Monday, March 29, 2010

AAPDEP: Donate Old Cell Phones

Donate Your Phones/Done Su Telefono




Reasons to help this cause:

We’re not asking you for cash donations!

Donations of your unwanted cell phones can mean support for our organization which serves to bring together the skills of all African people to empower our communities together through sustainable projects such as community gardening, rain water harvesting, and health improvement.

By recycling your phones with us it could mean less colonial and foreign aggression in the Congo to obtain the mineral used to make cell phones, Coltan.

You will be giving old technology new life and keep it from polluting our landfills. If improperly disposed of, one cell phone can pollute up to 132,000 liters of drinking water. Your unwanted cell phones will be recycled or refurbished and reused.

Your donation is tax deductible.

ALL cell phones are accepted. Below is a listing of preferred cell phones:

iPhones, Blackberry, Ericsson, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nextel, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sharp
Donation locations in Florida, Texas and DC/Maryland click the flyer links for more detail: English& En Espanol

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Home Depot: Retool Your School

America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities have given so much to so many. Now, The Home Depot wants to show its gratitude by giving something back.
Now, vote your favorite school to receive an improvement grant from The Home Depot. Then buy a special edition Gift Card that help support the program, with $150,000 in grants to upgrade HBCU campuses.
Whether you’re an alumnus, a family member, or just a fan of these valued institutions, this funding can help create a better environment in which students can learn, compete, and flourish.
Vote now for the school whose project you think most deserves the funding. On June 15th, 11 schools will be announced, and will see their dream projects come to life.

Monday, March 15, 2010

UNCF-Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. Scholarship 2009

Scholarship Name: UNCF-Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. Scholarship 2009

Scholarship Value: 5000

Eligibility Requirements:

College Freshman, College Junior, College Senior, College Sophomore, High School Graduate, High School Senior (Classification)

2.5 min GPA

Enrolled in one of the following: Open

UNCF Institutes (Participating Schools)
Open (Participating States)

Application Deadline :Thursday, April 09, 2009

How to Apply :Apply Online 

Scholarship Detail:

Founded in 2001, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. provides support for educational and sports programs across the country that equip children and young adults with the necessary tools to achieve their goals and be successful in life. Continuing in its efforts to serve in the community, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. has partnered with UNCF to fund this scholarship program for high school seniors or students attending or planning to attend a UNCF member college or university during the fall of 2009. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to selected students.

The following are excluded from the eligible class: (a) officers and directors of the Foundation and of Foot Locker, Inc. and its affiliates and (b) family members of these officers and directors.

Current UNCF-Foot Locker Scholarship recipients must reapply to be considered for renewal during the 2009-10 academic year. Recipients will only be considered for scholarship renewal if they continue to meet all requirements listed below and satisfactorily complete the application process.

Donor/Sponsor Name: Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.
Donor/Sponsor URL:

Our partner "National Sales Network" has a great opportunity for HBCU Juniors and Seniors!

Apply & Win $1,000.00!
The NSN Scholarship program awards scholarships to Juniors and/or Seniors pursing a degree at one of the Historically Black Colleges Universities. All scholarship award winners will be notified on or before May 15, 2010. Presentation of scholarships will be made during the NSN National Conference, August 4-7, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

Administrative Contact:
Agnes C. Lightfoot

Scholarship Site:

Scholarship Amount: $1,000.00

Deadline(s): April 15, 2010

Scholarship includes:
- $1,000 Scholarship
- One Year Membership to a local NSN Chapter
- Interviews with Select NSN National Conference Career Fair Companies
- Expense paid trip and complimentary admission to the 2010 NSN National Conference & Career Fair on August 4-7, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

All Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application. Business majors are preferred, however, all majors will be considered. In this case your desire to pursue a career in sales and/or marketing is most important.

Applicants must submit a current transcript showing proof of a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and minimum 3.0 GPA in your major. An unofficial transcript is acceptable with the application. Official transcript will be required before scholarship is awarded.

Applicants must submit a current copy of their Resume.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendations. The letters may be from faculty members, advisors, or employment supervisors.

Applicants must submit a minimum 300 word typed essay on one of the following topics:

“What will be your greatest challenges entering the world
of corporate Sales and how you will handle them?”

Why do you feel sales is the right career for you?

Deadline: April 15, 2010.
All applicants will be notified on or before May 8, 2010
Please send resume/application to

Forward Letters of Recommendation/Transcript to:
Agnes C. Lightfoot
National Sales Network

Download Application Here:


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Charter school in tough neighborhood gets all its seniors into college

The entire senior class at Chicago's only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges. At last count, the 107 seniors had earned spots at 72 schools across the nation.

Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman surprised students at an all-school assembly at Urban Prep Academy for Young Men in Englewood this morning to congratulate them. It's the first graduating class at Urban Prep since it opened its doors in 2006.

Huberman applauded the seniors for making CPS shine.

"All of you in the senior class have shown that what matters is perseverance, what matters is focus, what matters is having a dream and following that dream," Huberman said.

The school enforces a strict uniform of black blazers, khaki pants and red ties -- with one exception. After a student receives the news he was accepted into college, he swaps his red tie for a red and gold one at an assembly.

The last 13 students received their college ties today, to thunderous applause.

Ask Rayvaughn Hines what college he was accepted to and he'll answer with a question.

"Do you want me to name them all?"

For the 18-year-old from Back of the Yards, college was merely a concept--never a goal--growing up. Even within the last three years, he questioned if school, let alone college, was for him. Now, the senior is headed to the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. next fall.

Hines remembers the moment he put on his red and gold tie.

"I wanted to take my time because I was just so proud of myself," he said. "I wanted everyone to see me put it on."

The achievement might not merit a mayoral visit at one of the city's elite, selective enrollment high schools. But Urban Prep, a charter school that enrolls using a lottery in one of the city's more troubled neighborhoods, faced difficult odds. Only 4 percent of this year's senior class read at grade level as freshmen, according to Tim King, the school's CEO.

"I never had a doubt that we would achieve this goal," King said. "Every single person we hired knew from the day one that this is what we do: We get our kids into college."

College is omnipresent at the school. Before the students begin their freshman year, they take a field trip to Northwestern University. Every student is assigned a college counselor the day he steps foot in the school.

The school offers an extended day--170,000 more minutes over four years compared to its counterparts across the city--and more than double the number of English credits usually needed to graduate.

Even the school's voicemail has a student declaring "I am college bound" before it asks callers to dial an extension.

Normally, it takes senior Jerry Hinds two buses and 45 minutes to get home from school. On Dec. 11, the day University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana was to post his admission decisions online at 5 p.m., he asked a friend to drive him home.

He went into his bedroom, told his well-wishing mother this was something he had to do alone, closed the door and logged in.

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" he remembers screaming. His mother, who didn't dare stray far, burst in and began crying.

That night he made more than 30 phone calls, at times shouting "I got in" on his cell phone and home phone at the same time.

"We're breaking barriers," he said. "And that feels great."

Source: Chicago Tribune