College Internships that Make a World of Difference

Are you a college student looking for a gratifying internship? Consider Jeremiah Program. You will be surrounded by others who understand the value of education. We get how hard you are working to put yourself in the perfect place for success.

There are two spots open immediately for an office intern and social media intern at our Brownsville office.

Working for a small office like ours you will get hands-on experience, with opportunities to create and design projects that look great on your resume. Don’t settle for an internship where you make copies, file or stand out in the cold to hand out giveaways.

“This is a chance to join an early-stage nonprofit with great opportunities to excel,” said Shanice Smith-Branch, Jeremiah Program New York development manager. “Our office is ready to take chances and be change agents in the fight to end the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children. It’s a big ambition and we need revolutionary thinkers.”

You will have a flexible schedule, opportunity to network at events and company meetings and a stipend to cover travel expenses.

Check out the job descriptions and give us a call. We are fun and professional staff working to change the world, one family at a time.

Moving 2Gen Strategy Forward Across the Country

Jeremiah Program President and CEO, Gloria Perez, was invited to Maryland to mentor leaders interested in starting or expanding a 2Gen strategy for helping families succeed.

The two-day peer-learning site visit takes place at Garrett County Community Action Committee in Oakland, MA. Garrett County Community Action has become an all-in 2Gen organization, putting families in the center of its work. Along with learning from Garrett County, practitioners will work with mentors to create action plans to start or improve their 2Gen programs.

Perez’ first day working with her group highlighted coaching 2Gen families in crisis.

“My premise was that part of what happens in a crisis is that people disconnect from their own power; they begin to feel like victims,” Perez said. “It is our job as coaching professionals to help individuals change their mindset and reconnect to their core value- they are important, valuable, capable human beings. We can help people in a crisis reconnect to their personal power which will give them insight into how to solve their own problems. De-escalation and reframing are key steps when dealing with people in crisis.”

This 2GenACT site visit is being coordinated by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, in collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.

Dept. of Health Grant Expands Home Visits in SE Minnesota Counties

Four local agencies collaborate to serve families with high-risk factors

A four-year $2.2 million Minnesota Department of Health collaborative grant expands home visits to low-income families in seven Southeastern Minnesota counties.  Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. partnered with subgrantees, Jeremiah Program, Families First of Minnesota, and Semcac, to receive this competitive award.

Using the Parents as Teachers and Early Head Start evidence-based home visiting models, the program will focus on families with high-risk factors to improve family health and well-being, working with parents as the primary educators of their children.

“This collaboration pulls together experts with decades of experience helping economically-challenged families succeed,” said JoMarie Morris, Jeremiah Program, Rochester-SE MN executive director. “The expansion will reach more families and target the unmet needs of immigrant families and others.”

In addition, the grant addresses a significant gap in-home visits for children birth to 3 years. Currently, most of the regions’ home visits are for prenatal to 3 months only.

“The parent-child relationship and the resulting social-emotional development of the child is so critical to the future success of the child. The Early Head Start home visiting model supports both the child’s development and the parent(s) interaction with their child” said Jane Adams Barber, Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. early childhood director.

Home visiting programs, “are a proven way to benefit at-risk children, promote life-long health and reduce the need for future community spending on social programs,” said Minnesota Department of Health in a recent press release announcing $32 Million in grants around the state.

“We have ongoing assessment and continuous improvement processes in place to ensure the home visiting experiences are meeting the needs of families and program goals,” said Beth Stanford, Semcac Head Start director.

The project hopes to serve more than 100 new families each of the four years of the grant beginning in 2019. Please visit the grantee websites for information on the services they offer and how to apply for support.

“Partnerships are an efficient way to deliver these services to those who need them the most,” said Jon Losness, Families First of Minnesota executive director. “Working together, our organizations can address the need to promote child well-being while preventing abuse and neglect.”

3 Ways Women Influence Memorial Day

At Jeremiah Program we are all about empowerment of women. Giving single moms the support and tools to help them battle back poverty and become economically successful is a prime pillar of our theory of change. Understanding the significance of powerful, determined women in military service to our country is essential in understanding our whole history.

Here are 3 Ways women influence history:

ONE – Memorial Day began as Decoration Day, a day to place flowers and flags at the graves of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Decoration Day got its biggest push by women after the Civil War as they noticed the neglect of the grave sites of Union soldiers. They began the movement to take a day to memorialize warriors.

TWO – Women volunteered in every war on record. And given the inherent danger, many died in service. As early as the Revolutionary War, women were medical caregivers; others were spies and some, disguised as men, fought in battles.

THREE – While 84% of active duty military are men, women in military families make huge sacrifices whether or not they are enlisted. One heavy burden is caring for children after a spouse is killed in combat. On special days like Memorial Day, these strong women still grieve and work to keep the memory of their spouse alive for their children.

Jeremiah Program remembers all who gave their lives in defense of American freedom. We also salute the role of women within the military.