Derek Luke can't recall anyone teaching him to chase his dreams. "People talked to me about how to get a job. No one had ever talked to me about how to pursue my dream." That dream was a career in acting. More than 25 years after graduating from Snyder High School in Jersey City, Luke has turned that ambition into a career, with starring or prominent roles in "Friday Night Lights," "Antwone Fisher," and the hit Netflix series "13 Reasons Why." Now, he wants to help kids in Jersey City and beyond achieve their dreams. Luke is launching the Derek Luke Foundation (DLF) aimed at supporting programs and initiatives for underserved urban communities, specifically focusing on issues that people of color face. DLF kicks off with four days worth of events in Jersey City, beginning today and wrapping up Sunday. It gets underway at David's Barbershop at 2160 Kennedy Blvd., where children ages 12 and under can receive free haircuts, backpacks and school supplies, and more from noon to 3 p.m. … [Read more...] about ’13 Reasons Why’ actor wants to help inner city kids chase their dreams
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Sports Brandon Nunez opens the doors into the wrestling room at Columbia University’s Dodge Physical Fitness Center in Upper Manhattan. Everyone looks over. At 5-foot-3 and just shy of 125 lbs, he isn’t the biggest body, but he commands the room. The room erupts with shouts. Recommended Slideshows 76 In Pictures: the Biggest Stadiums in the World 51 In Pictures: 50 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World 32 World's Most Valuable Sports Teams “Ayyy!” He’s got a classic, stocky, wrestler’s build. His well-defined trapezius muscles fill out his Rhode Island College wrestling t-shirt and his large calves are covered with a white athletic sleeve that runs down his left leg from underneath his orange gym shorts. He’s swarmed by the dozens of middle school and high school-age kids who are attending this week’s wrestling clinic. He exchanges a handful of high-fives, fist bumps and daps from old friends. See all of the best … [Read more...] about Beating The Streets: Inner-City Youth Beat The Odds On The Mat
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- For Curtis High School grads Kevin Thompson, Eric Garvin and Derek Alvez, what started as mid-1970s camaraderie on the track and field team grew into a life-long "brotherhood." These close friends share a common goal: To make a difference for others in an act of gratitude for the men and women who helped them through hardship. For 40 years, they all worked on independent projects post-graduation, until both Alvez and Garvin finally joined Thompson's 10-year-old Cross World Africa, Inc. (CWA). Thompson, Garvin and Alvez serve as founder/executive director, president and board member, respectively, of the non-profit organization dedicated to opportunity-based outreach in impoverished African villages and communities in Kenya. The trio says CWA has a "profound impact on disenfranchised urban and rural districts through a variety of entrepreneurial, educational, and aid programs for widowed mothers, elderly citizens, and students of all ages." So far, the … [Read more...] about Curtis alums make a big difference in Africa; is inner-city NYC next?
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Great Falls Public Schools Foundation donors make a difference Donations of all size improve Great Falls public schools and classrooms, and they change individual lives. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Dave Crum Published 3:49 p.m. MT May 1, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Receiving an acceptance letter from Yale was a moment of pure joy for Brandon Wanke, a 2013 Great Falls High grad. Then reality set in. “We didn’t have enough money to send him. We were about $6,000 a year … [Read more...] about Great Falls Public Schools Foundation donors make a difference
Danielle Mulder Teacher's Name: Danielle MulderSchool: Lake Street Elementary SchoolSchool District: Crown PointTell about this teacher and why he/she should be recognized?: Mrs. Mulder is extremely patient and always encouraging the kids to keep trying. She reaches with a "can do" attitude recognizing the hard work and effort each child puts forth. She identifies small accomplishments on those that struggle urging them with confidence to push themselves to keep practicing. She recognizes self esteem and self confidence are so importance in the development of a child. Thank you, Mrs. Mulder!What did he/she do that stands out this year?: Works patiently with my son, recently diagnosed with a learning disability, encouraging him so he does not give up. Amanda Kosiba Teacher's Name: Amanda KosibaSchool: WinfieldRecognition 1Tell about this teacher and why he/she should be recognized?: Mrs. Kosiba is amazing. She has taught my oldest and is now my youngest’s teacher. She has … [Read more...] about Meet Your NWI Educators: Sheila Sobecki, Springfield Elementary School