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Teens Apply: Community Foundation Scholarship

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Calling all parents and teens! The hunt is on for free money... yes- you read correctly. Scholarships are free money that students earn for college.

Did you know that it takes at least three weeks to put together an outstanding scholarship application? Applicants need time to fill out the forms without errors (spelling and grammar must be perfect), contact a representative for a recommendation letter (this person can be a teacher or mentor), draft an engaging essay (must be inspirational and highlight unique vision) and then let's not forget about ample time to mail off the application in time to beat the deadline. There is so much to consider, but guess what- you're not alone. We are here to help. Stop by Urban Parenting Magazine each week to check out a new scholarship offered locally or nationally. Then e-mail us your questions and we'll be glad to help where we can. Here's another scholarship feature to get you started:

The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for

our 2013-2014 Scholarship Program.

The deadline for students to apply is

February 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to the many individuals who have established scholarship funds, the Community Foundation manages over 100 scholarships and is one of the largest scholarship providers in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Please visit our website for complete information

about the scholarship program.

The online application can be accessed by visiting the

Apply for a Scholarship tab on our website.

Students who meet the primary eligibility will be invited for an interview

and additional online information will be requested at that time.

We encourage you to forward this email to any graduating student in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Foundation atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Teens Apply: Jerry Bartow Scholarship

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Each year the cost of college goes up nationwide. Yet, the necessity of higher education remains. Students who earn a high school diploma and then go on to graduate from college, not only make more money than those that do not, but they gain valuable professional skills to successfully negotiate in many important parts of life such as negotiating for a luxury car, home ownership, career expansion, etc.

Yet, what if your family can’t afford college? What if no one in your family has graduated from college? What is the college application process like? What are my financial aid options? What’s the difference between a loan and a scholarship?

These are questions that Urban Parenting Magazine plans to address in support of local schools around the nation to inspire teens to apply themselves, apply to college, and apply for FREE MONEY (scholarships).

Every student deserves a chance to empower themselves, invest in themselves, and then go out to uplift the community.

Join Urban Parenting magazine each week as we strive to help our future scholars and leaders through our “Teens Apply” web series. We’ll do the research and lay the foundation. Then we need your help (UP Magazine readers) to motivate teens to apply by sharing with your families, schools, teenagers you know, friends, and social media outlets.

Here’s the first scholarship… Ready, Set, APPLY!




The Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund was established in June 1997 by ITT Hartford Insurance Company in recognition of Dr. Bartow’s service to ITT, his long-standing commitment to the development of the Black Executive Exchange Program and the National Urban League.  Undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities who have a minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The scholarship fund is maintained through personal and corporate contributions as well as the Jerome E. Bartow Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament, organized annually by UPS.

A $5,000 scholarship is awarded to three (3) deserving students of BEEP participating HBCUs.

Awardees must be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior at the time the scholarship commences.

Awardees must be available to receive the award during the Black Executive Exchange Program’s Annual Leadership Conference which is typically held in June. Travel and hotel arrangements will be provided by BEEP.

For More Information Please Contact Danielle E. Cornwall, M.S.W Manager, Campus Programs, The Black Executive Exchange Program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Black Executive Exchange Program of the National Urban League


Read UP: Success before Sex

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Success Book

Submitted By Carlotta Jones, President, Success 1st, Inc.

You know the old adage: Sex Sells. Unfortunately, all too often, it sells teenage girls short.

It makes it difficult for girls to dream, let alone achieve their dreams. It creates risks and roadblocks to successful, fulfilling lives. And because sex is so difficult to talk about with parents and other adults, it leaves a void your teens are anxious to fill. That’s why seventeen-year-old Sharnice Jones turned a school project into a book, "Success Before Sex". It is helping teenage girls better understand their options and risk when engaging in sexual activity. And she’s turned that book into a unique nonprofit organization, Success 1st™to share her perspective and research with her peers. Jones is helping young girls make more-informed decisions rather than react to the consequences after the fact. Speaking with a view no adult can offers, Sharnice talks about HIV, teen pregnancies, college and the American dream of reaching for dreams. Dreams that are too often dashed when a child puts sex before success.

Jones says, "I believe that teaching young females tactics and strategies for avoiding the pressure to engage in sex before they are confronted is very important. Knowledge and preparation is critical in helping us avoid the pitfalls that could destroy our dreams forever. Rather than tell us what to avoid, tell us how to avoid it, and what to do when we encounter it." So Read UP and learn more:

Got a children's book you want to be a part of our Read UP Campaign and share with our readers? Send it to us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Teens Apply: Scholarships for Young Black Men

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Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers a scholarship of up to $7,500 for Black and minority students who      aspire to go to college but could otherwise not afford to do so. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is committed to providing mentorship to students as part of a mission to create future Black leaders of America. Qualifying students must be applying for a BA at a four-year accredited university. The award will help assist in covering tuition, living expenses, book, and  other costs related to achieving a college degree.
One Hudson Square 75 Varick Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013-1917

United Negro College Fund

  • The United Negro College Fund is the largest minority education organization in the United States. In      the past 66 years, it has raised more than $3 billion to help assist over 350,000 African-American students go to college and achieve their educational goals. One scholarship offered through UNCF is the GHEENS      Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship offers $2,000 to students who live in Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee or the District of Columbia. Students must be enrolled in a two- to four-year college and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. UNCF also helps assist Black students interested in getting their teacher's degree through the Sieman's Teacher Scholarship. Students must be majoring in education. The amount varies depending on the financial  need of the students. Contact UNCF for more information on scholarship opportunities.
United Negro College Fund 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive P.O. Box 10444 Fairfax, VA 22031-8044


Black Male Initiative
  • In an effort to promote educational advancement for Black men, City University of New York is offering scholarships to attract more African-Americans into its programs. One of the programs through CUNY is the Skadden, Arps Honor Program in Legal Studies. It offers merit and need-based scholarships to Black males interested in pursuing a degree in the legal profession. In addition to monetary assistance, the Skadden, Arps Honor Program mentors and provides preparation for a degree in law. It also assists students in receiving a paid summer internship at a law firm, as well as help with the LSAT and law school preparation.
160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031 (212) 650 7000

100 Black Men Scholarships

  • Another organization that offers help to Black males seeking a college education is 100 Black Men, Inc. This is a national organization with chapters all over the United States. Look into the chapter in your state for specific scholarship and grant opportunities.
100 Black Men of America , Inc. Headquarters (World) 141 Auburn Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303



Paris: Let's talk Child Care

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Opinion: Catching Up With France on Day Care


PARIS — PRETTY much from the moment I got pregnant, neighbors and friends began urging me to apply for a spot in one of France’s state-run day care centers.

I’d just smile politely. I figured this was another of those foreign habits — like eating horse meat — that I’d observe from a respectful distance. I couldn’t fathom government employees changing my baby’s diapers. And I couldn’t really fathom day care in general. Didn’t it cause attachment issues, or worse? I planned to hire a nanny.

Eventually — propelled by curiosity, a looming book deadline and the fact that everyone else was doing it — I applied for a spot in the “crèche” (rhymes with “mesh”). It was a long shot anyway; in our area, only one in three applicants got in. I heard that it helped to sound desperate. So once my daughter was born — my first child — I sent a follow-up letter with my sob story: a full-time job, no family in France to help out, and a 5-week-old baby who, tragically, was hearing almost no French.

Strangely, this worked. She got a spot for the fall, when she’d be 9 months old. Before long, I was dropping her off at the crèche around the corner four days a week. To my surprise, it wasn’t a baby gulag. The people who worked there were caring and capable. It was subsidized by the state, with a sliding scale based on income, so I could afford it. My daughter seemed delighted. And I was getting my work done. Six years later, I’ve sent three kids through both the crèche and France’s free universal public preschool and come out converted.

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Go Jaylen!

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Jaylen Bledsoe's IT consultancy, which he started when he was 12, is now worth more than $1million... never tell your children they can't do something, they may surprise you on just how much they can achieve with your support.


Few entrepreneurs can say they've grown their business into multi-million dollar enterprises in just a couple years. Far fewer can say they've done so all before even graduating high school.

Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, of Hazelwood, Mo., however, is just that rare breed of high school sophomore. He started his own tech company that specializes in web design and other IT services, Bledsoe Technologies, when he was just 13 years old and worked to expand it into a global enterprise now worth around $3.5 million, Fox 2 in St. Louis reports. The local news station followed up with Bledsoe on Monday after first interviewing the teen back in March 2012. Since that first interview, Bledsoe has grown his company from two workers to about 150 contracted employees in order to meet demand.

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Why teenagers need to be fashionable

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Why teenagers need to be fashionable

Why is it that teens want to become fashion trendy? Could this just be extravagance? Would this cause an alarm to parents?

One thing for sure, teens want to dress according to their interests and affiliations. Unlike grownups who wear clothes depending on their upbringing, their work environment and social standing in the community, some teenagers wear clothes to identify themselves with somebody who is famous. Usually, wearing branded clothes would give them a sense of belongingness to that star and his distinct group. They might be the yelling fans or the silent admirers, but in adopting that fashion trends, they feel to have belong to the same group. They are the teenagers who feel that the clothes they wear would more popularize these stars and that they could benefit from such fame having been identified with them. This is the reason why designer clothes being endorsed by actors, actresses and pop stars are becoming selling hits.

Other teenagers feel that wearing clothes with its distinct cut would identify them to a certain type of set; whether they are hip hop, the sporty type, the romantic type or the alternatives. Through fashion, they had successfully revealed their true personalities; unlike the grown ups who weighs other factors, teens want to become fashionable as clear manifestations of their true selves.

The wholehearted devotion to follow teen fashion trends are considered by some as mere extravagance. Not all teenagers are that rich enough to spend money on apparels in order to catch up with these trends. But creative teenagers have their own ways of fulfilling their passion and others know how to sacrifice their allowances in order to buy the clothes and accessories just to be in with the trend. Teens want to become fashionable, and they expect everybody to understand them.

The need for teen fashion has reached its competitive level in schools especially during the opening of classes. Here, the teenagers are likely to wear the latest trend for this is the time to have a great new look and these teenagers feel that they ought to be impressive. Do first impressions last? Yes. And these teens are scampering who can impress their peers first. Teens want to be show off their wares just to catch the attention of other young people.

Teen fashion trends have become a lucrative business that capitalized on the insatiable appetite of the teenagers for distinction. And do you know that teens are behind the success of these companies? Most companies are not only using teens as models, they also utilize multi-talented teenagers. The comments, suggestions and ideas for new designs are made by experts with the assistance of these talented young people. Promotional blitzes including those well crafted fashion shows are done to suggest that teen fashion is really a part of the lives of the teenagers. Teens want to craft their world.

To some people, catching up with the teen fashion trends are just useless lifestyles. They will not do any good except as a way of showing off that these teenagers have money to spend for these expensive clothing. Why go to the extent of catching up with new styles in order to be identified? Each one has the capability to be known, the ability to excel above others. Teens want to show that they have a world of their own and that they could also become contributors of value.

Whether the teenagers want to catch up with teen fashion trends or just wear any appropriate clothing, what is important is that these teens must work hard to become successful individuals. These teens do not only want fame, affiliations or distinction, they also want success and fruitful lives. In order for teens to succeed and to remain right, the parents must always be at their sides to guide, support and advise them. After all, parenting and parental guidance could fulfill the desires of the teenagers.


Inside View: Teen Outreach

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Greetings Urban Parenting Family!

I love attending trainings on child development and challenges. It inspires me to bring back new information, resources, and advice to you all (… By the way, we love you guys and thank you every day for supporting the movement!).

My husband calls me a parenting nerd because I truly get excited and engulfed in the trainings, take notes, ask questions, and come back with millions of ideas swimming in my head on how we can help build up the foundation of families today.

This week I had the opportunity to attend two trainings at a leading children’s organization in South Florida. One was focused on understanding teens and teaching them life skills. The other was on preventing child abuse and neglect.

Here are some insightful tips to consider from my teen training:

Adolescent brain development occurs between the ages of 11- 25 and the more young people are exposed to- the more neural pathways they have and skills they gain.

What can adults or parents do to help? They used the acronym B.R.A.I.N to help these findings stick:

B- Boundaries and Logical Consequences, set them and follow them.

R- Reflect, take time review the situation, good or bad, and consider different solutions.

A- Ask Questions, don’t be afraid to pry or get on your child’s bad side; remember, you are the parent and you are in control.

I- It’s not Personal; don’t take what your kids say or do to heart; sometimes they can do some heart wrenching things but we have to remind ourselves that they are learning and growing and since their brains are not fully developed, things that make sense to us as adults even after we’ve gone over it a million times with them, they may still not listen to or make a mistake. This is the time to set appropriate behavior management techniques.

N- Nonjudgmental; this is the hardest part of being a parent and person, not liking someone’s behavior and being able not to judge or compare. Yet this is the only way you will not internalize the child’s negative behavior or hold it against them. Let them know that you are disappointed and then just as we want our children to forgive and move forward, we must do so and lead the way.

All in all, it’s essential for teens to have choices with boundaries. Trust yourself enough as a parent to open the door, give your teen space and a sense of freedom to explore life. Then, stand with them as a guide and be present when necessary.

Hope this was helpful!

Shine on,

D. Manigat | Editor-in-Chief & Mommy of 2

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