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Year Up Arizona Helping Young Adults Gain Employment

Posted By Rhette Baughman, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, July 16, 2015

Phoenix leadership gathered at the Maricopa Skills Center this week to celebrate the Phoenix launch of Year Up, a program that connects community college students with internships in Fortune 500 companies.

Thirty-five students at Gateway Community College are participating in Phoenix's first year of Year Up, which provides students with six months of classroom training in technical skills, and then connects them with companies for a six month internship. All students who keep up with the classroom work and requirements are guaranteed an internship through the program, said Arizona Year Up executive director Kim Owens.

"Our success in Phoenix is dependent on the fact that everyone has the opportunity to succeed," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told the group. "We are all in the business of success, and you are great models of success in this community."

The students have completed five months of classroom experience, and will begin their internships in June. The companies they will work for include JPMorgan Chase, American Express and Liberty Mutual Insurance."

In this program, I think of the students as the gasoline and the program like the spark of fire to help us get started," said Leonardo Ramirez Sandoval, a programming student who will intern at American Express over the summer. "It has really been an amazing experience for me." 

Ramirez Sandoval said he hopes to run for public office someday, and said he has made valuable connections to Phoenix business leaders through Year Up.

Students are paid a weekly stipend during their internships, which can increase or decrease based on performance.

Phoenix was one of more than 80 cities to apply to join Year Up, which includes about 2,700 students nationwide.

All participants this year are college students, but Phoenix leaders hope programs like Year Up will help lower Phoenix's rate of "disconnected" youth, who are people ages 16 to 24 who do not go to school or have jobs.

"Unfortunately, Phoenix has the highest rate of disconnected youth in the country," Stanton said. "We hope programs like these will encourage young people, who thought they didn't have the opportunity, to go back to school and try and get a job, or finish their high school degree."

Curtis Reed, Market Manager for JPMorgan Chase, presented a $200,000 grant to help support the new program, which he said is mutually beneficial for students and for companies in Phoenix.

"As a company, we want to be able to keep talented people," Reed said. "This is a great way to give students some experience in our internships, which is a great way to get a job at Chase. About 80 percent of our interns receive job offers after their internships are over."

Rufus Glasper, Maricopa Community College District Chancellor, talked to the students about making professional connections, and said networking and professional relationships will be their keys to success."

You don't have to know everything," Glasper said. "You just have to know somebody."

Originally posted at: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/05/05/year-up-phoenix-students-fortune-companies/26917957/ 



Do you know an 18 to 24 year old with a GED or a high school diploma who doesn’t know what to do next? Year Up Arizona can help. Year Up is a free, intensive, one year training program for young adults that provides hands-on technical and professional skill development along with internships at top companies across the Valley. Unlike other programs, Year Up students earn money while also earning college credits through Gateway Community College with a focus on Business Operations or Business IT specializing in computer programing. If you know someone who is ready to work hard and get ahead, have them contact Year Up Arizona today at 480-376-0898 or apply online at yearup.org/apply. Registration for August classes with January internships closes on Friday, August 14th.
 Spots are filling fast so apply today.


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OUTrage: A Game to Recognize and Change Abusive Behaviors

Posted By Stephanie Angelo, Human Resource Essential LLC, Tuesday, May 26, 2015
https://youtu.be/KP_NjfUQn4c

OUTrage: A Game to Recognize and Change Abusive Behaviors

ASBA member Stephanie Angelo invented this game along with Carl W. Mangold. It teaches professional staff the way domestic violence abusers and victims behave so they can recognize and change their behaviors.  That will positively affect communities for generations! They are working tirelessly to make it available to shelters, treatments centers, and therapists everywhere and have launched a crowd funding campaign to help raise marketing funds.

Why the Game Was Invented

No one deserves to be abused.  Many people, however, do not understand how subtle emotional-psychological abuse can be.  By the time victims are hit, many of them may, ironically, already believe they deserve it.

Emotional-psychological abuse almost always precedes physical abuse; however one does not have to be physically harmed to experience a lifetime of abusive manipulation and control.

The Impact

This game is designed to be played by 5 people or teams.  Most victims only share the “tip of the iceberg” with friends, family and coworkers.  This game experientially portrays the underlying realities that cause victims to be so circumspect.

Players will learn more about the dynamics of intimate partner/domestic abuse and violence in a way that is safe, challenging and, dare we say, fun!

The Challenge

Just the words, ”Domestic Violence” scare people away.  Nobody wants to deal with it.  We aim to change society!  We’re working hard to end violence one game piece, one person, one community at a time!

Other Ways You Can Help

Sometimes you just can't contribute, but that doesn't mean you can't help:

Help to get the word out and make some noise about "OUTrage".

Share the IndieGoGo Campaign with everyone you know!

And that's all there is to it.

Thank you For Your Time and Thank You in advance!

Carl W. Mangold, LCSW, LISAC and Stephanie Angelo, SPHR, SCP

http://igg.me/at/OUTrage

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FTC to examine privacy issues with 'cross-device tracking'

Posted By Wendy Urias, Merchants Information Solutions, Inc., Wednesday, May 13, 2015

By Mark Pribish

Vice President and ID Theft Practice Leader

Imagine a private investigator watching your every move and listening along the way as you go about your daily activities. Welcome to "cross-device tracking," the digital investigation and tracking of our entire online lives, from social media to general Web searches, regardless of the device or platform used.

Nearly every time you use the Internet from laptops, smartphones, tablets and wearable devices that interact with applications, platforms, publishers, and software, you are being tracked by advertising and marketing companies. This is called cross-device tracking.

It's almost impossible to protect your privacy as a consumer when businesses are targeting you for marketing and advertising purposes, whether you are using multiple devices or not.

The Federal Trade Commission has taken notice. It announced last week that it is going to examine privacy issues related to advertising and marketing companies that track consumers across devices connected to the Internet.

In the simplest of terms, this tracking is done by researching consumers' search engine habits and then customizing a marketer's value proposition for each one.

Big data (as in database research, analytics and marketing) has been going on for decades. One example of big data is the use of cookies, in which marketers target potential customers by tracking their browsing habits, including sites visited, age, marital status and political and religious affiliations.

The beauty of cookie tracking is that it's not limited to when a consumer is on a particular site but throughout the entire time a consumer is browsing. This means that marketers now can direct offers and advertisements that are specific enough to motivate a product purchase.

The FTC is soliciting public comments on these questions:

  • What are the different types of cross-device tracking, how do they work, and what are they used for?
  • What types of information and benefits do companies gain from using these technologies?
  • What benefits do consumers derive from the use of these technologies?
  • What are the privacy and security risks associated with the use of these technologies?
  • How can companies make their tracking more transparent and give consumers greater control over it?
  • Do current industry self-regulatory programs apply to different cross-device- tracking techniques?

Your comments can be submitted online via the following link: https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/crossdeviceworkshop/

The FTC will use your responses to examine the privacy issues and security risks created by the use of cross-device tracking.

Digital private investigators are watching your every online move. Let your voice be heard by submitting your comments to the FTC on cross-device tracking. 
Imagine a private investigator watching your every move and listening along the way as you go about your daily activities. Welcome to "cross-device tracking," the digital investigation and tracking of our entire online lives, from social media to general Web searches, regardless of the device or platform used.

Nearly every time you use the Internet from laptops, smartphones, tablets and wearable devices that interact with applications, platforms, publishers, and software, you are being tracked by advertising and marketing companies. This is called cross-device tracking.

It's almost impossible to protect your privacy as a consumer when businesses are targeting you for marketing and advertising purposes, whether you are using multiple devices or not.

The Federal Trade Commission has taken notice. It announced last week that it is going to examine privacy issues related to advertising and marketing companies that track consumers across devices connected to the Internet.

In the simplest of terms, this tracking is done by researching consumers' search engine habits and then customizing a marketer's value proposition for each one.

Big data (as in database research, analytics and marketing) has been going on for decades. One example of big data is the use of cookies, in which marketers target potential customers by tracking their browsing habits, including sites visited, age, marital status and political and religious affiliations.

The beauty of cookie tracking is that it's not limited to when a consumer is on a particular site but throughout the entire time a consumer is browsing. This means that marketers now can direct offers and advertisements that are specific enough to motivate a product purchase.

The FTC is soliciting public comments on these questions:

  • What are the different types of cross-device tracking, how do they work, and what are they used for?
  • What types of information and benefits do companies gain from using these technologies?
  • What benefits do consumers derive from the use of these technologies?
  • What are the privacy and security risks associated with the use of these technologies?
  • How can companies make their tracking more transparent and give consumers greater control over it?
  • Do current industry self-regulatory programs apply to different cross-device- tracking techniques?
Your comments can be submitted online via the following link: https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/crossdeviceworkshop/

The FTC will use your responses to examine the privacy issues and security risks created by the use of cross-device tracking.

Digital private investigators are watching your every online move. Let your voice be heard by submitting your comments to the FTC on cross-device tracking. 

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