Monday, December 31, 2012

Keep President Keith Tate & Family in Prayer

Please keep our President Keith Tate and his family in your prayers. Keith's mother, Mrs. Ola Tate made her transition yesterday. Funeral arrangements are :

St. Dorothy Church
450 E. 78th Street

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Visitation at 11:00am
Funeral is 12:00pm.
Repast Following

Thursday, December 27, 2012








Keith O Tate,       Maryellen Drake

President             Executive Vice


" Addressing Quality of Life Issues Is

   What We Do" since 1955



Grants Out of the box request for proposals


Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Accepting Applications for Sandell Grant and Dissertation Fellowship Programs

Grants of $45,000 are available to scholars for research related to retirement income and disability insurance issues, while fellowships of $28,000 are available to doctoral candidates for research having to do with retirement issues.... grant-programs
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Posted on December 14, 2012
Deadline: January 31, 2013

Arts and Culture

Posen Foundation Accepting Applications for New Fellowship for Jewish Scholars and Writers
Two-year fellowships of $40,000 are available to doctoral students in modern Jewish history and culture and emerging Jewish fiction writers in North America, Israel, Europe, and around the globe.... what-we-do/fellowships.php
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Posted on December 12, 2012
Deadline: January 15, 2013

New Music USA Invites Proposals for MetLife Creative Connections Program
Grants of up to $3,500 are available to support the participation of American composers in public activities related to performances of their original music.... grants/metlife-creative- connections
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Posted on December 12, 2012
Deadline: January 7, 2013

Our Town

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to: improve their quality of life; encourage greater creative activity; foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalize economic development. apply/OurTown/Grant-program- description.html

The application deadline is January 14, 2013.

Children and Youth

Center for Native American Youth Invites Teens to Submit Their Stories for Champions for Change Program
Native American youth 14 to 24 years of age are invited to submit their stories of leadership and service in tribal and urban Indian communities, schools, and programs.... for_Change.html
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Posted on December 13, 2012
Deadline: January 31, 2013

Tauck Family Foundation Calls for Proposals from Bridgeport Nonprofits Working to Develop Life Skills in School Children
The foundation will provide non-financial capacity building support to nonprofits working to help elementary school children from low-income families in Bridgeport, Connecticut, develop critical life skills....
http://tauckfamilyfoundation. org /images/uploads/main/2013_ Tauck_Family_Foundation_ Request_for_Proposals_6.pdf
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Posted on December 12, 2012
Deadline: January 31, 2013

Community Improvement/Development

MacArthur Foundation Invites Affordable Housing Research Proposals
Funding of up to $1 million is available for research projects that expand the body of evidence with respect to the difference that living in decent, stable, and affordable housing makes in the lives of families, and communities.... article/call-housing-research- proposals-how-housing-matters- families-communities-2012- 2013-competition
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Posted on December 13, 2012
Deadline: January 11, 2013 (Research Abstracts)

Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition

To recognize and support the creation of innovative affordable housing developments, Deutsche Bank and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. are launching the Lowering the Cost of Housing Competition, which will award up to $250,000 in program-related investments to the winning proposal. Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation also is providing an additional $50,000 in grant funds to be awarded to proposals that show innovation in practice or industry understanding of cost-lowering measures. The competition is seeking submissions from multidisciplinary teams working to create multifamily affordable housing projects that improve neighborhoods and reduce traditional developmental and building costs. Lowering the Cost seeks to provide a new model for conceiving, siting, financing, building, and sustaining affordable housing. Selected teams will work on a specific site, proposing designs for multi-unit dwellings that present new methods for designing, building, and financing housing for individuals or families below 100 percent of area median income. Submissions should propose new and innovative approaches to affordable housing design while addressing statutory limitations, including current zoning and building code regulations. Proposals that work with their jurisdictions to investigate methods for clearing impediments to lowering the cost of housing will be scored highly. Applications from teams comprised of architects, developers, and policy professionals are strongly encouraged, and entrants are further encouraged to develop creative collaborations that include policy makers, planners, social service providers, academic departments, and research institutes. Submissions must be projects that can be completed on or before December 2014.

Applications are due January 15, 2013.

Continuum of Care (CoC)

The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. States, governments and nonprofits are encouraged to apply. A total of $1.6 billion is available to fund an undisclosed number of awards.

The deadline is January 18, 2013.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants

The FY2013 AmeriCorps State and National grant competition is designed to help national service programs achieve greater impact by targeting resources on a core set of challenges: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach (e.g. performance data, research, theory of change). The 2013 competition also provides a new opportunity for state and local officials to work together on public-private partnerships. Specifically, a governor and a mayor may identify a pressing challenge and partner with local nonprofits to apply for grant funding to address it.

http://www.nationalservice. gov /for_organizations/funding/ nofa_detail.asp?tbl_nofa_id=98

Applications are due January 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Domestic Violence

Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women, which supports programs that address breast cancer or domestic violence, has announced a Request for Proposals for its m.powerment by mark Healthy Relationship College Program. Now in its second year, the program is open to nonprofit college and university organizations in the United States. Eligible organizations may apply for funding for programs that deal with dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking prevention and awareness, including campus-wide outreach events, trainings, and/or workshops; peer education programs to increase the number of student ambassadors; awareness materials, including resource guides, Web site pages, posters, cards, and buttons; and video or print PSAs or short films. The program should emphasize awareness and prevention through education. Funded programs should be able to provide a minimum of four on-campus outreach events, trainings, or workshops to be completed in the one-year grant period and report on numbers served at these programs; provide preventive education on issues of dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking and promote healthy relationships; provide resources and referrals to the student population about community-based domestic violence agencies and advocates; and develop or expand data collection and analyses of their program's reach and impact to demonstrate sustainability and garner additional program support. Twenty-five grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. grants/domestic-violence/

January 11, 2013 is the application deadline.


ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2013 Class Project Awards
One hundred educators in the United States will be selected to receive awards of $2,000 or more to help fund their innovative class projects.... citizenship/childrens- education /ing-unsung-heroes
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Posted on December 11, 2012
Deadline: April 30, 2013

Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to: serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Preferential consideration is given to requests seeking seed funding of $500 or less and to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) Captain Planet Foundation will on occasion consider grants up to $2,500. In the event a request exceeds $500 Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion.


Applications are accepted several times per year: January 15, May 31, and September 30, annually.

LEGO Children’s Fund

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by our employees. The Foundation awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code) including educational organizations as defined in USC 26 § 170 (C) with specific, identifiable needs primarily in the areas of 1. Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity and 2. Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities. The LEGO Children’s Fund issues project grants, not general support grants. There are no restrictions on grant amounts up to the quarterly allocation. Typical awards, however are between USD $500 and USD $5,000.

http://www.legochildrensfund. org

The deadline is January 15, 2012.


Applications Open for 2013 Cohort of Kinship Conservation Fellows
The month-long environmental leadership program provides training for mid-career practitioners seeking to implement market-based mechanisms for conservation....
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Posted on December 14, 2012
Deadline: January 26, 2013


Komen Quad Cities Affiliate Accepting Grant Requests
Funding for breast cancer education, outreach, or screening and treatment will be awarded to nonprofit organizations providing services in the Komen Quad Cities Affiliate service area....
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Posted on December 16, 2012
Deadline: February 12, 2013

Community Based Dental Partnership Program

The goals of the Dental Community Partnership Program are to increase access to oral health care for patients with HIV in areas that remain underserved, especially in communities without dental education programs, and to increase the number of dental providers capable of managing the oral health needs of patients with HIV, through community-based service-learning experiences. Eligible applicants must work collaboratively with community-based dental providers (such as community-based organizations or agencies that currently provide or plan to provide oral health services, or private practice dental providers) to address unmet oral health needs of vulnerable populations with HIV. While dental schools and universities are the direct grantees; community dental health providers can benefit from this program. Programs will be funded for a period of up to 2 years. $3.8 million is available to fund an estimated 12 projects.

http://www.nationalservice. gov /for_organizations/funding/ nofa_detail.asp?tbl_nofa_id=98

January 28, 2013 is the deadline.

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program

The purpose of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (Rural Quality) Program is to provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities. Quality health care is the provision of appropriate services to individuals and populations that are consistent with current professional knowledge, in a technically competent manner, with good communication, shared decision-making and cultural sensitivity. The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. Additional objectives of the program include: improved health outcomes for patients; enhanced chronic disease management; and better engagement of patients and their caregivers. Organizations participating in the program are required to utilize an evidence-based quality improvement model, perform tests of change focused on improvement, and use health information technology (HIT) to collect and report data. HIT may include an electronic patient registry (EPR) or an electronic health record (EHR), and is a critical component for improving quality and patient outcomes. The Rural Quality Program supports three years of funding. Although it is not a requirement, the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is strongly encouraging applicants to form a consortium or network for this program. $60 million is available to fund an estimated 60 projects. Web2External/Interface/ FundingCycle/ExternalView. aspx ?&fCycleID=15249d85-2525- 4387-9c88-02930d76677d & txtAction=View+Details& submitAction=Go&ViewMode=EU

January 30, 2013 is the deadline.

Community-based Child Health Initiatives (CATCH) Planning and Implementation Grants

The CATCH Fund program provides grants ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 each for pediatricians to plan and implement innovative, community-based initiatives aimed at increasing children's access to medical homes or to specific health services not otherwise available. Projects must lead to sustainable, community-based child health initiatives for increasing access to care, especially for underserved children, as well as addressing health disparities among children. Specific priorities include: medical home access; access to health services not otherwise available; connecting uninsured/underinsured populations with available programs; secondhand smoke exposure reduction; initiatives to address community barriers to immunizations; and Native American child health. centers-and-institutes/womens- and-childrens-health-policy- center /projects/catch.html

January 31, 2012 is the deadline.

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants

More than 16 million children live in food insecure homes, not always sure where their next meal will come from. That's why YSA and Sodexo Foundation are calling on young people to "take hunger personally" and join the fight to end childhood hunger. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $500 grants are available for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger. U.S. young people, ages 5-25, are eligible to apply. Projects will take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28, 2013. sodexoyouth

Applications are due by midnight January 31, 2013.

International Affairs/Development

Visa Innovation Grants Program Offers Funding to Help Modernize Humanitarian Aid Payments
Five grants of $100,000 will be awarded to humanitarian and development nongovernmental organizations operating in countries served by Visa Inc. to support the adoption of electronic payments.... innovation-program
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Posted on December 14, 2012
Deadline: January 9, 2013

Institute of International Education Invites Applications for Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development
Two-year fellowships of up to $20,000 per year will support dissertation research on topics that examine how population dynamics, family planning, and reproductive health influence economic development.... Programs/Hewlett-IIE- Fellowship
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Posted on December 14, 2012
Deadline: March 11, 2013

Miscellaneous(these are combinations of several categories)
Applied Materials Foundation

Applied Materials and the Applied Materials Foundation make grants to selected organizations and programs whose goals are closely aligned with the Company’s values and interest. They direct approximately 50% of grants to the area of Education, 25% to Civic Engagement, 10% to Arts & Culture, and 15% to environmental awareness and sustainability. Grants are made for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years based upon results. Applied Materials and the Foundation do not award grants for general operating expenses.

http://www.appliedmaterials. com /about/cr/community/grants

Applied Materials and the Foundation will review grant requests semi-annually, with the deadlines of January 15 and June 15.

Medical Research

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Announces 2013 Innovator Awards Program for Transformative Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Projects
One-year grants of $100,000 and the possibility of further support are available to tenure-track professors (or the equivalent) at all levels from any scientific discipline and from any nonprofit research institution worldwide.... grants/health
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Posted on December 17, 2012
Deadline: February 15, 2013 (Letters of Intent)

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Invites Research Proposals in Areas of Unmet Medical Need
Three-year grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded to support researchers working in six specific areas to improve outcomes for cancer patients with particularly urgent needs.... researchershealthcareprofessio nals /academicgrants/ translationalresearch
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Posted on December 15, 2012
Deadline: March 1, 2013 (Letters of Intent)

Outdoor Conservation
America's Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation , in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation, has announced a Request for Proposals for America's Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, an initiative to connect youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for conservation job-training programs. The initiative brings together public and private partners to support organizations that are developing conservation job opportunities on public lands which expose young people, particularly urban and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation. Funding for the program is provided by BLM and Reclamation and is restricted to habitat and species restoration projects that directly benefit BLM and/or Reclamation facilities, lands, programs, or mission. Competitive projects will deliver measurable conservation outcomes that involve an America's Great Outdoors priority or signature project, a NFWF Keystone Initiative, and/or a direct partnership with BLM and/or Reclamation. Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and tribal groups that have coordinated with, and received a letter of support from, a BLM field office, district office, or state office and/or a Reclamation field office, area office, or regional office. The letter of support must be submitted with the application prior to the RFP deadline in order for the application to be evaluated. In this funding round, approximately $1.4 million will be available for matching grants nationwide. The geographic focus is on the western United States. Up to $250,000 in funding is specifically available for projects in the Walker River Basin of Nevada that complement the efforts of the Walker Basin Restoration Program. Award amounts are anticipated to be in the $40,000 to $100,000 range for project periods of six to eighteen months. A minimum 1:1 match of non-federal cash and/or in-kind contribution is required for projects seeking BLM funds (a 100 percent non-federal cost share of the federal funds is required). A minimum 1:0.5 match of non-federal cash and/or in-kind contributions is required for projects seeking Reclamation funds (a 50 percent non-federal cost-share of the federal funds is required). Projects with higher match ratios and diversity of matching funds will be given priority consideration. Template.cfm?Section=Charter_ Programs_List&Template=/ TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay. cfm &TPLID=60&ContentID=26222

January 21, 2013 is the deadline.

Philanthropy and Voluntarism

Nominations Invited for Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards
Up to ten teenagers in the United States who self-identify as Jewish will receive awards of $36,000 in honor of their exceptional leadership and community service.... dillerteenaward
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Posted on December 13, 2012
Deadline: January 6, 2013

School Library Programs
National School Library Program of the Year Award

An annual program of the American Association of School Librarians sponsored by Follett Library Resources, the National School Library Program of the Year Award honors school library programs practicing their commitment to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information, as well as exemplifying implementation of AASL's learning standards and guidelines. The award recognizes exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. The NSLPY Award recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. To be eligible for the award, the school librarian must be an individual-level member of AASL. An award of $10,000 will be presented to up to three schools or school districts. aaslawards/nslpy/nslpy

The deadline is January 1, 2013.

Student Competitions

DuPont Challenge

DuPont and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are funding the DuPont Challenge, focusing on science education. The competition invites students to write a 700- to 1,000-word essay about a scientific discovery, theory, event or technological application which has captured their interest. Essays are judged on mechanics and conventions; ideas and content; organization; style and creativity; and voice. Essay categories include: hunger, energy, the environment and innovation. The fourth category allows students to address a range of issues, such as medicine, health or any related science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topic. Winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. Students (grades 7-12), teachers and schools are eligible for funding. A total of $100,000 is available for multiple awards.

The deadline is January 31, 2013.


The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition encourages K – 12 students to imagine what technology might be like in the future. ExploraVision helps teacher sponsors meet many of the National Science Education Standards while letting students experience scientific process and discovery in an engaging, hands-on way. Let’s empower the next generation of inventors, scientists and leaders. K-12 student-led teams and schools are eligible to apply. Eight winners will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 each.

January 31, 2013 is the deadline.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Apply Now: Free STEM Opportunities for Outstanding High School Sophomores

Apply Now: Free STEM Opportunities for Outstanding High School Sophomores

The application for outstanding Chicago-area high school students interested in joining the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Boeing Scholars Academy is now available online.

Current high school sophomores should apply by Thursday, February 14, 2013, to participate in our FREE, two-year academic enrichment program, which offers

  • four weeks of intensive, project-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming at IIT each summer
  • workshops, field trips, and career exploration events during the school year
  • guidance and support in developing leadership projects (junior year only)

college advising and application assistance (senior year only)

Please join us in our outreach by sharing this information and our brochure with high school sophomores in your school and community. Interested students are strongly encouraged to:
  • Learn more about who we are and what we do.
  • Get a taste of our program by attending "Creating the Future: Majors and Careers in Technology Innovation," a free public event we are hosting for Chicago-area high school students and teachers, taking place at IIT on Tuesday, January 8, 6-8 pm. This event is funded by a kCura Geek Grant.
  • Register to attend our Information Session for Prospective Applicants, taking place at IIT on Thursday, January 10, 6-8pm.
  • Apply online.
First-generation college students, women, and students from populations underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply.

Teachers, Counselors, and Organizational Leaders: To invite a representative of the program to come speak to your students, contact Tanya Cabrera, IIT’s Associate Director for Minority Outreach, at, 312.567.6943 (office), or 312.919.9411(cell).

With all other inquiries, contact Marya Spont, Program Director of the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, at or 312.567.5193.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Marya Spont
Program Director
IIT Boeing Scholars Academy
Connie Ma
Program Coordinator
IIT Boeing Scholars Academy
Founded in 2011, this program is generously supported by a grant from The Boeing Company.
P.S. Any student who knows they will be unable to actively participate in the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy’s two-year program is encouraged to visit to learn about summer-only programs offered at IIT. Students who are not the right grade level for our program may be interested in applying to programs offered by our partner organizations, the University of Chicago's Collegiate Scholars Program (Chicago Public Schools freshmen) and Chicago Scholars (juniors at any Chicago high school).

Grand Crossing Park Neighborhood Network

Grand Crossing Park Neighborhood Network
"...What YOU can do for YOUR Neighborhood"

Dear neighbor,
Shootings on Church steps...during service! Panic has gripped many. Will we endure much longer? As a culture?, A people?
As a neighborhood & community???

Many people you talk to have given up hope and faith the African Americans living in Chicago have any kind of a decent future.
People in most areas of Chicago are afraid of us, believe we have no sense of true community...are lazy and incompetent...
and unworthy neighbors.

The mega planners, developers and scavengers of opportunities, and abandoned dreams, are circling in the sky like vultures.

Our neighborhood lies below, vulnerable like never before.

Will we endure much longer? Can we endure much longer? That is the question!

Can the 'faithful few', as we are finding there are, mount a solid defense of what's left...what's sacred... and valuable...of hope at all?

Were we ever really worth it, did we ever really have a community??

The responsibility is on we who are here, right now,....and who know better!

There is no looking past those who are responsible......We are responsible! And there are those of us who choose to endure.
After a year of great ups and downs, it's time to come together again for a renewal of community spirit... and hope! It's almost
Kwanzaa time!

Kwanzaa and the N'Guzo saba were developed to help us sustain ourselves as a community of people. It's purpose is to give
us sound community principles to live aim at and abide by, in addition to our Christian, Muslim, Hebrew, Hindu, Buddhist...
even agnostic beliefs.

Our ceremony also serves as a meet & greet for our local community leaders, devotees and passionate advocates.

As we enter the "teen years" of this decade there is a challenge, ripe for the taking - a massive community turnaround!
This is why I ask YOU to support this year's Kwanzaa celebration of the Grand Crossing Park Neighborhood Network, in
person, or in deed. Please make your shared cost donation of $12 per adult and $25 per household family a.s.a.p.- before
times get tough with the holiday season.

This year's event;
Friday December 28th, 2012
Grand Crossing Park Field House
7655 S. Ingleside
5:30 - 8:30pm
  • Awards
  • Meet and greet
  • Ceremony
  • Door prizes
  • Dedication
  • Recognition
  • Food & Fun
Come together!
Grand Crossing Park Kwanzaa 2012!

Brad O. Redrick,

Illinois Math and Science Academy accepting applications

The Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) is now accepting applications for admission into its residential program, for the 2013 - 14 academic year, for students who exhibit an exceptional talent and interest in the areas of mathematics, science and technology. All schools in the area are receiving this information but it would be helpful if it were reinforced through distribution to members of your network.

What is the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA)?
IMSA is a secondary educational institution that enrolls 650 academically talented Illinois students in grades 10 - 12. All students of the school live on campus. Admission to the school is competitive.

Cost of the program
There are NO tuition or room and board fees, the school is funded by appropriations made by the Illinois General Assembly. The only costs to families are student fees, which are charged based on family income and size. Student fees for the Class of 2015 range from $360 to $2,810.

Who is eligible?
-- 8th and 9th grade students who:
-- Are residents of Illinois
-- Are enrolled in an Illinois school
-- Have had Algebra I
-- Have had a high school - level science
-- Have a strong interest in math and science.

What information does a student need to submit with its application?
-- Evaluation forms completed by current principal/guidance counselor, English, math and science teachers
-- Schools must submit the applicant's grade reports for the past 2 1/2 years
-- The applicant's SAT scores from tests taken September 1, 2012 through March 9, 2013

-- All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by March 1, 2013.

The Class of 2016 will consist of 250 students meeting the aforementioned criteria. Interested individuals are encouraged to complete the online application at For anyone without access to the internet, they may call the Office of Admissions at (800) 500-IMSA.

Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
State Representative, 34th District

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fwd: BRONZECOMM ALERT: New Year, New Skills with Amazon Natural Look

Amazon Natural Look Institute Classes
Seize the opportunity. December 31, 2012 is your last chance to get your Illinois Hair Braider's License. If you are a Loctician, Hair Braider, Natural Hair Stylist or Hair Weaver on January 1, 2013 you must have a license.
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Sundays 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Locking Fundamentals 101 - Jan 6, 2012
The Five Stages of Hair Locking
Understanding hair texture and type
Lifestyle vs. Hairstyle
Parting Patterns and Sizes
Comb twist
All About Locks - Jan 13, 2012
Product Suggestions
Shampooing Locks
Maintenance & Care
Lock Smything Technique
Bonus Class - Jan 20, 2012
Lock repair
Lock Stitching Technique
Lockstitch Start
Final Class - Jan 27, 2012
Final exam
Class Total $825 including supplies
Payment Breakdown:
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Jan 6th $250 Due
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Deposit of $225 due Dec 17th for those interested in 4 CE credit hours per class
Mondays 6:30pm to 9:30pm

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Jan 7, 2012
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Individuals (without extensions)
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Jan 14, 2012
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Individuals w/extensions
Cornrows w/extensions
Feed-In Cornrows
Intermediate Braiding
Jan 21, 2012
Two Strand Twists
Kinky Twists and Senegalese Twists
Braid Techniques Review
Braiding Finale
Jan 28, 2012
Add-In Techniques
Finishing Techniques
Final Exam (optional)

Braid Class Total $625 including supplies
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