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• Modesty and Dedication Mark the Career
of PRSAs First Latino President (2002)
This article was written for the Philadelphia Public Relations Society of America 50th Anniversary activities of profiling past presidents. It won The 2003 Communicators Awards Crystal Award of Excellence for Feature Writing.
Throughout an almost 40-year PR career, Luis Morales has dedicated himself to increasing the professionalism and standards of the PR field. His standards and good nature have influenced countless practitioners. For complete story, click here.
Elkins Park, PA Therapist, Author And Artist Michael J. Oswald
Releases Serious Stories For Children: Special People,
A Primer For Dealing With Children With Special Needs (2011-Present)
Michael J. Oswald laughs when thinking about his path from receiving a degree in Fine Arts to becoming a therapist working primarily with children with special needs. “Art became a hobby, kids became my job.”
Either way, it has been a win-win for the Elkins Park, PA resident. He has illustrated and written four children’s books over a 30 year period. His newest book, Serious Stories for Children: Special People, is the first published in full color. This is his pride and joy. While not wanting to focus on a particular disability, the main characters in My Friend Ted, A Boy Named Monk, The Girl Who Knew Enough and I Feel may exhibit characteristics of ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, emotional, and behavioral issues.
It is Oswald’s intention that the book help families with children with disabilities better understand the behaviors, but also for the general population to realize how these children may be struggling. Through this understanding, they will become more tolerant. The stories are written simply to leave room for the readers and their adults to add their own notions. For complete story, click here.
The Business Center offers camp:
“Youth and Money: How to Raise a Reallionaire” (7/16/08)
For the last several years, The Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise has been offering a Urban Youth Entrepreneurial program for elementary, middle and high school students to learn about all the components that are involved in starting a business – research, a business plan, financial resources and start up.
The popularity of the program has resulted in The Business Center offering a Youth and Money summer camp for youth ages 7 – 12. The one-week session, August 18th -22nd, will introduce yout to operating a business, managing money and the importance of staying physically fit. It will conclude with a business plan presentation. For complete story, click here.
Third To Fifth Grade Students At A.B. Day School
Co-Author A Book With The Help Of The Business Center (7/8/08)
It can be difficult for one person to write a book, let alone two co-authors. How does it get pulled off with 24 authors? Well, 3rd - 5th graders at Anna B. Day School in East Mt. Airy found the way, writing, illustrating and publishing a 10-page book, What Happened to Ms. Drew? The story is about a class searching for their missing teacher.
The program was another extension of The Business Center For Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise Youth Entrepreneurship Program, which has exposed middle and high school students to entrepreneurial skills and provided practical hands on training. The program at A.B. Day allowed The Business Center to take the skills to an even younger age and “gave us the opportunity to implement a literacy track,” said Pamela J. Rich-Wheeler, Executive Director at The Business Center. Major funding was supplied by Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation (http://www.buildabear.com), “which is dedicated to making life more bearable for children, families, and pets who are in need of a helping paw. With the sale of each Read Teddy - a special furry friend available in all Build-A-Bear Workshop stores - one dollar is donated to First Book and other literacy programs throughout the United States and Canada.” For complete story, click here.
JAE Enterprises Accepting RFPs To Provide Training
And Technical Assistance To Camden Non-Profits (4/25/08)
CAMDEN-- JAE Enterprises, Inc., a Glenside, PA based for-profit consulting firm, providing training and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, has received a three-year, $1.5 million Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration grant from The Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to serve as intermediary to assist nonprofit organizations in the state of New Jersey. This is the first time this grant was awarded to provide support to organizations providing services to the City of Camden. The Grassroots Capacity Building project, as JAE is calling it, will be focused on training and technical assistance and sub-awards to non-profit organizations in Camden. For complete story, click here.
JAE Enterprises, Inc. To Conduct Seminar
“Funding For Non-Profits: Finding Your Funding” On April 17 (4/3/08)
JAE Enterprises, Inc., a Glenside, PA based for-profit consulting firm, providing training and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, will be presenting an all-day workshop, “Funding For Non-Profits: Finding Your Funding” on Thursday, April 17 at America’s Keswick Conference Center, 601 Route 530 in Whiting, NJ near Toms River. The capacity building workshop is designed for organizations seeking additional funding sources and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuition is $250 and group discounts are available. The registration deadline is April 15. Vendor tables cost $95. Call 215-576-1903 or visit the web site: http://www.jaeenterprises.com to register. For complete story click here.
African-American Owned Company Brings First Anime Convention to Philadelphia
in an effort to stem youth violence (2007)
The first anime convention ever in Philadelphia, TandokuCon 2007, is coming to The Pennsylvania Convention Center November 9-11, thanks to the efforts of an East Mt. Airy (Philadelphia)-based, African-American owned company, TCON Expressions of Philadelphia. This is the first time an African-American owned group has produced a “con,” the favorite condensed wording used by anime convention-goers. TCON sees the convention as a way to stem the epidemic of youth violence by redirecting energy into artistic expression. For complete story, click here.
Emlen School Students Try to Make Dough From Cookie Sales (6/18/07)
Perhaps, the first lessons the fifth and sixth graders at Emlen School learned was not to show your merchandise before you are ready to sell. The students who were participating in The Business Center Urban Youth Entrepreneurial Program sold cookies on June 6 as their business project.
The Business Center at New Covenant Campus, based in Mt. Airy, has been conducting this program over the last few years mainly in high schools, equipping students with the skills needed to be an entrepreneur and allowing students to actually take part in planning and running a business. This year they have had programs in the middle schools of Henry Houston in Mt. Airy, Springside School in Chestnut Hill, Fitzsimons in North Philadelphia, and a Saturday morning program with the Institute for Financial Success at New Covenant. This is the second time Emlen, located at Chew and Upsal Streets in East Mt. Airy, has participated in the eight-week program. The instructor was Marie Lambert and Terri Rivera is the Director of The Urban Youth Entrepreneurial Program for The Business Center. For complete story, click here.
Springside/CHA Middle Schoolers Learn Twists Of Business (4/24/07)
Previously, The Urban Youth Entrepreneurial Program sponsored by The Business Center at New Covenant Campus in Mt. Airy has concentrated on Philadelphia public schools. The word of the success of the program has gotten out and piqued the interest of local private schools. Recently, four fifth-graders, one seventh grader and one eighth grader at Springside School and one fifth-grader from Chestnut Hill Academy in Chestnut Hill participated in a 12-week program with Business Center instructor Marie Lambert. The program was an after school elective available to all middle school students, but not required, according to Xochitl Gerber, Director of After School and Summer Programs at Springside. The extra curricular activities provide an opportunity for CHA and Springside students to participate in common classes together. Parents paid The Business Center for the course.
“I was interested in the program because it was supportive of Springside’s mission to empower girls,” said Gerber. “This prepares them for 21st century leadership by offering them the opportunity to develop their skills in entrepreneurship, an area typically not emphasized for girls. The students in the class were self-selected.” For complete story, click here.
Houston School middle schoolers business fit to a tee (12/5/06)
The entrepreneurs are getting younger. For the last few years, The Business Center at New Covenant Campus in Mt. Airy has run an Urban Youth Entrepreneur program in area high schools where students develop and execute a business idea, while providing themselves with a vision for a productive future. This fall not only has The Business Center expanded the program into other areas of the city, but it decided to introduce a seven-week program at the middle school level.
“The Business Center understands that entrepreneurship education is transformative and pushes students to move out of their comfort zone and imagine themselves as ‘the boss,’” said Solomon Wheeler, Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at The Business Center. “This idea of being in charge of your own livelihood, along with the rewards it brings, can dramatically improve confidence and focus. We observed children as young as seven years of age respond positively to the program material.” For complete story, click here.
Michael Kleiner announces publication of Beyond the Cold: An American’s Warm Portrait of Norway (2006-Present)
What effect does a year spent in another country have on a child? Is it just another year in his childhood no different than any of the others? Or can it be a turning point influencing his future endeavors, work, opinions, and relations with people? Can he adopt a culture not his own? What happens when he returns to that country as an adult and then makes subsequent visits? Michael Kleiner takes us on an interesting and unique journey -- his journey -- in Beyond the Cold: An American’s Warm Portrait of Norway (Infinity Publishing), from living in Norway as an 11-year old with his family to returning for the first time 16 years later as an adult through five more visits. Writing in a journal style with warmth, sensitivity, humor, caring, and insight, Kleiner shows how he develops a strong affinity, appreciation and passion for this Northern country, its culture, beauty and people. As the story progresses, he moves beyond just the wonderful reunions with friends and descriptions of his experiences and travels around the country, to making commentary on Norwegian and American societies. This timeline from childhood to adulthood makes the book different than usual travel/autobiography essay type books which are written only from adult perspectives. Between his trips -- which are usually a few years apart -- he tells us what is happening in his life here in America. He discovers the value of multicultural experience and a second home and family in Norway. For complete story, click here.
Germantown High School students start businesses
through The Business Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Program (May 2006)
If you’re in the Germantown area on a hot day this summer, you might want to check out the “appealing and affordable” Urban Flava water ice stand. If you want to show pride in your neighborhood, look for a Rep.Zip bracelet in a local sneaker store or salon. You’ll be able to look for these items on clean streets thanks to Eye Candy.
These are all businesses that 10 Germantown High School students developed and will execute as part of the Urban Youth Entrepreneurial Program run in local schools by The Business Center at New Covenant Campus... For complete story, click here.
Israeli author Eva Etzioni-Halevy’s novel, The Song of Hannah gives voice
to two Jewish heroines of the Bible (November, 2005)
In her debut novel, The Song of Hannah, Eva Etzioni-Halevy took the biblical story of Hannah and turned it into a biblical fictional novel because she wanted to give voice to the women in the Bible and make them come to life. The Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, uses the rivalry and friendship of Hannah and Pninah, who both marry Elkanah, as a base for her story. While Pninah bears many children, Hannah is childless until giving birth to Samuel, who becomes one of the greatest prophets of the Jewish people. For complete story, click here.
“Granny Nanny” Book Shows the Way for Modern Grandmothers (October, 2005-Present)
If you’ve been a mother, you know how to be a grandmother. Right? Wrong, says Lois Young-Tulin, Ph.D., author of The Granny Nanny: A Guidebook for Modern Grandmothering or What Every Grandmother Should Know About Babysitting. She thought the same thing as she awaited the birth of her first grandchild; it would be “like getting back on a bicycle after a 20-year lapse.” she writes on the book jacket. “My daughter-in-law was pregnant with my first grandson and it made me think about the role I wanted to play,” explained Young-Tulin. “I realized it was something I should think about before the baby was born so the role would have some meaning to the family. So I decided to do some research, and talk to some grandmothers.” For complete story, click here.
Sholom Aleichem Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary: A History (2004)
On May 2, the Sholom Aleichem Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary of promoting and preserving Secular Jewish culture in the Philadelphia area and beyond with a banquet for members and guests. As with Secular Humanistic Jews worldwide, Club members base their Jewish identity on culture, literature, history, ethics and a dedication to Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. During the five decades since its founding, members have been active in various committees, through which they have found a way to contribute to Club programming, to be politically active with other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations, to engage in Yiddish reading, and to provide support for each other as they grow older. They have found friendships, an organization in which to share their values and express their Jewishness, and ways to observe Jewish holidays in a non-religious way. For complete story, click here.
Bolton Helps Kickoff 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002)
Catherine Bolton, COO and Executive Director of PRSA and a former Philadelphia Chapter member, returned home on November 6 to help the local chapter kickoff its 50th anniversary year with a talk at The Union League. For complete story, click here.
Lois Young-Tulins Book A Loving Tribute
To Her Mentor Sophie Tucker (2001-Present)
Independence! Thats the key Lois! Find yourself a career, something... some passion!... You once wanted to be a writer ...I believe in you Lois. I believe that youre destined to be more than just a housewife. Start by finishing your college degree and launching your writing career... Promise me?
Backstage at the Latin Casino, mid 1960s
This was not an unusual conversation between Lois Young-Tulin, Ph.D. and her great grand aunt, renowned and trailblazing entertainer Sophie Tucker; it was just the one that turned Lois life around. Full story.
New Book The Rock And The Kangaroos
Emphasizes Camaraderie And Giving Back (2002-03)
At a time, when so many sports books are about the negative aspects of sports, along comes Dr. Jim O. Rogers The Rock and the Kangaroos. The messages in the book harken back to a time when strong friendships and camaraderie meant something, when the notion of giving back, a social responsibility to helping and influencing young people, transcended sport. Therefore, the reader is left with a warm feeling at the end of the story. Because the author feels it is so essential that these values be recaptured today, he finally decided to finish writing the book after letting it gather dust for almost 15 years. Full story.
Fran Kleiner Releases Her First CD Of Traditional Yiddish
and Popular Folk Songs (1999-Present)
Yiddish culture and music has been a part of Frances Kleiners life since she was a little girl growing up in Brooklyn as the oldest of four children of Eastern European immigrant parents. The Elkins Park resident has continued the traditions through the singing of Jewish and Yiddish melodies for children and adults of all ages. She is more than a singer; she tells the story behind the song, its historical and cultural context, significance and symbolism and provides the translation, so youngsters as well as others also learn history while learning to sing the song. People are exposed to the life experiences of the Jewish people in the time period of the song. And, when she begins to sing, a smile comes to her face, and her warmth, obvious enthusiasm and love of the music is infectious and people readily join her in singing.
Finally, at age 73, Fran, whose melodious voice still captivates audiences, has released a CD/cassette, A Fire Glows, Yiddish Songs Recorded Live at The Mermaid Inn. There are 19 songs covering 60 minutes, with all the songs translated into English. Full story.