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Kevin Durant Sends Kids From His Hometown to College: His 10-Year $10 Million PLAN – Essence Reports

“NBA star Kevin Durant is now one year into his 10-year, $10 million plan geared towards getting local Prince George’s County teens of color into college. As a Prince George county native, Durant’s plan to help more students have access to higher learning was facilitated by a national program called College Track.

After visiting College Track Oakland in 2017, Durant announced his plan to bring the program to Prince George’s County, according to College Track’s site. The purpose of the College Track program is ‘to see every student unleash their potential, through the power of education.’ College Track also opened ‘The Durant Center’ in partnership with the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation and Prince George’s County Public Schools, according to the site.

The center is the first College Track center on the East Coast. The inaugural class of the program in Prince George’s county currently enrolls 69 students of color. The group of teens are now finishing their freshman year of high school at Suitland High School, which is a short walk from the Durant Center, where the program is hosted. Students in the program are asked to go to the center after school for tutoring and advising. They are also taught life skills like time management and dealing with stress, according to ABC7…”

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Georgia’s Woodland High School Celebrates First Black Male Valedictorian – Rawlin Tate, Jr.

“STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – A Woodland High School senior is preparing for a major milestone. He graduates high school on Friday with a 4.7 GPA. At that time, he will officially become the first African-American male in the school’s history to earn the title of valedictorian.

‘I’m not a genius,’ says Rawlin Tate, Jr. ‘Stuff doesn’t just click all the time for me. I have to go in to tutoring. I have to study to see how I can get the correct answer. I always ask questions in class. I always go to my teachers. So, it’s a lot of behind the scenes work, as well.’

The 18-year-old enrolled in 21 advanced placement courses. He told FOX 5’s Kerry Charles, the lowest grade on his high school transcript is a 98…”

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Yale University’s First Black Student Body President – Kahlil Greene

“An African American student has been elected student body president at Yale University for the first time in the school’s history. Kahlil Greene, a junior from Maryland, was elected by his classmates earlier this month as head of the Yale College Council, which was established in 1972.

‘I wanted to kind of amplify the voices of the underserved communities on campus, especially students of color,’ Greene said Wednesday in an interview with a Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C. ‘So, being the first black president, I feel like I’m in a position where I can really do that.’

When asked during the interview about whether he feels pressure given the historical significance of his election, Greene said: ‘In a way, but I feel like it more so symbolizes the progress the university has made over the years for the journey we still have ahead of us…'”

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He Was Determined to Bring Home a Diploma to His Mom. He Succeeded & His Graduation Dance Went VIRAL.

      Very few young people speak with as much wisdom as 2019 McKinley Senior High School graduate Jairus Malik Johnson. BAM-iT! Edu’s interview with him, featured in the video below, will blow your mind, move your heart, wet your eyes, and make you shout for joy all at the same time. Heck! It makes you so darn happy to be black and see a black young man succeed. It makes you remember the struggle and what it feels like to finally make it to the top of the mountains you have had to climb. It makes you sing the song of congratulations from your heart to his — the song that only black people understand. It makes you celebrate what it is to be Black And Making It. Watch and enjoy.

      We first encountered this soon-to-be Southern University jaguar when we saw the clip of his graduation victory dance come through Facebook. We felt there was no better way for us to congratulate all the graduates of 2019 than with Jairus’ jubilant dance, diploma in hand, back to his commencement ceremony seat. Before anyone knew it, the content took off like wildfire going viral from our Facebook page with thousands of comments showering young Jairus with love and support. Many also wanted to know what was behind that moving and uncontainable graduation victory dance. We are so excited that we were able to bring you that answer and many more.

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Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools – The NY Times Reports

“‘I love myself!’the group of mostly black children shouted in unison. ‘I love my hair, I love my skin!’ When it was time to settle down, their teacher raised her fist in a black power salute. The students did the same, and the room hushed. As children filed out of the cramped school auditorium on their way to class, they walked by posters of Colin Kaepernick and Harriet Tubman.

It was a typical morning at Ember Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an Afrocentric school that sits in a squat building on a quiet block in a neighborhood long known as a center of black political power.

Though New York City has tried to desegregate its schools in fits and starts since the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the school system is now one of the most segregated in the nation. But rather than pushing for integration, some black parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant are choosing an alternative: schools explicitly designed for black children.

Afrocentric schools have been championed by black educators who had traumatic experiences with integration as far back as the 1960s and by young black families who say they recently experienced coded racism and marginalization in integrated schools. Both groups have been disappointed by decades of efforts to address inequities in America’s largest school system…”

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Nurse Graduates from NYU After Working There as a Janitor

“Frank Baez got his first healthcare experience as a teenager, mopping floors and cleaning patients’ rooms as a hospital janitor at New York University. This week, the 29-year-old got his nursing degree from NYU’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, after finishing an accelerated 15-month program. ‘It was a very intense program, I’ll tell you that. It was a lot of work,” he told CNN. “It was worth it, it paid off at the end. Here I am now, a graduated nurse.’

Baez and his two brothers came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2004, when he was 15 years old. He got a job as a weekend housekeeper at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital when he was 17 to help his mom take care of the family. Baez liked the fast-paced environment and the people. After a couple of years, he got a patient transport job taking people to tests and other procedures.

‘He was always compassionate to patients and families,’ said Nataly Pasklinsky, who’s now the director of simulation learning at the NYU nursing school. She was a registered nurse at the hospital at the time and saw Baez daily. ‘He would ask the nurses questions about patient care and what it takes to become a nurse. My colleagues and I encouraged him to follow his dream,’ she said.

He’s the first in his family to graduate college

Baez got his associate’s degree and then went to Hunter College to get his bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature with a minor in biological sciences. He was the first member of his family to graduate college. ‘I was hoping that I would be able to care for patients in Spanish,’ he said. ‘I wanted to work with under served populations.’ Baez barely spoke English when he arrived in the United States, so he knew how important it is to be able to care for people in their own language…”

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Did You Know 55% of Your Interview Depends on What You Wear? What It Means to Dress for Success

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

As of late, there has been a lot of debate around what comprises proper business attire. PK Kersey, co-founder of That Suits You as seen on The Steve Harvey Show, brings some clarity to the topic. According to him, nothing says business like a suit, and I have to say that I agree. Check out our full conversation on dressing for success in the video below.

This is the first of many conversations, I’ll be having with PK, as BAM-iT! Edu teams up with That Suits for our weekly podcast Black And Making It Suits You. We air LIVE from the Black And Making It Edu: Edition Facebook page on Monday’s at 8PM EST. Make sure you don’t miss a single episode by subscribing to BlackAndMakingItTV.com where episodes will be made available after live stream.

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

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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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