The Brooke Jackman Foundation Launches Bilingual Family Literacy Program at Recently Opened NYC Family Justice Center in Manhattan

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 07, 2014

The Brooke Jackman Foundation(BJF), a childrens literacy organization that has donated more than 200,000 books to children and families in need since its founding in 2001, proudly launches a new BJF Family Literacy Program at the Manhattan Family Justice Center (FJC), which opened to the public on March 12, 2014. Designed to promote literacy and build on family strengths, the bilingual family literacy workshop will serve victims of domestic violence and their children. Families will participate in guided readings in Spanish and English, while creating, playing, socializing and enjoying dinner. The program will run nine weeks from April 9th through June 11th.

The BJF Family Literacy Program at the NYC Family Justice Center in Manhattan is offered free to clients of the FJC with children of all ages. Participants do not have to be able to read or write, and there is no language requirement aside from feeling comfortable participating in a bilingual Spanish/English program. BJF offers similar Family Literacy Programs at NYC Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

The families at the Manhattan Family Justice Center are extraordinary. We have a long-standing relationship with the NYC Family Justice Centers, and we are thankful for the opportunity to expand our work with them, said Erin Jackman, executive director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation. We hope this new BJF Family Literacy program will provide valuable family time as well as the opportunity for families to experience the magical world of reading together.

The NYC Family Justice Centers are a public-private initiative of the Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence through the Mayors Fund to Advance New York City. These one-stop service centers provide comprehensive civil legal, counseling and supportive services for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, and sex trafficking in their language, regardless of income, immigration status, gender or sexual orientation. Key City agencies, community, social and civil legal service providers, and District Attorneys Offices are co-located at the Centers to make it easier for victims to get help.

Every child in this city should experience the joys of reading from a young age, and the BJF workshops are an exciting way to promote literacy, said First Lady Chirlane McCray. The Brooke Jackman Foundations generous support will make sure even more of our citys children and families can spend time learning together in a safe and nourishing space. Im thrilled to welcome this new program to Manhattans Family Justice Center.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation has been a dedicated partner at our New York City Family Justice Centers since 2009, and we are grateful for their amazing support, said Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of the Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Through this wonderful family literacy program, children and their parents/caregivers are provided with an opportunity to experience, as a family, the joy of reading in a safe, supportive environment.

The BJF Family Literacy Programs are designed to engage parents or guardians and their children in literacy-based activities. Each participant receives take-home literacy packages and age-appropriate books to support their work at home. Parents learn concrete strategies to maintain their childs learning during the workshops and at home. The program began with 100 families and today welcomes more than 1,000 families with children ages 512 each year. Participants are also offered a nourishing meal and metro cards. Graduates of the BJF Family Literacy Programs each receive BJFs signature Brooke Packbackpacks filled with books, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers and other school supplies.

This program will meet every Wednesday from April 9th until June 11th at the Manhattan Family Justice Center (80 Centre Street). For more information about the Brooke Jackman Foundation and its work to promote literacy among at-risk youth in New York City, visit

The NYC Family Justice Center in Manhattan is the Citys fourth Center and will expand on the comprehensive, multilingual services already provided to victims of domestic violence at Centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well as through the Staten Island Domestic Violence Response Team. An initiative of the Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence, since 2005 these Centers have assisted over 100,000 clients and more than 21,000 children have visited the childrens rooms.

About the Brooke Jackman Foundation

The Brooke Jackman Foundation was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. Brooke was an avid reader, and her passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create BJF as her living legacy turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world. Since 2001, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated over 200,000 books and over 20,000 Brooke Packs, backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after-school literacy programs, in all five boroughs, including homeless shelters and Family Justice Centers for victims of domestic violence and crime in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The annual September Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon celebrates the resiliency of New York and its children. Visit

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New York, NY, (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

The most creative place in Manhattan for team offsite meetings and workshops will open its doors in April. For more than seven years, the team at Innovation Loft has been a secret weapon to CxOs of many premiere brands. Innovation Lofts expertise is designing and leading super-creative, collaborative workshops with corporate teams of 20-100+ participants. Topics range from strategy sessions to off-site teambuilding sessions, to implementation planning and digital visioning. Innovation Lofts clients consistently report extraordinary levels of productivity, creativity and team alignment from these events:

Jeannine Haas, Chief Marketing Officer for Avis Budget Group recently engaged Innovation Loft for a 3-day workshop.

Ive been through other innovation workshops before and have to say that this event was like no other. We absolutely loved it! And when I say we, I mean all participants. It was an outstanding workshop — and one that I would highly recommend. It was that impactful The energy, excitement and collaboration in the room was unprecedented. Everyone had a voice and a role in defining our success. We worked very collaboratively and had a ton of fun doing it. I would highly recommend this group or this process for a similar engagement It was that good.

A New Chapter

Until now, the Innovation Lof t has conducted these creative collaboration sessions at a wide range of venues including corporate conference centers, hotels, soundstages and even Met Life Stadium, often bringing truckloads of equipment and supplies to establish their trademark creative environments. But this month they take a major step forward launching Manhattans only permanent facility specifically designed to help teams unleash their innovation potential.

You have to see it in action to fully appreciate it, Innovation Loft CEO Howard Tiersky states. Creating stimulating and inspiring environments that also maximize team collaboration is a craft that we have honed over many years. And we have poured everything we have learned into the creation of this fantastic new facility. By combining the benefits of the new Innovation Loft environment with our proven workshop design and facilitation practices, we can really deliver maximum value for our clients and a creative collaboration experience like no other to our session participants.

Michelle McKenna, CIO of the National Football League, has used the Innovation Loft team on a series of events over more than 7 years, including at her prior roles as CIO of Constellation Energy and CIO of Universal Studios Theme Parks.

Ive done probably a couple dozen sessions with Innovation Loft. I always find that they work and they help accelerate. Its just become part of my methodology for innovation and change.

I recently had a session for our Sidelines of the Future initiative. I brought in a bunch of professional football guys that had never really participated in sessions like this. I think they were surprised when they walked into the room and saw the rolling white boards and the toys. They saw people drawing instead of standard PowerPoint. I could see some skepticism on their faces, but before long they were fully participating and telling me how we never really have an opportunity like this. What that environment did was give them permission to let go of their daily job and truly innovate. Then, coming out of it they were really blown away. First of all, the time flew by. You dont sit in a conference room looking at white board. You move around and think about things from many perspectives. When we came out of it, they were ready to have the next one!”

The Innovation Loft facility, opening in April just two blocks from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, takes up the entire floor of a restored loft building. It has an open floor-plan with 6,000 square feet of customizable space and three walls of floor-to-13 ceiling windows. The environment is filled with toys, oversized props, and just for good measure, a full-sized replica of a British phone booth. The facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, over 50 video screens and projectors, 100 Mb connectivity for video streaming and video conferencing, an extensive library of inspiring music and books, and plenty of magnetic whiteboard space for creative brainstorming. There is enough room and comfortable furnishings for groups of up to 120 people, but works well for groups as small as 20. The flexible space can be used for workshops, leadership offsites, sales training, team building sessions, planning sessions, board meetings, product launches and much more.

Renee Jordan, Chief Strategy Officer of Clear Channel Outdoor has worked with the Innovation Loft team for many years.

It is truly a creative space and creates an environment of fun and innovation–which you need when you have the goal of having collaboration and ideation around business challenges. It is a different kind of meeting space. This is not your typical hotel meeting room. There is a buzz and an energy that they create that stimulates the creative process and the collaboration process. By the end of our strategy session, we had completely set our agenda for the year. Yes! We have a plan in place for the entire year based on the outcome of what we did in those two days.

One of our goals in any session is to customize the space to become an information rich environment for that specific event, explains Tiersky. For example, weve developed our own software to control the over 50 video displays spread throughout the space to allow us to surround participants with relevant or stimulating imagery, videos, charts, product images, or other pertinent visual information and to change that regularly throughout the session. We also have expansive, curved magnetic whiteboards where we can display prints from our plotter with even more information or stimulating imagery. And one thing our participants really love, we often bring in graphic artists who create illustrations throughout the event as a way to document the ideas generated and topics covered during a given session.

Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem selected Innovation Loft to help create Nutrisystems next-generation product strategy. She subsequently asked the Loft team to provide innovation training to her key executives for use in their day-to-day leadership roles.

We engaged the Innovation Loft team to help us stretch our thinking around product innovation. The session they ran for us was extremely creative–from the way the environment was set up, to the exercises and activities. They made sure we had clear goals for the session and they really held us accountable to them. The session was very enjoyable and the results were outstanding. Id definitely work with them again.

Workshop participants at Innovation Loft have access to special tablets which are loaded with additional reference material relevant to the topic of their event. Tiersky demonstrates, We update the tablets wirelessly throughout each workshop with the photographs of everything written on any of the white boards during prior rounds of work, so nothing is lost and everything is accessible to participants at the tips of their fingers.

Bay Hirschfeld, The Loft’s Director of Innovation Services, has seen the results play out for many organizations. “What might take an organization upwards of six months to accomplish internally, weve repeatedly seen realized in just a few days at Innovation Loft,” said Hirschfeld. “Our skilled team of facilitators, innovationeers and support staff are 1000% committed to supporting the participants in any way possible to help them achieve great things!

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Cheap Car Insurance Quotes: Can Apple Make It Safer to Use Your Phone in the Car?

With the introduction of Apple’s CarPlay, the firm assures to alter how you have your amusement system. It also needs to make it safer to enjoy your iPhone in your automobile.

The device connects to Siri about the I-phone allowing users to make phonecalls, listen to their own voicemails, and also react to texting all while driving. They may also utilize Apple Routes to get guidelines. They will be competent to work with Spotify to appreciate their favourite songs. The very first automobiles to notice this fresh attribute will be Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. Other manufacturers will get the goods in the future.

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The goal is to enable drivers to make use of their cellphones with nominal distraction to their driving. Nonetheless, not everybody is onboard with the notion behind handsfree cellular phone use. Their view is that actually using a hands-free device needs somebody to multi-project, which could nevertheless deflect from driving. They may be unable to recognize to risks and respond quickly to unforeseen events.

Intellectual Distraction

The term for this particular problem is known as cognitive distraction, which essentially means your attention is not dedicated to driving. It is the third sort of distraction for drivers. Another two are visual distraction or physical distraction.

The concern is the fact that because individuals believe that hands-free is safer, there is going to be more of these using this engineering in the near future. Therefore, does that mean that apparatuses that make it easier to use your telephone in the car will actually make it more hazardous to operate a vehicle? We can only just wait and observe, however you can be certainly that low-cost auto quotes may become harder to get when the accident rate increases. For now they’re nevertheless simple to get with

A evaluation was done a couple of years back on subjects utilizing equally handheld cellphones and hands-free apparatuses with no variation was discovered. Both conditions meant slower response times for those. In fact, speaking on a cell phone is only marginally more secure than reading while driving.

The matter with intellectual diversion is that it is more challenging to understand. Many people talk about multitasking but according to studies it’s more about switching jobs. One endeavor is still the primary job while another one ends into the background. The motorists begin to get tunnel vision; they just see straight ahead and miss the prospective risks on the border of their peripheral vision. This causes more injuries, which then makes it harder for those drivers to seek out low-cost auto quotes.

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Evans, GA (PRWEB) April 02, 2014

Larry Miller recently announced that retired U.S. Army Brigadier Gen., Jeffrey Foley, former Fort Gordon Commanding General, has graciously agreed to serve as the keynote speaker for the CSRA Home Connections Networking Breakfast and Success Seminar at Be My Guest Catering & Events in Evans on the morning of April 16.

We are indeed both fortunate and honored to welcome a leader of General Foley’s knowledge, experience and expertise to address our Preferred Providers, agents and staff, reports Miller, the CEO of CSRA Home Connections and CENTURY 21 Larry Miller Realty.

General Foley was originally slated to address the local business group at its Feb.12 meeting that was canceled due to Winter Storm Pax.

It makes a difference in communities when you have organizations like Larry Millers, whose people contribute so much in so many ways to serve others. Their leadership in Operation Hand-Warmer and support of the Easter Seals ‘Ornament of Hope’ campaign and other fund-raising partnerships with Golden Harvest Food Bank and Goodwill Industries, are simply wonderful examples of what right looks like, said General Foley. And I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with old friends and new ones next Wednesday morning.”

General Foley served more than 32 years on active duty, culminating as the 34th Chief of Signal and Commanding General, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. General Foley is a frequently-requested keynote speaker, and has conducted countless workshops on leadership, team building and strategic planning for businesses, non-profits and military organizations throughout the region.

General Foley is an independent consultant focused on helping organizations develop leaders. His company is Loral Mountain Solutions ( He previously served as vice president of military affairs for Georgia Regents University (GRU) and Health System. In this role, Foley led efforts to connect the enterprises educational and medical resources to meet military and veterans needs.

General Foley co-authored the book Rules and Tools for Leaders (4th Edition) with retired U.S. Air Force General Perry Smith. He will be offering autographed copies of his book at a special discounted price to attendees after his speaking engagement on April 16.

Foley, who has volunteered to help promote “Operation Hand-Warmer 2014″ (coming up this fall), will briefly relate how important Operation Hand-Warmer is to service men and women in uniform. He will also touch upon what the major expansions at Fort Gordon and Georgia Regents University will mean for the Preferred Providers and realtors in attendance, as well as the entire CSRA. General Foley’s primary focus, however, will be his personal message of the importance of developing leadership skills in all areas of life: professional, personal, social and spiritual.


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Don’t trust car dealers when it comes to insurance

The provide may look very tempting: taking away the new car that you’ve been eyeing for so long in the auto dealer together using an adequate insurance coverage. A-one-stop-shopping option all of US adore so much. Yet, insurance experts warn against buying car insurance directly from your car dealership, stating that it is a definite method to find yourself over paying a whole lot in the end actually when the provide looks so attractive on-paper. Therefore, in case you’re considering purchasing a new auto in the long run, here’s a little the reason why it’s easier to get your car quotes alone and in advance instead of choosing the coverage directly from the seller.

To begin with, the supplier will constantly possess an increased price on policy contract, that’s a given fact. Actually though they are going to tell you that it is the most competitive offer to the market it’s not. Dealerships always add up a chunk of the base price from what they’ll charge you for the policy, otherwise there’s no real feeling attempting to sell the policy in the car lot. Certain, the increase could be modest and usually is determined by how honest the dealer is as well as how they benefit their standing. However, you still will save a little money by means of purchasing the policy in advance or after the purchase.

Remember, regardless how alluring and competitive the insurance provide could be at your supplier merely don’t fall for it. There’ll certainly be a fine print that will be overlooked or added protection alternatives you do not actually desire. Certain, it’s more convenient to purchase insurance this way but you’ll constantly wind up spending significantly more than you ordinarily might. Therefore prepare in progress, get your car quotes first with assistance from and avoid purchasing any insurance from the car supplier.

Purchasing a brand new car with own cash is more straightforward in terms of insurance, because you just take full obligation of the vehicle as soon as you pay for it. So you never desire a policy to just take the auto dwelling. Still, it’s better to have it insured in advance to prevent any bad luck following the buy. There are a lot of storylines of totaled cars that never quite made it to the consumer’s garage and never had insurance to cover the loss. You definitely don’t need to become 1 particular storylines.

If you’re financing your vehicle, obtaining the policy contract alone might seem a little problematic. The catch is that you’re not let to drive-off the parking lot in your automobile unless it’s some policy contract. Furthermore, the bank will consistently need you to buy entirely comprehensive insurance, which will definitely price a great deal. Thus how would you continue in such a scenario? There are several options. Firstly, you may get your car insurance quotes in advance and enter the car lot using a valid policy on your fingers. This choice is better implemented when you know the model you’re going to buy and have done your comparison shopping in advance. If maybe not and you are still uncertain which auto you’re purchasing now, contemplate the alternative of having your auto quotes over the telephone or net when you make up your mind at the supplier’s workplace. Your program may be prepared within a few minutes and you’re going to be able to drive off the dealership with a legal policy and a new car.

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