Q Commons is coming to the Capital Region on THURSDAY, October 13th. Save the Date!
On June 23, after 4 months of hard work, our spring 16 cohort of causes safely made it through our second Nonprofit Accelerator. Congrats to our nonprofit teams who have successfully completed our Spring 16' Nonprofit Accelerator and will be pitching their cause at our upcoming nonprofit pitch night.
On May 19, 2016, Light the City (LTC) hosted session 2 of their Spring 16' Nonprofit Accelerator: Message Clarity. Throughout this intensive, day-long session, 9 teams of schenectady based nonprofits and social entrepreneurs gathered at the Electric City Innovation Center (ECIC) to learn and collaborate with expert mentors from across the capital region.
"clarity isn't everything, but it changes everything." -- vision expert, Will Mancini
How do you get clarity?
The best leaders and organizations will spend the time working to bring alignment to a shared set of questions. Organizations will flourish when they have clarity around these most important questions.
The Nonprofit Accelerator developed by the Light the City (LTC) Network has selected 8 Schenectady-based organizations to join its Spring 16” cohort.
WE BASE OUR DECISION TO ACCEPT A NONPROFIT ON FOUR THINGS:
Board Engagement Capacity
Community Engaement Capacity
On March 3, 2016, thousands gathered in cities around the world to stimulate thinking and consider what it might mean to advance the common good in our community. Schenectady, NY was one of those cities! For the second time, Light the City hosted Q Commons Schenectady: An event featuring a series of national and local speakers all addressing the big questions around some of the biggest questions we face personally and as a city. Approximately 50 people, showed up at Union College’s College Park Hall to engage each other in this evening of meaningful conversations.
Over 65 people showed up to celebrate the 6 nonprofits “pitching their causes” at Light the City’s premiere “Light the Night” event-- a nonprofit pitch night featuring 6 of the 7 nonprofit organizations who have completed Light the City’s fall 15’ Nonprofit Accelerator. Over 65 people attended the event and over $1500 were raised!
Q Commons is returning to Schenectady on March 3rd, 2016.
Jake has joined Light the city as a Marketing Associate. The position carries broad responsibilities, from planning to creative to digital media management.
New York Youth Alive helps churches engage in reaching the generation next door. This organization is striving to “Love a school, shape a generation and reach a community with the message of hope amongst the 1.2 million teenagers in the NYS public school system.
Led by John Ginnan,
Journey Youth Ministries is an arm of Calvary Tabernacle church in Schenectady, NY. They exist to create a place where people can be loved by people who love God. Weekly engaging youth and adolescents with innovative programming and exciting experiences housed in a community center, over 200 kids, Ages range from birth-highschool.
Children and Family Director, Estrella Rodrigues
Seat Center is working to transform communities one workforce at a time.
YouthBuild Schenectady is a nine-month program designed to engage at-risk, low-income young people, ages 18-24 that need to complete their high school education and receive career training. As an affiliate of YouthBuild USA, YouthBuild Schenectady is one of 276 YouthBuild programs operating in the United States. its mission is to assist young people in transforming their lives and communities through training, community service, and sustainable wages.
Executive Director, Jennifer Lawrence
Safe Inc. of Schenectady is an organization that provides outreach, counseling, referrals, and shelter for runaway, homeless, and sexually exploited youth.
The purpose of Safe is to serve the youth and young adults who are at risk of sexual exploitation or have been sexually exploited. Safe Inc. also serves youth and young adults who are runaways, "throwaways", and homeless. The agency is designed for the betterment of youth and young adults to become self-sufficient and productive with the attention to good citizenship. The agency provides quality outreach, case management, and therapeutic programs both residential and non-residential with the aim of instilling the importance of self-dignity and enduring relationships.
Cassie McCracken, Executive Director
Ring of Hope exists to develop the youth of today both spiritually and physically, empowering them to achieve a life of Success with Significance.
Their innovative one-for-one membership approach enables youth to participate in the program through adult gym memberships. Every new membership serves their purpose to help you "Get fit for life!"
Led by Coach Kittle
Empowering employment leading to individual and community transformation
Schenectady Works is a job training, retention and career advancement program. Our purpose is to equip people for long-term success in the workplace by helping them move to lives of sustainability.
Executive Director, Nathan Mandsager
Simply put, a mental model is a mental image that you have of someone that determines the language and behavior that you use when interacting with, and amount of respect that you have for them.
Five Questions Your Nonprofit Must Answer!
Mark your calendars now for Saturday morning, May 9th for our annual Beautiful Day partnership with Keane and Lincoln Elementary Schools.
The details for BD2015 are as follows.
1.Date: Saturday, May 9th. This year we will have three sites: Keane, Lincoln and Calvary.
2. We will meet at Calvary at 8:30am to pray and organize the plans. The scheduled work times are between 9am-Noon. You can come for an hour or stay the whole time.
3. This year, we will only be doing yard work. Bring your own rakes and we will provide lawn bags and garbage bags.
In addition to general clean up, they will pick up trash around the schools and the church.
If you cannot come at 8:30am you can still help. Just show up at one of the three sites and the site leader will give you directions.
For questions email Dylan
High functioning teams work best in an open and transparent culture that fosters, encourages, applauds, and gives opportunity for creativity and initiative.
"You took a risk, brought your community together and were a catalyst for change that will bear much fruit in the days ahead."
We certainly like the idea of “casting all our cares and anxieties on Jesus’, as the passage ends, “because he cares for you.” Jesus is caring, and humble, and love. But what do you do with the pervious versus?
We were moved by a recent email we received from a gentleman who told the story of how he was bullied and physically intimidated by a coworker for several years at his job. The leader of his workplace, department manager, and human resources manager all refused to take action against the documented bully. Eventually the gentleman that wrote us was fired for making trouble and interfering with production.
This painful incident was a stark reminder to us that many businesses and organizations in this country not only tolerate bullying but create a culture that encourages it by turning a blind eye toward it. We have heard many first person accounts of bullying at both large and small companies and organizations. These accounts remind us of our own unfortunate bullying incidents.
Business leaders, departmental managers, and corporate boards must continually be educated that profitability is a natural function of a healthy organization. While the new business model of health is growing, it has a long way to go. Healthy organizations are 2.0 times more likely to have above median growth in enterprise to book value, 2.2 times more likely to have above median income EBITA (earnings before interest, tax, and amortization), and 1.5 times more likely to have above median growth in net income to sales (2010).
What is a healthy organization?
A healthy organization values not only the well being of its members but also encourages collaboration, team building, and respect. It rewards competence and production but also builds motivation, engagement, trust, and loyalty which naturally increase both production and profitability, under good leadership.
Great leaders establish no tolerance bullying policies to foster individual and organizational health and growth. By doing so, they promote an open atmosphere where innovation, creativity, and out of the box thinking is encouraged as a means of improving product, process, marketing, and distribution. Bottom line leaders that are reluctant to change their destructive practices and policies should study the corporate and organizational culture of Hewlett Packard, Google, IBM, Xerox, or Southwest Airlines to witness the bottom line benefits of a healthy organization.
What is one step that you will take to prevent bullying and promote organizational health where you work?
Guest post by Chuck Pettinato of In Touch Life Coaching.
THE CHURCH IS A LIGHT