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at Your Fingertips!"
"I was impressed with the wonderful work you
are doing in supporting women entrepreneurs through the many
services you provide. It is obvious that you love what you do and
that you do it well and that you’re making a difference in the
lives that you touch. Kudos!"
3rd Annual Tennessee Economic Mini-Summit for
If "knowledge is power", you might well be
blown away with this edition of the Sisters In Busines.Net
Newsletter. It is so
power-packed, with entrepreneur, economic, employment, and
education information, that you're going to be enlightened,
engaged, empowered, and even entertained! Notice the "e
"words? We expected you might. Why, it's the Education
Edition...what else would you expect? Here everything is an
educational experience, including the expressions and emphasis
Uh-hum. Okay. So, welcome to this month's Sisters in
Business.Net's Newsletter, the Education/Back to School
Edition. It's Rated E for Everyone! We're so
EXCITED about your getting started, we'll cut this editorial
short, and point you to the links below. (Are you
reading this newsletter in print? Extra! Extra! Read all
about it! Visit us online at www.sistersinbusiness.net!)
How many e
"words" can you count above?
If you counted e "words" in paragraphs only, the answer
is 28. If you counted e "words" in paragraph and title,
the answer is 30. EXCELLENT! :>)
PLAY A GAME:
Pass on and share. Provide all info except the answer to
youth, coworkers, friends. The one with best timed
results for finding the correct answer, is the one who wins!
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August 1 - Sunday, August 3, 2008.
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also presented their business services/products.
3rd Annual Tennessee Economic Mini-Summit for Women
Re: May 14
TECW Women's Economic Mini-Summit
On behalf of the Southeast
Development District Advisory Council (SEDDAC) to
the Tennessee Economic Council on Women (TECW) I
want to thank you and your "Sisters In Business"
colleagues for participating in last week's
economic mini-summit at Bryan College. I think
the event was a unquestionable success, and I hope
you all felt it well worth your while. I
understand your session was well-attended and has
received much positive feedback.
Please convey our sincere
thanks to all who assisted you from Sisters In
Business. I hope we can look forward to your
continuing participation in future events. We
wish you all success in your businesses and in
your personal lives, and we join in helping to
improve the well-being of Tennessee's women and
Very truly yours,
Tonya Kennedy Cammon
Events Planning Committee
impressed with the wonderful work you are doing in
supporting women entrepreneurs through the many
services you provide. It is obvious that you love
what you do and that you do it well and that
you’re making a difference in the lives that you
Director of Special Projects
My business webpage on the
Sisters In Business website is still working! A
client of mine called me after finding me on the
internet. She said she had lost my business
card, but remembered that I was online. She
searched for me online, found my webpage with
contact info, called me, and booked a couple of
services. Thank you for what you've done for my
Dorothea Johnetta Johnson
Certified License Aesthetician
Inner Glow Skin Care Ser
(Read more about how this business used our
SIB Business Consulting and Solutions services
to help build and brand her business under
"Setup for Success" article.)
Setup for Success: How to survive
the economy in business
webpage on the Sisters In Business website is still
working! A client of mine called me after finding
me on the internet. She said she had lost my
business card, but remembered that I was online.
She searched for me online, found my webpage with
contact info, called me, and booked a couple of
services. Thank you for what you've done for my
Dorothea Johnetta Johnson
Certified License Aesthetician
Inner Glow Skin Care Services
How to survive
the economy in business? Continue to do
business. Advertise, thrive, still show you're
alive. Advertise at a bargain. Brand ‘NAME’ Your Business.
SIB Clients can add to their business tool box
custom domain namesand
“parking”, to include
their other SIB
web pages and/or their own
websites. This is just another
solution enabling clients to better “brand” their
business. This improves
marketability, credibility, and networkability in
the business marketplace.
Now clients can do business more competitively
online and offline, and
gain points as a 21st century professional. Dorothea
(above) has already taken advantage of the service by
registering her new
domain www.innerglowskincare.com and parking it at
her client page
inside the SIB network;
mall of internet traffic going 24-7.
She then leverages her new web address on her business
cards, car signs,
voicemail messages, and when communicating with
network, advertise, market and empower (NAME) your
Angie and Robin receive their Certificate of
Training and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit
from Chattanooga State Technical Community College
for successfully completing the AYES Youth In
Business "Interpersonal Skills Development" class this summer.
"This is so needed! I remember going through this
phase. I took a [personality] test. They told me I
was creative and good luck. I wish I would have had
some skills to go along with my interests. If
they would have had AYES, they would have been able to
point me in that direction."
Miller, WUTC Radio 88.1 FM, UTC, Chattanooga, TN
learn and practice proper keyboarding skills and
basic formatting In AYES Youth in Business Computer
Keyboarding class at Chattanooga State.
Youth mean business about skills and jobs, and so does
the AYES Youth In Business Skills Training Certificate
Program. Parents of youth seeking enrichment
learning programs to enroll in this summer
found the AYES Youth In Business curriculum
full of skills and fun at Chattanooga State!
founder and designer of the program, is an
adjunct faculty member at Chattanooga State where she also
teaches computer classes for the college and continuing education programs.
Ms. Kelly has designed the AYES curriculum to offer courses
like Interpersonal Skills Development, Success Skills
Toolkit for Teens,
Computer Keyboarding, Microsoft Office Software Training,
Kelly, AYES Youth
In Business Founder and Instructor,
helps students during classroom activities at
Consistent with Ms.
Kelly's track record as a teacher and trainer in both academic
and corporate business settings, respectively, learners enrolled in the
AYES Youth In Business Skills Training Certificate
Program found classes full of helpful instruction and
Students in each class gave high value ratings for instructor delivery, class content,
class effectiveness, and overall satisfaction. Comments shared
by some students are given below.
AYES Student Quotes
class helped me understand a lot dealing with job
interviews and a resume. I wouldn’t change a thing,
except to be able to be in it more and longer, because
it was so fun!” -Robin H.
a lot of fun! It was a great learning
experience. I would love more classes like this.
It helped me a lot. Thank you! Angie. B.
her that I was going to pick a class and she could
pick a class. I chose AYES, and she thought it
was going to be boring, but she's been telling me how
"awesome" it is! Kristi D.
for taking your time to teach me how to type better.
I love this class. It helped me a lot! Have a
great summer! Love ya, -Shearyl.D
"AYES Youth In Business E-Learning Portal "
Kick-off of the AYES E-Learning Portal also
enabled students to extend their learning
beyond the classroom. Instructor-led
material covered in class was also made available
online to learners for practice at home.
With simple email registration, students
were able to continue learning and sharpen their
skills even after class was over.
(Alternative Youth Economic Solutions) exists to
empower the socio-economic development, employment,
and education needs of youth and young adults, and
help bridge the
transition from high school to go college,
workforce, trade, or entrepreneurship.
Offering projects and training that develop hands-on
skills geared toward employers, AYES prepares students for job
opportunities that offer sustainable income in the
form of summer jobs, part-time and
full-time work, internships, job shadowing, volunteer,
and even entrepreneur opportunities.
AYES program is designed to interface with employers, entrepreneurs,
and entities hiring in the community, who realize the
benefit of having skilled youth working in their workforce,
and value hiring and inspiring youth through their
business. "Through a
collaborative effort, we can provide training, networking, mentoring,
employment, and business services via the
AYES program. This will offer a comprehensive and
alternative approach for youth workforce development;
one which offers experiential learning, hands-on
transferable knowledge. This will benefit
youth throughout their career and
life…that’s A YES!", says Tekelia
Bank, on-the-job training and shadowing,
mentoring, employment assistance referrals,
virtual coaching is all part of the "pass
the baton" philosophy of the AYES program.
efforts have been
made from time to time to accommodate youth needing to work, but
not as consistently as the need for youth to be
employed...and be employable; particularly
between the ages of 15 and 19. That's about a
4-5 year span of youth needing to have a consistent
socio-economic development solution that integrates
with their life and career paths. For
youth who may attend college, college internship
opportunities may be an option, but they are
not numerous, and are not commonly available to most
AYES is a 21st century
school-to-work or youth employment training program. Its
an effort to empower youth in the
workforce; with a strategy that involves several key
factors which include instructional design, technology, creativity, flexibility, and "youth
friendly" business partners who seek to
"pass-the-baton" to youth as the next generation of workers.
Our vision is
to train, equip, and deploy youth with a good working
knowledge of what they need to do for the employer,
business owner, or for their own venture. Our
ultimate goal is to usher into place the resources
that will ongoingly provide youth training, staffing, and employment
services that will interface between youth,
2-year and 4-year colleges, employers, business
owners, professionals, and community
organizations", says Kelly.
encouraged by Ms. Kelly for students to use her as an
as well as utilize the AYES/SIB Job Bank Network,
Robin asks the SIB Founder/CEO for her business card
during class. Robin is pursuing a job at a Walgreens located in her community.
Students have also been told by Ms. Kelly that the
AYES program is dedicated to helping them even after
class is over. Since the class ended, Kelly has
been in contact with her job-seeking students and their parents to evaluate progress, and coach
students further as needed. As Robin
receives the business card, Ms. Kelly tells her that she is excited
about having the
opportunity to introduce such a bright, sixteen year old, high school student, who has taken the initiative
to be trained for employment on Saturday mornings
during her summer vacation. Robin has training,
some skills, transportation, and excitement about
going to work. Already addressed is her online
application required for the job. The next step
for Kelly...a call
to the Walgreens store manager in Angie's neighborhood,
and/or maybe a letter of recommendation...all in an
effort to "hire and inspire a youth in business".
would like to thank Youth Friendly Business Partner, Walgreens-Gunbarrel
Road, Manager Patricia Arnold, for their support
contributions to the AYES program.
See Ms. Arnold's statement below in Walgreens article.
AYES and Sisters In
In Business.Net (SIB) is like an institute
of women and men business owners, and has a
knowledgebase of subject matter experts, contacts, and resources
that can be leveraged to help students not only learn
a job, but pursue and obtain viable employment.
Given the sister
For Your Information, Education and
Information Technology Solutions, SIB is also able
offer education and training that can be designed,
developed, and delivered both in traditional as well
as technology-integrated computer
based training (CBT) learning environments, formatted for CD-ROM,
Flash Drive, online E-Learning, classroom, computer
labs, and at various locations like Chattanooga State,
in-house, or at client's site.
Through AYES, SIB seeks to accommodate students and employers' training
needs, even to the where trained youth and/or
company training programs can be delivered "just in time"
Having a pre-existing relationship, lead time, and training
requirements of partnering employers, the company
plans to be able to pull off the
the shelf standardized or customized training for the
employer, deliver it to the youth, and deploy a youth
primed for his/her job and work environment.
"Hire & Inspire"
Students! Provide ongoing part-time, co-op,
after-school, intern, or
job-shadowing type positions, preferably that pay or
offer some financial incentives. (Volunteer
opportunities with job skills development can also be
helpful.) Paying positions for jobs
data entry clerks, mailroom
clerks, sorters, telemarketing, computer aided drafting,
level-one computer support, help desk, insurance
clerk, bookkeeping assistant, veterinarian assistance, multimedia
productions, graphic designer, office assistant,
cosmetology assistant, cashier, store clerk,
administrative assistants, customer
service, telephone sales, sales clerk, hospital diet
aide, package handlers, seamstress, exercise class assistant,
lawn maintenance, babysitting, artists, painters, singers, dancers,
writers, and beauty/barber assistants...are some of the jobs we can see youth successfully doing
at an entry level in the workforce. We think it
can work...for both youth and employers. It may
require a shift in thinking...but "shift happens", as seen
You Know Shift Happens video, a state of the art
documentary on the socio-economic and educational needs for
preparing youth for the future.
"The great potential of
youth and performance gains for society can both be
maximized as we
factor in alternative ways to incorporate youth into
the socio-economic equation. Along with
work-age teens having a valuable high-school
education in the classroom, we must also provide job
opportunities that offer them "hands-on" skills
development in the laboratory of life.
There they will be better able to see the application
and transfer of knowledge. There they will be better
able to appreciate the value of
interpersonal relationships in business and the
workplace. This is essential and can help make
for life-long learning and income
sustainability that will benefit not only youth, but
society as well. The effort to provide youth
employment and training programs that interface with
workforce and career development is truly a needed
"rung" on the ladder of life and career success.
That's "A Yes"...Alternative
Youth Economic Solutions!", says Ms. Kelly.
Youth In Business Training
Certificate Program" is a 501C3 initiative. Contributions
are graciously accepted and can be made to help
students needing scholarships and program materials in
order to participate in program. For more
information, please call 423.421.5646 or emailing
October 4 – 25, 2008, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00
Ages 14 and up
Call 697-3100 to register
This “boot camp” type workshop offers teens
21st century readiness training, and a personal business
toolkit that will grow with them. Using PC,
Keyboarding, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and
Outlook computer applications, this project-based class
helps teens create “real-world” tools that will help
assure their personal business savvy, and success in
school, college, career, and life. High School Sr.
Project tools and techniques are also covered.
AYES (Alternative Youth Economic Solutions)
offers academic enrichment, career counseling, job
preparation, certificate of achievement, Continuing
Education unit (CEU) credit, class training, hands-on
experience, and credentials that can be shown on
student’s job and college applications, and resumes.
A USB Thumb Drive storage device for student’s portfolio
and other electronic works is also provided, and given to
students after completion of class. AYES Youth In
Business Networking and Job Services are also offered to
students successfully completing the course.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PROJECT HELP, AND MORE!
Walgreens Youth Friendly Business Partner
Walgreens-Gunbarrel, Manager Arnold AYES "Youth Friendly Business"
“AYES Youth In Business wishes to thank “Youth
Friendly Business” Partner
Gunbarrel Road and its Manager Patricia Arnold in
Chattanooga, Tennessee, for their support and donation to
the AYES Youth In Business Training Certificate Program.
"I am the Store Manager of Walgreens and we have an
internship program for business minded students through
out the summer. As we start to prepare our young people to
learn professional behavior they will be an asset for many
job opportunities. As a company we have several
opportunities for young people to learn and operate of our
Retail Drug Business. Starting from service clerks, photo
lab technicians, beauty advisors, inventory coordinators,
pharmacy technicians, assistant managers, store managers
and pharmacist. I would like the opportunity to discuss
your program further. As my company is opening 5 new
stores through out South East Tennessee I think we could
utilize a few good employees and build a wonderful work
force. We currently have 22 stores with in our area and
plan on continuous growth with in this market. Please
contact me Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm."
--Thank you Patricia Arnold
Walgreens Pharmacy Store Manager 2289
Gunbarrel Road Chattanooga, TN 37421
Youth Economic Solutions)
501C3 education and training technology program created
Tekelia C. Kelly, Founder/Owner of Sisters In Business.Net,
and Adjunct Instructor at Chattanooga State Technical
"Hire & Inspire" Youth in Business!
YOUTH IN BUSINESS TRAINING . JOB BANK . NETWORKING .
ECONOMIC DEV . PORTFOLIO
We are seeking
businesses and professionals who would be
interested in participating in the AYES Youth In Business
Training Certificate Program as a business consultant,
employer, mentor, or other type of
supporter. Businesses will be given the opportunity
to "hire & inspire" youth in business ages 15 and up. They
may serve as subject matter experts on class business
projects and applications as they relate to their
business, and have a platform to demo products/services,
share company information, and announce potential jobs.
-UTC Ronald McNair "Exemplary" Scholar
Rachel Kelly "Exemplary Scholar" Award at
UT Ronald McNair Program
Maria Kelly (pictured left), a Senior at the University of
Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) was honored with a
Ronald McNair Scholar Fellowship at The
University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UT) this
summer. The Ronald McNair Program Summer
2008 Research Institute began Sunday, May 25, 2008 and ended
Saturday, July 25, 2008.
During an end-of-program ceremony Ms. Kelly was honored with the Stellar
Award for her research presentation as well as the
Exemplary Scholar Award for her
overall achievement in the program. The University of
Tennessee's Ronald McNair Program is
designed to encourage and facilitate doctoral
Dr. Lisa Cothran ,
Assistant Professor of Psychology at the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
(pictured right) recommended and mentored Ms. Kelly
for the program. Dr. Cothran, a previous Ronald McNair
among her other numerous accomplishments, has
one of the special challenges of the program which
is to also receive the Ph.D., become a member of
college faculty, and encourage others to pursue
the Ronald McNair Program.
Rachel's mother, Tekelia Kelly, shared, "We are so very appreciative
of Dr. Cothran and grateful for her support of
Rachel! Dr. Cothran's recommendation and mentoring of Rachel
is an exemplary demonstration of one who
seeks to 'pass the baton'." Rachel's
participation in the Ronald McNair program
included a GRE Prep Course, (Statistics) Research
Study time, *IDS = Stands for Interdisciplinary
studies, and includes modules in Technical
Writing, Research methods and Library systems and
services, research assistance with research
doctors, and conference presentations.
entrepreneur of Miss Rachel's Premium Childcare and
Personal Assistant Service, Rachel
was honored with the Youth In Business
Owner Award last year at the Sisters In Business 2nd Annual
Business Women's Empowerment Luncheon and Business
Expo. She returns home to Chattanooga to
complete her last semester towards her Bachelor of
Science degree, and to graduate this December from UTC. Rachel's major is in Psychology, and minor
in Criminal Justice. She plans to attend
graduate school and begin work on her Ph.D. doctorate degree in
School Psychology. Rachel's career goal
is to work as a School
Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement
Program is for undergraduates who want to earn a
The University of Tennessee's Ronald McNair
is designed to encourage and facilitate
doctoral studies in
the following areas:
• Agricultural Sciences
• Computer Science
• Quantitative Psychology and related fields
fields of study are considered; however,
priority is given to the aforementioned
Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate
Achievement Program is a TRIO program funded by a
grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Based on his dedication to young people and his
image as an outstanding role model of achievement,
especially for young Americans, the United States
Congress named the newly established
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program for Ronald
E. McNair in December 1986. The U.S. Department of
Education, which administers the program,
recognized the need to address the lack of
sufficient numbers of doctoral students who come
from low-income, first-generation backgrounds, and
students from groups underrepresented in graduate
education. The Department of Education initiated
the McNair Program to improve students'
preparation and motivation for graduate study. The
first McNair Scholars program began in 1989.
Preparing Youth for Future Success Includes
Congratulations to the following youth honored
during our visit to St. Elmo Missionary Baptist
Church's Youth Day and Academic Award Ceremony.
Photo by Wanda Threat used with
permission by St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Church.
St. Elmo Missionary Baptist Youth Academic
job Blessed Scholars...keep up the good work in
Volkswagon Fuels Jobs, Education
fuels jobs. Education fuels employees.
Volkswagen Chooses Chattanooga, Tennessee
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has announced
that it will invest $1 billion to build its U.S.
manufacturing headquarters in Chattanooga,
bringing 2,000 jobs to the area. "This area has
a deep base of well-trained labor, with
excellent engineering and manufacturing programs
at the universities and technical colleges,"
said Stefan Jacoby, president and CEO of
Volkswagen Group of America. "Thanks to the
visionary leaders and people of Chattanooga,
we're confident that the values of this area are
compatible with our own, and we envision a long
and productive partnership."
Kudos to Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN), U.S. Senators Bob Corker
(R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), U.S.
Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN), Hamilton County
Mayor Claude Ramsey, Chattanooga Mayor Ron
Littlefield, Chattanooga State Technical Community
College, University of
Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), and all others who
were instrumental in making this great success
happen for the state of Tennessee and the City of Chattanooga.
What a valiant team effort, and stellar example of
"how to get it done"!
Thoughts on Education and
his age of 53, and past businessman experience
during a television news interview, Senator Corker
expressed his delight with VW choosing Chattanooga
for its new manufacturing facility, and
highlighted the good he envisioned for younger
business people and citizens given our new
Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey shared the
following statement regarding children learning
and being prepared for new job opportunities.
your child doing in school? Are they attending or
are they learning?" These are different jobs than
were here 25 or 30 or 40 years ago. The technology
is amazing." -Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey
Chattanooga State and UTC will play key
roles in the education of the workforce.
County Department of Education: At-A-Glance
August 6, Wednesday
Professional Development (PD-2) NO STUDENTS
August 12, Tuesday
Full Day of School
August 8, 2004. Jean Childs
Young middle school.
It’s the day before the storm for 21-year-old English
teacher Monica Groves.
Monica Groves, first-time
I’ve never before
felt so strongly about something. I’m extremely excited
about meeting my students. And I haven’t met them yet,
but I already love them.
Growing up in a stable
middle-class household in Lansing, Michigan, Monica was
often the only minority student in her class. Now she’ll
be teaching sixth grade in a school that is 99 percent
Connect you with some resources to
learn more about the shifts that are occurring in our
world and their implications for K-12 and higher
Because we are educators in the United States, our
experiences and perspectives are going to be somewhat
America-centric. However, we believe that the themes of
Did You Know? are global in
nature and apply to schools and children around the world.
We want all children to be successful. We do not
view the growing importance of India and China as negative
but rather as additional opportunities for everyone in the
world. We do not mean to gloss over the very real issues
that countries such as India and China face, and we
recognize that globalization and "flat world" factors have
downsides just like other societal shifts. We prefer,
however, to focus on the positive benefits and on doing
what we can to help children learn and grow so that they
may become successful digital, global citizens.
We'd like your help. Everyone must be
involved in the conversation if we are to come up with a
system of education for our children that prepares them
for the 21st century. Click on the links on the left to
get started; request to
join the wiki
if you want to add to or revise the wiki. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have
comments, suggestions, or questions.
Many, many thanks to the folks at
who voluntarily donated their time and
considerable expertise to make the new version of Did You Know? They were a joy to
work with and we are very grateful for their assistance.
Recreation, Counseling, Helpful info and links for Youth in School
media, materials, links,
tips of information that are educational, enriching, and
inspiring. Also would make for great family, coworker, spouse, friendship, relationship-building. It's
not too much information (TMI) <smile>, but GVI-- good and
valuable information. Consider food for thought and, as they say in
environment "higher order thinking" and living,
“The Great Debaters"
Great Adult, Youth,
Family, and Community Empowerment Movie
A son asked his father," Dad, will you take part in a marathon
with me?' The father who, despite having a heart
condition, says 'Yes'. They went on to complete the
marathon together. Father and son went on to join other
marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's
request of going through the race together. One day, the
son asked his father, 'Dad, let's join the Ironman
To which, his father said 'Yes.'
For those who didn't know, Ironman is the toughest
triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance
events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed
by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with
a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) maratho n along the coast
of the Big Island .
Father and son went on to complete the race together. View
the video by visiting the link below...
the Search Engines as another
quick and power search option for finding lot of
information such recipes, where something is
located, more info on a news topic you saw on TV
and more. televe But be careful to
Validate sources for accuracy and current
information. WJocj brings us to the next
item. Snopes busted.
For help in determining what is and is NOT not true on the
internet. See link below:
you find some print media like mail catalogs, magazines, etc. too
distracting, graphic, or risqué, you can simply call their
customer service number and politely ask to be removed
from their mailing list. Verify when you should see
the last issue to make sure they discontinue sending their
Power Quotes of the Quarter
People, even more than things, have to be
restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and
redeemed; never throw out anyone."
ToTo make a transition to leadership, managers must focus on three
factors: skills; relationships and networks; and
style. Herminia Ibarra of INSEAD explains how to do
Use creative approaches to expand business
Small businesses may struggle to grow in today's
economy, but they can take creative measures to
ensure they don't stay stagnant. Such measures
include contacting former customers, expanding
referral networks, seeking out strategic alliances,
considering a merger with another firm, implementing
cooperative advertising, expanding product lines and
conducting an overall re-evaluation of the business.
Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (7/7)
What your body says that your words don't
This video about body language calls on the
expertise of former counterterrorism FBI agent Joe
Navarro, who's an expert in nonverbal communication.
This four-minute video teaches you what others are
saying beyond their words -- and what you say as
The Washington Post
Gen Y changes culture of workplace
As the tech-savvy Millennials have moved into an
aging work force, generational differences have
limited how much information is shared between older
and younger workers, according to Harris
Interactive's recent 2008 World of Work survey. "Gen
Y is changing the face of global business, possibly
the most dramatic upheaval in business culture since
women entered the workplace during World War II,"
the survey reported.
The Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii)/McClatchy-Tribune
The Power of Knowledge: Operation Gives Child New Life
Jayla Turner with her mother Zelene Turner
Operation Gives Child New Life
Baby Jayla's Life Is Saved With New Thymus
By CLAIRE SHIPMAN and LEE FERRAN
July 15, 2008
"God has given someone else the knowledge to help us."
-Baby Jayla's mother Nightline News
"She's gonna go to kindergarten and I'm gonna be at
her Kindergarten graduation." -Dr. Markert
One-year-old Jayla Turner got many of her
first glimpses of the world by looking
curiously through glass and protective netting
while her mother, Zelene Turner, looked back
at her, often on edge.
In her hospital bed, playing with stuffed
animals, Jayla is completely oblivious to the
fact that even a common cold could kill her.
Her mother is not so lucky.
"I'm like hyper paranoid," Turner told
"Good Morning America." "Don't touch the baby
until you wash your hands. Don't touch."
Little Jayla was born without a thymus
gland, meaning her body never developed an
immune system a condition known as Digeorge
Zelene described her baby's fits of
infection that terrified her, saying, "She
started having seizures. Then started being
really scary looking. She was kind of red.
When I read about Digeorge, I'm thinking
death. My baby's going to die."
Generally, children born without the
thymus, which develops white blood cells to
help fight infections, rarely live past their
But that was before Dr. Louise Markert took
up the battle against Digeorge Syndrome and
started to give sufferers and their families
Now she may be the only woman in the world
that could save Jayla.
"When I first meet a baby, there's nothing
better than holding that baby in your arms,"
said Markert, a pediatric immunologist.
"Looking in that baby's eyes, you just fall in
love with that baby."
As Zelene saw, Markert's care for her baby
was no different.
"I like the fact that she touched my baby,"
Zelene said. "She played with her. She held
her. That made me feel warm, that she cared."
Such passion and connection with her
patients led Markert to pioneer an operation
known as thymus transfer, which involves
implanting a healthy thymus into the body of a
Digeorge patient, that could give children a
second chance to build an immune system.
Of the more than 50 operations Markert has
performed so far, 75 percent have been
Such figures gave the Turners hope as they
took extreme measures to sterilize their home
and keep Jayla as safe as possible while they
waited months for an available thymus.
"[Dr. Markert] said make sure you wash your
hands," Zelene explained. "Make sure she's not
around other people. You know, we have a
routine. Whenever we come from outside from
anywhere, we automatically strip, take a bath
and put on new clothes."
After living such a tedious life for
months, the Turners got the call they'd been
waiting for. A thymus was available.
The tiny gland, usually situated near the
heart, is routinely removed and thrown away
during heart surgery on infants, long after it
has done its part for the child's immune
For Jayla, the thymus was cut into pieces
and implanted into her thighs, where it had a
chance of producing the immune-boosting T
cells. But the results were not returned for
months. In the meantime, Zelene experienced a
range of emotions, often all at once.
"I'm hopeful. I'm nervous. I'm worried,"
she said. "It would be a big relief for the
family because everyone is just on pins and
When the biopsy came back Zelene was able
to breath a big sigh of relief. The operation
was successful. As the tears streamed down her
face and she held little Jayla in her arms,
the only thing seriously infectious in the
room was joy.
If you would like to donate money to help Jayla,
you may donate to the organization that raised money
for her first surgery by clicking
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ON THE TOWN
Pastor Julian Smith, and wife Sister Linda
Smith, cook on the town with their smoker.
found "on the town" Pastor Julian Smith, and wife, Sister Linda
one Saturday cooking and serving food to some very happy
customers. With their smoker setup near Bear's
Barbershop in Alton Park, Chattanooga, TN , this was their
location for the day. You will want
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YP of the Year and YP-Friendly Company of the Year
YPAC would like to recognize Young
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who exhibit outstanding achievements. Nomination
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and we’ll be announcing our top 10 finalists soon!
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our annual Signature Event, the YPAC Awards Party on
Saturday, September 27, 2008 at The Loose Cannon.
purpose of the Unite for School Success (USS) group is
to promote strong community support and confidence in
the school by making sure the students, parents and
neighbors of the school are involved the evolution of
the school (including financially). With this shared
goal in mind, Ms. Dantzler and USS are sponsored a Team
Name Selection Poll on the East Hamilton website,
team name selection will be announced at the 2nd
annual fundraising party which will take place September
6, 2008 in the Council Fire Clubhouse. Please
contact DeAnn Rauth at 899-4933 or check website for
more information on ticket purchase. To make a donation
or to volunteer your time, please contact Curtis Smith
at 423-596-4457, Scott Gentry at 423-320-2995 or
Mechelle Forgani at 423-490-0620.
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Tickets can be brought to you!!
The Creative Underground (TCU)
will present "Sing, Mahalia, Sing" in late August 2008 at
Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Circle Theatre.
"Sing, Mahalia, Sing" is a joyous celebration of the life
and music of one of the world's greatest gospel singers,
more information contact:
URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER
East M.L. King Blvd
Why A Sistah
Can’t Get No Love?
From the creators of Bessie's Blues
and Black Nativity—a hilarious new adult comedy on
the taboos of sex, love, and infidelity.
Written and Directed by Thomas W. Jones II
Starring Karl D'Wayne Gardner and Veronica Byrd
September 13 – October 19, 2008
Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411
Saturdays: 7 PM and 10 PM (BYOB - 10PM show only)
Sundays: 5 PM
$12.50 each for groups of 10 or more
Election Day is August 7,
2008. To find your polling (voting) location please
visit the Hamilton County Election Commission
call (423) 493-5100. Early voting is from July 18,
2008 until August 2, 2008 at the Election Commission,
Brainerd Recreation Center, and Northgate Mall in
will be onsite voter registration.
This meeting is open to the
General Public and all are invited to attend.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Valoria Armstrong
at (423) 432-9776.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
HamiltonCounty Voters Council
And 100 Black Men of
HamiltonCounty Sheriff Candidates
Political Forum And
Monday, July 28, 2008 at 5:30
– Raccoon Mountain Room
Questions will be taken from
“Voting Begins with You!!!”
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Thursday-Saturday, August 21-23
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"set you on fire" event!
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