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 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.
Spring Session 2019
Start Date: March 30, 2019
The Spring 2019 session began on Saturday, March 30. Class registration fees are expected to be paid before or on the first day a student attends an offered class (but no later than April 13). An additional/make-up weekday class (described below) is continuing from Thursday, April 4. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the payment of class fees, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas or Ms. McCutchen as soon as possible prior to the new session. We recommend you come in to register in person at Bladensburg Community Center.
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; classes attended during the week count as attendance as well).
Online Registration: If you pay online, the registration codes may not be accessible after classes have begun. Check your registration at the front desk on the first day of class.
Make-Up/Additional Practice Weeknight Class: Dr. Thomas offers a make-up/additional practice class at no extra charge at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 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.
Press Coverage of Fourth Annual Walk and Rally for Bullying Prevention and Child Safety
November 10, 2018
Check out the news story under News/Newspapers and Magazines, and the slideshow under News Photos - 2018. Reporters from the Andrews Gazette (Bobby Jones, photojournalist) and the Washington Informer (Michael McCoy, photographer) joined the more-than-a-mile walk on Annapolis Road and through neighborhoods in Bladensburg and covered the rally.
The event was reported by award-winning journalist Bobby Jones, Andrews Gazette, in a November 14 article entitled "Fourth Annual Walk and Rally for ‘Bullying Prevention’ and Child Safety engage community support" in SoMdNews (Southern Maryland Newspapers Online). See the Capture the Moment photo by Michael A. McCoy on page 10 of the November 15 Washington Informer.
Code Words Work!
Dr. Clifford Thomas has been teaching children about having a family code word to ask an acquaintance or a stranger who tries to lure them into what could be a dangerous situation. It is an important lesson in his curriculum. One of our Rambler parents sent along this link and this link to a story in Arizona about how a young girl saved herself from being kidnapped by asking for a code word when a stranger told her that her brother was hurt and she needed to get into his car.
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 from tournaments. 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).
Anti-bullying message: Video from It Takes Two, Inc.
Here is a video from It Takes Two, Inc., about how to combat bullying. #DontFeedtheBully.
Dr. Reid speaks to youth at IT TAKES TWO INC about the importance of refraining from bullying. TIPS! DON'T FEED THE BULLY! *F-EARLESS *E-XERCISE (Self-Control)
PACER National Bullying Prevention Center Resource Links
PACER National Bullying Prevention Center offers many useful resources and downloadable documents. Kids Against Bullying; Teens Against Bullying; October 25th Unity Day Ideas; Common Views: http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-1.pdf; Resources: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/; Information and Facts: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.asp; Classroom Activities: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/classroom/; Bullying 101 for Elementary: http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-24.pdf; Bullying 101 for Teens : http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-28.pdf; Drama: http://www.pacer.org/publications/bullypdf/BP-17.pdf; Stories: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/stories/; Mobile and Online Safety: http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/parents/mobile-and-online-safety.asp; Students 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.
E Safety Guide
For Parents & Kids | To Keep Kids Safe Online
Are you worried about your kids’ safety online? These days, having a computer along with an internet connection is essential to the educational and social needs of young people. However, parents must acknowledge the dangers lurking in the digital sphere. If you’re unsure how you can safeguard your children from digital threats, this guide from CB (ConsumersBase) is for you. Access the guide at this link, where we will identify the many things that put kids at risk and reveal what you can do as a parent.
Guide to Cyberbullying: Awareness and Prevention
What is cyberbullying and why is it so harmful? By allowing us to share our stories and communicate with friends, family, and strangers all across the world, the internet has changed forever. It would be impossible for many of us to regress to a pre-wired-in age. Yet, the shift towards a social media-centered existence hasn’t been without its downsides, and the increasing prevalence of cyberbullying is one of the most alarming. Cyberbullying is bullying -- period -- and we must work together to minimize its negative impact on our society. Defined by Dictionary.com as, “the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously”, cyberbullying comes in many forms. It affects adolescents the hardest, but also all age groups.The effects of cyberbullying can be dire, leading to ostracization and mental trauma. In this guide, we’ll discuss the various forms of cyberbullying, how to identify and prevent it, and the laws and school policies against it.Go to this link to read the Guide to Cyberbullying: Awareness and Prevention at Alarms.org.
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet
Go to this link for a parents' guide that contains summaries for each section with actionable items for the parent/teacher.
A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents
Unfortunately, continual access to digital information comes with a series of disadvantages. And one of these is the rise of cyberbullying. 24/7 access to digital technology is not an advantage when the technology is being used to harass or discriminate against an individual. It can be a terrible situation where children are bullied around the clock, afraid to turn on their device for what they might find on it. The role of parents is to stay alert to the dangers of over exposure to these types of technology. WizCase Blog offers a free online and searchable resource on cyberbullying. A Comprehensive Cyberbullying Guide for Parents can be accessed at this link. It is easy to navigate this resource and select the topic(s) of interest.
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.
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.
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 Violence: 1-800-634-3577; Prince George's County Child Protective Services: 301-909-2450; and The Sexual Assault Center, Prince George's Hospital: 301-618-3154. More contacts: MD Crime Victoms Resource Center: 301-952-0063 or 877-842-8461; Joint Base Andrews Family Advocacy Program: 240-857-9680; FCC Crisis Hotline: 301-731-1203; House of Ruth Legal Services: 240-450-3270. 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.
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 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.
Summer Camps Information from the Prince George's County Council
The Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation offers more than 600 camp sessions in 2019 for children ages 3-17! Registration is now open. Learn more and register online at pgparksdirect.com.
Registration for Summer Playgrounds and Summer Xtreme Teen Centers begins on Wednesday, May 1, at 9 am. Learn more at pgparksdirect.com.
The Prince George's Police Athletic League offers incredible free and low cost programs throughout the year. This summer, they are sponsoring Badges for Baseball, a free week-long program for youth at Riverdale Community Park. Their Basketball Skills and Drills summer camp will be held at Charles Carroll Middle School in July.
The Alice Ferguson Foundation offers theater, science, and environmental camps on the banks of the Potomac. Learn more.
Imagine, Innovate and Create with Art Works Now in Hyattsville this summer! Week-long camps are offered for kids ages 5-15.
Ancestral Knowledge offers summer day camps which are 100% outdoors and filled with forest exploration, hands-on projects and games for ages 7 and older. Learn more.
Dematha High School offers athletic camps for boys and girls.
Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME) offers a Summer Music Program for students grades 7 through 12 who are interested in careers or learning more about music composition, recording or production, and singing. Learn more.
The Cities of Greenbelt and Hyattsville each offer a wide range of summer camps including swimming, basketball and gymnastics. Camps are open to non-residents. Click on the link to each city for more information.
Excelon is offering a STEM Innovation Leadership Academy July 14-July 19 at the University of Maryland College Park. This residential leadership program for young women currently in 10th or 11 grade includes field trips and hands on activities. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on April 22. Learn more or contact Rebecca Lamb, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friend's Community School in College Park offers numerous summer camps for students K-8.
Impulse City in Hyattsville offers themed summer camps throughout the summer. Learn more.
Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier offers youth camps and programs throughout the year.
Little Friends for Peace Peace Camp provides children ages 4-14 with the opportunity to explore cooperation and conflict resolution in safe and supportive environments.
New Hope Academy Summer Dance Camp registration is now open.
Prince George's Community College offers Owl Scholars Camps for students in grades 2-11 at the Largo Campus and Westphalia Training Center. Check out the summer noncredit course catalog for details on academic enrichment classes, test preparation classes, culinary arts programs, mechanical and construction programs, cartooning, hair braiding, and many more! Learn more here (scroll down to p. 87).
Sew Creative Lounge offers sewing and crafting camps and more.
University of Maryland offers numerous summer programs for K-12 students,camps including Gymkana, engineering programs, business programs, and more. Learn more about specific programs through these links: engineering programs, business programs, music camps, computer camps, Terp Quest.
Weatherization Grant Funding Available
Upgrade Your Home to be More Energy Efficient
The Weatherization Assistance Program, operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing and Building Energy Programs section, helps eligible low income households across the State of Maryland with the installation of energy conservation materials in their dwelling units. These measures both reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of maintenance for these homes. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Strategic Energy Investment Fund and participating EmPOWER Maryland utility companies.
The Town of Bladensburg and Prince George’s County, Maryland are providing Weatherization upgrades, funded by the Maryland Energy Assistance MEA and the Department of Housing Community Development DHCD grant program, at no cost (FREE) to the owner.
If qualified, this grant program is designed to save you money on monthly utility bills and make your home more energy efficient.
For more information e-mail Pat McAuley.
Go to this link to access a wealth of information about great schools K-12 and beyond, whatever your zip code! Parenting content topics include: Raising Kids, School Life, Worksheets, Reading, Math, Emotional Smartis, Podcast for Parents, and Back to School.
SAT Test Preparation and Tutoring/Certified Learning Websites
The Princeton Review: Learn about test preparation and private tutoring opportunities at this link.
College 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.
Suited 4 Success College Planning Services
For education counseling, admissions, and college admissions counseling information, including about workshops, go to this link.
Receive Scholarship Counseling
Go to this link for information about available scholarships and counseling about how to go about getting them.
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.
Guide to the 2019 Winter/Spring College Fairs
Check out a listing of local college fairs here. Be sure to mark your calendars and check back regularly for updates.
Expensive College Visits?
"How to Minimize the Cost of College Visits" Guide
Between flights, rental cars, hotels, and food, the cost of visiting multiple colleges can quickly add up. To help with this issue, this guide was created to help students and their parents plan ahead to minimize travel costs and maximize their experience at each campus.
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).
U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard 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.
Websites to Search for Scholarship and Other Educational Resources
Guide to Best Scholarship Search Platforms
Go to this link to access this guide for scholarship search platforms. As the average price of college rises, more and more students look for ways to cover their costs. While some turn to federal or state financial aid, others look at some of the available scholarships that are out there. A large number of scholarships go unused every year because students do not realize that the money is there or they do not understand what they need to do to apply for one. When you use a scholarship search platform, you can view dozens and even hundreds of scholarships at the same time. As not every platform contains the same information though, you may want to look at multiple sites. This allows you to view any money that you might qualify for and find out how to apply. One of the top reasons to use one of the best scholarship search platforms is because it lets you customize your search. You can enter information such as your race and age or what you want to study and find scholarships that match you perfectly. Some of these platforms also let you create an account and save your information for any future searches. With our guide to the top platforms, you can easily find one that helps you get the money you need for school.
Ten Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges
Finding the cheapest online colleges can be tricky. Therefore, EDsmart has once again dug through the data trenches to find the cheapest online schools in the nation for our readers. Not only do these schools charge the cheapest tuition, they have been vetted for quality factors such as student-faculty ratio, freshman retention, published rankings, graduation rate, reputation with employers, financial aid, and online technology. Go to this link for more information.
The Best Scholarship Websites to Fund Your Education
Finding scholarships can be as easy as picking up your cell phone and searching in Google. It used to be more difficult to find scholarships but thanks to the internet, students can find scholarships fairly easily. There are many websites that will allow you to search a database of scholarships according to a variety of factors such as degree, race, religion, gender, special interests, and plenty of others. At this link you will find the best scholarships websites online today as researched by EDsmart. Within each, you will find easy access to millions of scholarship dollars to help fund your education. Start your search with one of these databases and you’re sure to find money to fund your college education in no time.
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!
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
Single Mother Grants, Scholarships, and Education Courses
Many Opportunities for Single Mothers
Go to this link for information.
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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.
Guide to Online Tutoring Platforms
Go to this link to access this guide to online tutoring platforms. There may come a time when you can no longer understand the materials presented to you in class. When that time comes, you can look for the best online tutoring services of 2018 and work with someone who better understands those materials and topics. These sites offer services for kids in elementary school or high school as well as college students. Any of the top online tutoring services of 2018 will help you ace your class and become so familiar with the materials that you no longer need a tutor. The best online tutoring services let you set your own pace. If you need extra help, the tutor can go back over the materials again and make sure that you completely understand one topic before moving on to the next. You can get help in any type of class, including math, history, English and science. These services also let you get help when you need to do an upcoming project or presentation in one of your classes. The top websites only hire tutors with experience such as former and current teachers. You can also find tutors with high SAT or ACT scores and those who have a college or a graduate degree.
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.
Guides for the Development of Educators for Youth With Special Needs
Achieving the best academic environment in our communities for youth with special needs relies on the development of educators who dedicate themselves to the cause. Increased recognition of the value of such instructors has led to a median salary of roughly $20,000 more than the median salary of all other occupations in the country. Though the importance of their contribution is not overlooked, it can be difficult for aspiring special education teachers to pursue their careers because of the significant time and financial constraints that come with attaining a degree. In response to these issues, we’ve created free guides to earning online Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in Special Education – excellent sources of information which go in-depth to provide programs, scholarships, certifications, and more our future educators need to succeed. Questions: Jessica Lewis | JessicaLewis@teachingdegree.org | Outreach Coordinator | TeachingDegree.org | PO Box 524314 | Houston, TX 77052.
Online Guide to a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education
Online Guide to a Master’s Degree in Special Education
Online Guide to a Doctorate Degree in Special Education
CouponChief.com Savings Guide for Students
Go to this link for a practical financial savings guide for students, 10 Top Ways Students Can Have More Money This School Year, compiled by couponchief.com. There are 10 heavy duty savings tips to help you think differently about finances and make it through college with money to spare! A must-read.
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.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
National Internship Program (HNP) Opportunities
Go to this link for more information.
The Washington Center (TWC)
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, e-mail Ileana Cruz-Vega or Tasha Harris at the Strategic Recruitment and Outreach Branch. 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, contact the Strategic Recruitment and Outreach Branch at 301-763-3371 or e-mail Ileana Cruz-Vega or Tasha Harris. RGP positions will be posted based on hiring needs.
Scholarship Information from Prince George's County Council
Apply today for the Prince George's Community College (PGCC) Promise Scholarship! The Prince George's County Promise Scholarship is designed to support students with financial resources beyond federal, state, and private scholarships to complete their education. Scholarships will cover ALL tuition and fees for eligible PGCPS graduates. Learn more.
Prince George's Community College offers numerous other scholarships and financial aid. Learn more here.
First Generation College Bound offers mentoring and support through the College Access Program to students at Central, Fairmont Heights, Laurel, Parkdale and Potomac High Schools. Through this program FGCB assists students in applying for financial aid.
The Incentive Awards Program is designed for exceptional students who demonstrate academic ability, uncommon assistance and maturity despite very difficult circumstances. Through full scholarships and wraparound services, Baltimore City and Prince George's County high school students with significant financial need can thrive at the University of Maryland. Learn more.
Search regional and national scholarships and learn more about the financial aid process on the PGCPS Scholarships Portal.
All Maryland Senators and Delegates have scholarship funds available for individuals bound for and currently attending a college or university in Maryland. Deadlines run through spring but differ per office. Find the contact information for your Senator and Delegate(s) online here and contact their office directly for application information.
Prince George's County Public Schools Scholarships Listing
Click on this link to access the PGCPS scholarships listing. Many, if not all of the scholarships listed, are NOT gender specific.
Robert Frederick Smith Internship and Fellowship Program
Digitization and Curation of African American History
The Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History was established to advance the digital curation, community outreach, and internship initiatives at the Museum. As part of the Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program, the Museum will select and provide funding for interns who will be located onsite with the Museum and offsite at select African American museums, art galleries and museums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), cultural institutions and historic sites, or other related institutions dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history and culture. All internship opportunities with this program will focus on work related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories, or digital filmmaking. Go to this website for more information.
2019 Scholarships for African Americans
College Financial Aid Advice for Blacks
Apply now for Scholarships for Blacks for 2019, including Scholarships for African American Women at this link. If you are African American, there are many scholarships to help pay for college tuition and expenses, with some based upon merit and others based upon both merit and financial need. The scholarships listed at this site are designed for African Americans, and include both specific scholarships, such as Gates Millennium scholarship, and lists of scholarships for blacks provided by different organizations.
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: Call the school's Financial Aid Office at 617-495-1581. 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 Monroe, Dalia Perez, or Cristina Lemos. Available on Facebook (MMYC PG Workforce Program), Twitter (@MMYC_PG_WIA), and Instagram (MMYCPGWIA)
As the population of older adults continues to grow and life spans lengthen, more and more young people are taking on the role of caregiver for older loved ones. While the exact number of young people taking on this responsibility is not well understood, it’s estimated to be well over 1 million. On top of their demanding caregiving duties, many of these young people are simultaneously pursuing high school, college or graduate-level education. Scholarships for student-caregivers help ease the financial burden faced by these extremely hardworking students. Go to this link for more information about scholarships for student caregivers.
Available Each Semester
ZipRecruiter is offering a $3,000 scholarship for students, available each semester! We are looking for a 500-800 word submission that addresses both prompts: (1) Describe a job you previously held - or hold and (2) Describe your ideal post-graduate job. This is our scholarship link. For more information, message us on Facebook or call 877-252-1062.
Deadline: September 1, 2019. The $500 Dealsscoop scholarship is meant to make education more accessible. It is for any type of student and can be used for any educational venture, including college, online classes, and any approved topic where the student is learning a valuable skill. To be eligible, all entries must be for an intentional educational purpose and the prize money must be used toward an educational venture. The award is to be put toward any form of education and will be transferred by a check made out to the recipient. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2019, and the scholarship will be awarded September 20, 2019. Winners will be notified before the award check is mailed prior to the September 30 date. Go to this link for more information and to apply.
AutoNerdsReview Grand Scholarship
Deadline: October 19, 2019
A sweet announcement for all the students around the world. Autonerdsreview is launching a scholarship program worth $1000. This scholarship will be awarded to talented students who have remarkable writing skills. This program is open for students studying in school, college or university. The university through which the scholarship will be launched is well known for its remarkable staff, the focus on good education and students’ marvelous achievements compared to other universities. Now, for this program, the students will be provided with the topic on which they have to produce their best essay. The participants should read the guidelines properly and also make sure to check whether you are eligible or not. As the entries would be reviewed in the real-time there is a possibility the winner might get chosen even before the competition ends. Go to this link for more information.Topic: What to Consider Before Buy a Jeep; Deadline: 10/19/2019; Results: 11/19/2019.
Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women
Quarterly Deadlines: January 1, March 31, June 30, and September 30 every year
The Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women awards $1,000 quarterly + a care package filled with healthy organic goodies to young women who are striving to maintain their health and wellness as they pursue their higher education goals. We're tremendously proud of the work that we are doing to help young college women all over the country to achieve true mental, physical, and emotional well-being---but we're just getting started. Scholarship page and application at this link.
Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior, current college undergraduate, or current graduate student at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical school in the United States. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Must identify as female. We welcome all majors and GPAs to apply!
Knowledge Equals Youth Success (KEYS) Program
The Knowledge Equals Youth Success (KEYS) program serves out-of-school youth 14-24 who have obtained their high school diploma or equivalent. This programs prepares our youth for post-secondary education, occupational skills training and more. Learn more.
FREE Youth@Work/SYEP 2019 Job Readiness Training Programs
Date: Register Now!
Prince George’s County Government, Prince George’s Community College, the Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Six Flags, Men Aiming Higher, the Greater Prince George’s CountyBusiness Roundtable, and the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the launch of Youth@Work/SYEP 2018 Job Readiness Training Programs. The Youth@Work/SYEP Job Training Programs provide youth ages 15-19 opportunities to gain workplace skills and explore career interests. Contact us: 301-546-1580 | email@example.com. Students may participate in SYEP twice, or up to the age of 19. Persons who require accommodations must call 301.546-1580. Second year students are eligible for Career Pathway courses. See website for more information. REGISTRATION FOR JOB READINESS TRAINING IS NOW OPEN. Visit this link to enroll today! Students who register for JCL 525 must also sign-up for Blackboard Training - see website for details.
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.
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.
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 Opportunites Information from the Prince George's County Council
Prince George's County Summer Youth Enrichment Program is hiring 6,000 youth ages 14-22 this summer! Apply today!
Little Friends for Peace is seeking Interns (18+) and Junior Counselors (15-17) for Summer Peace Camps as volunteers or for class credit. Learn more.
Joe's Movement Emporium offers CreativeWorks, a paid training program for youth ages 17-24. This workforce development initiative provides youth with instruction in theater tech operations and digital media. Learn more.
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation hires youth 16 and older in their Teen Performance Ensemble for the summer. Auditions take place on April 8 and 10. Learn more.
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation hires youth 16 and older as life guards, swim lesson aides, and more, through the Aquatics Employment program. Learn more.
Guide to Best Job Sites
Go to this link to access this guide to job sites. Finding a job in today’s market takes more time than ever before. The days of simply walking into a business, handing over a resume and getting an interview on the spot are a thing of the past. Many companies will no longer accept unsolicited resumes. Unless you apply through the proper channels, your application will go right in the trash can. The best job sites of 2018 help you find the right channels to go through and let you search through thousands of posting. When you use the ultimate job site, you can search for jobs in your local city and open positions around the world. Most of the top job sites let you create your own individual account. You’ll enter information such as your educational background and the professional experience that you have. Each time that you apply for a new position, you can use that existing information. We spent days scouring the web to find the best job sites for the year. To make sure that we selected the best sites around, we also consulted with hiring managers and job recruiters to find out what they recommend. You can pick up some tips on applying for a job online after finding the best job site.
Prince George's County Summer Jobs
Check This Out!
Go to this link to find out more about Prince George's County summer jobs.
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!
Prince George's County Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP)
Year Up Training Program
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.