Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency

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Archive for April, 2009

March Agency Activities

Posted by neocaablogger on April 11, 2009

March 12: Agency staff and board members attended the Communities of Excellence Award ceremony at the State Capitol. The group recieved recognition from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins, and elected officials from the area.
March 23-25: Staff attended the Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies Legislative Conference. They provided material about the agency’s programs to local elected officials.
Jean Cooper, Executive Director was appointed to three work groups (Weatherization, Community Services Block Grant and Homeless Prevention) in response to an initiative by the Governor to provide accountability for stimulus funds.
Staff attended two Miami City Council meetings in support of the agency’s joint venture to develop 24 rent to own homes in Miami. The project requires re-zoning due to lot size.
Jay Chamber of Commerce presented the Community Service Award to NEOCAA at its annual banquet.

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Links Between Childhood Poverty, Stress and Adult Memory

Posted by neocaablogger on April 3, 2009

A long-term study published in the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences finds significant links between childhood poverty,
stress and adult memory. The report was based on a study of 195 white
students from low- and middle-income families. Childhood Poverty,
Chronic Stress and Adult Working Memory
found that those who grew up in
poverty had a weaker working memory — a dependable gauge of reading
and problem-solving ability.

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Profile of the Working Poor: 2007

Posted by neocaablogger on April 3, 2009

A Profile of the Working Poor: 2007, March 2009. This
report is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and provides an overview
of the working poor in 2007. Specifically, Black and Hispanic workers
continued to be more than twice as likely as their White counterparts
to be poor. Additionally, in 2007, only 1.3 percent of college
graduates who were in the labor force for at least 27 weeks were among
the working poor, compared with 16.5 percent of those with less than a
high school diploma. Data also showed that women who maintain families
were more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to be among
the working poor.

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