DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Going after your dreams and making a difference isn’t always about being in the entertainment industry.  There are many ways to work locally and make a change in young people’s lives no matter where you are.  Since I was a teen, I always loved working with children and youth; that has always been my passion!  My first meaningful mentoring opportunity was while I was home from college, living in Philadelphia and I worked with youth who had either dropped out of high school, weren’t ready for college or simply wanted to make money to help provide for their family.  They got the opportunity to work with local businesses and on days when they did not work, myself and other counselors ran training programs/workshops to assist them with resume composition, interview practice, work attire selection, etc.  My life was forever changed!
 
 
DC has the same employment program and they are accepting applications/resumes beginning on 1/25/13 at 12:15pm!  Please pass the word along to DC youth, ages 14-21.  This could be the step they need to change their life around or to simply learn the importance of hardwork.  Click on the link below and let’s start to enrich our youngsters.  BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE!!!
 
 
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/01/summer-youth-employment-program-launches-friday-for-d-c-youth-84459.html

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What Are You Doing to Make the World a Better Place?!

Around the holidays people tend to forget that there are many who don’t have the option to celebrate.  There are so many people who are less fortunate in this world and I often believe that it is our obligation to look out for them when we can.  So, this holiday season, try to give back to at least one person.  It may be $5 to a homeless person on the street or it may be volunteering at your local shelter, but whatever it is MAKE IT COUNT! I don’t just talk about, I am about it as well.  I will be sponsoring 2 children this year for the Holiday Gift Drive at the James G. Blaine Academic Plus school in Philadelphia.  Each child in my friend’s class gets to pick 3 items that they want for Christmas and, those who are gracious enough to give, will buy the items for the child so that they can have a special Christmas!  I don’t live locally so I will be making my contribution financially for this event.  If you are interested and/or need something to give towards this holiday please let me know and I can pass you the information.  If you think it’s just us normal folks who give back, check out a few of the top celebrity philanthropists; this should get you in the spirit!

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah has donated more than $41 million through the Oprah Winfrey Foundation which helps women and children gain access to education programs.

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Meryl Streep has contributed over $2 million to the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, which she and her husband established.

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Mel Gibson, as crazy as some may think he is, has given over $6.85 million to the A.P. Reilly foundation to support the Holy Family Church!

Give what you can to help those less fortunate!

Daniella Sig

Birthdays and Hip-Hop!

Sorry for the delay in getting on here, but as you all know, life happens!  I had an amazing weekend and got to experience some wonderful things…just thought I’d share the highlights!  First off, it was my beautiful mother’s birthday (say, “Happy Birthday Mommy!”) and I got to spend lots of time with her and the rest of my family and friends.  She loved every second of her party (so did I)!

I also forgot to mention that a few weeks ago my mom received an award from the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) at the 2012 ODESSA Awards ceremony.  She was recognized for her public and civil work within the community!  YES! She takes care of her own on a daily basis.

My mom is on the end (left)

Love you, Mommy!

The next exciting thing about my weekend was attending the Life is Good tour with Nas and Lauryn Hill.  YES! She is back!  If you don’t know, now you know…she is my all-time favorite female artist!  I had such a great time!

Nas

Lauryn Hill

What have you been up to?  Anything fun and exciting?!

Become a Blogger Mondays: It’s Time to Piggyback!

Sooooo, remember that whole segment I did about getting yourself out there when you’re a new blogger?  About how it’s important to grow your brand and network?  REMEMBER? No?  Ok, well, this is where I told you that it’s important to SPREAD YOUR WINGS!  I’m going to piggyback off of that post and share an example of what I do to get out there on occasion.  I like to cover events that are happening in the DC area and recently I’ve been volunteering for Lazy Panda!  Don’t remember who they are?  Well, go back to my post about being at Trillectro because I was hanging with them there also!

I attended the most recent H Street festival and not only volunteered with helping Lazy Panda out, but I got to snap some pretty cool pics also!  Check out my skills:

Tabi Bonney

TRILLECTRO Mania!!!

I know Mondays are reserved for tips on how to become a blogger, but pardon the interruption while I show you what I was up to this weekend!  DC to BC came together to put on a much anticipated music festival, Trillectro, at the Half Street Fairgrounds that highlighted emerging artists in Hip-Hop and Electronic music.  Thousands attended this exciting event in DC and I was lucky enough to get a taste of what the hype was all about.  So, without further ado, here you go!

I volunteered my services for a great cause, by assisting DMV’s very own Lazy Panda who was a sponsor at Trillectro.  They produce clothing for all ages and sizes, with their infamous panda logo, all in an effort to give back to DC’s youth!

I was able to catch some performances!

Remember her?!  Check out my Alison Carney Interview if you don’t!

The fashion was super interesting!

Overall, people just came to have fun!

I had a blast and will definitely be back next year!!!

A Prom Dream Come True!

No matter what path anyone takes in life, it’s so important to give back.  Give back to family, to friends, to strangers…to your community!  That feeling of making someone happy can’t be replaced with anything else and sometimes it only takes a small gesture to make someone’s world a little better.  With that said, it’s no surprise that I was more than happy to volunteer for the Uplifting Sisters “Prom Dreams” event!

I’ve always worked with youth of all ages while living in Philadelphia, so this was right up my alley and something I knew would make a big difference in the lives of young ladies!  I’m open to helping any and everyone, but there’s something about helping young girls that has always been close to my heart and for that I commend Sheena Brown, founder of Uplifting Sisters, because there aren’t enough professional women GIVING BACK to our country’s future.  Attendees were able to shop for dresses, jewelry, shoes, shawls and handbags at NO CHARGE!  Everything was free to them and their families and it was all with a goal of doing something great!

No matter how tired any of us were, seeing the look on their faces was something that even I can’t describe!  If you aren’t seeking to help others, you need to start because it will truly be inspiring for not only them, but for you as well.  Teamwork makes the dream work!