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News | Introducing BPP's 2015 Growth Report

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Barrio Planta Project, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua


Bringing Metrics and Success Stories from San Juan del Sur to our Supporters
BPP's motto is simple, we Help a Child Grow. However despite the positive growth we see in our students every day when they demonstrate enhanced self-esteem, kindness, confidence and general happiness, growth can be difficult to measure in the traditional sense, which BPP has striven to represent externally since our founding in 2009. Last year, we implemented a database which tracked attendance rates, measured academic growth through quarterly assessment tests, collected surveys from parents and volunteers, and gathered testimonials from students, and we were finally able to compile all of that information to create an Annual Report that we can present to our current and future supporters. BPP is proud and excited to finally share with you BPP's 2015 Growth Report.

posted 2016-08-01


News | Northwestern Settlement Announces 2 Limited Engagements

Photo: Northwestern Settlement Announces 2 Limited Engagements

Northwestern Settlement, Chicago, IL, USA


Northwestern Settlement's Adventure Stage Chicago Announces 2 Limited Engagements This Fall: an International Production and a commemoration of the Settlement's 125th Anniversary. Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), a program of Northwestern Settlement (the Settlement), announces its Fall 2016 slate of public programming, continuing its commitment to new work and original storytelling in the spirit of service and community-building. Kicking off its thirteenth season is Reprise (Sept 16-17), a new play with original music forming part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Home Away Festival. The season continues with Jack's House (Oct 29 – Nov 27), a site-specific performance honoring the Settlement's 125 years of service to Chicago families. All performances take place at Northwestern Settlement's Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. Tickets are $10 for preview performances and $17 for adults and $12 for youth aged 14 years and younger for the regular run. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 773-342-4141

posted 2016-07-21


News | Berlin 2016 Conference Trailer

IFS Headquarters


Registration is still open for our 2016 IFS Conference - On the Move: At Home in the World - in Berlin, Germany. The conference takes place September 28 through October 1. 

For IFS members, the cost of registration will be 350 € (early bird) / 380 € (regular). For non-IFS members, the fee will be 380 € (early bird) / 400 € (regular). The registration fee includes

  • The welcome reception
  • Two conference days (lunch and coffee breaks during the lecture and workshop sessions)
  • Two site visits in the afternoon
  • A theater performance after the closing plenary on Saturday

Be sure to check out our conference trailer below to learn more:

posted 2016-06-01


Conference | IFS Conference in Berlin, 2016

Photo: IFS Conference in Berlin, 2016

IFS Headquarters


Our 2016 conference "On the Move – At Home in the World" will be held September 28 through October 1 in Berlin, Germany. The conference deals with the development of displaced people and migration as a global phenomenon and its subsequent challenges. Therefore, we have arranged a diverse and exciting program which focuses on a country comparison of the conditions and possibilities for community work in the area of refugees and migration. National and international experts will hold lectures and panel discussions. Practical approaches and best-practice examples will be presented in workshops. Visits to different institutions will allow for the opportunity to get to know practical examples in Berlin and to speak to the employees on location.

A full conference program with more than 30 interesting workshops from all over the world and 34 site visits to amazing projects in Berlin is available online now .

Registration is now open – be sure to register by June 1 to take full advantage of our early bird rates!

For more information, including details on nearby hotels, please visit the conference website set up by host organizations Verband für Sozial-Kulturelle Arbeit and Nachbarschafts Zentrum.

posted 2016-04-17


News | BPP’s First All-Inclusive Family Voluntour

Photo: BPP’s First All-Inclusive Family Voluntour

Barrio Planta Project, Nicaragua


Barrio Planta Project, along with our partner Grow Inc, was thrilled to receive our first Family Tour, a ten-day mother daughter trip with two mothers Tracy & Tanja and their four lovely daughters, Olvia, Jillian, Jerra & Shayna, ages 12-15.

The Trip included a full week (3 full days and 4 half days) of volunteer activities with BPP's Cultural Exchange Program as well tourist activities including surf lessons at Hermosa Beach, Horseback Riding in Majagual Beach, ziplining, nature hikes, a fishing trip, a picnic in Marsella Beach, Culture Night, a hike to the Jesus Statue and a pool party with BPP kids at Surf Ranch Action Resort! The trip also included shared accommodation, a Welcome Dinner, all breakfasts and lunches, airport transportation and transportation throughout Nicaragua to Granada, Laguna de Apoyo and Masaya. Interested in a Voluntour? Learn more on our website.

posted 2016-04-16


Event | 2016 Alliance Executive Leadership Conference, May 11-14

Photo: 2016 Alliance Executive Leadership Conference, May 11-14

The Alliance for Strong Families & Communities, Milwaukee, WI USA


The Alliance Executive Leadership Conference (AELC) offers a refuge for reinvention and the enduring camaraderie of peers who become your personal, ongoing network for ideas and solutions. More than just another conference, the AELC provides an experience that many participants find both intellectually and emotionally regenerative.

The 2016 conference experience will focus on the national context through which we think and talk about our work. Attendees will unite with peers in a supportive environment—one where they can grapple with large-scale issues. With the guidance of experienced facilitators, executives will explore how inequitable systems continue to hinder the impact of our programs and perpetuate issues of disparity, as well as why the value of human services simply isn't resonating with policymakers and the general public.

This year's facilitators, InclusionVentures and the National Human Services Assembly, have proven adept at equipping leaders with the frameworks and tools needed to redefine business as usual. Above and beyond learning how to strengthen their organizations, executives will find greater purpose and relevancy in the national context.

The conference is May 11-14, 2016, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

posted 2016-04-15

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