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2015 Blueprint for Success Workshops

Keynote:            How technology is changing
                            the perception of opportunity

Navarrow Wright, CEO, Maximum Leverage Solutions

Presenter:  

Parents and Students

 Audience:

Navarrow Wright will deliver an empowering speech that will help to demystify and change the perceptions about the digital world we live.  He will share how technology can be used as a powerful enabler for change in our communities, and inspire parents and students to consider the endless possibilities technology has to offer.  Navarrow Wright travels the country and speaks to audiences about what he calls the “New Digital Divide”. He will discuss why being digitally literate is the most important skill we can have in this current generation and how pushing our kids to be entrepreneurial is key to their future. Navarrow will use his own experiences in the world of entertainment and technology to engage the students in an open discussion about these issues.

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Workshop:         Microsoft Technology Lab 

We have created a true Microsoft experience! Students and parents will receive hands-on demonstrations and interact with the latest technology from Microsoft. Devices include Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, XBOX One and more! We will show you how to utilize this technology in everyday life from the classroom to the living room! 

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Workshop:         The A, B, C's of College AdmissionS

Presenter:

Natasha Scott, Author The College Admissions Bible

Students

Audience:  

Description:      

Learn the ABCs and XYZs of college admissions from the young fresh perspective of 25-year-old magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Natasha Scott. Ms. Scott will take you through everything you need to know about getting into the college of your choice; from which test — SAT or ACT– to take, to successfully maximizing your relationship with your guidance counselor, to writing a killer application essay, to putting together a comprehensive college list. Her insider tips and tricks will help high school students through the daunting college admissions process and help them get accepted into the university of their dreams.


WORKSHOP:        Finding the Right School for You

Yanett Bagce, Director, Upward Bound Rutgers-Newark

Presenter: 

Students

Audience:

There is no formula for choosing a college, but there are steps students may take to demystify the college search process and identify colleges that meet their social, academic and financial needs. This workshop will provide high school students with the skills necessary to conduct independent research on institutions, focusing on size and location, institutional resources, and institution type (private, public, 2-year, 4-year) and to determine what are the steps needed to be admitted to the school of their choice. Students will review their academic qualifications (grades, strength of curriculum, GPA, class rank, standardized test scores) and participate in a mock admissions committee meeting. Participants, acting as Committee members, will review applications and consider all aspects of the file (letters of recommendations, personal statements, GPA, standardized test scores, and extra-curricular activities). 

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Workshop:        Keep Your Family Safe on the Internet

Alana DeBiase, Community Development Specialist, Microsoft, Willowbrook Mall

PRESENTER: 

Students

Audience:

DESCRIPTION:

 

 

We are on the go all of the time. We carry more with us today than ever, whether it is a laptop, tablet, phone, or multiple devices at once. In this online safety workshop, parents will learn about useful tips to keep their family safer online whether at school, work, or home.  We’ll also discuss “Cyber Bullying”, how to use social media responsibly, and the negative implications of inappropriate Internet behavior.


Workshop:       Become A Part of Your Child’s
                            Educational Success

Dr. Gale E. Gibson, President, Essex County College

Presenter:

Parents

Audience:

This presentation focuses on how parents can to take a more active role in students’ high school and college success.  Instead of just asking how the student is doing, parents and stakeholders can use the tips and techniques presented to discuss specific tasks, documents, meetings and information students should be aware of and working to accomplish during the semester.  You will also learn to identify telltale signs that indicate when things are not going well, and what corrective measures you should take to get your child back on track for academic success.

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Workshop:        Technology 101: Improve Grades
                             and Spark Creativity

 Alana DeBiase, Community Development Specialist, Microsoft, Willowbrook Mall

Presenter:

Students

Audience:

Looking to be an all-star student? This presentation will give students useful tips and tricks to stay organized and achieve a winning report card using key Microsoft software including OneNote, Bing, Office, and OneDrive, along with a variety of Windows devices. Plus, we’ll show you how to spark your creativity and have fun when it’s time to play!  

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CAREERS IN STEAM CREATING YOUR FUTURE SUCCESS WITH SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS & MATHEMATICS:

WORKSHOP:

Dr. Lauren Wells, Chief Education Officer, City of Newark

 

Moderator:

TO BE ANNOUNCED

Panelists:

Parents and Students

Audience:

STEAM curriculums are designed to teach students to think critically and identify creative solutions for real-world problems. In this workshop, students and parents will learn about careers in STEAM fields and hear from industry experts, who will share their tips for preparing for a rewarding career while in high school, college, and beyond.

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Workshop:       Navigating the Financial Aid Process - FASA,
                            Financial Aid, Scholarships, Students Loans,                               etc.

Samantha Benson, Client Services, State of New Jersey Higher Education
Student Assistance Authority

Presenter:

 

Students

Audience:

This financial aid presentation will provide students with information on all of the Federal and State grants, scholarships and loan programs available through the FAFSA.  We will review specifics on filing the FAFSA as well as critical deadlines, and also provide examples of how the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determines “need” based aid.  At the end of the presentation, students will have a better understanding of the cycle of financial aid and how to plan accordingly.

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Workshop:        Financial Aid Planning Made Easy

Gavin Taylor, College Outreach Manager, United Way of Essex and West Hudson

PRESENTER:

Parents

Audience:

The purpose of this presentation is to forewarn parents about the true cost of attending college.  This presentation doesn't just cover the "Direct Costs" (e.g. tuition, room and board, meal plans, health insurance, etc.) of going to college, but we also discuss the "Indirect Cost" (e.g. books, supplies, blackboards, cost of living off campus, transportation and other personal expenses).  We also discuss the importance of completing the FAFSA correctly and what information is required on the application.  Participants will also learn about the various types of financial aid (e.g. Grants, Work-Study and Loans) the FAFSA may qualify students for and other funding resources.

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Workshop:        Is an HBCU for You? Benefits of Historically
                            Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)

Fred D. Mitchell, VP of Development, UNCF - 
The United Negro College Fund & Clark Atlanta University Alumni

Moderator:

 

Rachel Bland, Spelman College
Dr. Kia Calhoun Grundy, Hampton University
Samantha Dow-Hankerson, Bennett College
Jonathan B. Moore, Morehouse College
Hon. Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, Howard University

Panel:

Parents and Students

 


Audience:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) were created to educate teachers for racially segregated schools. As they grew, their curriculum expanded to include undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines. Their mission, however, has remained focused on providing underserved and minority students with opportunities for a college education. In this workshop, parents and students will hear from individuals who will share their personal experiences and discuss the advantages of attending an HBCU. They will also learn about the UNCF-United Negro College Fund and the numerous scholarships offered for HBCUs.

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Workshop:       College Alternatives – Training and
                            Employment Opportunities 

TO BE ANNOUNCED

Moderator:

TO BE ANNOUNCED

Panelists:

Parents and Students

Audience:

The purpose of this presentation is to forewarn parents about the true cost of attending college.  This presentation doesn't just cover the "Direct Costs" (e.g. tuition, room and board, meal plans, health insurance, etc.) of going to college, but we also discuss the "Indirect Cost" (e.g. books, supplies, blackboards, cost of living off campus, transportation and other personal expenses).  We also discuss the importance of completing the FAFSA correctly and what information is required on the application.  Participants will also learn about the various types of financial aid (e.g. Grants, Work-Study and Loans) the FAFSA may qualify students for and other funding resources.

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Specials thanks to the tireless efforts and planning of the following individuals who have made
the 2015 Blueprint for Success possible:

Robyn M. Pitts,Blueprint for Success Program Chair
Executive Board Member, North Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated &
United Way of Essex and West HudsonNorth Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated,

North Jersey Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Blueprint For Success Planning Committee:
Adunni Anderson, Margot Banks, Cheryl Blake, Alexis Colander, Jean Griffin, Gloria Holt,Beverley Henderson Hartsfield, Laseanda McLellan, Tracy Munford, Sandye Taylor, and Gloria Watson

United Way of Essex and West Hudson:
Catherine Wilson, Sr. Director, Community Impact

Rutgers University - Newark:
Dr. Diane Hill, Assistant Chancellor
Yvette Ortiz-Beaumont, Assistant Director