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Dec 20th


Peer mentoring works for girls of African descent

Peer mentoring works for girls of African descentAs we grow old we come to understand that it is our young people of today that have the possibility to make a better tomorrow.  During the 2008-2009 school year, WE WIN Institute partnered with Cooper High School in the Robbinsdale district to create a mentoring program called, “Women of Distinction,” for girls of African descent.  The great need for a partnership of this kind revolves around the fact that African American students have the fastest growing failure rate in the state of Minnesota with only 38 percent graduating from high school.  Minnesota has the worst graduation rate for African Americans in the country.   The purpose of the program is for junior and senior high school girls to mentor freshman and sophomores so that they will stay on track academically, socially and psychologically.

Green your back-to-school routine

From new clothes and notebooks, to backpacks and art supplies, preparing your children for going back to school this fall can be not only time-consuming but also costly. With a little thought and some tips from, consumers can green their back to school routine – saving money and reducing waste.

“Sick and tired of being sick and tired”- studying Hamer

“Sick and tired of being sick and tired”- studying Hamer“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” are the famous words of the remarkable and immortal African American she-roe, Fannie Lou Hamer.  Hamer is best known for her impassioned speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1964 during which she told the world how she was beaten to a pulp  and put in jail by Mississippi troopers, for daring to work for freedom and justice for African Americans.

Hmong International Academy to relocate

The Jordan Park Community School building will re-open for the upcoming 2009-10 school year to accommodate for the growth and increased enrollment at Hmong International Academy. Jordan Park Community School is located at 1501 30th Avenue North.

Burger King Scholars Program awards 15 Scholarships in Minnesota

HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation this week announced it has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships to a total of 944 students nationwide as part of the ninth annual BURGER KING® Scholars Program. Among the winners are fifteen from Minnesota.

M & I Bank supports children’s literacy initiative

M&I Bank is collecting new and gently used children’s books in support of Read Indeed, a local children’s literacy initiative. The Read Indeed program began in 2007 when Maria Keller, a fourth grader with a passion for reading, set a goal to collect and distribute one million books to needy children before she turns 18-years-old. New and gently used children’s books can be dropped off at any of M&I Bank’s 27 Minnesota locations before July 31, 2009. Donations will also be accepted at M&I Bank locations in Hudson and Prescott, Wisconsin.

Summer school program incorporates arts and technology

Minneapolis Public Schools combine reading, writing, dance, poetry and technology into this year’s summer school curriculum at Ramsey International Fine Arts Center.
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