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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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Get to know the PNLV Staff: Amanda Raudenbush, Allentown Promise Neighborhood Manager

Amanda head shot1. How long have you been with PNLV as the APN manager, and what brought you to this role?

I have been with PNLV as the APN manager since July 2014. I was drawn to this role since it combines two of my passions: urban planning and education. I have over 10 years of experience as an urban planner as well as a number of years as an educator at an urban high school. I recognize that the advancement of cities and residents comes from a multitude of issues being addressed simultaneously. Working at PNLV allows me the opportunity to be involved with many different issues at once and view progress holistically.

2. What is the single most important thing you have learned about the residents of downtown Allentown so far?

The residents of downtown Allentown are a fun bunch! They love to have fun at our Block Party and at our monthly resident dinners. I appreciate the patience they have shown with me when trying to teach me the finer points of a game of dominoes. I will win one day!

3. What do you think the results of last summer’s APN Neighborhood Survey have to teach us about the residents of downtown Allentown and how APN can best help them?

Through our survey, I learned that many of the assumptions that are commonly held regarding our residents are simply not true. I am proud of the work we have done to gain the trust of the residents and that they allow us, through the survey, to act as their voice at the table. I believe that true change happens when those receiving assistance are able to have a voice in what interventions are needed and what they should look like, rather than a top down approach.

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Get to know the PNLV Board of Directors: Edward F. Meehan, The Rider-Pool Foundation

Ed Meehan - Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley1. How long have you been the Chairman of the Board for PNLV, and what brought you to that volunteer position?

I have been a participant in PNLV’s evolution as a volunteer leader since its inception eight years ago. PNLV has only recently become an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization as of January 2015, so I have officially been Board Chair for four months. But really, my experiences as a kid growing up on the Lower East Side of NYC, and my life-long work and professional interest in strong, safe, healthy communities brings me to this service.

2. The nonprofit organization has changed quite a bit during its founding eight years ago. What do you think is its single biggest/most important change?

PNLV owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley for introducing the concept of place-based, locality development for academic success to the Lehigh Valley. The Harlem Children’s Zone was seen as a model. There have been many significant changes as PNLV matured. Three of the biggest are:

1) Acknowledging that the Lehigh Valley is not Harlem and our approach was going to have to be inclusive of the style, culture and strength of the neighborhoods in Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem. In other words, be who we are and play to our strengths.
2) Establishing PNLV as an independent not-for-profit organization with a dedicated board and outstanding staff.
3) Developing our skill in facilitating inclusive, participatory conversations with and for families, providing grounded factual data about the community viewpoint, and creating win-win-win opportunities for those who share the vision of our nine promises.

3. As PNLV expands across the region into Bethlehem and Easton, what are your goals for its continued growth as its board chair?

Often times we in the Lehigh Valley ask our not for profits to be all things to all people. Not surprisingly, the results are often times watered down and not to anyone’s satisfaction. Mindful of this, I am thrilled that PNLV has led the establishment of the first two Promise Neighborhoods (Allentown and Easton), hopefully with more to come. PNLV will become a trusted regional organization that is equally strong, involved and respectful of the neighborhoods and neighbors we serve.

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Get to know the PNLV Staff: Ammar Sharif, Easton Promise Neighborhood Manager

Ammar Headshot1. How long have you worked for PNLV and what do you do there?

I’ve worked at PNLV for a year and 12 days, but who’s counting?  I am the Easton Promise Neighborhood Manager, which up until this point has involved creating relationships with potential partners and residents in Easton, and learning all I can about the Easton community.

2. What did you find most interesting about the research you did on Easton and the quality of life of the city’s residents?

I found it all interesting and I loved wading through all of it. I especially enjoyed sharing it and getting the residents’ input, analysis, and reactions.  The most interesting piece of information didn’t come from my presentation, but instead the experience itself.  It was incredible seeing all of these residents of Easton turning out at the town hall meetings because they cared about their city. We saw residents ranging from students to senior citizens and all races who were eager to share their opinions and insights.

3. How do you think establishing an Easton Promise Neighborhood will help residents in the West Ward neighborhood?

I thin hope that establishing the Easton Promise Neighborhood in West Ward will help the neighborhood in whatever ways it most needs. The beauty of our work is it is data driven. We’re not coming in with an already-established agenda. We’re coming in with our survey based around our nine Promises to identify the needs in the community. Then we will work to address them. Identifying the needs, then connecting the service providers with those who need their services will be where we can help residents the most.

4. What’s your favorite part of the work you do for PNLV?

I’ve really enjoyed just about all the work I’ve done so far. My coworkers are great, the people we work with from other organizations are great, and I really believe in what we’re all coming together to accomplish. If I had to pick one thing, I think it would be the contact we have with the residents. I will always fondly remember Earth Day 2014 when I stood on our old office’s doorstep calling to residents to ask if they’d gotten their free potted tulip from PNLV yet.

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PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY HOLDING SERIES OF BETHLEHEM PUBLIC MEETINGS IN MARCH AND APRIL

Non-profit organization seeks public’s input on where to locate a new Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood.

A non-profit community organization based in downtown Allentown is planning to bring its program to Bethlehem and wants the public’s input on where it should be located within the city. To get that feedback it will be holding a series of public meetings in March and April.

The regional Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley established its first neighborhood in the Old Allentown Historic District in the city’s downtown seven years ago. The success of Allentown Promise Neighborhood has lead the organization to expand its model to the valley’s other two cities in the coming years. It began with a series of Easton Promise Neighborhood public meetings that were held last fall and which presented the research compiled on that city’s residents and quality of life. The City of Bethlehem is next on the organization’s list for public meetings.

Lehigh University’s Community Fellow Elena De Santis will present the data from her research at each public Town Hall meeting. De Santis conducted an environmental scan ofBethlehem, which covered general demographic information including education, economy, safety and stability, and health. The goal of the public meetings is to include the citizens of Bethlehem in the discussion that will help determine the best place to create a Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood.

Meetings will take place at:

Donegan Elementary School
1210 East 4th Street, Bethlehem
March 12 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley
520 East 4th Street, Bethlehem
March 13 from 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
(Note: This presentation will be conducted in Spanish only.)

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the coming weeks and announced on the organization’s web site and social media accounts.

Light food and beverages will be provided to attendees at all public meetings, and giveaway items will also be handed out.

Examples of some of the data reported at the public meetings include:

·      Housing: 52.7% of renters pay 30% or more of their income towards their monthly rent, which is a housing affordability issue.

·      Income: There is a difference of $87,068 in annual median income between Bethlehem’s highest earning and lowest earning census tracts.

·      Poverty: 15.1% of Bethlehem families fell below the poverty line within the last 12 months. This percentage increases to 38.2% for single mother households.

·      Education: Over 57% of 11th graders at Freedom and Liberty high schools scored basic or below basic on math and science Keystone Exams.

·      Income: Median household income for property owners – $65,824; median household income for renters – $30,144.

Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, the U.S. Department of Education’s federal Promise Neighborhoods program is an initiative designed to break the cycle of generational poverty by wrapping children in a pipeline of health, social, and educational supports from birth through college. It utilizes efforts to mobilize residents, community partners, educational institutions, and business leaders to ensure the success of children from birth to career so they will thrive, succeed in school and become vital members in the community.

About Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Founded in 2007 by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, 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 501c3 non-profit organization, accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts, like Allentown Promise Neighborhood. Its office is located at 1101 Hamilton Street, Suite 345 in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit 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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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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Promise Neighborhoods’ Executive Director to Resign in June

Ernest Perry, Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley based in downtown Allentown, is resigning effective June 30 to return to his hometown of Columbus, OH and be near his family.

The non-profit organization will continue its work under the direction of its Board of Directors, chaired by Edward F. Meehan, while the board members plan for its future.

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 thru career. Promise Neighborhoods accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts, like Allentown Promise Neighborhood. Promise Neighborhoods is a subsidiary of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Its office is located at 347 N. 8th Street in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit their web site at www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.