Friday, September 28, 2012

Two upcoming events for youth practitioners

JFNYC is pleased to note two upcoming events sponsored by other organizations that will be of interest to anyone who works with disadvantaged youth:

1) Public reading by Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012), Sept. 29 @ 5:00 pm

In his groundbreaking new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012), journalist Paul Tough (also author of Whatever It Takes about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone) argues that skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control have more to do with youth success than academic skills as measured by test scores.

Early adversity, scientists have come to understand, can not only affect the conditions of children’s lives, it can alter the physical development of their brains as well. But now educators and doctors around the country are using that knowledge to develop innovative interventions that allow children to overcome the constraints of poverty. And with the help of these new strategies, as Tough’s extraordinary reporting makes clear, children who grow up in the most painful circumstances can go on to achieve amazing things.

This provocative and profoundly hopeful book has the potential to change how we raise our children, how we run our schools, and how we construct our social safety net. It will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

Learn more about Tough's work in recent interviews with the Huffington Post and EconTalk.

For more information or to register, visit  

2) Tackling Poverty Conversation and Networking Event, Oct. 3rd @ 6pm

On Wednesday October 3rd, City Limits will launch the Tackling Poverty Conversation and Networking Series to look at the solutions and innovative ideas that have had an impact in fighting the causes and effects of urban poverty.

As the new school year gets underway, we'll highlight the connection between education and poverty. This series installment will explore the role of the community in education, enrichment, and mentoring of youth who are at a disadvantage. What's working (and what isn't) in the schools responsible for educating the city's poorest students?  And is a quality education a civil right?

Featured Panelists and Speakers
  • David J. Hickton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Emary Aronson, Managing Director-Eduction, The Robin Hood Foundation
  • Stephan Brumberg, Professor of Education, School Psychology/Counseling, Brooklyn College
  • Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

Introductory remarks to open the panel will be given by Ralph da Costa Nunez, President and CEO, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

For more info or to register, visit 

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