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Community Food Security Coalition;
The product of a year's work for six researchers, Seeds of Change is perhaps the most thorough documentation of an urban community's food system. Sections on hunger, nutrition, food industry, supermarket industry, communmity case study, farmers' markets, urban agriculture, joint ventures, and food policy councils.
New York City Labor Market Information Service;
The Long Island Index interactive map combines a rich amount of information coupled with easy-to-use tools so you can visualize relationships across several types of data at local and regional scales. It supplements and enhances the work of the Long Island Index to develop and monitor regional community indicators.
Research Center for Leadership in Action;
For over 15 years, Bill Rauch and the Cornerstone Theater Company have been creating theater productions that explore issues of race and prejudice. Members of the ensemble travel to communities throughout the country. They engage community members from all walks of life to help create and perform plays that reflect their local experiences and build bridges. The Company produces commissioned and contemporary works as well as classics.
Arts for All: Los Angeles Regional Blueprint for Arts Education;
Arts in Focus: Los Angeles Countywide Arts Education Survey is the largest, most detailed survey on arts education in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States. The county has 1,745 schools with 1.7 million students in 82 school districts. The goal of the survey was to obtain a panoramic view of arts education across this diverse landscape. Data was obtained through in-depth interviewing at the district level, just one part of the chain of educational provision. The students in the districts covered in this survey represent 27% of all students enrolled in public schools K-12 in the state of California and 3.4% of all students enrolled in public schools K-12 in the nation. The survey reveals several fundamental contradictions.
Arts for All: Los Angeles Regional Blueprint for Arts Education;
In September 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, a ten-year strategic plan to restore arts education -- in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts -- to the 1.7 million students in Los Angeles County's 80 school districts and Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) classrooms. The Arts for All Executive Committee, with more than 100 partners and supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, leads this effort. The initiative, now in its fifth year, has made great strides.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares provides emergency food for an estimated 283,700 different people annually.39% of the members of households served by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).48% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 80% are food insecure and 41% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).47% of clients served by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).36% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).30% of households served by Island Harvest and Long Island Cares report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)Island Harvest and Long Island Cares included approximately 702 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 609 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 408 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter70% of pantries, 59% of kitchens, and 10% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 86% of pantries, 65% of kitchens, and 47% of shelters of Island Harvest and Long Island Cares reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1)Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 69% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 45% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 88% of pantries, 92% of kitchens, and 35% of shelters in Island Harvest and Long Island Cares use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
As one of New York's leading research institutions, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is an asset of particular value to New York State. In order to promote a clearer understanding of the multiple ways in which the Laboratory contributes to the life of New York State and its people, CSHL President & CEO Bruce Stillman, Ph.D. asked Appleseed -- a New York City-based economic development consulting firm -- to assess the Lab's impact on the state's economy -- and in particular, on the economy of Long Island.
This report presents the results of Appleseed's analysis. Part Two highlights the impact of CSHL as an enterprise -- as an employer, a buyer of goods and services from New York companies and a sponsor of construction projects. Part Three explores several ways in which research conducted at CSHL contributes to the growth of the state's and the region's economy. Part Four of the report describes CSHL's Meetings and Courses Program, which each year brings thousands of the world's leading scientists to Long Island to discuss their work. Part Five describes the Lab's public education programs, which offer a wide range of opportunities for elementary and high school students, and for undergraduates and graduate students as well -- covering everything from basic scientific concepts and techniques to the latest advances in the life sciences. Finally, Part Six highlights several reasons why CSHL's impact on New York's and Long Island's economy could be even greater during the next five to ten years than it is today.
New York City Labor Market Information Service;
Each year since 2004, the Long Island Index staff and a team of technical advisors have gathered and analyzed several dozen data sets in 11 major categories to evaluate progress toward a more livable and thriving region. The Index report itself is published every January, and during the year the project conducts ongoing public opinion surveys, distributes op-eds, and prepares other studies. The director of the CUNY Mapping Service at CUR has been a member of the Technical Committee from the project's inception, providing maps, spatial analysis, and advice regarding key data sets. This year, for the 2008 Index report, the Mapping Service worked with the committee to focus on a special analysis regarding Long Island's housing needs and downtown development opportunities.
Alliance for Quality Education;
This report identifies the 11 Long Island districts with the most student poverty and compares them with the 11 districts with middle student poverty, and the 11 districts with the least student poverty. In addition to poverty, this report looks at the demographic composition of these districts, and percentage of English language learners. Historically on Long Island, as elsewhere, there has been a large funding gap between school districts with high poverty and those with little poverty. The funding gap, as examined by The Education Trust and others, documents the difference in educational opportunity between school districts. In order to make this calculation it is necessary to both examine expenditures per pupil and student need (as measured by the proportion of student poverty). Policy makers and researchers across the spectrum agree that it generally costs more to provide equivalent educational opportunity to students from poor households as those from middle class or wealthier households. This report factors student poverty into the measurement of the funding gap.
The report examines the effectiveness since 2007 of different state school aid categories at closing the funding gap--specifically looking at foundation aid, high tax aid and all state operating aid as a whole. In addition, this report looks at student outcomes according to 8th grade English Language Arts and Math exams, graduation rates, Regents diploma rates, and college enrollment rates in order to evaluate whether there has been progress at closing the achievement gaps since funding reforms were instituted.
Make the Road New York;
More than a month after Superstorm Sandy, many New Yorkers continue to struggle with the devastation of their homes, neighborhoods and livelihoods. One group that has faced particular challenges, but has received little attention are the region's thousands of immigrants. Some of the areas hardest hit by Sandy--such as Staten Island and Long Island--are home to large populations of recent immigrants.
For this report, we conducted surveys of 416 residents of selected localities in Long Island and Staten Island. We also conducted in-depth interviews to gather more detailed testimonies from certain survey respondents. We selected geographical areas in Staten Island and Long Island that were greatly affected by Sandy and had large numbers of immigrants. We conducted door-to-door outreach, as well as outreach at Make the Road New York disaster aid clinics, relief sites (both governmental and charity), food pantries, Laundromats, and local businesses. In order to reach impacted individuals, we conducted outreach at a variety of sites because many who had been displaced from their homes could not be reached through a door-to-door canvas.
Surveys were conducted at different times of the day and on different days of the week. We interviewed people who self identified as immigrants. The survey was confidential and voluntary. The survey instrument is included in Appendix A of this report. 70% of respondents are Long Island residents. 30% are Staten Island residents. 61% of respondents rent their homes. 36% of respondents identify as having limited pro?ciency in English.
New York Communities for Change;
This analysis provides a closer look at New York City and Long Island to reveal the disproportionate depth of the impact on minority communities, where modifications have been scarce and widespread foreclosures threaten African-American and Latino neighborhoods. New data from 2010 shows that there is an indisputable connection between race and the likelihood of being served with pre-foreclosure notices.
The high rates of foreclosure and homes "underwater" are the result of years in which minority homeowners were far more likely to be given risky, high-cost loans. In both New York City and Long Island, lenders were four to five times more likely to issue high-cost loans to African-Americans and Latinos between 2004 and 2007 than they were to whites.
Despite this disproportionate representation in foreclosures, recently released data from the Furman Center shows that minority homeowners in New York City are less likely to receive mortgage modifications than white homeowners.
Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice;
This policy brief makes the case for schools across the country to put an end to policies that cast off students into unchallenging, low-track classrooms. The authors recommend a clear process for the phasing out of curricular stratification in grades K-10, beginning with the lowest track and granting meaningful access to AP and IB courses to all students. The brief includes model statutory language to implement its recommendations.