The Benwood Blog

Highlighting the people and projects that are working to make Chattanooga great within Benwood’s four focus areas Place, Talent, Advantage and Culture.

Talent

Ready....Set....2.0

Ready....Set....2.0

Why we're all in, when it comes to supporting Chattanooga 2.0, an initiative to improve educational and workforce opportunities for all residents in our community.


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Talent

2014 Chattanooga Boys Leadership Summit

2014 Chattanooga Boys Leadership Summit

What began in 2010 as a discussion of the needs of boys living within Chattanooga's urban core, the Boys Leadership Summit (BLS) celebrated its fifth year of inspirational training for middle and high school males on November 15, 2014. The Summit brings together a host of agencies, faith-based institutions, and parents interested in improving leadership qualities of male students. The Saturday morning event was held on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During the annual Summit, adults share strategies on keeping young men productive, safe and focused on achievement; while youth share their life experiences as 6th – 12th grade males navigating their complex environments.


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Talent

An Open Letter to Black Leaders

I'm from East Lake Courts, and my organization has taken a stand against violence.


I don't care what kind of violence it is. Sexual violence, gun violence, domestic violence. We should not be losing our young kids because of stupidity.


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Talent Place

What Ferguson Taught Us: A Brief Study in Questions

How many white parents have to teach their children to fear the police? How many white communities call in police experts, including the police chief, to teach their children what to do if approached by the police? How many organizations are allowed to police themselves?


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Talent

The FUN Theory in Action

The FUN Theory in Action

Just over a year ago I became a Chattanooga resident, having relocated from the rocky coast of Portland, Maine. During my time in Maine, one of the big things I noticed was a laid back sense of exploration that kids, tweens, and teens of the community had during the summer months. School had ended, the sun was out, and the community was open to explore. There were some, but very few, camps or structured extracurricular learning activities. In Chattanooga, I noticed the opposite: there were many camps and and structured learning activities but less kids, tweens, and teens out and about in the community exploring freely. This got me thinking about kids, tweens, teens, and lifelong learning. I began to ask myself “what is the best path forward...the structured or the unstructured? And how can my work at the Chattanooga Public Library give the community what it needs?”


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Talent

Learning Through Fun

Learning Through Fun

Perhaps my favorite thing about working in a library is opening kids up to the world. Getting to know the kids that “hate books” and leave with an armload of materials they “didn’t know they wrote books about”. Introducing two tweens who have the same passion for a solo hobby and build a friendship around that shared interest. Randomly searching the internet together for ways teens can turn their interests into professions someday and what steps they can start taking to make those dreams reality. I consider my self the ultimate guidance counselor, no issue is too great or small, to silly or serious, to unattainable or everyday.


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Talent

Improving Schools: What Do We Need from Our Community

Improving Schools: What Do We Need from Our Community

To get from A to B, we are going to have to take the plunge into the community’s cultural core, and we are going to have to go deep enough to influence the hearts and minds of the people who ultimately control our schools. We are going to have to address the nostalgia, amnesia, mental models, and the attitudes and beliefs that hold the status quo in place. To get from A to B, we need to go through C.


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Talent

Teacherpreneur: Supporting Teachers with Big Ideas for Education

Teacherpreneur: Supporting Teachers with Big Ideas for Education

There's only one weekend left before the school year begins for Hamilton County teachers. Just 48 hours to spend with family, put the finishing touches on school-year preparation, or squeeze in one last trip before a busy year kick off.


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Competitive Advantage Talent

For the People with Love: Poverty-Free Chattanooga

Everyday, some 170,000 of us Chattanoogans go about our daily routine. Some to work, others to look for work. Some in offices, others on construction sites. We work and go home, or some of us do. Some of us go to shelter beds, far too many of us go to the streets.


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Competitive Advantage Talent

The Power of Youth in Our City

I am writing this blog post on an airplane back from San Francisco, where I spent the weekend at the Thiel Summit surrounded by some of the brightest minds in our country, and very likely the world. Do you know what they all had in common? Not a single one of them was over the age of 20.


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Words from Sarah Morgan

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