New reports focus on youth, family employment…Who’s in charge of board performance?…Farewell to Steve Jobs [News, 10.6.11]

WORKFORCE | Two new reports from the Brookings Institute:

- A survey of 16 to 24 year-olds finds that thirty percent of low-income young adults without a college degree are unemployed and not in school – a number that far exceeds the national average. (WaPo, 10/6)

- The Fall 2011 edition of The Future of Children, from Brookings and Princeton University, looks at “the challenges parents face in taking care of family responsibilities while also holding down a job and explores the implications of those challenges for child and family wellbeing.”

- Chronic truancy down at some D.C. middle schools (WaPo, 10/6)

- A French immersion school in Prince George’s County has the highest reported number of students learning Russian in the country. (WaPo, 10/6) I can’t write anything clever in Russian because they use a different alphabet!

SAFETY | In MoCo: Schools Try To Improve Pedestrian Safety (WAMU, 10/6) and  P.G. schools to try to make walking to school safer (Examiner, 10/6)

NONPROFITS | From The Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers: Who’s Really in Charge of Board Performance? (Chronicle, 10/6) “Ask people in the nonprofit world who is to blame for poor board performance, and you won’t get agreement. Some people say it’s the board’s fault. Others say it’s the CEO’s.”

HOMELESSNESS | Prince William County is applying for a competitive grant from HUD, worth $680,000, aimed at providing services and housing for the homeless. The county’s homelessness rate has increased 40 percent from last year. (WaPo, 10/6)

HEALTH | Report from the Urban Institute: Containing the Growth of Spending in the U.S. Health System (Urban, 10/5)

ENVIRONMENT | Dominion Virginia Power is offering a pricing discount to customers who drive plug-in electric cars. (WAMU, 10/6) Another excuse to buy a beautiful Tesla Model S!

GOODBYE | Remembering the life and philanthropy of Steve Jobs, who said, “There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” (WG Daily, 10/6)

Rebekah will usher you into a beautiful weekend with tomorrow’s Daily. See you all on Tuesday.

- Christian

Remembering Steve Jobs

When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple a few months ago, it was a sobering acknowledgment of mortality accompanied by a sad feeling of inevitability. Yet Apple’s announcement of his death last night, with the simple graphic above, felt unexpected, even shocking. A sense of deep and profound loss instantly flooded the internet.

Over the years, Jobs suffered criticism about his philanthropy. But his critics were victims of narrow-mindedness and stale thinking. Last month, Dan Pallotta wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review titled Steve Jobs, World’s Greatest Philanthropist. It is a wonderful tribute and needs to be read in its entirety. Here’s just a bit:

The word philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropos which comes from philein for “to love” and anthropos for “human being.” Philanthropy means love of humanity.

Which brings me to Steve Jobs.

Last year wrote of Steve Jobs, “It’s high time the minimalist CEO became a magnanimous philanthropist.”

I’ve got news for you. He has been. What’s important is how we use our time on this earth, not how conspicuously we give our money away. What’s important is the energy and courage we are willing to expend reversing entropy, battling cynicism, suffering and challenging mediocre minds, staring down those who would trample our dreams, taking a stand for magic, and advancing the potential of the human race.

On these scores, the world has no greater philanthropist than Steve Jobs. If ever a man contributed to humanity, here he is. And he has done it while battling cancer.

There’s too much to share about Steve Jobs, and no words sufficient enough to describe his contribution to the future. I recommend taking a few hours today or tonight and sifting through the incredible number of memorials being shared across the internet by people from every walk of life. At the very least, take fifteen minutes to watch Jobs’ truly powerful and empowering Stanford Commencement Address. His words are ones to live by.

A personal note: I find few things in the world more meaningful or inspiring than music. On my 21st birthday in 2004, my parents gave me a 40 gigabyte iPod. I haven’t left the house without my music and a pair of headphones ever since. Thank you, Steve. This one’s for you:


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