10/12/2012 - What We’re Talking About: The Week at USICH - October 8-12

Lessons from Rapid Results Bootcamp Success

The work of the Rapid Results Bootcamps continues to create a buzz among communities involved in the bootcamps as well as national leaders in innovative solutions to complex problems. The Harvard Business Review posted a blog this week about the underlying principles of how the bootcamps work, their success, and what other corporate and social organizations can learn from this effort. The authors highlight the concepts of mobilizing an ecosystem, having a common goal, and harnessing the power of peer pressure and peer support as lessons to be drawn from this work. 

Learn more about those lessons here

Last week another bootcamp was held in Denver, this time with participation from six communities. Look for a blog post from one of the USICH National Programs team on this event soon! 

Photo courtesy of 100,000 Homes

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty guest blogs for USICH

Yesterday, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty guest blogged for us and discussed homelessness, stigma, and human rights. The blog post draws on a new report from the top U.N. expert on the human right to water and sanitation that addresses the lack of a framework for discussing stigmatization, its roots, and its effects. This report was adopted last month by the U.N. Human Rights Council. In addition, the new report cites the USICH report on alternatives to criminalization of homelessness as a best practice.

Read the full blog post here

Interested in an internship with USICH? Two internship opportunities posted this week!

USICH is seeking an undergrad or graduate student to support its work on behalf of the nation’s homeless population. We have two open paid internship opportunities for a Finance and Administrative Intern and Administrative Intern for our National Programs Team. Check out the details for each position on our website, see if you’re a fit, or forward to your networks.

Find both USICH internship opportunity descriptions here


New and Revamped Resources for Communities

USICH toolkits have undergone a makeover. Check out the new web design for our toolkits that help local communities begin or enhance their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.See for yourself here.

The National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE released best practices and answers to FAQs on access to food for students experiencing homelessness and high mobility. This brief is the result of interagency collaboration headed by the Department of Education to inform parents, service providers, and those who work with children and youth in schools on the availability of food through the school system. Read the brief here.  

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