Thursday, May 3, 2018

YWCA Malden Takes a Stand Against Racism

YWCA Malden Takes a Stand
By: Natascha F. Saunders

Under the leadership of Peg Crowe, newly appointed acting Executive Director of the YWCA Malden taking a stand against racism has been a part of their mantra for years. Started in 2007, Stand Against Racism has been a signature campaign of the YWCA USA. Over 2000 organizations have joined to help raise awareness for racial justice and to dismantle institutional racism throughout local communities.

The YWCA Malden knows that being mindful of how implicit and unconscious bias can impact our everyday lives can be uncomfortable at times, but they know inaction and silence can deter many from achieving their highest form of success. Therefore, it is imperative that we all speak up and advocate whenever possible.

The campaign ran from April 26 – April 29, 2018, and the YWCA Malden asks that you support the social media activism of its teen members. The teen TASK Program led by Chris Murphy has successfully reached countless youth helping girls to develop self-esteem, confidence and tackle pertinent issues such as racism using creativity.

TASK teens had this to say, “At Malden High diversity means less racism.”

The YWCA Malden wants you to know that girls struggle with the effects of both sexism and racism, and have unique challenges including excessive school discipline, disproportionate trauma and violence, unequal educational opportunities, and the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline.

As a trauma survivor, being raised in a home with domestic violence and having been called racial slurs, serving in this new role as Director of Teen Programs, I can attest to the need for the YWCA Malden to continue this work to push our girls forward despite their obstacles.

It is the hope of the YWCA Malden that if we join forces with members of our constituency and throughout the city of Malden who seek to understand the imperativeness in helping our youth grow as academicians, helping them to understand the value of civic discourse and peer-mentorship we can ensure our communities thrive in the 21st century.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for high school Juniors and Seniors interested in law enforcement.

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for high school Juniors and Seniors interested in law enforcement. The deadline for applications is April 30th. To learn more about the program, please visit:

Friday, April 6, 2018

April '18 career news and education resources edition are being shared by Natascha F. Saunders

Beautiful Me Girls Conference, McDonald's tripling college benefits, Zuckerberg plans for Facebook, Cambridge College Opens Gaming Career Institute, Scholarships, Summer Programs, and more youth career news

Since 2015, McDonald's has provided college tuition assistance to over 16,400 employees through its Archways to Opportunity education program. Last week, the fast food behemoth announced plans to increase the program by allocating $150 million over five years and lowering eligibility requirements from nine months to 90 days of employment and weekly shift minimums from 20 hours to 15 hours.

Zuckerberg admits failure and lays plans for a more mature Facebook. This is going to be a never-ending battle,” said Mark Zuckerberg. He just gave the most candid look yet into his thoughts about Cambridge Analytica, data privacy and Facebook’s sweeping developer platform changes during a conference call with reporters today. Sounding alternately vulnerable about his past negligence and confident about Facebook’s  strategy going forward, Zuckerberg took nearly an hour of tough questions.

Beautiful Me Girls Conference – Boston is open for registration! Accepting applications from girls in grades 6 – 12. Date: June 9 & 10, 2018 at Cambridge College. Conference Mission: To EMPOWER Black girls to connect their identity with history, to EMBRACE and foster positive relationships with other Black girls, and to EXALT the skin they’re in. The universal theme of the Beautiful Me Girls Conference will be discussed through our four core workshops that include: Healthy Relationships/Mental Health, Sexual Health, Racism and Social Injustice, and Self-Esteem and the impact of media.

3rd Annual Youth Leadership Symposium “Stay Woke and S.E.E.E.”  - Boston is open for registration! Accepting applications for students and parents. On May 5, 2018, over 100 young girls across Massachusetts will be taking part at the KIPP Academy Boston Middle School, 37 Babson St, Mattapan, MA 02126. The 3rd Annual Youth Leadership Symposium is an all-day event full of personal and professional development workshops. That encourages conversation, networking, and team building activities for Middle and High School students. M.O.V.E., Inc. has also invite me parents to take part in their workshops.

Find 2018 Summer Internships: Summer internships provide extremely valuable experience in your chosen field, and they are also plentiful. If you’re too busy to commit as an intern during the school year, the summer could be a great option for you. While other students are focusing on play during summer break, you can get a foot in the door at one of your favorite companies by interning and learning everything you can. So consider a summer internship and get ahead of the curve!

Looking for scholarships? If so check out JLV Counseling Blog for monthly scholarships. These monthly scholarships are usually very easy to enter and are available every month!

Cambridge College Announces Plans to Open Gaming Career Institute with Wynn. After many months of discussion, Cambridge College and Wynn Boston Harbor announced on Thursday that the two organizations have partnered to offer a Gaming Institute on the Charlestown campus that will teach prospective employees table games and security.

Pre-College Summer Programs at Northeastern University These pre-college programs are designed for talented high school students who want to give themselves an edge. We offer a choice of innovative programs led by Northeastern’s internationally acclaimed faculty. Accelerate programs are hosted on our Boston campus, allowing you to experience true collegiate learning in a world-class environment. Try something new, or challenge yourself to rise to a new level in an existing area of interest.

Quote of the day:

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Video of the day:

How to Write A Really Good Resume

Any thoughts? Join us as we discuss today’s youth career news in the comments below.

~ Natascha F. Saunders,Founder/CEO The Youth Career Coach Inc. #youthcareercoach

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Survival Tips for Students with Illnesses, Scholarship Link, Additional Resources

College Survival Tips for Students with Chronic Illnesses 
By: JLV College Counseling 
College is an exciting time in a teen’s life. Students gain knowledge and learn skills that help to prepare them for their careers. They are also transitioning into adulthood; figuring out who they are and trying to find their way in the real world.
While college can be hard for anyone to adjust to, it is particularly difficult for those who are living with a chronic illness. Whether it’s diabetes, cystic fibrosis, asthma, or any other chronic condition, an illness can severely impact a college student’s life. It interrupts routines, makes it hard to establish and maintain relationships, impacts on-campus living; in other words, having a chronic illness can have an adverse effect on the entire college experience.
While having a chronic illness can certainly make college more challenging, there are ways that students can prepare themselves so that they can better manage a specific condition and get the most out of their collegiate career.
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Preparing for College, Being poor at an Ivy League, Scholarships, Cognitive Interview Prep, Black Panther, and other career news

March '18 career news and education resources edition are being shared by Natascha F. Saunders CEO/Founder of The Youth Career Coach Inc. Join the discussion by reading some of the articles below, posting your thoughts, sharing with your networking, reposting, and using the hashtag #youthcareercoach.
What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school? Written by: Brooke Lea Foster | High-achieving, low-income students, often the first in their families to attend college, struggle to feel they belong on elite campuses. When Ana Barros first stepped into Harvard Yard as a freshman, she felt so out of place she might as well have had the words "low income" written on her forehead. A girl from...... read more
Five Ways Cognitive Crafting Prepares You for an Interview Written by: Justin Zackal | Although resumes and CVs are key to landing interviews, hiring decisions often come from the subjective way candidates craft a convincing case for their more
Why use Career Assessments? Written by: Susie Wood | It would be wonderful if career development professionals could just gaze into a crystal ball and discern the best path for each person. While most professionals bring with them a wealth of personal and professional knowledge and education, career planning is a complex thing... read more
Key Tips on Preparing Yourself Mentally When Starting College. Written by: Jessica Velasco | Sure, you have reason to celebrate for finishing your four years of high school and graduating with flying colors. The next step for you then is to pursue a college degree in the major you believe suits you well. But if you think that college is essentially high school only with slightly harder subjects, you........ read more
WeChat App: What Parents Need to Know? Written by: Smart Social Team | WeChat is a free texting, video, and calling app developed in China. WeChat in the News "An increasing number of teenagers and schoolchildren are using the mobile phone application WeChat for online gambling, as well as to connect with others looking for sexual hook-ups and for the buying and selling of drugs. " ~ Today... read more
This is what today's college students really look like! Nearly 40% of undergraduate students are older than 25. Written by: Jillian Berman | When most people think of a college student they likely imagine an 18- to 22-year-old coed bound through the quad on the way to her dorm from the lecture hall. But these days, the typical college student actually looks more like Erin Jones. Jones, 37, is a veteran and single mom... read more
Entrepreneurship is a Power Tool for Ending Mass Incarceration. Written by: Tulaine Montgomery | ....the first eight entrepreneurs in Unlocked Futures, a new initiative to support social entrepreneurs (nonprofit and for-profit) who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system...... all have started enterprises that aim to disrupt the ruinous, destabilizing, and fiscally irresponsible...... read more
16-Year-Old From Compton Becomes Youngest Black Pilot to Fly Around the U.S. Written by: Taryan Finely | Isaiah Cooper, 16 made history when he landed in his hometown on Monday, July 18 after an 8,000-mile flight flying from California to Maine, Washington, Florida and back to Compton-Woodley Airport..... read more
Why Black Panther: The Album is a 'stroke of genius' Written by: Danny Hajjar | The soundtrack, curated by hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, has generated critical praise for standing alone as a sonic experience and simultaneously complementing the film through its exploration of similar themes seen in the more
Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letters Written by: Jessica Velasco | If you are like most students, financial aid will play a large role when you are deciding what college you will attend in the fall. If you have not received financial aid award letters from colleges that sent acceptance letters, you will be receiving your award letters soon. Unfortunately, financial aid award letters can more
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Juliet Murphy Career Development has developed two tools to help parents and their high school students successfully work together to make the right career choices. 
1.  No.1 Best-Selling Book, #What’s Next After High School? Choosing a Great Career You’ll Love: A Guide for Parents and Students Working Together” which coaches parents and students on how to have the right conversation and plan for the best career for their high schooler. The book is currently available on Amazon in Kindle version and will be available in paperback in the next 10 days. Here’s the Amazon link Whats-Next-After-High-School-ebook
2. A unique coaching program, TEEN CAREER SUCCESS: How to Launch Your Teen into Career and Life Success Using a Foundation of T.R.U.S.T. The program actively engages the parent and the high school student in the decision-making process using T. R. U. S. T. system: Teamwork, Respect, Understanding, Support, and Trust. The program is delivered through 8 modules.
If you want your high schooler to make the right choices so they will love the work they do and live the life they desire, contact Juliet Murphy for a free strategy session at, Email:, (949) 385-2411.
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This content was put together by Natascha F. Saunders, CEO/Founder of The Youth Career Coach Inc. founded in 2009 to provide career coaching, consulting, resume editing, webinars and workshop content focus on helping students become self-aware and market-ready. Learn more about Natascha HERE | Learn more about The Youth Career Coach Inc. HERE

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