KRA Kicks Off “Leadership Edge” Program – On August 19, 2010, the KRA Corporation convened a highly successful inaugural Leadership Edge session in Baltimore, Maryland. The KRA initiative is a training and development program designed to help encourage, grow, nurture, and support our already successful Program Management Team. The program, built around quarterly modules, focuses on project management best practices, human resources, budgeting and financial tracking, and the role of all leaders in KRA’s business development strategies.
“We are very excited about equipping our operations Program Managers with the tools they need to continue to grow as leaders within our organization”, said Patrick Boxall, VP & COO for KRA Corporation, and a session presenter. Other presenters included Don Scott, Sr., VP, Workforce Operations; Arlene Schneider, HR Director; and Karla Jaundoo, Business Manager. The session was well received by Program Mangers Alisha Bazemore, Linda Cooper, Anita Davis, Krista Roberson, Kim Staley, and Kenneth Walker.
Maryland State Department of Education Highlights KRA Corporation Report – The homepage on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website features a recently released a KRA report on risky behaviors among Maryland high school age youth. The report is the latest produced by KRA under a contract with MSDE to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which was developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health behaviors that can lead to death, disability, and social problems among youth.
YRBS is administered in 47 states and DC, and by 22 county/city agencies. Maryland first administered the survey, with KRA support, in 2005. Behaviors monitored by the survey include traffic safety, suicide, harassment and bullying, alcohol/tobacco/other drug use, nutritional habits, and physical activity. Survey findings are used by educators, public health officials, community groups, and other stakeholders to refine initiatives to improve youth health and well-being. Check out the report at http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/studentschoolsvcs/student_services_alt/surveys/.
KRA Corportion HQ Staff Help Out at 3rd Annual Montgomery County Back-to-School Fair – Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse school systems, held its annual back-to-school fair Saturday, August 28, in Rockville, MD, and a team from KRA’s Headquarters office turned out again to help set-up the event and greet parents and students. Organizers estimate that 10,000 people turned out for this year’s fair, which provides an opportunity for families to pick-up donated school supplies, learn about school- and community-based programs, and have some fun.
This year, KRA volunteers included Knowlton R. Atterbeary, Patrick Boxall, Karla Jaundoo, and Agi Taku. Karla summed up the experience as follows, “ As a graduate of Montgomery County Schools, I was excited about this event which provided an opportunity to give back something to the community where KRA is based and my home town.”