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BRIEFS & THINGS: 100 Black Women plan “Sisters’ Keeper” Financial Bootcamp

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., Memphis Chapter is sponsoring its first "Sisters' Keeper" Financial Bootcamp for African-American women, beginning July 2 at Literacy Mid-South.

The Sisters' Keeper program is a six-week, structured financial bootcamp designed to assist African-American women with establishing and living on a budget, developing good saving and investment practices, and understanding and managing credit and debt. There also will be instruction on determining adequate insurance coverage and business development strategies.

The program will be held at the Literacy Mid-South building, 902 South Cooper Street (Cooper Young area) each Tuesday beginning July 2 through Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration, along with a $20 commitment fee, is required for participation.

The commitment fee will be returned to the participant upon successful completion of the program, making this a FREE opportunity for those who are committed to changing their financial destiny. The program is limited to the first 25-30 paid and committed African-American women who meet requirements.

To apply or get additional information, contact NCBW Memphis Chapter President Bettye Boone at 901-831-8739 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.ncbwmemphis.org. Application deadline is June 29.

Retired educator gives back to community

Darius Mabon and CeAira Smith of Trezevant High School are the inaugural recipients of the The Cleveland and Wilhelen Haynes Wright Scholarship Fund. Mabon and Smith may use their $500 awards to cover books or other college-related expenses.

The Cleveland and Wilhelen Haynes Wright Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 by Wilhelen Haynes Wright in memory of her husband of 54 years, Gunnery Sergeant Cleveland Wright, U. S. Marine Corps, retired. Wilhelen Haynes Wright has been a life-long educator in the Shelby County schools and served on the Shelby County Education Association Board of Directorsand the Tennessee Education Association Board of Directors.

"Education of our young people is of utmost importance and our future lies with them," said Wright. "We must ensure they get as many opportunities as possible, especially after high school."

The recipients were evaluated on an original 500-word essay entitled "How a Higher Education Will Help Me Achieve My Life Goals," leadership potential, financial need, community activities, letters of acceptance and letters of recommendation. They also needed a minimum 2.5 GPA, and to be accepted and enrolled in a 4-year Historically Black College or University.

Mabon will be attending Tennessee State University, and Smith is committed to The LeMoyne-Owen College.

Daddy's Little Girl program To honor youth, salute fathers

The youth auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Eta Zeta Chapter will sponsor their 9th Annual Daddy's Little Girl program on Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victory University, 255 N. Highland St.

This year's theme is "In My Heart Always." Alpha Eta Zeta will honor its youth auxiliary members (ages 4- 18) and recognize fathers who are committed to supporting, mentoring, and raising young girls. New members of the youth auxiliary groups will be pinned and presented with awards.

The chapter will also present college scholarships to seven high school and collegiate students. Michael Adrian Davis from 95.7 Hallelujah FM will be the master of ceremony. Tickets are $10.

AARP event in Memphis

The AARP will host a listening tour event on June 29 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Share your thoughts about the challenges facing the futures of Medicare and Social Security. The event is from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and will feature a light lunch.

Seats are limited, so reserve yours at http://aarp.cvent.com/MemphisYEAS or by calling 1-877-926-8300.

Future takes over at NAACP Youth Council

Memphis Branch NAACP Youth Council officers for 2012-13 were installed in a recent candlelight ceremony conducted by Madeleine Taylor, the branch's executive director.

Retiring Youth Council President, Lindsey Burgess, presented the official gavel to the new president, Jared Jackson, who will be a senior at Houston High School this fall. Other officers installed were:

Janise Mark, 1st vice president; Autumn White, 2nd vice president; Cache Truitt, secretary; Kristen Harvey, assistant secretary; Dolyn McCaster, treasurer; Marniece Harmon, assistant treasurer; Glenn Vaulx, Parliamentarian; and Sharmaine Burton, historian.

Homebuyer info is ready and waiting

A Homebuyer/ Loan Modification Education Workshop will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 23 at the Crye-Leike Quail Hollow Office, 4th floor Training Rm., 6525 Quail Hollow.

Learn more about buying, selling and refinancing your home at this free workshop. To RSVP, call Jane Venson at 901-412-3500.

The workshop is hosted by the Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

BRIEFLY: Come for a sneak peak at the final design plans for the new exhibits, visitor amenities and public spaces at a community meeting at the National Civil Rights Museum at 6 p.m. on June 26. This will be the first major renovation of the Lorraine Motel building.

BRIEFLY: In observance of National HIV Testing Day (June 27), Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR) will offer free, confidential HIV prevention counseling and testing and free syphilis testing on Tuesday, June 26, at its health center at 2430 Poplar Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.plannedparenthood.org/memphi/.

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