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Weekly Reader May 3, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. Nashville teens with troubled pasts cook for, serve NFL stars, Draft prospects

By: Jessica Jaglois

"A group of teens who have had some trouble in the past proved their past will not dictate their future. The teens prepared, cooked and served NFL stars, MVPs and draft picks a three-course, five-star meal Wednesday night.  

While it usually takes more than two days to train fine dining servers and chefs, the teenagers only needed two days of training at Nashville's Juvenile Justice Center.  "

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2. How an Office Space Can Inspire and Support Those Breaking Barriers

By: Stand Together, Lauren McCann

"It’s the social entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and ultimately, the incredible individuals who are overcoming monumental barriers to improve their own lives – it’s these who inspire us in our vision to see the power of community catalyze individual transformation in those trapped in poverty.

As we started to consider the look and feel of our new offices, of course our mission was top of mind. Our guiding vision for the space was to incorporate high-quality products from innovative social enterprises that help people break the cycle of poverty. Whenever possible, we chose intentionally to reflect the work of our partners and other social enterprises – both to support these businesses and serve as a reminder of our work to help organizations serve more people."

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3. Amy Bean: A Portal from Dallas to the World

By: Dallas Doing Good, Mary Martin

"The Dallas Portal, created by Shared Studios, is a gold-painted shipping container outfitted with a large video screen and internet connection. The styled space creates a life-sized, real-time connection to people who have entered a portal in another location. Each portal is staffed with a curator, responsible for language translation, conversation starters, and organizing special connection events.

But shipping containers don’t simply appear in the park without a little help. The Dallas Portal was championed by Amy Bean, a North Dallas native, who heard about the Portal project on NPR. Her initial reaction was “Why doesn’t Dallas have one of these?” That question led to conversations with the Shared Studio staff and the creation of a fund through the Dallas Foundation in order to gather the resources needed to bring a Portal to DFW."

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4. Boise’s ‘Housing First’ Provides A New Solution To Idaho Homelessness

By: NPR, Brooklyn Riepma

"In a booming city like Boise, a new apartment complex is hardly news. But New Path Community Housing, which opened in December, is different — all of its residents used to be homeless. This is the “housing first” model adopted by other cities, and Boise wants to build more.

Schroeder says New Path residents pay 30 percent of their income to rent the apartments. Those with no income don’t need to pay anything. He says people can stay there as long as they feel necessary, and can renew their leases if they desire.

"Some folks will be with us for a little while, and some not so long. But it’s really about those unique journeys and for us to be able to nurture those unique journeys what they need most for their own personal health," he says."

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5. As Part of the Southern Dallas Thrives Initiative, Frito-Lay Mentors are Opening Students’ Eyes to Career Possibilities and Unlocking Their True Potential

By: FWDDFW, Ginni Beam

"Through tutoring and mentoring efforts, Frito-Lay is helping prepare Southern Dallas high school students to be successful in college and in future careers. With a large workforce located in Southern Dallas, Frito-Lay has good reason to support the strength of the Southern Dallas community. At the heart of this continued investment, though, is the students themselves — young adults like Ashawnti Black.

The annual day-long event, hosted and planned by Frito-Lay’s African-American employee resource group Mosaic, immerses students in the company’s culture so they can see what it’s like to work at a large company like Frito-Lay. Students hear from associates in departments like IT, Finance, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and Research & Development, and learn about the potential careers and majors that could aid them if they choose to pursue those careers."

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