Monday, August 31, 2009

Syracuse University Scholarships

Syracuse University has 10 Full Rides for African American Men and Women
Interested in Studying Architecture. Mark Robbins, Dean of Syracuse University's
School of Architecture is desperately seeking young men and women of color
interested in pursuing a five year professional degree in Architecture. He says
he's deeply committed to bringing diversity to his field and has scholarship
money set aside to fully cover education costs for 10 students. He says that
Hispanic enrollment in the school has increased substantially, but it's been
harder to attract Blacks. Syracuse University School of Architecture has a great
reputation and this seems like a terrific opportunity, so please pass this on to
everyone you know.

Contact: Mark Robbins, Dean, School of Architecture (315) 443-2256
School of Architecture
Syracuse University
201 Slocum Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1250
(315) 443-2256

Mentors Needed - Portfolio Project 2009-2010

UNCF Seek Mentors for The Portfolio Project 2009!

Must Respond by Friday, September 4th 2009

UNCF, YMCA Black Achievers and

The Thurston Group of Washington State

Program support provided by:

Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA)

Education Access Network

Garfield High School

Fred Meyer

Microsoft Zune


Portfolio Project Overview & Mentor Responsibilities

The Portfolio Project was developed to assist 11th and 12th grade students through the college and scholarship application process. During the course of the program students learn the college entrance requirements of various educational institutions, and compile the necessary data to complete college applications and the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). Volunteer mentors help review student work, assist students with research requirements, help students stay on task to meet deadlines and provide encouragement to complete and present their portfolio. In addition mentors offer guidance on writing college essays and help students identify and categorize their service and leadership activities for application inclusion. By the end of the program, each student will be well-versed in portfolio presentation, personal presentation and deadline management. The program sessions consist of presenters in the education field, resource providers, current students and alumni. The sessions will include hands on work towards completion of the portfolio.

During the course of the program students:

Research college entrance requirements of various educational institutions

Complete college applications and the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)

Receive guidance on writing essays for college application

Identify and categorize their own service and leadership activities for application inclusion

Are provided access to a FREE SAT prep course for Portfolio Project participants

Get coaching in portfolio presentation, personal presentation and deadline management.

Upon successful completion of the project, participants will have:

A deeper understanding of their skills and talents, and clearer career goals

Familiarity with the schools best suited for their educational needs

Relationships with adult mentors and contacts in the community which can assist them with their future goals

A complete portfolio of information and completed applications to present to college recruiters and scholarship providers

Opportunities to present themselves and their materials to recruiters and scholarship providers

A list of potential scholarships for which they may qualify

Letters of recommendation from UNCF Pacific NW Director and YMCA Senior Program Director

Application fee waivers for UNCF schools excluding; Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta and Tuskegee



12:30PM-3:00PM at Garfield High School

Celebration Outing – November 7th

MENTOR MEETING – Saturday, September 12th 11:30am-12:30pm @ Garfield High School

Mentor Requirements

  • Internet access
  • General knowledge of college application processes.
  • Must attend mentor meeting
  • Dedicate a minimum of four hours weekly from September 2009 through November 2009 to work with assigned students. Participation during Saturday sessions varies depending on topic and will be discussed at the mentor meeting.
  • Excellent verbal, written and reasoning skills.
  • Commitment to minority education.
  • College experience highly desirable.
  • Patience and creativity a plus.

Interested Volunteers: Please e-mail your contact information and resume with any relevant background information to or fax to UNCF at 206-233-0605.

For more information on mentoring or presentations contact UNCF at 206-292-8859

For more information on student enrollment contact YMCA Black Achievers Program at 206-322-6969

Monday, August 24, 2009

Rally for Hope V | Sat. 8-29-09 | 12-5pm | Westlake Park

Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself. I am Terrence Proctor, Senior Pastor of Church by the Side of the Road. Five years ago, I lead a formation of community leaders, churches & organizations to collaborate around an event called “Rally for Hope”. Previous to my pastorate, I was an educator at a local alternative school. Over the course of 15 years, I had become accustomed to seeing your basic “at-risk and deviant” behavior among some of our students but in 2003, I was rocked & shaken by a sudden rise in violent events involving youth in our area. There was what felt like a tangible loss of hope among of our youth and it was leading them to live and act out in ways that said they were just giving up on life. That really drove me to step out of my classroom and call the community of Believers to action on behalf of our children.

The “Rally for Hope V!” is the continuing cross cultural collaborative effort of local churches, organizations and just passionate people with a heart to bring hope to the city. Each year, the City of Seattle has granted us permit to hold this event in the heart of Downtown, right in front of Seattle’s popular and prominent Westlake Mall. Local organizations bring hundreds of kids from all over the city, while thousands of downtown dwellers and passers-by are drawn to the music, variety of arts and just plain good feeling of what’s happening “just down the street”. Last year over 2,500 people attended the event (in the rain) .

This event has a great reputation of staging the best local talent & ministries – who all perform their craft voluntarily – and for putting on display the many great things that youth are doing throughout our city. Local News Stations have come downtown and broadcast the Rally highlighting the many people who are encouraged by the variety of gospel presentations and the dozens of the city’s homeless who are feed by the free food and drinks provided by local ministry youth groups & ministries. Additionally, The Rally for Hope has hosted a great line-up of inspiring speakers, who come to encourage & empower young people as they prepare for the arduous task of returning back to school and the complexities of young life. We have found that many youth who come to the Rally are really at a point of crisis and true to its name the rally provides them with that much need boost of hope for the journey.

We believe in this time of recession and despair it is our call to turn up the volume on Hope and encourage the City more than ever before and we are willing to go to great lengths to fulfill this mission.

Rally for Hope V
Sat. 8/29/09
12 - 5pm
Westlake Park