September 2013 Newsletter


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 September 30, 2013


Stoneleigh Announces New Fellow

RoyWadeWe are proud to announce our new fellow, Dr. Roy Wade. The overall goal of his project is to prevent the impact of adverse childhood experiences through the development of a tool that more appropriately reflects the experiences of urban youth and validate and integrate the tool into select health and social service organizations.
Dr. Wade recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and transitioned into a junior faculty position at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Wade earned a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed medical school at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  He finished his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia, after which he obtained an MPH in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Richard webStoneleigh Fellow Richard Greenwald and the Philadalphia Youth Violence Prevention leadership team presented the City’s  strategy at the recent Department of Justice gathering of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

CreamerStoneleigh Fellow Kathleen Creamer ushered in formalized agreements between the Philadelphia Prison System and DHS to improve outcomes for children by strengthening incarcerated parents' active involvement in their child's safety, permanency and well-being case planning.
Ted Corbin webStoneleigh Fellow Dr. Ted Corbin, Co-Director of the National Network of Hospital-based Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), hosted the 5th Annual National Conference in Philadelphia. The focus of this year's conference was: "Healing, Safety, and Restorative Justice: System Partnerships for Violence Intervention."
The conference welcomed 180 partners from medicine, law enforcement, and social work advancing the common goal of violence intervention.

rufus 2Stoneleigh Fellow Rufus Lynch, who is addressing the barriers to fathers' involvement with children, is featured in our continuing series, "Meet the Fellows", We invite you to view his video here.

marnie2As a result of the work done by Emerging Leader Fellow Marnie Kaplan, the Education Law Center has requested the Department of Justice to conduct a civil rights investigation into the placement of Pennsylvania students in state-funded alternative education programs.

Message from the Executive Director

cathy colorDear Friends,

Last month, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Given the lazy days of August, I spent a good deal of time listening to and watching the events surrounding the celebration. Additionally, Stoneleigh was honored to participate and speak about its work at a White House forum in connection with the anniversary. As I have reflected on the events leading up to the celebrated march, the day itself and its transformative impact, I have been struck by how far we have come and yet how far we still have to go to realize Dr. King's dream.

While much progress has been made, race and racism still have a hold on our society in ways that keep far too many Americans in intergenerational cycles of hopelessness. How else do we explain incarcerating disproportionate numbers of black men and boys, or more harshly disciplining them  for minor school infractions? How else do we explain the fact that $100 m was raised in Boston after the marathon bombings that tragically took the life of three people, but we can't seem to garner much interest in addressing the impact of violence that killed three young men on different streets in Boston that same day?

Safety is a gateway issue for any of us who fund health, education, the arts and any social justice issue. It is time for all of us to say "enough" these are all our children and the zip code of their homes shouldn't determine whether or not they live to adulthood. Last week the Mayor released Philadelphia’s youth violence prevention strategy, which fellow Richard Greenwald steered into existence. Though dozens of people contributed to it, it will take the commitment from all of us to protect all of our children and guarantee the freedom to succeed as the drum majors envisioned 50 years ago.

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Stoneleigh Adds New Board Members

Stoneleigh said a sad goodbye to two founding board members, Liz Werthan and Bob Fishman. Both Liz and Bob helped shape and launch Stoneleigh and we are grateful to them for their decade of service and their dedication to advancing the vision created by John and Chara Haas.

We are delighted to announce the election of three new members to the Stoneleigh Board of Directors.

  • Ronnie Bloom is a partner in Opportunities Exchange, a consulting group that works with early care and education field to support the development of stronger business models. Ronnie was a Program Director at the William Penn Foundation for almost 15 years and received both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Carol Emig is the President of Child Trends, an independent, nonpartisan research center. Carol was the executive director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and early in her career she served as research assistant to First Lady Roslyn Carter. Carol is a graduate of both Georgetown University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  • Daniel Shapiro is Vice President of Private Wealth Management at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dan is a Trustee of Settlement Music School and chairs the investment committees for Curtis Institute of Music and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Dan is a graduate of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

Featured Blog Posts

New Emerging Leader Fellowship Cycle

The Emerging Leader Fellowship cycle for 2014 - 2015 is now underway. Fellowship applicants should look for future postings on our website. 

Other News

Check out the latest publication from the Youth Transition Funders Group, Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care. YTFG is a network of grantmakers whose mission is to help all youth make a successful transition to adulthood by age 25.

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