U of D Summer STEM Camps


There are still some seats left for the University of Detroit Mercy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics summer camp!


  • Go to www.udmercy.edu
  • Click on Science & Engineering (on left)
  • Click on Academic Programs, on drop-down menu click Engineering
  • Click on Pre-College Programs (on left)
  • Click on Summer Programs (on left)

For more information, contact Mrs. Rhoades-Todd, toddpa@udmercy.edu, 313.993-3374!

Being Bold In Your Skin

Being Bold In Your Skin

The Journey Of A New Me…

Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:30-31 NASB

Lately, I have been struggling with my weight. I’ve been told that I am overweight my entire life but I’ve learned to deal with it. What I hadn’t learned is how to change it. Since about a month ago, I’ve been trying to change my diet and everything that I could. Now, I know there are people out there who have the same problem. People like us need a little motivation to help us lose the weight and I believe that I have the motivation needed to help me succeed and help others in the process also. My hope and prayer is that all of the overweight people out there can change and become healthy and fit.

Here’s what I learned from all of this…

One thing that you must do in order to lose the weight is to prepare yourself. Preparation is everything. Make sure that you’re ready to take on this big milestone in your life. Have your mind, body, and spirit ready. Make sure that God is by your side. You wouldn’t do this without the man upstairs, right? And make sure that you have the right motivation and support to back you up.

The second thing is to TAKE EVERYTHING SLOW. Take baby steps in what you do. Start off changing your diet slowly. Take out those Oreos and switch them out with an apple. Change the portions of your meal. All those SMALL things can make a HUGE difference.

Third, make sure that you exercise. Now, not everybody likes to do physical activities, but it’ll really help in the short and long run. Start off with a walk around the corner. Then progress into something bigger, like a jog around your school track. Bigger is better, but just start where you are.

The last thing and most important thing is to remember that you need God. He will always be by your side. Make sure that you trust Him and you know that you know that He has your back, always. I’m currently in the process of losing weight and God has been in my corner the whole time. He won’t let you down. God knows what you’re going through and He wants to be your main support. God will NEVER let you down.

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Kristin Lewis
@_.kristinnnn | twitter.com/lewiskristin14


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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Tiana Whitely
@CutiePiee_ | idiosyncraticdash.wordpress.com

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.