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Under Construction!

In these continuously uncertain times, we are revamping how we assist our friends and neighbors within the community. To that end, we have begun the process of reconstructing everything from our website to processes within the office. You will see some changes on this site soon, a brand new PNLV site for an all-new way of sharing our work, as well as helpful information for all. We will continue to reach out and assist via our social media platforms, please follow us for updates on COVID responses as well as holiday and winter assistance as it becomes available.

Follow PNLV on FB: https://www.facebook.com/PromiseNeighborhoodsoftheLehighValley/

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If you are not familiar with Promise Neighborhoods, we are a non-profit community organization in the Lehigh Valley. We run mainly on grants, as well as the kindness of everyday persons such as yourself, and the generosity they extend to us. Every single person that lends a hand, a dollar, a lead to someone that is in need of assistance is an ally and we appreciate them greatly. We wish to continue to lift our community, all of us growing together.

If you would like to donate to Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, we have a few options available and as always, are incredibly grateful for those of you that allow us to continue our work in the community!

Checks can be dropped off and/or mailed directly to our office:

1101 Hamilton Street, Suite 102; Allentown, PA 18101. Alternatively, we have a Paypal donation button that can be utilized as well. If you are needing further assistance, please call us directly at 610-351-4288. Thank you for your support!

Also, Promise Neighborhoods participates in AmazonSmile. To support your favorite non-profit, simply shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Promise Neighborhoods as your charity and a small percentage of all your purchases will be donated to PNLV!

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2017-2018 Leadership Institute Application

About us

Our institute will prepare residents to become the leaders we all need. We are thinking big and are reimagining neighborhood, city, county, state and federal government leadership. We are also reimagining new bold leadership within our local profit and non-profit institutions.

We essentially want to help ignite the innate ability of so many of our young-ish Allentown residents and equip and encourage them to provide the leadership our 21st Century, multiracial society needs.

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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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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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PNLV names APN Manager Amanda Raudenbush as Interim Executive Director

Regional nonprofit organization Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley has named Allentown Promise Neighborhood Manager Amanda Raudenbush as Interim Executive Director following the departure of Yamil Sanchez Rivera earlier this month. Sanchez Rivera recently took a new position with the United Way of Berks County.

Raudenbush of Kutztown joined the organization in 2014. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, she holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Studies and Urban Studies, as well as a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from Kutztown University, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers. She’s also earned certificates in Geomatics and Urban Planning from Rutgers.

Most recently she had worked in education as a mathematics teacher at the I-LEAD Charter School in Reading. Prior to that she worked in community planning as Director of Planning and Building for Palmer Township; as a Senior Planner for Somerset County Planning Board in Somerville, NJ; and owned her own business, Jensen Planning, for two years in Kutztown.

“I am excited about this new opportunity to lead the staff of our nonprofit community organization and to work with our many partners and funders to continue moving the needle on the Nine Promises that impact the quality of life for our residents,” said Raudenbush. “I am passionate about the work our team does in the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton Promise Neighborhoods, and am committed to building upon the framework Yamil created for us and moving it forward in 2017.”

Initiated by the United Way 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. The success of Allentown Promise Neighborhood has led the organization to expand its model to the valley’s other cities, launching the Easton Promise Neighborhood in the city’s West Ward last year and the two Bethlehem Promise Neighborhoods on Southside and in the Marvine neighborhood earlier this year.

About Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Founded in 2007 by 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 accomplishes its work through place-based, collective impact efforts. Its office is located at 1101 Hamilton Street, Suite 102 in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit www.PromiseNeighborhoodsLV.org.

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Check out the EPN Block Party raffle prize winners

Congrats to everyone who won raffle prizes at the Easton Promise Neighborhood block party!

CarolXieng Darlene Moll Deranda Erika Perez Marta Martinez Rayaleen Ruby Delgado Terri Cole Wanda Perez

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Join us on June 13 for Donuts for Dad!

This month we celebrated moms and in June we get to do the same for dads!
Join us on June 13 for Donuts for Dad.

Donuts for Dad

 

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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.

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The importance of early learning and brain development

We wanted to share the article below by the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University about the importance of early learning for children, specifically children ages 0-3, and how it it helps develop neural pathways in the brain.

“Why is Early Learning important?

Simply put, a child’s early years lay the foundation for all that is to come. In recent years, researchers have learned that the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age. In fact, the intake of new information is critical to the formation of active neural pathways (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000).

Early education can play a critical role during this important developmental period. Research linking early intervention to both cognitive and socio-emotional gains has fueled the proliferation of early childhood programs since the early part of the twentieth century. The last four decades in particular have produced many new practices and principles for use in the classroom with young children, as well as countless books, videos, and activities to enrich the home environment.

Several states have announced plans to implement universal preschool programs. In the last five years, the Federal government has produced several critically important books on early childhood education (Bowman, Donovan, & Burns, 2001; Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000; Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998) and has provided record contributions for the development and dissemination of effective practices.”

Allentown Promise Neighborhoods has been partnering with Community Services for Children for the past several months on a free bilingual home visitation program knowns as Little School/Escuelita. It uses the nationally recognized “Parents as Teachers” model to parents of children ages 3 and 4 in the neighborhood. CSC staff member Cassondra Lander works with the parents to assess each child’s current developmental level and then creates a program specific to each child to help them advance their skills. She visits with the families up to 12 times per year to monitor the progress being made and to recommend additional areas for improvement. Areas of focus include family literacy, nutrition and healthy lifestyle education, health and developmental screenings, school readiness strategies, and help with kindergarten registration.

To learn more about Little School/Escuelita, please contact:

Cassondra Lander, Allentown Promise Neighborhood Home Visitor

Community Services For Children
1520 Hanover Ave.
Allentown Pa, 18109
(610) 437-6000 ext. 2170
clander@nullcscinc.org

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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.