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  • White House Internship Program- Spring 2012

    By admin | July 6, 2011

    Good Afternoon, The application for the White House Internship Program’s spring 2012 session has been posted. Please take the time to think of five future young leaders you believe would serve as great White House Interns, and personally encourage them to apply. Consider contacting your alma mater and encouraging career services to promote the internship. Below is more information that might be helpful to prospective White House Interns: Visit the White House Internship website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/ Apply to the White House Internship program: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/apply/ Learn more about the selection process: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/selection/ Send this flyer today to interested applicants, or contacts who may know interested applicants. A White House Internship provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Please encourage all eligible young leaders to take advantage of this incredible opportunity! The deadline to apply is September 11, 2011. We greatly appreciate your support in this effort. Questions about the application process or the program? E-mail intern_application@whitehouse.gov 

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    Special offers from our partners

    By admin | February 4, 2010

    Hi folks, our web designer has a special offer for those in need of a website, or if you  need an update to your old site.  Check out the details below from Goran Billingskog of DUROBI http://www.durobi.com/,http://www.billingskog.com/  . PLEASE SUPPORT!!!!

    Moving forward I want to develop the “WordPress” concept further. I think it’s stable, very flexible and what I gave you is a very good foundation for almost any informational website. I want to build on this.

    I want to offer this solution to more people and I can use your help to get the word out. Here is the basic structure and pricing. I have created a very simple pricing formula.  I’m offering a new website at $100 a page for a minimum of $1500 = 15 pages. You know how easy it is to create a new page once the template is in place.

    The pricing includes one design, CMS, my sql DB and blog.  Just like yours – but you have a few small modifications.

    You can then add a number of components to the basic website depending on your needs:

    1. Newsletter  subscription

    2. Ecommerce

    3. Banners for promotion within the website

    4. Ad space(including ad management)

    5.Google Analytics (setup)

    6. Product catalog

    7. Archives

    8. Content categorization

    9 . SEO

    10. Animated banners

    11. Video

    12. Different layouts for different sections

    13. Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn links and feeds

    and a lot more…

     Each of the above components comes with a different pricetag.

    Let’s say you talk to someone that needs a new website or redo an old one. You can mention this package as a viable solution and have them contact me. They can start with the basic package and add what they need.

    Göran Billingskog

    45-50 30th Street, 7th floor

    Long Island City, NY 11101

    Office 212.537.9063 x2

    Mobile 917.912.1309

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    Just Gotta Say Thank You!!!!!

    By admin | January 18, 2010

    Gerry & Thomas Adams-THANK YOU!!! 
    This thank you – it’s well over due. In July of 2010, Gerry and Thomas Adams made their first in a series of annual contributions. The Adams’ have made a pledge to donate $1500.00 over the next three years. When making this promise Gerry remarked, and I am paraphrasing, “If we’re concerned about the state of education in this country, it’s our responsibility to do something about it.”  Gerry and Thomas’ support will help those in need, such as a young person who wants to go to college, someone who would lack the resources to be able to afford an education without some assistance.  I first met Gerry at a Toastmasters meeting at the United Nations. I liked her instantly.  And when I created this fund and asked Gerry for a donation, she responded, “I want to help.  It’s people like Gerry and Thomas who make the difference by taking that extra step to influence change in another’s life.  Thank you Gerry and Thomas. We appreciate you, your commitment, and your gifts.

     Paul & Christine Andrukonis-THANK YOU!!!!! 
    Just gotta say thanks to my former colleague and friend Paul Andrukonis and his wife Christine for supporting us through a donation. It is so encouraging, when despite these challenging economic times, people like Christine and Paul are willing to share their resources. Thank you Christine & Paul. Because of your donation, we are that much closer to reaching our goal of providing a $20,000 college scholarship to Cheyenne. I’m so grateful to both of you!!!!


    His name is Goran Billingskog.
    An angel, that’s what he is. Tirelessly he has worked at creating our website offering his service at no cost to this organization. There are times in my life when I wander how is it that such giving and wonderful people cross my path.  I assure you; it has nothing to do with me but it is indeed the gracious kindness of beautiful souls like Goran who willingly put aside the need for monetary gain and instead work diligently to advance the cause of those in need.  Thank you Goran. To learn more about Goran Billingskok of DUROBI visit http://www.billingskog.com/, http://www.durobi.com/

    WE’VE GOT NEW MENTORS. Hooray!!!!

    Katti Gray and Paul Andrukonis have joined our team as mentors. Both Katti and Paul volunteered to help our scholar with her college studies.  Learn more about our mentors and their expertise through our website at “programs, mentors”. Thank you so much Katti and Paul. We are so grateful for your support.

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    Resources for Scholars

    By admin | January 18, 2010

    Looking for a scholarship to college

    Check out the The Patsy Taekmoto Ming Education Foundation – http://www.patsyminkfoundation.org/, providing scholarships for low income women who are mothers.

    Harvard University Announcement
     No tuition and no student loans for families with household income at $60,000 or less 

    Click on the linkhttp://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ make sure to carefully read the financial aid guidelines.  This is a great opportunity to have a tuition free education to attend a university ranked #1 as the World’s Best University. http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/worlds-best-universities/2010/02/25/worlds-best-universities-top-400.html

    Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard’s president Lawrence H. Summers said, “When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution.”

    If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free… no tuition and no student loans!

    To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard’s financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ or call the school’s financial aid office at (617) 495-1581. 

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    National Black Programming Consortium

    Video Editing, Social Networking, Graphic Design Internships

     The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to developing black digital authorship and distributing unique stories of the black experience in the new media age. Since 1991 NBPC has invested over $7 million dollars in iconic documentary productions for public television; trained, mentored, and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape through its annual New Media Institute and New Media Institute: Africa programs. NBPC also distributes engaging content online through its social media portal Blackpublicmedia.Org, an online home for enlightening black digital content and engagement.

     We are looking for self-motivated individuals with excellent communication and writing skills and keen attention to detail to assist in the areas of video editing, social networking, graphic design and general administrative support. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the following websites to learn about NBPC’s work: www.nbpc.tv and www.blackpublicmedia.org.

    Interns must commit to a minimum of 12-16 hours per week. Internships are unpaid; college credit can be arranged. Travel stipend available. All interns are required to attend a one-hour orientation session.


    This is a great opportunity for the right candidate(s) to gain experience in NBPC’s daily behind-the-scenes work. The intern(s) will assist the programs department with video editing, social networking, graphic design and general administrative support.

     –       video editing, digitizing footage, content research, assembly of footage for edits

    –       source material archiving

    –       graphic design of postcards and flyers

    –       social networking via Facebook and Twitter

    –       flyer distribution and promotion of community screening events

    –       filing, copying and other administrative tasks

    –       website moderation

     Interns must be able to work 12-16 hours a week between 10:00 and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the National Black Programming Consortium’s office, located at 68 E 131st Street, 7th floor, New York, NY 10037.


    We are seeking 2-3 detail-oriented and well-organized interns with an interest in black public media and either or all of the following: video production, social networking, web and print design.


    To apply, please submit the following materials to jobs@nbpc.tv:
    – résumé
    – cover letter detailing your availability and your interest in NBPC

    Internships are available for the fall, spring and summer semesters.  The National Black Programming Consortium is an equal opportunity employer.

    How to Improve Your Self Esteem and Gain Inner Confidence Even When You’re Down — from eHow

    How to Write an Essay from wikiHow

    What are some good studying tips? from Wikianswers
    You first need to know what kind of learner you are: visual, auditory, or physical.  A visual learner understands what they see – this means reading, looking at pictures or diagrams, or watching videos. If you are a visual learner, you should try to make sure that most of your studying uses these techniques. If you are trying to study something that isn’t visual, try writing it out or drawing a picture to help you remember. An auditory learner understands what they hear. If you are an auditory learner, you will probably want to use a recorder to help you learn – reading the text aloud, or having someone tell the information to you will help you to study. A physical learner understands information better if they actually do the skill – either practicing or hands-on activities. Physical learners have a harder time studying because modern schools are based on visual and auditory learning. You might ask your teachers if you can actually do some of the work yourself to help you learn better.

    Next, you’ll need a quiet place and time. Set one specific time each day for studying, and treat it as if it were a job – show up and do the work whether you feel like it or not. Having a set study time every day helps because you have a regular schedule, and the daily practice means that you are much more likely to remember material from day to day.

    Keep an assignment notebook. Write down all of your homework, projects, test dates, and anything else you have to do for school in this notebook and keep it with you at all times. An assignment notebook means that you never have to wonder what to study.

    A calendar is also a useful study tool – use one of those with large squares so that you can write down due dates for all of your assignments and tests. This gives you a visual reminder of what is due on which date, and makes it harder for things to “sneak up on you.”

    When studying from your textbook, concentrate on anything in bold-face. These are the important points in the text, and are things you will usually need to know. Use your notebook, too – copy important information, definitions, and facts from your text into your notes. Writing the information down helps you to remember it!

    Study with someone. Quiz each other on facts, dates, and definitions. Ask each other the questions from your textbook. Pretend that you are the teacher and explain one section to the other person (or people, if you have a study group). Explaining something to someone else helps you to understand it better!

    Find a quiet place to study.

    Study Tips  

    The best technique is to have a set time to study and not skip! Here are some more Study Tips – click on the related link for even more.

    1. Get organized
    Develop a system that works for you to make sure you’re on top of everything that needs to be done. Try a “To Do” list or a folder for important papers and worksheets.

    2. Manage your time wisely
    Get that homework done before turning on the television. Develop a schedule to make sure you have time for everything you want to get done.

    3. Listen carefully in class
    Paying attention in class is very important. Listen to your teachers and pay attention to the questions other students ask – all of this can help you understand the material.

    4. Read, read, read
    Read your textbook closely and carefully, and reread it if you don’t understand.

    5. Take good notes
    If it’s important enough for your teacher to write it down, you should write it down, too. Hint: it will probably be on the test.

    6. Ask questions
    If you don’t understand, you’re probably not alone. Don’t be afraid to ask.

    7. Review.

    Your brain remembers something for about 10 minutes after you hear it – take advantage of this fact by reviewing what you have learned! After a lecture, or after reading something, go back over the highlights within the 10 minutes – this only works if you do it right away, because after that 10 minutes, you’re starting over.

    8. Know your study style
    Figure out how you study best: with music or in silence, alone or with classmates, then study that way!

    9. Be a smart test taker

    Pay attention to your teacher’s style of testing. Look at past tests to figure out what you missed and why. 

      10. Look into getting a tutor
    Hire one or just ask a friend to help you out. Good grades can really pay off!

    11. Record class lectures
    This is a good way to have a clear understanding of the content of your class lectures. As a graduate student, I used this tool and it helped immensely especially when it was time for a test. Ask your professor’s permission to record his/her lectures.

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    Cool Things We’re Up To

    By admin | January 18, 2010

    Our second newsletter will be sent out shortly to all of our supporters.  Look for the details in your email, and feel free to pass the email along to friends, family, and your colleagues. Spread the word to all whom you deem might be interested in knowing about and supporting our cause.

    We’ve applied for a Google Grant. Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising. Grants are provided to select charitable organizations sharing Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. We’ll keep you posted.  Wish us good luck!!!

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    By admin | January 18, 2010

    We’ve got a few miles to go before we meet our goal and raise enough money to provide Cheyenne a scholarship for $20,000. Over the next five months we’re asking 78 supporters like you to make a monthly tax deductible donation of $66.66 help to insure that Cheyenne realizes her dream – a college education. We started this very specific and unique fundraising initiative which will run through May 2010.  Yes, these are challenging times for all of us. With your donation and through your commitment, we can help change Cheyenne’s life and end the cycle of poverty.

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    Calling All Volunteers

    By admin | December 9, 2009

    Here’s your chance to get involved by becoming a volunteer mentor. We are recruiting persons who will provide friendship, support, and inspiration to a scholar. You are adept at helping them learn how to help themselves by encouraging decision making and helping to walk them through the possible consequences of their decisions. You will be willing to assist them in developing their job preparation skills, or by helping a scholar heading to college to get ready for the responsibilities of managing a four-year education. You will help your mentee develop problem solving and assertiveness skills as well as helping in the development of self-esteem and self-confidence.

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    Welcome to Freda’s blog

    By admin | November 20, 2009

    Hello, Thank you for visiting my blog. Join us weekly for our featured posts, “Cool Things We’re Up To”, “Calling All Volunteers”, “Fundraising “, “Resources for Scholars”, “Just Gotta Say Thank You”, and so much more.  Access each post by clicking on the post title. We welcome your comments, and please invite your family, friends and colleagues to visit, too. Feel free to link to my blog.
    Freda Thomas

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