Please Spread the Word: $9.5 million for Boys and Young Men of Color

Calling all nonprofits, community leaders and agents of change: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced a new Call for Proposals  for Forward Promise, a $9.5 million initiative that focuses on innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color. The Foundation will award 10 grants of up to $500,000 each to support projects with preliminary evidence of impact in school discipline, dropout prevention, mental health interventions, and career training.

RWJF is particularly interested in hearing from projects focused on AAPI boys and young men – so get applying! And good luck!!

The Nation: Watching Fox Makes you Stupider

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Over at The Nation, Ben Adler rips into Fox News for its failure to inform its viewers.

He writes at “It’s Official: Watching Fox Makes You Stupider“:

People who work at Fox News might like to think that they are despised by real journalists only because they are conservative and most journalists are liberal. Anyone who read the admiring obituaries of William F. Buckley Jr. in mainstream and liberal outlets would know that is nonsense. Journalists, both liberals and ones with no ideology in particular, are quite capable of respecting conservative pundits and reporters who deserve their respect.

But Fox does not. The reason is not because it holds a set of values that others may not share. And that is only partially because it claims to be “Fair and Balanced” when it is neither.

Rather, it is because it fails the fundamental test of journalism: are you informing your audience? According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all [emphasis added is mine].

Meet America’s New Poverty Class: Twentysomethings

1 out of 4 US households is underbanked

Millennials are having a difficult time finding gainful employment which is leading them to make poor financial decisions.

From The Street:

Right now, the U.S. unemployment rate for the age 20-24 demographic stands at 13.5%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to 8.1% for the general population.

Besides the larger realization among this Millennials generation — and many economists — that between automation and outsourcing, good job opportunities are scarce, younger adults are moving back into their parent’s house because they’re broke. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.9 million young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 lived with their parents by 2011, up from 4.7 million in 2008. The agency also says that 45% of those “double-upper’s” generate incomes that are below the poverty lines.

But the capper on the jug could be a new report from Fort Worth, Texas-based Think Finance, an online financial products provider. The survey of 640 U.S. Millennials reveals that more of them are using purportedly downscale financial products like pre-paid credit cards and pay day loans — and are actually ‘satisfied” with the experience.

SF Chronicle: Obama Courts Asian Americans

President Obama is in the Bay Area today, hosting an exclusive roundtable for Asian American and Pacific Islander supporters.

From the SF Chronicle:

With just over five months until what’s expected to be a razor-close election, the Obama campaign’s ethnic-centered fundraiser in California – home to the nation’s second-largest group of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – puts a sharp focus on a key demographic expected to vote in record numbers in November.

Both Republican and Democratic campaigns are “trying to find a community of interest that might be moved – and one of the unturned stones has been the Asian community,” says Vincent Pan, executive director of the San Francisco group Chinese for Affirmative Action.

The diverse swath, also known as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, includes large communities of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese; as well as South Asians such as Indians and Pakistanis; and Pacific Islanders such as Polynesians, Samoans and Tongans.

Pan said Obama feels comfortable with outreach to those groups because the president has lived in Asia and the Pacific Islands. “He has a natural relationship with those communities. He understands the model: that we have a lot of strengths and we have a lot of needs, too.”

The political focus on the group – at 17.6 million about 5.6 percent of the country’s population – comes with recognition it might be up for grabs this year, according to a May poll by the National Asian American Coalition.

Faith Bautista, the organization’s president and CEO, said the poll showed that “Asian Americans throughout the nation are probably close to equally divided as to who would make a better president between (Mitt) Romney and Obama.”

So “in key swing states such as Nevada and Virginia, the absence of effective campaigning directed at Asian Americans could be fatal to the campaigns of the presidential candidates,” she said.

“It’s not just the fact that (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) are really a force to be recognized within the political process, but collectively have demonstrated incredible purchasing power and entrepreneurial power in technology and Silicon Valley,” said Julia Rhee, co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.



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