December 2013 Newsletter

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 December 20, 2013


Stoneleigh Seeks New Fellows

Stoneleigh Foundation has released a new Request for Letters (RFL), seeking a fellow who can apply a well-being framework across a state- or county-based juvenile justice system. We are now accepting Letters of Interest. For more details, please click here.


CreamerStoneleigh Fellow Kathleen Creamer and her work to reduce barriers to reunification for children of incarcerated parents in Pennsylvania was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

leslieforweb2We are delighted to share that Fellow Leslie Acoca’s work to have detention facilities provide gender specific health screening for girls is being widely adopted in California. She has recently received significant funding from the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation and the Kaiser Family Fund to extend this work further.

MHE Head Shot 3Emerging Leader Fellow Maggie Eisen was selected to be a fellow of the 2014 Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab, where she will further develop the Medical Legal Partnership project launched during her Stoneleigh Fellowship.


Stoneleigh Foundation led the discussion on youth safety at the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia Fall Conference on November 14, 2013. The following resource was made available at this discussion. Please contact us if you want to join us in this work.

Stoneleigh Foundation Wishes You A Happy Holiday!

Message from the Executive Director

cathy colorDear Friends,

As 2013 winds down, I have been thinking about Stoneleigh’s accomplishments this year, and our goals for the New Year. It is exciting that during this year: we brought on our 35th fellow; adopted a new strategic focus on youth violence prevention; and were invited to talk about our work at the White House, the national meeting of Community Foundations, and through various media outlets.

However, systems change work is slow and messy. Thus, there is no shortage of need for our Fellows and advocacy in the New Year. In January we look forward to reviewing the joint applications for our next round of Emerging Leader Fellows as well as the responses to our recent call for letters of interest. Next year, we hope to identify at least one new fellow who will take on the challenge of figuring out how to advance a well-being framework into a juvenile justice system.  The juvenile justice field continues to shift from being overly-punitive, with counter-productive policies that have not resulted in good outcomes for juveniles, to one that considers the growing science on adolescent brain development. We hope to contribute to understanding HOW this gets translated into programs, policies and practices.

Of course, protecting our children’s first right—safety-- will be a high priority in 2014. With the addition of Dr. Wade, we will have numerous fellows working on this priority. Implementing and staking change to advance Philadelphia’s Youth Violence Prevention Strategy and the School District's Violence and Climate Strategy will require everyone in our community to consider what they can do to address some of the root causes of violence. Law enforcement has done much to reduce the number of homicides this year, but if we don’t collectively address the need for job creation, behavioral health access, social and emotional learning, and recreational and pro-social activities for our youth and young adults, the impressive work of the Police can’t be sustained.

Last month, the world lost one of the great leaders who ever walked on the Earth- Nelson Mandela. In closing, I share his words with the hope that it will help us all resolve to do better and work harder so that all of our children can expect to grow into healthy and productive adults. First: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." And, "It always seems impossible until it is done."

All of us at Stoneleigh wish you and yours a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year.

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Moving The Dial: Candace Putter and the Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance

Candace Putter for WebRead the results of Stoneleigh Fellow Candace Putter's fellowship, to improve the outcomes for delinquent youth sent to out of home placement by improving the educational standards in the facilities and providing career training education.

Dr. Roy Wade Jr., MD

We are proud to share information about our newest fellow, Dr. Roy Wade.

Roy's photo for webDr. Roy Wade Jr., MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Project: Measuring and Responding to Childhood Adversity

Throughout his career, Dr. Roy Wade has worked to improve health outcomes for at risk populations, with a particular focus on the role of social determinants in the persistence of health disparities. Dr. Wade recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and now holds a junior faculty position at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Department of General Pediatrics. Building on the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, his work as an RWJ Scholar explored the adverse experiences of young adults in economically distressed neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
Dr. Wade recognized the need to go beyond assessing the limited range of one time adverse experiences or intense sentinel events explored in the initial study, to examine the extent to which chronic exposure (poverty, racism, and peer victimization) may contribute to negative outcomes for children. Through his Stoneleigh Fellowship, Dr. Wade will further pursue his passion for addressing childhood adversity by developing an assessment tool that is more relevant to the urban youth experience, and partner with local service providers to incorporate the tool into their practices. Dr. Wade is positioned to become a translational leader. Fluent in the science of the fields relevant to child adversity, clinical medicine, health policy and advocacy he has proven himself capable of working with a diverse set of stakeholders to contribute to research and reform policy and practice to improve health outcomes.

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