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PROBLEM: How to merge Job Creation with Social Innovation using partnerships of for-profit and non-profit enterprises. In the present economic climate we are seeing a great need for job creation as well as for addressing the growing areas of need with social services. There is a solution being offered to invest in social innovations which will address community problems while also creating jobs. The Social Innovation Fund, a new public-private collaboration created by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, is designed to create new knowledge about how to solve social challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development and school support, and healthy futures, and to improve our nation’s problem-solving infrastructure in low-income communities. Community organizations will receive financial support from intermediaries on the order of no less than $100,000 per year for three to five years, as well as strategic support in areas such as management, and evaluation. WEB SITE LINK: http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/serveamerica/innovation.asp Our series of programs are designed to offer tangible solutions to the critical issues that are challenging the quality of life in various populations. Each segment will begin with a clearly stated problem, along statistics about the problem before inviting participants to help develop workable solutions. We invite forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and solutions oriented talkers to engage in meaningful problem solving.

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