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Leadership Development for Racial Equity funding available to support youth-focused policy and systems change


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In partnership with The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, The Center will award a total of $100,000 to support advocacy-related capacity building and leadership development activities in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

Funding is open to youth-focused organizations led by people of color working to eliminate health disparities, with an interest in increasing their organizational capacity to address issues of racial equity.

Applications are due by May 14 at 1 p.m. Information and online submission instructions are available on the Leadership Development for Racial Equity web page. Please e-mail us any questions.

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Moving Positive Youth Justice Forward report highlights lessons learned from public systems


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Sierra Health Foundation launched the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI) in 2012 with the goal of improving the lives of young people involved with the juvenile justice system. From 2013 to 2016, managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, the initiative supported public systems in California counties in designing and implementing a series of reforms through an integrated model that invests in youth, treats trauma, provides wraparound service delivery and strengthens local infrastructure.

An independent, external evaluation team from Resource Development Associates (RDA) was selected to evaluate this phase of the initiative. The evaluation culminated with the report, Moving Positive Youth Justice Forward: Lessons Learned from Investing in Public Systems. The RDA team distilled lessons for public agencies that are implementing systems reforms and for funders of public systems-led initiatives. In addition, they reported the progress that the PYJI-funded counties made in their systems reforms. These included increased interagency partnerships and collaboration, integrated staff training and increased access to services for justice-involved youth. At the same time, the systems had to manage competing priorities, inconsistent staff buy-in, limited data capacity and other challenges.

Learn more about this work on the PYJI web page.

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San Joaquin Valley nonprofits receive $975,000 investment for health and racial equity


The Center last week announced more than $975,000 of funding through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund for 58 nonprofit organizations to support work on policy and systems change to improve health outcomes in the Valley.

This fourth round of funding includes 13 grants awarded to fund work specifically focused on immigration rights through a targeted funding opportunity supported by The James Irvine Foundation. The 45 other grants will fund organizations working to address health disparities and factors that impact health, such as food security, air quality, clean drinking water, housing, health care, education, employment, immigrant rights, domestic violence, open space, neighborhood safety and other drivers of health outcomes.

Since its inception in 2012, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund has grown into a partnership of 89 nonprofit organizations, along with 12 state and national foundations, that are jointly working to build a greater level of racial and health equity in this important part of the state. Grant commitments to date total $6 million.

The Fund is managed by The Center with funding from Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment, Rosenberg Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Dignity Health, Tides Foundation, Hellman Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation and Convergence Partnership. Learn more on the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund web page.

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Photo: San Joaquin Valley Health Fund partners discuss the I.H.E.E.L. policy platform (Immigration, Health, Education, Environment and Land-use Planning) at the partner convening in Fresno on April 26.

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My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento releases Guide to Action


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The My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Collaborative is bringing systems leaders, community partners, youth-serving organizations and youth together to collectively address health, education, employment and justice system disparities for young men of color through policy advocacy, systems reform and support for effective programs.

The Collaborative’s diverse leaders and stakeholders developed the MBK Sacramento Guide to Action, an implementation guide that sets a path for systems change in policy, procedure and practice toward better outcomes for boys and men of color in the Sacramento region. In addition to providing background information about the Collaborative as well as local and national data, the guide highlights policy and systems reform opportunities within four impact areas: Healthy Development, Education, Workforce Development and Justice Systems.

Learn more on the MBK Sacramento web page.

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Community gathers at GLORY conference for healing and action planning


The Black Child Legacy Campaign hosted the second annual Gathering for GLORY: Giving Love to Our Rising Youth conference at the South Sacramento Christian Center on April 10. More than 400 community residents including youth discussed prevention and intervention strategies focused on health, safety and well-being.

Community members participated in workshops focused on preventing each of the leading causes of African American child death and the important roles of faith and collaboration in this effort. Participants heard from Pastor Michael McBride, the National Director for Urban Strategies/LIVE FREE Campaign with PICO National Network, as well as Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna and expert panels supported by Community Incubator Leads, hub organizations in each of the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s seven neighborhoods of focus.

Learn more about this effort on the Black Child Legacy Campaign web site.

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The Development Minute


In collaboration with Association of Fundraising Professionals – California Capital Chapter, we’re pleased to share the Development Minute video series with insights to help nonprofits build organizational and personal capacity to raise funds, recruit board members and donors, and develop relationships with partners and community members.


Building Donor Relationships features Beth Hassett, CEO and Executive Director of WEAVE, which works with sexual assault, domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors and advocates. Beth recommends organizations focus on building a real relationship with donors, whether or not they have a dedicated development staff. Take a minute to build your development skills!

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Throughout 2018, we’re continuing to highlight the work of our partners through the #PeoplePursuing campaign. We invite you to visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for new inspiring posts!

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