Weekly Reader August 16, 2019
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. 'You can't do work in isolation': How Froswa’ Booker-Drew is connecting the State Fair of Texas to the community
By: Dallas Business Journal, Rebecca Ayers
"Froswa’ Booker-Drew, vice president of Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances for the State Fair of Texas, believes listening is the most important skill to have when working in community development. While she has more than 20 years of experience in the field, she said there's always more to learn.
During her first six months on the job at the State Fair, Booker-Drew said she made sure to listen to the community. She told the Business Journal this skill taught her not to take her relationship with the community for granted, and it has helped her become more effective with her work in Dallas.
Booker-Drew spoke with the Business Journal about the State Fair of Texas' work with the Dallas community year-round and how partnerships have helped shape growth and change in the area:
Can you tell us about the State Fair of Texas’ local community partnerships?
We work with hundreds of organizations, and last year we funded over 60 nonprofits. We work with nonprofits through our work with United Way and the University of North Texas at Dallas. We also do a cohort program where we build the capacity of non-profit organizations and convene nonprofits on a day we call Community Engagement day that we provide twice a year. We bring in 200-plus nonprofits to help them with how they build social capital."
2. Dallas Nonprofit Aims To Cut Childhood Poverty In Half
By: KERA News, Justin Martin
"Nearly 1 in 3 Dallas children grow up in poverty — and more than 100,000 kids in the city are living below the poverty line. A North Texas nonprofit has an ambitious plan for a collaborative response and an ambitious goal: to cut childhood poverty in half within 20 years.
Alan Cohen, executive director of the Child Poverty Action Lab, talked about that goal and other issues with KERA's Justin Martin."
Read/listen to the full article here: https://www.keranews.org/post/dallas-nonprofit-aims-cut-childhood-poverty-half
3. George Lynch: Traffick911
By: Dallas Doing Good, Hannah Rabalais
"WHAT HOPE DO YOU HAVE FOR ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR LIFETIME?
I take hope in seeing one life step out of darkness. One Life. One at a time. I am encouraged by growing community awareness with major news stories and conversations. But lives are changed one by one."
Read full article here: https://www.dallasdoinggood.com/doing-good/george-lynch-traffick911
4.Here’s how tech companies are working with police to stop child predators online
By: Dallas Morning News
"Child predators are lurking more in online spaces these days than dark vans, experts say.
In the last few years, law enforcement officials and child advocacy experts have put increased attention on online platforms such as smartphone apps, gaming streams and social media sites to prevent crimes against children.
Lynn Davis, chief executive officer of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, said tech companies and law enforcement officials are collaborating on investigations to solve child pornography and exploitation cases. The discussion was part of the center’s 31st annual conference, which includes thousands of investigators and case workers who tackle crimes against children.
“These companies are taking it very seriously,” Davis said in an interview. “They don't want to be in the news saying some predator used their platform to abuse a kid.”
Davis said many predators will groom victims by first becoming their “friend” online, often engaging in conversations to make the child feel accepted and cared for. Experts said depressed and at-risk children are often the most vulnerable. Predators will then ask the child for their home address or phone numbers so the predator can attempt to make physical contact."
5.These easy-to-build shelters are helping cities quickly provide cover to the homeless
By: Fast Company, Hallie Golden
"Created by Pallet, based in nearby Everett, Washington, the small, white rectangular structures are covered from floor to ceiling with a fiberglass material and aluminum framing, and—depending on whether you pick the 64- or 100-square-foot model—can be set up with little to no tools in under an hour. They come with a fold-up bed, windows, a ventilation system, and a front door that locks. In other words, they are an “Ikea approach to shelter,” says Amy King, the company’s owner and founder.
Although there have been a few instances of leakage and some trouble with residents stuffing their vents, over the past two years these structures have proved extremely valuable in Tacoma, says Erica Azcueta, homelessness and household stability program manager for the city. They’ve provided not only a robust shelter that can withstand 110 mile-per-hour winds and 25 pounds-per-square-foot of snow, but also an effective transitional space for residents."