Friday, May 18, 2012

Internship Opportunity: Emergency Management. Los Angeles, CA

POSITION    Emergency Management Intern
SALARY        $18.14 per hour or course credit per higher education institution

START DATE:       June 18
END DATE:            August 31


30 - 40 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks with potential for extension based on performance


The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) is currently taking applications for the Summer Emergency Management Intern program. EMD’s highly competitive internship program, in the nation’s 2nd largest city, is open to graduate students interested in emergency management and pursuing a degree in emergency management, homeland security, public administration, strategic planning, or a related field. Interns will receive hands-on learning experiences, as they will be fully integrated into the Department and will be assigned projects related to emergency planning, emergency operations, communications, or community preparedness. Interns may also prepare reports, research, recommendations, and correspondence on behalf of EMD. Interns will have the opportunity to work with representatives from various City of Los Angeles departments, business partners, and non-profit organizations.

All participants in this program will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced emergency management professional. Interns will have access to City hosted emergency management trainings and related meetings, as available and at no cost. 


EMD acts on behalf of the Mayor, the City Council, Emergency Operations Board (EOB), and Emergency Operations Organization (EOO) on all matters of city-wide emergency planning, training, mitigation, recovery, and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) readiness. 

The Department strives to coordinate and manage Citywide emergency management activities with the goals of increasing the preparedness of Angelenos; enhancing the City’s collective ability to plan for, mitigate, and respond to emergencies; and expanding the City’s continuity of operations/continuity of government capabilities.


All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Enrolled in or completed a graduate degree program at an accredited university, preferably in emergency management, homeland security, public administration, strategic planning, or a related field 
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision; Detail-oriented; Creative thinker and ability to strategize and solve complex problems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:   

       Gabriela Noriega, Program Coordinator, at

       Include “Internship Application” in the subject of your email.

       Applications for the summer cohort are due by June 1, 2012.

       Filing may close at any time without prior notice if a sufficient number of 
       applications have been received.

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Education: Out of the box thinking.

Endowment Activism: How Students Can Move Big Money

Think broke students have no power to influence Wall Street? Think again.

by Martha van Gelder     posted May 17, 2012

Students are known for having an abundance of ideals, but not much money or power. But student
       installing solar panels by Katie Romanov                   
Middlebury College is know for its focus on social responsibility and sustainability. Members of Middlebury's team attach solar panels to the roof of Self Reliance, their entry in the Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Photo by Katie Romanov courtesy of Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon 
organizations around the country are finding ways to put thousands, sometimes millions of dollars behind sustainable companies.

At Middlebury College, members of the school’s Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) club are working to guide the school’s $900 million dollar endowment towards more sustainable investments.
They’ve joined a growing number of other schools in invoking the kind of ownership rights seldom embraced by the left: the right to influence the world through the tools of Wall Street, using their role as investors to spur change in powerful corporations.

“Colleges have the opportunity to be leaders in socially responsible investing because we combine liberal ideals with a huge amount of money,” says Olivia Grugan, a Middlebury senior and president of the SRI club.

Responsible investing

At Middlebury, a group of students started a Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) club and began working with the administration to set aside a part of the school’s $900 million endowment to be managed in a socially responsible way.

Having ethically managed funds was a priority for the club, and they initially asked that the school allocate 1 percent of its endowment to a fully transparent fund.

Middlebury’s administration was wary of sacrificing too much of the endowment’s money-making potential.
“Our endowment supports some major commitments we’ve made,” says Patrick Norton, chief financial officer of the college. “We have a commitment to future generations of students and can never put our funding stream at risk.”

As the stewards of significant pools of capital, colleges can also use their position as shareholders to influence the way the company operates.

But values and profits don’t have to be mutually exclusive, notes Dan Apfel, the executive director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition, which regularly works with students to incorporate the principles of SRI into their schools’ endowments.

Grugan argues that socially conscious investing is part of the school’s responsibility. “Middlebury has a mission statement that includes language like ‘environmental stewardship’ and ‘global community,’” she says, “and those values are something we want reflected in the entirety of our endowment.”
In 2010, the school created a socially responsible fund of $4 million, to be matched with another $4 million raised through fundraising efforts.

The current size of the fund is $2.5 million, but students and administrators are hopeful that it will grow in the next few years. Although the fund is not managed by students, they were able to provide input on the general direction of the investments.

“When we got this fund, we had a couple of choices in what direction we could take it,” says Grugan. “We could try to make it the greenest fund ever, or we could aim to make it a model for how the entire endowment could someday be run. We chose the latter.”

The fund runs along the same line as a regular pool of investments, but weighs its decisions according to the “triple bottom line” of profit, people, and planet. As a result, its assets are spread among companies that lead their fields on environmental and social issues.

Shareholder activism

Steering money towards sustainable companies is not the only way to encourage the triple bottom line. As the stewards of significant pools of capital, colleges can also use their position as shareholders to influence the way the company operates.

“This is a really powerful type of investment activism,” says Grugan, “some would argue that it’s the most powerful—you’re utilizing your position within a company to change the way it operates.”

When Grugen discovered that a Middlebury-based fund owned shares in Exxon Mobil, she wondered if they could use their position as shareholders to influence Exxon’s position on the proposed KXL Pipeline that would carry the oil across the United States.

The students decided to join a coalition of socially minded Exxon Mobil investors who were attempting to bring a resolution about the risks of tar sands development to vote at the annual shareholders’ meeting. The mere act of holding a vote would signal the importance of the issue, and if the vote were to pass, it would put real pressure on the management to consider the risks of pipeline involvement.

                                       The Bank Vs. America Showdown
                        Bank of America protest, photo by Rainforest Action Network
In shareholders’ meetings and in the streets, how 99% Power is taking on Bank of America.
“Endowments are leaders in the financial world... We can lead in the shift towards making socially responsible investing the norm.”

Before the resolution could go to vote at the annual meeting, though, Exxon lawyers challenged it through the Securities and Exchange Commission, and it was dismissed.

The SEC dismissal of the Exxon shareholder resolution was a setback, but Grugan was encouraged that the small club had had a real impact on how the school managed its funds. “We had a five-student club, and we got $4 million allocated. What could we do if we had the whole student body on board?” she wondered.

Currently, the SRI club is devoting its energy to getting more students involved in the management of the school’s endowment. “This is a unifying tool,” says Grugan, “because no matter what your issue, you can use shareholder advocacy to further it.”

The potential of socially responsible investing

Values-based investing is a growing trend, and not just on college campuses. In 2010, almost one dollar out of eight was invested in a fund that is ethically screened in some way.

In 2008, the endowments from U.S. four-year institutions totaled over $400 billion. That represents a huge body of influence—if its custodians choose to wield it.

“Endowments are leaders in the financial world,” says Apfel. “We can lead in the shift towards making socially responsible investing the norm.”

And students aren’t the only ones who can participate in the direction of endowments; as a major source of donations, alumni can have a major influence. Says Apfel, “just sending a letter to your school asking where they invest and expressing your desire to donate to a socially responsible fund can be influential.”

“Where socially responsible investing is great is in its potential, which is largely untapped,” says Grugan. “Colleges are not doing all they can. This isn’t a solution story yet, but it could be. There is a lot of potential."

Martha van Gelder wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Martha is a freelance journalist based in Washington DC. She tweets about sustainable investing and the tar sands at @marthavangelder.

Educational. U.S. State Department.

For U.S. Participants

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
The CBYX program is for German and American high school students, vocational students, and young professionals.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
American students learn less commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) Program
American students study in Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, or Turkey.

Youth Leadership Programs
Students from various countries study topics that include civic education, leadership development, and community service. Programs include: Youth Leadership Programs, Youth Ambassadors, Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes, American Youth Leadership Programs. 

Educational. International Students. U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

For non-U.S. Participants

American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange (A-SMYLE)
Serbian and Montenegrin students have the chance to live with a host family and attend a U.S. high school.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
The CBYX program is for German and American high school students, vocational students, and young professionals.

English Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Microscholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 14–18 year-olds from disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive summer sessions.

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program
Students from Eurasia have the chance to live with a host family and attend a U.S. high school.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program
The YES program allows students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S..

TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative, is an international exchange program designed to empower young girls to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors.

Youth Leadership Programs
Students from various countries study topics that include civic education, leadership development, and community service. Programs include: Youth Leadership Programs, Youth Ambassadors and Benjamin Franklin Summer Institutes. 

"Generations of Power" 8th Annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit May 24-27, 2012

8th Annual NAACP Leadership 500 Summit
"Generations of Power"

Leaders are not born, they're developed.

 Either because of opportunity or necessity, someone takes charge and leads the way. Effective leadership is a destination achieved through careful thought, consideration and action.

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Please be sure to make your hotel reservations for the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort Village of Baytowne  Wharf  Grand Complex.  The complex consists of the Grand Sandestin (main building), The Lasata, The Bahia, The Elation.

Resort Amenities include: Complimentary on-property resort transportation; two bicycles per unit for up to four hours of usage daily; fitness center usage; one hour per day of tennis court time (based on availability) one hour per day usage on either a canoe, kayak or boogie board.

  Roslyn M. Brock
Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors
Chairman & Founder, Leadership 500 Summit

The NAACP Leadership 500 Summit offers a venue for corporate, business, academic, community, and civic leaders to participate in leadership development seminars and forums that provide the opportunity for the NAACP to directly engage them in its current civil rights agenda. I look forward to your participation in this year's Summit.

Get a detailed view of all the events planned for the 2012 NAACP Leadership 500 Summit.
For general questions regarding the 2012 NAACP Leadership 500 Summit, please contact the Chairman's Office at (410)580-5102

Gathering will set agenda, create continuing network of nation’s emerging leaders

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The NAACP 8th Annual Leadership 500 Summit will be held May 24 – 27, 2012, at the Sandestin Resortin Destin, Florida. Participants will attend 2 ½ days of thought provoking,  interactive panel discussions, strategy sessions, and facilitated general sessions led by prominent private sector, non-profit, corporate and community leaders.
“Leadership By Design; Ensuring Our Legacy” strategy sessions will address the NAACP “Game Changer” Initiatives that strengthen our ability to be effective advocates individually and collectively effecting  real social change in our communities. Throughout the weekend, economic development and entrepreneurship; civic engagement and voting rights; criminal justice; education; health advocacy and environmental justice are topics for discussion. Professionals in finance, education, political leaders, lawyers, healthcare providers, environmentalists, and leaders in the civil rights and social justice arena, will lend their knowledge to help create innovative and effective strategies for advancing positive change for our families, communities and our society.
Since its inception in 2005, Leadership 500 has served as a fertile training ground for leadership development, professional networking, partnerships and effective civil rights and social justice advocacy for more than 3,500 mid-level professionals who have attended the Summit.  They have returned to their respective professions in the public and private sector, empowered as leaders, to contribute in a meaningful way to their place of business and to their respective community.
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. With more than ½ million members in state/area conferences, branches and youth units, throughout the United States and abroad, the NAACP is the paramount voice of advocacy for civil rights, social justice, and equal opportunity for all in communities throughout the world.

National Guard: Command post helps National Guard respond to possible disasters

By Army National Guard Spc. J.p. Lawrence
New York National Guard

UTICA, N.Y. (5/17/12) - The scenario is as horrific as it is potentially tragic: what if terrorists attacked the United States with chemical weapons?

About 1,000 National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and New York Guard volunteers trained to respond to such a scenario at the Utica National Guard Armory as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency II Homeland Response Force validation training, May 16.

The FEMA II Homeland Response Force - which is a robust, specialized, rapid-response task force made up of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to reinforce first responders in times of disaster - included members of the New Jersey, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands National Guards.

The organization supports civil authorities in response to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) or Hazardous Material incidents that requiring the evacuation, decontamination and medical triage of casualties.

Army Maj. Aron Sacchetti, executive officer of the Command and Control Element of the HRF, helps the unit coordinate with civilians in the response to national disaster.

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Army Spc. Louis Cesario, focuses while training as a liaison officer for the Homeland Response Force Tactical Operations Center in Utica, N.Y. May 16, 2012. Cesario helps the TOC provide important information to the civilian first responders in the event of an emergency situation. (Army National Guard photo by Spc. J.p. Lawrence)(Released)
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“We’re working as the primary command and control unit here to ensure that we are able to recommend to the commander what our current status is here, how long we can continue to operate, and if we need anything,” Sacchetti said.

If a disaster hits the FEMA area of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands, the HRF command post would be responsible for keeping track of the military units that would respond. This includes hourly reports on the supply, equipment and personnel levels of the military response. That information would go to the civilian in charge of the total efforts of the military and civilian first-responders.

“We provide that information to the civilian first responders who are controlling the overall response to make sure that he’s got the information he needs to coordinate the efforts of the civilian and the military folks to deal with the situation as efficiently as possible,” Sacchetti said. “The goal is to save people’s lives.”
Components of this response have been tested in the world, but the process of combining disaster response with a traveling central command hub is brand new.

“This is all brand new, which helps with the excitement and the enjoyment – the fact that we’re building this program now,” Sacchetti said. “We hope that we never have to use it in real life, and so far, we have not had to.”
Sacchetti said the exercise has already helped them build relationships with civilian first responders, but he hopes to continue building relationships in the future in order to respond to the unthinkable.

“We’re all very proud to be part of this mission,” Sacchetti said. “We realize the seriousness of this and we take our training very seriously.”

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

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