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Is there a relationship between family socioeconomic characteristics and academic achievement? Stanford University professor of education Sean Reardon says “yes.” As the income gap between high- and low-income families has widened, the achievement gap between children in high- and low-income…

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On Sunday, January 19, 2014, Dr. Narendra P. Sharma, NOC Founder and Chair, participated in a panel discussion focusing on Martin Luther King’s ideal of a “beloved community.” Read more at…

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Shot of Lakyndra taken during filming for an NOC video

One of our Bluffton NOC students, Lakyndra, is a reporter for her school paper and recently wrote a short column about NOC:
“Hey kids! Do you need help with your homework? Well, if you do, come to Simmons Cay or…

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An empty apartment complex at Bluffton House used to be filled with children learning on computers, and getting help with homework after school.The Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) provides this service to underprivileged children in low income neighborhoods.

“We have pockets…

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Despite struggles at Bluffton House, nonprofit group model proves successful

Neighborhood Outreach Connection plans to expand program locations
The Bluffton House apartments that Neighborhood Outreach Connection — a nonprofit that provides educational support to low-income families — once called home were empty Friday afternoon.

The posters were gone, the desks…

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Message from the Chair (January 1, 2014)

I am happy to report that the health of NOC is excellent as it enters 2014.
NOC is on a trajectory of expansion in keeping with its strategic goals and priorities for the next five years.  Clearly, NOC’s development approach

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