Thursday, January 15, 2015

Illinois Falls Short Developing Teachers of Color; Take A YoungBlack Man To Worship at Quinn Chapel; The Men From Morehouse and the Menfrom Bridgeport, Connecticut Mentor Young Men and Boys

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Illinois Falls Short in Developing Teachers
Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Ranking HBCUs Graduates' Debt
Men from Morehouse Mentor
Bridgeport, Connecticut MLK Mentor Day
Take A Young Black Man To The Movies
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Illinois falls short in $20 million effort to develop 1,000 teachers
Francisco Castellon, a teacher at Berwyn's Irving Elementary School, works with second-graders Brian Valdovinos, left, and Itzel Vargas. Castellon is in his second year of teaching after studying through the state's Grow Your Own Teacher program. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)

The state has spent more than $20 million in the past decade to develop 1,000 teachers who would work in distressed public schools and boost the number of minority educators in Illinois.
But since the Grow Your Own Teacher program was launched in January 2005 it has produced just 102 college graduates, and only about 80 of those are teaching.
Hundreds of would-be teachers dropped out after borrowing from the program for college tuition, fees and books, and they didn't have to repay the loans under rules laid out by the state, officials said. Millions of dollars went to colleges and community groups tapped as program administrators, in some cases eclipsing money spent on the teacher candidates, state financial records show.
Diversity of teachers compared with students (infographic)
Teachers who launched their careers through the program say it changed their lives, and lawmakers who support it stress the importance of more minority teachers in a state with one of the biggest gaps in the country between the percentage of minority students and the percentage of minority teachers.
But critics such as state Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, say Grow Your Own Teacher "hasn't worked and is terribly inefficient."
"It is an example of politics still trumping merit, in terms of whether a program warrants continued funding," Murphy said. "And again, the goal may be laudable, but the implementation of this program has not produced a return on investments that is fair to taxpayers."
The Grow Your Own Teacher program was designed to help parents, community leaders and nonteaching school staffers become teachers willing to work at public schools in low-income areas.
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Join the Men of
Quinn Chapel AME Church
on Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend
Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Sunday, January 18, 2015
10:00 am
2401 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
The Men and Boys of Quinn Chapel AME Church with Pastor James M. Moody, Sr. (seated center, second row, 4th from left)
Beautiful, historic Quinn Chapel AME Church has had many national leaders stand in the Quinn Chapel pulpit including Presidents William B. McKinley and William Howard Taft, human rights activist Ida B. Wells, educators George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, poet and literary genius Paul Lawrence Dunbar, gifted preachers Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois Congressmen Danny K. Davis, Bobby Rush, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Senator Barack Obama (now President Obama).
Please call 773.285.9600 to have your place of worship invite young Black men to worship with you this Sunday.

The Institute for College Access & Success has released its ninth annual report, Student Debt and the Class of 2013. The study found that student debt levels continue to rise with about 7 of every 10 college graduates accumulating some debt. The average debt level was $28,400.
The report also identifies the colleges and universities where on average students have the lowest level of debt upon graduation. Among these schools is Princeton University, the Ivy League institution that eliminated student loans from financial aid packages and provides generous aid packages for low- and middle-income families. But many of the schools on the low debt list enroll large number of low-income students. These schools are able to graduate students with low levels of debt because their students generally qualify for federal and state grants that cover all or most of their college costs.
Among the low-debt schools are several historically Black colleges and universities. Among the low debt HBCUs are Howard University in Washington, D.C., Fort Valley State University in Georgia, and Hampton University in Virginia.
But there are also some HBCUs on the report's list of colleges and universities that graduate students with a high amount of debt. These include Kentucky State University, The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and Texas Southern University.
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The Men of Morehouse
Alumni Chicago Chapter
Will Mentor Hundreds of
Young Black Men and Boys for
Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend

Saturday, January 17, 2015
10:00 am
Quinn Chapel AME Church
2401 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful Quinn Chapel AME Church
Please call 773.285.9600 to bring young Black men and boys or for more information about this session.
Bridgeport, Connecticut Prepares
to Mentor Young Men
Take A Young Black Man
to the Movies
Suggested Films, Movies and Documentaries for
Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend
Friday, January 16, 2015

Please consider renting or purchasing or viewing these films:
1. Selma, 2. Ali, 3. American Promise, 4. Amistad, 5. Black Wall Street, 6. Bring Your "A" Game, 7. Central Park 5, 8. Django Unchained, 9. Do the Right Thing, 10. Emmett Till - Untold Story, 11. Eyes on the Prize, 12. Glory, 13. Hidden Colors 1, 2, and/or 3, 14. Hurricane, 15. Malcolm X, 16. Marcus Garvey, 17. Powernomics, 18. Pursuit of Happiness, 19. Red Tails, 20. Roots, 21. Rosewood, 22. Sankofa, 23. School Daze, 24. Spit'in Anger, 25. Spook Who Sat By The Door, 26. Tuskegee Airmen, 27. Unforgivable Blackness, 28. When We Were Kings, 29. 12 Years A Slave
We highly recommend that you pre-screen any movie or documentary that you might show for appropriate content and tone.
National Save Our Sons Night
Friday, February 6, 2015
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Register Now for the 2015 Daddy Daughter Dance
Click Here to see a video clip of
The Black Star Project's
Daddy Daughter Dance
and See Strong Black Men
Dance With Their Daughters
Please call 773.285.9600 to register young women and their fathers or male caregivers.
Click Here to Bring The 2015 Daddy Daughter Dance to Your City!

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