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This Weekend On Café Mocha: MC Lyte Launches The #EducateOurMen Initiative

November 20th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This weekend on Café Mocha, MC Lyte opens up about her #EducateOurMen initiative and how the White House will help legislate it. Listeners can also expect to be educated on financial slavery by Reverend Deforest Soaries from who will provide three tips on how to effectively save money and why payday loans are a no-go.

Once you’ve been educated on how to increase prosperity in the community, visit to win a new 2016 Hyundai Sonata by uploading a video and nominating a modern woman in your life.

And don’t forget to catch the ladies of Did Y’all See discuss the issue of Black women butchering their bodies for the sake of butt implants.

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I’m Sorry, What? School Suspends Black Boy For Staring At White Girl

October 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s hard to tell if it’s 2015 or 1915 sometimes.

Last fall, a black 12-year-old boy was suspended for staring at a white classmate at an Ohio Catholic school. According to the incident report drafted by a school administrator, the female student complained that she “felt fearful.” In an apology letter, the boy explained that he “never knew she was scared because she was laughing.” He went on to say that he was under the impression that they were engaged in a “staring contest,” but administration chose to move forward with the suspension anyway, Fox 19 reports.

The youngster’s parents took the school to court in hopes of getting the suspension erased, but a judge recently denied their claim.

“The perception is he intimidated her,” said Candice Tolbert, the boy’s mother. “My son stared at a girl who was engaged in a staring game. She giggled the entire time.”

The incident occurred on a Monday. School officials were notified by the girl’s parents the next day. Tolbert, however, said she was not made aware of the situation until three days after the incident occurred.

When the boy’s parents were asked if they believe their son’s punishment was racially motived, they expressed that they aren’t ready to make it about race just yet, but voiced concern about how their son was treated in comparison to other students.

“The same girl that accused my son of this act of perception of intimidation, aggressively poured milk on someone else’s lunch. When she did that, there were no penalties for that. She received nothing for that,” said Tolbert.

School administrators declined to comment on the incident.

“Judge Patrick Dinkelacker listened to the plaintiff’s arguments yesterday, rejected them and dismissed the complaint against the school. We aren’t going to comment any further on particular issues concerning our students,” said a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The student’s parents are considering appealing the judge’s decision.

Michelle Obama: There Is No Boy Cute Enough Or Interesting Enough To Stop You From Getting Your Education

September 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Michelle Obama is the realest. It’s one of the things we love most about her. Whether she’s standing in front of dignitaries or speaking to a room full of kindergartners, she seems to be authentic.

And last night, when the First Lady was speaking to a group of girls at Harlem’s Apollo Theater for the “Let Girls Learn” event, she brought that same honesty.

“Let Girls Learn” is an initiative to empower girls and women through education. The campaign keeps referencing the number 62 million. It’s the number of girls, around the world, who are not able to receive an education.

In speaking to the young ladies, she reminded them about the importance of focus. She advised the girls in attendance what our mothers and grandmothers have been saying to us for years: books before boys.

“There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education.”

Then she continued,

“If I had worried about who liked me or who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States today.”


And then she pretended to drop the mic.

As much as this was a message many young girls needed to hear, it was also one for the more seasoned ladies among us as well. You can appreciate a man and he can appreciate you so much more after you’ve cultivated, developed and improved yourself. Whether that development comes in the form of education, pursuit of goals or just becoming a better human being, relationships are so much better when each person is fulfilled and at least working toward self actualization.

Thank you for that prophetic word First Lady.

Later, she spoke about why this cause, education for girls, is so close to her heart.

“For me, this is personal. When I think about those 62 million girls that aren’t in school, I think about myself. I think about my daughters; because quite frankly, all these girls, these are our girls. And I think about where I would be in my life if I didn’t work hard in school and have the opportunity to go to college and then on to law school, I wouldn’t be here. So I think it’s imperative and it is a part of my passion and my mission to make sure that every girl on the planet has the same opportunity that I’ve had, that my daughters have. And I want to make sure that all of you, here in the United States, are taking advantage of all the opportunities that you have as well. I want you to be that hungry to get your education because it is going to be the key to your future.”

You’ve got to love her.

Honestly, watching clips like this one are bittersweet. I’m reminded that the Obamas are going to be leaving the White House soon. And I’ll just miss seeing those Black faces in positions of power.

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Take It From Me, I Graduated With Student Debt

September 24th, 2015 - By Christine Mwaturura
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Bringing up student loans is kind of like bringing up STIs: it’s an uncomfortable topic we’d rather ignore and you can never be sure who has them. Sadly, because loans are such a taboo subject that is wrongly tainted with a certain degree of shame, the knowledge of those who have dealt with the realities of student debt is often not shared. When I took out $20,000 of student loans I didn’t have a resource to help me better understand just how debt could affect my life post-graduation. I graduated five years ago and I’m still paying off my loans. Occasionally I wonder how my peers are dealing with debt. So I set out to hear the stories of other millennials who graduated five-seven years ago with debt balances at graduation ranging from $10,000 – $90,000. Here’s what some of them had to say. 

Madame Noire: How has student debt affected your life?

Sarah: Student debt has definitely affected my life in a huge way. One major aspect is the fact that I am still living with my parents in order to pay off my debt as fast as I can. Over half of my paycheck is going towards these loans and this is what makes it so difficult to move out and start my life. So for now, I am living with the feeling that life has yet to begin for me.

Dylan: I’ve talked about [debt] with my current girlfriend as we’ve gotten more serious. After we decided to move in together, we made a decision to live in a smaller apartment than I might otherwise if I didn’t have debt. I made a conscious decision to not take on other large amounts of debt, like a mortgage, until I can pay off what I currently owe.

Mike: Student debt has definitely been a burden since leaving college several years ago. It’s had a direct impact on where I live, the type of car I drive, the number of vacation trips I take, and just the overall financial quality of my everyday life. I lived at home with my parents for five years after graduating, rather than getting an apartment. I bought my first real car three years after graduating college. [My wife and I] actually just moved to a more modest apartment to get some extra cash to pay off [debt] faster.

MN: How do you feel about debt now?

Sarah: I feel debt is stopping me from fully living life and I don’t want this feeling to linger on when I get married and have a family. I like the feeling of knowing that everything is fully paid off. It’s a feeling of freedom. I would definitely borrow money if I had no other choice. However, this would now be my last resort as opposed to a few years back before graduating college and really understanding the power of debt.

Dylan: I think if you’re smart about it and don’t take on more debt than you can handle, it’s an effective tool to be able to purchase things that you may not be able to otherwise. I’m in favor of debt, but I think that people need to be better educated about debt, especially going into college. It’s not a good idea to take out $200K of debt if you don’t have a career path in mind that wouldn’t allow you to pay off that kind of debt.

Mike: We’re committed to not borrowing money again, except most likely a 15-year mortgage. We avoid debt and credit cards like the black plague. We believe that “the borrower is a slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7), and are going to cancel our credit cards as soon as the balances hit zero. We plan to save up for everything and pay with cash.

MN: Was borrowing worth it and would you do it again?

Sarah: Although I want to say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the degree that I received and the debt that I took out to pay for my college, I don’t think this is true. I know many students that went to a public college for their undergraduate and then a private college for their graduate school and they still got to where I am in the very end. The thing is that I loved my experience at the college that I went to and I wouldn’t change that for anything. I would definitely do it over again just for this reason.

Dylan: Given that my graduate degree (which is what I took on debt for) is completely different from my undergraduate degree in liberal arts, I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am career-wise without debt. I absolutely would take on the debt again, because I have a career that allows me to repay the debt at a reasonable pace.

Mike: It’s hard to say. I’m of the mindset that everything happens for a reason but if I had to do it all over again I would not have borrowed any money for college. I was the first in my family who even had the option of attending a four-year college, so I believed that I had to do whatever it [took] to go to a big school and graduate in four years. I think the best path to take is to pay your own way through college, even if that means community college for two years then attending a four year college after.

If we solely focus on the economics of borrowing money for post-secondary education then, as reported by The Atlantic, in the long run school loan debt is largely a good decision. However, the thing that I drew from the conversations with my peers is that there are so many other highly subjective variables that determine your perception of how worthwhile it is to borrow.  My economist friend shed light on possible factors such as the cost of worrying about not having enough money to make tuition payments on time if you don’t borrow, or on the flip side, the cost of choosing a career path you hate but need in order to pay off your incurred debt. Yet despite our unique dispositions and circumstances that influence our feelings about debt, the single unifying theme from all whom I spoke with was that we wished we had received more education on debt earlier on in life: things like refinancing options, fixed vs variable rates, what is a good interest rate, the concept of compounding, how interest payments work, what it means for your take home pay etc. One friend said, “[He] should have taken a more proactive view of the realities of lending starting at age 16.”

Was your student debt worth it?


Latchkey Kids: How Young Is Too Young To Be On Your Own?

August 28th, 2015 - By Allyson Leak
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What do you do when the after school programs have closed their doors in your area and a babysitter isn’t in your budget? Well, according to a survey by America After 3PM, one in 25 kindergartners through fifth-graders care for themselves after school. The amount of self-supervised kids continues to jump each year. Latchkey kids let themselves in or out of empty houses and typically supervise themselves for a few hours each day.

Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about giving your kids the keys after-school…


How old should a child be?

The first thing you should do is find out the legal age that a child can be home alone, it should be listed on your states website. Once you find out the legal age, the next thing to take into consideration is how mature your child is. Just because someone is 11 or 12 doesn’t mean they are ready. Although, a 10-year-old is younger, they could be very mature for their age.


Are they comfortable?

Leaving your child alone should be something they are very comfortable with. They will be taking on a lot of responsibility and if they are afraid it could turn into a bad situation.


Consider a part-time sitter

If you can’t afford a full time after school sitter, can you budget in a part-time sitter. Instead of leaving them alone for four hours at a time, can you leave them for two and let a sitter come for two. This way, if they are a little scared at first at least they can look forward to a sitter coming soon after they get home.


Set up busy work

It’s important to make sure that your latchkey child has productive things to do while home alone. Have a family meeting and come up with some rules to follow when they first get home. Have them start and finish their homework and then do a few chores and let them have leisure time afterwards. Just the homework and a few chores should take up about an hour or two of their time. Just so you can stay on top of things have them check in with a phone call every hour.


The following these safety tips might come in handy, too:

  • Does he know his full name, address, and phone number? Does he know your full name as well, and the address and phone number of your workplace, or other ways to reach you at work? (You might call every day to be sure your child has arrived home safely and that nothing at home is out of the ordinary. Children appreciate the sense of security this form of supervision provides.)
  • When he returns home from school every day, does your child know how to lock the door behind him? Can he remember to call you and/or a neighbor as soon as he arrives home, and then check in again at designated times?
  • Have you instructed your child never to enter your home if a door is ajar, or if a window is open or broken?
  • Have you talked about what to do if someone knocks at the front door while he is home alone? (The best advice: he should not open the door and should tell the person knocking that you are home but are busy and unable to answer the door.)

“Help Us Help Your Child”: What Parents Need To Do To Help Their Child Succeed This School Year

August 24th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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Summer break is winding down, and back-to-school commercials are in heavy rotation. In some cases, depending where you live, your children have already started the new school year. But for those institutions that are not yet in session, teachers are steadily preparing for the arrival of their incoming students. At the same time, parents are eagerly gathering all of the supplies their children need and want to have a successful school year. However, the most valuable asset for students is the relationship fostered between parent and teacher.

Caretha Henneghan, 29, and Renee Richardson, 26, are two passionate teachers who take pride in cultivating relationships with their students and families. Henneghan, a third-grade teacher at Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park, Md., has a love for serving children that originated from having a few great teachers of her own as a child. “I’ve always loved working with children, and I have had some really awesome teachers who set great examples. I want to follow in their footsteps.”

Richardson, a kindergarten teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., also reflects on her love for serving children as a teacher. “We have the best intentions for all children,” Richardson said. “Managing a classroom of 20 or more students while attempting to balance our personal needs can get a bit hectic but we are here because we love teaching, and we love children.”

Caretha Henneghan

Caretha Henneghan

Both Richardson and Henneghan strongly believe that learning must happen both in the classroom and at home. Here are some tips from these two fantastic teachers on how to help your child have an enriching and successful school year by taking charge at home.

Technology Usage

We are living in a technology-dependent time where many of our young learners come out of the womb knowing how to use a cellphone. To keep up with the times, many schools utilize tablets and laptops in the classroom to assist with learning, doing so as early as prekindergarten. Parents have also purchased tablets and laptops for their children to use at home. But one can’t help but wonder if the use of technology is helping or hindering the development of very young students.

“We live in a modern age of technology, and it is a skill that all children will need in the classroom and the world,” Richardson said.

Henneghan agrees. “iPads and laptops at home are a great asset for homework and researching topics and ideas for projects if parents can afford them.” However, she warns that too much technology can be detrimental to a child. “Technology should aid instruction, not be the main form of instruction.”

Both Henneghan and Richardson feel that a time limit should be set when children are using technology at home. “For young children 5 to 6 years old, I would recommend no more than 45 minutes each day using technology, which includes phones, tablets, laptops and television,” Richardson said. “I would much rather see children playing old-school board games, assembling puzzles and participating in other critical-thinking activities.”

At-Home Strategies

When your child is using technology, know that there are great games and online activities to help strengthen their literacy, math, and cognitive-thinking skills. Henneghan recommends ABCya!, Starfall, Cool Math Games, ABCmouse, and PBS Kids.

Richardson suggests the apps TeachMe: Kindergarten, and the sites Splash Math and ABC Fast Phonics. “The common thread between these applications is that they are not intended to teach concepts but instead help reinforce learned skills through games,” Richardson said.

Reading and Math

Reading and mathematics are two subjects that are vital to a child’s evolution as a student. Many parents feel the pressure when their child isn’t quite mastering these two subjects. Don’t fret.

“I often have parents ask me, ‘Why isn’t my child reading yet?’ Reading happens on a developmental continuum, meaning not every child will read at the same age or pace,” Richardson explains.

At-Home Strategies

Richardson suggests starting a routine of reading with your child. “Parents can help children build their bank of sight words and reappearing words that can be phonetically hard for them to sound out. While reading ask your child specific questions that begin with ‘what.’ Such as, ‘What do you think the pig will do next?’ or ‘What happened when the wolf went to the house built with sticks?’ Asking these types of questions help children to develop comprehension of the text and make connections with the world around them.”

Richardson also suggests labeling items your child frequently uses around the house like a chair, toys, milk and their brush as they continue to practice reading at home.

Her suggestions for at-home math activities are very similar. Working on simple math concepts with your child can be integrated into everyday activities. That includes counting one by one the pieces of fruit in a bowl, the pairs of shoes they own and items of food on their plate at mealtime.

“Using real-life story problems helps children develop a concept of numbers as they start to practice addition and subtraction,” Richardson said.” For instance, after a fun afternoon of baking cookies parents could say, ‘We baked 10 cookies and ate four of them. How many cookies are left?’”

By the end of kindergarten, children are expected to count one to 100 and by 10s to 100. “I like to play a counting game where I start counting one to 100, then I pause, and the child has to pick up where I left off,” Richardson said. “As he continues to count, he pauses, and I have to pick up where he left off. This game helps with maintaining attention and strengthens counting skills.”

Henneghan pieces it all together by stating that parents should explore with their children. “Have them solve problems using information they have gathered themselves. Encourage their oratory skills by having them explain how they reached their solutions. Speak positively about reading and math to keep them motivated. And make reading and math a part of your child’s everyday routine.”

Behavior & Social Development Skills

The ultimate goal of both parents and teachers is to see their children and students grow up to be well-rounded individuals who are able to go into the world and become contributing members of society. In order for this to happen, listening skills and positive social interactions are crucial, beginning with the young learner. It’s important for children to be in an environment both at home and at school where mistakes can be made but structures are put in place so that they can learn from them and avoid repetition.

“Some of these structures include logical consequences. If you knock something over, pick it up,” Richardson said. “Allow children to explore the world around them. Mistakes will happen, but that is how young children learn.”

Renee Richardson

Renee Richardson

Henneghan strongly believes that just as logical consequences should be in place, so should a reward system be implemented to celebrate children when they make good choices. “It teaches the students a sense of responsibility as well as helps them to monitor their own behaviors, which will transfer into their behavior at school.”

Open conversations with your children are also encouraged as an alternative to physical discipline. “Allow them to use words to express their feelings, likes and dislikes,” Richardson said. “I personally do not believe in spanking young children, as children will exhibit the same behaviors done to them in class when conflicts arise with peers. Those children who are routinely spanked look to hitting as a way to resolve a behavior that is disliked, versus a child who is able to use words to de-escalate a situation.”

Henneghan feels the more interaction with other children your child has, the better he or she will be able to resolve disagreements and get along with peers. “Parents should introduce their children to peer interactions as early as possible. They can start with play dates with other children” Henneghan said. “Also, have the child participate in non-threatening social experiences such as extracurricular activities and classes, sports, volunteering, and other special interest group activities.”

As you are rushing to the store to make sure your daughter has her Monster High backpack and your son has his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lunchbox in preparation for their first day of school, make sure they are also getting a head start on learning. Teaching them about the world around them will help them in the classroom and out of it. But know that you are not alone. You and your child’s teachers are a team and your collaborative work together at home and at school will ensure that your kid excels in school this year.

“We can never take your place, but together we are your child’s support system,” Henneghan said. “Be present, be seen, and be heard this year. Help us help your child.”


The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling

August 6th, 2015 - By Rich
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The number of homeschooled children is growing each year in the United States.  The National Center For Education Statistics conducted a mail survey for their latest report on homeschooling and these are the interesting facts about the report. When asked why they chose to home school, 91 percent of parents said it was because of a concern about the environment of other schools; 77 percent of parents said it was because of a desire to provide moral instruction; 74 percent of parents said they home school because of their dissatisfaction with academic instruction in other schools. When asked to select the single most important reason for homeschooling, 25 percent of parents said it was because of their concern about the environment of other schools.

To help parents who are on the fence about whether to home school or not, check out this list of pros and cons of homeschooling by Isabel Shaw from


– Educational Freedom. Most homeschooled students have the choice to study and learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. This is not to say that all the basics (and more!) aren’t covered. But those basics may be covered at age six for one child, and at age ten for another, depending on ability, maturity, and interest levels. (Unfortunately, a few states do have unnecessarily restrictive legal requirements; in those states, educational freedom may be limited.)

– Physical Freedom. After the initial shock of leaving the school system has passed, parents who home school say they experience a real sense of freedom. With their lives no longer revolving around school hours, homework, and the school calendar, these families plan off-season vacations, visit parks and museums during the week, and live their lives according to what works for them.

– Emotional Freedom. Sadly, peer pressure, competition, boredom, and bullies — are all part of a typical school day. This can be a particular problem for girls. According to studies, self-esteem plummets in middle-school girls. However, similar studies of homeschooled girls have shown that self-esteem remains intact and that these girls continue to thrive. (Read A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah Sheffer.) Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to “fit in.” They live in the real world, where lives aren’t dictated by adolescent trends and dangerous experimentation.

– Closer Family Relationships. Just about every family stressed the important role that homeschooling played in helping them find time to foster loving ties between all family members. Teens seem to benefit enormously from this interaction, and rebellious, destructive behavior often begins to diminish soon after homeschooling begins.


– Time Restraints. There’s no way around it: learning outside of a school environment can consume a lot of mom or dad’s time. Most folks visualize that time being spent at the kitchen table with textbooks and worksheets, but for most families, that’s not the case. My family has never gone that route, choosing hands-on experiences and interesting activities as learning tools, instead. However, planning, driving to, and participating in those activities (or waiting for them to be over) constitute the bulk of my day. And that can be very draining. As a single homeschooling mom, Mickey wrote to say that single parents who home school their kids face even greater time restraints: “We have to be very creative in our timing because I work and home school. Luckily, I work close to home and have a lot of time off, but it’s still a challenge.”

– Financial Restraints. For married parents, one partner often foregoes full-time employment out of the home in order to home school. This can be a big sacrifice for families who are struggling to balance their budget. Surprisingly, most homeschooling families believe that the brief loss of income is well worth the satisfaction of watching their kids grow and learn in freedom.

– Being with Your Kids 24/7. There’s no denying it — if you choose to home school, you’re going to be with your kids most of the time. If you don’t enjoy being together, then homeschooling is not for you. While it can sometimes be difficult, most home school parents view their daily interactions with their kids — the ups as well as the downs — as opportunities for personal and familial growth.

– Limited Team Sports. While community sports activities fill the void for younger kids, teens often find limited opportunities to join sports teams, especially competitive ones. Depending on where you live, homeschoolers may or may not be welcome to participate on teams with their public-schooled peers. Several parents did mention that a few families overcame this problem by creating their own teams.


100 Percent Of The Teens From This After School Program Go To College

July 17th, 2015 - By Rich
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Located on the front of a small building on a beat down corner in Jersey City reads a sign that says, ‘New City.’ Every time you pass it you make a mental note to inquire within, but like many things, that day never comes.


Your neighbor, a bright 8th grader who sometimes uses your computer to print out schoolwork, knocks on your door. “Can you help me write my resume?” she asks. Resume? What’s she applying for, President? Turns out though, she has enough accomplishments to make you feel like you’ve wasted your life, and suffice to say, she gets the job!

A few weeks later, her mom invites you and your kids to a barbeque being held by her future employers and whatdoyouknow? It’s in that building on that beat down corner. Finally you go inside.

The place is bursting with urban teens your neighbor’s age and older who are right in the middle of a festive program where they’re talking about issues like dating, peer pressure, and things that your five-year-old is too young to hear, so you go outside to leave, but get stopped by the smell of hamburgers on the grill. Might as well have a seat. Or two.

Next thing you know you find yourself talking to a tall, skinny white guy named Gabe who is the development director of New City Kids, a leadership program for at-risk teens. Basically, teens in grades 9-12 become interns who teach and tutor kids in grades 1-8 in an after school program. “There are lots of statistics about what happens when kids don’t have things to do afterschool,” says Gabe, “So there’s a real need for programs where they have a creative outlet and help with homework.”

They actually employed 70 teens last year, and will employ 78 this year, which is amazing when you think of it. Even more impressive is they’re investing in them academically by giving them one-on-one assistance filling out college applications, tutoring for their SAT’s, and college tours for sophomores and juniors where they visit 15 colleges over Spring Break.

The real humdinger is for seven years in a row, 100% of the teens they employ have gone on to college. Whoa.

Clearly, they’re doing something right. You end up talking to 23-year-old college grad and now production manager Greg Nelson and he tells you that being at New City made him want more for his life. “It’s more than punching a clock in and out, it’s a place where people actually care.” He says that when it came to applying for college they made sure he never missed a deadline, which is more than he could say for his high school counselors. Though he adds it’s not their fault. “Counselors at school have 200 students a day so it’s hard to give that kind of attention. It’s a broken system.”

Broken perhaps, but if anything, New City Kids may have a healing energy. After all, it was founded by Pastors Trevor and Linda Rubingh of Michigan. You speak to 20-year-old Kean University student Ashley Field and she gets emotional talking about the life-changing effect that New City Kids has had on her life. “Before New City, I didn’t know what college was about. But alumni would come back and New City would celebrate them and I wanted to be a part of that community.”


Ashley Field, Kean University Studen and New City Kids Alumni

Ashley Field, New City Kids Alum and Kean University Student

It was a stark contrast to what she had lived at home, where for years an aunt who was on drugs raised her and her younger sister. If anything, New City was a light to guide her to something greater. “When you go home and you’re crying because you don’t understand how to fill out financial aid papers and no one understands, New City does. They become your family.”

To say that she’s already giving back to the community is an understatement. Just recently, Ashley put on a charity hair show to benefit New City Kids, and Greg says that he’s always there if they need him. It’s this type of passion that keeps New City Kids alive. “Alumni participate in panel discussions, work as interns at our summer camp and visit the staff on their breaks from college,” says Gabe. Parents and other individuals from the community chip in as well.

It’s kind of amazing when you think about what this organization is doing. Not only because it’s keeping kids off the street at a time when they’re most vulnerable– according to The After School Alliance, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness around the importance of after school programs, the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime, experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex— New City Kids is also churning out the next generation of leaders!

So why doesn’t anyone know? Why aren’t people talking about this?

It makes you wonder if they were in a fancy neighborhood that boasted big donors if media would be shouting their accomplishments from the rooftops. As it stands, it took free barbecue to get someone to take notice. But if anything, once you know you can’t not know. Now it’s about seeing how you can help them transform this Jersey City community.

Erickka Sy Savané is a freelance writer and creator of THE BREW, a social commentary blog. Before that she was a model/actress/MTV VJ. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


The Top 20 Graduate Schools That Will Leave Your Finances For Dead

July 12th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Applying and attending graduate school can be beneficial while simultaneously ripping your pocketbook to shreds. In order to share a new study by the Center for American Progress, we have learned via The Washington Post who the top 20 schools that are responsible for making their graduate students carry nearly half of all student debt. Interestingly enough, those schools only educate 12 percent of all graduate students.

These 20 schools also account for one-fifth of the federal student loan debt in the United States from the 2013-2014 academic year. Funny enough, these hefty loans are not for professional degrees such as law and medical but for journalism, fine arts and government—professions that usually do not lead to careers that will they will their earn alumni large salaries.

Elizabeth Baylor, who serves as the director of post-secondary education at the Center for American Progress, shared: “Policymakers should consider how much graduate lending is sustainable, and examine the value of graduate credentials. Degrees in medicine at traditional medical schools offer a clear path to a career with very positive economic outcomes. It’s an expensive education to deliver and the cost students bear makes some sense. However, an online master’s degree, which is cheap to deliver—from an institution with uncertain career outcomes—may not merit unlimited graduate loans.”

The schools who made the list are:

Center For American Progress

Center For American Progress

Although the Ivy League and top-tier schools on the list are not surprising, schools such as University of Phoenix and Capella University — the for-profits — definitely makes one question their marketing strategies versus what they actually deliver, an issue that has come to the forefront over past months.

15 Volunteer Abroad Programs For High School Students

May 29th, 2015 - By Rich
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Send your loved ones packing with these pretty awesome volunteer abroad programs for high school students!

Sources: Transitions Abroad, Go Overseas

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15 Volunteer Abroad Programs For High School Students