September 2014 Newsletter

 
A Time of Transition

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 September 15, 2014

Emerging Leader Fellowship 2015-2016 Cycle Starts
Stoneleigh is now accepting Abstracts from Philadelphia based nonprofits interested in hosting an Emerging Leader Fellow. The deadline for abstract submission is October 9, 2014.  

New Stoneleigh Fellow
Naomi for blogWe are pleased to announce our new Stoneleigh Fellow, Naomi E.S. Goldstein, PhD, who will develop an empirically-based approach to promoting positive behaviors among court-involved youth. In close collaboration with local juvenile justice leaders in Philadelphia, Naomi will advance the application of a well-being framework in juvenile probation, including the implementation of a graduated response approach to probation case management.
 
Fellow Updates
Ted Corbin for web2Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Ted Corbin, Co-Director of the National Network of Hospital-based Intervention Programs, hosted the 6th Annual National Conference in Philadelphia with the theme, “Diverse Roles, Common Goals: Hospital-Community Partnerships to Reduce Trauma and Violence.” 

MeredithCongratulations to Stoneleigh Fellow Meredith Matone who is the recipient of the Chapin Hall Doris Duke Fellowship, which will support the completion of her dissertation and research at PolicyLab.

Maheen web newCongratulations to former Emerging Leader Fellow Maheen Kaleem who was awarded the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellowship

MHE Head Shot 3Former Emerging Leader Fellow Maggie Eisen's  Medical Legal Community Partnership  received a grant from the Legal Services Corporation’s Pro Bono Innovation Fund to support the project’s work for the next two years. Maggie also developed a plan for integrating legal services in West Philadelphia’s Public Health Center #3 which led to the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) recognizing this health center as an official MLP model.

Lainez for blog2Former Emerging Leader Fellow Steve Lainez, with key local community stakeholders in Eastern North Philadelphia, developed an Educational Resource Guide. The guide is available in both English and Spanish on Congreso’s website.

Dear Friends and Collegues,

Bloom for blog 2Our children are not the only ones who feel the pressures and excitement that come with this “Back to School” season. September is always a time of transition, and this year the context of our work at Stoneleigh feels particularly in flux. Close to home, the Philadelphia schools are still struggling with a dire financial outlook, forcing continual retrenchment and change. We are also looking forward to potentially major shifts in the political landscape caused by the Gubernatorial Election in a little over a month and the Philadelphia Mayoral Election next May. Global news from the Middle East and the Ukraine only adds to the sense of rapidly changing tides.  

At the same time, along with the anxiety of a new school year come new prospects for growth, and the chance to tackle old problems in different ways. As our investments over the last two years show, the issue of safety in the Philadelphia schools is top of mind for us. We were encouraged to see that in the past academic year, no District schools were designated as “persistently dangerous.” Nonetheless, nobody thinks we are anywhere near being able to declare victory. Our Stoneleigh Fellow Jody Greenblatt, working within the District, has been instrumental in creating specific measures to improve school safety and climate. She is partnering with our Fellow Lisa Jones, whose project pilots an evidence-based bullying prevention program in schools that uses social emotional learning to teach children skills such as empathy and emotional regulation. Aligned with both efforts is the multi-system Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative that Richard Greenwald has cultivated within City government.

Another particularly impressive innovation comes from the Philadelphia Police Department in the form of a Police School Diversionary Program to reduce the number of children funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline. In addition to the School District, several agencies (including the Department of Human Services, the Defender’s Association, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Juvenile Court and Probation), have agreed to new protocols that no longer require the arrest of children for minor school-based offenses. Instead, the Police will connect these children to much needed services that can address the underlying causes of their problem behaviors, and ensure that they avoid the stigma and trauma of arrest.   

As the new Executive Director at the Foundation, I am excited and honored to continue to fulfill the mission of our founders, John and Chara Haas, by identifying and supporting exceptional future leaders and change agents. We will soon issue a Request for Letters for our Stoneleigh Fellowships in several areas of interest, and begin our Emerging Leader Fellowship application cycle. In addition, Stoneleigh will use the coming year - our eighth - to reflect upon our progress and impact to date in order to help us be as effective as possible in changing the life trajectories of the most vulnerable children in our community.

Sincerely,
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Ronnie L. Bloom, Executive Director

 

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