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    Al Jazeera America Presents “Edge of Eighteen,” A New Original Documentary Series From Oscar®-Winning Filmmaker Alex Gibney

    Series to Premiere Sunday, September 7th at 9pm ET/6pm PT
    Find Al Jazeera America near you: www.aljazeera.com/getajam


    NEW YORK, NY, August 13, 2014 – This September, 15 high school seniors from around the U.S. will reveal themselves in raw, immediate, and unfiltered first-person accounts of their lives, the world around them and the American education system on “Edge of Eighteen.” The new six-episode series premieres Sunday, September 7th at 9pm ET/6pm PT, with six hour-long original episodes airing Sunday evenings through October. For more, visit: aljazeera.com/edgeofeighteen

    “Edge of Eighteen” is a provocative, in-depth documentary series that offers a portrait of life as a teenager in America – filmed by the students themselves. The result is a more sprawling and intimate portrait of the selfie generation than has ever appeared on television. Produced by Jigsaw Productions, home to Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” “The Armstrong Lie”), this series is told through a narrative arc of the students’ lives and raises fundamental question about America’s educational system.

    “There’s a lot of conversation about kids in America, but we don’t always get to see the world through their eyes,” said executive producer Alex Gibney. “For this series, 15 courageous kids filmed themselves, their friends, their schools and their communities. In return, we get a surprising, uncensored look at the challenges facing youth in America.”

    “Students around the U.S. contributed to this show and let us go inside their worlds at a pivotal moment in their education,” said Shannon High-Bassalik, SVP for documentaries and programming, Al Jazeera America. “‘Edge of Eighteen’ shows the educational issues kids face and how their personal lives tie into their ability to make decisions about their future. Today’s kids are making some very adult decisions.”

    When the school year began, “Edge of Eighteen” producers sent out a call for 17 and 18-year-old students willing to document their lives from the start of 2014 until their high school graduations. The selected students came to New York for a crash course in documentary filmmaking from Alex Gibney, director Alexandra Pelosi (“Journeys with George”) and director/editor Sam Pollard (“When the Levees Broke”). Each student received Canon XA10 cameras, tripods, microphones and other essential gear and learned storytelling, interviewing skills, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. Then the students returned home to tell their own stories, honest portrayals of their lives, by documenting events and doing weekly video diaries and interviews with parents, teachers, and other people important in their lives. Professional producers shuttled among the students, often filming alongside them and working with them to hone their stories. The content of these stories was always up to the students themselves.

    “Edge of Eighteen” features students from diverse geographic, racial, economic and religious backgrounds for a revealing look at life in America for young people. The series compellingly illustrates the ultra-competitive environment that today’s teens are forced to navigate, with tuition costs alarmingly out of reach and college sensitivity at an all-time high. Viewers are also privy to an array of issues confronted by these teens including gay rights, religious freedom, inner city violence, teen pregnancy, bullying, the impact of divorce, education budget cuts, the college admission process and the role of military service are all explored in a fly-on-the-wall manner that makes these issues spring to life.

    Each episode follows three students whose stories are intercut, allowing viewers to follow their career goals, passion for family and friends, and their desire to make a difference in their community. The series provides a unique view inside America’s education system and unveils a variety of experiences facing students today.

    “Edge of Eighteen” is executive produced by Alex Gibney, Dave Snyder and Amy Kohn for Jigsaw Productions.

    Al Jazeera America’s award-winning documentary strand, airing Sunday nights at 9pm ET/6pm PT, brings viewers feature documentaries and original series by acclaimed filmmakers around the globe. Past documentary series include “The System with Joe Berlinger,” by acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger, and “Borderland,” which covered immigration issues in the U.S.

    Al Jazeera America is now available in over 60 million homes nationwide. Distributors include DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DISH, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS and Bright House Networks, among others. To find Al Jazeera America in your area, visit www.aljazeera.com/getajam.

    About Al Jazeera America
    Al Jazeera America is the new U.S. news channel that provides both domestic and international news for American audiences. It is headquartered in New York City with bureaus in 12 cities across the United States.

    Visit Al Jazeera America online at http://www.aljazeera.com/america for the latest updates.You can also like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/aljazeeraamerica, follow us on Twitter @AJAM (www.twitter.com/ajam) and join the conversation using #AlJazeeraAmerica.

    About Jigsaw Productions
    Jigsaw Productions is home to director Alex Gibney, one of the most important and provocative documentary filmmakers working today. As such, the company has produced some of the most acclaimed documentary films in recent years, including the Academy Award-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side,” the Oscar-nominated “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” the multiple Emmy Award-winning “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Showtime’s Emmy-winning “History of the Eagles,” and the Sundance-premiering “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks." “Finding Fela," a film about Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Kuti, is in select theaters now. Upcoming projects include a four-hour documentary about Frank Sinatra for HBO.




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    (BPRW) 20th Annual Search Under Way for Nation’s Top Youth Volunteers

    Awards Program Honors Students in Grades 5-12 for Outstanding Volunteer Service


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Over the past 19 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 100,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. Today, the search begins to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the awards program kicks off its 20th year.

    These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by students in grades 5 through 12 at the local, state and national level.

    “Prudential is proud to recognize young people who contribute to the well-being of their communities through volunteer service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We look forward to honoring the nation’s top youth volunteers of 2015, and hope their stories will inspire others to consider how they can serve their communities.”

    Young volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or at www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be completed by November 4, 2014, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Paper versions of the application form are available by calling (877) 525-8491.

    Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older). All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia – one high school student and one middle level student – as State Honorees on February 10, 2015. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 2-5, 2015. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

    In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of 2015. These National Honorees will receive $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

    “Across the United States, middle level and high school-aged volunteers are changing their communities for the better,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “We are honored to celebrate the contributions of these young leaders.”

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. The awards program also is conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India and China, where Prudential has significant business operations.

    The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

    Source: Prudential Financial, Inc.


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    Be Someone, Inc.


    Educators today face tough choices. Limited funds, increasing expenses and class sizes, and the requirements imposed by federal legislation combine to challenge even the most experienced of educators.

    My name is Orrin C. Hudson. I am the founder and president of Be Someone, Inc., and an Atlanta-based nonprofit that promotes academic achievement. Be Someone uses chess, as both a metaphor and a teaching tool, to further self-esteem, responsibility, and analytical thinking among at-risk kids. Be Someone helps kids to develop the practical skills and techniques that enable them to overcome obstacles, seize opportunities, and realize their potential.

    My own life is proof that every move counts. A two-time world-open speed chess champion, author, Air Force veteran, and former Alabama State Trooper and entrepreneur, I grew up in an Alabama housing project, the seventh of thirteen children. Lacking direction and purpose during my early teens, I was headed down the wrong path. My high-school teacher took an interest in me and got me on the right path.

    Since 2001, we have taught more than 40,000 kids in eight states the meaning of making every move count. Our students have 3 Atlanta Public City-wide chess championship and My DeKalb students and won a state-wide chess champions. Parents and teachers report increased classroom participation, grade point averages, and attendance, along with improved concentration, problem-solving skills, and behavior. Our work had been featured nationally on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS Early Morning Show, People magazine, USA Today. Essence Magazine and Sports Illustrated for Teens and numerous local media outlets.

    I would be happy to conduct a hands-on workshop at your school. Please reply this e-mail or call my office today (770-465-6445) to schedule a session or just to talk about the program, which can be customized to meet the needs of your students. You can also find out more about our program at www.besomeone.org.


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    (BPRW) New Social Experiment by Always® Reveals Harmful Impact Commonly Used Phrase has on Girls

    New Survey Reveals 89% of Young Females Agree that Words can be Harmful, Especially to Girls; First Period & Start of Puberty Mark Lowest Confidence Moments for Girls*


    (BLACK PR WIRE)–CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“You run like a girl” or “you throw like a girl” are common insults we’ve all heard or said at one point. Always, the leader in global feminine care, is launching a new campaign today to change the negative perception of the phrase and make “like a girl” a declaration that means downright amazing. The global campaign aims to help girls, especially as they enter puberty, feel proud and confident when they do things #LikeAGirl. A new Always-sponsored survey by Research Now found the start of puberty and their first period mark the lowest moments in confidence for girls.* Harmful words can add to that drop in confidence. As part of the new #LikeAGirl campaign, Always partnered with award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield to conduct a social experiment to see how people of all ages interpret the phrase “Like a Girl.” To see the surprising results, click here: http://youtu.be/XjJQBjWYDTs

    Always for girls


    “In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand,” said Greenfield. “When the words ‘like a girl’ are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering. I am proud to partner with Always to shed light on how this simple phrase can have a significant and long-lasting impact on girls and women. I am excited to be a part of the movement to redefine ‘like a girl’ into a positive affirmation.”

    The Always social experiment, captured on video http://youtu.be/XjJQBjWYDTs, clearly shows how people of all ages interpret the phrase “like a girl” differently, particularly younger and older girls. Young girls between the ages of 5 and 13-years-old launched fearless karate kicks when asked to throw, run or fight “like a girl” respectively. The older girls fulfilled the negative stereotype – a 20-year-old marathoner flailed her legs and mockingly expressed angst about her hair when asked to “run like a girl,” a 19-year-old with toned arms flapped her hands to demonstrate “fight like a girl,” and a 14-year-old volleyball player lamely flung her arm when asked to “throw like a girl.” The experiment also demonstrated clearly how a little encouragement can go a long way in changing girls’ perceptions of what it means to be a girl.

    Always has been empowering girls through puberty education for over 30 years, reaching between 17 and 20 million girls globally every year. With this new campaign, Always continues to champion girls’ confidence by taking a stand to turn “Like a Girl” into a phrase that represents the strength, talent, character and downright amazingness of every girl. Always is raising awareness about the confidence plummet that happens to girls at puberty, spurring conversation to help rethink and redefine the common words and phrases used in society that imply girls are weak or inferior. Always wants to drive thoughtful consideration of how these hurtful words impact her confidence, particularly at one of the most impressionable times of her life.

    “I am proud of the Always commitment to help girls build their confidence at puberty and beyond, especially as a father of three young girls,” said Edgar Sandoval, Vice President of Global Feminine Care, Procter & Gamble. “I’m touched by our new #LikeAGirl campaign, because every girl is capable of greatness and we must continue to empower them to grow into strong, amazing women tomorrow.”

    Always is inviting girls and women everywhere to join the movement and share what they proudly do #LikeAGirl. Tweet, take a picture, shoot a video or send a message to take a stand and show young girls everywhere that doing things #LikeAGirl should never be used as an insult - that it means being strong, talented and downright amazing.

    Key Always Puberty & Confidence Study Findings
    CONFIDENCE

    • More than half of girls (about 1 out of 2 or 56 percent) claimed to experience a drop in confidence at puberty.

    • Lowest confidence moments for girls were when puberty started and when they got their first period; a close second were starting middle and junior high school.*

    • Hispanic females cited the largest drop in confidence at puberty (60 percent), while fewer African American girls (50 percent) claimed to have a drop in confidence than Hispanic or Caucasian girls.

    • Girls who saw a drop in confidence during puberty are more likely to claim they started puberty either before or after their friends.

    • The advice most females would give to their younger selves is “you’re not alone” and “you’re not as awkward as you feel.”

    LIKE A GIRL

    • The majority (89 percent) of females aged 16-24 agree that words can be harmful, especially to girls.

    • Only 19 percent of girls have a positive association toward the phrase “like a girl.”

    • More than half (57 percent) of females think there should be a movement to change the negative perception of the phrase “like a girl.”

    • Four in five (81 percent) girls would support Always in creating a movement to change the negative perception of “like a girl.”

    Survey Methodology
    The Always Puberty & Confidence Study was conducted using the Research Now Panel that surveyed 1,300 American Females aged 16 to 24 years old. There was a nationally representative sample group of 1,000 females as well as an additional boost of 150 African American and 150 Hispanic American females. The survey was implemented between the dates of May 22, 2014 through May 28, 2014.

    *Of 13 other milestones. Milestones include: “when you got your first car”; “your first love”; “at college”; “when you started working”; “when you got your first boyfriend/girlfriend”; “in high school”; “your first date”; “when you hear people being teased with ‘like a girl’”; “in junior high school”; “in middle school”; “when puberty started”; “when you got your first period.”

    About Always
    Always®, the world's leader in feminine protection, offers a wide range of feminine pads, wipes and pantiliners designed to fit different body types, period flows and preferences and offers puberty and period advice for teens through BeingGirl.com. The Always line of feminine products includes Always Infinity™, Always Ultra Thins, Always Maxis, Always Pantiliners and Always Feminine Wipes. Please visit www.always.com for more information.

    About Procter & Gamble
    P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

    Source: Procter & Gamble


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    Hundreds Urge President Obama to Expand ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative to Include Interventions for Young Women of Color

    Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Author Alice Walker, Former Chairwoman of the US Commission on Civil Rights Mary Frances Berry, Professor Anita Hill, Actresses Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Kimberly Elise, Sarah Jones, And Activist Angela Davis Among More than 1000 Women of Color Calling for More Inclusive Youth Interventions in New Open Letter to Pres. Obama

    Read the letter & full list of signatories here: http://aapf.org/2014/06/woc-letter-mbk


    New York, NY – More than 1000 women and girls of color, including author Alice Walker, actresses Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Kimberly Elise, and Sarah Jones, Activist Angela Davis, Professor Anita Hill, and former Chairwoman of the US Commission on Civil Rights Mary Frances Berry, have come together to urge President Barack Obama to include girls and women of color in the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in a new open letter. The women argue that a response to “the crisis facing young boys of color should not come at the expense of girls who live in the same households, suffer in the same schools, and endure the same struggles. It should reflect an attempt to overcome a history of racial subordination and limited opportunities for the entire community, as opposed to creating opportunities for some and not for others.”

    The letter calls for a realignment of MBK’s goals to reflect the shared challenges facing both boys and girls of color. In calling for additional resources and research to create meaningful interventions for youth, this letter follows a similar request sent to President Obama last month by over 200 concerned Black men, also pushing for the inclusion of girls and young women of color into public and privately supported male-only initiatives. As Jocelyn Hassel, a student at Vassar College, states, “Although MBK is an initiative that desires to ameliorate the opportunity gap, women of color are missing from the equation - an equation that won't yield any positive results if it leaves out the women of color who form the backbone and centers of our generation's upbringing, especially my own.”

    One of the letter’s organizers, Kristie Dotson, notes that the letter resonates with women and girls of color from all walks of life because the message is so simple and compelling. “All across the country, women and girls of color -– grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, spiritual leaders, the list goes on and on -- have raised their voices to say that our issues matter. We matter. Yes, being attentive to gender is important, but gender exclusion cannot be part of racial justice agendas today. We all know that. Now, more than 1,000 women and girls of color are saying it. We hope that the President, our civil rights leaders, the foundations, and everyone who now supports male exclusive initiatives will hear these voices that have been excluded from this dialogue.”

    The male-only focus of the MBK has been defended by what some consider to be evidence of an exclusive crisis confronting boys of color. Yet the letter points out that this data often excludes women and girls, an omission that the letter hopes to address by calling on the intergovernmental task force created by MBK to include girls and women of color in their mandated reporting.

    Some of the concerns that are being raised by the signers of the letter address issues that are particularly borne by girls of color. According to N'keya Peters, from Girls for Gender Equity, “Girls of color face so many issues around sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and they struggle with challenges related to self esteem that do not allow them to be adequately situated in their communities.”

    Organizers say that the challenge they are addressing is broader than lifting up the often-unrecognized crisis facing girls of color. For some, the deeper challenge is confronting the myth that girls and young women of color are naturally resilient and less vulnerable to societal challenges, such as poverty, inferior schools, intra-community violence and volatile interactions with the criminal justice system. But organizer Kimberle Williams Crenshaw counters that these myths are part of the reason women of color must speak out. “We cannot pass the burden of invisibility to yet another generation of our girls of color. When we see the challenges they face and actually listen to what they say, how can anyone who loves our daughters as much as our sons say, ‘No, you must wait.’ Our girls need to know they are supported and loved, and that we are working to remove the obstacles that undermine their well being as much as the boys. How can we in good conscience do anything less?”

    Crenshaw indicated that more activities are planned, and that the group looks forward to working with leaders and foundations to ensure the most inclusive and productive interventions possible.

    Rosie Perez, actress and singer, explains, “This is not an attempt to further the separation. Inclusion and support for all girls and boys of color is the issue.” As Salon commentator and Rutgers University Professor Brittney Cooper emphasizes, “The message is simple: women and girls of color matter and that is why we can’t wait.”


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    Angel Faces® You Will Never Forget Their Stories



    San Diego, CA, May 29, 2014 – For young girls with severe and permanent disfigurement from burns or other traumatic injuries, the cruelty of the world can be almost unbearable. The stares, name-calling, teasing and cruelty of others create a sort of living hell for this special group of survivors. Lesia Cartelli knows this is true, because she lived through it herself. Her desire to heal from a serious burn injury over 50% of her face and body at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion encouraged her to create Angel Faces for girls who suffer similar disfiguring burns and other traumatic injuries. This year, the retreat is in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on June 15-21, 2014. It is the first year that the retreat is on the East Coast.

    During the multi-day, intensive retreat, survivors hear first-hand from Cartelli about her injuries and the long road to recovery. The young girls work closely with licensed therapists to share and explore ways to facilitate emotional healing and meet others with similar struggles. They learn to use new tools that will help them increase their self-esteem, decrease their depressive symptoms, and have a better quality of life. Most important of all, they are given hope that they can create the life they desire through empowerment.

    "The retreat is only one small component,” Cartelli explains. "We see the fruits of our labor when the girls go back home. We receive several calls and emails from the parents and medical centers about how confident and content their daughter/patient is since she has returned -- she joined a sports or academic team at school or now is going to prom, or interviewing for a first job, ending their social death.”

    This year the girls are coming from San Diego, Houston, Galveston, Miami, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee, and New York.

    Angel Faces® is a national not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Encinitas, California, whose mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls and young women with severe and permanent disfigurement from burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities.

    The unique retreats and aftercare programs focus on the healing process within a holistic framework of mind, heart, and spirit. In addition to art therapy and private, corrective-cosmetic sessions, the program provides licensed therapists to help the girls through their loss and trauma issues, and provides the girls with strategies to handle staring and teasing. The goal of Angel Faces® is to offer a physical, spiritual, and emotional transformation so each girl walks away with a new confidence and a hopeful outlook toward the future with the skills to be excited about their life.

    For more information, please visit the Angel Faces website at www.angelfaces.com.


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    (BPRW) America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers of 2014 Named at 19th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

    - Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker pays tribute to outstanding middle level and high school volunteers -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- For community service initiatives that range from feeding the hungry to helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, 10 students were named America’s top youth volunteers of 2014 today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

    These National Honorees, named during the program’s 19th annual national award ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, range in age from 11 to 18. They were selected first from a field of more than 30,000 middle level and high school youth volunteers nationwide, and then from 102 State Honorees, based on their initiative, effort, impact, and the personal growth demonstrated in the course of their volunteer service. The National Honorees each received $5,000 personal awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for charities of their choice.

    Today’s ceremony was part of a four-day celebration that brought each state’s top two youth volunteers of 2014 to Washington, D.C., for sightseeing and special recognition events. These 102 State Honorees – one middle level and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia – were personally congratulated by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker last night at a gala dinner reception at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Each State Honoree received a $1,000 award.

    These are the 10 National Honorees named today:

    Jessica Bird, 18, of Atherton, Calif., a senior at Sacred Heart Preparatory, is a dedicated advocate for young sex-trafficking victims around the world, and last year led a team to Costa Rica to provide girls at a safe house with the skills to build a life outside of prostitution.

    Lillian Diuble, 11, of Manchester, Mich., a sixth-grader at Manchester Middle School, leads a team that has raised more than $78,000 over the past four years for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which is devoted to developing treatments and cures for eye diseases like the one affecting Lillian.

    Sean Egan, 18, of Staten Island, N.Y., a senior at Monsignor Farrell High School, founded an organization of more than 300 students who assist and thank veterans of the U.S. armed forces by sponsoring events, providing goods and services, and visiting military hospitals.

    Elijah Evans, 16, of Youngsville, La., a sophomore at Comeaux High School, works in his community to raise awareness of child abuse and improve the lives of foster children by promoting and hosting an annual Christmas party for children in foster care.

    Kaylee Graham, 14, of Florence, Ore., an eighth-grader at Siuslaw Middle School, initiated an annual citywide day of service in her town that has motivated more than 3,000 residents to work on community improvement projects, raise money for charity, donate food, and take part in other volunteer activities over the past three years.

    Morgan Guess, 11, of Paducah, Ky., a fifth-grader at Lone Oak Intermediate School, has worked with her mother to focus local, state and national attention on the problem of bullying through a variety of measures, after Morgan herself was bullied.

    William Lourcey, 11, of Fort Worth, Texas, a volunteer ambassador with the Volunteer Center of North Texas and a fifth-grader at Trinity Valley School, is the founder and CEO of a service group that organizes fun events to raise money and awareness to fight hunger, and to encourage young people to get involved in their community.

    Kinsey Morrison, 17, of Goshen, Ky., a senior at St. Francis High School, is a motivational speaker who’s delivered more than 50 speeches on a variety of topics and helped raise a significant amount of money for dozens of charities.

    Katie Stagliano, 15, of Summerville, S.C., a freshman at Pinewood Preparatory School, established a nonprofit organization that has helped kids across the country create and maintain more than 60 vegetable gardens, which have yielded thousands of pounds of fresh produce to feed people in need.

    Michael Stolzenberg, 14, of Weston, Fla., an eighth-grader at Pine Crest School, has raised more than $225,000 to help rebuild the lives of people who lost limbs when terrorists detonated two bombs during the 2013 Boston Marathon.

    “These honorees are shining examples of what is possible when young people use their energy and initiative to help their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “We are proud to recognize their accomplishments, and look forward to seeing the great things they achieve in the future.”

    “Through their service, these students have not only made a difference in the lives of others – they’ve provided their peers with a powerful example of what it looks like to be an outstanding youth volunteer,” said Barbara-Jane (BJ) Paris, president of NASSP. “Congratulations to each of the 2014 honorees for a job well done.”

    The distinguished selection committee that chose the National Honorees was chaired by Strangfeld and included Paris of NASSP; Tracy Hoover, president of Points of Light; Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council; Andrea Bastiani Archibald, chief girl expert for Girl Scouts of the USA; James E. Starr, vice president for volunteer management for the American Red Cross; Robert Bisi, senior marketing specialist for the Corporation for National and Community Service; Dru Tomlin, director of middle level services for the Association for Middle Level Education; André Wesson, senior program associate for strategic communications, outreach and development for Achieve; Reneé Jackson, senior manager of education programs at the National PTA; and two 2013 National Honorees: Emma Astrike-Davis of Durham, N.C., a senior at Cary Academy, and Joshua Williams of Miami Beach, Fla., an eighth-grader at Ransom Everglades School.

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer, too. In the past 19 years, the program has honored more than 100,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.

    For more information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year’s honorees, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.

    About NASSP
    The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.

    About Prudential Financial
    Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

    Source: Prudential Financial


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    (BPRW) Applications Open for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine

    - One hundred high school students to be selected for exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime educational program at Walt Disney World Resort -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – April 25, 2014 – High school students nationwide can now apply at www.disneydreamersacademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Entering the search for its eighth class, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a bevy of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques and networking strategies.

    It all takes place in a magical setting: the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Both on stage and behind the scenes, the parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

    Motivational speakers and celebrities share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

    Applicants must answer three essay questions about their personal stories, the people who are most influential in their lives and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including a strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams. Nearly 10,000 students submitted an application in 2014.

    Participants and a parent or guardian will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where they will engage in life-changing sessions and enjoy Disney’s magical theme parks. The 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 5 to 8.

    “Disney Dreamers Academy gives us the honor each year to motivate, educate and uplift 100 exceptional students ready to unlock their potential,” said Disney Vice President of Global Initiatives and Integrations/Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion, Tracey D. Powell. “Disney is proud to once again partner with Steve Harvey and Essence Communications to deliver a program that impacts lives every year.”

    Steve Harvey, syndicated radio and television personality, along with ESSENCE Magazine and Walt Disney World Resort will host the selected Dreamers during their four-day power packed career and educational exploration. Harvey, speaking on the program, says, “Disney Dreamers Academy gives hope and inspiration and exposes youth to a world of possibilities. We are excited about another opportunity to transform lives and give students an inside look at what their future can hold.”

    ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks added, “We are excited about the eighth Disney Dreamers Academy. This program transcends the normal classroom setting, taking learning to the next level. This year we plan to go above and beyond to encourage Dreamers. Our valued partnership with Disney Parks and Steve Harvey represents our commitment to the leaders of tomorrow.”

    Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, until Oct. 31, 2014. A distinguished panel of leaders representing the best in their fields will judge the applications in November and winners will be announced in December 2014.

    For more information visit www.disneydreamersacademy.com, www.facebook.com/disneydreamersacademy or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dreamersacademy.

    About Walt Disney World Resort/The Walt Disney Co.:
    Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. has a rich legacy of creativity and exceptional storytelling that brings families together in unique and memorable ways. Creative excellence is coupled with a strong commitment to community service and diversity. The Walt Disney Co. is dedicated to making a positive impact in communities around the world, with a primary focus on brightening the lives of children.

    About Steve Harvey:
    Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which eventually led to a long stint as host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.” His success as a stand-up comedian led to multiple TV sitcoms, including “Me and The Boys”, “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge.” His first book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” quickly became a bestseller in 2009. Harvey has appeared on “The Oprah Show,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Currently, Harvey hosts the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” which airs in over 60 markets and has over 7 million listeners. He is host of “Steve Harvey” a nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

    About ESSENCE Communications Inc.:
    Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online. The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 43 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of nearly 11 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.


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    AKA 2014 Youth Summit: A Success In Learning


    The summit to educate, encourage and engage over several hundred youth attending the “Talk It Out” Summit was an overwhelming success in Jacksonville, Florida. Building of leaders is what Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, Inc. does well in its national and international sorority.

    Talk It Out Summit


    Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission has been to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.” These illustrious words carried from the foundation of AKA Sorority in 1908 extend to the 21st century community initiatives.

    This year’s theme: “Talk It Out” achieved the goals of Leadership Development, Character Building, Educational Enrichment, and Civic Engagement through interactive dialogue and discussion. Youth attending the workshops held at James Weldon Johnson College Prep were engaged in discussions from bullying prevention which is on the rise, budgeting money, STEAM and STREAM careers, Social Media safety and developing leadership skills necessary to be successful throughout life. Even dance is used as an Art form used to highlight the dynamic talents of young ladies.

    Taylor Richardson, a fourth grade student commented with great excitement when asked what she thought of the event she attended with her mother, learned that she has to work hard if she is going to be an astronaut (one of her dreams). Stating further that she doesn't want McDonalds anymore, focusing more in a healthier eating lifestyle at a young age to carry into adulthood.

    Talk It Out Summit


    Events such as this are important for girls; youth, teens and young adult women to attend because they show how important engagement is with women that are active and involved in the community and have successfully completed higher education, vocational education and even careers in the military to show girls and young women, and even the few young men that attended the value of education and the significance of preparing for future careers.

    Sororities like Alpha Kappa Alpha and even fraternities provide a valuable resource to youth that need to see role models in business, education, science, medicine and even in careers not thought of or even considered. The presentation of STEAM, and STREAM careers provided by William Jackson of “My Quest To Teach” an educator and presenter that speaks on careers associated with STEM showed that careers are continuously in development for youth, teens and young adults that have not been created yet.

    Mr. Jackson an educator of over 20 years teaches Engineering and Technology in public education and Educational Technology at Edward Waters College shares that youth especially Black youth need to enter in careers of STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math and STEAM Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics. These are careers that are high in salaries, leadership responsibilities and the opportunity to travel the world. The growing number of acronyms from CSTEAM Computer Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics and STREAM integrating reading and comprehension prepares students for careers.

    Betty Burney, educator, motivational speaker, past school board member with Duval County Public Schools and one of the AKA’s greatest role models and advocates for education, excites and motivates all she interacts with. Providing wisdom and foundational knowledge to the value and empowerment of education.

    Taylor Richardson with excitement still building in her eyes and a bright excited smile stated that “this (AKA Summit) was the best experience of her life thus far! To meet a real astronaut and her be(ing) a girl rocks!! “ Taylor and her mom hope to find a summer camp that emphasizes STEM and STEAM activities and careers to continue to motivate and educate girls in these important career choices.

    The influence and power of role models like Ms. Juliea Robinson-Nelson and Dr. Mae Jamison are powerful in motivating girls into careers that may not be recognized as realistic dreams and goals for inner city youth. Events like this are important to show girls that they are intelligent, talented and just as smart as boys in sciences, technology and mathematics.

    The upcoming One Spark crowd funding event in Jacksonville, Florida is another opportunity for girls and women, especially Black women to seek how to find funding as entrepreneurs, business leaders and pioneers in diverse areas that provide services and products. Women are growing as business leaders and need to see models of success and influence to encourage the next generation of leaders. Statistics are showing a growing change in the participation of women in many fields. Women hold only 17 percent of the board seats on Fortune 500 companies NPR 04/2014. The trend shows the more women get involved in companies and work up the professional ladder they are watched by other women and their achievements are emulated from educational obtainment to career choices.

    One of the benefits to summits is the opportunity to network for these young ladies. Mr. Jackson, a social media consultant explained to the youth the value of networking from the model of E3 Business Group of Northeast Florida http://e3northflorida.org/tag/e3-business-group/ he stated that before the summit is over they should have networked with three people they did not know previously, sharing contact and social media information.

    Research says the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business is networking and youth should be taught and modeled the value of networking to build relationships that extend in years, creating a foundation of collaboration and connectivity for future.

    The success of the AKA Summit will be seen in the growing futures of the young ladies and young men in attendance. A young lady thrilled about participating in the summit stated with passion she wanted to learn everything there was to be an AKA. What a great testament to the success of building women and empowering them to exceed their potential.

    Resources:
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. http://www.aka1908.com/
    AKA Chapter http://akaalphachapter.org/
    AKA Southern Atlantic Region http://akasouthatlanticregion.org/
    My Quest To Teach http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com/
    Bullying On the Rise http://jacksonville.com/files/interactives/risksurvey/


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    (BPRW) 19th Annual Search Under Way for Nation’s Top Youth Volunteers

    - Awards Program Honors Students in Grades 5-12 for Outstanding Volunteer Service -


    (BLACK PR WIRE)--WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Over the past 18 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 100,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. Today the search begins to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the awards program kicks off its 19th year.

    Prudential Spirit of Community Awards


    These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by students in grades 5 through 12 at the local, state and national level.

    “Prudential is proud to honor young people who contribute their time and talents to improving the communities around them,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We celebrate their service with hope that others will be inspired to follow their fine example.”

    Young volunteers can apply online at http://spirit.prudential.com or at www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be completed by November 5, 2013, and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. Paper versions of the application form are available by calling (877) 525-8491 toll-free.

    Participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees in early November and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (50 hours for age 14 and younger, 100 hours for those older). All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia – one high school student and one middle level student – as State Honorees on February 11, 2014. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 3-6, 2014. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

    In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America’s top youth volunteers of 2014. These National Honorees will receive $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

    “It is often said that young people are the leaders of tomorrow – but every year brings proof that youth volunteers are already among the leaders of today,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Middle level and high school students are making meaningful contributions to their communities, and it is a privilege to shine a spotlight on their service.”

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. The awards program also is conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India and China, where Prudential has significant business operations.

    The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 38 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society®, National Elementary Honor Society®, and National Association of Student Councils®. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2013, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com/.


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    (BPRW) COCA-COLA AND BET NETWORKS GIVE TEENS AN AHH-MAZING SUMMER

    - Teen Artists Compete for the Chance to “Wild Out” with Diggy on BET’s “106 & PARK” -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA (June 13, 2013) – Ahh, it’s summertime. Coca-Cola and BET Networks are heating up the season for talented teens by offering an exclusive opportunity to perform with young hip-hop star Diggy on the No. 1 video countdown show on TV.

    Coca-Cola


    For the fifth year, Coca-Cola will be the exclusive on-air and digital sponsor of BET Network’s highly popular “106 & PARK’s Wild Out Wednesdays,” setting the stage for amateur artists to showcase their talent in a competition to ultimately win the title of All-Star Series MVP. The 10-week program started yesterday and runs through September 30 with the winner receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform live with Atlantic Records award-winning artist Diggy on the “106 & PARK” stage in the fall.

    “Coca-Cola, music and happiness have forever been entwined,” said Lauventria Robinson, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “Through our long-standing partnership with BET Networks, we give teens new and innovative ways to bring to life their enthusiasm and excitement around music, and the ultimate rewards and feelings of satisfaction it brings to them.”

    ‘“106 & PARK is the most popular music video countdown show on cable and will be one of the most creative and unique platforms for Coca-Cola to help teens showcase their talents by performing on the hottest stage this summer,” said Raymond Goulbourne, Executive Vice President of Broadcast Media Sales at BET Networks. “We are proud of our strong partnership and mutual focus on giving amateur African-American artists a chance to advance their dreams and ambitions.”


    Hip-Hop star Diggy joins BET's "106 & PARK" hosts Bow Wow and Angela Simmons to announce his partnership with Coca-Cola on its "AHH Effect" campaign that will give amateur artists an opportunity to perform with the rapper this fall. Photo credit: BR Photo Creations



    The BET Networks partnership is part of the Coca-Cola “AHH Effect,” a multidimensional interactive digital campaign that showcases all of the qualities of Coke by bringing to life 61 dimensions of “AHH” through a range of digital experiences, from games and films to GIFS. The goal of the campaign is to capture the happiness, satisfaction and delicious refreshment that one experiences after drinking an ice-cold Coke.

    “I’m my happiest when making music and I know first-hand the excitement of performing on the set of ‘106 & PARK,’” said Diggy. “I’m thrilled to partner with Coca-Cola and BET Networks to help inspire young performers to become the best they can be and to enjoy the sense of accomplishment they feel when their hard work and talent pays off. That’s the ‘AHH’ feeling.”

    Additionally, Coca-Cola will give one lucky winner a trip to New York City to attend the “106 & PARK” taping and see Diggy perform in September. Teens can head to www.jetsetwithcoke.com to enter, and follow along with the program on Twitter using the hashtag #jetsetwithcoke. Teens can also learn more about the “The AHH Effect” by visiting www.ahh.com.

    About The Coca-Cola Company
    The Coca-Cola Company http://www.coca-colacompany.com/index.html (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at http://www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or check out our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com.

    About BET Networks
    BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

    About 106 & PARK
    A powerful presence in the music and entertainment industry, “106 & Park” has been the #1 music variety show on cable for the past 15 consecutive quarters among adults 18-49, according to the Nielsen Company, and has been integral in launching the careers of numerous hip-hop and R&B artists. “106 & PARK” has become THE destination for today's brightest stars including Denzel Washington, Madonna, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Diddy, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Queen Latifah, Will Ferrell, Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lebron James, 50 Cent, Sienna Miller, Will Smith, Drake, Katie Holmes, TreySongz, Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and many, many others.

    About Diggy
    Daniel "Diggy" Simmons had the hip-hop community on the edge of their seats, calling him the "Next Hottest Thing." In 2010, Diggy teamed up with video director Phil The God to create a viral video that caught the attention of the entire music world. "Flow Stoopid," a freestyle track over Nas' "Made You Look," received instant co-signs from rap heavy hitters ranging from Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West to Common, Quest Love, and Talib Kweli and quickly became an instant viral sensation. In March 2010, Diggy inked a deal with Atlantic Records, and began on the road to a successful rap career, establishing himself in the lineage created by his father, Rev. Run and uncle, Russell Simmons. After releasing his debut single, "Copy, Paste" in May 2011, which straight to the top of the “106 & PARK” countdown, the world is eagerly awaiting what's next as he puts the finishing touches on his debut album. From being named a member of XXL's Freshman Class in 2011, to his first BET Awards nomination in the "Young Star Award" category to taking the stage "LIVE" at the 2011 BET Awards Pre-Show, Diggy is undoubtedly the most talked about and sought after young rap superstar. In October, Diggy was nominated for "Rookie of the Year" at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. Diggy was also honored with the "Best New Artist" award at the 2011 NAACP Image Awards. In March 2011, Diggy released his debut album "Unexpected Arrival," which was supported by a string of consecutively sold out tours. For more information on Diggy, please visit www.diggyworld.com, www.twitter.com/diggy_simmons and www.facebook.com/diggysimmons.

    Contact Information
    Melina Baetti
    Coca-Cola North America Group
    404-676-1533
    mbaetti@coca-cola.com

    Tracey Bowen
    PRecise Communications
    404-983-3727
    tracey@precisecomm.net

    Byron Edwards
    BET Networks
    212.975.5633
    Byron.Edwards@bet.net


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    National Get Outdoors Day

    In advance of National Get Outdoors Day tomorrow, the Ad Council and the US Forest Service have released new PSAs that promote outdoor activities for children. You can view the PSAs at: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/62047-us-forest-service-ad-council-psa-african-american-families-discover-nature.

    National Get Outdoors Day


    The PSAs encourage America’s youth—specifically African-American children—and their parents to spend more time outside at nearby forests and parks. According to the Forest Service, just over a third of African-American children aged 6 to 12 participated in regular outdoor recreation in 2011, which is 30 percent lower than Caucasian children in the same age range.

    The benefits of outdoor activities are clear— lower stress levels and obesity rates, stronger immune systems, and a greater degree of environmental consciousness. You can contribute to our campaign by sharing our PSAs with your readers or pointing them to DiscoverTheForest.org to find great outdoor activities at forests, parks and open spaces in their local area.




    SHORT TERM 12
    A Film By Destin Daniel Cretton

    - Opens theatrically in NY & LA on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 with a national rollout to follow -

    - Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix pay tribute to outstanding middle level and high school volunteers -


    2013 South by Southwest Film Festival
    **Winner: GRAND JURY AWARD – Narrative Feature**
    **Winner: AUDIENCE AWARD – Narrative Feature**

    “Impeccable performances all around...’Short Term 12’ is imbued with enthralling naturalism. The movie celebrates the struggle to live through each day. Grade: A.”
    -- Eric Kohn, indieWire

    “Genuinely moving… avoids most of the usual routes into viewers’ hearts. Brie Larson gives a breakthrough performance.”
    -- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

    SHORT TERM 12


    Synopsis
    Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson, 21 Jump Street and Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”), a twenty-something supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr., HBO’s “The Newsroom” and Tony Award-winner for Spring Awakening). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility: a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. While the subject matter is complex, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. The second feature from Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster), Short Term 12 also stars Kaitlyn Dever (Bad Teacher), Rami Malek (The Master), and Keith Stanfield.

    TRT: 96 minutes
    Writer/Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
    Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek & Keith Stanfield
    NYC Press Contact: Adam Kersh, adam@brigademarketing.com
    LA Press Contact: Brooke Blumberg, blumberg@sunshinesachs.com

    SHORT TERM 12 will be released on August 23rd by Cinedigm




    (BPRW) America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers Named in 18th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

    - Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix pay tribute to outstanding middle level and high school volunteers -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ten middle level and high school students from across the country were named America’s top youth volunteers of 2013 today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards during the program’s 18th annual national award ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    The National Honorees range in age from 12 to 17. These 10 students were selected first from a field of more than 28,000 youth volunteers nationwide, and then from 102 State Honorees, based on their initiative, effort, impact and the personal growth demonstrated in the course of their volunteer service. These honorees each received $5,000 personal awards, engraved gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for charities of their choice.

    America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers


    Today’s ceremony was part of a four-day celebration that brought the top two youth volunteers from each state to Washington, D.C., with their parents, to be recognized for their exemplary community service. These 102 State Honorees – one middle level and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia – were personally congratulated by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix last night at a gala dinner reception at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Each State Honoree received a $1,000 award.

    The 10 National Honorees named today are:

    Allyson Ahlstrom, 17, of Santa Rosa, Calif., a senior at Cardinal Newman High School, who created a full-service clothing boutique that has allowed 250 girls in need to each pick out two brand-new outfits for free over the past three years.

    Emma Astrike-Davis, 16, of Durham, N.C., a junior at Cary Academy, who founded a program five years ago that has recruited hundreds of students in several schools to create more than 1,000 pieces of art for terminally ill patients in hospice centers, nursing homes and VA hospitals.

    Zachary Certner, 17, of Morristown, N.J., a junior at Morristown High School, who co-founded a nonprofit organization that conducts free sports clinics for children with special needs, along with sensitivity training to help other students understand the challenges they face.

    Michael-Logan Jordan, 14, of Kailua, Hawaii, an eighth-grader at Kailua Intermediate School, who has donated all of his birthday gifts for the past eight years to children in need; collected Christmas cards, clothing and other items for wounded soldiers; and raised more than $10,000 for the National Arthritis Foundation.

    Erica LeMere, 14 of Shreveport, La. an eighth-grader at Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School, who founded "Erica's Wish," a nonprofit foundation that has donated more than $5,000 worth of clothing, books and other items to young patients at a local psychiatric facility.

    Louie McGee, 12, of St. Paul, Minn., a sixth-grader at Highland Catholic School, who leads a team that has raised more than $40,000 over the past six years by participating in an annual fundraising walk to fight diseases that cause blindness, like the one that afflicts him.

    Virginia Newsome, 17, of Lexington, Ky., a senior at Lafayette High School, who created a nonprofit organization in 2011 that has donated $50,000 worth of visual and performing arts supplies to schools that cannot afford them.

    Teagan Stedman, 13, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., a seventh-grader at Harvard-Westlake School, who organized a series of music events and other activities that raised more than $70,000 for pediatric cancer research.

    Cassie Wang, 17, of Lenexa, Kan., a senior at Olathe Northwest High School, who leveraged her golf skills to raise money for the rebuilding of homes and businesses in Joplin, Mo. after the devastating tornado that struck that city in 2011, and then chaired three blood drives in her community and launched a student-run nonprofit to benefit disaster victims both in Joplin and in China.

    Joshua Williams, 12, of Miami Beach, Fla., a seventh-grader at Ransom Everglades School, who created a foundation that has distributed more than 475,000 pounds of food to families in need throughout South Florida.

    “We commend these honorees not only for the impact of their service and their spirit of giving, but also for inspiring others to consider that they can make a difference, too,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “We congratulate this extraordinary group of youth volunteers.”

    “These students are fine examples of what is possible when young people roll up their sleeves and commit themselves to helping others,” said Denise Greene-Wilkinson, president of NASSP. “They have learned early that their contributions can make a real difference, and there is no limit to the great things they can achieve.”

    The distinguished selection committee that chose the National Honorees was chaired by Strangfeld and included Greene-Wilkinson of NASSP; Michelle Nunn, CEO of the Points of Light Institute and co-founder of HandsOn Network; Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of the National 4-H Council; Jaclyn E. Libowitz, chief administrative officer for Girl Scouts of the USA; James E. Starr, vice president for volunteer management for the American Red Cross; Scott Richardson, research analyst for the Corporation for National and Community Service; Dru Tomlin, director of middle level services for the Association for Middle Level Education; Kate Blosveren, associate director for strategic initiatives for Achieve, Inc.; Renee’ Jackson, manager of school relations and diversity at the National PTA; and two 2012 National Honorees: Neha Gupta, a junior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pa., and Jordyn Schara, a senior at Reedsburg Area High School in Reedsburg, Wis.

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer as well. In the past 18 years, the program has honored more than 100,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.

    More information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year’s honorees can be found at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.

    NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 38 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society®, National Elementary Honor Society®, and National Association of Student Councils®. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit http://www.news.prudential.com/

    View this news release online at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130506005106/en




    (BPRW) Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful Debuts Imagine a Future Documentary in New York

    - My Black is Beautiful and Community Partners BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and UNCF Help Impact the Lives of Young Black Girls Through the Imagine a Future Initiative -


    (BLACK PR WIRE)--CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) award-winning African-American consumer campaign My Black is Beautiful (MBIB) brought its message to the masses through film with the premiere of the Imagine a Future documentary in association with Tribeca Film Institute this past Sunday, April 21st in New York City. In partnership with UNCF and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, MBIB hosted an intimate screening of the Imagine a Future documentary for prominent film industry influencers and distinguished guests, offering them a first look at the film that examines beauty and self-esteem issues that challenge black women and girls. Imagine a Future marks MBIB’s inaugural foray into the film space and serves as a tangible tool aimed at inciting a dialogue around beauty amongst African-American women and driving them to action.

    The seven-year MBIB campaign was launched with the goal of fueling a national conversation about black beauty while encouraging women to become catalysts for change in their local communities. Since its inception, My Black is Beautiful has developed a successful and engaging online and offline community and has celebrated, empowered and connected generations of black women everywhere by championing their desire to express their best and most beautiful selves. In 2012 MBIB took its mission a step further by enlisting the support of community organizations BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and UNCF to launch an initiative aimed at positively impacting the lives of one million black girls over three years. The initiative, entitled “Imagine a Future,” documents the current state of black beauty, provides an in-depth look at the influences of young black girls, and equips the community with tools and solutions such as scholarships, leadership camps for teen girls, online consumer interactive tools, and the Imagine a Future documentary.

    BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
    From left, Director Shola Lynch, actress and director Jodie Foster, actress Gabourey Sidibe, documentary lead Janet Goldsboro, director and producer Lisa Cortes, and executive producer Beverly Bond at the premiere of the "Imagine a Future" documentary presented by P&G's My Black is Beautiful on Sunday, April 21, 2013, in New York City, NY. (Brian Ach /AP Images for Procter & Gamble)

    “As a natural evolution of the MBIB mission, we were happy to work with UNCF and BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to launch the “Imagine a Future” initiative last year and we are excited to take our work a step further by providing the community with a documentary that is both powerful and informative,” said Associate Marketing Director, NA Media and Multicultural Marketing, Lauren Hoenig. “Our hope is that this documentary will aid in altering the current perceptions, conversations and societal implications that come with negative self-image and low self-esteem of young black girls. Through the “Imagine a Future” initiative and partnership with organizations UNCF and BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, P&G continues to reinforce its long-standing commitment within the multicultural space and desire to facilitate a community wherein black women everywhere can change the conversation and help us create a beautiful future for young black girls.”

    Directed and produced by Lisa Cortés, Academy-Award nominated for Precious, directed by Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners director, Shola Lynch, and executive produced by BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder and NAACP Award winner Beverly Bond, Imagine a Future follows the story of Delaware teen Janet Goldsboro as she travels to South Africa to examine the historical and present beauty and self-esteem issues that challenge black women and girls. Infused with the perspectives of renowned media personalities such as Mikki Taylor, Gabourey Sidibe, Michaela Angela Davis, Tatyana Ali, Gabrielle Douglas and Melissa Harris-Perry, their stories compliment Janet’s journey of self-discovery by focusing on black beauty insecurities and examining the images of black women in the media.

    “Janet’s story is one that is prevalent in our community, and many young black girls can relate to her beauty and self-image issues,” said Lisa Cortés, Director and Producer. “It was an amazing experience capturing her journey as she traveled to South Africa to explore depictions of black beauty throughout history. My hope is that through sharing the stories of the individuals in this film, we are able to impact the lives of black women and girls and help change their perceptions of black beauty.”

    The Imagine a Future documentary will air on BET on July 5, 2013 at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT and on Centric on July 6th at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT. The film will also be available for online viewing on the My Black is Beautiful YouTube channel. Viewers are encouraged to learn more about the “Imagine a Future” initiative and join MBIB in changing the conversation by visiting myblackisbeautiful.com and facebook.com/MBIB. There, the community will be able to download an informative Imagine a Future discussion guide that will provide insightful information to fuel conversations and engagement and aid MBIB in achieving its goal of positively impacting the lives of one million black girls over the next two years. You can also change the conversation on Twitter, @MBIBMovement.

    ABOUT PROCTER AND GAMBLE
    P&G serves approximately 4.4 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

    ABOUT UNCF
    UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, by supporting its 38 member colleges and universities, and by advocating for the importance of minority education. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. The UNCF logo features the torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at www.UNCF.org.

    ABOUT BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
    Founded by celebrity DJ and Philanthropist, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ is dedicated to promoting positive images of women of color in mass media. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls since 2006. BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ Inc. seeks to build the self-esteem and self-worth of young women of color by changing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons and helping them to empower themselves. For additional information on BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™, visit www.blackgirlsrock.org.

    Contact Information
    MSLGROUP
    Naomi Borno
    646-500-7656
    naomi.borno@mslgroup.com
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    Procter & Gamble
    Crystal Harrell
    513-983-4606
    harrell.cw@pg.com




    UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

    White House * 12:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome 80 high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film “42.” Beginning at 12:00 PM in the State Dining Room, the Director of the Office of Public Engagement Paulette Aniskoff will moderate a discussion about the film, Jackie Robinson and the inspirational themes from his life that students can apply to their own. Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson, and featured members of the cast and crew, including Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman and Brian Helgeland, will share their experiences as well as answer student questions.

    Students participating in the workshop come from Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC; Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, MD; TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA and Amino Jackie Robinson Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA; and include college students who participate in the Jackie Robinson Scholars program.

    First Lady Michelle Obama
    Photo credit Alba V Tull



    You can find a full transcript of the First Lady's opening remarks to the event here :
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/04/02/remarks-first-lady-42-film-workshop

    YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/whitehouse





    I wanted to share with you the latest project straight from the desk of Tonya Lewis Lee, a tireless health advocate, best-selling author, attorney and filmmaker and Spike Lee’s wife of course.

    Tonya Lewis Lee




    Lewis Lee’s digital health and wellness platform, HealthyYouNow.com, will launch a web-wide awareness initiative to educate young women about available birth control options and to encourage more honest, open conversations about sex. In partnership withBedsider.org, a free online birth control support network, the campaign is designed to start a candid, open dialogue that will lead to more responsible choices about sex, birth control, and unplanned pregnancies.

    The videos, which launched today, capture a glimpse of Healthy You Now founder Tonya Lewis Lee’s conversations with personal friends of hers, exploring young women’s varying perspectives on sexual myths, personal responsibility, society’s expectations and what kind of sex is the safest. The video series will be available on Bedsider.org and HealthyYouNow.com.




    (BPRW) Coca-Cola Uncaps a World of Possibilities for the Next Generation with Exclusive Apprenticeship Experiences

    - Magic Johnson, Common and Debra Lee Brought on as “Pay It Forward” Celebrity History Makers • Coca-Cola Invites America to Join the Movement and Give to UNCF -


    (BLACK PR WIRE)-- ATLANTA (Jan. 28, 2013) – NBA legend and business mogul Earvin “Magic” Johnson, multi-Grammy Award-winning musician, actor and philanthropist Common, and Black Entertainment Television (BET) chairman and CEO Debra Lee join forces with Coca-Cola this month in a movement to uplift and pay it forward to the next generation.

    Kicking off the second year of its signature program, “Coca-Cola Pay it Forward,” the world’s most recognized brand enlists the help of some of today’s leading African American history makers to offer exciting apprenticeship experiences to aspiring youth. Magic Johnson, Common and Debra Lee will serve as mentors, giving four lucky young people the opportunity to shadow them and their teams for a week during the summer. The four apprenticeship experiences will focus on: business (Johnson); music and community (Common); and media/entertainment (Lee). Expanding this year’s program offering, the Company has partnered with UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest minority education organization, for a text-to-donate program.

    Pay It Forward
    NBA legend and business mogul Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Black Entertainment Television (BET) chairman and CEO Debra Lee and multi-Grammy Award-winning musician, actor and philanthropist Common join Coca-Cola as celebrity mentors for the second year of its signature “Pay It Forward” program. They will provide four lucky young people the opportunity to shadow them and their teams during week-long apprenticeship experiences this summer, compliments of My Coke Rewards.

    “I have and always will remain committed to uplifting the urban community in my business and nonprofit endeavors, and that makes the Coca-Cola ‘Pay It Forward’ program a perfect fit,” said Johnson. “There is no better way to empower a community than to arm its youth with the necessary skills to succeed.”

    “Coca-Cola’s ‘Pay It Forward’ program is a movement to uplift the next generation,” said Lauventria Robinson, vice president, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America Group. “It uncaps a world of possibilities for today’s young people by offering once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences that only Coca-Cola can provide. ‘Pay It Forward’ inspires each of us to take an active role in cultivating and empowering tomorrow’s leaders.”

    Parents, relatives, friends, mentors and members of the community can go to My Coke Rewards (www.mycokerewards.com/payitforward) now through March 2 to nominate an aspiring young person for the exclusive “Pay It Forward” apprenticeship experiences. You must 16 years of age or older to nominate somebody and the apprenticeship experiences are available for young people between the ages of 16-21 (as of May 1, 2013). You can nominate up to five people and you are automatically entered for a chance to win a $5,000 sweepstakes with each nomination. Eligible youth are also invited to nominate themselves.

    Join the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Movement
    Coca-Cola invites African Americans across the country to join Johnson, Common and Lee in its national movement to pay it forward to the next generation by helping them achieve their education and career aspirations. The Company suggests: nominating an eligible young person for the “Pay It Forward” program; becoming a mentor; taking a teen to work; and/or giving to an academic scholarship group such as UNCF, the nation’s most successful African American scholarship organization. Share ways you are paying it forward and join the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #CokePayItForward.

    Pay It Forward with UNCF Text Donations
    Coca-Cola has been a partner to UNCF for more than 40 years. Over the last six years, the Company’s contributions to the organization have provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships, impacting more than 300 students.

    Furthering its commitment to the “Pay It Forward” movement, Coca-Cola has partnered with UNCF this year to encourage donations for academic scholarships to deserving students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country. Join Coca-Cola now to donate $5 or $10 by texting “MIND” or “UNCF” respectively to 357357. Message and data rates may apply. Donors must be 18 years of age or older. Terms can be found at www.hmgf.org.

    About The Coca-Cola Company
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 15 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or check out our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com.

    About UNCF
    UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, by supporting its 38 member colleges and universities, and by advocating for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. The UNCF logo features the torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at www.UNCF.org.




    MULTICULTURAL & MILLENNIAL CEO & EXPERT SOURCE: Tru Pettigrew


    TREND: A diverse economy is a strong economy. And a diverse workforce drives economic growth, as more racial and ethnic minorities and millennials enter. Businesses that embrace our nation’s changing demographics reap increased workforce productivity, innovation and ROI. Conversely it’s just vital to empower our youth with the necessary tools and mindset to bridge the multicultural and multigenerational divide as they enter the global workforce.

    MULTICULTURAL & MILLENNIAL CEO & EXPERT SOURCE: Tru Pettigrew, founder of Tru Access, a leading conduit between youth and corporations, is one of the nation’s preeminent multicultural youth marketing authority’s bringing over two decades of brand and agency expertise as a trusted advisor to companies, including Nike, Moet Hennessey, and Alloy. Leveraging his personal experience of thriving in Corporate America as an African American, Pettigrew and his team provides strategic counsel, guidance and direction to organizations, corporations, groups students, athletic programs and individuals to help them establish, achieve and exceed goals through identifying and maximizing their unique gifts, talents and resources.

    TIPS FROM THE TOP:
    Tru Pettigrew on how today’s youth / millennials can bridge the divide into the multicultural and multigenerational workforce:

    1. Read - Read books from authors of various cultures and backgrounds. Not just blogs, Facebook posts and Tweets. Being well read not only helps you to exercise your mind, but it helps to expand your world and way of thinking from the diverse perspectives, examples and insights of others who more than likely are accomplished individuals in their respective discipline.

    2. Leverage Insight into Foresight - Don't just stop at being a subject matter expert on this generation or technology or social media. Its great that you understand the latest technology coming out of Japan or the up and coming hottest travel destination. But what does that mean for brands marketers and organizations and the products and services they should be considering 1-3 years from now. This fast paced global workforce isn't satisfied with just the what, it's the whats next that matters most.

    3. Be Transformational vs. Transactional - You are at the forefront of a cultural shift that is more about being inclusive than exclusive. Focus on integrated solutions across businesses units and total customer base that transforms and evolves the way organizations function versus self-serving transactional tactics that only cater to a select business unit and/or consumer segment.

    4. Lead From the Front - There is more of a desire to be inspired than ever before. Where generations before were easily influenced this generation wants and needs to be inspired. There are times when words are sufficient, but more often there are times when action is required. Establish your thought leadership through your knowledge and expertise, but don't be afraid to showcase your competence and elicit the confidence of others through taking risks and being the first.

    5. Be Flexible - Focus on the target and not the tactic. Technology has enabled choices, decisions and behaviors to shift more rapidly than ever. Maintain an ongoing flow of information on generational trends, attitudes opinions and issues that are shaping culture globally and locally. Don't get caught up in tactical ways of doing things or falling in love with your ideas so much that you find yourself averse to change. Because change happens quickly and you have to be ready to evolve, adapt and re-invent at the drop of a dime. Don't change who you are, but you will always have to change how you tell your story.




    "After Trayvon: Black Boys Speak"
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    Greetings everyone. I hope you all are well. I am respectfully asking that you view a new video that Bucktown USA Entertainment and I just produced entitled "After Trayvon: Black Boys Speak." It is an inspiring and emotionally gripping public conversation amongst 9 Black and Latino boys ages 10-17.

    It was shot in Brooklyn, New York in early April 2012 at the famous House of the Lord Church just days before George Zimmerman was arrested for the fatal shooting. “After Trayvon” brings together these young boys to discuss Trayvon Martin, their own feelings of vulnerability and fear, education, leadership, violence in all forms, history as they understand it, and how they view America, their America. I serve as moderator for the conversation.

    We want this video to go viral, and I am personally asking that all of you share the video near and far, that you embed it on your website and or listserve with a note encouraging folks to watch it and to use it as a conversation piece and or a teaching tool. This is our contribution to a national and international conversation that needs to happen. And who better to lead it than the young males who are most affected by the issue of racial profiling?

    Sincerely, Kevin
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  22. Juju.com...
    Juju.com, a search engine for jobs covering millions of jobs from thousands of job boards and corporate career sites.

  23. Lip Gloss Teen Magazine...
    Lip Gloss Teen Magazine is a new online lifestyle magazine for minority girls, ages 13-21. We are chic, stylish and devoted to the empowerment of young women of color.

  24. Mail Online...
    Black boys must be encouraged to stop idolising rap stars and footballers if they are to be steered away from the gang and gun culture, it has been suggested. A report says African-Caribbean teenagers often aspire to the lifestyles of such celebrities.

  25. Multiple Shades of You Online...
    MSOY for short is an eZine designed for young women of color ages 5-25, but all are welcome. The site features articles, links, images, clipart, and so much more.

  26. National Black TEEN Empowerment ...
    All our teenagers are stars, simply seeking ways to shine. And if we help them fly, many of them will soar.

  27. Professional Development...
    Staff Training for Youth Service Professionals: Teachers, coaches, counselors, social workers, youth ministers and police.

  28. Project Success Inc...
    Project Success: is a year round education outreach program for youth and families. Our students range in grades from K-7 and represent a broad cross-section of the community.

  29. Saving Our Children ...
    Making the African American community aware of our missing and murdered children.

  30. Schooling Experience...
    African-American Teens Discuss Their Schooling Experience.

  31. Teen Advocate Shares Views on Black Teens and Sex...
    Teen Advocate Shares Views on Black Teens and Sex article.

  32. Tenn Pressure...
    Article about 'Is Your Teen Under Pressure?'

  33. The Black Parenting Blog...
    Helping Black parents is the key to helping black families. This is why Black Parenting Blog aims to keep African American families up to date on the latest websites, books, and news for black parents, children, and teens.

  34. We Animate Character.com...
    Developing and providing multimedia character education films and other products with the ultimate goal is to educate youth in the importance of character and its development.

  35. Young Actors Camp...
    A look into the Hollywood industry in the form of a whimsical acting camp for ages 7 - 17.

  36. Young Black Starz ...
    Supporting the Young, Black and Famous.

  37. 47% of Black Teens Write Diary...
    Black teens are more likely than whites to write in a journal and to write music or lyrics in their personal time. 47% of black teens have written in a personal journal in the past year, and 37% have written music or lyrics.

  38. 100 Black Men...
    100 Black Men is part of the tutoring and mentoring provided by 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania, a professional men's civic organization.


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