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Urban Youth’s What It Takes Mentoring Program Featured in White House My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Article

The Mentoring Effect: How the President's Brother's Keeper Initiative Taps This Critical Asset           Via Huffington Post Education Written by: David Johns , Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans David B. Shapiro President and CEO, MENTOR Nearly every major indicator of economic, social and physical well-being reveals that our country's African-American men do not have access to the structural supports and resources that drive social and economic mobility. Our nation cannot thrive when a significant portion of our population faces a disproportionate number of obstacles to achieving success. President Obama's new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative aims to change this dynamic by leveraging the work of government, nonprofits, foundations and the private sector to elevate and expand solutions to the barriers that prevent our nation's African-American young men from realizing their full potential. This fissure in the promise of opportunity begins early and widens with mounting obstacles. While education is one of our greatest assets in reversing this course, nearly 60 years since the Brown v Board of Education decision, African-American students still lack equal access to high quality education and the supports that augment classroom learning. The tendency to search for a silver bullet solution overshadows the need for the holistic supports required for a young person to develop successfully. Mentoring is one of those critical supports. Youth with mentors who are at risk for falling off track are 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college or other post-secondary education than those who did not have a mentor. This is just one of the findings from a first-of-its-kind nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring. The report, The Mentoring Effect, commissioned by MENTOR: [...]

By | March 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Corvette C7.R Makes Corvette Racing Team Stronger Than Ever

Corvette C7.R Swept The  24 Hour Rolex Race and shows no signs of slowing down! Everyone knows that the core of Urban Youth Programs was it's nationally reknowned Urban Youth Racing School program and Chevy ! We Read more about this monster of a machine Below! Via Corvette Racing Chevrolet  unveiled the Corvette C7.R race car, which was co-developed with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. They represent the closest link in modern times between Corvettes built for racing and the road, sharing unprecedented levels of engineering and components including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies. "When it comes to endurance racing, Corvette has been the benchmark of success for nearly 15 years," said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "A great deal of the team's success can be attributed to the symbiotic relationship between Corvette Racing and the production vehicles. The 2015 Corvette Z06 and new C7.R will be more competitive on the street and track due to successful design of the Corvette Stingray - which itself is heavily based on the C6.R race car." Corvette Racing will field two C7.R race cars in 2014, starting later this month at the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26. The race kicks off the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship - a new series debuting this year after the merger of the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The C7.R will compete in the GT Le Mans class in 11 races around North America. The team is also is expected to compete in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans - a race Chevrolet and Corvette Racing have won seven times - in the GTE Pro [...]

By | March 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ban BOSSY!

Bossy is the first word you hear when a women or girl is trying to assert themselves or make a decision. But as Sheryl Sandberg states “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.’ Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys — a trend that continues into adulthood,” . Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and  Lean In Foundation Founder has recruited the Hollywood elite such as Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Garner and  former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to lend their voice to help ban the word “Bossy.” We agree and since we have our fair share of girls that participate in Urban Youth Programs we encourage you to Ban the word BOSSY and share this message! Check out some of the campaign below! For more info go to www.banbossy.com

By | March 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hip Hop Icon NAS Interviews Tech Mogul Ben Horowitz At SXSW

  SXSW Interactive 2014: Nas and Ben Horowitz Discuss Entrepreneurship and Surviving Tech's School of Hard Knocks Image via The Washington Post   BY JASON PARHAM Via Complex.com “Do you think Nas benefits more from this relationship?” asked my seat mate. The question came midway through one of SXSW Interactive’s featured sessions earlier today. Nas, one of hip-hop’s elite rappers, and Ben Horowitz, the rap-loving co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, were together on stage discussing the parallels of being a rapper and being an entrepreneur. It was a curious sight, but not completely unlikely given the tech world's and hip-hop's recent obsession with other. Because even in Silicon Valley, street cred carries weight. Horowitz spoke at length about being CEO of Loudcloud, a managed services provider that offered hosting services for Internet companies during the dot-com era, and one of the first companies to popularize the idea of cloud computing. Horowitz, who recently released a book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, has been working with Marc Andreessen for over 19 years, and together the two have molded their VC firm into a king-making tech goliath. But, Horowitz admitted, his relationship with Andreessen is not what you’d expect. “We don’t get along at all,” he said. “[Marc will] say things that make me feel some type of way.” To which the crowd laughed, acknowledging his play on Rich Homie Quan’s recent hit. Horowitz, who recently released a book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, has been working with Marc Andreessen for over 19 years, and together the two have molded their VC firm into a king-making tech goliath. “Nobody knows how to be a CEO. It’s something you have to learn,” Horowitz said, adding: “It’s a very lonely job.” Many up-in-coming CEOs have dreams of [...]

By | March 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s Your Turn To Change The World: GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR 2014

Via National Geographic It’s your turn to change the world, and the 2014 Google Science Fair (GSF) is your next chance to get started. Once again, National Geographic is helping to make this worldwide search for the next generation of great scientists a thrilling and enlightening reality.  In year’s past these future explorers have tackled some of the world’s greatest challenges, like an anti-flu medicine, an exoskeletal glove, a battery-free flashlight, banana bioplastics and more efficient ways of farming. The Grand Prize includes an National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos. Brittany Wenger, winner of the 2012 Google Science Fair, documented her trip with National Geographic to the Galapagos last year. Other prizes come from GSF partner’s Scientific American, Lego, and Virgin Galactic. Finalists will be narrowed down to 90 regional finalists in June.  Then, in August,15 Global Finalists will join us at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA for the finalist event where all the finalists will exhibit their projects and the Grand Prize winner will be named. For more information go to their website below. https://www.googlesciencefair.com http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/12/its-your-turn-to-change-the-world-google-science-fair-2014/

By | March 10th, 2014|STEM Blog|0 Comments

Facebook Has A New Drone Plan!

  Now Facebook Has a Drone Plan By VINDU GOELVia NY Times   With all his talk of better data compression and more efficient phone chips, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has had a bit of trouble getting people excited about Internet.org, his ambitious plan to get everyone in the world onto the Internet. Not anymore. The web was abuzz on Tuesday after a report in TechCrunch that Facebook was in negotiations to buy a manufacturer of drones, Titan Aerospace, for about $60 million. If a deal is completed, it will give Mr. Zuckerberg an intriguing new technology to further the cause of Internet.org. Titan’s drones, which resemble solar-powered airplanes, are designed to fly as high as 65,000 feet and stay aloft for as long as five years — essentially functioning like cheap satellites. They could blanket large areas with wireless Internet signals, although the signals would be slower and unable to handle as much data as land-based Internet connections. For remote places like rural Africa, they would be enough to provide at least rudimentary access to the Internet through mobile phones. Facebook would have to overcome lots of technical and legal problems before a global Facenet would be a reality. But the idea would allow the social network to one-up its rival, Google, which has its own far-fetched plan to extend the Internet to far-flung places via a network of balloons. And it is a lot closer to reality than Amazon’s idea of drones that will deliver packages. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/now-facebook-has-a-drone-plan/

By | March 6th, 2014|STEM Blog|0 Comments

Incase You Missed It.. Watch President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Speech Now

Yesterday, February 27th, President Obama launched "My Brothers Keeper" a much needed initiative aimed at  empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.  

By | February 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tune in as President Obama Announces “My Brothers Keeper” – A Black Male Initiative

We here at Urban Youth have spent the past six years with our WHAT IT TAKES SYMPOSIUMS & E-MENTORING Lessons Learned Guide for mentoring black men and boys. We are extremely excited that the President is taking action and launching MY BROTHERS KEEPER. Read on to find out more about this initiative. The announcement will be streamed live on the links below at 3:25 PM EST. http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper  whitehouse.gov/live VIA The White House “There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?” – President Obama, July 19, 2013 UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM The data proves it: Boys and young men of color — regardless of where they come from — are disproportionately at risk from their youngest years through college and the early stages of their professional lives. By the time they hit fourth grade, 86 percent of African American boys and 82 percent Hispanic boys are reading below proficiency levels — compared to 54 percent of white fourth graders reading below proficiency levels. African American and Hispanic young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers — and account for almost half of the country's murder victims each year. HOW THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING ACTION He's announced a new initiative with leading foundations and businesses that will take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color — and they're getting to work immediately. He signed a [...]

By | February 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Undoing The Portrayal Of Black Men In The Media

DEFINITION OF A BLACK MAN In the past 6 years of doing our What It Takes mentoring program with African American Men and boys this is one of the most profound videos that we have seen to address the media image and portrayal of black men. We agree with Tilmon Keaton & Ryan Carson, the producers of this project, when they stated " Some videos are produced that can dramatically impact the lives of millions. This is one of them. No matter who you are, there is a lot to be taken from this video. Pay attention. Listen to the words and allow them to really speak to you." Watch this video and please share. It may help another young black man feel he is worth stepping out of the portrayed media spot light and step into a life with promise, purpose and hope. For more on Tilmon Keaton, his new book "Change Your L.I.F.E" and his motivational series visit his website www.tilmonkeaton.com.

By | February 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reaching the “North Star” by 2020

February 11, 2014 | 2:46 Via The White House The First Lady is working to rally the country around the President's "North Star" goal -- that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Reaching that goal begins with each of us doing our part as parents, students, educators, and citizens. There is something that each and every one of us can do in our communities to help make sure more our kids realize their potential and make their way into higher education.

By | February 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments