S: UNCF HBCU EMPOWER ME TOUR -New York, June 4, 2011
BC: Photos by Regina Fleming www.reginaflemingphotography.com
1: The UNCF HBCU Empower Me Tour was held on Saturday, June 4th at Hunter College in New York City.
2: THE BIG APPLE
5: HBCUs, Hunter College, Wells Fargo, the NYC Department of Education and many community organizations were represented in the Tour Zone.
6: Gates Millennium Scholars Program | Hundreds of students and parents received information on GMS, which will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through graduation scholarship at the college of their choice.
7: Live performance by Mickey Factz | DJ Snatch-1 | Omega Psi Phi
8: THE BIG APPLE
10: GIRL TALK: DEFINE YOUR PRETTY Moderator: Phyllis Cunningham, UNCF
11: Hundreds of young women eagerly listened to celebrities Tatyana Ali, Ledisi, Kim Coles, Monique Jackson, and Kita Williams as they discussed self esteem, relationships, education and setting goals. The session began with an image presentation by JIVE SVP of Marketing, Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell.
12: TIES VS. TIMBS: WHERE DO YOU FIT IN, BROTHER? Moderated by Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College President
13: A panel of successful African American males shared tools of success with nearly 500 young men.
14: College Applications: You have to fill them out to get in! Dr. Marcia Young Cantarella, PhD. Author: "I Can Finish College: The Overcome any Obstacle and get your degree Guide"
15: PSAT. SAT. ACT. They Matter Do You know Why? Dr. Clayton Harding, Executive Director of K-12 programming Bell Curves, LLC
16: Take Charge of Your Financial Future! Alex Cicogna Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
17: Selecting a College That's Right For You! | Donna Michelle Anderson CEO, The CLIC Network
18: Marcia Wade Talbert Technology Editor, Black Enterprise magazine Speakers: Dr. Tiffini Brabham Toxicologist, Pfizer Inc. Jay Harris Sportscaster/News Anchor/Host, ESPN Priscilla Owens Performing Arts/Jazz Performer/Hunter College professor | Have You Decided on a career?
19: Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh Biomedical Engineer Myriam Aristilde RN, (Nurse) North Shore Hospital Richard Levychin, CPA Rore Middleton Esq. Trevite A. Willis Producer/Film maker | Have You Decided On a Career?
20: Have You Decided on a Career? Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell Dr. Jason McBean Vera Moore Dr. Dalila Simpson Rachel Johnson
21: Moderator: Jeannine Brown Speakers: Osakwe Beale Brandon Carter Vicky Rodriguez | It's Not Just Your Grades That Count: Community Service, Extra-curricular Activities and Internships Are Key!
22: SKYPE with Admissions Officers | FISK UNIVERSITY ST. AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
23: HEALTHY KITCHEN, HEALTHY COKKING DEMO with Chef Kevin Sbraga
24: CITY GYM BOYS
25: Where Knowledge is Power & Manners Are Key! Stephanie Hunt, Founder of Swan Noir, L.L.C.
26: CAMPUS COUTURE: Dressing for Success | Presented by MACY*s Inc. Brandon Carter Shamika Lackey Cheya Thousand
27: Health & Wellness: Protecting Yourself Kacy Duke Dr. Elisa English Charles La Salle Jordana Turkel Marvelyn Brown
28: BRAND YOU | Hosted by World of ALFA James Brown Boris Kodjoe Patrick Kodjoe
29: Workshops were held for parents on: *Managing the Rising Cost of College *How to Apply to the High School Of Your Choice *Is Your Child Ready To Go to College? | Maria Diaz Pia Holland Nathaniel Smith College Board UNCF KIPP NYC Through College
30: CELEBRITY PANEL: Keepin' it Real
31: TV host A.J. Calloway moderated the final panel, which offered advice for all students pursuing their goals. Celebs included Boris Kodjoe, Tatyana Ali, Kita Williams, Monique Jackson, Ledisi and Kim Coles!
32: Nearly 100 Empower Me Tour attendees participated in an online survey: | 95.7% would attend again | 96.8% would recommend to a friend
33: The FAB Network founder Jessica Styles participated in the Tour Zone and blogged about the event. | "FAB was very honored and excited to participate in an event that supports students & education!" ~Jessica Styles
34: To whom it may concern, I attended the conference with my 14 year old son and it was absolutely fabulous. I truly did not expect to experience all of the amazing workshops and activities we were exposed to. Will we be automatically informed about next year's conference? And does it occur around this time in NY yearly? Best, Iris Witherspoon
35: Thank you again for extending the invitation to present at your event this weekend. It was amazing to see so many students and families gathered together to learn more about college and how UNCF can help. All the best! Sincerely, Nathaniel M. Smith College Counseling Advisor KIPP NYC Through College Presenter of "Is Your Child Ready For College?"
36: I would like to thank you again for the scholarship offer you extended to my son Bryce Miller...When Bryce attended the "Ties vs. Timbs: Where Do You Fit In, Brother?" workshop, you told him, "when the time comes, whatever school you are a president of, he would receive a four year scholarship." Your words impacted him greatly that at the end of the workshop, Bryce ran to me crying, "Mommy I'm going to college." I have always told him that college is not an option, but a requirement and it was your words that made Bryce truly believe that. ~Pamela Baker, in a letter written to Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell | Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell
37: This event was so very significant for the children of our community. I am very glad that I was able to be a part of the day's activity and to witness a truly professionally executed event. -Dean Madlyn Stokely, Hunter College Associate Dean for Student Support Services
38: James, Boris and I truly enjoyed being part of the Empower Me Tour and want to thank all of you from the UNCF and from Arielle Wren for allowing us to contribute. We are glad to hear the event was a success. Patrick Kodjoe World of Alfa
39: Thank you, thank you! What a well organized and inspiring event! You should be very proud of your team! I was amazed by the crowds and the exuberance they showed in understanding the path to college. Thank you so much for inviting me. Please think of us next year. We are all on the same page and I want to make sure we keep the momentum going! Terry Powell, College Board
40: I arrived at Hunter College's auditorium to a mixture of vibrant youth ranging from elementary to high school aged children and eager parents. I admire the dedication [this company] puts forth for each generation of children, especially Black children. | Excerpts from the blog: BROWNEYEDQWEENS