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We wish you happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in the new

Blessings of health, prosperity and joy from us to you. 


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 16 December 2011

      “Communication – Cooperation – Collaboration”            Volume  6, Number 18

The Coalition, Inc. Board of Directors

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


Josephine Blow, Stanley Daniels, Quibila Divine, Nijah  Famous, Tom ‘Bunny’ Henry, Lansana Koroma, Abdul Malik Raheem, Lewis  Williams,

Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 02

Employment and Training Opportunities … 04

Health Matters …04

Green Piece … 05

Grants, Scholarships   & Instruction… 06

SpotLight … 07

Arts for Awareness … 09

Coming Up …09

Computers and Technology … 13

A Hand Up … 15

Word-of-the-Week … 16





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A Friend is one to whom one may pour out the  contents of  one's heart, chaff and grain  together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what  is worth  keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. -  Arabian Proverb


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Give thanks for what you are  now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.  ~Fernanda  Miramontes-Landeros


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You can tell more  about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say  about him.  ~Leo Aikman


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God grant me the  serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one  I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.  ~Author unknown




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Do not strive to be happy, stay on your path, happiness  will overtake you. - Madu



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It was two days  before Chanukah and Mr. Feldman, quite downcast, was trudging home.  "Where will I get money to buy presents for the holiday?" he asked  himself sadly, thinking of his wife and children. On the way, he passed a  church, in front of which was a sign: Five Hundred Dollars Cash To Anyone Who  Joins This Church Today!

Here was the solution  to Feldman's problem! He went in, joined, and was given the five hundred  dollars as the sign promised. That evening, at supper, he told his family how  he had come by his sudden wealth. "And here's the money," he  announced grandly, waving the money before them.

"Darling,"  said his wife, "you remember that coat you promised me three years ago?  Well it's on sale at Macy's."

"How much is  it?"

"Only a two  hundred and fifty dollars, and it's worth at least three hundred and  fifty."

Feldman peeled off  five fifties and gave them to her. The son spoke up. "Pop, for a long  time I've been saving up to buy one of those English bikes with ten gear  shifts. I already have most of the money, but I need a little more."

"How much  more?"

"One hundred and  fifty dollars."

Feldman handed over  the money.

"Daddy,"  said his teen age daughter, "next week our school is having the most  important dance of the whole year. If I don't have a new dress,

I'll simply  die." (cont.)

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"Don't die  Sweetheart. How much is the dress?"

"Only a hundred  dollars, Daddy dear."

Feldman handed over  the remaining twenty five dollars, leaned back and grinned. "It never  fails," he announced. "The minute we Gentiles have a little money,  you Jews take it away from us!"



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Hereeeeeeeeeeeeees...  Kathy’s Korner!


Mrs Oppenheimer decided  to get away from the often inclement weather of New York and spend Christmas  in the deep South of the USA. Being unfamiliar with that part of the world  she wandered into a 'restricted' hotel and said 'Hi. I'm Mrs Oppenheimer and  I'd like a room for the next week.' 'I'm very sorry,' said the manager,   but all our rooms are taken. Just as he said that a customer came to the desk  and unexpectedly checked out. 'How lucky' responded Mrs Oppenheimer, 'Now you  have a room for me.' 'Look, I'm very sorry' said the manager, but this is a  restricted hotel. Jews are not allowed here. 'Jewish! Whaddya mean Jewish. I  happen to be a Catholic.' 'That takes some believing' said the manager. Tell  me, who was the Son of God?' 'Jesus.' she replied 'Where was he born?' 'In a stable  in Bethleham..... simply because some Schmuck like you wouldn't rent a room  to a Jew.'




COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shon) n.

Female: The open sharing of thoughts and feelings

with one's partner.

Male: Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing

trip with the boys.


 (Kathy  Parsons is a regular contributor.)




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You will  never leave where you are, until you decide where you'd rather be. - Dexter  Yager






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"Most great people have achieved their greatest  success just one step beyond their greatest failure." - Napoleon Hill








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Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. – Earl Wilson












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The  important thing is this:  To be able at any moment to sacrifice that  which we are for what we could become.  ~Charles DuBois



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It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of  many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.   ~Author Unknown




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nuptial \NUHP-shuhl; -chuhl\: Of or  pertaining to marriage; done or used at a wedding; as, "nuptial rites  and ceremonies."; Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the mating season.


Greetings Coalition  Family!


Remember  to spend your holiday money in the neighborhood you wish to enrich. Get to know  your block captain this year.








Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a  common vision.  The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward  organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to  attain uncommon results.  ~Andrew Carnegie














 “We  each hold a piece to the puzzle.” – Dr. John Elliott Churchville

“Communicate… Cooperate… Collaborate”


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


Cap4Kids  Hint of the Week


What does ant-bullying, resources for  children whose families are in the military, health information for parents,  website safety, early brain development, and finding fun things to do with  kids in Philly have to do with each other? They can all be found on the  website under the Helpful Links tab (  along with dozens of other resources to help families raise successful,  healthy, secure children as well as advocate for children throughout the  region.


Also, please continue to spread the word  about Cap4Kids Philadelphia by liking us on Facebook at!/pages/Cap4Kids-Childrens-Advocacy-Project-of-Philadelphia

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School Discipline Advocacy Service (SDAS)  The cross-campus collaboration of Temple University and University of  Pennsylvania Law students. SDAS aims to provide assistance and possibly  representation to public and charter school parents and students in school  discipline hearings. The program includes a telephone messaging service (215-204-8812)  and email address (  that parents and students can contact for resources and support.






The Black Male Development Symposium

will be having it's Kick-Off Reception on

Friday, December 9th from 6-9PM at

Arcadia University in the

Grey Towers Castle.

Please visit our web site  and RSVP via the Evite.

Take care

Dr. Doreen Loury

Executive Director, Black Male Development  Symposium

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FREE  Marriage Conference

This one of  a kind FREE marriage conference scheduled this coming Saturday, we still have  a few spaces available.

Come see  what God has to say about marriage through some dedicated people who are  skilled in marriage.

Recieve  God's word & good fellowship with givaways from Royal Caribbean, Sandals,  CLC Book Store, The Eye institute, Kairi's Travel, Empowerment hour radio,  Relish, Sol...e to Soul, Just to Serve you, Derek's, Philly Platinum Grill,  Cold Stone Creamery, Applause Fashions, Blessings unlimited, Divacoutoure,  Traci Lynn, Meridian Bank, Farmers Insurance, TC Unlimited, The Promise Land,  Pleasure Principle, Pampered Chef and much more!

You don't  want to miss this, come invest in your marriage for FREE!

Bodiee Fellowship Hall
 7811 Ridge Avenue
 Philadelphia, PA 19128

Saturday,  December 10, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (ET)

 SOME VENDOR SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE!!! Please contact Deidra @610-332-9594.

 If you plan on attending the FREE marriage conference, please register TODAY  as we only have few spaces left. You may register @

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10 Tips to healthy eating and physical activity for you.


1.    Start your  day with breakfast.
 Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long  night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare  breakfasts include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast  with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles or even last  night's pizza!

2.    Get Moving!
 It's easy to fit physical activities into your daily routine. Walk, bike or  jog to see friends. Take a 10-minute activity break every hour while you  read, do homework or watch TV. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator or  elevator. Try to do these things for a total of 30 minutes every day.

3.    Snack smart.
 Snacks are a great way to refuel. Choose snacks from different food groups -  a glass of low-fat milk and a few graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks  with peanut butter and raisins, or some dry cereal. If you eat smart at other  meals, cookies, chips and candy are OK for occasional snacking.

4.    Work up a  sweat.
 Vigorous work-outs - when you're breathing hard and sweating - help your  heart pump better, give you more energy and help you look and feel best.  Start with a warm-up that stretches your muscles. Include 20 minutes of  aerobic activity, such as running, jogging, or dancing. Follow-up with  activities that help make you stronger such as push-ups or lifting weights.  Then cool-down with more stretching and deep breathing.

5.    Balance your  food choices - don't eat too much of any one thing.
 You don't have to give up foods like hamburgers, french fries and ice cream  to eat healthy. You just have to be smart about how often and how much of  them you eat. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and  many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and  calcium from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide  Pyramid and checking out the Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels will help  you get all these nutrients.

6.    Get fit with  friends or family.
 Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to  join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or  hiking, with a group each week.

7.    Eat more  grains, fruits and vegetables.
 These foods give you carbohydrates for energy, plus vitamins, minerals and  fiber. Besides, they taste good! Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and  pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also in the grain group.
 Bananas, strawberries and melons are some great tasting fruits. Try  vegetables raw, on a sandwich or salad.

8.    Join in  physical activities at school.
 Whether you take a physical education class or do other physical activities  at school, such as intramural sports, structures activities are a sure way to  feel good, look good and stay physically fit.

9.    Foods aren't  good or bad.
 A healthy eating style is like a puzzle with many parts. Each part -- or food  -- is different. Some foods may have more fat, sugar or salt while others may  have more vitamins or fiber. There is a place for all these foods. What makes  a diet good or bad is how foods fit together. Balancing your choices is  important. Fit in a higher-fat food, like pepperoni pizza, at dinner by  choosing lower-fat foods at other meals. And don't forget about moderation.  If two pieces of pizza fill you up, you don't need a third.

10.Make healthy eating and physical activities  fun!
 Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing  together and eat the foods you like. Be adventurous - try new sports, games  and other activities as well as new foods. You'll grow stronger, play longer,  and look and feel better! Set realistic goals - don't try changing too much  at once.

From the  President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

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The  Tree Choice: Care and Decorating Tips for the Holidays


When  you think about it, the holidays are the only time of year we try to recreate  a forest in our living rooms, from setting up a tree, to decking the mantel  with fir and holly and dangling mistletoe. And even after years of practice,  we may not really get some of the basics of this unique ecosystem we're  experimenting with. It has its hazards, such as the neurotoxic pescticide  di-syston 15-G, used on many tree farms, which can remain on trees in the home.  And it needs proper care, whether your choice is a cut tree or potted one.

Cut  Trees

First  of all, if you haven't heard yet, avoid fake trees. Often produced with  lead-bearing PVC, the production and incineration of which results in the  release of carcinogenic dioxins, fake trees are no substitute for the real  thing. Real trees capture carbon while alive and most U.S. cities woodchip  trees left at the curbside, recycling their nutrients in mulch. You can also  put them in a fish pond as an incubator for young fish. That said, ask the  person selling you the tree some of the same questions you'd ask at your  farmers' market, including "Do you use pesticides and, if so, which  ones?" and "When were these trees cut down?" You want your money  to go towards growers that you want to keep in business.  provides a list of organic Christmas-tree farms around the country or you can  search for farms by zip code at Local Harvest.

When  selecting a tree, pick it up and give it a bounce to see if a large number of  needles fall off indicating a dry tree. You'll want to find a straight tree  of a diameter that will fit in your stand. At home, you can store the tree in  a garage or shed, placing it in a bucket of water. Before you bring the tree  inside, cut off an inch from the base to help its uptake of water.

Pet  Safety: Make sure that pets cannot drink water from the tree stand. If the  tree has been treated with pesticides, there is always the risk that your  pets may be harmed. See our pet  health section and for more ways to avoid  hazards to pets.

More  at:

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

For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly

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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 programs.

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 





Ron Brown Scholar Program

 The Ron Brown Scholar Program is a national program that awards
 scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated African
 American high school seniors who intend to pursue undergraduate
 degrees full-time. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent
 residents. The Program honors the late Ronald H. Brown, Secretary
 of Commerce during the Clinton administration. These scholarships
 are reserved for exceptional individuals who share Brown's traits
 of excellence, leadership, commitment to public service and a desire
 to make a difference. In addition, applicants must demonstrate
 financial need.

 January 9, 2012


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Gates  Millennium Scholar Program

 The 2012 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship application is
 now available. GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a
 "good through graduation" scholarship to use at any college or
 university of their choice.

 Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

 --Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian
 Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American

 --Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the USA

 --Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an un-
 weighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED

 --Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or
 university in the fall of 2012 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year
 student (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma
 while concurrently enrolled); first-time college enrollees can also be
 GED recipients

 --Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in
 community service, extracurricular or other activities

 --Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria

 The application deadline is January 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.





Open Society Foundations and Echoing  Green Launch Black Male Achievement Fellowship

NEW YORK - The  Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green announced today a new fellowship  program for individuals dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black  men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind  that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new organizations in  the field of black male achievement.

"We're  proud to support innovators working to transform the lives of black men and  boys and their communities," said Shawn Dove, Manager of the Open  Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement.  "Historically, black males have been prevented from fully engaging in  American society due to a host of economic, civic, social, and political  barriers. Now for the first time, there's a fellowship program dedicated to  providing creative thinkers the space and support they need to tackle this complicated  and entrenched problem."

The  online application for the Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship  will be available on December 5, 2011 and closed on January 9, 2012. It  will be awarded to eight fellows who are generating new ideas and best  practices in the areas of education, family, and work such as initiatives  related to fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs,  community-building, and supportive wage work opportunities. Fellowships  will also be awarded for efforts in the areas of communications and  philanthropic leadership.

"The  pioneering efforts of social entrepreneurs have real and long-term systemic  impacts on society," said Cheryl L. Dorsey, President of Echoing  Green. "We're excited to be partners in this new Fellowship program  focused on black male achievement. When all segments of our society  succeed, we can be much more innovative and competitive as a country."

Echoing  Green has run a social entrepreneur fellowship for the past 24 years.  Eighty-five percent of their Fellows remain in the social sector in  leadership positions after their fellowships have ended. Each BMA Fellow  will receive a $70,000 stipend in start-up capital as well as technical  assistance over 18 months to help them launch and build their organizations;  access to technical support and pro bono partnerships; community of  like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders; and other  benefits.

For  eligibility and application information, go to:

About the Open Society Foundations
 Active in more than 70 countries, the Open Society Foundations work to  build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to  their citizens. Working with local communities, the Open Society  Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and  access to public health and education.
About Echoing Green
 Echoing Green unleashes next generation talent to solve the world's biggest  problems. We are a nonprofit social venture fund that identifies, invests  in, and supports some of the world's best emerging social  entrepreneurs-society's change agents. Because we believe human capital is  the most important asset class, and understand the difficulties faced by  social innovators who challenge the status quo with bold ideas for a better  world, Echoing Green invests deeply in these next generation change agents  as well as works to create an ecosystem around them that supports and  celebrates social innovation as a high-impact strategy for social change.
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SpotLight On Our Efforts


Building Your Success Team

By Michael Rice

In America, the first recognized urban  networkers were the founding fathers.   They were a dedicated group of individuals from different walks of  life who were united in purpose and direction. The members included such  colorful individuals as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin (two of  them later them president and one who was ambassador to France, the first  postmaster and associated with the discovery of electricity.  Together they formed a mastermind group  aka success team that created the foundation for the most powerful country in  the world.

As urban networkers they recognized the  power of purpose and teamwork. Today urban networkers also establish success  teams.    These teams consist of  people who share and support each other’s goals and values.  Urban networkers convene their teams on a  regular basis.  The meetings are  formal or informal yet based in trust, honesty and harmony.

The goals of these meetings are to provide  mutual support and encouragement.  The  membership represents different disciplines and even ways of life.  While all the groups have their own unique  identity, they share in their spiritual values.  Everyone in the group believes in the other’s talents and  abilities.  They agree that only way  to truly enjoy success is to work together to achieve it.

“It takes teamwork to make a dream work”

Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow  Rich, “describes a success team as something called the Master Mind.  He describes it as the “coordination of  knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony between two or more people for  the attainment of a definite purpose.   No two minds ever come together without thereby, creating a third  invisible intangible force which may be likened to a third mind…. “

Hill compared the human mind to an electric  battery, “.a group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony  will provide more thought energy than a single brain, just as a group of  batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.”

Herbert Harris, in his book “The Twelve  Universal Laws of Success” calls it the highest and most powerful form of  relationship with other people.   He  describes the mastermind principle:

“The Mastermind is the power source that  creates directs and guides the universal creation.  It is know by many names:   God, First Cause, Supreme Being, Supreme Cause, Universal Force, etc.  Each of us, every person on the planet, is  an individualized expression of this Master Mind.  We have the God given power to connect with, and tap into the  wisdom, creative genius and power of this Master Mind…The Mastermind  principle embodies the ancient concept that combined energies , intelligence  and power of two or more like minded people , is far greater than the sum  total of their individual energy, intelligence and power”

Both authors agree that the combined power  of two or more individuals united together and focused on one purpose is an  amazing and unstoppable force.

Want to learn more about how to establish  your own success team and build better mutually beneficial relationships in  your life?

Join us at the monthly Community  Improvement Workshops sponsored by the Coalition and Professional Networking  Associates.  Michael Rice, Lead  Facilitator and CEO for Professional Networking Associates shares principles,  strategies and tactics for the new "Urban Networking" in an ongoing  workshop series.  Call 215-387-2734 or  267-303-0653 for more information

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I see little of more importance to the  future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place  of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must  set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. Pauline Kael


Poetic Vibez: December 16, 2011 @ The October Gallery,  located 6353 Greene Street. Start time is 8pm, also Free for confirmed  Performing Poets, and $10.00 for guests.

December 25, 2011 @ 7165 Lounge, located  7165 Germantown Ave., (the Old North By Northwest.) Start Time 3:30pm. Free  for confirmed Performing Poets, and $10.00 for guests, which includes all U  can Eat Vegan Brunch.

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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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With The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The  Merciful

Moorish Unification Council of the World,  Inc.

Presents its

Annual Unity Day Celebration

In Honor of Noble Drew Ali



Community Award Presentations

Speaker: Wesley Wilson-Bey


Sunday January 8, 2011

3:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Kingsessing Recreation Center

49th & Kingsessing Avenue

Philadelphia, PA


More information: Wesley  Wilson-Bey/Chairman 215.476.0280


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Root Cause  and Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement to Launch a  Leadership and Sustainability Institute


BOSTON -To  bolster the efforts of advocates and organizations

working to improve the life outcomes of black males in the U.S.,

Root Cause and the Open Society Foundations Campaign for

Black Male Achievement are launching a Leadership and

Sustainability Institute. The project is meant to strengthen the

capacity of the campaign's grantees and other nonprofit organizations  working within the field of black male achievement.

"It's going to take decades of effort to make real headway on

the many difficult issues that black men and boys in this country

face so we are acting with the fierce urgency of now," said  Shawn Dove, the Campaign Director of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.  "We're excited to partner with Root Cause on this important legacy:

an institute that provides individuals and organizations

working on black males achievement with the tools and

support they need to ensure success."

Black men and boys face major racial disparities, unequal

opportunities, and achievement gaps at nearly every

stage in life including early childhood, primary and secondary

school, college, and employment.

For example, by 2004, 50 percent of black men in their 20s

who lacked a college education were jobless, as were 72 percent

of high school dropouts; 42 percent of all black boys have

failed an entire grade at least once and only 18 percent of

black men ages 20-21 are enrolled in college; the Bureau of

Justice Statistics projected that 28 percent of black males in  America

will serve some time in state or federal prison.

While over the years numerous leaders, advocates and organizations  have

made major strides in improving the life outcomes and achievements of  black men and boys, sustaining a strong and consistent multi-decade focus on  the issue has been a great struggle. An 1995 Urban Institute study found that  of the 51 programs focused on black men and boys surveyed, after 10 years a  quarter no longer existed and less than a quarter still maintained  programming focusing on black males. Organizations working in the black male  achievement field have

faced, and continue to face, more obstacles compared to the overall  nonprofit sector including:

The black male achievement field has been plagued by inconsistent  philanthropic support. Organizations often work in isolation from one  another, may be working in segregated neighborhoods, and have lower access to  networks and resources to help grow their impact. Efforts to coordinate the  field are often short term, inconsistent, and unstructured. Available growth  and sustainability resources often lack sufficient cultural context or focus  on organizations working in this field, and those few service providers that  are dedicated to the field are often small, geographically scattered, have in  consistent cash flow, slow growth of impact, and challenges to  sustainability.

About the Open Society Foundations Campaign  for Black Male Achievement
 The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a multi-issue, cross-fund strategy  to address black men and boys' exclusion from economic, social, educational,  and political life in the United States. The campaign responds to a growing  body of research that reveals the intensification of black males' negative  life outcomes. It builds on U.S. Programs' mission to support individuals and  organizations that nurture the development of a more democratic, just  society, as well as the Open Society Foundations' expertise and past work to  reduce incarceration, promote racial justice, and support youth engagement  and leadership development.

About  Root Cause
 Founded in 2004, Root Cause began as a small nonprofit consulting practice  for innovative nonprofits. Since then, Root Cause has grown to become a  nationally recognized organization with 30 team members, an annual budget of  $3 million. Root Cause has developed growth and sustainability plans for more  than 130 nonprofit organizations that have subsequently raised more than $50  million.

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 Tania Green







Comcast  unveils new plan to combat digital divide

  Comcast has announced that it will begin offering a new  service, Internet  Essentials, in time for the 2011-12 school year.
    This initiative will directly address the major barriers that  many in our communities face for in-home broadband adoption:   affordability and lack of digital literacy.
    In today’s world, it is important for everyone to be digitally  literate.  Broadband adoption is vital for our communities because it  helps improve our children’s education, our local economy, and the ability  for members of our communities to find jobs and benefit from opportunities  available online.
    Comcast Internet Essentials will provide eligible families with:
    -- Affordable home Internet service ($9.95 per month)
    -- A low-cost computer ($149.99 plus taxes)
    -- Access to free internet training – online, in print and in  classroom (at established community training sites)
    Internet Essentials will be available everywhere that Comcast  offers its high-speed Internet service.  Students in more than 4,000  school districts in 39 states and the District of Columbia will be able to  participate.
    Comcast will accept new Internet Essentials participants for at  least three years, through the end of the 2013-14 school year.  Any  household that qualifies during this three-year period will remain eligible  for Internet Essentials, provided the household still qualifies for the  program, until that child graduates from high school.
    For more details, go here.
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   Technology can help nonprofits create the change they want  to see in

the  world. But even with daily evidence of world-changing innovations

and  applications of technology, it's difficult for nonprofit leaders to

know  how to apply it to their missions.
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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.

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