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The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 08 January 2010

Volume 4, Number 20

The Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams (President/CEO), John E. Churchville  (Treasurer),  


Josephine Blow, Stanley Daniels, Edwin Desamour, Nijah  Famous, Kendall Hayes-Fullard, Tom 'Bunny' Henry, Abdul Malik Raheem

Table of content

For Our Children ...

This Week ...

Employment and Training Opportunities ...

Health Matters ...

Green Piece ...

Grants, Scholarships   & Instruction...

SpotLight ...

Arts for Awareness ...

Coming Up ...

Computers and Technology ...

A Hand Up ...

On The Airways ...







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Power  always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his  laws. - John Adams





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A woman went to the  Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas Cards. "What  denomination?" asked the clerk. "Oh, good heavens! Have we come to  this?" said the woman. "Well, give me 30 Catholic, 10 Baptist ones,  20 Lutheran, and 40 Presbyterian."








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Is the one who slowly destroys you  with law suits any better than the one who shoots you at point blank? -- FH.










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A leader, once convinced that a  particular course of action is the right one, must be undaunted when the  going gets tough. - Ronald Reagan






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In a small southern town there was a "Nativity  Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One  small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets.  Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a  "Quik Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the  counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You  stupid Yankees never do read the Bible!" I assured her that I did, but  simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. She jerked her  Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally  jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said "See, it  says right here, the three wise man came from afar."
























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For the Lexophiliacs

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.


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Do  you remember this guy?

I once had a large gay  following, but I ducked into an alleyway and lost him. - Emo Philips



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I am a human being. As great as GOD  made me, HE left within me humbling shortcomings so that from time to time I  would have to come back to The SOURCE for spiritual maintenance. Madu



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So long as governments set the  example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill  theirs. -- Elbert Hubbard.





The Raw Family Newsletter















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Anger is the most impotent passion that accompanies the  mind of man; it effects nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is  possessed by it more than any other against whom it is directed. -- Clarendon.






















































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It was the day after Christmas at a church in San  Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the cradle when he  noticed that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures. Immediately  he turned and went outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the  wagon was the figure of the little infant, Jesus. So he walked up to the boy  and said, "Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?" The little  boy replied, "I got him from the church." "And why did you  take him?" The boy said, "Well, about a week before Christmas I  prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if he would bring me a red  wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride in it."


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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy's Korner!


What did the salt say  to the pepper?
 Season's Greetings. -Season's Greetings from Kathy and the Parson family.

 (Kathy Parsons is a Philadelphia Event  Planner and is a regular contributor.)












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I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a  lack of confidence.
-- Doug McLeod.







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After  four years of separation, my wife and I finally divorced amicably. I wanted  to date again, but I had no idea of how to start, so I decided to look in the  personals column of the local newspaper. After reading through all the  listings, I circled three that seemed possible in terms of age and interest,  but I put off calling them.
 Two days later, there was a message on my answering machine from my ex-wife.  "I came over to your house to borrow some tools today and saw the ads  you circled in the paper. Don't call the one in the second column. It's  me." (Submitted by Erica)



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After 50 years of  wondering why he didn't look like his younger sister or brother, the man  finally got up the nerve to ask his mother if he was adopted. "Yes, you  were son," his mother said as she started to cry softly. "but it  didn't work out and they brought you back."




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Our  attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four  hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how  to harness and control this great force. – Tom Blandi








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Word Of The Week

tete-a-tete  \TAYT-uh-TAYT; TET-uh-TET\  Private; confidential; familiar;  A private conversation between two people.


Greetings Coalition Family!


Welcome Back! We're anxiously anticipating the events and  projects our member organizations are planning this year. Plan to be involved  in all community elevating activities whether it is part of your program or  not. Keep in mind that there is no competition for our mutual success.


We are looking forward to meeting with more of you this  year, please email  or call to have a member of The Coalition at your next meeting or event.


See this week's SpotLight section for some amazing green  energy and pollution solutions.
















 “There are two kinds of  people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the  first group; there is less competition there“... Indira Ghandi





“It is easier to build  children than it is to repair men.“...Frederick Douglass




With a little over 50% of our kids  graduating high school on time

and only 18% graduating college, we MUST  all work on this issue together for the future of our city.

The Mayor's office recently created an  office called "PhillyGoes2College" that will start working to  improve these statistics (,  and on the website, under the Education  Handout, you will find multiple sources for children, families and child  advocates to help, from an early age, on the road to educational success

(    Here you will find listings for various school choices,  timelines, resources for out-of-school youth, and college prep and college  admission tools.

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Earn Free Trip  to Egypt for Black Kids and Adults


The African  Heritage Institute (also known as the D'zert Club) is

sponsoring a 2-year  African History Program that, once completed, the

participants earn  an all expense paid trip to Egypt. This program is

for Black kids from  ages 7-14 and adults over the age of 21.


See the success  stories of students that

completed the  program and have gone to Egypt. They are amazing. Students

grades went up in  school, lateness and absences decreased and there was

a remarkable  increase in the students respect for their elders. One

brother who  attended was able to get a full 4-year scholarship to school

as a result of  being a part of the program.


Get all of the  details at

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Help For Parents  With School-Age Children


Are you a parent, relative, or health care professional  with any of the following scenarios?

* Not too sure how to register child for Kindergarten or  Head Start.

* Trying to decide on what type of school best fits a  child's needs. Public or Charter or Magnet or Catholic?

* Want to get a child motivate and focused on college.

* Want to get child back in school after taking a leave,  but don't know what options there are for out-of-school youth.

* Child being bullied in school and don't know what to do.

* Child not doing well in school and may have a learning  difference.

On the  website, under the Education parent  handout

and the Resource  tab  there are resources in the community to  help advocates for children find help for their child's educational needs.  Please become familiar with the listed resources and continue to bridge the  gap between families in need and the agencies and resources that serve them.

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The Food stamp program  under the new stimulus package is now called the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition  Assistance Program).

Did you know?

Eligibility for  SNAP benefits changed so many more families in food insecure households are  now eligible.

On the website, under the Food and Nutrition parent  handout, you will find several organizations who can help families find out  if they are eligible. Also, on the COMPASS website they can apply for these  benefits and many others.

For more info you  can also go to

Please continue to  link families in need with the appropriate social services agencies that  serve them through Cap4Kids. Thanks.

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Online resources  for parents:,,












Calling all Owners,  Bosses, Business People, Entrepreneurs,

Career Developers,  Non-Profits, CDC's,

Multil-Level  Marketers, Hustlers, and Customers


Career Culture





2315 N. 8TH St. /  Temple U. Campus / 8th & Dauphin Sts.

7PM - Midnight -  Beginning December 16th, 2009

$10 Entrance Fee /  Business Couple Special with matching I.D.

HUMP-DAY-HAPPY-HOUR  Drink Specials from 7-8PM


$3 - $7 Slamming  Food Platter Specials


Grand Prize: Free  TV Infomercial for your business

Other Prizes  include: Highlight your Talents, PSA's, on Radio & TV

Business Card Grand  Opening Special:

Bring your business  card and $5 off Entrance Fee

For Free Vending  Opportunities or to get your business presented on our Community Business  Bulletin

contact Afiya Bey  via email:

M.D.N.M.N.A. © 2009  All Rights Reserved

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Christmas Tree  Recycling in Mt Airy


Sponsored by

MABA (the Mt Airy  Business Association)

GRinCH (Green in  Chestnut Hill)

ALAC (Allens Lane  Art Center)



Sunday January 10  2010 10 am - 4pm



Allens Lane Art  Center --  601 Allens Lane, 19119



Trees will be chipped  into a pile which will then be available in the spring as free mulch!



Because it's the  right thing to do.

Trees are just like  any other trash that gets sent to landfills and becomes pollution.

By chipping the  trees and re-using the mulch, you are helping to save our precious planet.


How much?

$5 donation to  cover chipper rental fees


Questions? Want to  volunteer?

Contact : Kim  Miller, Executive Director of the Mt. Airy Business Association

215-242-0777 or

The Mt. Airy  Business Association is committed to sustainability and offers community  programs to help create and promote a more sustainable Mt. Airy




The Philadelphia  Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention is  pleased to offer free training and technical assistance for chronic disease-  related program development in the following areas:


*cardiovascular  disease

* obesity

* diabetes

* asthma

* physical activity

* worksite wellness

* tobacco

* hypertension

* stroke

* cancer.


The training will  be held on Friday, January 15th, 2010 @ 9am, in the Aramark Tower located at  1101 Market St.


If interested,  please RSVP to:


Tifanie Hudgins,  MPH, CHES

Intervention  Programs Manager

Division of Chronic  Disease Prevention

Philadelphia  Department of Public Health

1101 Market Street,  9th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19107


215-685-5666 (fax)

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Aerobic Exercise Boosts Older Bodies And  Minds


( -- Aerobic  exercise could give older adults a boost in brainpower, according to a recent  review of studies from the Netherlands.

“Aerobic physical exercises  that improve cardiovascular fitness also help boost cognitive processing  speed, motor function and visual and auditory attention in healthy older  people,“ said lead review author Maaike Angevaren.

Around age 50, even healthy  older adults begin to experience mild declines in cognition, such as  occasional memory lapses and reduced ability to pay attention. Convincing  evidence shows that regular exercise contributes to healthy aging, but could  the types of exercise a person does influence his or her cognitive fitness?

Angevaren and her colleagues at  the University of Applied Sciences, in Utrecht, evaluated 11 randomized  controlled trials, comprising about 670 adults ages 55 and older, which  examined the effects of aerobic exercise on areas of cognition including  cognitive processing speed, memory and attention.

Nine studies took place in the  United States; one occurred in France and another in Sweden.

Aerobic exercise involves  continuous, rhythmic activity that strengthens the heart and lungs and  improves respiratory endurance. In the studies included in this review,  participants exercised aerobically between two and seven days a week for  several weeks — three months on average — and underwent fitness and cognitive  function tests.

The review appears in the  latest issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane  Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.  Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice  after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on  a topic.

Not surprisingly, eight of the  11 included studies found that participation in aerobic exercise programs  increased participants' VO2 max, an indicator of respiratory endurance, by 14  percent.

Improvements in  cardiorespiratory fitness coincided with improvements in cognitive function —  especially motor function, cognitive speed and auditory and visual attention  — when participants were compared to a group of non-exercising adults or  adults in a yoga- or strength-based program.

So how does sweating to the  oldies affect brain function?

“Improvements in cognition as a  result of improvements in cardiovascular fitness are being explained by  improvements in cerebral blood flow, leading to increased brain metabolism  which, in turn, stimulates the production of neurotransmitters and formation  of new synapses,“ Angevaren aid.

“At the same time, improved  cardiovascular fitness could lead to a decline in cardiovascular disease  [which is] proven to negatively affect cognition,“ she said.

Despite the positive mental  health benefits that seem to be associated with aerobic activity, researchers  could not confirm that aerobic activity specifically is necessary for  cognitive improvement, Angevaren said.

For example, when researchers  left non-exercisers out of the equation and examined test scores of adults  who did any type of exercise — including aerobic activity, strength training  or flexibility programs — they found no significant differences for nine of  the 11 cognitive functions measured.

“It needs to be established  whether the same effects can be achieved with any type of physical exercise,“  including exercise bouts of greater intensity or longer duration, Angevaren  said.

Based on the individual studies  and their overall analysis, the authors have made a clear case in concluding  that physical activities benefit cognitive function in older adults, said  Sarah Laditka, associate professor in the Arnold School of Public Health at  the University of South Carolina. She was not affiliated with the review.

“At the same time, they pointed  out a number of considerations that readers need to keep in mind,“ Laditka  said. For example, in many of the studies, the sample size was small, and the  cognitive tests used to assess participants varied widely from study to  study.

In addition, “it's clear that  the longer-term effects of aerobic physical activity on cognition are not  known and that needs to be studied,“ Laditka said.

However, although relatively  few randomized controlled trials exist that investigate the cognitive affects  of aerobic activity on cognition, “there are an increasing number of  epidemiological studies which indicate very positive benefits of regular  physical activity on cognitive health,“ Laditka said.

“The takeaway message to me as  a gerontologist is that increasingly there is an association between physical  activity — broadly defined — and cognitive health. That would speak in favor  of encouraging older people and people of all ages to engage in regular  physical activity,“ Laditka said.

By Shawn Johnson, BDO Staff  Writer



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Get Fresh!

Volunteer with  Philabundance Fresh for All

You recycle out the  wazoo and consider yourself consigliore of the

enviro-sack mafia.

Hence, a cause you  can believe in: Philabundance wants to fill those ubiquitous bags with  produce through its new Fresh for All program.

And you can help by  volunteering.

The nonprofit hands  out perishables at six sites in the Delaware Valley — where nutritious diet  staples are hard to come by,

especially in tough  times.

With a minimum  three-hour commitment, you'll keep busy. Help with admin, approve clients, or  do community outreach (posting mailings, making phone calls).

Looking for  something physical?

Take food to sites,  divide apples, and dole out the goods. You'll be doing a major part to help  people get the fruits and veggies they need.

And that's a green  movement to be proud of.

To participate in  Fresh for All, contact

Tunisia  Garnett (215-339-0900 ext. 238 or 

For more  information, go to 

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Tips for making  oatmeal appealing to kids

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?Weavers Way #5 plastics  recycling resumes


Fellow Recyclers,


Weavers Way collection of #5 plastics,  which are not included in the City's recycling program, will be on the 3rd  Saturday of each month: December 19. The program will skip January and resume  in February.


The collections take place at the co-op's  garage,

at 542 Carpenter Lane,

which is across the street and a bit  further down the block from the Big Blue Marble bookstore.

Please note that we need volunteers to keep  this project going. (Weavers Way members can get work credit for helping us;  work shifts are available on co-op's the online calendar.)


The #5 category includes yogurt cups, sour  cream containers, hummus tubs, some medicine bottles, and more. Your  recyclables must be clean and dry to be accepted. Check to make sure there  are no other materials (paper, screws, other number plastics) on the items  you bring in. Impurities of any kind compromise the recycling process and  usually lead to the discarding of an entire batch. Exclude any lids unless  they are clearly marked #5. (Most lids from #5 containers are #4 plastic, but  this is not always the case.)


We ask recyclers for a small donation to  cover postage costs of mailing the recyclables to the Gimme 5 processing  facility in New York.

Before bringing your #5s to the collection,  be sure that they meet the requirements for Gimme 5:


All items must be CLEAN and DRY. If they  contained food or any oily or dirty product, make sure they have been washed,  not just rinsed. Items stacked when wet tend to stay wet, so allow washed  items to dry fully before stacking or packing.

The #5 stamp needs to be visible on each  item. Lids are separate items. Don't assume lids are the same number plastic  as the container; sometimes they are but usually they are not. Check to make  sure there are no other materials (labels, paper, other number plastics,  metal) on the items you bring in.


Brita filters are also welcome! Let them  air dry for several days to make sure they are completely dry.


We'll see you soon!

Carolyn, Helen, Priscilla and Stevik

of the Weavers Way Environment Committee


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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





HIV/AIDS Prevention Workshop


Workshop Summary

Culturally-Relevant  Communication about HIV/AIDS is an interactive and user-friendly workshop. Ivan J. Juzang, MEE  President and Founder will examine the environmental influences, attitudes  and behaviors and unique communication style of urban, ethnic and other  hard-to-reach audiences; review theories and techniques for

developing cost-effective and  culturally-relevant communication strategies; and then show session attendees  how to apply these learnings to their own HIV/AIDS testing programs,  prevention services and outreach efforts.

Learning Objectives

 After attending the session, attendees will have the background necessary to  more effectively communicate with their target audiences about sex, sexuality  and HIV/AIDS. They will also have a clearer understanding of media  consumption patterns and other social factors that impact sexual  decision-making; and the attitudes, motivations and perceptions of minorities  on healthy sexuality and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment. Such  information will help interventionists, community-based organizations and  service

providers develop innovative and effective  messages and services targeted  to minority audiences.

Workshop Description:

 Topics explored during the session include:

The environmental context, peer group  dynamics and social interactions that influence sexual behaviors;

How service providers can be more culturally  aware, and increase the effectiveness of their outreach, media and materials;  and

Strategies for attracting the  hardest-to-reach audiences to HIV-prevention, testing and treatment programs.


For more information on other workshops and  schedules visit their website


To inquire about a  MEE Workshop at Your Organization call 215.829.4920 or Email here

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At- Risk Youth

Annie E. Casey  Foundation

A private  charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for  disadvantaged children in the United States. The foundation offers  community-focused grants. The site also has several publications. Provides  funding to both 501(c)(3) and local/state government. Organizations wishing  to send a proposal to the Foundation should submit a letter of no more than three  pages explaining the organization and its project and how the money will be  used. Send the letters to: The AEC Foundation; Attn: Office of the President;  701 Saint Paul St.; Baltimore, MD 21202.

Phone: 410-547-6600

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AOL Time Warner Foundation

The AOL Time Warner  Foundation is dedicated to using the power of media, communications and  information technology to serve the public interest and strengthen society.  However, rather than simply providing grant monies or funding unsolicited  requests, the foundation prefers to enter into sustainable strategic  partnerships with organizations that have a demonstrated commitment to  pioneering innovative ways of meeting four priorities: Equipping kids for the  21st century; Extending Internet benefits to all; Engaging communities in the  arts; and Empowering citizens and civic participation.

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AT&T Foundation

The AT&T  Foundation seeks to educate, enrich, engage, and empower the communities  served by AT&T. The Foundation's funding areas are education, civic and  community service, and arts and culture.

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Beaumont Foundation

The Beaumont  Foundation of America (BFA), a non-profit philanthropic organization, is  dedicated to the enriching the lives of individuals by providing technology  to historically underserved schools and communities. The foundation believes  technologies are essential tools for progress in the 21st century, and that  given access to digital information, people will have an equal opportunity to  advance socially, economically and intellectually.

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The Student Achievement Grants program  provides grants of $5,000 each to improve the academic achievement of  students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen  knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve  students'habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.  Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with  honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly  encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies,  equipment, transportation, software, and scholars-in-residence.

Applicants must be  practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, public school  education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher  education institutions.

Visit the NEA  Foundation Web site for complete grant program information.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs  in Education, visit:

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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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Banta Company Foundation

The Banta Company  Foundation provides funding for at-risk youth and delinquency prevention  initiatives. The funds can be used for equipment, general/operating expenses,  seed money, program development, as well as other areas. For more information  please contact: Banta Company Foundation; 225 Main Street; PO Box 8003;  Menasha,WI 54952-8003.

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Best Buy Children's Foundation

The mission of the  Best Buy Children's Foundation is to improve the lives of youth aged 5 - 18  in communities where Best Buy maintains a business presence. The Foundation  awards grants to nonprofit organizations with innovative approaches to  developing life skills in young people through education, mentoring, and  leadership development. Funds can be used for: program development; direct  project support; specific curriculum development; and scholarship aid for  participants in life skills or mentoring programs. The Foundation typically  awards grants ranging from $2000 - $10,000 to nonprofits.

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Healthy Community Outreach Program

will be granted to  nonprofit organizations to support grassroots efforts which increase  awareness on critical health initiatives through health walks, health fairs  and health education outreach.

Grants up to  $25,000 will be considered.

Please provide all  levels of event sponsorships on your application. Nonprofit organizations  with evidence of IRS 501(c)(3) designation or de facto tax-exempt status may  apply for a grant, with the following exceptions: advertising; capital  campaigns; grants or scholarships to individuals; multiyear requests;  political causes and events; or religious organizations in support of their  sacramental or theological functions.>Awards

Ongoing Deadline

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Ben and Jerry's Foundation

Ben and Jerry's  Foundation has no specific program areas. The Foundation seeks projects that  lead to societal change or address the root causes of problems. The  Foundation awards grants ranging in amount from $1,000 to $15,000. Applicants  must submit a letter of interest at any time during the year.

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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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SpotLight On Our Efforts


Website  Offers Revolutionary Green Alternatives

for  Communities/Nations


Greetings.  I hope that you and your business/ organizations are all

doing  well. As we enter into a new year, I expect that many of us

have  already envisioned what we would like to accomplish in this new

year.  As long as we have positive intentions for not just ourselves but also our  fellow inhabitants on this planet

as  well as the mother Earth herself, may the Creator of the Universe

bless  our visions and goals to become a material manifestation.


I  would like to invite everyone to visit


I  am one of the co-founders of this organization. While the initiative

of  this organization focuses on improving the lives of the African

Diaspora  and building up eco-friendly, peaceful, self sustaining and prosperous

communities  in their ancestral lands, we extend a welcome hand for

all  to check a part of our vision out by visiting our site.

Our  site was put in video format for simplicity and visuals to keep the

interests  of our vistors. When you first click on the provided website

address,  you will notice that we begin with our goals on dealing with electricity.  There are actually two clips explaining the same technology,

we  recommend the second clip for a more detailed explanation on how

this  technology works. The following two clips deals with how we plan

on  providing clean water to the citizens and then water recycling. The

fifth  video demonstrates how sewer systems are unnecessary. There are

many  issues that we tackle on our site. We are currently in talks with university  and reverse engineers to have these technologies made at a

lower  cost and with high quality specifications.

Any  feedback or suggestions is welcome and any donations would be

highly  appreciated.

There  is a lot of useful information and we encourage all to take

advantage  of of it and to view it for themselves, we're confident that you

will  be excited as we are once you see the potential in such technology.








Haiku Remix: How to write your own

Monday, January 11, 2010

5:30pm-6:30pm, Free

Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street

(Formerly Robin's Bookstore)


Art Sanctuary, in collaboration with  Moonstone Arts Center, present a Haiku Writing Workshop featuring North  Stars' artist instructor Trapeta Mayson. This free workshop is open to  students ages 7-12 who are interested in learning how to craft the best  Haiku.


Seating is limited! Registration is  required. Call our office at 215.232.4485 or to register!

This event will kick off

Art Sanctuary/Daily News "Haikudelphia  Writing Contest,"

which runs

January 11 to March 2010.

Winners of the contest will receive an  autograph copy of Sonia's new book (out in February 2010), and the chance to  read their winning haiku on stage at the

Celebration of Black Writing

outdoor festivities in May 2010.

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Poetry Set


Where:    “OCTOBER GALLERY“ – 701 Market Street Bldg., on the 3rd Floor. “Ross  Dept. Store“ on the Market St. Level, and it's the Littman Building, enter  thru 8th Street Side. Come to the center, and enter thru glass doors of  Mellon Independence Center. This is Cheyney University's Center City Campus.


When:     “FRIDAY“ – January 8th, 2010 & January 15th, 2010   – Starting @ 7:30pm


What:      “PANORAMIC POETRY“ - POETS doing their thing – LYRICAL SPIRITS getting  down.




Please don't forget parking is very  difficult in Center City. Allow time to park legally and arrive at the  October Gallery on time. The reading is $10.00 for audience members,  discounted to $7.00 if you call or e-mail to reserve a spot ahead of time.

October Gallery

701 Market Street Bldg. 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19106

215.629.3939 ..... Room #319

Panoramic Poetry on Facebook as well....

Go to  to SIGN-UP, if you are a Poet wanting to perform.

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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





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* *  *  Outside PA  *  *  *


(Richmond, VA)


Two-Day Life-Skills Training Certification  Seminar

(Over 400 Master Trainers Certified Since  2008)

Thursday January 28th 2010


Friday January 29th 2010


Faith Institute offers its exclusive  Two-Day Train-the-Trainer Seminar. Participants will be certified by Faith  Institute to train volunteers, teachers, youth trainers, group leaders and  others to facilitate both our "Rites of Passage for Males" Workshop  and our "YES YOU CAN!" workshop for at-risk youth and young adults.


Faith Institutes Life-Skills instructor  training is perfect for:

Juvenile Justice systems staff;

Health Educators;

Teachers and school administrators;

Foster and adoptive care providers;

Independent Living Counselors;

School Counselors;

Parent Liaisons;

Social workers and therapists;

Teachers and school administrators;

Faith-based organizations;

Human resources professionals;

Social service personel;

Case Managers;

Anyone interested in helping at-risk youth.

Our training workshops are designed to  train-the-trainers to teach young men and women life skills, self-sufficiency  and self-esteem enhancement skills and to help you or your organization to  start, operate and fund your own professional youth training program (see  details below).


The seminar cost for both workshops is $  179 per attendee.


Each workshop includes a manual and  workbook (a $24 to $35 retail value).


A 10% Discount will be allowed for  reservations by 1/18/2010 or for three or more paid attendees registered by  1/18/2010.


No payment will be accepted at the door.

Registration Deadline 1/25/2010


To register or for more information:


click on:


or   Call 1(877) 464-2066




Meeting location & overnight  accommodations:

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown

501 East Broad Street

Richmond, Virginia USA, 23219


Downtown Center City - Free Parking


Guest Accommodations:


The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown  Richmond,Virginia is in historic downtown Richmond, which has historical  tourist attractions, the Medical College of Virginia, shops and restaurants.


Special Rates $129 per night  single/doubles/triple/quad


Reserve by: 1/10/10 for Special Rate - $  159 per night after 1/10/10




Tel: +1-804-344-4300  Fax: +1-804-344-4375


"The Rites of Passage for Males"  Life-Skills Certification Workshop

(Training Manual & Workbook included -  a $23.95 value)

Thursday, January 28, 2010  -   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


"The Rites of Passage for Males"  Life-Skills Certification Workshop for Youth Trainers is a one-day, six hour  intensive workshop that will certify you or your staff members, youth  trainers and instructors as Master Trainers of "The Rites of Passage for  Males" life-skills training program for at-risk youth and adult males.


At the completion of this training, you and  your staff will be qualified to create, set-up and operate your own  successful life-skills training program for at-risk boys and young men at  schools, churches or anywhere in your community (over 250 life-skill trainers  have been certified since 2008).


The workshop trainer for "The Rites of  Passage for Males" is D. Harold Greene, the Executive Director of Faith  Institute of Entrepreneurship, Inc, and the author of the nationally  published   "The Rites of Passage for Males Manual" (Hamilton Books,  2008).  He has over twenty combined years  of continuing education faculty membership at three Maryland junior colleges.  He is an entrepreneurship, career and life skill training consultant.


The workshop curriculum includes:


How to Teach Basic Life Skills; Self-Esteem  Enhancement Skills; Finding my Career & Life Purpose; and Dress for  Business Success.


Mastercard / Visa Accepted


To register click on:



Self-esteem for Women Certification  Workshop

(Training Manual & Workbook included -  a $23.95 value)

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 9:00 AM - 3:00  PM


The YES YOU CAN! Self-Esteem for Women  Certification Workshop is a one-day. six-hour intensive workshop that will  certify you, your staff, youth trainers and instructors as Master Trainers.


Using the "YES YOU CAN!"  Self-esteem Manual for Women and training curriculum as a guide, you will  learn how to teach self-esteem, self-love, pride and self-confidence to youth  and adult women of all walks of life.


The "YES YOU CAN!" workshop  trainer is Oletha Sloan, author of "YES YOU CAN!" Self-esteem  Manual for Women (Faith Publishing, 2008).She is Executive Director of Vogue  Modeling Workshops, the modeling instructor at The Maryland National Capitol  Parks & Planning Commission's Prince George's County Maryland Sports  & Learning Complex, Andrews Air Force Base Youth Center, Camp LeJeune  Marine Base Youth Center and many more location from Maryland to North  Carolina.


The workshop curriculum includes: How to  Teach Self-esteem Enhancement Skills, Personal Pride and Self Confidence to  women; How to Teach Them to Project a Confident Professional Image; and to  Teach Them How to Learn to Believe in Yourself.


Mastercard / Visa Accepted


To register click on:

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Group offers  low-cost web access to nonprofits

Mobile Citizen, a  provider of mobile broadband for education and nonprofits, will offer a  Technology Assistance Grant program beginning in January to provide  non-profit organizations with affordable access to the Internet.

Available only in  Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia, the grant includes reduced-price  service from Mobile Citizen, with unlimited usage for only $10/month or  $120/year per account.  It bundles  Mobile Citizen's wireless broadband, powered by WiMAX, a fourth generation  (4G) technology from Clearwire Corporation with a variety of benefits  available only to grantees, including:

-- 12 months of  service from Mobile Citizen extended to 15 months at no additional  charge.  With this, nonprofits receive  three free months of service per account.

-- Dedicated Mobile  Citizen Customer Care customized for non-profit organizations.

-- A free one-year  membership to NTEN, a nonprofit technology network, ongoing information and  news as well as access to a support community.

-- A choice of  additional benefits including an educational webinar series.

For more  information, email Kecia Carroll.






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.

To  join: A Hand Up!

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

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.“


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,

“Nu Day  Resurrection and Liberation" Show LIVE each Saturday evening 10:30  PM--12:00 midnight EST.

"NU Day" is heard in Philly and, worldwide, through  the internet at:  Or you can tune in via podcast at 646-652-2232

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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