January 13, 2016 Newsletter

Bounded System Topic – Neighborhood Privatization! Are Tucson neighborhoods being privatized? Were neighborhoods ever considered a public good whereby the community or government invested heavy amounts of influence, money, and infrastructure? Did that influence, money and infrastructure lead to neighborhoods that were healthy and productive places where individuals and families lived and raised their children?…

January 8, 2016 Newsletter

Bounded System Topic – You and Your Neighborhood Can Make Tucson Safer! Public safety is a key component of “Plan Tucson” (the City of Tucson General & Sustainability Plan 2013). One policy item reads: “Recognize and strengthen the role of social networks in public safety through increasing lawful activity in public spaces and through information…

August 8, 2014 Newsletter

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Good Neighbor Ventures produces and publishes the Connecting Communities Magazine, a quarterly publication available online and distributed to over 800 Tucson residents.

The magazine has feature articles and news updates highlighting what is happening in each of the Neighborhood Community Action Group areas we fund – as well as through our WILD About Community afterschool program, and economic development initiates United Community Investment and Neighborhood Business Alliance Districts…

July 24, 2014 Newsletter

As Americans, we believe in the power of educational attainment. We believe that in order to live a quality life, one must successfully graduate high school and attend and graduate college. For those who fail to graduate high school, they are much more likely to live a life where their employment is either manual labor or a low wage service job.

For those who graduate high school but fail to enroll in college, they can expect to make significantly less income than those who graduate from college. Even more, those without skills in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) will find it challenging to find a career with quality income…

July 10, 2014 Newsletter

Median household income (how much money two or more people in a home generate) or a single parent’s income can have a direct impact on a person’s education, physical health, emotional health, and mental health. According to a 2011 study in Stress and Health, socioeconomic status is largely a function of a person’s household income and is associated with better family functioning: problem solving, communication, role fulfillment, affective involvement, and behavioral control and coordination…

June 25, 2014 Newsletter

According to a 2013 article in New Directions for Community Colleges, those who lack the knowledge and skills necessary for a good job are denied the genuine social inclusion that is the real test of citizenship. Without an education for a good job, people drop out of the mainstream culture and economy…

June 18, 2014 Newsletter

A key component necessary for communities to overcome poverty is employment; not simply minimum and low wage employment, but jobs that offer several aspects: a livable wage, adequate time off, and opportunities for improvement of skills and advancement. The other side of employment is a ready workforce that has the ability to create a competitive edge for an employer: an educated, knowledgeable, and skilled workforce…

June 10 2014 Newsletter

Americans and the United States government have long committed themselves to providing safety net assistance to fellow citizens who are experiencing increased levels of vulnerability, helping to ensure their survival during ongoing adversity. One such safety net is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (new name for the Food Stamp Program)…

May 20, 2014 Newsletter

Neighborhoods are home to a diverse community of people, and there are demands placed on the characteristics (social and environmental design) of a neighborhood in order to meet the needs of that population. Neighborhood diversity might include age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, physical characteristics (height, weight, language, etc.) – or health (disability)…

May 12, 2014 Newsletter

As a culture, Americans typically view teen pregnancy as physically unhealthy for both the mother and child, and as a detriment to the moral, social, cultural, and economic health of our society. Research shows that the bodies of teen moms are at a greater risk, infant mortality rates are higher, social isolation increases, and economic stress mounts…

May 2, 2014 Newsletter

Thefts of bicycles, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket-picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud – all fall under the U.S. Department of Justice definition of larceny: the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from another…

April 25, 2014 Newsletter

The numbers are staggering, especially when you realize each number represents a broken life.

An estimated 1.5 million women and 834,732 men are victims of domestic violence annually in the United States, according to Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Theonnes, researchers at the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control. Sarah Olsen and Susan Wilt reported in the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association that for both perpetrators and victims of domestic violence…

April 4, 2014 Newsletter

The “broken windows” theory of urban decline was first advanced in 1982 by Wilson and Kelling. According to Sampson (2009), they argued that public incivilities – even those that are relatively minor as in the case of broken windows, drinking in the streets, and graffiti – attract what is known as predatory crime….

March 28, 2014 Newsletter

Public safety is a key component of “Plan Tucson” (the City of Tucson General & Sustainability Plan 2013). One policy item reads: “Recognize and strengthen the role of social networks in public safety through increasing lawful activity in public spaces and through information sharing.” (PS5) Another policy states: “Direct resources to education and prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch, that encourages residents to be proactive regarding personal property and traffic safety.”

March 20, 2014 Newsletter

Our Family Services is pleased to announce that now – for a limited time – it has 13 low-cost apartments available for rent. These apartments are a great solution for families who have difficulty paying normal rents or have recently been evicted from their home or apartment…

March 13, 2014 Newsletter

Empowerment scholarship accounts are one solution to meet your children’s educational needs. They are private bank accounts that you use for education expenses. The State of Arizona deposits part of a child’s share of education funding into the account. Parents can use that money to pay for school tuition, online classes, tutoring, books, and other expenses. Any leftover money can be saved for college…

March 6, 2014 Newsletter

Tucson is a great community and has many wonderful schools working extremely hard to educate our children. These schools fall into various categories (public, charter, private, and home schools) and they all have one goal in mind – to improve the educational success of our children. Luckily for Tucsonans, school choice helps parents meet the needs of their child. It empowers parents to choose how they want their children’s educational needs met…

February 28, 2014 Newsletter

Tucson is a great community and has many wonderful schools working extremely hard to educate our children. These schools fall into various categories (public, charter, private, and home schools) and they all have one goal in mind – to improve the educational success of our children. Luckily for Tucsonans, school choice helps parents meet the needs of their child. It empowers parents to choose how they want their children’s educational needs met…

February 20, 2014 Newsletter

Gregg A. Lichtenstein, CEO and Founder of EntreLeague, will present the “Investing in Entrepreneurs” Webinar on Thursday, February 27 from 1:00-3:00pm. In it, he will provide participants with information on a new systematic approach to bridging local businesses to investment opportunities that can better the Tucson community…