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Michelle Obama surprises D.C. students, talks struggles and life goals for two hours

Jae Alan



Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Photo by Chuck Kennedy

When former first lady Michelle Obama walked into a D.C. high school classroom, the stunned students erupted in tears. One student even darted out of the classroom to regain her composure before she could sit next to her.

Obama, who still lives in Washington, made a surprise visit Tuesday to Ballou STAY High School to speak with 14 students for two hours. Upon arriving, she hugged each of them before taking her seat in the circle.

“Once she came in, it was an inspirational feeling,” said Alliyah Williams, 18. “She was so sweet and warm. She was like a mom.”

Read full story @ The Washington Post

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Jae Alan



To commemorate Black History Month, Fastweb, a website directory for scholarship and financial aid information, is promoting its scholarships specifically for African American or minority students and urging black students to apply.

Unfortunately, student loan debt is a greater burden on black students than students of other races. Black students borrow more money and more often than students of other races, often beginning adult life with a difficult debt burden.

Although loans can be paid off (and here’s an inspiring story about one young couple that sacrificed to do just that), wouldn’t it be better to go to college using other people’s money?

Fastweb Is Free

Fastweb is a free resource that provides information on jobs and internships as well as scholarships. There is a specific portal for African American students here.

“Fastweb is committed to helping provide access to scholarships, specifically for African American students, to help them achieve their academic goals,” Mark Nelson, Fastweb’s vice president, operations, is quoted as saying in a statement.

“There are approximately 1,000 scholarship opportunities with a focus on African American students in our scholarship database, in areas such as engineering, public policy, business and financial services, legal studies, marketing fields and many other career disciplines.”

Students create an online profile and Fastweb matches them with appropriate scholarships. You can search for awards using a range of criteria: race, ethnicity, school year, and much more. In other words, don’t just limit yourself to searching by race.

The site is busy, however; there are tons of distracting ads, so train yourself to focus so you don’t get sidetracked.

Read more @ Black Enterprise

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How to grow your business online

Jae Alan



The web offers each of us a tremendous opportunity to get our names and brands out to audiences around the world, but this creates a problem: With anyone free to build their own site, the web is saturated with them, creating stiff competition for a spot on that first page of a Google search. That’s why taking the time to understand the essentials of digital marketing is a must for anyone looking to build a business online, and with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, you can do so for $9.

This massive course combines twelve courses to give you almost 20 hours of lectures, quizzes, and hands-on practice with the most important digital marketing tools available. From SEO to Google AdWords, you’ll get a complete education in building a robust, profitable campaign that will set either your business up for success.

You’ll create a WordPress website, and learn how to reel in email subscribers and produce copy that sells and increases search engine traffic. Plus, you’ll learn social media marketing techniques for YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter so that you can expand your reach even further.

The Complete Digital Marketing Course was on sale for $19, but it’s available at a new price drop today at $9.

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2018 College Access Tour – Registration Now Open!

Jae Alan



College Tour to UMES & Salisbury University

** Registration is now open for the

** 2018 College Access Tour!

Our Positioned for Greatness Youth Program (P4GYP) presents its first annual College Access Tour on Monday, April 2, 2018! We’re headed to UMES & Salisbury University.

Open to 8th-12th grade students.

Registration includes:
* Reserved seat on the tour bus
* Lunch
* CAT Workshop (March 27, 2018) where we will talk about how to make the most of the tour (what questions to ask, what to look out for), scholarships, financial aid, and how these colleges fit into your child’s career plan.

As a Wal-Mart Community Foundation grant recipient for this initiative, we are able to offer scholarships to students with a financial need.

Please register today and share this opportunity with others!

We’re also accepting new students into our Positioned for Greatness Youth Program. Visit to register.
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