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This paper outlines and highlights the outstanding and thorough work of the North Carolina
State Board of Elections in responding to evidence that the state was falling short of National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) Section 7 requirements. In 18 months, the state became a model for NVRA compliance, boasting an almost six-fold increase in the number of public assistance clients registering to vote.
2007 was the first year that the North Carolina General Assembly seriously considered Same Day Registration. SDR bills had been introduced in prior years and attracted legislative support, but never gained sufficient traction. This report recounts North Carolina's road to Same Day Registration from three different perspectives: legislative supporters, elections officials and the advocacy community.
Demos conducted a telephone survey of 16 individuals who were involved in the successful effort to pass SDR legislation in 2007. Interviewees included legislators, public policy advocates, community organizers and election officials. Those individuals collectively identified three primary reasons for Same Day Registration's success in 2007:
* New political leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly
* The support of influential election officials; and,
* A strong, unified coalition of advocates and organizers.
National Youth Employment Coalition;
Profile of North Carolina's policies and financing of secondary education options for young people from the the publication Expanding Options: State Financing of Education Pathways for Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth (2008).
Funders and program planners want to know: What does it cost to operate a high-quality after-school or summer program? This study answers that question, discovering that there is no "right" number. Cost varies substantially, depending on the characteristics of the participants, the goals of the program, who operates it and where it is located. Based on detailed cost data collected from 111 out-of-school-time programs in six cities, this report, along with an online calculator (www.wallacefoundation.org/cost-of-quality), provides cost averages and ranges for many common types of programs.
Achieving the Dream teaches community colleges to use student data to improve programming and student success. Since participating, Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina has become a data-driven, success-oriented institution and has seen promising trends in student achievement. This study offers lessons for other colleges undertaking similar institutional reform.
Research Center for Leadership in Action;
At the Triangle Residential Option for Substance Abusers (TROSA), a North Carolina residential treatment program, Executive Director Kevin McDonald and his colleagues have advanced a social entrepreneurial model for nearly a decade. In the process, they've built hundreds of active, engaged citizens, not just sober individuals.
Center for College Affordability and Productivity;
This study is not a comprehensive blueprint for reform in the system of higher education in North Carolina. Its purpose is to present factual evidence suggesting that the system of universities is deserving of greater public scrutiny. The evidence also shows areas where reform is needed the most -- cost containment, for example.And we will make some suggestions of areas where cost containment might legitimately occur. And while the system has many defects, we are the first to acknowledge that it is possible to have a wonderful collegiate experience in North Carolina and that some very fine research is conducted in the state that has had positive social benefits. Yet the issue is: can North Carolina use its resources in a better way, one that will improve the quality and affordability of its higher educational services?
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2006, conducted for America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 52,000 clients served by the A2H food bank network, as well as on completed
questionnaires from more than 30,000 A2H agencies. The study summarized below focuses
mainly on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the A2H network.
Key Findings: The A2H system served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina provides
food for an estimated 421,500 different people annually.25% of the members of households served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of
Metrolina are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).23% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 68% are food insecure and 42% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).47% of clients served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina report
having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
(Table 6.5.1).39% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).34% of households served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina report
having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina included approximately 278 agencies
at the administration of this survey, of which 162 have responded to the agency
survey. Of the responding agencies, 118 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.81% of pantries, 85% of kitchens, and 65% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).66% of pantries, 65% of kitchens, and 66% of shelters of the Second Harvest Food
Bank of Metrolina reported that there had been an increase since 2001 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 the agencies,
accounting for 70% of the food used by pantries, 43% of kitchens' food, and 40%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).For the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, 87% of pantries, 92% of
kitchens, and 77% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH);
From a study commissioned by the Volunteers of America, this report provides a general description of homeless families, their demographic make-up, personal histories, and regional responses in three different areas.
National Foster Care Coalition;
This publication examines how the Chafee educational and training vouchers and other state-based supports for higher education have been working for these young adults. The National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC) has worked closely with six states to examine the implementation of the Chafee ETV Program since its inception in 2003: California, Maine, Montana, New York, North Carolina, and Wyoming. These states were selected to provide a diverse view of ETV program implementation, including state- and county-administered child welfare programs, urban and rural programs, and programs serving either very large or very small populations of youth. This publication documents a select number of young people's experiences with the ETV program and also shares recommendations from constituents and other stakeholders on how to improve this unique and important postsecondary education and training program.
Colorado Trust, The;
This Issue Brief, authored by Charles Bruner, PhD, Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, highlights how the health system can help to improve children's healthy development and school readiness, and how policies can help ensure that young children receive preventive and developmental health care.