Why the Joyce Foundation Chose a Wall Street Journal Reporter to Lead Its Education Program

A national writer for the Wall Street Journal steps into the role of Senior Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation's Education Program this month. Meet Stephanie Banchero, who's written extensively about many of the issues that Joyce addresses with its grantmaking.
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The Surprising Results of a Joyce Foundation-funded Employment Study

The grantmaking of one of Chicago's biggest players, the Joyce Foundation, has been trending towards employment readiness and transforming the city's kids into reliable employees. Before it delves further into awarding grant money, Joyce has been funding research studies about online job searches, and African Americans have been the target group.
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World-Class Theater Made Possible by The Joyce Foundation

In 2012, the Joyce Foundation gave $300,000 to the Goodman Theater to support artistic development and diversity programs. This grant money goes towards the theater's full calendar of theater performances. The money also goes towards educational programs that provide one-on-one mentoring to high school girls, theatrical training for 14–19-year-olds, and writing workshops for senior citizens.

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Diversity in Chicago Dance, Thanks to Joyce Foundation

Rather than focusing attention on the performers on stage, The Joyce Foundation chooses to support the administrative staff behind the scenes. Joyce's Community-Based Arts grants are structured to build fiscal sustainability, salaries for administrative professionals, and operating support to stabilize dance companies. The Joyce Foundation gave $100,000 to the Luna Negra Dance Theater in 2012.

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The Joyce Foundation Helps Improve Chicago Public Schools’ Reputation

The Chicago Public School system has never had the best reputation for providing top-notch education for the city's youth. In 2012, the the Joyce Foundation gave $250,000 to Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation. This grant was part of Joyce’s Innovation Grant program and went towards supporting the establishment of a new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Strategy Management and the development of a comprehensive 10-year Neighborhood Vision for CPS.

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