Oslo, Norway (PRWEB) May 3, 2008
WiHood and Huseby School (Oslo, Norway) have signed a LOI (“Letter Of Intent) to evaluate and begin integrating Huseby School’s 4th grade class’s curriculum into the WiHood service. All 45 students and 4 teachers of Huseby’s 4th grade class will participate in this first-ever “virtual laptop” academic project.
With WiHood, students will be able to continue their in-class lesson at home or on any internet connected PC. “The academic continuity from classroom-to-home is seamless with WiHood” says Thomas F. Anglero, Chairman and CEO of WiHood AS. “We are honored to be cooperating with Huseby School who shares our passion to improve the education of children by providing them with WiHood, a service that protects children online and allows them to continue their classroom lesson on any internet connected PC.”
WiHood’s “virtual laptop” on a USB bracelet is portable and can be worn on the child’s wrist, folded in a pocket or a school bag. WiHood’s USB bracelet is made of non-toxic silicon so it is safe and kid-tough. WiHood’s bracelet protects children online when the parents are not home or while the child is surfing at home, a friend’s, and at school.
WiHood is based in Oslo (Norway) and was incorporated in August 2007. WiHood has been honored to be awarded funding from Innovation Norway (a division of the Norwegian government providing funding only to Norway’s most innovative companies). WiHood was founded to bridge the digital-divide while protecting children online using Web 2.0 innovations (Web Services and Cloud Computing Technologies). Additional information can be found at http://www.WiHood.com.
NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008
They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.
With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.
It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.
“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”
Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.
Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.
With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.
“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”
As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.
“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.
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NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008
The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:
Atlantic City, NJ (PRWEB) December 4, 2008 –
The last two states to enact Safe Haven laws, Alaska and Nebraska adopted such laws in 2008. Nebraska’s law has received substantial media coverage due to its failure to limit the surrender age of children protected under the law. In November, Nebraska revised the law limiting the age to 30-days, the same as New Jersey.
However, the laws vary in age limits and legal surrender locations from state to state. These variations can create confusion for young women who often are in a position of panic after delivery of their newborn.
“These are not women who are getting regular prenatal care and planning for the delivery of their newborn. They are women who have fallen through the cracks. They have spent 9-months concealing and denying their pregnancy. They are unprepared for the imminent arrival of their baby,” says Susan Ferrier Co-founder and Vice President of the Baby Blue Foundation.
On December 4, 2008, the Baby Blue Foundation along with the Ventnor Police, Atlantic County hospitals, and the National Safe Haven Alliance will introduce the first National Safe Haven signs to New Jersey.
“We selected this date because it marks the 4-year anniversary of the day my husband Bill and I, along with the support of the community lay Baby Blue to rest,” says Susan. Blue’s body along with the afterbirth and presumable the mother’s undergarment stuffed in a sack washed up on a Ventnor beach in January 2004. It was Bill Ferrier who found her. He felt it important that she have a name and a proper burial. He and Susan began taking steps to see that it happened. It was 10-1/2 months before the Ferrier’s were able to fulfill their promise to Blue.
Since then the Ferrier’s founded a 501c3 whose mission is to honor the memory of Baby Blue and others like her through efforts to prevent future newborn abandonment and fatalities. The Foundation raises awareness about the prevalence, causes and alternatives to neonaticide (the killing of a newborn within the first 24-hours of life). Finally, in the event of future newborn deaths from abandonment or violence, the group seeks to provide dignified memorial service.
In its efforts to prevent new cases of newborn death and abandonment, the Baby Blue Foundation promotes awareness about the NJ Safe Haven Act. According to Susan, “the Foundation strongly supports Safe Haven legislation. It is the best, and in some cases possibly the only alternative for these young women.”
The New Jersey Safe Haven Act went into effect in 2000. Since the laws inception, 37 babies have been safely surrendered. While the number of safe surrenders surpasses the 28 newborns left in unsafe conditions or found dead, more needs to be done to raise awareness of Safe Haven Laws and to minimize confusion about the laws.
The National Safe Haven signs were designed to uniformly identify Safe Haven surrender sites. Hospital emergency rooms and police departments are the only legal surrender sites in NJ. A parent or designee can anonymously surrender a child under 30-days old to any police department or emergency room employee.
New Jersey’s first National Safe Haven sign will be unveiled Thursday Dec. 4 at 1pm. outside the Ventnor Police Department, located at 6201 Atlantic Ave., Ventnor. A representative from each Atlantic County hospital will receive a National Safe Haven sign to hang outside their emergency room. In addition to the hospital representatives, Ventnor Police Chief Wayne Arnold and Tracey Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Haven Alliance will be in attendance.
“We are excited to be spearheading the initiative to uniformly identify Safe Haven surrender sites in NJ but also through out the country,” Susan explains. NJ joins NY, IL, AZ, FL, VA and ME in the effort to create standardization.
Other hospital emergency rooms or police departments who would like to hang a National Safe Haven outside their facility should contact the Baby Blue Foundation at 609-703-4180. The Baby Blue Foundation is a NJ 501c3 accepting donations at P.O. Box 2408, Ventnor, NJ 08406 or online at http://www.babybluefoundation.org.
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Granada Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2009
Los Angeles County family law attorney Tamila C. Jensen has written a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger urging him to sign Assembly Bill 590, which will help the poor get access to domestic legal services. The governor has until midnight on October 11 to veto or sign AB 590.
Attorney Jensen is a strong advocate for equal access to legal representation. She is a proponent of Civil Gideon, inspired by the 1963 Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. Writing for Valley Lawyer in April, Jensen explained that the Gideon ruling ordered the states to provide a lawyer for anyone facing a felony charge. However, Jensen noted, the 1981 Supreme Court ruled in the Lassiter case that “poor people do not have an absolute right to a publicly provided attorney when they face losing custody of a child to the state.”
“The main purpose of AB 590 is to fund and support collaborative efforts between the courts, legal services programs, local pro bono projects, and bar associations,” Jensen explained. The resulting pilot projects will improve and expand legal assistance for low-income members of the public in critical civil cases involving basic human needs, she said, such as family law and housing.
Jensen added that she is acutely aware of the legal struggles for low-income residents of Los Angeles County not only from her work as a family lawyer, but also as treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services. “We have only 40 attorneys to serve one million eligible low income people,” Jensen said. “I want Governor Schwarzenegger to sign AB 590 into law so that we can begin the hard work of providing legal protection to those who need it most.”
About the Firm
Tamila C. Jensen is a native Californian who has practiced law for 34 years. She is also a law professor and published author on real estate law, as well as a variety of other legal topics. Jensen’s practice is currently focused on elder law, estate planning, real estate and family law, including child custody. She also provides a wide range of other legal services to small businesses and individuals. Jensen recently finished a term as president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 15, 2013
Episcopal Social Services (ESS) and Safe Space NYC announced today that they have signed a management agreement that creates a partnership between the two organizations and lays the foundation for a complete merger. The partnership will bring both organizations under the same management structure, to be led by the current Executive Director of ESS, Elizabeth McCarthy. Together, this unified organization will serve New Yorkers in need from the North Bronx to Far Rockaway, working with over 20,000 people annually.
Safe Spaces programs, based at three main sites in Jamaica, Far Rockaway, and Richmond Hill, combat the staggering effects of generational poverty, underperforming schools, and violence. Additionally, Safe Space has played a large role in rebuilding the communities in Far Rockaway after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. With a reputation as a trusted community partner, Safe Space offers results-driven programming that helps children meet their potential and families stay together.
The partnership will allow the two agencies to unite their strong child welfare program offerings. Both ESS and Safe Space are leaders in providing preventive services, health services, and juvenile justice programs. Additionally, ESS and Safe Space employ a variety of evidence-based methodologies to ensure a measurable impact for constituents. The partnership opens opportunities for higher-level knowledge sharing and scaled strategies, which will lead to greater outcomes for high-need communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Safe Space also offers a breadth of mental health services to their full population of clients in Queens, and ESS hopes to expand upon current clinics to offer therapy and counseling to more clients in more locations.
ESS is expanding its efforts toward transforming the lives of New Yorks highest-need residents, said Elizabeth McCarthy, ESS Executive Director. We are looking forward to welcoming Safe Space to the ESS family because of their strong presence in the southeast Queens community, the capability of their management, and their longstanding history of effective programming. Together, well find greater ways to help children meet their potential, and provide support to families and communities to help them grow and thrive.”
Upon close of the planned merger, the entirety of Safe Spaces business and operations will be integrated into ESS and report to the ESS Board of Directors. The newly formed entity will include the full scope of ESS and Safe Space programs with an annual operating budget of roughly $ 65 million.
About Episcopal Social Services
The mission of Episcopal Social Services (ESS) is to transform the lives and communities of New Yorkers in need, ESS strengthens families, promotes the healthy development of children and youth, and empowers all whom we serve to become self-sufficient to a level at which they are capable. Founded in 1831, ESS has a long history of nonsectarian service that is responsive to community needs. In 2006, ESS acquired Sheltering Arms Day Care Services, Inc., which has evolved into a large EarlyLearn program operated by ESS. Today, ESS serves high-need communities in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.
About Safe Space NYC
Originally founded in 1919 as the Queensboro Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Safe Space remains dedicated to the belief that every child deserves to grow up healthy and in a secure environment.
Safe Space offers a wide range of integrated family support and youth focused programs, including community and mental health services, designed to help families build a more hopeful future for themselves and their children. Now based in Southeast Queens primarily serving Jamaica, Far Rockaway and Richmond Hill, Safe Space serves more than 15,000 individuals annually. After nearly a century, we continue our work as deeply committed as ever to our original mission: to protect kids, keep them safe and help them grow.