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“Waiting for Superman” Strikes a Chord with CGC Clients

It’s no surprise that a number of our clients are speaking up on the issues raised by “Waiting for Superman,” a new documentary that explores the state of public education in America. Of note, Mike O’Brien, CEO and Founder of iMentor, blogs at The Huffington Post about how the film has cast a much-needed spotlight on the education reform movement.

He writes how an increase in volunteer service can help maintain the “feeling to act” generated by the film. He makes a case for how everyday citizens can impact the education reform movement by 1) creating a shift from ideology to pragmatism, 2) acting upon a sense of urgency to impact student lives, and 3) gaining knowledge that “change is possible and that the challenges facing our schools…can be addressed.”

It’s not just our clients speaking up, but the news media too. In last Monday’s New York Daily News, Stanley Crouch reports on Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), a program that signs up students for after-school activities focused on preparing them for entering and graduating from college.

Crouch points out that, in comparison with some of the grim statistics put forth in “Waiting for Superman,” programs like HEAF buck the odds; all of its kids graduate from high school, 98% go to college and 95% graduate in six years or less.

If you’re interested in helping to advance the phenomenal work of HEAF, they are currently hiring for a Director of Development. You can find the full job description and application instructions at: http://www.commongoodcareers.org/jobs/detail/director-of-development18/

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