Weekly Reader December 6, 2019
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. Bloods and Crips Unite to Steer Kids Away From Gang Violence
By: Free Think, Amanda Winkler
"Def D was still behind bars when he got wind that Antong had been released and was back on the streets. This time, however, Antong was trying to be a positive role model for kids, working as a mentor at a local middle school.
At first, Def D was skeptical of his rival’s about-face. “But I'm steady seeing what (he’s) doing, steady watching him, steady seeing him doing good stuff.”
He wanted to know, could he turn kids around the way Antong was doing? When he got his release from prison, he met up with his old enemy.
“When we talked, we embraced,” says Antong, “He was telling me, ‘Man, I want to be a part of that. I want to help.’”
Antong helped create OGU (Original Gangsters United) so that his former rival could help protect youth from falling into the same cycle of violence that they — now older and wiser — knew would cost them friends, families, and years of hard time.
Today, OGU has grown beyond Antong and Def D — other former gang members are now committed to stopping gang violence on the streets."
Read the full article here: https://www.freethink.com/articles/ogu-gang-violence
2. Beyond Affordable Child Care: How ChildCareGroup is Helping North Texas Communities Thrive
By: Dallas Doing Good, Misty Jackson-Miller
"Finding quality, affordable child care can often pose a significant challenge to mothers who are trying to re-enter the workforce. For women who are living at or below the poverty line, this challenge can seem insurmountable. Not only do they have to find a job with amenable hours, but they have to find a job where they can make enough money to afford the cost of care—and pray that the arrangements they make will be in an environment where their child can thrive.
According to data published by think-tank ChildCare Aware of America, the annual cost of center-based infant care in Texas came out to $9,102—by comparison, the annual cost of tuition at a public university was $9,836. For a married couple with two young children living at the poverty line in Texas, the cost of care totaled 65% of their family’s annual income. That leaves very little left for regular bills, let alone emergency savings or a job training program at a local community college.
For economically vulnerable mothers, the price tag on child care is very expensive. Planning for the future can seem like a luxury when you’re not sure if the gas in your tank will last through the week. But that’s where Dallas nonprofit ChildCareGroup comes in. "
Read the full story here:https://www.dallasdoinggood.com/doing-good/childcaregroup-north-texas-communities
3.The Best New Dallas Restaurants For 2019
By: D Magazine
"The whipped honey butter started it all. It’s gathered from hives that join the goats and hens that roam the little Eden of Bonton Farms. We loved it, and we wrote about the farm. That, for Bonton, was enough of an accomplishment. It didn’t have to become the kind of place we’d return to again and again for impromptu meals, in disbelief that we were minutes from downtown.
The farm grew out of Theda and Daron Babcock’s earnest project of community organizing, and then that grew into a market and a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant with golden biscuits (we’ll say it was to slather them with honey butter). In this unlikely place (South Dallas) with somewhat unwieldy hours (limited), magical things come to greet you under the oak trees."
4. This #GivingTuesday, Consider What Makes an Effective Giver
By: The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Ethan McCoy
"As you consider your charitable donations this #GivingTuesday — and throughout the rest of the end-of-year giving season — it’s important to think about how you can make the most of your giving as you seek to affect change in communities and on topics you care about. Whether you are an ultra-high-net-worth donor, a middle-income giver, or a foundation program officer directing grants, there are some key principles that apply to effective philanthropy.
In that spirit, we wanted to highlight a handy resource that can help you navigate this giving season. Drawn from the key lessons of Giving Done Right, the book by CEP President Phil Buchanan published earlier this year, the below graphic lays out 10 key differences between ineffective and effective givers."
Read the full article here: https://cep.org/this-givingtuesday-consider-what-makes-an-effective-giver/