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Guest Blog: Erika Bernabei of PolicyLink on “Building the National Infrastructure for a Promise Neighborhoods Movement”

When I consider how the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) does its work with the 50+ communities in our network, I think about how we have developed the national infrastructure for improving the educational and development outcomes for the poorest children in America. PNI has developed a disciplined approach to thinking and moving from…

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LAM Honors MEDA as “The Community Organization of the Year”

MEDA was honored to rack up a “W,” as in a win, at the W Hotel in San Francisco Friday night. This was the stylish venue for the “2nd Annual LAM Community Awards,” with MEDA being chosen “The Community Organization of the Year.” LAM deemed the winner in that category as “that special organization that…

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All Chicago Public School Students to Get Free Meals

The “Second City” announced a first-rate move this week: starting September 2nd, each of the approximately 400,000 children enrolled in 652 Chicago public schools will get a free meal each school day. It doesn’t matter if you live at a tony address on the North Side or in an underserved community in the south or…

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MEDA Evaluation Team Assists Mission Promise Neighborhood Partners

Evaluation (noun) assessment, appraisal, judgment, gauging, rating, estimation, consideration; analysis, examination, checkup, workup, test, review.  When MEDA worked with San Francisco city agencies and a cadre of community nonprofit service providers to obtain a $30 million federal grant to start the Mission Promise Neighborhood, based on the successful Harlem’s Children Zone in New York, it…

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MEDA Welcomes Youths to Summer Programs

Leo Sosa woke up early Wednesday morning in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood, the fog-laden sky affording just enough light for MEDA’s Technology Training Manager to give his shoes that extra shine he desired. A couple of miles away, Job Coach Olivia Quinonez sorted through her closet to find her most professional of outfits and…

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MEDA Best Practices Showcased in New PolicyLink Guide on Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods

When MEDA received a federal grant in December 2012 to start a Promise Neighborhood at a quartet of low-performing schools in San Francisco’s Mission District, the four-decades-old agency remained at the vanguard of nonprofit best practices by implementing a comprehensive service integration strategy, whereby the families of students are offered free asset-building services. The aim…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Survey Strategy

As the lead agency of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), MEDA partners with 26 nonprofit organizations and government agencies to launch a cradle-to-college-to-career continuum of services that empowers every Mission District family to succeed economically and achieve academically. MPN recently conducted an extensive neighborhood survey, details of which follow. Survey Strategist Interview: Carolina Guzman Director…

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