Traditional school curriculum prepares students to become educated members of the community. However, for a fortunate few there is something call “internship,” where the young person learns from mentoring and actual work experience.
The program was designed to help young people “gain valuable hands-on experience in their selected career path while developing leadership qualities and skills.”
Through the program the interns have one-on-one coaching sessions and learn to work in a collaborative environments with weekly team meetings.
And they don’t have to worry about rushing across town to attend for attendance.
According to TLT Founder Elaine Smith-Poyourow, “These positions are all remote which allows us to serve many youths, in many locations and inclusive for all.”
TLT’s goal is to allow the interns to “gain valuable work experience, explore a career path, develop and refine skills, fain confidence and build professional relationships.”
The areas that will be available for the internship program include Business Services (Finance), Development, Grant Writing, Graphic Design, Instruction Design and E-Learning, Marketing, Operations (Policies and Procedures) and Social Media.
Available for all teenagers ages 17 and up in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson and Tarrant counties, the internships are free, but you have to apply before the deadline on Monday, August 30.
* Graphic provided by Tomorrow's Leaders Today
According to Pathways to Inclusion Luncheon Chair Betty Regard,
“Bryan’s House will host their Pathways to Inclusion Luncheon, Awards and Special Needs Summit on Wednesday, September 22, at the Belo Mansion from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Guests will dress to impress in metallic attire, enjoy a Kendra Scott Pop-Up Shop, a lunch, a raffle for a trip to Hawaii, awards presentation and panel discussion on how companies are creating pathways to inclusion in the workforce for those with special needs.
“During the luncheon, Bryan’s House will honor the following 2020 and 2021 Wisdom’s Hope Awardees, for their unwavering commitment to Bryan’s House:
“Community — Temple Emanu-El Dallas
- “2021: Lynn Fisher, The Rosewood Foundation
- “2020: Rust E. Reid, Thompson & Knight
- “2021: Peggy Dear
- “2020: Sarah Losinger
- “2021: Ursuline Academy
- “2020: University of Texas at Dallas
- “2021: Valiant Residential
- “2020: Studio Movie Grill
“As you can see from this year’s honorees and our Honorary Co-Chairs Dr. Lisa Genecov and Betsy Kleinman, it takes not just a village, but a Metroplex of outstanding volunteers to bring this level of service to the children at Bryan’s House. At the luncheon, we are thrilled to have an expert panel educating us about the opportunities to integrate children with special needs beyond schooling into the workplace.
“The panelists are:
- “John McGill, Director of Brand Partnerships Mensa
- “Kelly Burton, National President AT&T Ability ERG
- “Gerry Mecca, Former VP-IT Keurig and Chief Information Officer Datascan
- “Richard Margolin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Robokind
- “Laura Ramirez, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Invitation Homes
- “Hiren Shukla, Automation and Innovation Neuro-Diverse CoE Leader Ernst and Young
- “Tracy Picon, Sr. Director Healthcare Industry Executive Strategist Microsoft
“Thank you to our current 2021 Sponsors: Atmos, BLIS International, Wynne and Chris Cunningham, Peggy Simmons Dear, Dr. Lisa Genecov, Gensler, Greenlight Credentials, Linda and Robert Hall, Ben E. Keith Company, Rick and Kerri Lacher, Liberty Bank, Nextt Shield, Mrs. Jean Raub, Belinda Rodriguez, Mrs. Nancy Roe, Rosewood Corporation, Thompson and Knight Foundation, Turtle Creek Trust Company, Dr. Nancy Upton, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Valiant Residential and Dr. and Mrs. Kern Wildenthal.
“Bryan’s House is an IMPACT agency developing progressive and accessible pathways to inclusion to better serve more at-risk children with special needs in North Texas. 100% of the proceeds will support Early Childhood Education programs for children with special needs.
“Sponsorships are available from $500-$25,000 with tickets for $150. To learn more, go to: http://www.bryanshouse.org/news-events/. For more information, please contact Cindy Ryan at [email protected].
“To learn more, visit http://www.bryanshouse.org.
Educational First Steps (EFS) has a new board of directors chair and three additional board members. EFS President/CEO Vickie Allen announced that Gail Stoke will serve as board chair for a two-year term (2021-2023).
A 40-year veteran in the fashion industry, Gail has also been involved with educational program through her serving on Educational First Steps board, the University of North Texas Board of Governors and Vickery Meadow Reading Academy Advisory Committee, as well as volunteering as a student literacy tutor and mentor for refugee children at McShan Elementary School.
As Vickie pointed out, “The board chair is vital to an organization. The partnership between a non-profit’s board chair and CEO is an essential element of a strong board and successful organization. Gail is a passionate and visionary leader, mentor and teacher, an effective motivator and an invaluable collaborator. Her corporate experience exemplifies organizational strategy that unlocks growth potential. Her passion for developing and coaching staff has served her well in both the private and public sectors.”
In addition to Gail’s new role, the board has added three new members including Shaunetta Heiskell, Norman Robbins and Amy Stewart.
Thanks to EFS leadership, its Four Steps to Excellence program is to “create and support high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five.”
* Photo courtesy of Educational First Steps
Following yesterday’s announcement that Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society was changing its name to Preservation Park Cities, another North Texas nonprofit has revealed that it’s adapting its name.
Henceforth Healing Hands Ministry will be known as HHM Health in order “to reflect the agency’s role in providing healthcare for the uninsured and underserved throughout the Dallas and surrounding areas with compassionate, quality and affordable healthcare.
According to HHM Health CEO Brian Hawkins, “Quality healthcare is a basic human need and many in our community who are living in poverty do not have access to quality care. HHM is critical to solving this problem by providing barrier-free access to quality healthcare to many of those in need. Healing Hands never closed its doors to their patients, even during the worldwide pandemic.”
HHM Health will continue to provide its seven service lines — behavioral health, dental, pediatric, two family practice clinics, women’s clinic and the Rosewood Vision Center. During the 2020 pandemic, the program had “more than 47,000 visits.”
In order to provide such services, the inaugural Healing Hands Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina and Ken Betts and Amy and Paul Wilson and Honorary Chair Pam Busbee have arranged to have NFL Hall of Famer/Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Brown as the keynote speaker at the Dallas Arboretum on Thursday, October 14.
In honor of its generous support of HHM Health’s Rosewood Vision Center, a special award will be presented to The Rosewood Foundation and the late Caroline Rose Hunt family.
More sponsorships and tickets are available here.
* Photo provided by HHM Health ** Photo credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
JUST IN: Award-Winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o To Virtually Appear At New Friends New Life’s Annual Luncheon
Another big luncheon has claimed its place on October’s fundraising calendar. 2021 New Friends New Life Luncheon Co-Chairs Jan Osborn and Trina Terrell-Andrews have just announced that the hybrid event scheduled for Friday, October 8, at the Omni Dallas Hotel will virtually feature author/producer/award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o in “A Conversation with Lupita Nyong’o.”
Having won an Academy Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award and the NAACP Award for her performance in “12 Years A Slave,” Lupita showed off her writing talents, scoring a New York Times #1 best seller with her debut children’s book “Sulwe.”
In addition to her online appearance at the luncheon, Mexico-born, Kenyan-raised Lupita is currently producing the YouTube Original “Super Sema,” filming “Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever,” planning to co-produce and be featured in “Born a Crime,” and serving as executive producer and star of Apple TV’s “Lady in the Lake.”
But despite all the accolades and projects, Lupita knows firsthand the ugly truth of sexual harassment. In 2017 she wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times about film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexually harassing her twice and how she handled the encounters. The results were Lupita vowing to never work for Weinstein and the article being part of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Award-winning collection of stories by The Times and The New Yorker.
According to NFNL CEO Bianca Jackson, “Exuding beauty, strength and courage, Lupita’s passion and message perfectly aligns with our mission to help restore and empower those who have been marginalized and minimized. By being her authentic self, she gives voice to the hopes and dreams of women and girls everywhere.”
Luncheon sponsorships begin at $2,500, with individual in-person tickets going for $250. According to organizers, “a limited number of virtual access-only tickets can be purchased for $100.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit NFNL’s mission to “restore and empower trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women and their children, and drive awareness of the issue and its prevalence.”
* Graphic provided by New Friends New Life
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