Lessons 2014 Taught Me

Lessons 2014 Taught Me

By Tiana Whitely

Life has an interesting way of teaching you things. 2014 was a year full of lessons for me. As I graduated high school, prepared for college, and experienced living in another state, I was overwhelmed with how life, and for a lack of better words, “lectures it’s lesson plan.” What do I mean by that? Life has a way of teaching without words. Your experiences are filled with lessons, but you can only catch it if you pay attention.

The latter end of my high school experience brought me Lesson #1: Hard Work.

I thought that my last semester of senior year would be a breeze. I was in for a rude awakening. Creating a senior research project was the hardest task throughout my high school curriculum, and to think it was an open ended project. This was the final task needed in order to complete my credits. I worked harder than I ever have in order to finish my final stretch of high school with a bang. Sometimes as humans, we get complacent toward the end of a thing. I wasn’t given that opportunity… If I wanted that diploma, I had to push through to get it.

Preparing for college brought me Lesson #2: Resources Are Your Friend.

You never really understand what you need or don’t have until it is time to leave for college. Between applying for scholarships, working to save money, and actually buying all the necessities, learning how to navigate on my own; resources become your best friend. The gift card that you didn’t use for Christmas… The small graduation monies… People willing to help out… It all becomes useful and important. The smallest resource can help in a big way. You just have to take the step to utilize what is available to you.

Living on my own taught me Lesson #3: Responsibility.

Responsibility in high school is baby work compared to college. Mom and dad are no longer there to take care of you. You have to make decisions based upon what’s best for you, not what’s fun or entertaining. Some weekends, you can’t go out. The pair of shoes you wanted will have to wait because you need to buy food. Sometimes when you need people the most, they disappear. At that point, you learn to invent what you don’t have, make decisions without helpful advice, and make your own solutions. This is a time when you step out of adolescence and truly become independent.

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Clora Funeral Home Scholarships

Clora Funeral Home Scholarships

Clora Funeral Home is offering 3 exclusive Second Ebenezer scholarships to graduating seniors pursing science career fields. Through this program, three $1000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors.

Downloads: Application


  • Due: Friday, May 31st
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • High school Senior Class of 2015
  • Attending an accredited higher learning institution in summer/fall 2015
  • Second Ebenezer Church Member

Download the application for full criteria and submission requirements.

8th Annual Chancellor’s Reading Carnival for Children


Wayne County Community College District’s School of Continuing Education and The Bookworm Club in partnership with Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Public Library present the 8th Annual Chancellor’s Reading Carnival for Children!

Download: Flier | Registration Form

Students will receive FREE (while supplies last)

  • Books and book bags for children
  • Face painting by clowns
  • Refreshments
  • Fun n’ games & Give-a-ways


Bright Future Scholarship

Bright Future Scholarship

Bright Side Dental has launched their annual “Bright Future” Scholarship Program. Through this program, two $500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors.

Downloads: Flier | Application


  • Due: Friday, May 15th by 11:59p
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be involved in at least one extracurricular activity
  • Attend school in a Bright Side Dental community (Canton, Clarkston, Farmington, Livonia, Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Southfield and Warren)
  • Submit a one-page essay, application form and an official copy of your transcripts.

Applications will be judged by a panel of dental health professionals and will be based upon the student’s writing ability, quality of ideas presented and use of sources that are included.

3/18 Scripture & Prayer Focus


Today’s Scripture: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew‬ ‭19‬:‭26‬ KJV

Prayer Focus: God, help me to think big! In You there are no limitations. Help me to remember that in You I am limitless!

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3/17 Scripture & Prayer Focus


Today’s Scripture: But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭21‬ NLT

Prayer Focus: Lord, You are my foundation… Because of You, I am strong enough to stand against my obstacles. Nothing will separate me from Your love.

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Human Services Job Coach


Students interested in a career in Human Services can receive summer work experience as a job coach.

Download the flier: Human Services Job Coach 2015

Gain experience in:

  • Goal setting
  • Behavior modification
  • Prompting, rewarding, motivating
  • Teaching hard and soft skills
  • Measuring client progress


20+ hrs/week
Good driving record required

Send resume to JVS Human Resources Department at HR@jvsdet.org

Farmington Hills Summer Employment

Farmington Hills Summer Employment

The following opportunities are available through the department of Special Services for the 2015 spring/summer season. Apply @ ci.farmington-hills.mi.us!

Department of Special Services
31555 W. Eleven Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336-1165
Monday – Friday, 8:30a–4:30p

Parks Seasonal Laborer Positions

$9.75 – $11.25/hr
Start Date: ASAP
Provide general maintenance duties such as mowing, weeding, mulching, gardening, trail grooming, and ball field preparations. Requires a Michigan Driver’s license and good driving record. 25 – 40 hours/week, variable work schedules, weekends included.

Concession Positions
$8.15/hr (starting)
Start Date: April 2015
Sell concession items to the general public. Basic duties include cash handling, customer service, computerized cash register operation, cleaning, mopping, stocking, some light lifting (up to 20 lbs). No previous experience required. 5-20 hours/week, any day but mostly evenings and weekends.

Building Attendants – Longacre House and Ice Arena
$9.75/hr (starting)
Start Date: April 2015
Basic Duties may include light building maintenance, handling money, lifting 25 – 50 lbs, opening and closing the building, and custodial responsibilities. At the Ice Arena, it also includes driving the Zamboni to resurface the ice. Previous experience preferred but not required. 16-29 hours/week, some days but mostly evenings and weekends.

Summer Camp and Nature Camp Positions
$8.15/hr (starting)
Start Date: June 2015
Supervise and provide a safe environment for children, develop lesson plans, and interact with children through leading games, arts and crafts, gym play, outdoor activities, field trips and a variety of other camp activity, providing a balance of fun and educational programming daily throughout children’s summer camp experience. 32 – 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday, some weekends.

$11.50-$13.00/hr (starting)
Start Date: ASAP
Prepare and cook food for Meals on Wheels, congregate lunch program and occasional evening events. 25+ hours/week, 8a – 1p weekdays.

Dish Washer
Start Date: ASAP
Wash dishes, help organize the store room, assist with food packing and other duties as needed. 25+ hours/week, 9a – 1:30p weekdays.

Summer Counselors

Summer Counselors

The Redford Township Leisure Services Department is seeking counselors for their Summer Playground Program for youth ages 6-13.
The program begins June 22, 2015 and runs Monday—Friday from 10a—4p, through August 14, 2015. Extra hours may also be available.

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older and preferably have experience working with youth.
  • Salary is $10.62/hour.

Interested applicants must complete an application and submit it along with a copy of your high school diploma, to the Redford Township Personnel Office located at 15145 Beech Daly Road.

Applications can be downloaded from redfordtwp.com or obtained from the Personnel Office between 8:30a—4:30p.

Download: Summer Counselors Application

Closing Date to apply is: April 30, 2015

GDYT 2015 Summer Jobs

GDYT 2015 Summer Jobs

Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) offers a chance to not only land a summer job, but to build the kinds of skills that will last a lifetime. If you’re ready for a work experience that will make a difference – and to earn some money while you do it – we encourage you to start by filling out a online pre-application @ gdyt.org/youth!

Positions are limited, so submit the online pre-application TODAY!


  • For ages 14 and 24 (by July 1, 2015)
  • Must be resident of Detroit and eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must be able to commit to 6 weeks of part-time work for 20 hours per week.
  • Must be able to attend all job training sessions, including a spring work readiness session to prepare for your summer job.

A lottery process will be used to select participants from the pre-applications.

Contact: Eunice Shaw Peek, MBA
Office: 313.874.0043