We are throwing an event the evening of March 19th as part of our "Inspiration & Innovation Night" series. Our feature speaker will be Ron Herndon (bio below). We're looking to create a postcard mailer as well as an electronic version. Attached is one from Last year- we still love the *spark* piece! This is a great launching off point- good color schemes and graphics, but please don't let this limit you!
Basic event details:
Social Venture Partners & Northwest Evaluation Association (co-hosts)
Innovation & Inspiration Night --- (title pending! Preparing our Youngest for Success…. Or something….)
Featuring guest speaker, Ron Herndon, chairman of the National Head Start Association and director of the Albina Head Start Program
Monday, March 19th
at Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA): 121 NW Everett Street
Appetizers and beverages will be provided
We've asked Ron to speak to his take on the current needs of young children, his first-hand experience in the field, and perspective as the Chair of the National Head Start Association and local Albina Head Start program. We are also asking that he react to data we have commissioned on the State of Young Children in Multnomah County. This is all within the context of our overarching Ready for Kindergarten goal in Multnomah County and our new leadership of the Ready for Kindergarten Collaborative with Cradle to Career.
As far as creative direction goes:
This is an opportunity for us to answer some big overaching questions concerning Children who are not ready for Kindergarten : Where are they? Who are they? Our hope is that the invitation will inspire curiosity around these questions with bold visuals (maybe big question marks of some kind?) and enticing lingo.
Please have fun playing around with this! The big question mark is a good jumping off point... eg: Where in the county are...our kindergarteners in need? This is about identifying who the kids in our community are who are most at risk of failing because they are not ready for kindergarten (socially, emotionally, and intellectually).
Our organization is Social Venture Partners Portland ([url removed, login to view]) and the collaborative that we are proud to be a part of is the Cradle to Career Collaborative with All Hands Raised ([url removed, login to view])
Bio of Speaker:
Ron Herndon has served as chairman of the National Head Start Association since July 1993. As chairman, he serves as an ambassador representing the needs of the Head Start community to members of Congress, the administration, and the general public. He also provides guidance and leadership to the 49-member board that sets policy and determines direction for the association.
Under his leadership, NHSA has progressed immensely. Major accomplishments include: major legislative gains; improvements in technology for Head Start children, parents, and staff; creation of the NHSA Academy; establishment of important business partnerships; and maintenance of a sound financial base.
Since 1975, Ron Herndon has been director of the Albina Head Start program in Portland, Oregon. Under his direction, the program is the recipient of numerous federal grants in support of local Head Start projects. These grants have been used for major building projects and the development of programming for Head Start parents and staff in Portland and surrounding communities. The program Mr. Herndon oversees provides comprehensive full-day service to more than 400 Head Start children from the areas surrounding Portland.