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Dinerwood Level 4: What We Saw at Welcome Diner’s Short Film Festival in Downtown Phoenix


By Janessa Hilliard | Sep 16, 2016

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Potential filmmakers and groups of friends, professional actors, and drunk patrons all got creative for the camera during Dinerwood: Level 4, a 48-hour film challenge that culminated with a screening at Welcome Diner on Wednesday, September 14.

Ten teams entered their three-minute films for a chance to be declared “the best” by a panel of judges: Jason Ayers of Flowers Craft Beer & Wine, Connor Descheemaker of Local First Arizona, Christy McClendon of New Pathways for Youth, and Kelsey Pinckney of Four Chambers Press. This year’s video game theme meant creative takes on gaming classics like Space Invaders, Frogger, and Donkey Kong. Each production had to include the same prop (a watermelon) and same line (“Mario, your princess is in another castle”), and the rules ended there.

For the fourth installment of the Garfield film fest, Welcome Diner (the event’s main sponsor and host site) held two 30-minute screenings with an awards ceremony in between and $1 PBRs for a crowd of more than 100. Some sat at tables, others on rented bleachers spilling out into the street, all paying rapt attention to the weird premises and steady camera work on the screen.

In the end, every team left with an award, including best cinematography for Mr. Schreiner’s Final Fantasy from The Yonder Peasants, which showed us how the sausage was made; best dialogue for Thought Crime’s Marooned, whose creators said they “had a list of curse words we replaced with nonsense”; and best use of a prop for Beeing / Semicolon’s Sylvia, which turned a watermelon-flavored Arizona Iced Tea can into a talking watermelon.

But some were truly the best of the best, leaving us wondering, “Man, why can’t we be that creative in 48 hours?”

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Common Impact Blog

Program Spotlight: New Pathways for Youth
By Common Impact Guest Blogger | Sep 22, 2016

We're excited to highlight an inspiring project with a talented team from Charles Schwab and its nonprofit partner, New Pathways for Youth (NPFY), who empower youth to fulfill their potential through mentoring and life skill development. The Schwab team created an onboarding plan to help NPFY train and retain their talent. The new process provides new hires with a better understanding of NPFY’s vision and culture and instills a sense of belonging.

marlo_apple_npfy_headshot_300_390_90 Marlo Apple, Director of Development from NPFY and Charles Schwab Pro Bono Challenge Participant, shares her take on this inspiring project:

1. Why does this project matter?

In 2014, we shifted our focus to combine 4 separate programs into one integrated program model in order to increase sustainability and to ensure every youth served by our organization received the best elements of each program. We noticed a lot of turnover during this shift because employees felt a strong connection to specific programs, not the overall organization. We partnered with Charles Schwab to create a hiring, onboarding, and retention roadmap to better acclimate staff to our organization as a whole and to help them understand why program integration was critical as it related to our organization’s lifecycle. This plan helped to retain current staff and ensure new hires were aligned with our core purpose from their first day. Ultimately, it built tremendous confidence in NPFY and our leadership. As a nonprofit, we face capacity limitations and don’t have a dedicated HR department to educate staff on the best hiring practices. This opportunity to access Charles Schwab’s HR expertise increased our confidence as managers and put a plan in place to onboard and retain the right talent. Since this plan has been in place, we’ve realized an 86% retention rate.

To read the rest of this article visit: http://commonimpact.org/blog/post/program-spotlight-new-pathways-for-youth
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