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Over 20 GREAT Tuition-Free Schools

“Free is in everyone’s budget, but when someone really needs something to be free in order for him or her to be successful, then free is the best thing out there. All children do not need an education, they need a GOOD education. Some children are unable to go to school for free, so when free crops up for a free education for a child, we need to jump on the chance. Included in this list are some schools founded by some extremely generous and caring  individuals who had and continue to have a heart for children.

De Marillac Academy

This school was founded in 2001 and is tuition-free for low income families. The school utilizes state-of-the-art technology to reduce costs, such as an online grader, and passes these benefits to the students (parents). The Daughters of Charity and De La Salle Christian Brothers are both co-sponsors, but all donations are welcome. The school is located in one of San Francisco California’s most violent and poorest neighborhoods, but this school is a beacon of light for the children in the community. The quality of education is high and the school boasts a high graduation rate. De Marillac’s academic program emphasizes reading, writing, English, math, science and social studies.

Epiphany School

Epiphany School is an independent, tuition-free middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods. The school is full-service, meaning they provide medical and social services for the children as well as psychological counseling and immunizations. Epiphany provides the children with three meals a day and even fits them for glasses, if needed. The school’s motto is, “Never Give Up On A Child.”

Milton Hershey School

Today, Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. As the name suggests, the school is in Hershey, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1909 by Milton and Catherine Hershey.

Regis High School

Founded in 1914 by an anonymous benefactor and supported by the generosity of her family, its alumni and friends, Regis High School offers a tuition-free Jesuit college preparatory education to Roman Catholic young men from the New York metropolitan area who demonstrate superior intellectual and leadership potential.

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center

A full scholarship boarding school which accepts students from across the U.S. It’s an alternative residential high school for kids that were not successful in the traditional high school setting. The school is located in Estes Park, Colorado. Students pursue their academics, but are also exposed to the outdoors. Some of Eagle Rock graduates have attended wonderful colleges and universities like Maryville College and the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduating from college some of the Eagle Rock alumni have gone back to Eagle Rock to teach.

The Hadley School for the Blind

William Hadley founded this school in 1920 along with Dr. E.V.L. Brown. Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition to blindness professionals. Today, Hadley is the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired around the world. It serves more that 10,000 students annually in 50 states and 100 countries. Hadley is also the largest educator of braille worldwide. The school is located in Winnetka, Illinois.

Barclay College

All resident students automatically receive an $11,000 full-tuition scholarship upon acceptance. College supporters fund the full-tuition scholarship so students may graduate with an excellent Christian education without the weight of debt.

University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally for all qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. The school was founded in 2009 and is affiliated with the United Nations GAID, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Yale Law School ISP….” continue reading on Resumes For Children.

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You Are STILL Black And Making It Even in the CLIMB to the TOP

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

The struggle is real, and I am here to remind you that you are STILL Black And Making It even before you reach your ultimate goal. You are NOT a failure if your dreams are still in the works. If you are pressing your way every day to reach your goals, you are a success, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. I expound on this in my video below. Watch, be encouraged, and share with someone who needs some motivation:

Key Points:

1.) The fact that you are sweating to meet your goals means you are Black And Making It.

2.) The fact that you are not giving up means you are Black And Making It.

3.) The fact that you have even begun this journey to fulfilling your dreams means that you are Black And Making It.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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Volunteer to Help Someone Learn How to Read. Become a BAM-iT! Edu Reading Partner.

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

Did you know that studies show black students lag behind their peers in reading ability? BAM-iT! Edu would like to partner with you, the community, to bring FREE reading assistance to those in need. Through our online tutoring services, our vision is to connect community members who know how to read with individuals across ages who are struggling in that area. Let’s work together to make a difference in our community and make sure that our students and emerging professionals are Black And Making It. Please complete and submit the interest form below if you would like to become a BAM-iT! Edu Reading Partner. Then, invite friends, family, church groups, schools and other organizations to volunteer and join this reading revolution.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

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Meet the Teachers Behind the HIT Music Video “READ” – Motivating Students Through Art

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

How many of you can say you had — or have — teachers who loved you enough to release an educational music video to the world JUST TO MOTIVATE YOU IN THE CLASSROOM?! The students of Oak Park Elementary School in Florida are that fortunate. I recently shared the music video “READ” on the Black And Making It: Edu Edition Facebook page, and the video has gotten over 9.8K views and 356 shares to date. With such great audience reception, I decided to invite the Oak Park Elementary teachers behind the music video for an interview, and they graciously agreed. Check out my interview with them in the video below. Watch to the end to see the full “READ” music video.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

Roommate Etiquette 101 – The Dos & Don’ts of Living Together

Hello BAM-iT Edu Class!

Heeding these eight points will keep you from being the nightmare roommate famous for all the wrong reasons. Watch the video below.

Video Key Points:

1.) Know HOW to share and remember the fact that no one is obligated to share their personal belongings.

2.) Be clean!

3.) Be courteous with visitors.

4.) For college, respect that — first and foremost — the dorm room is a place of study, not a social hangout.

5.) Keep up with your alarm clock.

6.) Voice your concerns respectfully to your roommate. It does not have to become a screaming match if there is an issue.

7.) Likewise, know how to listen to your roommate and his or her needs.

8.) Be pleasant. You don’t have to be buddy buddy or do everything together to be a nice person to be around.

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If you are a student, share this college tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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Tips on How to Focus When You DON’T Feel Like It

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

Every student has those moments when they have A TON of work to do but very little focus drive left. Watch the video below for the secret weapons I use to channel all of my energy into focusing when my brain does not feel like it.

 

Video Key Points:

1.) Don’t do homework with friends you KNOW will distract you.

2.) Find study buddies who HAVE amazing focus and will hold you accountable.

3.) If you are sleep prone, study at the library, outside at a park, or at a quiet coffee shop instead of your dorm room or bedroom.

4.) If working on your computer, turn the wifi off, so you can’t do things like click over to social media or check your emails.

5.) Create a study schedule that you stick to like glue. Routines are good for staying in study groove. Click here to see my video on building study calendars.

6.) My personal trick for myself is sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. I don’t know why it works for me, but it just does.

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If you are a student, share this study tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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From Homeless to Picking the College of His Choice – Meet Dylan Chidick

“JERSEY CITY, NJ — Homeless students have rougher times in school than many others, but one New Jersey teen whose family struggled through homelessness beat the odds.

Dylan Chidick, 17, has been accepted to 17 colleges. Chidick, who’s class president at Henry Snyder High School, was inducted into the National Honor Society when his family lived at a homeless shelter. Now he’s got his choice of schools, including Xavier University, New Jersey City University and Rowan University.

“The situation that my family has been through, I don’t want it to define me,” Chidick said.

Chidick lived in Brooklyn with his mom and younger twin brothers until a few years ago. The skyrocketing cost of living triggered an emergency move to Jersey City.

“It was because of the rent,” Chidick said. “It got too high in New York.”

His brothers both needed heart surgery. Mom Khadine Phillip lost her job.

“Everything went downhill from there,” she said.

Phillip credits non-profit Women Rising with providing a safety net for her family and for her son’s future.”…Continue reading on Pix11.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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College Parties: What You Need to Know (Video)

Hello BAM-iT Edu Class,

Many things come to mind when people think about college: first tastes of freedom, independence, studying, career, tough work load, greek life, PARTIES. Yes. Parties. Before you dive into the college party scene, though, there are a few things you need to know. Watch the video below.

Video Key Points:

1.) Only party with RESPONSIBLE friends.

2.) Don’t drink! But since I know many of you are going to anyway, have a designated driver who doesn’t even take a sip of alcohol all day.

3.) Don’t do the drugs. PERIOD. That includes weed. I’ve seen it mess up some folks.

4.) If you don’t go, you aren’t missing a lot. The stories that come back are almost never good. The horrific stories in the news about some students dying at out-of-control parties are real.

5.) If your homework is not done or you are not prepared for that test, don’t go. Graduating on time is more fun. It sounds like a given but so many people choose socializing over studies. Don’t be that person.

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If you are a student, share this study tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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Try Building a Study Calendar to Prevent Cramming (Video)

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

Kiss cramming and last-minute homework completion goodbye by building a study calendar. Learn how to map out your less stressful plan for academic success by watching the video below.

Video Key Points:

1.) Buy a giant calendar, and hang it or post it in your dorm room where you have to look at it EVERY DAY.

2.) Using your class syllabi, mark on your calendar the dates of quizzes and tests as well as when papers and projects are due.

3.) Give yourself mile markers leading up to each test/project/etc. that will ensure you make it through “x” number of chapters by “x” dates. This helps you pace yourself with studying, so you are not cramming at the last-minute.

4.) Include among your calendar mile markers dates to visit your campus tutoring center — or BAM-iT! Edu Tutoring — to make sure you have a good understanding of your class subject matter. This is also good for making sure your class projects, papers, and presentations are on the right track.

5.) Also, include among your calendar mile markers dates to visit your professors during their office hours. Building a strong, appropriate professor-student relationship is important. It gives you a chance to get the schoolwork inside scoop that students not attending office hours will not get. It also gives you a chance to ask questions and make sure you are on the track for success.

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If you are a student, share this study tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

Did You Know Notre Dame Allegedly Had Its First Black Valedictorian in 2010?

“Katie Washington, who is from Gary, Indiana, [was] a biological science major at the University of Notre Dame. She was the University’s first Black valedictorian.

The University officials say they do not retain records on the race of previous students who have graduated at the top of their classes, but a spokeswoman Julie Flory told the Northwest Indiana Times, “I personally don’t recall us having a Black valedictorian before.”

Washington told the paper that she was “humbled. I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now.”

She downplayed her success by saying that she had not gotten to that point alone.

“I have had so much support, people who really wanted to see that I reached my full potential. They all had my best interest at heart….” Click here to read more on Black Youth Project.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder