Mayor Tom Barrett joined local leaders at Johnson Controls for its “Green Jobs Day.” The mayor gave remarks on the importance of teaching sustainability and developing Milwaukee’s youth for job readiness in the energy sector. At the company’s headquarters in Glendale, Wis., some 60 city teens engaged in career-oriented presentations and interactive workshops focusing on the importance of environmental conservation, energy efficiency and the development of leadership and professional skills. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Summer Camp Starts July 30
What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. In society good first impressions and manners really do go a long way. They are critical in educational and work environments.
Be-Youtiful Camp for Girls is more than an etiquette lesson on good table manners’ it’s the main course for helping your young person put her best foot forward now and into the future. They are skills she can rely on at every stage of her life. She will become a better student, have stronger confidence and relate better to others. Manners and learning to be polite are cool lifelong skills and can be learned in a relaxed environment at Be-Youtiful Camp for Girls.
Camp is two weeks, July 30 – August 2 and August 6 – August 9, 2013 from 8:30-3:30 pm, at the Milwaukee Enterprise Center, 2821 N. 4th St. To register visit www.VisionsEtiquetteTraining. com or call Dana World- Patterson at 414-698-4187.
“If you want your daughter to be confident, respect herself and others, know how to present herself when asking for an application so she can get that job interview, and know how to carry herself properly as a young lady, Be-You-tiful Camp for Girls, is where you want her to be,” said President and CEO, DanaWorld-Patterson.
Be-Youtiful Camp for Girls, ages 6-16 is a fun interactive approach to learning useful etiquette skills for everyday living, including conflict resolution. Training during this two week camp covers: First Impressions, Poise, Table Manners, Hygiene, Fitness, Looking Your Best, and so much more.
Here’s what one parent had to say about Be-Youtiful Camp for Girls: “My daughter’s experience with Be-You-tiful Camp for Girls was 100% positive. She was somewhat shy, so being in an environment where she felt safe and nurtured was very important to both me and her dad. When she came home after the first day full of excitement about going back, I knew this was a great program for her. Even if your daughter is mannerable and well behaved, I still believe Be-Youtiful Camp for Girls will be beneficial for her.”
Consider enrolling your daughter, granddaughter, niece or goddaughter in Be-Youtiful Camp for Girls. Space is limited. Materials, T-shirt, and afternoon snack are included in the fee. Register today at ww.VisionsEtiquette- Training.com.
Vincent High School team members prepare an answer during the 2012 Black Knowledge Bowl.
Teams of high school aged young people will be offered the chance to show off their knowledge of Black History at the 5th Annual Black Knowledge Bowl. The annual event will be held Friday, March 15 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Manpower Group headquarters at 100 Manpower Place in Downtown Milwaukee.
Twenty-two teams of youth have registered to take part in the daylong event that will focus on how spoken word and music both reflect and influence Black History. Presentations will be made by spoken word artists and the youth will engage in the creation of their own spoken word pieces and collages that address Black History.
The Black Knowledge Bowl will also test the teams on their knowledge of different aspects of Black History. A tournament style competition will quiz them on areas like Africa, Education & Government, Literature, Discovery & Industry, and Milwaukee Black History. The Black Knowledge Bowl is intended to recognize youth for their knowledge, expose them to cultural enrichment activities and foster self-confidence. The Black Knowledge Bowl is organized by the Social Development Commission in partnership with Manpower Group, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Landmark Credit Union, Sam’s Hope, the Milwaukee Bucks, Cousins Subs and the Social Development Foundation. To learn more about the day, visit the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org/bkb5.htm.
As students prepare for winter break, be sure to keep reading as a central focus while out of school
NewsUSA – Playtime is central to a child’s development. Many experts agree that reading, however, is just as important.
According to Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., senior vice president of education outreach for Sylvan Learning, now is the perfect time for learning and discovery. “It’s very important that children continue to practice their academic skills year-round as strong reading skills are incredibly important for all subjects in school. The more children read, the more they’ll enjoy reading, and the better readers they’re likely to become.”
Here are some reading tips from the brain-trust at the National Learning Association and tutoring authority, Sylvan Learning.
* Be a reading role model. By spending time reading, you show your child that reading is both fun and useful.
* Set aside a consistent time each day for reading. Depending on your family’s schedule, reading time might be in the morning, afternoon or before bed. Whatever time you choose, stick to it! Consistency is key to building good habits.
* Let your child make their reading choices. Let kids read whatever they want. Now is a good time to encourage reading about topics they don’t study during school to explore new interests, discover new talents or delve into old hobbies.
* Get your child to savor the book she or he is reading. Don’t rush through a book — take time to enjoy it. Have your child stop and think about plot points and characters. This will develop their analytical skills.
* Set goals and reward effort. Reward reading with more reading. Download the next book in your child’s favorite series on your tablet or Kindle. Let your child peruse library catalogues online for e-books.
* Read the book, then watch the movie. Few things make kids feel more “superior” than comparing and contrasting a movie to the book it’s based on. “That’s not the way it was in the book!” Let them explain the differences, guess why a director made those changes and then discuss which version they preferred.
* Go online for ideas. There are lots of websites for kids’ book choices. Visit www.BookAdventure.com for reading tips, book suggestions and educational games.
Sunday, December 2, is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year and a four-week period of special readings and prayers to prepare us for the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ, as an infant, the son of Mary.
Our Jewish ancestors traveled a rocky road during their entire history. And all through that history there were prophets who urged them to keep hoping that one day the reign of God would become a reality. That is also what we are hoping for today — that God’s reign will come on earth as it is in heaven.
In the first reading for Sunday Jeremiah speaks words of hope to a people enslaved and in a pitiable condition.
Yet, Jeremiah says: “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he will do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: ‘The Lord our justice.'” (Jeremiah 33: 14-16)
We know that our redemption has already dawned with the coming of Jesus. But we also know that we don’t always see the reality of Christ’s presence in our own lives and in the world, so we need to go back every year and focus again on Jesus coming in the flesh. We also need to read the signs of the times so that we can make Christ’s presence in our lives and in the world a reality, not a far off dream.
And when we look around and see how many public officials have betrayed the trust we placed in them, we can lose heart. Many seem to have placed their own personal advantage ahead of that of the people. So many families are in disarray; hostility, anger, violence seems to be everywhere. And the sinfulness of our own church, due to human frailty, has left many of us disheartened and ready to leave the community of faith.
If these are the signs of the times, how can we remain hopeful? But these are not the only signs! In spite of all the violence, suffering and selfishness, we see heroism, love, respect, understanding, honesty, and unselfish service of others. In many of our brothers and sisters we see real holiness and fidelity. Our church, our government, our neighborhoods and our families have men and women who are on fire for justice and peace.
The four weeks of Advent give us a wonderful opportunity to go back and reflect on the fact that we can be transformed by the grace of God. We can prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, once again. We can change.
“Stand erect and raise your heads, because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke)
Next event November 19; partnership focuses on matching students with colleges, developing leadership
Last month, on October 8th and 15th, students from 11 different MPS high schools converged at the MPS TEAM UP College Access Centers to prepare themselves for peer community leadership roles in the District’s high schools. These Get Motivated! Get Ready! events are co-sponsored by the MPS TEAM UP College Access Centers and Diversity Scholars, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prepare first-generation, low-income, and minority students for college and to match those students with the two- and four-year post-secondary institutions that best fit their college and career interests.
The next Diversity Scholars Night is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 19th at the College Access Center-North, 2730 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee 53210. Student athletes will attend this session to learn about college eligibility requirements and prepare for the college application process.
Diversity Scholars is partnering with MPS to support all of the District’s college readiness initiatives. The Diversity Scholars program mobilizes student leadership by developing peer communities in the high schools. It offers students the opportunity to develop online profiles, research postsecondary options, and communicate with students using www.collegeboundeprofiles.com <http://www.collegeboundeprofiles.com>.
At the Get Motivated! Get Ready! events in October, Diversity Scholars National Organizer Chris Clarke worked alongside the centers’ site coordinators to guide students through web-based tools for creating and sending their online profiles to the colleges and universities that matched their interests. Student also completed web-based career exploration activities to identify the connections between their career ambitions and educational plans. For both sessions all the available seats at the centers were filled.
“We’re extremely pleased to be working with Diversity Scholars,” said Kate Cunningham, site coordinator at the MPS TEAM UP College Access Center-South. “Our collaborative training was very successful—the students were engaged and enthusiastic about using and sharing with their peers the online tools they learned how to navigate. I can see that this partnership means that we are not only helping individual students to get to college, we are mobilizing teams of student leaders who will take what they are learning and use it to assist and inspire their peers to reach for a better future through education.”
Chris Clarke believes the peer community organizing strategy is successful because the students are being challenged to be leaders. “We are asking these students to show their skills and capabilities to their schools, their teachers, and their community. When they are given the right tools and the right opportunities to focus on college, they are motivated to step up, and they are ready to help others along the way,” said Clarke.
Local Peer Community Organizers who work in the high schools during regular school hours were also on hand at the events, to make sure students understood the support they would have when they brought what they were learning back to their schools. The Peer Community Organizers also work as youth advisors through the Running Rebels Community Organization’s Violence Free Zone programs at the high schools. They were recruited to work with Diversity Scholars during pilot Get Motivated! Get Ready! sessions at schools last spring. The Peer Community Organizers are now committed to helping with all of the District’s TEAM UP: College Success Starts Now initiatives.
“This is a community effort in the true sense of the word,” said Cunningham.
Student Leader Tykel Spears, a junior at Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, agreed. He attended both sessions at the centers, first to learn how to use the tools, and then to work with a group of students from Pulaski High School, James Madison Academic Campus, and Washington High School of Information Technology. “When I explain how the websites work, the other students and my teachers are interested and want to know the steps to get involved. I am working with my peers at the same time I am helping myself – two birds knocked out with one stone.”
During the sessions Spears completed an online profile that allowed him to explore and communicate with colleges that offered programs in his two main areas of interest: Fire Science and Accounting. He plans to qualify as a firefighter after he graduates and continue on to pursue a professional career as a tax accountant. “The best thing is I can help my community and can get my name out there right now, by getting other students going and sending out my profile.”
The Diversity Scholars program is available to all first-generation, low-income and/or minority students in Milwaukee. The MPS TEAM UP College Access Centers are open Monday-Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The College Access Center-North is located at 2730 W. Fond du Lac Avenue. The College Access Center-South is located at 3333 South 27th Street.
Twenty-second Make a Difference Day volunteers prepare homes for winter
On Saturday, November 3, more than 1,000 volunteers will team up to help Milwaukee’s older adults prepare their homes for the winter months on Make a Difference Day, in collaboration between the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee, a service of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, and Interfaith Older Adult Programs.
A volunteer breakfast kick-off will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.at the Washington Park Senior Center, located at 4420 W. Vliet St. in Milwaukee.
Immediately following the breakfast, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., hundreds of community members, including students, local company employees, congregation members, families and student groups from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University will go to the homes of 350 older adults to rake leaves, wash windows and clean up yards.
One third of all older adults live alone, and many cannot complete the outdoor tasks required during the transition into the winter months.
The focus of Make a Difference Day is to help older adults remain independent and in their own homes. Volunteers feel a great sense of reward and accomplishment; some have even developed ongoing relationships with the older adults and continue their service throughout the year. For others, this event is a great introduction into volunteerism, especially so close to the holiday season when helping others is on our minds.
Local organizations urge patients and providers to take advantage of new plan options and services available beginning October 15th
The Medicare Rx Access Network has re-energized its local partners to help prepare Wisconsin seniors for the upcoming October 15th through December 7th Open Enrollment opportunity for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
More than 918,344 Wisconsinites are currently covered by Medicare. While there are still a few weeks until seniors can make changes to their benefits, Medicare Rx Access Network members are urging Wisconsin seniors to prepare now.
“The Medicare Rx Access Network will be out in the community making sure that seniors are aware not only of the open enrollment period but of all the new options available,” explained Gary Ross, President and CEO of Community Health Charities of Wisconsin. “Seniors should compare their current plan with new coverage options in their area. People change and so do their medical needs. Patients can now make their benefits work for them.”
Seniors wanting to compare their plans should visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE. These resources will allow them to easily compare their current coverage to their medical and financial needs to determine the most suitable option available to them in their area. In Wisconsin, those with questions on Medicare and Medicare Part D can also call the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources 1-877-333-0202.
The Medicare Rx Access Network will spend the next few weeks and months working with local health providers and community organizations to spread the word about the open enrollment opportunity.
Eighty-eight percent of Part D enrollees report satisfaction with their coverage, according to the KRC Survey for Medicare Today, done in October of 2011.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network – Wisconsin, American Liver Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter, American Lung Association of Wisconsin, Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region-Wisconsin, BioForward, Community Health Charities of Wisconsin, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Network, Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin, Epilepsy Foundation, Heart of Wisconsin, Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians,
Wisconsin Nurses Association, and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation
Since shortly after the death of my beloved dog Smidget Smuckens I have wanted to get another dog. My mother on the other hand, while missing Smidget terribly, was not at all excited about a replacement.
Her complaints are legitimate – I’m never home during the day, which means that she has to watch the dog and my dogs are spoiled to a level of rottenness that would make the Dog Whisperer cringe.
Since we couldn’t agree on getting a new dog I stopped mentioning it.
Sunday, my mother called me to tell me that she had a dog with her. Puzzled, I hurried home so that I could see what she was talking about. It turns out that as my mother was heading home there was a tiny dog in the road that hopped in her car. Not only did the dog get in, it went right to the passenger side, curled up in a ball and layed down. Baffled, mama took the dog home then called the police to come get the dog who was now in our garage wondering why she wasn’t inviting him in.
I made it home and let the dog in; shortly thereafter the police arrived. When the dog went out to the porch to see the officer, the dog barked and clowned as if to tell the policeman, “I don’t know why you are here, but I’m not going with you.”
After a mild standoff and ton of coaxing – which included lots of clapping and playing, and high pitched encouragement – my mother got the dog in the police car, promising the dog through the window that everything would be ok.
As the police were leaving Mother said: “If no one claims the dog, I’ll take it. I don’t want anything to happen to such a nice dog.”
Amazed by the change in her attitude, I thought about God and how, when we are at our lowest moments – abandoned, lost, afraid, wandering the street, away from home and the people who love us, or in a police car – God is right there to claim us and calm us.
The next day we called animal control and no one claimed the dog. They began to explain the procedure, which included a waiting period of seven days. I reflected on the awesomeness of how even now, while the dog is in “doggy jail,” God has already created a prepared place for the dog. Sitting in his doggy cell playing his doggy harmonica, he has no clue that the lady whose car he jumped into is getting ready to bring him home and spoil him, just like the others. Kibbles this week, popsicles and popcorn next week. He just has to hold on and know that God even has the tiny dogs on His mind.
Beloved, if God is making arrangements to better the life of a dog – you HAVE to know that He is making plans to better your life and mine. While you are in your current situation – God has another situation lined up that will exceed anything you have every experienced before. Sometimes it takes a series of pits to get to the palace (remember Joseph in the Bible?) but when it is all over, the end makes the journey worth it.
This week, learn a lesson from the puppy: Be determined to get help even if it causes a traffic jam, speak your mind and wait on the Lord for the prepared place He has created for you.
If you hold on through the waiting period, I can almost guaranty there will be “popcorn and popsicles” waiting for your arrival!
One of the main reasons why mothers do not breastfeed or quit is returning back to school or work. On Thursday, August 9 the African American Breastfeeding Network will host its Breastfeeding Community Gathering to focus on supporting working mothers. Entitled “Prepare, Plan and Pump” 40 families will learn the value of breast milk, laws supporting working mothers and tips for returning back to work/school. African Americans have the lowest breastfeeding rates. Breastfeeding Community Gatherings are monthly sessions held at the Northside YMCA, 1350 W. North Avenue from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. We invite the media to learn how we are addressing this public health issue! For more information, contact Dalvery Blackwell at (414) 469-2684.
August Is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month!