Jamal Ali creates art for cross-cultural dialogue. Mohamed Malim started a nonprofit. Bashir Omar inspires future leaders. The three were among nine Minnesotans recognized Tuesday with the state Department of Human Services’ 2019 Outstanding Refugee Award. The St. Paul ceremony honored civic engagement, leadership and entrepreneurship displayed by the state’s refugee community. “We felt it was important to take a day, take a month, to highlight their stories,” said Tony Lourey, human services commissioner. More than 100,000 refugees have settled in Minnesota since 1979, often fleeing their home countries with little more than the clothes on their back. The group recognized “demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in their communities,” Lourey said. “They strengthen us as a state,” Lourey said. “They improve us all.” Thank you to all of the @MinnesotaDHS #OutstandingRefugeeAwards recipients for going above and beyond … [Read more...] about State honors 9 Minnesota refugees for their civic contributions
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Micah Walker Detroit Free Press Published 10:33 AM EDT May 20, 2019 Summer is on the horizon, and with it, comes kids being out of school for summer vacation. While the warmer months are usually the time where kids can sit back and relax, several programs across metro Detroit are keeping their minds and bodies active, through activities involving science, technology, art and yoga. And most of them are offered for free or low cost. Preventing the summer slide According to the National Summer Learning Association, disadvantaged children often see a summer slide over the warmer months, losing two months of math skills, and two to three months in reading skills. Meanwhile, higher-income students build their skills over the summer months and are more likely be enrolled in enrichment programs. United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the Youth Development Resource Center are attempting to beat the "summer slide" by offering Summer Spark, an online tool designed … [Read more...] about Summer programs for metro Detroit kids: Free, low-cost options
Venessannah Itugbu wasn’t recruited out of Mesa Ridge and certainly didn’t define herself as a basketball player.In fact, she wasn’t even a starter for the Class 4A team in southern Colorado Springs.And yet on Saturday, Itubgu will stand as Air Force’s lone honoree on Senior Day and as an improbable four-year contributor and team captain who grew into a role she never expected to seek.“My love for the game grew so much, starting here,” Itugbu said. “In high school I enjoyed it and I put a lot of time into it, but it was like a hobby, something I did for fun and I worked hard for. But here, every year, every season I just started to love the game so much more than when I was in high school.”Itugbu’s high school coach, Jeff Beatty, said the 5-foot-9 forward would have started for nearly any team in the state. But the Grizzlies that year had a McDonald’s All-American in center Kylee Shook and another post standout in Sami Rudd, … [Read more...] about Mesa Ridge grad Venessannah Itugbu near the end of improbable, transformative career with Air Force hoops
Figure out good moves to enjoy life after career is over By Dayana Yochim, Nerdwallet Published 3:51 pm CST, Saturday, January 26, 2019 FILE- In this July 3, 2017, file photo a man and woman walk under trees down a path at Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco. Looking at the income, living expenses and life spans of today?s retirees can help you make the right financial moves so your golden years aren?t tarnished by an unexpected shortfall. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) less FILE- In this July 3, 2017, file photo a man and woman walk under trees down a path at Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco. Looking at the income, living expenses and life spans of today?s retirees can help you ... more Photo: Jeff Chiu Photo: Jeff Chiu Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE- In this July 3, … [Read more...] about Could you live on your savings for 23 years?
Julie Bort, provided by Published 5:07 pm CST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 In room called One Amazon at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Amazon is holding invitational meetings. The meetings are designed to convince companies who sell their products on Amazon to join a new coaching program called Amazon Growth. The program costs $2,500 - $5,000 a month, and promises to help sellers with things like creating a business plan, or figuring out advertising keywords. Some sellers have chatted on forums that they are baffled by the program and what they would actually receive for the money. Amazon is holding invitation-only meetings at CES in a room called One Amazon at the Venetian, reports CNBC's Eugene Kim. The topic: convincing people who sell their wares on Amazon's Marketplace to pay up to $5,000 a month to join a support program that would get them an Amazon account representative. Amazon Marketplace allows any small or mid-sized business to sell their wares through Amazon, … [Read more...] about Amazon is holding invitation-only meetings with small sellers to convince them to pay it another $5,000 a month