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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 10 April 2009

Volume  3, Number 29

The  Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary  R. Adams (President), John E. Churchville (Treasurer), Yvonne Haughton (Exec.  Secretary),


Josephine  Blow, Patricia Coyne, Stanley Daniels, Tom Henry, Calvin Johnson, Angela  Mohammed, Abdul Malik Raheem

Table  of content

For  Our Children … 02

This  Week … 06

Employment  and Training Opportunities … 10

Health  Matters …10

Green  Piece … 11

Grants,  Scholarships  & Instruction… 13

SpotLight  … 19

Arts  for Awareness … 19

Coming  Up …21

Computers  and Technology … 25

A  Hand Up … 26

On  The Airways … 27







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One  of my most favorite inspirational examples about persistence is the story of  an Asian Bamboo species that even after five years of watering, weeding and  fertilizing is barely visible. Then in a span of about six weeks it grows two  and a half feet a day to 90 feet and higher. It grows so fast that you can  literally "hear" it growing. The question to ask is did the bamboo  grow 90 feet in six weeks or did it grow 90 feet in five years?

 Obviously it grew 90 feet in five years, for all the time when growth wasn't  visible it was developing a massive root system that would later support it's  magnificent growth. Can you see where the current circumstances in your life  are developing your massive root system? Can you see where you must continue  to "fertilize" and "water" yourself even though maybe you  can't see any visible changes today? ...Vic Johnson







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It's  frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the  questions.

















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The  history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared  to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his  body, or woman's right to her soul...  Emma Goldman










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A man in his 40's bought a new BMW and was out on the interstate for  a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what  was left of his hair, and he decided to open her up. As the needle jumped up  to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him.  "There's no way they can catch a BMW," he thought to himself and  opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100.... then the reality of the  situation hit him. "What the heck am I doing?" he thought and  pulled over.

The cop  came up to him, took his license without a word, and examined it and the car.  "It's been a long day, this is the end of my shift, and it's Friday the  13th. I don't feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for  your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go." The guy thinks  for a second and says, "Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was  afraid you were trying to give her back." "Have a nice weekend,"  said the officer.









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The religious persecution of the  ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God... Susan  B. Anthony









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I saw  few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand... Benjamin Franklin


















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Nothing will work unless you do.
Maya Angelou










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I stayed at a really nice, really  fancy hotel this weekend. The towels were so thick I could hardly get my  suitcase shut.
-- Unknown.
















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Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that  happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving  something bigger and better than your current situation.
-- Brian Tracy.






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An elderly widow and widower were dating for about five years.  The man finally decided to ask her to marry. She immediately said  "yes". The next morning when he awoke, he couldn't remember what  her answer was! "Was she happy? I think so, wait, no, she looked at me  funny..." After about an hour of trying to remember to no avail he got  on the telephone and gave her a call. Embarrassed, he admitted that he didn't  remember her answer to the marriage proposal. "Oh", she said,  "I'm so glad you called. I remembered saying 'yes' to someone, but I  couldn't remember who it was."


(Many thanks to Lisa  Richardson for this submission.)



Submit your own humor, and let our readers know how funny you can be.  We definitely need the help. ; )

(Family appropriate)






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Submit you own humor  pleeeeeze, and let us know how funny you can be. We definitely need the help.  ; )

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But he that dares not grasp  the thorn Should never crave the rose.
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We will be SpotLighting  members and organizations. If you wish to have your organization spotlighted,  forward to us information on your primary mission, your current projects  and/or how you would want other members of The Coalition, Inc. to be  involved. Many of us are already being a support to one another, but there is  plenty of room for improvement.












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"Each success only buys an admission ticket  to a more difficult problem."
     --Henry Kissinger









Word Of The Week

verbose \vuhr-BOHS\, Abounding in words; using or containing more words  than are necessary; tedious by an excess of words; wordy; as, "a verbose  speaker; a verbose argument."

Greetings  Coalition Family!


For My Daughters Library is expanding  its’ Board of directors, candidates are encouraged to send résumé’s to Yvonne  M. Haughton, Director director@formydaughterlibrary.org267-795-7811


There  are opportunities for Coalition members to get free airtime on “Life,  Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness” radio program, WNWR ‘New World Radio’  1540 AM. Please contact us for available dates and times.


We want to hear  from you! The Coalition, Inc. website is open! This is our website,  let us build it together! Let us know what you think.  


Due to the length of some announcements, full text will be available in  our group The Coalition, Inc. Group  as will be noted. Thank you for your continued support.













“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that  in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far  place my touch will be felt.” Frederick Buechner



Free  Eyeglasses For Children

12 years old  and under!


Target is  doing a special promotion for their optical service. It could end any time  but will definitely end no later than April 29th. Children 12 and under can  get a free pair of glasses.


They need to  bring in a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor and Target will  let the child pick from about 40 different frames. They will place their best  lenses in the frames that are non-glare and scratch resistant and normally  sell for $200.00. There are no income guidelines.

Any child 12  or under is eligible.


You can find  stores with optical departments at or;  to confirm they are participating before making a trip to their store.

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2009  Youth Summer Job Fair & Activity

State  Representatives

Cherelle l. Parker

& Dwight Evans

Cordially invite You

to attend the

2nd Annual Expo


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Community College of Philadelphia

1300 W. Godfrey Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19141


Workshops are 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. • Expo is 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(You must pre-register for the workshops. Only 100 spots  available on a first-come-first-served basis.)


Workshops include:

Student Financial Aid, Interviewing Skills, Resume  Writing


·       Summer Employment Opportunities for ages 14-21

·       Summer Activities for ages 5-21

·       Workshops Academic/Educational Resources


For More Information Or To Register Call: Rep. Parker’s  District Office at 215-242-7300 or

Rep. Evans’ District Office at 215-549-0220

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Male Student Mentoring Initiative (MSMI)


Pilot Project Description


The  Male Student Mentoring Initiative (MSMI) is a Circle of Care sponsored  leadership training Pilot Project of Liberation Fellowship Community  Development Corporation. The Project seeks to provide leadership training and  mentoring infused with STD and HIV/AIDS awareness education to separate  groups of 10 middle and 10 senior high school males in the Germantown and  Mount Airy sections of Philadelphia. The Project is grounded in a leadership  development-training curriculum that stresses personal responsibility and  accountability for being progressive leaders and positive role models in the  school and larger community. STD and HIV/AIDS education and prevention  strategies will be explored as part of the students’ work product, which will  require them to produce an education event for their peers and parents. The  ultimate goals of this Pilot Project are to:

1)    Determine whether progress can be made in affecting responsible  behavior change in the students; and

2) Decide the feasibility of refining and  expanding the Pilot into a fully integrated project of the Circle of Care  that will provide leadership development opportunities for young people.


For more information: (215) 848-8511


and  online: The Coalition Group

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Youth  conference focuses on wealth building strategies

The Philadelphia Alumnae  Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will hold the

Juanita Kidd Stout  Memorial Conference for Youth,

Succeeding Against the  Odds: Staying Focused in Uncertain Times, on Saturday, April 18th

Registration will begin at  8:15am 


The conference, for  students grades 5-12, is designed to inform young people about wealth  building strategies through hands-on activities that provide knowledge about  earning, saving, investing and making money.

The conference is  presented in honor of one of the sorority’s most prestigious members, the  late Juanita Kidd Stout, the first African American woman in America to be  elected judge, serving in the Municipal and Common Pleas Courts in  Philadelphia and serving the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court.

In addition to interactive  workshops, it will feature a youth entrepreneur showcase including jewelry,  t-shirts, natural skincare products, unique handbags and tote bags.

Participants will also  receive a free gift bag, t-shirt, wealth building materials and more.

The conference will be  held at University of Pennsylvania,

Houston Hall,

3417 Spruce Street  Philadelphia. 

For more information, go here. or call 215-248-3388.

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Foster Parent  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


Looking for single or  married couples who do not have any children

living in their home-  ethnic diversity desired; must be MATURE---to

work with older adolescent  boys.

The qualified applicants  will be people who have their own home

and have a heart for  children;

will be able to provide a  safe, warm and supportive environment;

must have a sense of  humor; know how to laugh and have fun; must be of sound mind and judgment;

must be able to attend  monthly mandatory training and

must be able to work with  others.

You will be the primary  care-giver(s) responsible for the medical, educational, social and  therapeutic needs of the youth living in your home.

Potential applicants must  be able to possess clean clearances; including criminal record check, child  abuse and FBI clearances.

All applicants must be  able to attend monthly mandatory training.

Applicant's schedule will  need to be flexible enough to allow for accompanying youth to various weekly  appointments.


Location:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Compensation:  $700.00 bi-weekly stipend

This  is a contract job.

Reply  to Email:

Principals  only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

Please  do not contact job poster about other services, products or

commercial  interests.

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In Philadelphia there are many latchkey children,  children without role models, sedentary children, and Generation I (internet)  children spending hours in front of a screen (TV and/or computer). ALL of  these children have hidden or untapped talents and potential.


The After School Program handout  on Cap4Kids  lists hundreds of activities to help children and teens realize their  potentials and at the same time decrease their risk taking behaviors. From  Squash to Tennis, Horse Back Riding to Training for Marathons, Mural Art  making to Music recording.


The programs are many and the need is many. PLEASE  help families in need find specific activities that interest our children and  use the Cap4Kids After School handout to help bridge the gap between families  in need and the social service agencies that serve them.


In Philadelphia, and  listed on the  website,

there are so many  resources for families in need that it is sometimes overwhelming to cover  many of the issues that our families face as we try to link families in need  with the social service agencies that serve them.

To help, under the  Resource tab,  ,

we have added Cap4Kids  Parent Questionnaires that you can post in your office, exam rooms, schools,  and community centers to let families know what issues we can help them with  in their community.


Daniel  R. Taylor, D.O., FAAP

Assistant  Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director  Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City  Administrator Cap4Kids

St.  Christopher's Hospital for Children

Front  and Erie

Philadelphia,  PA 19134

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Online  resources for parents:,,


This Week…


Earth Day Fest & Flea  Market


Volunteer Day to Help Get  the Word Out!

Sat. April 11 @10am

Meet at Uhuru Solidarity  Center • 3733 Lancaster Ave

take the #10 Trolley on  the Green Line to 38th and Lancaster


To volunteer: call  215-387-0919 • email


To vend: email philly_flea@yahoo.comCLICK  HERE for Registration


Music, Workshops &  Speakers (partial list):

Live music, rap &  poetry: Os Humanos • TriggaN.A.M. • Timi Tanzania • Coco Sol • Rasheed Bey  African Drumming • African Storytelling by Atiya Ola • more!


Workshops: Kundalini Yoga  • "Have a Seat" - a complete workout while in a chair • Native  Plants • Sprouting & Local Superfoods • Organic gardening, permaculture,  bringing healthy food to all communities • African development programs  •environmental & social justice • alternative energy & healing


Speakers: Uhuru Movement  leader Diop Olugbala • African People's Solidarity Committee • Uhuru  Furniture • Dr. Michelle Strongfields, the All African People's Development  & Empowerment Project Health Committee




• Plant sharing and  give-aways

• Delicious vegan, tasty  & nutritious food

• Children’s activities

• Vendors with art, books,  music, clothes, ethnic art, jewelry & more

• Networking with  community & campus green groups & businesses


The Uhuru Movement leads  the way forward!


The African Village  Survival Initiative is a program

and a vision for the  future we can all support!





• Creating a network of  independent farming & gardening collectives

in urban & rural areas

• Community rainwater  harvesting and solar energy systems

• Independent Uhuru House  community centers,and economic institutions - recording studio & professional  kitchen


The black community-led  Uhuru Movement has initiated a collective response to the deep economic  crisis we are experiencing that is hitting the African community especially  hard.This program is a prototype for creating green, sustainable energy,  farming and economic self-reliance programs that can be reproduced anywhere  in the U.S. & worldwide.


Partial list of sponsors  and endorsers:

African People’s  Solidarity Committee •

Ethnics Furniture • ZipCar  • 10th St Hardware • Essene Natural Foods

The Food Trust • Friends  of Clark Park • Atiya Ola's Spirit One Foods • Larabar

Popped! Festival • Robin's  Books • Studio 34 • Neighborhood Bike Works

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Life, Liberty and  Neighborhoods first our goal is to Activate, Educate & Motivate for  Change!


Public Watch-Dog Public  Forums: PCEC will host targeted neighborhood forums looking to primarily  touch those who reside within the surrounding community. We are not asking  for funds, and we ask that there be no solicitation of funds for any  particular candidate or political party.   We do not support, oppose nor endorse any candidate. 

The purpose of these  events is to educate the public around issues that are on the table and  affecting Philadelphia as a whole.


The Philadelphia Civic  Engagement Committee (PCEC) is a volunteer based, non-profiting, non-partisan  group of individuals whose mission is to educate the citizens of Philadelphia  on current issues that affect the city as a whole. We are working towards  bettering Philadelphia, promoting a message of equality, empowerment, peace,  and working together to create better solutions for a better community.


These events are free and  open to the public.



Tuesday, April 14th

7pm until 9pm

Central Library Branch

1901 Vine Street, Skyline  Room, 4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102

***Judicial and  Controller***



Dr. Chuck Williams:


Contact Information:


P. O BOX 63519


Fareeda Mabry, Chair


Cell: 267-243-1468



The League of Women Voters

Governor's Advisory  Commission on African American Affairs

Loraine Ballard Morrill-  Power 99 FM


More dates can be found  at: The Coalition Inc. Group  at Google

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 10am

Irvine Auditorium,  University of Pennsylvania

34th & Spruce Streets

Philadelphia, PA

Admission: $5


Art Sanctuary presents  Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe and freestyle spoken-word  artist Toni Blackman in a concert demonstration of improvisation, from jazz  to hip hop. These two artists represent Mitchell and Ruff's extraordinary  legacy--to the tradition of American music and to us all.


Following the concert,  Willie Ruff of the Mitchell & Ruff duo will make a special guest  appearance for a Q & A session with students.


It is our community wide  reading program, Reading in Concert.   University of Pennsylvania students from author and Professor Lorene  Cary's (The Price of a Child, and Free!) English class lead reading groups at  various community centers and schools in a common text (Mitchell & Ruff:  An American Jazz Profile by William Zinsser) to develop an appreciation of  literature, and cultivate self-awareness.


Students work with their  chosen location for four-weeks, and then bring their group to attend a  lecture by the selected author or a performance based on the work of the  author.


Teachers, if you would  like to bring your class

to this fun and  educational concert, please

contact Education  Coordinator, Melissa Talley-Palmer (  or 215.232.4485.


Partners: University of  Pennsylvania: The Netter Center for Community Partnerships, English  Department, Kelly Writers House, Center for Africana Studies, City Year  Greater Philadelphia, and Paul Dry Books.

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Advance Job Fair

Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 am  – 2:30 pm

Valley Forge Convention  Center

1100 First Avenue

King of Prussia, PA 19408


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Philadelphia Youth Network  WorkReady Summer Internships:

Do you have a child,  family member or friend who is, or do you know a high school student? The  City of Philadelphia will host Philadelphia high school students in part-time  paid internships for six weeks over the summer.  Please visit our website  for program and application materials.

Best Regards,

The Office of Leadership  Investment


Stephanie Tipton                Dominique Aubry                Tara Mohr




(If you, a friend,  or loved one are trying to kick the habit of smoking, please pay attention to  this column over the next few weeks.)

Secondhand Smoke Can Make Children Suffer  Serious Health Risks

Children's exposure to secondhand smoke is responsible  for:

1.    increases in the number of asthma attacks and severity of symptoms in  200,000 to 1 million children with asthma;

2.    between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections (for  children under 18 months of age); and,

3.    respiratory tract infections resulting in 7,500 to 15,000  hospitalizations each year.

The developing lungs of young children are severely  affected by exposure to secondhand smoke for several reasons including that  children are still developing physically, have higher breathing rates than  adults, and have little control over their indoor environments. Children  receiving high doses of secondhand smoke, such as those with smoking mothers,  run the greatest risk of damaging health effects.





FREE Household Hazardous Waste Disposal


The  City of Philadelphia provides FREE Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal  at several area locations throughout the year. The first event is scheduled  for:

• Saturday, April 18th


Streets Department's  Training Center State Road at Ashburner Street, 1.3 miles north of Cottman  Avenue and south of Linden Avenue.


Examples of some of the  materials accepted for proper disposal include:

Computer equipment and TVs

Lawn & Garden Products  and Outdoor Products

Pesticides (bug sprays,  foggers and bombs, liquids, dusts, mouse baits/poisons and mothballs)

Chemical fertilizers

Grill type propane  cylinders (up to 20 lbs.)

Swimming pool chemicals


Indoor Pest Control  Products, Kitchen and Bathroom Products and Cleaning Solvents

Pesticides (bug sprays,  foggers and bombs, liquids, dusts, mouse baits and mothballs)

Bathroom cleaner

Tile cleaner

Toilet bowl cleaner


All-purpose cleaner

Oven cleaner

Drain cleaner

Stain and spot remover

Cleaning solvents

Aerosol cans

Fire extinguishers


Paint and Paint Related  Materials

Solvent-based paints and  stains

Paint thinner


Paint stripper and paint  brush cleaners


For more information about  these events please go to the city's website or call 215-686-5560

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You Are Invited to the


1st Statewide  Environmental Justice Conference:

"Building Healthy  & Improved Communities for All"


April 26-28, 2009 -  Sheraton Hotel Harrisburg-Hershey


Please visit the  conference’s web site for general information and

to download the  Registration and Scholarship Application Forms


Spaces are limited, so we  encourage you to register early.


This Conference is  sponsored by:


PA Environmental Justice  Advisory Board

PA Department of  Environmental Protection

Drexel University School  of Public Health

PA Department of Community  & Economic Development

PA Department of Health

PA Department of  Transportation

PA Department of Welfare

PA Department of Education

Waste Management

Other sponsors listed on  our web site


Nora L. Carreras |  Environmental Advocate

Department of  Environmental Protection

Southcentral Regional  Office

909 Elmerton Avenue |  Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717.705.4903 | Fax:  717.705.4930

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Recycling  Services Inc. in Pottstown takes styrofoam on Saturday and Tuesday  mornings.

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For sustainable  enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly





Helping Local Businesses Survive a Bad Economy


Should local businesses  use the Internet to become more profitable?

Hosted by the Greater  Germantown Business Association


Philadelphia, PA, --- 7  million Americans are “heavy” social media contributors (6+ activities) who  connect with 248 people on a ‘one to many’ basis in a typical week.  The percent of time people spend  communicating online has increased 18% since 2006, while time spent on  entertainment had declined 29 percent 1


“The problem is most small  business owners do not realize that their customer pool is online looking for  them,” says business owner, JC Lamkin, President, Gypsy Lane Technologies  (GLT) and member of the Greater Germantown Business Association (GGBA).  "A quick drive down the 8200 to 5100  blocks of Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia will result in the realization  that our area businesses are quickly folding.  But, if you take a cruise on social media websites, you will  begin to understand why ... prospective customers are online.  These days, it's not just about having a  website or the plummeting DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average).  It is about connecting with customers,  establishing your brand as a leader in your industry and building  relationships online.  Additionally,  many business owners don't realize that their customers are online discussing  their product and service needs. Social media sites are now allowing businesses  to develop relationships with customers.   Business owners just need to learn how to properly build a strategy  and tap into that customer pool."


To address the concerns  around closing Philadelphia area businesses, the Greater Germantown Business  Association welcomes all to attend the

Free Greater Germantown  Business Association’s regular monthly meetings held on the second

Tuesday of every month;

and, begins at

7:00 p.m. sharp with  updates,

the workshop immediately  follows.

Meeting adjourns at 8:00  p.m.


This interactive workshop  will be facilitated by tech expert, JC Lamkin, PMP, president of Gypsy Lane  Technologies (GLT), a professional Internet solutions company headquartered  in the Germantown section of Philadelphia with training offices in  Philadelphia and King of Prussia, PA. GLT specializes in best-in-class  database development, website development, social media strategies,  webcasting, online marketing, Flash multimedia and content management  solutions. GLT features an integrated team of web consultants, creative  designers, writers, coders and marketing professionals who know how to get  online results. 

Ms.  Lamkin will also be available to sign copies of her book, “Fabulous &  Tech-Filled, Volume 1”.  Additional  Social Media for Business workshops

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Life-skills Training Certification Workshop


This one-day, six-hour  intensive workshop will certify your staff members, youth trainers and  instructors as Master Trainers of The Rites of Passage for Males Life-skills  Training Workshop for Young Men.


At the completion of this  workshop, you or your staff will be qualified to create, set-up and operate  your own successful Rites of Passage for Male Life-skills Training Workshops  at churches, schools and community centers.


Over 150 Master Trainers  have been trained since 2008.


The workshop curriculum  includes our unique method of teaching Life-skills: Self-esteem; Finding my  Career& Life Purpose; and Dress for Business Success.


Date: Saturday, April 18,  2009, 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM - Clinton, Maryland


For workshop dates,  locations and  additional  information contact or call (301) 627-1586

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Yes You Can!


Self-esteem Training  Certification Workshops

This one-day six-hour  intensive workshop for women will certify your staff members and instructors  to teach the

"YES YOU CAN !  Self-esteem and Self-confidence.Workshop for Women.

At the completion of this  workshop, you and your staff will be certified as Master Trainers to teach  the "YES YOU CAN !" Workshop for Women, and you will be qualified  to create, set-up and operate this successful self-esteem training workshop  for women at churches, schools and community centers.


Date : Saturday, April 18,  2009, 9:00 AM - 2:30 pm –

Clinton, Maryland


For workshop dates,  locations and  additional  information contact  or call (301) 574-2226

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April 18th


"Expert advice + free  energy kit (efficient light bulbs, shower heads, weather-stripping, etc).  Stay warmer this winter, help the environment, prepare for the expiration of  PECO's rate caps!

PECO Financial Education  Center,

4027 Market St.

Register: Shawn McGeth at  215-307-4917

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Philadelphia Alumni  Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity


is once again seeking  applicants for its annual

Hiliary H. Holloway,  Esquire Scholarship Award program.

The chapter's scholarship  program, named after the late Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire, a past Grand  Polemarch and

Laurel Wreath recipient of  Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,

as well as a longtime  member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter,

is designed to aid  promising minority male students in the public high schools of Philadelphia  who are planning to matriculate in college following their graduation from  high school.

Applications and further  info can be obtained from the student's Principal or guidance counselor.


All applications must be  postmarked by April 4, 2009 to be considered.


The amount of the  scholarship award is $2,000. A total of

four $2,000 scholarships  will be awarded in 2009.


The fraternity uses the  scholarship grants to enhance the opportunities for minority males to acquire  a college education. The organization seeks to reach and assist those young  men who have demonstrated academic promise, but have not necessarily  accumulated the highest averages.

Additionally, the need for  financial assistance is fundamental. Students who meet these criteria should  contact their Principal or guidance counselor about this scholarship  opportunity immediately.

An application can also be  downloaded from the Philadelphia Alumni chapter's web site:

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NIH Summer Institute on  Community-Based Participatory Research


The National Institutes of  Health has announced the 2nd summer institute. We are thrilled to see that  the organizers have responded to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s  (CCPH) comments on last year's summer institute.

When the 1st NIH institute  on CBPR was announced, CCPH expressed concern about its exclusive focus on  academic researchers.

In CBPR, the community is  involved at the very start of the research,

so it was incongruent that  the institute did not include the community partners or acknowledge the  possibility of a community partner as a principal investigator or co-PI.

This summer's institute  has been designed for community-academic partner teams (see below for  details).


CCPH has successfully  implemented community-academic partner team-based model of CBPR training: 


The training curriculum,  "Developing and Sustaining CBPR Partnerships" is available online  at


If you're interested in  bringing a CBPR training workshop or institute to your location, contact CCPH  senior consultant Rachel Vaughn at  for more information.

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Self-Empowering Job  Readiness Workshops


You've given your  students/clients the knowledge and skills. The question now becomes-  "Can they SELL themselves?"

We're pleased to announce  that Love Movement Video has added a 5th   "Self Empowerment" workshop. Our "Job Readiness'  workshop focuses on the following goals for the participants

A. To feel more comfortable  and confident while job hunting

B.  Learning how to develop a career

C.  Incorporating video technology in job searches

D.  Developing Positive life Skills


The interactive workshops  consist of:



Practicing Techniques

Video Taping Mock  Interviews


Topics covered in workshops:

-Reading  the want ads

-Dressing  for success

-Setting  up Interviews


-Frequently  asked questions

-Body  Language

-Managing  work expenses

-Sales  and selling yourself

-Creating  your own niche


For info on the other  available workshops click  the link


IF your students or  clients can benefit from any of our "Self Empowerment" workshops  give me a call or an e-mail

Bernard D. Miller


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Even if you do not have a  college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does, pass  this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to mind.  Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated  moneys for scholarship use to African Americans, a great deal of the money is  being returned because of a lack of interest.


No one is going to knock  on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.


Take the initiative to get  your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to donating  companies because we fail to apply for it.


Please pass this  information on to family members, nieces, nephews, and friends with children  etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college  student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful  additional money can be.

Our  youth really could use these scholarships. Thanks!!


For a list of scholarships  please visit our group ‘The Coalition, Inc.’

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Physicians For Social Responsibility’s



As  an outgrowth of our commitment to eliminate the epidemic of youth violence in  Philadelphia, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is hosting Legs  Against Arms, a 5K Race/Walk, at La Salle University on April 26, 2009.   We will strengthen our legs while opposing illegal handguns in  Philadelphia.  Individuals, families and teams are encouraged to  participate as activists and advocates for a future filled with hope, not  harm.  Trish McDermott was murdered at 9th and Chestnut Streets in 2005  and her family wanted a way to celebrate her life rather than her traumatic  death. At LAA II in 2008, Team Trish was formed in her memory.  PSR and  Team Trish invite you to continue this tradition and get a team together to  honor and celebrate the life of a loved on lost to violence.  Any  proceeds support PSR’s ongoing violence prevention initiatives. 





An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second Saturday of  the month from 1 – 3 PM


Open Mike!

Serenity Inspirational  Gifts & Coffee


140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA


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Friday, April 17, 2009,  12:00pm


628 Bainbridge Street

Philadelphia, PA


Join Art Sanctuary for a  Groundbreaking Celebration of its new center, at 16th and Bainbridge  Streets.  In tandem with the Church of  the Advocate, home venue for large performances, this building will give Art  Sanctuary staff its own offices for the first time in 10 years; it will allow  them to put on film screenings and book signings, and give them a new space  for workshops and classrooms as well as the ability to record music and  spoken word, and exhibit visual art. The Advocate gave Art Sanctuary a great  and grand entrance; this will give us a place to call our own.


You have been a part of  this plan, so please join us! Our special friends, donors and funders will be  there, as well as special guest Hannibal Lokumbe, composer of "A  Shepherd Among Us," based on the life of the Advocate's Rev. Paul  Washington.


Friday, April 17, 2009,  7:00pm


Church of the Advocate

18th & Diamond Streets  (Use Gratz Street Entrance)

Philadelphia, PA


"A Shepherd Among  Us," based on the life of the Advocate's Rev. Paul Washington, an  original work which debuted this fall at Art Sanctuary's 10th Anniversary  Gala will be broadcast on WHYY.


If you missed the  performance, come to Church of the Advocate the night of the 17th, at 7pm,  for a special sneak preview of WHYY's On Canvas, which will air Wednesday,  April 22nd at 8pm.


Come and meet the  Grammy-nominated composer Hannibal Lokumbe, who created this original work,  and some of the performers who have played an important role to make this  concert beautiful and successful.


Reservation recommended by  emailing us at

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North Stars Spoken Word Cafe


Join our after school arts students, North Stars for  a SPOKEN POETRY CAFE from 4:30-6:30 at our community partners' venue, Jimmy  John's (located on Temple's Main Campus). This FREE event is for middle and  high school students who want to share their written work with our  audience.  Come on out during the  spring break and bring friends and family.


Hope to see you there!


North Stars' Spoken Word Cafe

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

4:00pm-6:00pm ~ Free

Jimmy John's

1601 N. 15th Street (Temple's Campus)

Phila, PA


Art Sanctuary North Stars' students invite Philly  youth to join them for a

Spoken Word Café.


The North Stars will be hosting and read their own  poetry created during

the semester under the guidance of our lead artist  instructor Trapeta

Mayson and spoken word instructor the Twin Poets of  DEF Poetry Jam. Bring your rhythm and rhymes.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! SPACE IS LIMITED! Please  contact our Education Coordinator Melissa Palmer (  at 215.232.4485.


Celebrating 10 years of the power of Black art to  transform, unite and enrich!

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Jus’  Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St. Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to 1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists





guest  presenter


Dr. Tawana Ford Sabbath,  Ph.D.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


First African Presbyterian Church

42nd and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA



3 CEU Credits  Available for $15 • Certificates Available Immediately After The Workshop


CEU credits provided by  the Chester Chapter NABSW, which has been designated as a pre-approved  provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section  47.36) by the Pennsylvania

State Board of Social  Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

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Civic Engagement in the  21st Century Forum

Wednesday, May 13

6:30-8:30pm 2231 N. Broad  Street

Philadelphia, PA


Candidates for Philadelphia  District Attorney and City Controller will be invited to speak about their  plans for improving Philadelphia’s city services.


Aissia  Richardson, President

African  American United Fund

2227  N. Broad Street

Philadelphia,  PA 19132

215-236/2100  phone

215-236/9077 fax

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Citizenship Days – pro  bono Immigration attorneys will be on hand to assist in the preparation of  naturalization applications and fee waivers

Philadelphia and State  College –

Saturday April 18th

Allentown – Sunday April  19th


PICC's First State Lobby  Day will be May 5th, in Harrisburg.


Pennsylvania Immigration  & Citizenship Coalition

2100 Arch Street, 7th  Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103


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Summer  Youth Program


Program Description
In 1992, The Food Project began been  bringing young people from the city and the suburbs together to make a  difference in the lives of people in Greater Boston and on the North  Shore. Each year, a diverse group of 90 youth, ages 14-17, enter  The Food Project’s Summer Youth Program  and work to grow and distribute tens of thousands of pounds of produce for  people in need.  For many, it is a first job, and working in crews of  eight to ten, the youth gain invaluable skills of teamwork, accountability,  civic participation, and communication. 

During the six weeks, youth manage over 40  acres of land including suburban farms and remediated urban lots,  sell produce through farmers' markets and a Community Supported Agriculture  program, prepare and serve lunches in local soup kitchens and homeless  shelters, and help to prepare community lunches, where neighbors, youth,  staff, and visitors come together to share the harvest. Youth also  participate in four workshops each week, covering issues of diversity  awareness, hunger and homelessness, sustainable agriculture, and personal  reflection. 

Through shared labor and structured activities, youth  develop a respect for themselves and for peers from very different  backgrounds, while acquiring a connection to food and the land.

How do I apply?
We are currently accepting applications  for the summer of 2009. Please note that deadlines are specific to  the information listed below.

Application Deadlines:
Greater Boston Site

April 6 - Residents of Boston

North Shore Site (NS residents  can apply for either deadline)
April 2 - for interviews on April 9th in Beverly
April 16 - for interviews on April 22nd in Lynn


For more information Click Here

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Healthy Homes

Essentials for Practitioners Training


Thursday, April 23 &

Friday, April 24, 2009

2nd Baptist Church of  Germantown

6459  Germantown Avenue, corner of Upsal Street

Free parking–Enter off  Clivden Street

Continental breakfast  & lunch included both days!

Cost: $245 – Limited  scholarships available!


For more information: The Coalition, Inc. Group


*  *  *  Outside PA  *  *   *


A Practical Guide to Grant  Writing & Fundraising

Win More Grants for Your  Programs. This two session, evening workshop (6:30 PM - 8:15 PM) provides you  with grant writing and fundraising skills that are taught only to fundraising  executives.


Learn how to find Federal  & private grants; how to write successful grants; how to plan fundraising  events; how to find donors and more.


A 112-page copy of "A  Practical Guide to Grant Writing & Fundraising Manual" is included  in the cost of this workshop.


Date: Wednesday, April 22,  2009, 6:30 PM-8:15 PM –

Clinton, Maryland


Wednesday, April 29, 2009,  6:30 PM-8:15 PM –

Clinton, Maryland


For workshop dates,  locations and  additional  information contact  or call (301) 627-1586

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Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at

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Got  Space?


Local  Non-Profit is looking for room to grow!


For  My Daughter Library is looking for about

700  square  feet of indoor space for our  exciting Youth Program.



Secure,  yet visible from the street

Room  for desks and tables (no more than 10)

Spacious  enough for computers and lots of books

Year  round, weekday and weekend access

Really,  reasonable rent!



Yvonne  267-795-7811








Our group A HAND UP! Is now open, please go to:



In  response to the needs of many grassroots organizations for the basic tools to  implement and sustain their ideas and projects, The Coalition, Inc. members  have come together to establish a network to facilitate the  distribution/re-distribution of unwanted, unneeded, surplus and even  repairable items for recycling.

·       If you have office supplies, electronics, office furniture, you are  updating, or no longer use, free up that space by offering them to someone  who can get good use from it.

·       If you have office space you do not have an immediate use for, offer  it to home-based organizations for a few hours a week as a meeting place.

·       If you have special skills such as grant/proposal writing, website  design/maintenance, or computer skills, please Contact Us share  your expertise and educate others.

·       If your organization offers aid to the less fortunate such as meals,

clothing, resume' writing, job search, SAT/LSAT  coaching, GED classes, scholarship help etc., share it Here


To  join The Coalition go to:  and download a copy of the Pledge of Commitment and return it to us


Those  in need of particular equipment, furnishings or supplies are encouraged to  join to this group (A HAND UP!)  to inquire if others are able to assist.


Any  group or individual may make donations, but individuals who wish to request  donations must do so through a member organization.

Organizations are encouraged to post notices of ongoing  or special community service programs that are open to the public i.e. Food  Banks; seasonal clothing/toys; fuel programs, etc.

To post: Click  Here  or Mail to: A Hand Up!


You  may also offer or make requests anonymously through the group moderators who  will arrange pick up/delivery via a third party.

If  you wish to assist others by making transportation available for pickups or  deliveries, please let a group moderator know.

To  join: A Hand Up!















Remember to support  The Coalition, Inc.’s on-air personalities…

NEW TIME! Straight Up  WORD with Dr. John Elliott  Churchville, Senior Pastor of The Liberation Fellowship Church of Jesus, on  WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays at 9:30am. Dr. Churchville will explore the Holy  Scriptures verse by verse for your spiritual and practical edification, and  “...liberation of the oppressed, and social justice for the poor.”


Life, Liberty and The Pursuit Of Happiness with Dr. John Elliott Churchville and Nancy Ellen,  Wednesdays at 2pm WNWR New World Radio 1540 AM.


WELCOME BACK! Civil  Alert World with Brother Sabir Bey  Saturdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm on WNJC 1360 AM. Also listen in on WKDU 91.7 AM  Friday, 12am to 3am


Sister  Phile Chionesu, organizer of the Million Woman March, Saturdays 10:30pm to 12am on  Blog Talk Radio

“Nu  Day Resurrection and Liberation" Show 

Call  in and give your thoughts, comments, opinions at 1-646-652-2232 

or send an instant message tomwmsistahood@aol.comto chat on line.  








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