Job Shadow Event Part of $100 Million Effort by AT&T and Junior Achievement to Help Reduce High School Drop-Out Rate Milwaukee high school students learned about the importance of staying in school from Representative Jo-Casta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and local AT&T employees as part of a day-long Junior Achievement (JA) job shadowing event. The goal of the program was to help high school students make the connection between success in the classroom and in the workplace. Representative Zamarripa met with nearly 20 students from Bradley Tech High School during the day’s program and spoke with them about her career that led her to the State Capitol and the importance of doing well in school.
“Job Shadowing encourages young people to rethink their futures,” said Rep. Zamarripa. “For some, it might be a new determination to graduate rather than dropping out. For others, it might be a potential new career. Programs like these help students see new possibilities and challenge themselves to achieve their full potential.”
Building on the program’s success and positive impact, students went to work with AT&T employees as part of the initiative’s fourth year in the Milwaukee area. Students participating in the AT&T / JAWorldwide Job Shadow Initiative “shadowed” AT&T employees during their regular work day to see firsthand the educational background and skills they need to succeed on the job.
Last week, nearly 40 students from South Division High School in Milwaukee participated in Job Shadowing at AT&T’s Milwaukee headquarters.
“We are committed to helping future generations in Wisconsin by showing them the importance of staying in school,” said Dextra Hadnot, Director of Government Affairs & External Affairs for Wisconsin. “We’re proud to join with Representative Zamarripa in her mission to ensure that the young people in our state receive the best possible education.”
Today’s event was part of a multimillion dollar, multiyear job shadow program funded by AT&T and in conjunction with Junior Achievement to help combat the nation’s alarming dropout rate.
More than 1.2 million American students drop out of high school every year, with many saying they simply don’t see the relevance between school work and life success. Begun in 2008, the AT&T / JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative is committed to reaching 100,000 high school students through Job Shadowing events nationwide.
AT&T Wisconsin is holding eight Job Shadowing events throughout Wisconsin this week, reaching nearly 220 high school students from schools in Milwaukee, Middleton, Appleton, Menomonee Falls, andWaukesha.
“Job shadowing provides students with an invaluable firsthand workplace experience, as well as exposure to role models and potential mentors,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement. “For many, it opens their eyes to possibilities and options for their future that are far beyond what they experience in daily life. It also helps prepare ourWisconsin young people to effectively compete with their peers around the country and the world, as the global economy becomes increasingly interdependent and interconnected.”
Recent findings from a report evaluating students who participated in theAT&T/JAWorldwide Job Shadow Initiative show the program is making a significant impact and is changing attitudes about staying in school:
• 99 percent of students who participated in the program felt that it was important to graduate from high school.
• 93 percent felt that their ability to set goals had improved as a result of participating in Job Shadow.
• 98 percent agreed that doing well in school will help them achieve their career goals.
• 90 percent felt that the experience made them more aware of career options.
• 89 percent reported that participating in Job Shadow made them realize the importance of staying in school.
AT&T’s job shadow campaign is part ofAT&TAspire, a $100 million initiative to address high school success and workforce readiness. Aspire is AT&T’s most significant education initiative to date, and one of the largest ever corporate commitments to address the specific issues of high school success and workforce readiness.
by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The season of giving has started, with schools, churches and businesses kicking off food drives that have become annual holiday traditions. But many food banks are asking donors to think twice before dropping ramen noodles and frosted cereals in donation barrels.
Many commonly donated foods are high in salt, sugar or calories, making them poor choices for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and other diet-related health problems. With more people turning to food banks and for longer periods of time, agency officials say they need donations but they’d like to see people give the kind of healthy and nutritious items they’d serve to their own families.
Sherrie Tussler, the executive director of the Hunger Task Force’s Milwaukee office, said people tend to donate cheap foods without paying much attention to the nutrition content—and they may do so with the best of intentions. For example, people who fondly recall living off of ramen noodles in college tend to donate them to food banks, even though a single serving can have half the recommended daily allowance of sodium.
“We say, if that’s what you’re going to give, turn around and get a bag of rice,” Tussler said. “It’s just as good a value, it lasts for more meals and there’s no salt.”
Pantry officials also say they receive plenty of soups, along with processed foods such as ravioli.
Many varieties are heavy on calories and salt and light on nutrients. Better choices would be low-sodium soups and bags of whole-wheat pasta.
Tussler also recommended avoiding fruit packed in heavy syrups and drinks that aren’t 100 percent juice—are often diluted with sugar water.
Those are the type of products that could kill Dorothy Jones, a 63-yearold diabetic who picks up food once a month at a Milwaukee food pantry to supplement her Social Security checks. Jones has to watch her sugar intake, and after a heart attack two months ago, her doctor also told her to reduce her intake of salt, fats and carbohydrates. Jones said she understands the impulse to try to lift people’s spirits with cookies and other treats “but they’re no good for a diabetic.”
“To be honest I’d rather have fruit,” she said. That’s an item most food drive organizers won’t accept because of concerns about spoilage, and many donors—on tight budgets themselves—don’t feel they can spring for.
But many larger food banks also receive food from corporate donors — retailers, grocery stores and food manufacturers—and groups that grow fruits and vegetables.
Those donations go a long way toward helping them provide healthy meals. CindyMcCown, a director at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose, Calif., said nearly half of what her organization provides is fresh produce.
That kind of help is important to people like Patricia Howard, 50, who picked up a bag of groceries at a Salvation Army pantry in Milwaukee.
She needs iron because she has anemia and said she’d rather get it by eating leafy greens than taking supplements.
The grocery bag she received recently included peanut butter, spaghetti, tomato sauce and corn flakes — all foods that she said were valuable.
“The fact that people donate something, I’m grateful for that,” Howard said. “But I just hope people ask themselves, ‘Am I giving something healthy?'”
The Greater Chicago Food Depository, which supplies 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelter, gets the bulk of its donations from corporations, and executive Bob Dolgan said it doesn’t accept candy, chips and soda. “We also don’t see those items as being in demand in pantries,” he said. “They want meat, dairy, bread, produce.”
So what foods are healthy, in demand and inexpensive enough not to bust donors’ budgets? Food bank operators recommend nonperishables such as:
• low-sugar cereal such as Cheerios or Chex;
• peanut butter;
• cans or plastic containers of juice (make sure it’s 100 percent juice);
• canned vegetables, any variety, marked lite or lowsodium;
• bags of pinto or black beans;
• canned tuna fish;
• and powdered milk fortified with vitamin D.
Donors should avoid:
• foods high in sodium, fat, oils or sugar;
• chips, candy, cookies and crackers
• sugary beverages;
• items in glass bottles;
• and items that are expired or in damaged packaging.
Some food pantries are equipped to accept frozen foods such as turkey, chicken and vegetables and other perishables like fruit and milk, but donors should call ahead.
The simplest — and most appreciated — donation is cash. Pantry officials can use the money — cash or grocery gift cards — to buy whatever healthy staples are in low supply.Also, because they purchase in bulk, they get more for the money than the average grocery shopper does.
“A$15 donation goes a long way toward getting fresh, healthy stuff,” Tussler said. “People say $15 doesn’t do much because it only buys one meal but really, it makes a big difference.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: “What do you have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?”
Photos and question byYvonneKemp
SHANNON MINOR: “I am thankful for health, prosperity, family and Godʼs continued blessings.”
LEANN MINOR: “I am thankful that God is a constant presence in my life. In my time of need, he carried me through. I am also thankful for the continued blessings I will receive in the near future.”
TIM PHILLIPS: “I am thankful to have the freedom to worship God. I am thankful for my family and the friendships I have made over the years.”
AYANNA ALLEN: “I am thankful for the life God has given me. I am thankful for my family and the impact they have on my life. I amthankful for my talents and abilities. I am thankful for the people in my life and how enriching it is to be a contributor to society. I am thankful for my businesses and how I can make a difference! Thank you God!
by Derek Turner
In an honor bestowed on only a handful of individuals, the United States Navy selected NAACP civil and voting rights icon Medgar Evers as the namesake of their newest ship. Christened in San Diego, California on November 12 by his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams, the USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) will serve as a supply ship for the Navy starting in the first quarter of 2012.
“I am just so honored for Medgar and all of the other people who gave their lives in the civil rights movement, particularly those inMississippi. In my humble estimation, very few of them have received rightful acknowledgment of their contributions,” remarked Evers-Williams.
“He was a man who did believe in this country, and he believed in his people. He wanted things to be just and fair, and he was willing to work for that.”
Medgar Wiley Evers, an Army veteran, was born and raised in Mississippi, where, after completing his military service in 1946, he returned to earn his degree from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University). After graduation, Evers began working on behalf of the NAACP in the fight to end segregation. In 1954, Evers became the first NAACP state field secretary in Mississippi.
As field secretary, Evers organized boycotts and demonstrations to bring attention to the pervasive discrimination and urge an end to racial injustice.
He also led the investigation into the murder of Emmitt Till, who, at the age of 14, was killed for talking to a white woman.
Evers may be best remembered for his fight to secure voting rights for all Americans. He helped lead the charge for voting rights inMississippi, organizing voter registration efforts across the state. After returning from an NAACP meeting on June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his home by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Just two months before his murder, Evers anticipated that his work for civil rights would bring about his demise. “I expect to be shot anytime I step out of my car… if I die, it will be in a good cause.”
Evers murder served as one of the catalysts for President John F. Kennedy to request that Congress create a national civil rights bill.
“This is a truly special occasion,” said NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Medgar Evers has been an inspiration to so many in the civil rights community and across the country. This honor by our Navy is befitting of his legacy.”
“He was committed to his fellow human beings and the dream of making America a nation for all its citizens,” said Navy Secretary and former Governor Ray Mabus during the dedication event.
USNS Medgar Evers is the 13th ship of the Lewis and Clark (T-AKE) Class of dry cargo ships General Dynamics NASSCO is building for the U.S. Navy. NASSCO began constructing USNS Medgar Evers in April 2010.
Oh my people, are you areware of the many levels of game this world has and is playing on people of color? It is usually the most educated of our African brothers and sisters who come over here to America.
Immigrating Africans are instructed by their “colonization advisers” to be separate from us – controlling their heads. “Those Blacks are savages; stay away from them,” they are told. “You are better than them.”
At the same time, these same “advisers” have showed (via the all encompassing media) Americans of African descent (us) images of Africans (through distorted movies and television shows about Africa (remember “Tarzan”) running around like savages in the bush or on the evening news starving to death or at war shooting at each other because of long-standing tribal disputes.
Immigrant Africans here in America must realize the majority in this nation look upon them the same way they look upon American born Africans. If there is something wrongwith us, there is something similarly wrong with you? Many Africans come to America believing they are more civilized, smarter and more respected than the African Americans who have been here for over 400 years.
It’s that kind of thinking by our African brothers and sisters that allows the European society to keep us divided. As long as the designated person or people are their subordinates, they’re okay. They can sleep at night.
Sure, everyone wants to have an edge; African immigrants are no different. But why pursue that edge at the expense of their American born African brothers and sisters.
Why must you try to destroy us for you to “make it?”Why not strive toward success together? Prove yourself better by working and cooperating with your distant blood relatives?
The poetic verses printed above right were written for a teacher of mine. He worked for DePaul University. He was so refined and so well dressed. His mother was Erithrian and his father Italian. He believed his mother to be backwards and holding on to the old ways.
I used to bring my son to class and something about me reminded him of his mother. Perhaps it was because I covered my head or my clothing totally covered me in a dated style.
He told us howAfrica was so poor and needy; how people there couldn’t feed themselves, as well as the history of colonization– inasmuch as who colonized each country.
I wondered how could he be raised in Africa and lose his vision and/or knowledge about his own land. He obviously discounted his mother’s input, accepting without question the perspective of his Italian father.
When it was my turn to give a report, I would contradict what he taught us aboutAfrica. I noted in my report thatAfrica knows how to feed herself and she is not poor; that she has great wealth, vast amounts of oil, diamond mines, enormous gas deposits, all types of gems and precious
. How could she be poor?
I also exposed the fact the colonizers were the major source of trouble on the continent; how American banks were setting up so-called “nature reserves” for the animals they nearly brought to extinction, when in reality they were camps to train boys to kill.
These boys were stolen through raids on the villages. The militia was paid to imprison them, torture and impose all kinds of unnatural acts on them and then forced them to kill or be killed.
The colonizers would take them to other villages and order them to burn the crops and the homes, slaughter the animals and so on.
To cover their crimes, they would “spin” (with the help of their friends in the media) the events in such a way the world would unwittingly believe the atrocities were committed by the people of the village or tribe.
I wrote how other militias would go into neighboringAfrican countries and commit inhuman acts, such as cutting off the breasts of mothers so they couldn’t feed their young.
My report also revealed the continent of Africa is so large, America can fit into it three-and-a-third times.
Rather than welcome my facts, my African/Italian teacher rejected my report. I was not regurgitating the misinformation he thought he was “teaching” me. I had exercised freedom of thought. Fortunately, the class was co-taught by a colleague of my teacher who happed to be a White. This teacher gave me a grade of “B.” If he had not intervened, I by my “African Brother.”
Out of slavery has been forged within us the ability to bring the “psychologically dead” back to life by giving our people the medicine of truth. We—Americans of African descent—have experienced and survived the evils of slavery and Jim Crow. Our African born brothers and sisters have not. Given this fact, I ask my distant blood relatives to give us the respect we fought, marched, bled and died for and stop hating on us!
Come out of the desert, my people; and bring your families with you.
Venus Williams is ready to get back in the game.
She’s been spending time dealing with a recently diagnosed health issue, Sjogren’s syndrome, a disease of the immune system that can cause fatigue and joint pain.
The athlete has revamped her diet to include more veggies to help her along and make her big come back.
She’s making her return at an exhibition match against her sister Serena in Columbia on Wednesday and then the pair will face off against Italians Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta on Dec. 3 in Milan.
But getting back in the flow of things isn’t going to be easy.
“I did a lot of medical therapy and a serious evaluation of my diet to understand which foods help control the symptoms better,” Venus Williams told Italian news outlet the Gazzetta, which is sponsoring the Milan exhibition. “And that’s why I’ve completely changed my diet and filled it with a lot of vegetables. In the meantime, I’ve continued to keep myself fit with tennis and in the gym. I’m very confident in my progress.”
She hopes to get back to the top within a year.
WaterStone Bank donates total of $7,700 from Brewers runs scored
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers’ hot bats this season paid off in more ways than just bringing fans an exciting playoff run. For every Brewers’ run, WaterStone Bank Fund donated $10 to Sojourner Family Peace Center (SFPC) – totaling $7,700 at the end of the season. WaterStone Bank presented the check at SFPC’s Nov. 3 Evening of Hope event.
“Thanks to WaterStone Bank, the Brewers’ impressive season helped fund necessary programs and services for local residents we serve,” said Angela Mancuso, co-executive director of Sojourner Family Peace Center. “With the steady increase of domestic violence reports in our community, this donation couldn’t have come at a better time. We are especially grateful that WaterStone graciously extended this generosity through the Brewers’ postseason.”
In addition to its monetary donation, WaterStone Bank Fund, in conjunction with WTMJ-the Brewers Radio Network, underwrote commercial messages to help communicate SFPC’s mission to the Milwaukee baseball community. 2011 marked the second year of WaterStone’s partnership with SFPC. The funds supported Sojourner Family Peace Center’s many programs designed to heal families suffering from domestic abuse.
Sojourner Family Peace Center’s mission is to create peaceful communities in which domestic respect and a life free from violence is the right of every woman, man and child. This agency provides education, advocacy and resources to keep people safe. SFPC operates a 42-bed shelter that has provided safety and support services to thousands of women and children. Other programs include a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline, Domestic Abuse Victim Advocates in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Courthouse Advocacy, Legal Emergency Assistance, Children’s Advocacy, Ending Violence through Education and Beyond Abuse, which is for men and women seeking alternatives to abusive behavior. Sojourner Family Peace Center is committed to creating communities where people live peacefully.
To learn more, please contact Natalie Hartman at 414-276-1911 or [email protected] To seek help from an abusive situation, call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 414-933-2722.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released the following the statement following the announcement by Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jeb Hensarling, that the committee did not reach a bipartisan agreement:
“Once again Republicans have chosen to protect the wealthiest Americans instead of investing in the majority of the American people.
“While Democrats were proposing a plan that would have significantly reduced our deficit and supported major economic growth, Republicans continued to talk loud and do nothing. This process has shown that while Republicans may talk a good game – when it comes time to make the tough choices that will help this country rise out of these tough economic times – they are unwilling to make the bold decisions this country needs to move forward.
“I am proud of the work of the House Democratic appointees and will continue to work with them and others to ensure that we reach a fair and balanced solution to our economic problems that address our deficit while also putting Americans back to work.”
“Victims of abuse are very good at hiding it,” said Joseph, a survivor of child abuse and author of Memories of Hell, Visions of Heaven—A Story of Survival Transformation and Hope (www.estherfrancisjoseph.com). “In most cases, they are threatened with more abuse if they ever tell anyone about it, so they become very adept at hiding bruises and acting as if nothing is wrong at all. In many cases, abusers were abused themselves. Abusers are very good at terrorizing their victims because they were trained on how to be a successful abuser by those who abused them as children. As a result, the abusers themselves are often seen by friends and neighbors as friendly, affable people in good, healthy relationships. The abused seem happy and content in their lives. But when the doors close and lock behind them, the facade is dropped.”
Joseph thinks it is critically important to know what to do if you suspect someone you care about or work with is being abused at home by their spouse.
“Before you do anything, make sure that you are educated on the subject and the different types of abuse,” she said. “Prepare yourself for the encounter because your discussion may be unwelcome and viewed as interference. It is also important to know when to step back. If the person denies the allegation, you may want to simply express your concern and willingness to help.”
Joseph’s warning signs of abuse include:
Bruises – These are the most obvious signs of abuse, but victims will usually hide them. They may use makeup to hide any facial cuts or bruises. Be mindful of those tactics if you think abuse is taking place.
Clothing – Take notice of a change in clothing style or unusual fashion choices that would allow marks or bruises to be easily hidden. For instance, someone who wears long sleeves even in the dog days of summer may be trying to hide the telltale signs of abuse.
Jealousy – Sometimes, victims will vent about other issues in their relationships, but stop short of talking about abuse. In their minds, it is the only way they can reach out for help without disobeying the commands of the abuser and not to reveal the abuse. Frequent talk about their partner’s temper or jealousy might be the main tip-off.
Constant Phone Calls – Many abusers are very controlling and suspicious, so they will call their victims multiple times each day to “check in.” This is a subtle way of manipulating their victims, to make them fearful of uttering a stray word that might alert someone that something is wrong. Many abusers are also jealous, and suspect their partner is cheating on them, and the constant calls are a way of making sure they aren’t with anyone they aren’t supposed to be around.
Missing Work – Victims of abuse miss work more often than most, because some cuts and bruises can’t be hidden. So, they stay home from work to prevent alerting people to their abuse.
Always Together – If you have a co-worker that you never see outside the office without their partner, that could also be a sign of your co-worker being controlled by a jealous and potentially violent partner. By itself, this behavior may not be as revealing, but together with other warning signs, it could be an important sign.
“Approaching someone and bringing up the topic of abuse is a difficult conversation to have, but it is one worth having,” Joseph added. “You might just be saving a life.”
About Esther Francis Joseph
Esther Francis Joseph was born and raised on the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. She moved to the U.S. at the age of 16 with her mother and two older bothers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from New York University. Her goal is to help others still in the grips of abuse and violence to break the cycle and find a way to a place of healing.