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If Teens would Talk...

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Sometimes we all need a reality check. Our teens are experiencing valid problems. They are not our generations, nor do we think they are of high level concern sometimes. Yet, if we take the time to actually talk to them and listen, we may just build a strong connection with them and help them make better choices in the end. So here's your free WAKE UP call before it's too late.

If teens would really open up, talk, and tell parents the truth- what would they say? Spoken word Artist Suli Breaks shares from a young man's view what he thinks they would say to all parents of teens who sometimes feel lost or disconnected from their children...

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Never Give Up

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Just for teens! Not sure if college is for you? Nervous about the scholarship application process? Watch and free your mind as this teen receives 1 Million dollars in Academic Scholarships. If he can do it- you can do it too!

Google Coding School offers FREE Classes

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Is your family making the most of their summer?

As long as your little ones can watch a video and comprehend a story line, they can sign up to take classes from Google pros to learn how to be a website developer or semi-pro computer coder.

Google is offering free, online coding classes here: Code School Learning Opportunity

In an effort to increase diversity in the technology world, Google is offering three months of free coding courses for women and minorities through a partnership with the Code School and the Women Techmakers.

The company continues to roll out initiatives to even the playing field for underrepresented groups following a report in May that revealed their employees are 70 percent male and 60 percent white. Just 2 percent of Google's workforce is Black and 3 percent are Latino; 30 percent are women.

The Code School Learning Opportunity, presented by Google, is aimed for those already in the technology community who are interested in furthering their skills through the Code School's online tools.




FAMU to Offer New Degree Programs this Fall

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Thinking about college at FAMU? Great news!

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has approved the addition of six new degree programs scheduled to launch this fall: the bachelor of science in physical education and teacher education; bachelor of science in health, leisure and fitness studies; bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies; and the bachelor of science and bachelor of arts in environmental studies.

“We are excited to offer these new degree programs, which will not only meet the growing demand for a skilled workforce, but are also designed to meet the State University System’s goals of increasing access to degrees and production of degrees,” said Interim Provost Rodner Wright.

Health, Leisure and Fitness Studies

The new health, leisure and fitness studies program, offered through the College of Education’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), provides professional courses leading to the new bachelor of science degree in health, physical education/fitness. The new degree will replace the current bachelor of science degree in physical education. Current students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education until 2016 and incoming students will receive the new degree. The health, leisure and fitness studies program will offer four degree concentration options, including aquatics management, dance studies, health promotion, and exercise science and coaching. 

“The new degree program in health, leisure and fitness studies is distinctively designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of non-teaching career goals, and will provide a competitive and global edge in the workplace,” said Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Education. 

HPER professors Barbara Thompson, Ph.D., Steve Chandler, Ph.D., and Brian Hickey, Ph.D. helped develop the new program. Currently six faculty members are credentialed and prepared to serve as inaugural instructors for the program. The students will have an internship prior to graduation and be well prepared to go on to graduate school, if they desire. 

“The new bachelor’s degree, with its leisure studies courses, can lead them to the master’s degree in sports management,” said Chandler. “They could also conceivably do the master’s in business or public health. We see it as being extremely supportive of the masters programs that already exist on campus.”

Thompson said that one of the goals with the new program is to reclaim students who left because they could not meet progression requirements. She expects that approximately 15-20 students will re-enroll this fall.

“We’re calling some of those students and inviting them back. In fact, a lot of them are interested in coming back,” said Thompson. “We’re telling them, ‘if you want to come back, we’re going to work with you. We’re going to look at your transcript and everything you’ve had, and we’re going to try to get you in and out.’”


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Interdisciplinary Studies

For those who can’t decide on just one major, the interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s degree programs within the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities may be a perfect fit. The program will benefit students who are seeking a broad educational focus that may not be obtained in a single discipline. The program of study is flexible and designed to enable to students to pursue a well-rounded education that best fits their educational goals.

Due to the nature of the major, students will work with an advisor and formulate a program of study for a unique, individualized degree plan. The student may draw upon the resources of the entire FAMU inventory of classes. Meeting with an academic advisor each term is required to ensure that they will progress through the degree program in a timely manner.

“The B.S./B.A. interdisciplinary studies degree program will provide undergraduate students an alternative education model to achieve their career goals and directly augment the efforts of various academic units to increase students’ access, retention and degree completion at the university,” said Merlin Langley, Ph.D., chair, interdisciplinary studies committee. 

The interdisciplinary studies program will continue FAMU’s contribution to the local, state and national workforce by producing more individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree necessary for entry into varied occupations, such as a historian, curator, educator, foreign ambassador, author, military officer or journalist.

Environmental Studies

The environmental studies bachelor’s degree programs, housed in the School of the Environment, is designed for those seeking careers in environmental policy and management. Having such a program at FAMU will have a significant impact on the number of diverse environmental analysts who will be able to serve the local community and state of Florida. 

FAMU will join Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Florida International University (FIU) as the only universities in the Florida State University System offering degrees in environmental studies. FGCU and FIU have only graduated six African-Americans since 2011 in the field. FAMU’s program will be one way of increasing the number of African-American graduates in this field, which is an area of employment that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will grow by 19 percent by 2020.

Dean of the School of the Environment, Victor Ibeanusi, Ph.D., said students with social sciences, humanities and STEM backgrounds will find the new degree in environmental studies very appealing because the new program will offer both B.S./B.A. degree tracks.

“The global environmental changes and impact of today demand that we train students that are prepared to assume leadership positions with a knowledge base for understanding the long-term restoration and sustainability of the environment,” said Ibeanusi. “The new degree in environmental studies will add to our existing environmental sciences program as we prepare students to better understand the environmental policies and management that are needed to provide solutions to these global changes.”

For more information regarding the physical education and teacher education and health, leisure and fitness studies programs, contact the College of Education at (850) 599-3482. For more information regarding the interdisciplinary studies program, contact the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at (850) 599-3430. For more information regarding the environmental studies program, contact the School of the Environment at (850) 599-3550.


Parenting Teens while Keeping your Sanity

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It is just part of parenting teens to feel shut out and worthless as a parent, right? This is not the case. Most children (remember, teens are still kids) need a firm parental hand on their shoulder. While most of the time they will make good decisions based on what you have taught them through the years, other times they will struggle endlessly with peer pressure. The first thing that you need to do as a parent is to take a step back and then make your move.

Take A Step Back

Parenting teens is no easy task. The first thing that you need to do, no matter how angry you are, is to take a small step back and realize what is really happening with your teen. To do this, you need to realize what they are facing. They are facing peer pressure, constant rejection from friends and are usually struggling with their self image. They are under a lot of stress and do not need you to add to it.

Make Your Move

No matter what you see when you take your step back; you need to react to it. If you are thinking that you do not need to worry about your child because they will make the right choices, you are welcoming their pain. Instead, you need to pull them aside when they are having trouble and talk to them in a frank yet understanding way. For example, if you suspect that your child is doing drugs, sit down with them, tell them what you think is happening and offer to help them to get them back on track. No accusations, no pressure, just you being a parent.

Realize that all children make mistakes, even teens. The mistakes teens make are just bigger and more life threatening than those that toddlers make. Yet, parenting teens means being a parent to them. Realize what is happening to your child. Realize what you need to do about it. Forgive them for making the mistake and help them to get out of it. You will need to do this type of parenting for as long as you have teens.



College News: CAU Washington Fellowship

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ATLANTA Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of only 20 U.S. host schools for the Washington Fellowship For Young African Leaders Program, which will convene on campus June 14 through July 25.  This is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the purpose of which is to further empower and bolster young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring and networking in three distinct tracks: civic leadership, business and entrepreneurship, and public management.


CAU is the only private historically black college or university (HBCU) and the only university in Georgia to host this prestigious program.  Mesfin Bezuneh, Ph.D., the director of the program and professor of economics in the School of Business Administration at CAU, said, “Given the present structure and business activities of developing countries, more specifically those on the continent of Africa, the YALI program is practical and timely, attracting support from all sectors of the economy in both the United States and Africa.


 “At CAU, we are pleased to train this summer at least 25 young men and women leaders, focusing on business and entrepreneurship, starting summer 2014.”  Bezuneh added, “The program will lay the foundation for long-term business, academic and social engagements between the United States and African nations.”

The Washington Fellowship is geared toward outstanding young leaders who have several years of professional experience and a proven record of accomplishment in leading and promoting positive change in their organizations, institutions or communities.  More than 50,000 applications were received for the 500 slots available at the host schools.  The other host schools are: Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, Florida International University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Northwestern University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, Tulane University, University of Arkansas, University of California (Berkley), University of Delaware, University of Minnesota, University of Notre Dame, University of Texas at Austin, Presidential Precinct, University of Wisconsin (Stout), Wagner College and Yale University.

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Teens Apply: King of Pop, Usher's Scholarship

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The UNCF and award winning entertainer Usher Raymond IV  have partnerned to create the Usher Raymond Scholarship Program to provide scholarship opportunities for high school seniors entering any Historically Black College or University beginning Fall 2014. The scholarship program is funded by the Usher Raymond IV Foundation and provides up to $25,000  ($12,500 per semester) to eligible applicants who meet the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior at the time of application.

2. Applicants must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

3. Applicants must enroll at a four year Historically Black College or University in Fall 2014.

4.. Applicants must have a demonstrated financial need (will be verified upon final selection).

A completed application also includes the following components:

1. Updated transcript with most recent grade point average. Transcript does not have to be official in order to be attached to application.

2. Well organized, cohesive essay. For details, please go to the essay section of the application.

3. Letter of acceptance to a Historically Black College or University for Fall 2014

4. Reference Form from a faculty or staff member familiar with the student's academic performance.

The deadline for all materials is March 31, 2014 at 11:59pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. No exceptions.

To apply, click here or visit


Teens Apply: Miami Heat Scholarship

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The Miami HEAT and BankUnited are offering five (5) HEAT Scholarships each valued at $5,000 to high school seniors attending Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach schools!  Scholarships are awarded based onacademic performance and outstanding community service.  Applications are due April 5, 2014.  For the application and more information, click

To be considered, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • ·         Applicant must have a minimum un-weighted GPA of 3.2 by the end of the second grading period of their senior year.
  • ·         Applicant must have an unmet financial need for assistance.
  • ·         Applicant must submit an official transcript from the high school registrar along with a copy of their SAT and/or ACT score.
  • ·         Applicant must be accepted to and enroll in a four year accredited college or university in the USA.

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