January 28, 2013
Nonprofit notebook

Junior Achievement plans China exchange

Twenty high school students from Wallingford will get a unique lesson in global business as part of a Junior Achievement student exchange program that will bring 20 Chinese students to the campus of Yale University in New Haven this summer.

As part of the program, the students will continue to work together throughout the 2013-2014 school year on a joint student business venture. That will be followed by a trip to China by the Wallingford students during the summer of 2014.

The goal is to help students from China and the U.S. better understand each other's cultures, economies and global business in general.

The sessions, which kick-off with a weeklong series of seminars Aug. 4- 9, will include such topics as entrepreneurism, innovation, ethics and leadership. The week will also include field trips to Connecticut businesses and other places of note in the state.

The program is being organized by Junior Achievement China, based in Beijing, and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, based in Hartford. The Wallingford Public School District has agreed to participate in this pilot program.

"It is critical for students to learn first-hand about the global economy, and we are fortunate to have such a great partner in JA China," said Lou Golden, president of JA of Southwest New England.

"Cross-cultural understanding will play a key role in each student's future success in the global economy," said Yang Gao, executive director of JA China.

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide.

Workshops offered

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is offering a monthly series of workshops covering a range of topics designed to strengthen the infrastructure of local nonprofits to maximize their effectiveness in delivering services.

The next sessions are Building Organizational Culture (Feb. 14), and Purposeful Boards/Powerful Fundraising (March 5). Additional workshops are being developed for the remainder of the year such as: Grantwriting 201; Engaging volunteers that make a difference; Secrets of an effective board chair; You CAN use results based accountability; Effective social media marketing; Conducting performance evaluations; Financial summit for treasurers, CFOs and CEOs; Evaluation and data collection; and Communication techniques that work.

Information and workshop details are available at www.cfgnh.org or by calling 203-777-2386.

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Safety program grant

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford has received a $21,600 grant from the state Department of Transportation for its Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Let's not meet by accident.

The grant provides funding for 15 sessions of the half-day program for high schools in the Greater Hartford area. The community outreach educational program encourages teens to make healthy choices in risky situations. As part of this program, high school students come to Saint Francis for an interactive, hands-on experience.

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‘Check out hunger’ gifts

Price Chopper's "Check Out Hunger" campaign raised $24,682.13 and 34,349 pounds of food for 14 local food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont in 2012.

For six weeks in November and December, "Check Out Hunger" gave shoppers at 130 markets the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price food package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

In Connecticut, the cases of food and checks went to Connecticut Food Bank in Waterbury and Foodshare in Bloomfield.

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In brief …

Sacred Heart University's Horizons program, which brings low-income elementary-aged students to a summer learning program on the university campus, has received a $75,000 operating grant from Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority… The Women's Initiative Group at Mahoney Sabol & Co., LLP has donated $745 to the American Cancer Society in memory of their co-worker, Robyn Sparks. This donation was raised through "Dress down Fridays" at the Glastonbury accounting firm … . The Alliance for Nonprofit Growth and Opportunity (TANGO) and partner Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman will be conducting a morning workshop on executive succession planning for the nonprofit sector. The program, "Preparing Your Organization for the Future: Executive Succession Planning," will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the offices of Taylor Duane, 10 Dorrance St., Suite 800, in Providence. The succession workshop is offered at no cost to TANGO members. For reservations or more information, visit www.tangoalliance.com or call 877-70-TANGO … The International Institute of Cosmetology, with campuses in Wethersfield and Plainville, hosts Cuts & Curls, its annual Valentine's Day fundraiser, on Saturday, Feb. 16. All proceeds from the services performed on this day will be donated to the Viviana Sofia Gugliotti Foundation to aid the research and development of treatment for children with complex autoimmune diseases. Visit the school's Web page, www.studyhair.com, for salon floor hours.

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