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Advancing Economic Justice for People with Disabilities

May 25, 2023

More than 41 million people in the United States (12.7% of the population) have disabilities that affect their ability to work or engage in major life activities. Helping this population achieve economic security, build assets, and achieve economic mobility—by removing systemic barriers, shifting discriminatory attitudes, and providing needed tools—is a core part of an economic justice agenda.

Tackling the Challenge of Financial Inclusion: Social Intrapreneurs Step Up

August 30, 2016

This report demonstrates how businessmen and women – First Mover Fellows at the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program – are creating pathways in their own companies to bring more people into the financial system and thus create greater well-being for all.

Consumer Engagement: Helping People Want What They Need

February 16, 2016

Developing or delivering a product, tool, or service that meets consumers' needs and leads to impactful behavior change is a significant challenge. Simply creating tools to foster financial security has not been enough to ensure that consumers will use them, much less benefit from them. Consumer engagement is an approach to tackling these key challenges that focuses on the needs, expectations, and realities of those being served by financial empowerment practitioners.Consumer Engagement: Helping People Want What They Need describes both a philosophy and a process for developing and delivering financial products and services. At the core is the consumer, who is the intended target of financial empowerment efforts and the key stakeholder; he/ she is the actor who ultimately decides what tools to use and is an indispensable source of intelligence about his/her needs and wants.Three pillars define consumer engagement, each of which informs and relies on the others: Demand Focus, Deep Connection, and Enthusiastic Use.

Innovation Lab For Museums: Case Studies in Innovation and Adaptive Capacity

September 4, 2015

This case study on Latino New South follows the journey and partnerships of three cultural institutions -- the Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, NC), the Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA), and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL). These three organizations entered the Innovation Lab for Museums with the intention of making their programs and institutions more resonant with, and responsive to, the fast-growing Latino communities in their respective cities.

Afterschool in Action: Innovative Afterschool Programs Supporting Middle School Youth

April 8, 2013

This report, released by Afterschool Alliance in partnership with MetLife Foundation, highlights the work of quality afterschool programs that support children, families and communities across the nation.This compendium is a compilation of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. This series explores afterschool and: arts enrichment, parent engagement, school improvement and digital learning. The compendium also includes in-depth profiles of the 2012 Afterschool Innovator Award winners, as well as highlights from 2008-2011 award winners.The 2012 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Award winners are:The Wooden Floor, Santa Ana, CALatino Arts Strings & Mariachi Juvenil, Milwaukee, WIKid Power Inc., The VeggieTime Project, Washington, D.C.Parma Learning Center, Parma, IDGreen Energy Technologies in the City, Lansing, MI

Stories for Change

April 20, 2012

This compendium of nearly 50 best practices showcases the notable strategies that increase access to arts and culture for older adult and immigrant populations. Newcomers and older adults (65 +) are two of the fastest growing populations -- communities across the country are grappling with a demographic makeup that is increasingly diverse and proportionally older than in the past. Arts and cultural organizations have the opportunity to reach-out, to increase resources in the community, and to engage populations that are at risk for being overlooked."Stories for Change" is a compelling collection, brimming with new ideas brought to fruition by many types of organizations including: museums, libraries, community development organizations, theaters, orchestras, dance ensembles, area agencies on aging, transportation bureaus, parks, botanic gardens, universities, and more. Organizations that hope to enhance the lives of their older and immigrant residents can find approaches portrayed in these Stories that can be adapted to meet the needs of their communities.Best practices include the well-known Alzheimer's Project of the Museum of Modern Art, which has been adapted to museums around the country, and Circle of Care, a unique ride share program that partners young people with older adults to attend free arts performances in Boulder, Colorado. Stories are located in rural, mid-size, and metropolitan settings; many can be easily implemented, and do not require a major overhaul of staffing, operations, or an organization's mission.

Afterschool in Action: How Innovative Afterschool Programs Address Critical Issues Facing Middle School Youth

April 1, 2012

With support from MetLife Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance presents this compendium, containing a series of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth, schools and communities, and the vital role afterschool programs play in addressing these issues. The four issue briefs featured in this publication address: the importance of aligning afterschool with the school day, bullying awareness and prevention, service-learning opportunities and literacy education. Each brief combines relevant statistics, comments from experts and community leaders, and examples of outstanding afterschool programs. The compendium also includes profiles of successful programs and a discussion of the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award.The 2011 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award winners are:Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools - New Orleans, LAHigher Achievement - Washington, D.C.Urban Arts/Project Phoenix - Oakland, CA21st Century PASOS - Gettysburg, PAAmerica SCORES - Chicago, IL

A System Approach to Building a World-Class Teaching Profession: The Role of Induction

October 1, 2011

Reviews research on teacher retention and quality. Argues for "comprehensive induction," including high-quality mentoring, common planning time for interaction with other teachers, intense professional development, and ongoing support from school leaders.

Supporting Parent Engagement: Lessons from Settlement House Programs

December 1, 2009

This report is intended to give readers a picture of some of the challenges and best practices involved when settlement houses and other similar agencies undertake parent engagement programming. The report draws on the experiences of six UNH member agencies, all based in New York City, that have received grants from the MetLife Foundation to support parent engagement work.

Innovative Programs Serving Diverse Populations: The Community College Caregiver Training Initiative

March 22, 2009

Turnover among homecare workers is alarmingly high, due to difficult working conditions, low pay, few benefits and little opportunity for career advancement. The significance of our Community College Caregiver Training Initiative is reinforced by the recommendation by the Institute of Medicine in its 2008 report, Retooling for an Aging America, for improved education and training and support for professional caregivers.

Mapping New Directions: Higher Education for Older Adults

November 30, 2008

Based on surveys and focus group discussions, explores what, where, why, and how adults age 50 and up learn, how they pay for it, and how their needs are served. Suggests ways for higher education to adapt their outreach efforts, programs, and services.

An Educational Pathway for Geriatric Home Caregivers

November 25, 2008

The establishment of a multi-tiered educational pathway for geriatric home caregivers would support efforts to meet the needs of an increasing number of community dwelling older adults who require assistance with activities of daily living, while generating a cadre of qualified employees for an expanding non-medical private home care market. An educational pathway for geriatric home caregivers would also standardize the training of home care assistants while providing these individuals access to routine, high quality continuing education opportunities and the potential for career advancement. This issue brief provides two model educational pathways toward becoming a Geriatric Home Caregiver.