Fight for The Family Panel Discussion

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Here are our follow-up responses to our anonymous questions received from our November 30th panel discussion.

How do you put a family back together that hasn’t gotten along for many years?

Through prayer and rebuilding the broken bonds, starting with reconciling the differences and areas of division between those that are not getting along. Anytime you’re dealing with emotions and deep hurt, prayer is your compass because it gives you perspective that you may not otherwise have. It also gives you courage to take the necessary steps to act. Because God is the only one that can truly change our heart, we should start there. Getting people to get along is really a matter of the heart, not just circumstance. Circumstances can change and people remain the same. It’s important to also remember that even with prayer, it may not always be a situation that you can fix. Sometimes, God chooses to deal with things another way than we would like. Ask God to change the hearts of those fighting in the family.

However, you can always be the example of what unity looks like in your family. The example of love, the example of caring, and most of all in the case of getting back together – the example of forgiveness. That doesn’t mean that you have to play the role of mediator between those arguing, but when you model the heart of God, people see it. Sometimes a family getting back together also means getting outside help from a counselor, pastor, leader, friend or other family member that can help talk out the issues and find a happy middle ground that everyone involved can get on board with. And that’s ok. Many conflicts and family disputes are over things that are just petty in comparison to the bigger picture, but those involved in the conflict can’t always see it.

Never underestimate your voice and influence within your family. When you model the heart of God, and when you pray, it shows up in everything you’re involved in. Find things, if any, that the family can agree on. Sometimes it takes helping them to see the bigger picture and the other side, how it’s hurting the family, and more importantly, how great the family could be if things turned around.

How do you know if you’re meant to be with someone? If God says you’re meant to be with someone and shows you signs, should you just believe and wait for it to happen?

This is where walking with God gets real because His people know His voice (John 10:27). And the only way to know His voice is to spend time with Him. The old school says that it’s a feeling of you know that you know. Hearing from God is like an inner knowing. When God arranges something that’s meant to be, there is a perfect order and sense to it. That doesn’t mean it’s picture perfect, it just means that God arranges things to our benefit. Remember that God will never confirm (or show you signs) that contradict His Word or what He says. So you can ask, how does God feel about this person and their role in my life? Does their lifestyle line up with what matters to God?

Be careful with “signs” because not every door of opportunity (a sign) is from God. The devil can open doors too and place people in our paths. This is where we learn what’s a sign from God, a sign from the devil, and just our own inner wants talking back. Ask Him – He wants us to come to Him. If you’re sure that God’s saying go for it, ask Him about the timing and what your next step should be. God cares about the process just as much if not more than the result. If you believe God is telling you to go for it, step out.

PREP Summer Employment Program

PREP Summer Employment Program

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students
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Minority students have long been underrepresented at U.S. colleges and universities. There are many complex reasons for lower enrollment and graduation rates among minority students, not the least of which is financial hardship and lack of access to traditional educational support networks.

In an effort to make higher education more accessible to these groups, hundreds of public and private organizations offer specialized minority student scholarships and aid programs. If you are a student with minority status, it’s worth your while to see what’s available.

To make it easier on you, we’ve compiled a directory of these diversity scholarships and educational support programs and arranged them by category.

Visit bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/minority-students today for more information!

U of D Summer STEM Camps

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

Directions

  • 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!

Clora Funeral Home Scholarships

Clora Funeral Home Scholarships
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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

Requirements:

  • 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

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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

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Bright Future Scholarship

Bright Future Scholarship
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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

Requirements:

  • 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.

GDYT 2015 Summer Jobs

GDYT 2015 Summer Jobs
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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!

Details:

  • 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

Michigan Black Bar Owners Association Scholarship

Michigan Black Bar Owners Association Scholarship
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Apply today @ mbboa.org/scholarship!
DEADLINE: February 16, 2015
Amount: $5,000

The Michigan Black Bar Owners Association Scholarship awards graduates of high school in 2015 who are interested in business and/or the hospitality industry. Awards upward of $5000 will be granted to 5 students to assist with college expenses. The mission of this organization is to​ provide educational scholarships for deserving high school students within the MBBOA membership community; therefore, your contribution will assist us in meeting our mission.

Submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Application
  • Head shot picture (please be alone in the picture)
  • 2 page double spaced essay
  • Most recent transcripts

Criteria

  • High school senior class of 2015
  • Attending an accredited higher learning institution in summer/fall 2015
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Michigan resident

Black History Moments On Canvas

Black History Moments On Canvas
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McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas is an exciting art contest that honors the contributions of people of African descent to American and world history. Celebrate Black History Month with metro Detroit McDonald’s restaurant owners who are giving away more than $5,000 in cash prizes and a gallery exhibit featuring the best art about black history. No purchase necessary to enter or win a prize. Void where prohibited by law.

High school students, you can enter for a chance to win with a work of art that you create. Entry is open to Michigan students 13 to 19 years old who are a resident of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw and St. Clair counties and who currently are enrolled at and attending home school or a public, private or charter high school.

Submit a photo of your historically accurate artwork depicting a significant figure, moment or event in black history with a completed entry form online or by mail for a chance to win! Fifty semifinalists advance to the final round. Twelve finalists will be selected for first-, second-, third-place prizes and nine fourth place winners along with six honorable mentions.

The contest starts Dec. 15, 2014 and ends Feb. 28, 2015. Winners will be announced during a special event to unveil the artwork in an exhibit at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit. You could be part of a gallery exhibit and win money!

For more details and to enter today, go to BlackMomentsOnCanvas.com!