Saturday, January 28, 2023

Fwd: [Art-All-Night] Art All Night 26 planning committee meeting

Greetings Art All Nighters,

Art All Night is embarking on its 26th year of celebrating art, music, and performance in a free, non-juried, non-censored show!

We are planning on holding it at the end of April in a location to be determined. Art All Night needs one thing in order to be successful: a planning team of dedicated people to take on the responsibilities required for show preparation.

Art All Night Planning Members:
  • meet most Wednesdays from now until the end of April.
  • meet Saturdays in April to prepare a warehouse.
  • take on decision-making roles for certain aspects of the show.
  • are not alone-- members support one another and each have a voice.
  • work outside of meetings to fulfill responsibilities.
Being part of the team takes work, but it is also genuinely rewarding and super fun. If you are curious about learning more, come to the kick-off meeting Wednesday!

First Planning Meeting
when: 7:00 pm Wednesday February 1st
where: Hop Farm Brewing Company, 5601 Butler Street 15201 (go to the right - in the big room)

If you can't make the meeting but are interested please lets us know, there are lots of ways to help.

Any questions or comments? We would like to hear from you. Please email

If the planning team is not for you, know that you are still needed! Over 250 volunteers help out during the event. Volunteer sign up information will be sent out in early April.


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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Fwd: [New post] A Private Equity Firm, The Makers of the MAP Test, and an Ed Tech Publisher Join Forces

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Fwd: Apply Now for Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes GYSD 2023 Grants

January 19, 2023 | Volume 30, No. 3 | Published Weekly Since 1994
Apply Now for Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes GYSD 2023 Grants
YSA is searching for Heartwarming Young Heroes with creative ideas to foster meaningful connections, promote inclusion, and teach empathy.

With support from Hershey's Heartwarming Project, YSA will award up to $50,000 in grants for youth-led service projects and community-building activities during Youth Service Month (April 14 - May 14) including Global Youth Service Day (April 28-30).

With $100, $250, and $500 grant options, all youth ages 5-25 in the United States (including territories and military bases & DoD schools) and Canada are eligible to apply for "miniature-size" family-and-friends projects, "standard size" group/class/club projects, or "king-size" community-wide projects.
Vice President Joins AmeriCorps CEO for MLK Day Project

This MLK Day, we took another step toward Dr. King's dream of building a Beloved Community. Federal leaders and elected officials took action to serve their communities. Learn about some of the projects these leaders joined across the country.

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Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps Launches

Recently, over 100 cross-sector organizations announced the launch of the Partnership for the Civilian Climate Corps to implement a national service corps to advance climate resilience and mitigation and put youth on pathways to resilience careers.

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GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant - Deadline: February 10

This grant, brought to you by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. In 2023, 160 programs will receive $500 - $1,500 in funding.

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The Civics Center Youth Leadership Programs - Deadline: 2/12

The Civic Center's two biggest youth programs, Future Voters Action Week (applications due 2/12) and Youth Democracy Leaders (applications due 2/19), are back and now accepting applications for spring 2023. There is no cost to attend either program.

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Everyday Young Hero: Steven Hoffen
Steven Hoffen (14, New York City) is an award-winning documentarian who is especially interested in building a better future for humanity. Created during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ninth grader's debut film, Growing Peace in the Middle East, documents the amazing story of Jewish and Arab women in Israel being brought together through hydroponic farming and sustainability. To date, the short has earned nominations and wins in over 70 categories globally. As a result of the documentary, in 2021, Steven founded Growing Peace Inc., a non-profit organization that is working to help people around the world access food and become self-sufficient. To date, Growing Peace has raised all the funding and installed a hydroponics garden at a food bank in Tel Aviv that helps Eritraean and Sudanese asylum seekers. This garden can produce up to 25,000 servings per year. Growing Peace has also installed a garden at the Ladies of Hope Ministries, and the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights in the Bronx.

Steven's goal is to raise awareness and educate communities about hydroponic gardens. The hydroponics systems that Steven has installed via his non-profit Growing Peace Inc, provides an abundance of healthy fresh food that is especially important in communities that lack local grocery stores or access to fresh produce. Hydroponic gardening can help create food equality and justice and brings communities together, connecting neighbors and creating green spaces.

Each of Steven's projects has a purpose to address food insecurity in underserved communities. At the food bank in Tel Aviv, asylum seekers were hardest hit during the pandemic as they had no social/governmental aid to rely upon. At the YM/YWHA Of Washington Heights, Steven partnered with UJA to install a garden whose produce will feed seniors who are low-income living at Wien House while serving as a tool to educate neighborhood children in the after-school programs about sustainability. He is currently planning to work with other food pantries in NYC to install hydroponic gardens because of the interest in the system at the YM/YHWA of Washington Heights. In addition, Steven will be working with K-5 students, using the hydroponics garden to educate students on sustainability and the environment.
Meet The 9-Year-Old Boy Who Just Became NY's Poet Laureate

Kayden Hern, 9, spoke as poet laureate at the inauguration of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on New Year's Day. He performed a piece he wrote titled, "In My Mind." Kayden said his next poem is for the president.

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M.S. Class Helps Scientists Create a Cooler Place to Play

As global temperatures rise, middle school students are learning research skills that could help cool off their school and neighborhood.

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Volunteering & Civic Life During the Pandemic Virtual Event

The event will feature a fireside chat with Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, a research overview, and interactive panel discussion with nonprofit and civic engagement leaders how to move forward together to meet our current challenges.

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Center Us: The State of Native Youth Report 2022

The Center for Native American Youth has released this report that celebrates and honors Native youth and the issues they care about. It unpacks the realities and experiences that Indigenous people have faced throughout history and continue to today.

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"Stronger" - Thunderstorm Artis
"See, mama always told me I was
meant to be a light in the darkness
But I feel like a candle waiting for a flame
And she said, Keep on getting stronger,
keep on getting wiser, my dear
Don't give in to the voices,
or succumb to your fear ...
Oh, sing with me now
for the change I can become
Oh, sing with me now
for the change has just begun
Oh, sing with me now
for the change that can be done
Oh, sing with me now
for the change has just begun."
Michael Minks, Editor-in-Chief