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Updates, articles, and videos from and about Blue Meridian Partners, our investees, and the field.

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Feb 19, 2021

As admissions season descends, warning signs appear for low-income applicants

The Washington Post highlights College Possible as one of several organizations supporting low-income students through the college admissions process and helping them overcome challenges exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

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Feb 11, 2021

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption celebrates 10,000 adoptions

A Ohio news station reports on the announcement of the Dave Thomas Foundation's 10,000th adoption through their Wendy's Wonderful Kids program.

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Feb 9, 2021

For a more equitable recovery, corporations must stop using a college degree as a proxy for ability

In an article for Fast Company, Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO of Year Up, encourages corporate America to adopt more inclusive recruiting strategies, which will help advance racial justice and ensure an equitable COVID recovery.

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Feb 8, 2021

For low-income workers, a chance to learn new skills without paying a dime upfront

The Boston Globe shares how Social Finance's innovative Career Impact Bond is making high-quality workforce training for in-demand careers more affordable for low-income workers in Massachusetts.

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Feb 3, 2021

‘You just want to … have a chance.’ Ex-offenders struggle to find jobs amid pandemic

USA Today highlights Center for Employment Opportunities for their continued efforts to connect formerly incarcerated individuals with meaningful employment, despite the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Jan 29, 2021

If You’ve Ever Wanted to Be a Foster Parent, ‘Now Is the Time to Get Involved’

In an article for The New York Times, Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, urges others to support youth in the foster care system, who are especially vulnerable amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Jan 26, 2021

How the pandemic is propelling demand for short-term college programs

Gerald Chertavian, CEO of Year Up, shares with PBS NewsHour how the organization's 1-year intensive career training program is working to close the opportunity divide and ensure an equitable COVID-19 recovery.

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Jan 25, 2021

New Online Pre-School Helps Prepare Kids for School at No Cost

A representative from Waterford.org speaks with a local Ohio news station about how the organization's UPSTART program is providing access to quality pre-K education for families in the state.

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Jan 23, 2021

United Way 211 Helpline handles surge in calls

Yahoo! News shares how United Way's 211 Helpline is assisting households in Central Texas amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Jan 11, 2021

Experience to Action: Reshaping Criminal Justice After COVID-19

Philanthropy News Digest highlights The Justice and Mobility Fund's support for a recent study assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the criminal justice system.