From: "Marc Siskin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Jan 31, 2015 10:38 AM
Subject: Western Pennsylvania LiveCodeUser Group
To: "MARK RAUTERKUS" <MARK@rauterkus.com>
Cc: "Claire Siskin" <email@example.com>
As fit citizens, neighbors and running mates, we are tyranny fighters, water-game professionals, WPIAL and PIAA bound, wiki instigators, sports fans, liberty lovers, world travelers, non-credentialed Olympic photographers, UU netizens, church goers, open source boosters, school advocates, South Siders, retired and not, swim coaches, water polo players, ex-publishers and polar bear swimmers, N@.
OPEN DATA DAY 2015 is coming and a coalition of partners have come
together to provide a limited number of micro-grants designed to
support communities organise ODD activities all over the world !
All the details from the Open Knowledge Foundation:
Here are the emerging events:
If you want to get involved, join their online group:
Also note Code Across events as well:
You need to check with wiki, map and the Code Across list to see what
is emerging this is as OKF puts it "As a volunteer led event, with no
organisation behind it, Open Data Day provides the perfect opportunity
for communities all over the world to convene, celebrate and promote
open data in ways most relevant to their fellow citizens."
See the 2014 sheet for events from last year too - starting one in
your city with other who did this before is worth at try:
Lastly, as part of the Coalition supporting this effort with some
in-kind promotion, note our tips on digital outreach for unconferences
and hackathons. If set up an event, these very tactical tips will help
to get people in the room!
Steven Clift - Executive Director, E-Democracy
* Support E-Democracy. Pledge drive to raise $10,000 US:
http://e-democracy.org/donate?ft - Only $890 to 2015 Goal
We need you to act today to save the only federal funding for afterschool. The current Senate draft to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) eliminates the funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC). We have until February 2 for public comments on the draft bill. More on the draft ESEA bill and impact on 21st CCLC can be found here.
Send a letter to Pennsylvania's federal senators asking them to support 21st CCLC. Click here to download the letter to send to Senator Casey and click here to download the letter to send to Senator Toomey. Please sign, print your full name and address, and mail into the senators' local offices by Monday, February 2. You can also email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your concerns about the elimination of 21st Century funding by Monday, February 2.
APOST will keep you updated as the draft bill is put forth by the House in the coming weeks. Contact us with any questions regarding this bill and what it means moving forward at email@example.com.
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Re: Continue Federal Support for Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs
Please ensure that any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) includes continued support and authorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative that provides funding to local school-community partnerships in order to provide quality afterschool and summer learning programs to children. These funds provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.
I am concerned that in the ESEA draft bill Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015 proposed by Sen. Alexander, eliminates all the funding currently supporting thousands of students in afterschool and summer programs in Allegheny County. This year the 21st CCLC brings in over 6 million to support afterschool and summer program. 86% of parents support public funding for afterschool and summer programs.
Please support a dedicated funding stream like 21st CCLC that leverages the resources of for-profits, faith based organizations, community based organizations (CBOs), tribal organizations, non-profits, local government, colleges and universities in addition to school districts, to provide students the support they need to succeed in school and life.
Given these concerns, we strongly urge Congress to maintain authorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative and strengthen it as proposed in the bipartisan Afterschool for America’s Children Act.
January is National Mentoring Month! As an annual effort, Pittsburgh Public Schools (@PPSNews) will be hosting an exclusive Twitter party to celebrate mentoring programs across the city. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 4-5PM, Allies for Children (allies4children), YouthPlaces (@YouthPlaces), and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA (@MPSWPA) are partnering with the District to make this the BIGGEST Twitter party ever! Using hashtags #PPSMentorsMatter and #WeArePPS, tweets will include information regarding mentoring initiatives, mentor shout outs, fun facts, and successful mentoring stories.
Also, on Wednesday, We Promise, one of the District’s mentoring programs, is hosting their second summit at Duquesne University. Entitled “Key Tools for your Journey Ahead”, the Summit will provide our scholars the opportunity to collaborate with other young men in their grade level, from around the district in structured development workshops designed to enhance soft and hard skills essential for the various spaces of life. In connection with the Summit, the Twitter Party will take place after the event to keep the conversation about the importance of mentoring.
The goal for this Twitter party is to promote positive awareness around mentoring in Pittsburgh. Our last Twitter party reached almost 4 million people. As a result, this Twitter party is an opportunity for your organization to be heard on a larger platform.
To all of you new Twitter ‘peeps’, I have attached a Twitter guide with helpful tips on how to successfully be a part of the party. Also, attached is the official invite. Please feel free to share this email with others and post the invite on your social media pages.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the information below.
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Dear Grant,At our most recent General Assembly, USAWP announced rule modifications for our youngest athletes in the 10U and 12U age groups. A summary of the new rules can be found here: 10U & 12U RULES
The impetus behind these rules derives from a broad international and domestic basis. Here are some points of discussion to give a little background on the reason for the changes:
- These rules have been successfully implemented for over a decade in all of the developed water polo countries around the globe. In fact, at the moment the USA is the only developed water polo country not to use modified rules for 10u and 12u.
- These rules are used by the largest development water polo league in the world "Haba Waba", and have gained full support from FINA, LEN and UANA. The countries using these rules to develop their athletes have a grown larger interest in our sport and developed some of the best athletes in the world. Haba Waba playing rules.
- In California, the "Ironman Water Polo League" has been using these rules for the last two years with successful implementation amongst coaches, referees and athletes.
- Modified rules for these age groups is common amongst most youth sports in the world. USA Soccer, USA Field Hockey, USA Ice Hockey, USA Basketball and the USOC were all consulted during this process.
- For example, most 10u basketball leagues ban zone defenses. This rule is in place to help athletes develop the crucial one on one defensive skills necessary for fundamental success in the sport.
- The overriding goal of rule changes at these age groups is to de-emphasize the focus on winning, by concentrating on fundamental athlete development, and in turn attract a larger base of athletes to our great sport.
Rules regarding the size of the goal for 10U athletes remains the same as established in 1/2014. Implementation the new goal size for 12Us is being phased in to allow coaches and clubs time to adjust. 12U will not go into effect until September 2015 for USA Water Polo National Events, and January 2017 for all other sanctioned events.
With the exception of the 12U goal size outlined above, these new rules are effective immediately and will be used for JO Qualifying Tournaments, JOs, Rock-tober 2015.
All My Best,
Chief Executive Officer
USA Water Polo
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