From A.J. Fletcher Foundation <[email protected]>
Subject We're back! Check out this month's AJF Newsletter
Date August 14, 2019 7:14 PM
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New Fellow. New School. New Education Program. New "Newsletter" for a New Season.

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If you've been with us for a while, you might have noticed that we have periodically released a newsletter. It's been a while since we last released one but they are back. The newsletter will aim to keep you informed about the Foundation, the work of our grantees, the lives of our staff, things we're reading, all with a sprinkle of fun.

For any questions, comments, or feedback email our Fellow, Kenneth at [email protected]
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** Kenneth Brown Jr is from Greensboro, NC is the 2019-2021 AJF Fellow. He recently graduated from Elon University with a degree in Human Service Studies. Active in the campus community, he served in a variety of positions including President of the Student Body. Kenneth will be assisting the foundation in a variety of projects including external communications. Click the button below to learn more.

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** New School Bells in Raleigh
The new Southeast Raleigh YMCA and Elementary School is opening this fall. This partnership under the guidance of Southeast Raleigh Promise, with the YMCA of the Triangle and the Wake County Public School System is the first of its kind in North Carolina. The first day of school is August 26^th and the Y will open a few weeks after. Click "Read More" for an in-depth profile from Walter Magazine.

** Waymakers Launches This Fall
Connecting our young people to quality employment opportunities isn’t just for the traditional college bound student or the traditional path. This month 20 Durham Public School students will begin Waymakers. Funded in part by AJF, Waymakers will provide students with the opportunity to graduate with a certificate in a skilled trade in electrical engineering, construction, maintenance, and more. It will also allow students to seek employment or continue their education at Durham Tech or a Four-Year College. Click the button for lessons one organization gleaned on a recent visit.
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Our Summer Reading
Damon's Read: The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Muller
They say ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure’. But are we as a society really measuring what matters? The Tyranny of Metrics aims to shed light on how society has become overly dependent on numerical analysis and how that is getting in the way of progress.
Natalie's Read: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Shoe Dog tells the story of the trials and tribulations of one of the world’s famous brands, Nike, from the mouth of the founder himself: Phil Knight. Get yourself a copy if you want to just do it. Phil did.

Kenneth's Read: Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
This read by presidential biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin takes a look at four United States president's: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Franklin Roosevelt and how they tackled challenges and pivotal moments in U.S. History. If you’re interested in how these Presidents handled seemingly insurmountable challenges, it’s worth a read.
What We're Keeping Our Eye On?
A new ** report for EdBuild ([link removed])
that says nearly 1 in 5 public school students attend racially isolated schools and receive less money than other school a few miles away.
A ** new experiment ([link removed])
from Seattle shows how walking people through the process can try to improve residential integration.

A ** new study ([link removed])
delves into a different way of thinking about gentrification and its effect. It’s makes the case that it can be more complex than it seems.
Girl in Yellow: Summer, Sun, and Fun
Man in Suit: Us trying to do serious work.

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