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Monday, October 31, 2005

The Black College Experience On Film

It's not often that black college students get to see their experiences in the media, so it's especially great when such an opportunity arises.

A Different World - Season 1: $27.99
A Different World ..

From the creators of the top-rated THE COSBY SHOW comes A DIFFERENT WORLD, a fresh funny situation comedy that follows the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of students of Hillman College. This half-hour spin off of the top rated THE COSBY SHOW, was the first ensemble situation comedy to immerse America in student life at a historically black college. Enjoying a successful 6-run season run on NBC, from 1987 to 1993, A DIFFERENT WORLD bas been widely honored for its sensitive, intelligent treatment of contemporary issues.

BET's College Hill: The Black Real World, is a reality show about a house filled with African AMerican College Students. It isn't always perfect, but it's one step closer to exploring Black College Life.

BET also has "The Center" on it's program lineup. The Center is a mix of music and high school / college tips.

IMU and mtvU production is an online series about college couples keeping in touch with a little technology and a lot of love. The first season's winners was an African AMerican couple Jackson and Marianna. Black, smart, and inlove. Everything I like to see.

Financial Aid for International Students

  1. International Financial Aid seems to be a good website
  2. EduPass – Financial Aid for International Students (a lot of good information)

Applying to College on a Budget

Getting into college costs money. Application fees, private tutors, SAT preparation, all these things and more can add up to big bucks. Here a few web resources for parents and students interested in applying to college on a limited budget.
  1. SAT Fees and Fee Wavers
  2. The Key1 and Key2 are free cds about Historically Black Colleges and Unviersites for Hispancs offered by Ember media.
  3. The Salliemaefund: Offers free College Preparation video and publications. The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae®, achieves its mission—to increase access to higher education for America's students—by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education, prepare families for their college investment, and bridge the gap when no one else can. The Sallie Mae fund also provides information aboutcollege tours and scholarships.
  4. The provides a great deal of information for high school students.
  5. CitiGroup college planning GuideSAT Prep Advice

College and Career Goals

Every young adult has the potential to be the world's next Triple Threat: Intelligent, Talented, and Successful. The key to T3 status is self-determination and parental support. Go beyond covering the academic bases in and outside of school. Find those extra-curricular activities and keep exploring. Get on board with college preparation and start building a career for tomorrow, today.

Looking Back and Moving Forward

In hindsight we can all look back on our education and pinpoint experiences that demonstrate our genuine love of learning. However in the midst of tests and overdue books, a love of learning wasn't necessarily the thing that got us through. More often than not, a major source of academic motivation is the end result of our efforts. At the bottom of the Academic Rainbow students are hoping to find the sweet pot of gold that is a successful career. They have dreams about where they are going in life, and questions about how to get there.

For years the parental answer to the question of success has been "Books now and business later." Many young people grow up with the notion that good grades guarantee great jobs, but this isn't exactly true. Colleges are looking for more than a perfect SAT score, and employers want their employees to have more than the best degrees. In today's modern society, students are encouraged to be well rounded people. After a long day of classes young people are expanding their responsibilities, going out into the world, and revealing themselves as political activists, entrepreneurs, and inventors.

The voice of young people has grown to a point where adults are actively listening. With the ever growing development of technology, and especially after the Dot-Com Boom, corporations are investing a great deal of time and money into Career Planning for Teens. Many employers have figured out that high quality staff is comprised of highly trained employees, and what better time to start training than at a young age.

With this thought in mind, the organizations listed here focus on internships and career training.

The National Foundation for Teach Entrepreneurship []
120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005, (212) 232 3333
NFTE's mission is to teach entrepreneurship to low-income young people, ages 11 through 18, so they can become economically productive members of society by improving their academic, business, technology and life skills. NFTE's programs are offered in a variety of settings including public schools, after-school programs at community-based organizations, and intensive summer business camps.

All Stars Project Inc. []
543 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, (212) 941-9400
Joseph A. Forgione Development School for Youth
The Development School for Youth is a 12-week leadership training and career education program for young people aged 16-21 that focuses on development. It is at the forefront of a new trend in education that recognizes that having non-school-based learning opportunities, known as "supplemental education," is critical to children's success in school and the world beyond.

14 E. Hartwell Lane, Philadelphia PA 19118, (215) 753-2490
Recognizing that a lack of role models in corporate America was discouraging students from underserved communities from pursuing careers in business, executives at McNeil Pharmaceutical launched LEAD at The Wharton School in 1980. LEAD aims to create an innovative and intensive summer business program that would serve as the foundation for lifelong partnerships between outstanding students and the nation's leading corporations and business schools.

120 Wall St., 31st Floor, New York, NY 10005, (212) 425-8300
The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing African American, Hispanic, and Native American Indian students for internship opportunities with some of the nation's largest companies.

YouthBuild USA []
Urban Strategies Youthbuild, 294 Sumpter Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233, (718) 919-3600
In YouthBuild programs, unemployed and undereducated young people ages 16-24 work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to success.

YouthBuild USA offers students and graduates opportunities for:
-Career and academic advancement
-Leadership roles in the YouthBuild Alumni Association, YouthBuild National Leaders Council and other community development organizations that can have impact beyond their local communities
-Civic engagement and community service
-Asset building and financial management skills through IDA and asset trust programs
-Networking through conferences and youth councils

Highschoolstartups []
This website is intended for young people serious about starting a business on the web. contains nuts and bolts advice, methods of encouraging entrepreneurship among young people, and an understanding of how youth can actually give you an advantage as an entrepreneur.

For the complete listing pick up a copy of A Better Today Brings a Brighter Tomorrow, a resource guide for African American young people and their parents. Visit for more details.

About the Author:
This article is an excerpt of A Better Today Brings a Brighter Tomorrow, ( a resource guide for African American parents, self-published by LaShanda Henry. Visit to purchase a copy of this book or email for details.

© LaShanda Henry 2005

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Watkins Shares the Secrets of College Success with Black Students

Step up and go to college with the help of Dr. Boyce Watkins, best know for his books and public speakings geared towards helping African American students succeed in college. Check out Dr. Watkin's Tips for Students

Quick and Dirty Secrets of College Success: A Professor Tells It All: $11.04
Quick and Dirty Se..

Quick and Dirty Secrets of College Success: A Professor Tells It All
This book provides inside secrets for being successful at the collegiate level. Dr. Watkins uses his 11 years of experience teaching at the collegiate level to break down the college process in ways that students understand. The book lists everything that a student needs to know in a shortened, list format so that the student can get the information very quickly without having to read very much. He uses lyrics, rhymes, short stories and creative poetry to bring his point across, followed by a list of "Dos" and "Don'ts" that students can follow with ease. This book is the secret to knowing the inside scoop on how to be a kick butt college student!

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About College: A Guide For Minority Students (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About College): $15.26
Everything You Eve..

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About College: A Guide For Minority Students
According to one book reviewer, "Watkins provides a very realistic viewpoint of what Black college students go through."

Higher Learning

An opportunity can often be so close we can taste it, but too secret for us to find it. This is very common with respect to academic opportunities for people of color. Lacking proper promotion, funding, and advertising, many noteworthy programs become no more than word-of-mouth myths. For this reason msoy is dedicated to sharing such opportunities with you. Click here to explore what's available in Higher Learning - Not just about college, its about your future.

Higher Learning includes information about:

  1. Academic Resources
  2. Scholarships and Fellowships for Minority Students
  3. Talent Programs
  4. Internships / Career Opportunties for High and College Students

Pledge Time

If you would like to learn about African American Sororities and Fraternities here are two good web resources:

  1. The Black Greek Network
  2. Black On Campus
  3. Search Black Directory of Black Sororities and Fraternities

Step By Step College Prep

From first generation applicants to Mr. Harvard's great-great-grandchildren every student has questions, and every parent wants the answers. What school is the right school? What is the application process like? Who can get financial aid? Where do people go for help? It's normal to feel like you are caught in a whirlwind of questions. These are the thoughts in every college-bound students head, and every household chooses to deal with them differently.

For some families, the answers come in the form of private tutors, curriculum advisors, the best SAT courses. Unfortunately these solutions can be as expensive as they are successful. For those families in which financial concerns often outweigh academic opportunities there are available cost-effective solutions. In the spirit of college diversity and higher education for every child, both the government and nonprofit sector have developed a number of pre-college programs. These programs are an extension of after school initiatives, with a more specific objective. Beyond providing academic assistance, they identify low-income and first-generation college students and provide them with encouragement, support and assistance. Students participate in rigorous courses and projects designed to exemplify the standards and teaching styles one will come across in college. In between these sessions both students and parents participate in workshops and tours to gradually familiarize themselves with the college process.

A large percentage of these programs are located on college campuses, which is the ideal setting for a number of reasons. Many of their target students have never been on a college campus, so this is a great experience for them. In addition to becoming more familiar with the setting, they become more comfortable in it. While attending classes after school or on the weekends they gain access to campus resources. The computer labs, libraries, and cafeterias are among the few areas they will begin to visit on a regular basis. In conjunction with program coordinators and teachers, these activities are generally facilitated by college students who assume the role of tutors and/or chaperones. Their presence is an integral component to the pre-college process. With the advantage of being relatively close in age to their students, tutors can effectively become both role models and teachers, sharing valuable life lessons in a very unique and personal way.

Here is a listing of NYC based Pre-College Programs:

Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education
The City College of The City
University of New York
160 Convent Avenue,
Harris Hall Room 06
New York NY 10031
(212) 650.6088


Lehman College: College Now/High School Programs
College Now prepares high school students for college by providing enrichment workshops and access to credit-bearing college-level courses.
College Now Program at
Lehman College
Carman Hall, Room 189
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
(718) 960-8932


Summer in New York
A Pre-College Program
Office of Pre-College Programs
Barnard College Columbia University
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-8866


Pre-college Science Collaborative for Urban Minority Youth
The American Museum of Natural History offers this program to high school juniors. Students develop, conduct, and present a science research project with the guidance of a science mentor and the program's science educators. Eleventh grade minority students willing to commit to a two-year program of independent research are encouraged to apply.

Department of Education
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5180.

Additional Programs with bases on multiple college campuses:

Liberty Partnerships Program
The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was created in 1988 as a legislative response to New York's school dropout rate. The goals of LPP are to (1) establish collaborative and supportive partnerships between degree-granting postsecondary education institutions, public and non-public K-12 schools, parents, and other stakeholders that will develop and implement comprehensive programs designed to improve the abilities of at-risk youth to (2) graduate from high school and (3) prepare for competitive entry into postsecondary education and the workforce.*

*Liberty Partnerships Program,

Science and Technology Entry Program
The STEP program prepares talented junior high school and high school students for scientific, technical, and health-related careers. STEP seeks to increase the representation of historically under-represented minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in these fields.

Upward Bound Program
Mission: Provide opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree, and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

For the complete listing pick up a copy of A Better Today Brings a Brighter Tomorrow, a resource guide for African American young people and their parents. Visit for more details.

About the Author:
This article is an excerpt of A Better Today Brings a Brighter Tomorrow, ( a resource guide for African American parents, self-published by LaShanda Henry. Visit to purchase a copy of this book or email for details.

© LaShanda Henry 2005

NOTE: You are welcome to forward or “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the “about the author” info at the end and the copyright notice), and you send a copy of your reprint to

One Sista's Dreams of Success

Shacoya had dreams of graduating High School, going on to college, and reaching her dreams of success. Check out Shacoya's story in her national advertisement. It's great to see tv ads promoting Black Students with goals and aspirations.

Black Parenting Blog

The Black Parenting Blog ( ) is a resource blog for African American parents. If you can't find it on Black Parenting, let me know, and I'll work on putting something together. Submit post requests, comments, and articles to lhenry@msoyonline, subject: Black Parenting Blog.

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