September 2012 Newsletter



 September 28, 2012


Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Ted Corbin Discusses Violence Prevention Solutions

Listen to Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Ted Corbin interviewed on WHYY's Radio Times. Dr. Corbin's interview was part of Marty Moss-Coane's four-part series on gun violence in Philadelphia.

Dr. Corbin's Opinion on Trauma-Informed Strategies Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dr. Corbin addresses the importance of implementing trauma-informed strategies for victims of violence.

The Philadelphia Tribune and DrexelNow Feature Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Charles Williams

Fellow Dr. Charles Williams' project to test the effectiveness of mentoring and social skills training for older youth in the foster care system was featured in The Philadelphia Tribune and DrexelNow.

Stoneleigh Fellow Jody Greenblatt Featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Fellow Jody Greenblatt was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer regarding her role in creating a school safety and climate strategy for the School District of Philadelphia.

Stoneleigh Fellow Kathleen Creamer Among Pennsylvania's 2012 Lawyers On The Fast Track

Fellow Kathleen Creamer was named one of 35 Pennsylvania "Lawyers On The Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer.


2013 - 2014 Emerging Leader Fellowship Cycle Underway

The Emerging Leader Fellowship cycle for 2013 - 2014 is now underway. Applicants should look for future postings on our website. 


Message from the Executive Director 

cathy color resizedAs I reflect on the past quarter and the fellows’ numerous accomplishments, my excitement is dampened by the loss of Chara Haas, our founder and inspiration. Chara passed away on August 15, and though I had known and worked with Chara during my eight years at the William Penn Foundation, it wasn’t until her Memorial Service that I realized how much of the vision behind Stoneleigh Foundation was hers. However, I wasn’t surprised in the least. For I knew that her sweet and gentle nature was very much reflected in the foundation that she created with John. Chara embodied the best of philanthropy and believed that the purpose of having wealth was to make things better. All of us at Stoneleigh extend our deep felt sympathy to the family and friends who are feeling her loss the most. 

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Stoneleigh Foundation Announces New Fellow

We are happy to announce that our new Fellow, Charles A.Williams III, PhD, has begun his fellowship.

chuckwilliamswebjCharles A. Williams III, PhD
Drexel University
Project: The Preventorship Clinical Mentoring Program

Charles Williams has dedicated his life to addressing youth development issues ranging from bullying, diversity and school violence, to mentoring and achievement of special needs youth. 

Dr. Williams is deeply committed to improving the social-emotional learning and well-being of youth, particularly those in the child welfare system. As a former foster youth, he is intimately aware of the importance of nurturing positive development in transforming the lives of older foster youth. Dr. Williams knows that youth in foster care are at greatest risk of disconnection from school and work and that they tend to face long term negative outcomes such as poverty, incarceration, homelessness and chronic unemployment. To address this reality, he is working in partnership with Drexel University, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA and Arise Academy--the only high school in the country specifically for foster youth-- to demonstrate that mentoring and focused attention on social skills can effectively reduce negative outcomes and better prepare youth as they transition from foster care to independent adulthood.

Dr. Williams received his PhD from Temple University in educational psychotherapy and a dual master’s degree from MCP-Hahnemann University, where he studied child and adolescent psychotherapy. 

Dr. David Rubin Added to the Stoneleigh Foundation Board of Directors

David Rubin web2Former Stoneleigh fellow, Dr. David Rubin, joined Stoneleigh Foundation's Board of Directors this month. Dr. Rubin is a practicing pediatrician and director of PolicyLab, which works to inform program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. His fellowship project sought to more accurately understand and increase awareness of the complex repercussions of placement instability for children in foster care. 

Moving The Dial: Wanja Ogongi

wanja (1)Read about the results of the Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship project of Wanja Ogongi. Wanja's project, Barriers to Successful Reunificationidentified the difficulties that families confront before and after foster care reunification and how her partner, Community Legal Services and other service providers can better prepare for and address the needs of soon-to-be or recently reunified families.

Featured Blog Posts
Be sure to check out these featured blog posts from our fellows and staff!

Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline - Diana Millner 

Youth Courts and Uplifting Our Communities - Kerriann Laubach

Data-Driven Public Policy Reforms - Joelle Ruben

Legal Loopholes Lead to Abused Children Falling Through the Cracks - Steven St. Vincent

Where is the Leadership? - Cathy Weiss

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