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2022 Americas Summit will take place in Miami in July 2022 in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS)

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Concordia has announced that it will hold its 2022 Americas Summit in Miami, Florida in July, 2022. The Concordia Americas Summit was originally scheduled to take place alongside the Ninth Summit of the Americas in June in Los Angeles, California.

Concordia, in close consultation with its partner, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), made this shift in timing to complement and support their critical agenda and resulting work of the Summit of the Americas. Concordia looks forward to hosting this important follow-on event, continuing to contribute to the conversation and creating impactful partnerships.

The Concordia Americas initiative began in 2016, with its inaugural Summit in Miami, Florida, and subsequent convenings in Bogotá, Colombia, gathering leaders from the public, nonprofit and private sectors. The region's critical position on the global stage, and the interconnected nature of its challenges with the success of the Western Hemisphere, aligns with Concordia's ethos to create an inclusive, collaborative global community.

"We are thrilled to continue strengthening our partnership between the General Secretariat of the OAS (GS/OAS) and Concordia. The 2022 Concordia Americas Summit represents a unique opportunity to connect key stakeholders and envision new public-private social impact initiatives to benefit the people of our Hemisphere. It is times like these that require that institutions work together to uphold principles of democracy, human rights, security and development," said Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS.

"Since 2016, the Americas have been a focal point for Concordia with the establishment of the Concordia Americas Initiative. The 2022 Americas Summit will gather a powerful roster of speakers, including world renowned political leaders, business innovators, global non-governmental representatives, and impressive young minds to tackle some of the toughest issues facing the Western Hemisphere. The GS/OAS has been a key ally for Concordia in the region and we're thrilled to support their agenda in the Summit of the Americas," said Matthew Swift, Co-founder & CEO, Concordia.

For press enquiries, contact Rita Lockheart at rlockheart@concordia.net.

About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As an equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Learn more at: https://www.concordia.net/

About OAS:

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) is the central and permanent organ of the Organization. The OAS is the world's oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to April 1890.

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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PushSave and Babe Ruth League Announce a Three-Year Partnership

FARGO, N.D. -- ushSave and Babe Ruth League are proud to announce a partnership that will benefit the sports of youth baseball and softball across the United States and Canada. Over the next three years, PushSave will serve as Babe Ruth League's exclusive fundraising partner, providing a highly automated and fully managed fundraising service to all the leagues and divisions under Babe Ruth League.

As a best-in-class fundraising program currently serving thousands of sports teams and clubs nationwide, PushSave aims to improve communities by enhancing youth sports programs, offering financial perks to fundraiser supporters, and bringing additional business to local merchants through their customizable coupon books. PushSave simplifies the fundraising process for each participant by providing a dedicated campaign manager to set up and oversee each fundraising campaign.

The program can be done entirely from a cell phone, fast-tracking the process for both the campaign participants and their supporters. PushSave's all-in-one digital coupon book and donation platform eliminates the extra work typical with traditional fundraising.

"This partnership represents a mutual commitment to enhancing the sports of youth baseball and softball, and we're excited to offer the benefits to our members and volunteers," said Steven M. Tellefsen, President and CEO of Babe Ruth League. "When it comes to raising funds, we feel that PushSave is unmatched in terms of simplicity and effectiveness."

"We're honored to partner with Babe Ruth League and further our mission with them: to ensure every young person has the opportunity to experience sports without running into financial barriers," said Mark Teckenburg, Chief Executive Officer of PushSave. "We're confident that PushSave can serve to enrich the experience of everyone who participates in Babe Ruth League's baseball and softball programs."

Learn more: https://baberuthleague.pushsave.com/baberuth

About Babe Ruth League

Babe Ruth League, Inc. is an international non-profit educational organization providing baseball and softball programs for over one million players across 60,000+ teams, 11,000+ leagues and served by over 1.9 million volunteers. Its mission is to make better citizens through proper supervision of regulation competitive baseball and softball in addition to promoting mental and physical development. Learn more: https://www.baberuthleague.org.

About PushSave

PushSave® is a customizable mobile coupon book designed to support youth organizations and non-profits across the U.S. with our simple, easy-to-promote fundraiser. We're the most uniquely designed fundraising solution bringing significant value to consumers, organizations, and merchants. Our managed services program is second to none in the fundraising industry and is ideal for minimizing volunteerism and reducing additional work. PushSave is 100% contactless and community-driven. Learn more: https://www.PushSave.com/.

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California Ferret Owners Submit Ballot Initiative to Attorney General for Legal Opinion, But Attorney General Ignores Civil Code on Domestic Animals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Non-profit Legalize Ferrets (legalizeferrets.org) announced today that we are disappointed that California Attorney General ignores Civil Code in Domestic Ferret Ballot Initiative.

LegalizeFerrets.org, a ferret legalization grassroots organization, has repeatedly asked the California Attorney General for a legal opinion.

Since the civil code says domestic animals are legal:

CIVIL CODE - CIV

DIVISION 2. PROPERTY [654 - 1422]

There may be ownership of all inanimate things which are capable of appropriation or of manual delivery; of all domestic animals; of all obligations; of such products of labor or skill as the composition of an author, the good will of a business, trade marks and signs, and of rights created or granted by statute.

Every credible source, and even the name states - domestic ferrets are domestic animals Therefore we wanted to know if the state of California officially recognized the domestic ferret as domestic would that mean they're legal? But we never received a reply from the AG.

According to the California Attorney General's website:

* As the chief law officer of the state, the California Attorney General provides legal opinions upon request to designated state and local public officials and government agencies on issues arising in the course of their duties. The formal legal opinions of the Attorney General have been accorded "great respect" and "great weight" by the courts.

Supporters of LegalizeFerrets.org have asked their representatives to make this request without success. So, we filed a ballot initiative in hopes that the title and summary would answer this question.

It was a treacherous journey. The AG's office ignored all our questions. We dealt with the Legislative Analyst's office and the Secretary of State's office - all successful; those people were friendly and helpful. But we could not get an answer on how to submit the ballot initiative from the AG until a Democratic Party activist with the state of Alaska gave us a contact phone number at the Secretary of State's office. Anabel Renteria finally emailed us with the suggestion:

You can submit your initiative anytime, in person, at the following address:

Department of Justice
1300 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Five weeks later the title and summary were posted on their website:

California law identifies ferrets as wild animals that are restricted because "such animals are undesirable and a menace to native wildlife, the agricultural interests of the state, or to the public health or safety." Current law and regulations make it illegal to own ferrets as pets without a state permit.

No mention of the conflict between California's civil code which allows ownership of all domestic animals and other, namely Fish and Game Code which says:

* FISH AND GAME CODE 2116: Put ferrets in a group of wild animals. Says they are "not normally domesticated in this state as determined by the commission."

* FISH AND GAME CODE 2118: It is unlawful to import, transport, possess, or release alive into this state, except under a revocable, nontransferable permit as provided in this chapter and the regulations pertaining thereto, any wild animal of the following species: (ferrets are included in this list).

* (CCR), title 14, section 671: (a) It shall be unlawful to import, transport, or possess live animals restricted in subsection (c) below except under permit issued by the department. (You know ferrets are included in this list)

* (CCR), title 14, section 671: (b) The commission has determined the below listed animals are not normally domesticated in this state.

Why are these codes relevant but the civil code allowing ownership of all domestic animals isn't even mentioned?

Why won't the AG's office even communicate with us? We have a very valid and sincere question.

Facts are stubborn things. No one states that the domestic ferret is a wild animal. No one believes they are "wild," "undesirable," or a "menace." They are legal in 48 states without any negative consequences.

Learn more at: https://www.legalizeferrets.org/

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The American Gem Society Celebrates Women’s History Month Through Women Designers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The American Gem Society (AGS), a nonprofit association dedicated to consumer protection, is proud to celebrate and recognize its women designers, as well as women leaders in the jewelry industry during Women's History Month.

Throughout the month of March, AGS will feature the beautiful jewelry created by women within the association's community of members. AGS is also featuring the jewelry of these women on their "Trending Now" web page.

"The American Gem Society is what it is today in large part because of the leadership and creativity of the women in management and in our community," said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. "We value and are inspired by the guidance and vision of the women on our board and on our team, the retail store leaders who are the backbone of the American Gem Society, and the creative visionaries designing jewelry. We are excited to share these designs with our audience, and hope they feel as inspired as we do by the artistry and beauty of what these women have created."

"Seeing wonderful, strong, and talented women leading the AGS made an early impression on me as I grew and learned in this industry," said Lisa Bridge, President-Elect of the American Gem Society's International Board of Directors. "We are lucky at AGS to have a community that supports and champions one another to make us and the industry better. I am thankful for their example and the path they have created for all of us to thrive."

To see the jewelry from the American Gem Society's participating women designers, visit https://www.americangemsociety.org/trending-now or follow the American Gem Society on Instagram.

To find an American Gem Society jeweler in your area, visit https://www.americangemsociety.org/find-a-jeweler/jeweler/search/.

About American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society awards credentials for its members, who are held to the industry's highest standards and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Members of the AGS membership are passionate about jewelry and dedicated to creating a positive buying experience for their customers. To find an AGS jeweler near you, visit ags.org/findajeweler.

Website: https://www.americangemsociety.org/

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Twitter: @AmerGemSociety

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26 State Proclamations Kick Off Awareness Month for Unexplained Childhood Deaths

ROSELAND, N.J. -- The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation thanks Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin for making statewide proclamations declaring March 2022 SUDC Awareness Month.

These are the first U.S. states to join a nationwide effort led by the SUDC Foundation to raise awareness of one of the most under-recognized medical tragedies of our time, marking the beginning of a month-long worldwide campaign.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children over the age of 1 year which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including an autopsy. Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up.

"Even though SUDC affects approximately 400 children in the United States annually, many physicians and medical professionals are unaware of it," says Dr. Erin Bowen, Vice President of the SUDC Foundation and pediatrician, "Increased awareness can lead to further research initiatives to help uncover causes and risk factors for these deaths, with the ultimate goal of preventing them, leading to a future free of SUDC."

Recent research at NYU Langone health discovered the first genetic underpinnings of SUDC.

Awareness is key to identifying cases of SUDC for research. Recent research funded by the SUDC Foundation and published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" analyzed the DNA codes of 124 children who were lost to SUDC as well as their biological parents. The researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that nearly 9 percent-or 11 of the 124 children-had DNA code changes in genes that regulate calcium function and attributed these changes to contributing to their deaths. Additional research by the group, also funded by the SUDC Foundation, found disagreements in 40% of cause of death opinions among 100 cases sudden unexpected pediatric deaths reviewed suggesting the SUDC rate by the U.S. Centers for Death Control and Prevention (CDC) may be an underestimation.

"Each March, we try to make incredible strides to raise awareness throughout SUDC Awareness month," said Laura Gould, President and Co-founder of the SUDC Foundation. "We see every day how critical awareness is to identify families affected as well as advocating for crucial research."

The SUDC Foundation is advocating for SUDC Awareness Month proclamations in all 50 U.S. states this March. In 2021, 43 U.S. states participated. This nationwide effort began in 2016, inspired by Drew Joseph Boswell and the Boswell family. The Boswell family successfully advocated for the first statewide proclamation declaring March 2015 as SUDC Awareness Month in the State of Louisiana.

To see a full list of previous efforts as well as additional states who have joined, please visit: https://sudc.org/legislation-and-policy/sudc-awareness-proclamations/

The SUDC Foundation will once again mark SUDC Awareness Month by hosting weekly activities to raise awareness of SUDC and remember the children gone far too soon. To learn more, please visit: https://sudc.org/sudc-awareness-month/

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Move For Hunger and Today’s Local Media Renew Partnership in the Fight Against Hunger Nationwide

RED BANK, N.J. -- Today's Local Media, a full-service marketing agency serving moving companies nationwide, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced that they have renewed a partnership that will reduce food waste and fight hunger nationwide.

Today's Local Media partnered with Move For Hunger in 2020 and has since contributed nearly 20,000 meals to food insecure communities nationwide. They have also been named a top 50 marketing agency in the United States every year since 2018, and have many clients that also contribute to the mission of Move For Hunger.

It was important for us to take a more active role in the fight against hunger," said Ben Wright, Founder, Today's Local Media. "Because we work directly with movers across the country, we have an even greater ability and responsibility to help. We are a family owned and operated organization. And there seems like no better organization to partner with than one that feeds families in need."

Founded in 2009 by Adam Lowy, Move For Hunger has provided more than 26 million pounds of food, equaling over 22 million meals, to food pantries and banks across the United States. Move For Hunger's network of more than 1,000 moving companies, more than 2,000 multi-family apartment communities, and many of the world's leading relocation management companies, volunteer to collect this unopened, non-perishable food and deliver it to their local food banks.

"With the support of partners like Today's Local Media, Move For Hunger is able to continue to make an impact throughout the United States and Canada at such a pivotal point in time," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger.

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 26 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 22 million meals for those in need.

Move For Hunger is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at https://www.moveforhunger.org/.

About Today's Local Media

Today's Local Media is a full-service marketing agency serving moving companies nationwide. Our mission is to bring new leads to movers and accelerate their growth. We do this by SEO, mobile friendly websites, and leveraging online advertising. Our clients love us, and we have built a great reputation by taking a straightforward and honest approach to customer service. Visit Today's Local Media to learn more at https://www.todayslocalmedia.com/.

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Neotrope and Send2Press Renew Support of Hunger Relief Charity, Move For Hunger, for Second Decade

TEMECULA, Calif. -- Send2Press®, a service of Neotrope®, announced today that it will be renewing its support in helping promote the efforts of Move For Hunger as part of its JL Simmons Nonprofit PR Grants program. With this program, Send2Press has helped disseminate MFH's news to media, social and syndication vis its newswire service for over 10 years.

Move For Hunger was founded in 2009 by Adam Lowy, and has provided more than 26 million pounds of food, equaling over 22 million meals, to food pantries and banks across the United States. Since the pandemic started, Move For Hunger has had to meet the growing need of food insecurity in the United States and Canada, where 42 million Americans and 1 in 8 Canadians struggle with hunger. Move For Hunger is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

"With the support of partners like Neotrope and Send2Press, Move For Hunger is able to continue to raise awareness and make an impact on food insecurity throughout the United States and Canada," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger.

"We have been honored to help support the good works of Adam and his team and partners in fighting hunger across North America the past decade," said Send2Press co-founder and Neotrope CEO, Christopher Simmons. "We look forward to helping support their promotion efforts for some time to come. We truly believe in what they do, and are donating our own time and abilities in support of their cause."

The JL Simmons Nonprofit PR Grants program was launched in 2000 to help promote worthy causes with a grant of in-kind donation of services. It was created by the late Dr. JL Simmons, PhD and Christopher Simmons.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger™ is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 26 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 22 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. You can also simply make a donation to help end hunger.

Visit Move For Hunger's website to learn more about their work at https://moveforhunger.org/.

About Send2Press:

Send2Press®, founded in 2000, offers affordable press release distribution, writing, and social media marketing. Send2Press was named "best overall" of the top six press release services in 2020 by Fit Small Business. Send2Press is a dba of Neotrope, founded in 1983 in California.

Send2Press has consistently been ranked one of the top newswire services overall based on honesty and credibility.

Neotrope has been an innovative content development, publishing, audio/video, public relations (PR) and marketing company since Jan. 1983. Neotrope was an INC. 5000 listed company in 2009.

The company was co-founded by author, artist, journalist, musician and marketing/PR expert, Christopher Laird Simmons, and the late Dr. JL Simmons, PhD, a best-selling author and respected university professor.

Learn more about Send2Press® at: https://www.Send2Press.com/

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Registration Now Open for NEA Dell National Entrepreneur Pitch Contest: Over $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- The National Entrepreneurs Association (NEA) will host a National Virtual Pitch Contest on Wednesday April 20, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Zoom. Contestants will have an opportunity to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The event was created to give entrepreneurs and small business owners an opportunity to receive national exposure, professional coaching, funding and other resources that can be used immediately for growth and expansion. The event is sponsored by Dell Technologies and Comerica Bank.

This competition is for existing businesses. Start-ups and established business owners are invited to apply. 10 finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to a national audience for three minutes. First, second and third place winners will be selected by a panel of judges.

The first place winner will receive a $3000 cash prize. The second place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. A third place winner will be selected by the audience and will receive a $500 cash prize. In addition, all three winners will receive a Dell laptop computer and a one-year membership to the National Entrepreneurs Association. The event is open to the public and entry is free. Application deadline is March 4, 2022.

"This will be our fourth pitch contest. We began offering these events twice a year to help entrepreneurs deal with the impact of the pandemic. It has become one of our most popular events. We give entrepreneurs the ongoing resources and support needed to be successful which includes exposure, professional coaching, networking opportunities, training, funding and the latest in technology," said National Entrepreneurs Association President, Dr. ZaLonya Allen.

NEA is a 501(c)(3) member-based non-profit corporation that was created to empower entrepreneurs to grow through quality networking events and educational programs. Annual training conferences are held twice a year. The Entrepreneur Bootcamp and Certification Training Program is offered twice a year and networking events are held monthly. For more information or an application visit https://www.nationalentrepreneurs.org/.

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Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize Open for Applications

VENICE, Calif. -- Beyond Baroque, one of the nation's leading literary arts centers, has announced that the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize is now actively accepting applications. The prize, created in honor of Beyond Baroque alumna and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, will accept applications until May 1, 2022.

"We're very excited to start receiving submissions from young poets of color, and for the opportunity to foster their growth as artists," said the nonprofit's executive director, Quentin Ring.

"The Amanda Gorman Poetry Prize is an important opportunity for young poets of color to be recognized for their poetic talent," added Shonda Buchanan, President of Beyond Baroque's Board of Trustees. "We hope it will inspire them to follow Amanda's lead in creating a legacy in which poetry and social justice work combine to infuse America with a richer human agency."

The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize will award scholarships to college-bound student poets of color. As a special feature of the debut of the fund, there is a poetry contest for 9th, 10th and 11th graders, the same age at which Gorman began her development as a poet in the Beyond Baroque Student Poets' program. All told, $10,000 in scholarship and contest money will be awarded in 2022.

The prize continues Beyond Baroque's long history of nurturing some of Los Angeles' most prominent poets, including Wanda Coleman, Amy Gerstler, and Amanda Gorman herself. Gorman describes Beyond Baroque as the place "where a young poet found the love of her life" and shared more about her history with Beyond Baroque on the recent ABC 20/20 Special Amanda Gorman: Brave Enough with Robin Roberts.

The Future Voices Poetry Scholarship is open for all poets currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in California, and who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color. College-bound students in 12th grade can apply for a scholarship award, and 9th, 10th and 11th grade can submit to the poetry contest. Prize winners will be announced by July 1, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.beyondbaroque.org/.

ABOUT BEYOND BAROQUE

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is one of the nation's most successful and influential grassroots incubators of the literary arts. Founded in 1968, and housed in the original Venice City Hall building in Venice, California, it is a nonprofit public space dedicated to cultivating new writing and expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature, and art through cultural events and community interaction. The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming, including readings, workshops, art exhibits, and education. Across five decades, Beyond Baroque has provided crucial support to a series of seminal writers, artists, and musicians that include Wanda Coleman, Dennis Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Mike Kelley, Viggo Morternsen, Will Alexander, and Amanda Gorman. Today the Center continues to provide a vital cultural forum through its free workshops, reading series, and general programming.

ABOUT AMANDA GORMAN

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied sociology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is the author of the "The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country" (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 2021), the poetry collection "Call Us What We Carry" (Viking, December 2021) and "The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough" (Penmanship Books, 2015). In 2017, Gorman was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States after previously serving as the first-ever youth poet laureate of Los Angeles. She is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth, and serves the Write Change program in her role as International Changemaker for Estee Lauder.

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Study Confirms Mentoring Makes a Significant Difference in Youth Overcoming Pandemic-related Challenges

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing school-based mentoring for children impacted by parental incarceration, recently released its annual program evaluation showing that children who had access to a Seedling mentor had stronger social, emotional, and school-based outcomes than children who were without a mentor during the 2020-21 school year.

Seedling Foundation recently released its independent program evaluation conducted by Dr. Karen Looby, an Austin-based researcher and program evaluator with more than 30 years of experience in public education.

The 2020-21 program evaluation compared outcomes for children in several categories including personal development skills, persistence, school engagement, and attendance. The results of the survey show that students who met with a Seedling mentor had significantly higher positive outcomes than students who did not meet with their mentor in the areas of persistence (84.2% vs. 73,3%), student engagement (88% vs.67.3%), and positive attendance outcomes (65.6% vs. 42.1%). The report also states that overall, 87% of Seedling mentees who met with their mentors had three or more positive outcomes on the selected measures.

"We are very proud of our staff and mentors and grateful to the school districts for the hard work and persistence that went into finding effective ways for mentors to meet with mentees last year when mentors were not able to visit campuses. The results for our mentees are remarkable," said Dan Leal, Seedling Foundation Executive Director.

The program evaluation concludes that "in a year characterized by increased stressors of the pandemic in addition to adverse childhood experiences resulting from the trauma of having an incarcerated parent, mentoring becomes increasingly important in the mitigation of potentially negative impacts," (Looby, 2021).

About Seedling Foundation:

Since 2006, Seedling Foundation has provided school-based mentoring for children impacted by parental incarceration. During the 2020-21 school year, Seedling mentors provided mentoring for 361 children in more than 10 Central Texas school districts, including Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Pflugerville ISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Hays CISD with 518 of the children considered active in the program. Each year, Seedling Foundation also awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to 8th grade students to use toward their post-secondary education. Seedling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #74-2841791. Donations are tax deductible.

To learn more about Seedling or to become a mentor visit Seedling's website at https://seedlingmentors.org/ or call (512) 323-6371.

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