Monday, November 24, 2014

The Village Is On Fire!!! - Susan Taylor; Rumble Young Man Rumble!;Black Star Community PTA Meeting; SOAR How Boys Learn, Succeed and DevelopChararacter

Making Progress; Moving Forward!
Rumble Young Man Rumble!
Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Fathers Incorporated Gala
Black Star Community PTA

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The Village Is On Fire
OUR LOVE IS THE HEALING WATER...FOR THEM. Please help our struggling young. No amount is too small for you to contribute. I'm reaching out to you again on our fragile children's behalf.

As you know, building the National CARES Mentoring Movement has been my unceasing passion since 2005, when, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I founded it as a project of Essence Communications while I was the magazine's chief editor. When I learned then that a staggering 86 percent of Black fourth graders were reading below grade level, I asked myself two questions: How could this be, and What am I prepared to do about it? You can make a difference in the lives of our children right now by clicking here and donating. Or, if you prefer, please mail your donation to us at 5 Penn Plaza, 23rd floor, New York, NY 10001.

Our work at CARES is equipping under-resourced Black children with the shift in consciousness and undergirding they need to discover the limitless possibilities within themselves; and we are surrounding our youngsters with a community of adults who support and sustain, challenge and champion, value and validate their minds, hearts and spirits. To date, we have connected over 125,000 mentors with more than 130,000 children, and we are currently designing and piloting culturally rich curricula for mentors and academic tutors in 15 locales.

We can no longer be satisfied that our own children--ones raised with every opportunity--are doing well, while ever so near their peers are languishing. Combining our spiritual and financial resources--and our willingness--we have all we need to secure a generation--if we stand together. Please link arms and aims with me and my National CARES Mentoring Movement family as we do our part in building what Dr. King asked us to build: The Beloved Community.
For the children,
Susan L. Taylor
Founder and CEO

Click Here to donate to National CARES Mentoring Movement

Click Here to learn more about National CARES Mentoring Movement
Rumble Young Man Rumble!!!
Black Male Achievement practitioners from around the the United States came to Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Muhammad Ali Center, from November 19th to November 21st, to renew themselves and to continue their decades-long work on nurturing, educating and saving Black boys, young Black men and Black men.
Some of the 60 Black Male Achievement practitioners (left to right) - Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project; Elaine Simmons, Right Turn; David Banks, Eagle Academy Foundation; Susan Taylor, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Stephen Powell, Mentoring USA; and Joseph Jones, Center for Urban Families.
This is the fourth Rumble Young Man Rumble convening since 2011. Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black Male Achievement; Anthony Smith, Director for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, City of Louisville; and Jeannette Simon, Director of Volunteer & Mentoring Services, Concerned Black Men National planned and managed convening.

Louisville, Kentucky is working to become the epicenter for the Black Male Achievement Movement in America. Louisville has a wealth of dynamic organizations working on issues of Black male achievement and has the full support of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. The Muhammad Ali Center (below) serves as the inspirational home of the Black Male Achievement Movement and houses most of the workshops and conference activities.

Click Here to learn more about the Muhammad Ali Center.
Take A Young Black Man
To Worship
Sunday, November 23, 2014
In Your City, at Your Place of Worship
This past election cycle, many White elected officials were invited into Black churches across America. Now we are asking those same Black churches to invite young Black men to come worship with them. Please call 773.285.9600 to register your place of worship and to get a registration kit for "Take A Young Black Man To Worship!"
Click Here to See Greg Wilkerson Invite Young Black Men Into His Church and Challenge Other Churches To Do the Same!
Click Here to register your place of worship for Take A Young Black Man To Worship
Kenneth Braswell and Fathers Incorporated Honor American Fatherhood Innovators
(Left to Right) Kenneth Braswell, Cbabi Bayoc, Executive from Dove Soap Company, Asia D. Smith and Phillip Jackson
Judge Greg Mathis delivered a stirring, honest and powerful keynote.
The Who's Who of New York were in attendance for the Fathers Incorporated Gala on November 18, 2014 at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem, New York.
Click Here to Learn More About the Work of Fathers Incorporated.
How Boys Learn, Succeed
and Develop Character
by David C. Banks

David C. Banks is a respected educator, who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues, presents a plan for teaching the country's most educationally endangered group-boys.

David Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004, he petitioned New York City's mayor to allow an all-boys public school to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx. He had a point to prove: When rituals that boys are innately drawn to are combined with college prep-level instruction and community mentorship, even the most challenging students can succeed. The result? The Eagle Academy for Young Men-the first all-boys public high school in New York City in more than thirty years-has flourished and has been successfully replicated in other boroughs and other states.

In Soar, Banks shares the experiences of individual kids from the Eagle Academy as well as his own personal story to help others get similar results. He shares the specific approach he and his team use to drive students, from tapping into their natural competitiveness and peer-sensitivity, to providing rituals that mimic their instinctual need for hierarchy and fraternal camaraderie, to finding teachers who know firsthand the obstacles these students face.

Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, Soar is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish-from parents and educators to teachers and employers-can afford to miss.

Click Here to Purchase SOAR
On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Join Parents Working to Improve Our Schools
Addressing Issues of our children, parents, students, schools and communities.
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:30 am
at The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information.
Attend a
Community Organizing Training
facilitated by
Midwest Academy
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Agenda includes:
Understanding Relations of Power in Organizing
Turning Problems into Issues
Effective Strategy Development
Please call 773.285.9600 for more information or to RSVP for this free training.

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