REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT THE CENTER OR ONLINE AT THE M-NCPPC WEBSITE!

BLADENSBURG COMMUNITY CENTER POLICY ON THE PAYMENT OF CLASS FEES AND TAKING OF ATTENDANCE

Students are required to sign in each week at the table inside the gym door (there will be a clipboard on the table to the left of the door as you enter). The center staff are responsible only for taking registration fees. Students must register with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and pay the class fees before or on the day of the first class they attend in a session. Remember that class fees are not prorated--fees are not reduced based on number of times attended. If you have any questions about these policies, please contact Dr. Clifford Thomas at 202-251-1030.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND CANCELLED CLASSES

Extracurricular Rambler activities (e.g., volunteer demonstrations at community events) held during scheduled class times are considered classes. Special events--including tournaments, belt testing sessions, student ceremonies, and other activities--are also part of the curriculum. Regular classes are held on Saturdays and the registration fee for each session covers eight classes, with no prorating (fees are not reduced based on number of times attended). Weeknight classes are free of charge because they are offered as make-up/additional practice classes. Nonetheless, they are counted toward attendance; for example, if a belted student attends only the weeknight and not the Saturday classes, he or she will still have to pay the regular class instruction fee. Cancelled classes are addressed separately on a case-by-case basis but generally can be made up by the student attending an appropriate weeknight class. Contact Dr. Thomas at 202-251-1030 if you have questions concerning his policies.

Listen for schedule update announcements made in class during the course of our continuous 8-week sessions. Refer to this page (which also includes important community and scholarship information sections) and the Classes page to keep up to date. The dates for sessions will be listed as they become official through the M-NCPPC. If you wish to contact Dr. Thomas or Ms. Susan McCutchen, please go to the "Contact Us" page and click on the pertinent e-mail address.

RAMBLER CLASSES

REMINDER! 16TH ANNUAL KOMBAT KLASSIC MARTIAL ARTS TOURNAMENT (OCTOBER 28, 2017)

Who: Kyoshi Steve Tolson and Tolson's Okinawan Karate. 
What: All youth and adult students are invited to participate in this tournament that we attend each year. Dr. Thomas urges all students to come out to support the Rambler family and rally around the youth and adult students who are able to participate. The tournament day is considered a class day for Rambler students.
When: Saturday, October 28 - 8:00 a.m. registration; competition begins at 10:00 a.m. 
Where: Calvary Gospel Church, 11150 Berry Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20603. YOU MAY HAVE PICKED UP THE WRONG MAP IN CLASS; BE SURE TO CHECK THE ADDRESS!
Contact: Dr. Thomas about Rambler competition in the tournament. To learn more about Tolson's Okinawan Karate and to download the flyer and tournament application, go to this link. For more information about the tournament, contact Kyoshi Tolson by telephone at 301-693-8749 or by e-mail or telephone the dojo at 301-884-6141.

Fall 2017 Session
Start Date: October 14, 2017 

The Fall session began on Saturday, October 14. Make-up/additional practice classes will continue from Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12. Class registration fees are expected to be paid before or on the first day a student attends an offered class. New students will not be accepted after the third class of the session (Saturday, October 28). Please talk with Dr. Thomas or Ms. McCutchen if you have any questions or concerns regarding the payment of class fees.
Registration Guidelines: Registration fees for tae kwon do classes are not prorated. Your class fees pay for two months of classes (eight classes on Saturday and/or during the week [for belted students only]).
Online Registration: If you pay online, the registration codes may not be accessible after classes have begun.
Make-Up/Additional Practice Weeknight Classes: Dr. Thomas offers make-up/additional practice classes for no extra charge two weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for white and gold belts (youth and adults) and on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for green belts and above (youth and adults) in the Bladensburg Community Center's Multipurpose Room. Go to the Classes page for more complete information about these classes. Please call Dr. Thomas if you have any questions. 

Third Annual Walk and Rally for National Bullying Prevention Month
Renee Green Productions Video of October 7, 2017, Walk in Bladensburg

It didn't rain this year! Our many participants enjoyed a pleasant walk led by newly-elected Bladensburg Mayor Takisha James and her husband, former mayor Walter James, as well as First Daughter, Imani James. Everyone enjoyed the walk and reportedly got a lot of exercise because of the brisk pace of the leaders of the pack! Go to this link for a video of the James family leading the Tae Kwon Do Ramblers, their families, and the community in the walk, and for interviews with Dr. Thomas, Walter James, and Takisha James.

Senior Safety and Self-Defense
News Media Coverage of August 22, 2017, Symposium

Check out the article and three photos by Bobby Jones in the September 1 issue of the Andrews Gazette about this event at this link. An article by Alexis Bentz about the event was published in The Senior Beacon in its October 2017 newspaper and is found at this link (on pages 11 and 12).

Photos/Slideshows and Videos on Our Tournaments and Photos Pages
Contribute Photos, Videos, and Student News to Our Website!

Browse through our website pages to see what's happening with our organization and to learn about our history through stories, photos, and videos! The Tournament News page contains articles, photos, and action videos about Kombat Klassic 2016 and tournaments from previous years. The Television/Videos/Radio and Newspapers and Magazines pages chronicle media happenings. Provide us with student news and the photos you take. If you have a video of a Rambler performance, upload it to YouTube and send it our way. Check out your phones and other cameras to find good photos of events and special occasions, such as belt advancements, to share the memories and fun with the Rambler family! Dr. Thomas will review photos and videos and give approval for posting or linking on the website. See the Contact Us page for Ms. McCutchen's e-mail link.

Class Requirements and Martial Arts Etiquette Class Rules

This information is posted on the Classes page after the listing of class schedules. If you have any questions, please ask Dr. Thomas (202-251-1030).

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Avoid Car Break-Ins

Don't be a victim! Here are ten (10) suggestions offered by theTakoma Police Department. If you see anything suspicious, call the Prince George's County Police Department's (PGPD) non-emergency number 301-352-1200 or 911 immediately. Please DON'T HESITATE. 

1.  Secure or remove any clothing
2.  Secure any loose change
3.  INSTALL a Locking Fuel Cap
4.  LOCK All the Doors
5.  Completely CLOSE All Windows
6.  REMOVE Portable Electronic Devices
7.  Place shopping bags or merchandise in the trunk
8.  Secure CDs & DVDs out of sight 
9.  REMOVE your purse or wallet
10.  PARK in WELL LIT Locations. Avoid Isolated Areas

Elder Abuse Awareness and Women's Health Issues

One in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced some form of elder abuse, but only one in 14 cases is reported. Women make up approximately 66 percent of elder abuse victims in the U.S. Elder abuse is any form of abuse – physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and more – perpetrated by an individual who holds power or influence over an elderly person. Perpetrators may be nursing home staff, family members, caretakers, even friends and neighbors. Some of the warning signs of elder abuse include: (1) physical abuse, neglect, or mistreatment: bruises, broken bones, abrasions, burns; (2) emotional abuse: unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, a sudden change in alertness and clarity of mind, unusual depression, strained relationships; (3) financial abuse: sudden or unexplained withdrawals or other similar changes in financial accounts; (4) neglect: unusual weight loss, poor hygiene, unattended medical needs, bedsores; and (5) verbal or emotional abuse: belittling, threatening or other behavior that subjects the elder to the control and/or influence of another person. (Adapted from the National Council on Aging). All suspected cases of adult abuse and neglect should be reported to your local DSS Office or by calling 1-800-332-6347. For more information on elder abuse, you can visit the National Council on Aging or the Maryland Department of Human Resources Adult Protective Services. For more information on this and other women's health issues, please visit the Maryland Commission for Women's Online Health Information and Resource Directory.

PACER National Bullying Prevention Center Resource Links

PACER National Bullying Prevention Center offers many useful resources and downloadable documents. Kids Against BullyingTeens Against Bullying; October 25th Unity Day IdeasCommon Views: http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-1.pdfResources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/Information and Facts: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.aspClassroom Activities: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/classroom/; Bullying 101 for Elementary: http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-24.pdfBullying 101 for Teens : http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-28.pdf; Drama: http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-17.pdfStories: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/stories/Mobile and Online Safety: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/parents/mobile-and-online-safety.aspStudents with Disabilities: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities/Get Involved: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/getinvolved/Speaking in Your Community: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/spreadtheword/. Cyberbullying Resources: A new resource page to inform adults about how technology is being used in the online world to bully, which includes the definition of cyberbullying, facts, statistics, and reference guides. Just as young people used to spend unmonitored time playing with friends in the neighborhood, outside the periphery of adults, they are now engaging with each other in the cyberworld, “talking” with each other, “talking” to each other, and “talking” about each other, often without adult or parental monitoring. While technology allows young people to connect in meaningful ways, such as the opportunity to share ideas, photos, videos, and more, the unsupervised nature of the cyberworld demands the need for guidance, guidelines, and social responsibility. Go to this link to learn how to help your child stay safe online. View an archived livestream of the presentation entitled Social Media & Bullying: Using Technology to Keep Kids Safe.

Domestic Violence Resources
Available National, State of Maryland, and Local Hotlines and Resources

Whether you or someone you know is in need of help, hotlines and resources are available to help deal with domestic violence. Hotlines: Police Emergency (24 hours): 911; House of Ruth (24 hours) 410-889-7884; Maryland 2-1-1 (24 hours): 211; Community Advocates for Family and Youth (CAFY)301-390-4092; Family Crisis Center, Inc. (located at 3601 Taylor Street, Brentwood, Maryland 20722): 301-731-1203 or 1-866-382-7474; MD Network Against Domestic Violence1-800-634-3577; Prince George's County Child Protective Services301-909-2450; and The Sexual Assault Center, Prince George's Hospital301-618-3154. More contacts: MD Crime Victoms Resource Center301-952-0063 or 877-842-8461; Joint Base Andrews Family Advocacy Program240-857-9680; FCC Crisis Hotline301-731-1203; House of Ruth Legal Services240-450-3270. Prince George's County: The Prince George's County Family Justice Center (14757 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772) has hours of operation Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; telephone: 301-780-8008. The Department of Family Services Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Division suggested hotlines and resources: Local: Family Crisis Center (Centro de Familiar) (see information above); Fair Girls (Human Trafficking) (Trafico de Ninas): 1-855-900-3247 or 202-265-1505. Domestic Violence Shelter: Family Crisis Center (Centro de Crisis Familiar) (see information above). Resources and Referrals: Information resource line in Maryland (Linea de Informacion en Maryland): 211. National: National Domestic Violence Hotline (Linea Nacional de Violencia Domestica): 1-800-799-7233; Teen Dating Violence (Violencia entre parejas Adolescentes): 1-866-331-9474 or text "loveis" to 22522; National Human Trafficking Resource Center (Centro Nacional de Recursos de Trafico Humano): 1-888-373-7888 or text "BeFree" to 233733. More Resources: Go to this link (English) and this link (Spanish) for important resources information.

Women's Health Issues

For information on women's health issues, please visit the Maryland Commission for Women's Online Health Information and Resource Directory.

Behavioral Health Resources 
Providers in Prince George's County, Maryland

Go to this link for a listing of providers and their contact information. 

How to Prevent Cyberbullying: Ultimate Guide for Parents

As much of a threat as cyberbullying is to children and teens across the country, there are measures we can take as parents, peers, and teachers to prevent and reduce it from happening. MoneySaving Pro, a company that researches, analyzes, reviews, and compares available resources to help thousands of consumers save money by finding the best products and services, addresses cyberbullying in How to Prevent Cyberbullying: Ultimate Guide for Parents. The guide starts with defining what cyberbullying is, outlines some facts and statistics, examines its relationship with the law, and describes the effects it can have on its victims. The reader is walked through the steps that can be taken to prevent cyberbullying and how to properly report it. In addition, a wealth of additional resources is offered beyond the scope of this guide. The guide is found at this link.

Cyber Bullying: The Complete [online] Resource Guide

Cyberbullying is rampant and poses risks for people of all ages. BackgroundChecks.org offers a free online and searchable resource on cyberbullying. Access Cyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide at this link. It is easy to navigate this resource and select the topic(s) of interest. 

Online Resources for Tutoring and Mentoring for Children

Around 3:00 p.m. on weekdays in the United States, around 15 million children are left unsupervised and without direction after school. Guidance, tutoring, and mentoring to those who go without is sorely needed. The After School Center of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, provides online links to educational tools and resources to help kids and the community as a whole. 

Maryland's (First Ever) Resource Guide for Aging Drivers

Download a copy of the MVA's Resource Guide for Aging Drivers at this link. This is the first guide targeted to aging drivers that has been produced by the MVA. Please be sure to complete the survey as requested so that your input into what is needed in this important area is taken into consideration. 

Need Money to Help Buy Food? Check Out SNAP/FSP.

What is SNAP?: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, is the new name for the Federal Food Stamp Program. In Maryland, the program is called the Food Supplement Program (FSP). SNAP/FSP helps people with little or no income buy all sorts of foods including fruits and vegetables. In these hard times, more people are eligible than you might think. So check out SNAP/FSP at The Training Source, Inc., or Prince George's County Department of Social Services.
Can I get SNAP/FSP Benefits? 
--To receive benefits, your income and resources have to be under certain limits.
--People with lower incomes receive more benefits.
--When determining your income, allowable expenses such as rent, utilities, child or elder care, or medical bills (if you are elderly or disabled) are subtracted to find out how much food help you might get.
--Resources include the amount of money you have in bank accounts.
How Can I Tell if I Might be Eligible?: Go to this link, visit the Prince George's County Department of Social Services, or call The Training Source, Inc. (59 Yost Place, Seat Pleasant, Maryland 20743) at 301-499-8872 for onsite application assistance as well as for information about job training and other programs and services that can change your life.

Yachad Home Repair Services
Useful Resource for Elderly, Disabled, or Struggling Residents

Yachad's mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the District of Columbia and the greater metropolitan area (Landover, Hyattsville, District Heights, Capitol Heights, and Hillcrest Heights in Prince George's County). Yachad means "together" in Hebrew, and that is how we do our work through partnerships with homeowners, houses of worship, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders. We mobilize skilled and unskilled volunteers, invest financial resources, and, through our work together, transform people and properties. Our mission is rooted in the Jewish commitment to seek justice by engaging inn acts of loving kindness. We welcome people of all faiths to share in our work to keep our communities diverse and vital. Go to this link for important information about Yachad and its application for services.

Riverdale Park Pediatrics P.C.
Riverdale, Maryland

Riverdale Park Pediatrics P.C. is located at 6103 Baltimore Avenue, Suite T-1, Riverdale, Maryland 20737. For more information, please e-mail, call 301-277-2779, or fax 301-277-6947 Yulanda Swindell, M.D., Board Certified Pediatrician.

Mary's Center Energy Assistance Program

Description: If you are a Prince George's County resident in need of utility assistance, you may be eligible for a one-time grant up to $500 towards your gas or electric bill. This program is made possible by the generosity of the PHI Community Foundation.
Si vive en el condado de Prince George y los ingresos anuales son inferiores al nivel federal de pobreza, usted podría recibir un subsidio de hasta $500 para su factura de gas o de electricidad. El programa es posible gracias a la generosidad de PHI Community Foundation.
Eligibility Requirements. Eligibilidad del Programa.
You reside in Prince George's County, Maryland. Debe residir en el condado de Prince George, Maryland.
You are unable to pay your utility bill because of financial hardship. No puede pagar para su factura de electricidad o de gas.
Your income is at or below the poverty level. Su ingreso anual está por debajo del nivel federal de pobreza.
You are at risk for disconnect from your gas or electric service. Está en risego de desconexión de su factura de electricad o de gas.
You have not received help from Mary's Center in the past year. No ha recibido ayuda financiera de Mary's Center en los últimos 12 meses.
Interested? Interesado?: Call us at 202-545-2024 to learn more or set up your appointment today. Llámenos al 202-545-2024 para mas información or para hacer una cita! Se habla español.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Free Fresh Produce
2017 Schedule and Locations in Prince George's County

Prince George's County Department of Social Services will distribute free fresh produce to County residents. Please bring your own bags for shopping; one distribution per household. Flier: http://files.constantcontact.com/6554162f201/2d15727f-451b-4348-8734-eb267addeab5.pdf. Distribution Schedule: http://files.constantcontact.com/6554162f201/adf6524e-11e6-4990-83b5-05b026f52e64.pdf.   

Port Towns/Rogers Heights Schools 2017 - 2018 Free Food Distribution 
Dates: October 25 - December 20, 2017, and January 24 - June 12, 2018

In conjunction with the Capital Area Food Bank, free food distribution at the Port Towns/Rogers Heights Schools in Bladensburg, Maryland. 2017 Schedule: October 25 (Wednesday), November 20 (Monday), and December 20 (Wednesday). 2018 Schedule: January 24 (Wednesday), February 28 (Wednesday), March 28 (Wednesday), April 25 (Wednesday), May 23 (Wednesday), and June 12 (Tuesday).

SCHOLARSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO EXPLORE

Scholly App to Find Scholarships Tailored to Individual Students

Download the Scholly App: Scholly was created by Christopher Gray to help students access scholarships after finding through his own experience that each year "some $100 million in scholarships go unclaimed." Scholly is "based on its patent-pending algorithm and 'a lot of elbow grease.' Scholly employs eight parameters to match student and scholarship: information including gender, state and race, but also more customized data because so many grants are specialized" ("Financial Aide," Smithsonian, December 2016, p. 45). 

Suited 4 Success College Planning Services

For education counseling, admissions, and college admissions counseling information, including about workshops, go to this link

SAT Test Preparation and Tutoring/Certified Learning Websites

The Princeton Review: Learn about test preparation and private tutoring opportunities at this linkCollege Board: Access information about the SAT at this link, containing a link to the Khan Academy where students have access to free resources to enable them to reach their learning potential and can practice for the SAT. Study Point: Learn about tutoring as individual as your child at this link. Alison: Information about free certified learning can be accessed at this link

Financial Aid Information (Including FAFSA)
BestSchool.com

Go to this link to access the overhauled and updated FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) guide along with some of its features from BestSchools.com. In the course of their research, BestSchools.com found that most students were not aware that nearly all of them are eligible for some form of financial aid. So they decided to create a user-friendly guide that clarifies common questions, making it easier for students to have access to the support they qualify for to start or continue their education. Largely in part because of their non-biased data-driven approach, they are a trusted source for government entities and organizations throughout the United States.

College Fairs

Check out a listing of local college fairs here. Be sure to mark your calendar and check back regularly for updates. 

Websites to Search for Scholarship and Other Educational Resources 

Go to fastweb, salliemae, collegenet, scholarships.com, collegexpress, College Board, and these Scholarship Workshop tool box and scholarship aid websites at this link and this link, respectively.

U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard Redesigned and More Comprehensive Online Database 

Go to this link and this link to access federal information that will help students, parents, and advisers make good choices when it comes to college. A customized tool for students, the College Scorecard was redesigned with direct input from students, families, and their advisers to provide the clearest, most accessible, and reliable national data on college cost, graduation, debt, and post-college earnings. Colleges can be rated based on your interests and how well they are serving students of all backgrounds. The focus is on making a quality, affordable education within reach. New, comprehensive, and updated data on higher education institutions are available. Access the most reliable and comprehensive data on students’ outcomes at specific colleges, including former students’ earnings, graduates’ student debt, and borrowers’ repayment rates. These data are also available for various sub-groups, like first generation and Pell students. 

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) Listing of Scholarships
Scholarship Information Database

Go to this link to review a long list of available scholarships posted by the PGCPS. Take the time to scroll down the page to find those opportunities suited to your needs and be sure to pay attention to the deadlines. The links are embedded for your convenience. Please be sure to take full advantage of funds being provided to help you attain your educational goals.

Sign Up for E-Mail Newsletter Listing Scholarships, Job Opportunities and Summer Camps
Many Opportunities for Youth in Prince George's County

Receive e-mail newsletters with a long list of college scholarships and summer camps being offered and opportunities available for youth employment in Prince George's County from Thomas Mayah at the Prince George's County District 3 Council Office. Contact him by e-mail or by calling 301-952-3060. There are so many scholarships, summer camps, and youth job listings, with links embedded, that we could not begin to post them all on our Announcements page!

ASPIRE Program for Students and STEM Partnership at Applied Physics Lab/Johns Hopkins University
Various Types of Programs Offered, Including Summer Programs

ASPIRE is a program for high school juniors and seniors to explore the real-world applications of STEM at Applied Physics Lab/Johns Hopkins. Students are matched with APL staff members to work on technical projects in a subject area of interest to the student. APL partners with local schools to provide this extension of the student’s educational learning environment. ASPIRE is a competitive program. Applying does not guarantee acceptance. For additional details, informational videos, and applications and deadlines visit this link. If you are too young to apply, feel free to review the information (and bookmark this link) in order to better prepare for this wonderful internship opportunity. 

The Community Foundation Listing of Scholarships
Scholarship Information Database

Go to this link to review a list of available scholarships posted by the Community Foundation. The foundation's ability to make grants and scholarships depends on the source and availability of grant/scholarship funds. Please look into these opportunities and apply.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships
Number of Scholarship Opportunities for Youth

Go to this link to review a long list of available scholarships posted by the United Negro College Fund. Take the time to scroll down the page to find those opportunities suited to your needs, particularly those in the "New" column. The links are embedded for your convenience. Please be sure to take full advantage of funds being provided to help you attain your educational goals. If you don't go after the money, someone else will!

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
National Internship Program (HNP) Opportunities

Go to this link for more information.

The Washington Center (TWC)
Internship Opportunities

Go to this link for more information.

United States' Census Bureau
Pathways: Internship Program (IP)

Eligibility Requirements:  (1) 18 years of age; (2) U.S. citizenship; (3) have a miniumum 3.0 GPA [on a 4.0 scale]; (4) be enrolled in a degree seeking program or certificate program of at least 1 year in duration; and (5) interns may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position [or to a term position lasting 1-4 years] within 120 days of successful completion of the degree.
How to Apply: To apply, search "census pathways IP" at this link. For more information, call the Strategic Recruitment and Outreach Branch at  301-763-4910 or e-mail Ileana Cruz-Vega or Tasha Harris. IP positions will be posted based on hiring needs.

United States' Census Bureau
Pathways: Internship Program (RGP)

Eligibility Requirements:  (1) 18 years of age; (2) U.S. citizenship; (3) graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associate, bachelor, masters, professional, doctorate, or vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying institutions within the previous two years; and (4) participants may be converted to a permanent position after completion of program requirements [1 year service, formal mentoring, 40 hours formall training].
How to Apply: To apply, search "census pathways RGP" at this link. For more information, call the Strategic Recruitment and Outreach Branch at 301-763-4910 or e-mail Ileana Cruz-Vega or Tasha Harris. RGP positions will be posted based on hiring needs. 

Scholarship Opportunities
Receive Scholarship Counseling

Go to this link for information about available scholarships and counseling about how to go about getting them.

Top Scholarship Opportunities
Hundreds of Scholarship Opportunities for Youth

Go to this link for information about available scholarships.

It Takes Two, Inc., Tools for Success Scholarships

Go to this link to find out more about scholarship opportunities. For more information, call Jaemellah Kemp, Founder & CEO by e-mail or telephone 443-302-9799.

Single Mother Grants, Scholarships, and Education Courses
Many Opportunities for Single Mothers

Go to this link for information.

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

CGTrader Scholarship (Twice Each Year)
Deadlines: January 15 (Winter Semester) and July 15, 2018 (Summer Semester)

The goal of these scholarships is to challenge high-school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students enrolled full-time in an academic institution and maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA to dig into the field of technology by writing different essays on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. Every half-year, the new technology-related topic will be introduced. The topic for the upcoming semester will be "Using Games for Social Good and Playful Learning."  All information and eligibility requirements can be found at this link. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each. 

Requirements:

  • Essay length is 500 -1,000 words.
  • Submit your essay via online form.
  • The winners will be announced on the CGTrader blog and notified directly via email provided upon the registration.

Juego Studio's Student Excellence Scholarship
Two Application Deadlines: November 30 (Spring), 2017, and June 30 (Fall), 2018

Scholarship Information: This $1,000 scholarship is only for students older than 17 years of age who are presently enrolled in colleges, universities, or high schools. Students of any stream/branch of study can apply for this scholarship. We especially look forward to applications from gaming enthusiasts. For more details, please visit our scholarship page here. Organizational Background: Incorporated in early 2011 Juego Studios, an ISO-9001:2008 certified award-winning game development and designing company, that allows brands to seamlessly create, find and to develop visually enticing and technically superior games and mobile applications. Since its inception, Juego Studios has become synonymous of cutting edge game development solutions and advisory services. We are a society of some creative innovators, artists, storytellers and game developers, who are building some awestruck games for diverse platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, iOS and also for virtual & augmented reality, cross platform. We have worked with ranging startups to some big giants like Disney, WB, Lions-gate, Coca-Cola, PUMA, Johnson & Johnson, Emirates NBD and many more across 20+ countries. Headquartered in Bangalore, India, we have offices across in Miami, USA; London, UK; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and also in Dubai, UAE. We’ve already served 200+ projects across more than 80+ brands, over 20+ countries.

Redfin Scholarship Available
Deadlines: January 31 and July 31, 2018

This $2,500 scholarship is a way for Redfin to help one high school senior or current college student on his or her journey through higher education. We are looking forward to reading each submission! To apply, in 300 - 500 words, answer the following question: The place (or places) where we were raised often have a profound effect on who we become as adults. What effect has the community that you were raised in had on who you are today? The scholarship application period will occur twice yearly with awards delegated in both the Spring and Fall. The Fall application period is from May 1 - July 31 of each year. The Spring application period is from November 1 - January 31 of each year. Complete the following form within the designated application periods.You can find all the information related to the scholarship at this link.

Prince George's Community College
Scholarships Available

As the cost of education continues to increase, scholarships play an increasingly important role in helping us to meet the needs of more students in our community. The Prince George's Community College Online Scholarship Application is now available! Go to this link. This is an excellent opportunity for alternative funding for education made possible by the generous contributions of individuals, oganizations, and corporations. The scholarshop booklet is available in the Prince George's Community College Financial Aid Office in Bladen Hall, Room 121.

Harvard University Scholarships for Undergraduate Students from Low-Income Families
No Tuition and No Student Loans

Program Description: Harvard University has announced that undergraduate students from low-income families will no longer pay tuition. If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. 
For More Information: Go to this link to find out more from Harvard University's financial aid or call the school's Financial Aid Office at 617-495-1581 FREE. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity.

Latin American Youth Center
Hey, Seniors! College Assistance and Internships

Organizational Background: The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) MMYC-PG Workforce Program is federally-funded by the Prince George's County government's Office of Economic Development Youth Services. WIA assists in-school and out-of-school youth in gaining the skills, abilities, work experiences, and information they will need to successfully enter the workforce and/or higher education.
Locations: Riverdale Site: 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, Maryland 20737. Langley Park Site: 7411 Riggs Road #418, Hyattsville, Maryland 20783.
Description: For in-school youth, we seek to improve academic performance, school attendance, build employment skills, career planning, job readiness training, and tutoring and other enrichment programs to help youth achieve high school completion, postsecondary enrollment, and job placement. For out-of-school youth, there is the opportunity to prepare for the GED, earn computer skills essential for employment, practice job readiness skills, enhance skills needed to succeed in the workplace (such as a positive attitude, punctuality, and team work), peer support groups and presentations from speakers in different career fields, and assistance with postsecondary enrollment, and job placement.
For High School Seniors: Join our year-long workforce program and receive assistance with college exploration, college tours, application fee waivers, completing college applications, assistance with college essays, applying for financial aid, and scholarship opportunities. Plus, a paid summer internship, including job readiness training to get assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.
Eligibility: Youth ages 16-21, U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, Prince George's County resident, and low income family.
Cost: FREE. There is no direct cost to the student.
For More Information: To find out more about the LAYC/MMYC Workforce Program, call 301-431-3121 FREE, ext. 131, or e-mail Desiree Gibson, Lisa MonroeDalia Perez, or Cristina Lemos. Available on Facebook (MMYC PG Workforce Program), Twitter (@MMYC_PG_WIA), and Instagram (MMYCPGWIA).

CLASSES/COURSES

Prince George's County Health Department
Opioid Overdose Training and Treatment

Description: Be a hero. Save a life. Give Naloxone (Narcan) to reverse an opioid overdose!.Do you know someone who uses heroin or prescription pain medicine like Oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, or Fentanyl? 
Take Action: Anyone can attend. Learn how to recognize an opioid overdose. Learn how to treat the overdose with Naloxone (Narcan). Get a free Naloxone (Narcan) kit.
Cost: Free. 
Location: Cheverly Health Center, 3003 Hospital Drive, Ground Floor, Cheverly, Maryland 20785. 
Sign Up: To sign up for Naloxone Training, call 301-324-2985. For opioid treatment, call 301-583-5920.

Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Group 
Dates: September 7 - December 21, 2017

Who: The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center's Trauma Recover & Empowerment Group for female survivors of past sexual assault, abuse, and domestic violence.  
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free. 
Location: Prince George's Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, Maryland 20910. 
Sign Up: Space is limited. To set up an intake, please call tel:301-618-3154.

National Alliance on Mental Illness FREE Recovery Support Group Sessions
Dates: First and Third Tuesdays Each Month

Description: Are you looking for a peer-run, peer-driver support group for adults living with mental health conditions? Do you want to meet others who have similar challenges and experiences? Are you seeking a confidential setting with understanding, compassionate people willing to provide assistance? The Prince George's County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in collaboration with the Family Service Foundation have started a support group for adults seeking peer support with their mental health recovery.
When: Sessions are scheduled from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Contact NAMI for upcoming session dates.
Cost: No charge and light refreshments. 
Location: Family Service Foundation, Inc., 5301 76th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Landover Hills, Maryland 20784. Free parking. Close to New Carrollton subway, Beltway 495 and Baltimore/Washington Parkway. On bus line - T18. 
More Information: For questions, contact Alnicia or Allen at 301-429-0970. Sign language interpreter with two weeks advance notice via e-mail.

Living Well Evidence-Based Diabetes Self-Management Program
FREE Prince George's County Program

Contact: Linda Nunes-Schrag, Master Trainer & Program Coordinator
Living Well Program
The Department of Family Services
Area Agency on Aging, Prince George's County
6420 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748
Telephone: 301-248-0039 (Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday) or 301-585-8240 (Tuesday and Friday afternoons).

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Year Up Training Program
Low-Income Adults

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support. For more information and to apply go to this link.

Youth Wanted for Internship Opportunities: Employment/Career/Training
KEYS Innovations and KEYS Careers

Why KEYS? GED preparation, post-secondary education, transition, paid and unpaid summer employment, occupational skills training, leadership development, and comprehensive guidance and counseling. Eleventh and 12th graders call KEYS Innovations at 301-618-8419. Youth up to 24 years old call KEYS Careers at 301-618-8451 to schedule your interview today! 

MGM National Harbor is Hiring
Youth Ages 21-25

MGM National Harbor is hiring over 2,500 youth ages 21-25. Advancement in food and beverage, gaming, and hospitality is available. Applicants (1) must be able to work a flexible schedule and be available on weekends and holidays and (2) pass a background check and drug screening. Call Monica Chavetz at 301-618-8425 for more information!

High-Paying Job Opportunities Available
Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation

More than 750 high-paying job opportunities are available for residents of Prince George's County, including positions with the MGM National Harbor. Apply right away as these jobs will fill up quickly! There are jobs as restaurant cooks, computer user support specialists and computer programmers, customer service, deliver drivers, heavy tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, retail salespersons, and security guards, as well as the opportunity to jump start your career and get your CDL license and training for free (for this opportunity, contact Brenda Gillis). The Prince George's One Stop Career Center is located at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 120, Largo, Maryland 20772--e-mail Brenda Gillis or ask for her or Dee Turner at 301-618-8425. The Laurel Regional Career Center is located at 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 604, Laurel, Maryland 20707--e-mail Adrienne Stay or call her at 301-362-9708. To apply online, go to this link. For more information about the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, go to this link.

U.S. Government Jobs
Link to Job Listings

Go to this link to find listings of jobs available in the U.S. government, including the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program, and the Postsecondary Internship Program.

Maryland Workforce Exchange
Link to Job Listings and Events

To take advantage of the many opportunities available, including job listings and events, first complete a registration profile with the Maryland Workforce Exchange. You can do this online at this link or in person by visiting the One Stop Career Center at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 120, Largo, Maryland 20774. You must then add a resume and a professional e-mail address to your profile. Once you have a completed profile, you can register to attend events. Call 301-618-8445 for additional information.

Prince George's County School and Job Opportunties and Summer Camps for Youth
Sign Up for E-Mail Newsletter

Many opportunities for Youth in Prince George's County! Receive e-mail newsletters with a long list of college scholarships and summer camps being offered and opportunities available for youth employment in Prince George's County from Thomas Mayah at the Prince George's County District 3 Council Office. Contact him by e-mail or by calling 301-952-3060 FREE. There are so many scholarships, summer camps, and youth job listings, with links embedded, that we could not begin to post them all on our Announcements page!