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Professional Development Conference: August 27, 2015

PDC 2015

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SFCC Atlanta signs agreement to support challenged, Brown Middle School

Brown Middle School in the West End Community of Atlanta, Georgia is a school riddled with anomalies.  For example, although the school has consistently scored well on all system-wide standardized tests they are also plagued by students who receive their first and last meal of the day during school hours. Known to have a caring, loving and effective Principal, Mrs. Tiauna Crooms who has worked tirelessly to draw the best of community partners to provide a myriad of enrichment programs; the school also has a growing gang population and drug issues due to the merging of rivaling neighborhoods in which the stressors find their origins.  During a November 2014 Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition Meeting, Graduation Coach, Mr. Justin Crowder, made a passionate plea before the Coalition that consists of a database of approximately 189 non-profits, for-profits and government agencies to lend support to identified children in need of services within the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes. Heeding the call to action…SFCC Atlanta and its Partners answered using a collective impact model and has agreed to extend wrap-around services including addressing truancy, mentorship, student ambassador initiatives and the support of overall positive school culture. Ms. Gwendolyn Sands, founder of Visions Unlimited (lead agency) and Chair of Brown Middle School project for SFCC Atlanta states, “we are supporting in collaboration a pre-established on-site “Opportunity Center” which serve as a place of reprieve for students experiencing in-classroom concerns that would otherwise lead to their dismissal from school, as well as, a hub for student based services such as:  Tutorials, Character Development and Life Skills to name a few.”

SFCC Atlanta Host Fulton County Juvenile Justice Probation Chief!


This month our Coalition meeting will feature a presentation by Fulton County Juvenile Justice Center Probation Chief- Mr. Adolphus Graves. This event will highlight the Juvenile Justice Codes within the context of ‘securing the educational pipeline’ otherwise known as the critical issue-school to prison pipeline that plagues so many of our youth.


He will share with us how we can secure the educational pipeline under the revised Juvenile Justice Codes:

  • How to work within CHINS protocols (i.e. plan development, Anger Management, Family Counseling, Mental Health)

  • Where are the Gaps? How can ‘Service Providers’ secure those Gaps?

  • Data- Receive current data on youth coming into system (i.e. Probations numbers, Suspensions, Drop-outs, School based arrest)

  • Learn about the Council on Criminal Justice Reform Recommendations- Includes thoughts from JJC Probation

  • How to become listed in the official SFCC-Atlanta/JJC Probation  ‘Service Provider Resource Directory’

This is a ‘Learning’ & ‘Action’ event.  Learn about the real time challenges and opportunities within the current Juvenile Justice Codes and how we can work effectively together in the service of our youth and community at-large.  Prepare yourself for the newly released White House Initiatives: ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ White House Initiative on Educational Excellence on African Americans’ and many more…

SFCC Atlanta Co-convener, Carlis Williams named new Federal Executive Board Atlanta Chairperson


SFCC Atlanta Co-convener, Carlis Williams is named new Federal Executive Board Chairperson.  Ms. Williams currently holds the title of Southeast Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region IV which covers the eight Southeastern states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. ACF oversees and provides funding for a broad range of programs for all children and families with special emphasis on those who are disadvantaged, including the low income, developmentally disabled, refugees, and immigrants, to help them develop and grow toward a more independent, self-reliant life.

Williams has embraced the opportunity to serve as the new Chairperson of the FEB. In accepting this position her promise is to strengthen interagency collaborations, communications, and mutual support among the federal agencies in Atlanta.

The FEB’s outgoing Chairperson is Mr. Jim McSweeney.

Although the Atlanta FEB faces a number of critically important challenges. For example, the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one of President Obama’s signature initiatives, which is scheduled to offer health insurance enrollment beginning October 1, 2013.  This is a critically important initiative for every federal agency, and  members of the Atlanta FEB must explore the whole range of creative strategies for connecting America’s uninsured citizens to the health benefits available through the ACA. Currently 44 million disadvantaged and uninsured adults, youth and children, many of whom reside in the Southeast, are soon to be in a position to enroll and receive health insurance coverage through the ACA. These people are the most vulnerable of our society, and they have been placed under FEB stewardship. As such, Williams believes that it is not only FEBs official duty, but also its moral responsibility to get the word out far and wide on the ACA, and connect the ACA’s benefits to those who so desperately need them. As Chairperson of the Atlanta FEB, Williams looks forward to working with federal partners, to ensure maximum access to and utilization of the ACA’s health insurance and health coverage benefits.


Norma Joy-Barnes -CCMA

Norma Joy-Barnes -CCMA

Norma Joy Barnes, CEO of the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. (CCMA) and founder of the Priority Male Initiative, was presented the Lifetime Non-Profit Trinity Award at the 2013 Trinity Awards Ceremony held on August 18, 2013 at The Historic Academy of Medicine. The Nonprofit Trinity Awards, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that recognizes and honors small nonprofit organizations and local neighborhood individual volunteers for the exceptional contributions that they have made within their local community. Barnes has over 40 years of volunteer service that began during her college days and continues today. In 1975, she was selected as the National Volunteer of the Year by Joint Action in Community Service, Inc. A retired federal mediator, Barnes now works, without pay, to help at-risk youth and young black males live more productive lives through the life enhancing programs provided by CCMA.

During the awards ceremony, Barnes opened her acceptance speech with a quote of Bernard Shaw, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. ” According to Barnes, this statement exemplifies the spirit of the Non- Profit Trinity Awards finalists and the ten award recipients, who have devoted their lives to serving their communities. Barnes concluded by saying “I have always believed that it takes a village to raise a child, but I now know that a ‘child of God’ can help raise a village”. She challenged ceremony attendees to do all that they can to raise the villages of at-risk youth, young inner city males, and countless others, who are in need of support.

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SFCC Atlanta announces Mrs. Qaadirah Abdur Rahim as new Coalition Facilitator

qaadirah-100x100In an action taken by the SFCC Atlanta Steering Committee on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 a new SFCC Atlanta Facilitator was unanimously voted upon.
We are proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Qaadirah Abdur Rahim as the new SFCC Atlanta Facilitator. Mrs. Abdur Rahim will be fulfilling the role left vacant by Mr. Alan J. Inman upon his appointment as Global Peace Foundation-USA President.
Inman expressed gratitude for the privilege to be able to serve SFCC-ATL as its facilitator from the very beginning of its establishment. In light of his new responsibility as president of GPF-USA, he was not able to continue in that capacity. The committee thanked him for his service and wished him well.
Discussion ensued regarding recommendations for who could serve in the position of facilitator for the foreseeable future. Qaadirah Abdur Rahim was recommended as a person who it was felt could do a good job. Based on her skill sets as the CEO of Future Foundation, along with her professional and academic history, the conclusion drawn by all in the meeting representing the steering committee was that there was agreement. There was a request for other recommendations – receiving none, Sen. Jones called for a formal nomination and vote. The vote was unanimous in support of the recommendation.
Mrs. Qaadirah Abdur Rahim’s biography is as follows:
A committed youth advocate, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim brings over 10 years of combined youth development and non-profit management experience as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Future Foundation. She serves on the Board of the South West Atlanta Youth Foundation, a Local School Advisory Committee and assists various non-profits with organizational development. She has been invited to the White House to discuss nonprofit management, contributed to a national best practice manual on nonprofit capacity building, and served as a keynote speaker and panelist on the topic at local and national leadership forums. Qaadirah also served eight years as a U.S. Air Force Reservist and received several meritorious service awards for her non-combat duties during the September 11 attacks. As the Chief Executive Officer of Future Foundation, Qaadirah’s leadership inspired growth from one program serving a dozen children to three programs reaching more than 4,000. Qaadirah’s results-driven approach to leadership has earned her awards as a Georgia Education Policy Fellow, a 2010 LEAD Atlanta class participant and a Power 30 Under 30 finalist. A native of Atlanta, she is a graduate of Emory’s Goizueta Business School, the University of San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley where she received a Bachelors in Social Work.

Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition-Atlanta host successful Professional Development Conference!

Attendees representing federal agencies, state and local government, grassroots non-profits, for-profits, faith based organizations and concerned Parents filled the SunTrust-Peachtree Atrium on Thursday, May 23, 2013 for the 3rd Annual SFCC Atlanta Professional Development Conference. This year’s PDC tackled the National trend and SFCC Atlanta’s overall priority focus issue of the ‘School to Prison Pipeline.’ The PDC featured Presenters such as: SFCC Atlanta Partners~ David Payne (Action Community Engagement Team), Pamela Perkins-Carn (Interfaith Children’s Movement), Diann Dawson (DDA & Associates),co-Convener (Alan J. Inman (Global Peace Foundation-USA), guest Presenters; Dennis Bega (U.S. Department of Education), Virginia O-Connell (Georgia Department of Education), and Thamani Akbar (Neighborly Needs, Inc.). The day began with a warm welcome from SFCC Atlanta Partners and Conveners later followed by an ice-breaker that highlighted ‘the culture of poverty.’ “We must first understand the culture of poverty before we can truly discuss this issue and approach it properly…”-Payne says. The agenda topics included The School to Prison Pipeline Experience whereby, Presenter, David Payne featured the typical encounters of children of color within the public school system and how they find themselves mis-understood, incarcerated and ultimately victimized. Alan J. Inman presented on both the importance and relevance of incorporating ‘morals & values’ within programs focused not only on the ‘School to Prison Pipeline’ but all programs. Guest speaker, Virginia O’Connell featured the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports discipline model and explained its relevance to changing the understanding of children being labeled criminals and therefore treated as such. Presenter, Akbar gave incredible insights as to the why’s of many grant proposal submissions being rejected. She stressed the importance of not depending on sought after grant money to sustain your organizations. In addition, the question of how to properly vet perspective grant writers was asked and she replied by encouraging all to seek out the verification of credentials through the Association of Professional Grant Writers. ( “A Grant Writer should never guarantee success upon the submission of a proposal to any awarding institution…in addition, the Professional should follow-up via phone, email etc. to check on the status of the submission” states Akbar. “A Grant Writer should not collect an exorbitant amount of money for services nor should they be embedded within several organizations that they write for organizational budgets, this is considered un-ethical…”-Akbar states. SCFF Atlanta is scheduled to continue activities featuring ‘Securing the Education Pipeline to prevent the school to prison pipeline in its upcoming monthly Coalition meeting slated for Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 12:30PM-3:00PM. All are encouraged to attend. In addition, we will continue our efforts around the five major committees: Youth Violence Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, School Drop-Out Prevention, Economic Development/Financial Literacy and Family Health.

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SFCC Atlanta’s Alan J. Inman, appointed new Global Peace Foundation – USA President

Alan PixThe Global Peace Foundation today named Alan J. Inman as new President of Global Peace Foundation USA (GPF-USA). Outgoing GPF-USA President James Flynn has been named the new international president of Global Peace Foundation

Mr. Inman previously served as National Director for the Institute for Responsible Fatherhood, where he led the development of programs in eight U.S. cities. Mr. Inman also served as Executive Director of Minority Alliance International, a New York based civil rights organization; as a consultant to the City of New York; and as chairman of a New York City Community Planning Board.

He has been a candidate for the New York State Assembly and a Presidential appointee to the White House Domestic Advisory Council.

In a statement, GPF President James Flynn said Mr. Inman brings a record of commitment to American families and communities that will significantly advance GPF-USA’s mission to foster a culture of peace.

“Alan is not only passionate about the welfare of our communities, but also a person of vision and boundless optimism. American families today face difficult social and economic stresses, and Mr. Inman will be an eloquent and effective advocate as GPF-USA’s new President.”

Mr. Inman most recently assisted in the development, strategic planning, and coordination of Strengthening Families and Communities Coalitions (SFCC) in Atlanta, New York, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. GPF-USA is a convening partner of SFCC.

GPFF-USA Urban Initiatives Represented at White House Forum

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A select group of urban development innovators from across the country, included GPFF-supported Leadership Academy and Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition, met with Obama administration officials on August 27, 2012.
The Forum on Urban Innovators, hosted at the White House, highlighted new partnerships and approaches that are improving families’ lives and economic prospects in the nation’s cities, where many neighborhoods have struggled with endemic poverty and economic immobility for generations.
“Today, many of our cities are growing at a faster rate than our suburbs – a phenomenon we have not seen since the 1920s,” stated a memorandum from the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, which hosted the forum in coordination with the Office of Urban Affairs and Economic Mobility and the Office of Public Engagement. “To help rebuild an economy built to last, we will showcase new partnerships and models that are solving old problems by leveraging human and financial capital to improve families’ lives and economic prospects. These innovations exemplify the goals of the Administration and the best of American ingenuity in creating jobs, improving economic resilience, and strengthening communities.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, welcomed forum participants from throughout the United States and encouraged them to explore ways to capitalize on those innovations.
The Administration’s perspective was framed by Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for the Office of Public Engagement, who emphasized that every American should have opportunities and pathways for real advancement.
Representing the Leadership Academy and Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition, at the forum were Dr. Tony Devine, Alan Inman, Pamela Perkins, David Payne and Carol Osborne. The team participated in both the general session and breakout workshops throughout the day.
“This White House initiative was both timely and relevant,” said Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition Director Alan Inman. “We were proud to represent not only our organizations but the partners and stakeholders that are working diligently to make a real difference for families in the Greater Atlanta community. We all look forward to the next steps that we were assured would come by the White House officials.”