIZATION: Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

POSITION LEVEL: Management

REPORTING STRUCTURE: Reports to Director of Operations

DESCRIPTION:

The Community Manager will be an effective leader in the development, implementation, management coordination, assessment and on-going administration of services provided by partners to children and families in the Promise Neighborhoods across the Lehigh Valley.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to these duties:

  • Serve as lead staff on committee work related to the 9 promises
  • Supervise community organizers, case managers, resident liaisons, interns and volunteers.
  • Develop, lead, and facilitate cross-sector networks related to our work (early learning, youth development, health, housing networks)
  • Use data to inform practice and decision making
  • Actively participate in a collaborative process for addressing issues of social isolation, health disparities, early childhood education, racism, and poverty in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood.
  • Assist with volunteer recruitment, block level organizing and other resident leadership development.
  • Advocate for the best interests of the Promise Neighborhoods on issues of social isolation, health disparities, early childhood education, racism and poverty.
  • Help coordinate neighborhood improvement projects and volunteer service efforts.
  • Assist with the creation and distribution of communications on APN activities and issues, including website and newsletters.
  • Contribute to maintenance of APN calendar of events, organizational databases, and all records and reports for APN, and community stakeholders.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Resident of Promise Neighborhood highly desired
  • Master Degree in social work, public health, education, sociology, criminal justice, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of five years human service, social services, education, early childhood or healthcare leadership experience
  • Eagerness to establish relationships with neighborhood residents
  • Detail and task oriented
  • Community organizing principles
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong time and task management skills
  • Genuine commitment and sensitivity to residents and community issues
  • Respect for economic and cultural diversity, experience working with diverse groups of people
  • Highly motivated and independent, yet team-oriented
  • Must be able to work long hours, weekends and evenings
  • Computer and other standard office equipment skills sufficient to prepare flyers and other communications, maintain databases, email, and website posting.

Bilingual English-Spanish is a huge asset and highly desirable

Salary: $35,000-$42,000 depending on education and experience plus competitive benefits package

Fax or email resume and cover letter to: Hasshan Batts, Director of Operations hasshanb@nullpromiseneighborhoodslv.org 610-351-4275.

 

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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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Meet the APN Resident Liaisons

Allentown Promise Neighborhood is happy to introduce our Resident Liaisons: Alissa, Banessa, Gelmar, Isaiah, Marcela, and Yamiris.

They will be greeting residents in the community, telling them about APN events and programs, and providing information about local services.

If you see them in the neighborhood, feel free to say hello, or ask them about what wonderful things we have going on in the APN.

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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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APN partnership with Community Bike Works means free bikes for downtown Allentown kids

Back in December, APN featured a story about a partnership with Community Bike Works, a non-profit organization in Allentown, which focuses on bike-building and peer mentoring for youth, as a way to encourage positive after-school involvement and professional development. APN, thanks to a very generous bike donation from “Bikes for Bill,” was able to give Central, Cleveland, and McKinley Elementary School students bikes to build at Community Bike Works.

We were able to speak with Ty’ee, a very proud 5th grader at McKinley Elementary School, about his bike building experience. As pictured, Ty’ee is almost done building his own bike, with only the pedals left to assemble.

APN: “What do you do here at Community Bike Works?”
Ty’ee: “We learn to build bikes. I’m in the ‘green group,’ and we all work on our bikes together.”
APN: “What do you like best about the program?”
Ty’ee: “We get to keep the bike! I also like helping other students put together bikes.”

APN also learned that Ty’ee attends the program regularly, and loves interacting with the other youth and staff. He also hopes to be an actor when he grows up, and was recently in the Wizard of OZ play at William Allen High School.

It is wonderful to see Community Bike Works and community organizations working together to shape the lives of aspiring youth like Ty’ee, and to see what a positive impact efforts like these have from beginning to end.

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PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY FILES FOR ITS OWN NON-PROFIT STATUS

In order to help more families and children throughout the region in the coming years, the Board of Directors of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has filed Form 1023 with the Internal Revenue Service to become its own tax-exempt non-profit 501c3 organization.

Since its start, PNLV and its Allentown Promise Neighborhood have been a subsidiary of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. But the long-term plan for the organization’s growth necessitated that it eventually become independent of United Way and the PNLV Board of Directors began the non-profit application process last year.

Earlier this year PNLV hired new Executive Director Yamil Sanchez-Rivera. Its staff has also grown with the promotion of Dawn Robinson-Weldon to Manager of School Readiness and Family Health Initiatives, and the hiring of two new part-time employees – Marisol Arribas as Coordinator, and Ammar Sharif as Research Analyst.

“We are excited to be part of the synergy of efforts that are building up and working together to improve the quality of life for residents in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley,” said Sanchez-Rivera.  “Establishing our 501c3 status is the next phase of ensuring the full delivery of coordinating services across our 9 promises in Promise Neighborhoods. United Way’s foundational support has resulted in the creation of a well-established agency that will lead collective impact work with United Way and throughout the Lehigh Valley.”

The Allentown Promise Neighborhood serves a nine-square-block neighborhood of the city’s downtown, known as Old Allentown Historic District. Conversations are taking place with leaders and residents in Bethlehem and Easton to see how PNLV can be of the most help to families in those cities.

The Promise Neighborhood program operates under four tenets: Children are ready to learn in school from Kindergarten through 12th grade; they are safe and supported in school, at home and in their community; the schools they attend have the tools they need to help children to transition successfully from one grade to the next; and that children are poised to graduate and succeed in a career or college.

In 2007 Harlem Children’s Zone Founder & CEO Geoffrey Canada visited the Lehigh Valley and inspired local leaders to create a similar program for children in the region. In 2008 the Allentown Youth Success Zone was started with United Way as the leading member of the regional working group.

In 2010, an effort to establish Promise Neighborhoods programs across the country was launched with education of children as its cornerstone, and the Success Zone renamed itself to better align with the its work with the growing national movement.

Today PNLV unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career, and 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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New “A Brush with Kindness” program from Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is proud to introduce “A Brush with Kindness” program to the Allentown Promise Neighborhood. This service is an exterior home repair program that provides exterior maintenance assistance for low income homeowners. Projects will include painting, porch repair, accessibility and minor exterior repair services for homeowners in need. Projects will address areas of safety, security, accessibility and code violation.

A Brush with Kindness projects will help local low income homeowners who are affected by age, disability or family circumstances who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. Through these projects, families are able to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. Habitat will focus resources in Jordan Heights and the Allentown Promise neighborhood to help residents transform their community into vibrant, safe, and inviting places to live for both current and future residents.

Eligible applicants will meet the following criteria:

·      Own and reside in a home in need of repairs within the Lehigh Valley (no rental properties)

·      Provide proof of ownership with a copy of the deed or mortgage statement

·      Maintain active homeowner’s insurance

·      Annual household income below 80% of area median income

·      Be up to date on property taxes and mortgage (if any)

·      Be willing to partner with Habitat by contributing sweat equity hours by helping with the repairs, serving lunch, or volunteering at the ReStore or Habitat office

·      Homeowners will pay a nominal fee upon completion of the repairs

·      Repairs will not include emergency maintenance or interior repairs

To apply for A Brush with Kindness project please submit a completed application to Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley at 245 N. Graham St. Allentown, PA 18109 or fax to 610-776-7569.

Applications and brochures are available at www.habitatlv.org under the NRI page, at the Habitat office and the Allentown Promise Neighborhood office. 

How the program works: Apply by submitting an application with a description of all requested repairs and required documentation.  Once verified as eligible, a member of our construction team will contact you to assess the requested repairs. If repairs are covered in the program and you agree to the terms of the services you will be placed in our program schedule for repairs. Volunteer teams lead by professionally trained construction staff will make improvements to the home at your scheduled repair date.

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Meet our Resident Ambassador, Jayniece!

Jayniece is a dedicated APN Resident Ambassador who lives right here in the neighborhood.

Both of her children attend elementary and pre-school in the Allentown School District, and she is passionate about their education, and providing a safe neighborhood for them in which to grow up.

What Jayniece really appreciates about the APN is how walkable the neighborhood is, especially the schools, which are walking distance from her home.

So, what’s Jayniece’s motivation for becoming an RA? What does she desire to see in the APN? “People coming together; a community of neighbors getting to know each other.”

With Jayniece’s support, we are well on our way to achieving that!

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Learn about our new Resident Ambassador Program

Allentown Promise Neighborhood is pleased to announce that we have formed a Resident Ambassador Program.

This group, which is made up of local residents and organizations that serve the residents of Allentown Promise Neighborhood will meet monthly to discuss happenings and issues in the community, and how to bring about positive change! Residents will also have the opportunity to learn about services available in the neighborhood, and how to connect with them.

If you are a resident that lives in the APN, and want to hear and be heard, please join us at our next monthly meeting.