Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Resources, Books & Community Events!

Do you have a mentoring program? Are you looking for funding and resources to support it? The Finance Project has released the publication, Finding Resources to Support Mentoring Programs and Services for Youth. This 32-page guide highlights three strategies you can use, contains information on 25 federal funding sources and profiles successful programs. Get it here.

The College Access & Opportunity Guide is now available! The Center for Student Opportunity has published this first of a kind comprehensive college guidebook aimed at preparing the traditionally underserved college-bound students for college and to help these students understand the many college opportunities that exist for them. It profiles 220 colleges and universities identified for their commitment to serving and supporting students from first-generation, underserved backgrounds. Price: 24.95. Order it here.

The Catalog for Philanthropy-Washington, D.C.: On November 17th, the Washington, D.C. Catalog for Philanthropy was unveiled at the Harmon Center for the Arts. It's a great publication that recognizes non-profits in the city that are doing amazing work. Lesli Foster of WUSA 9 served as the MC and Step Afrika! opened up the event with a performance. If you live in the D.C. area and are looking for organizations to donate your time or dollars to, visit the website here. {Thanks Johnica}

Facing Race Conference: Last month, the Facing Race Conference was held in Oakland, CA that brought together over 1,000 activists, writers, academics, artists and community organizers to talk about the future of the racial justice movement in the U.S. The conference was organized by the Applied Research Center, the largest racial justice think tank in the country, and as you can imagine, a week after our historic election, the energy was unbelievable. View videos, interviews, essays and other good content from the conference at RaceWire, the blog of COLORLINES magazine: http://www.racewire.org/

Another exciting outcome of the conference was the launch of the new Compact for Racial Justice, a proactive plan for how all of us can implement strategies and policy proposals to reverse racial disparities and move our society towards full equity, inclusion and dignity for all people. To read or download the compact, which includes a sign up pledge, a community tool-kit, and essays by Van Jones, Rinku Sen, Amaad Rivera and many more, go here: http://www.arc.org/compact

DVD: The Projects -Touch One, Touch a Generation. In 2007, Beverly Brewster had a dream. A voice spoke to her, saying that God has given each of us gifts and talents to use for leading a better life. 'Touch One, Touch a Generation' was eventually created from that dream. She decided to create a documentary about life in the inner city projects, by interviewing families and following them through the process of finding out what are their talents, developing their skills and seeking employment. Visit the website at http://www.t1tg.com/. {Special Thanks to Uptown Flavor}

BOOK: ‘How to Stylishly Fall From Grace’ from author Felicia Coley is a fictional memoir of a young woman's life-changing journey once she heeds the warning signs of her pre-abusive boyfriend. The book’s release date is December 5th, and all pre-orders up to December 4th enters customers into a grand prize drawing for a pair of $375 purple suede heels from designer Olivia Rose Tal! A portion of book sales will benefit UNIFEM's Say No To Violence Against Women Campaign. Visit Felicia’s website, The Well-Heeled Society at http://www.wellheeledsociety.com/


NEW JERSEY: The Three Doctors Foundation presents the Spirit of Giving Holiday Basketball Benefit, December 13, 2008, 1-5 pm. Location: Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, New Jersey.

This fun filled event will feature lots of giveaways, prizes and activities for all. You can also gather a group of friends, family or co-workers to adopt one of their 50 families, or bring a new, unwrapped gift or accessory for a teen. Contact: 973-493-1030 or visit www.threedoctorsfoundation.org/spiritofgiving.

PENNSYLVANIA: By The River Poetry Slam

Via Walker Communications: Bristol Riverside Theatre will present the first By The River Poetry Slam for area high school students on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Will Power, a New York-based award-winning actor, rapper, playwright and educator will host the slam with music from DJ Reborn. Power has been working with students to explore their creativity with workshops focusing on creative writing, movement, and blending basic theatre and storytelling techniques with rhythm to create spoken word pieces.

WHEN: Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA, (215) 785-0100
ADMISSION: Admission is FREE and open to the public.
INFO: For more information, call (215) 785-6664, email bristolslam@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.howwewill.org/.

CHICAGO: First Annual Nutrition Knowledge Bowl, Hosted by Dr. Ian Smith, author and star of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club

Via the Black Star Project: The competition will be fierce as six Chicago high schools vie to win the first Annual Nutrition Knowledge Bowl emceed by celebrity host Dr. Ian Smith. Student teams are busily preparing for this event, gaining in-depth knowledge in nutrition and its role in preventing cancer. Please join them to enjoy intense competition, lively discussion and refreshments as you cheer on students from: Chicago High School for Agricultural Science, De La Salle Institute Lourdes Hall Campus, Hales Franciscan High School, Kenwood Academy, University of Chicago Charter School – Woodlawn Campus and the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men.

WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2008, 10 to 1 pm
WHERE: DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th, Chicago, IL, 60637
RSVP to Healthlink at 773-702-9200