Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day in a Brooklyn, NY


Memorial Day is one of those holidays that let's people know, summer has arrived.  With 80 degrees weather in New York City, it was easy to realize that maybe winter clothing could finally be put into storage as we prepare ourselves for warmer temperatures.

So what do you do on a Memorial Day in Brooklyn? How about taking a walk through BAM Dance Africa Annual a Bazaar? From Atlantic Mall to Fulton Street, music, vendors, dancing, food and fun was in the atmosphere. The temperature was just right to bake in the sub and enjoy the atmosphere.   Please check out live footage on Youtube as well as photographs that captured some of the wonderful activities that happened during the day. 

Memorial Day in Brooklyn; How Lovely! http://youtu.be/Qqgu4iO4tkI



 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Phattime " the Learning Network's" Pilot Run


“Directing is really exciting. At the end, it’s more fun to be the painter than the paint” [George Clooney]

 
Alvin Rogers, Educator, has the ability to paint ideas into vivid masterpieces that can leave a lasting effect on the hearts and minds of many. He is no stranger to inspiring others, being one of the many professors at the college of FIT as well as a wonderful tenor saxophonist. He can be described as a humanitarian because he goes beyond the grain when he puts into motion, non-collegiate educational programs, beneficial to the youth.

Many take the aspect of success and define it with material wealth. Examples of this may be, owning gigantic homes and fancy cars. But when you see the outcome of a well-organized plan and the young minds that are moved and excited about learning something fresh and new that can help them in their future, success is etched into their smiles. 

Alvin Rogers and his partner, Dan Johnson, an engineer at Google, has teamed up to teach youth technological skills.  The not-for-profit organization, Phattime seeks to change that and its pilot program has showed that change can be successfully implemented. The idea of change changes minds. And what a better way to do it than to share information about something that people will be interested in learning about.

Please check out the documentary created to give an in depth look at the pilot program and to raise visibility to what Phattime, the Learning Network  501 (3c) is all about.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Phattime’s Learning Network: Empowering Our Youth

Phattime’s Learning Network:

Empowering Our Youth

by Stephanie Jeannot & Alvin Rogers

When the weather gets nice, most of our youth find their energy being dissolved into playing in the courtyards and having uproarious fun with friends.  

Who could blame them? This winter has been so brutal and long, it makes sense why they would find pleasure in enjoying the great outdoors after hours, now that the evenings are dressed in warm sunlight. Yet, there are many other young people who have found refuge in mentors such as Alvin Rogers and Dan Johnson of the Phattime "the learning network" a 501(3c).



Phattime harnesses the power of social media and digital media platforms to empower urban youth. Phattime bridges cognitive learning principles with social networking methodologies: students have a personal space, which can be uniquely designed; students are able to invite friends to their network. Designed specifically for community organizations, The Phattime portal allows for shared information: student grades, attendance and test scores between teachers, parents and students. Parents can view student grades, attendance and dialog with teachers securely over the web.
 

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family" [Kofi Annan]. To know the power of transformation is to open doors to true intellect and the future. All students, well off or low income, ought to have access to information, and skills. It is essential that they explore their own assumptions and feelings about a particular topic or situation. 

Phatttime "the learning network"  has made their center of interest, to open new opportunities of learning to those who seem to have been cut off from access to empowerment. Under the guidance of coordinator, Ian Holly, this program had its first pilot run at Graham Windham's Beacon Center located at 301 west 140th street in Harlem. Like Rogers and Johnson, Graham Windham's mission is to "help under-served children overcome obstacles on the path to self-sufficiency by giving them the skills to succeed.

With their pilot program, Rogers and Johnson, have found an interesting way of delivering Mobile App Development using Cloud Technologies to Harlem Youth. They have taken those interested in positive change by the hand and geared them with tools that can definitely move mountains. 

It's been said that you create great men while young. These kids show their greatness beyond the typical classroom, gaining advantage in this booming technological world and embrace the education with true interest. Opportunity is not always fair gain or easy access, but this is Phattime's purpose; affording intellectuals of the future, right where access to this information is deserved. 

What would make this program even better would be funding. This grassroots organization feeds the youth with priceless information, worth more than wealth in itself. In truth, "obtaining intellectual capital is the key to American competitiveness and prosperity - Those with intellectual capital will qualify for professional positions those without it will find themselves working as cashiers, clerks, or custodians" [E. D. Hirsch]. 



This is what makes Phattime a great organization; they benefit "humanity." For more information on this organization, visit their website at http://www.phattime.com

 
 


 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Coming out of Spring


Been waiting for this moment for a while now; Spring!
 
Spring’s first day was March 20th and it seems like it took about a month and a half worth of days after that date for the warmth to settle in. Not quite sure if I am ready to put the winter clothes away and to bring out the warmer weather attire but here are a few things that you will definitely see coming out in the next few days:
 
Flowers

God’s natural beauties will definitely peak their heads out of the soil and soon will stand tall to the sun. It is that time.
 
Pulchritude will be all around us soon, showing us their fabulousness and sharing with us an essence of their awesome fragrance. Coming soon to a garden near you! 

 

 
Arms and Legs

The arms and the legs will come out from the wool turtlenecks, tights, bubble jackets, etc,  and soon you will see folks wearing short sleeves, shorts, and skirts with no jackets.
 
That is, if you have not seen this already. Which means; it is time to unpack the seasonal gear, see what fits, see what doesn’t and also, take advantage of some of those approaching semi-annual, friends and family sales and etc.

Maybe this is the time to consider giving into the Salvation Army when they leave their flyers for clothing pick up. Spring is definitely a time to part with the old and to enter in with the new. They do not call it spring cleaning for nothing!  
Summer is coming. Spring may also be the time to possibly take part in some group exercises at your local gym or to go on-line and discover some fitness challenges you can do in the comfort of your own home like this one; the 30-day squat challenge.  Every day for the month of may, a different challenge or amount of squats to do.
I mean, we will be wearing bathing suits soon. Why not tighten and tone in preparation for it?
 
Pilgrims

Tourists from everywhere will be in all corners of your oasis looking for fantastic new things to see. More traffic on the roads and more pedestrians walking around in the streets who may stop you and ask for directions. 

Maybe one of the things they twill find pleasure in partaking in is seeing the pilgrims come out to greet and celebrate the warm weather on the corner of Wall Street and Broad Street. You’ll hear them drumming. You’ll see crowds gathered as the heat sizzles. Not a bad way to spend lunchtime in New York. 
 

Pollen

As the trees regain their strength, or rather, their leaves, the allergies will become the problems at hand. 
But don’t settle for the issues; instead, grab a tissue to deal with the associated nasal drip that comes with allergies during the dreadful pollen season we all know and love. 
 
You might see Hudson Allergy walking around the area handing out packets of tissue and with excitement, you can tell your friends that you #foundthebox

These are just some things you might definitely see or won’t see. But whatever you do see, feel free to smile about it. This is the season of newness, positive outlooks. I look forward to seeing yours and sharing a smile back at you, if we should cross paths.
And to end my post, I'd like to leave you with a popular phrase from the allergy season of spring: God bless you!