The Communication Corner
The Stand & Deliver: Communication Tools for Tomorrow's Leaders program aims to help our young adults from urban areas become more effective leaders and communicators. "The Communication Corner" was created to provide a forum for our young adults to share their ideas, hopes and dreams with their peers and others in the community. If you are a Stand & Deliver graduate or if you are currently participating in the program and would like to add a poem, short story or simply your thoughts on a particular issue to "The Communication Corner," please call the Program Director, at (973) 233-9890.
The Stand & Deliver Challenge – A Peace-making Alternative
Violence in our community is an issue that can no longer be ignored. Too many examples remind us that no one is immune to the effects of a violent society. The objective of the “Stand & Deliver Challenge” is to address the issue of violence in our community by facilitating the design of peacemaking solutions that can be implemented by students. In addition to enhancing the communication skills of the students, participation in Stand & Deliver workshops guide their development as leaders, youth advocates and project managers.
Students are challenged to develop viable projects which their group can implement in a target community. As they move through the Stand & Deliver program, students develop public speaking skills, conflict resolution/peace-making skills, while working with a team of their peers to develop a project to make improvements in the quality of life where they live.
Click here to read the 2008 Challenge Project Papers
Click here to read the Proposed Implementation Plan for West Side High School – 2007 Challenge Project Grand Prize Winners
Summer Leadership Institute 2007
Students were asked to write original compositions on peace.
Click here to view the poetry attached to “Peace Flags,” created by the students at The Greater Newark Conservancy.
The “Peace Flags” are inspired by the Prayer Flags of Tibet, the words and intentions are carried out into the world by the wind.
ELOQUENCE: Inspiring Words from the Students of Stand & Deliver
Welcome to our first issue of ELOQUENCE! What you are about to read are original works, some written for speeches in the Stand & Deliver Program. There are also pieces of poetry and essays written specifically for this newsletter, by students in the Stand & Deliver program in Newark.
So much of what is written here are things that most people have a hard time talking about: parents, death, inspiration, passions in life. We thank all of the contributors to our premier issue of ELOQUENCE and encourage everyone in Stand & Deliver to continue to make their voice be heard, both out loud and on paper, on issues that really matter.
Shatiah Frazier - Essex County Vo-Tech
She sat in the hospital room crying over the now lifeless body of her mother, grabbed her hand, prayed, and quietly said that she would take care of the family. That was the ninth day of February 1998, my seventh grade year. This was a time in my life that I was making a change from a child to a young adult. I slowly realized my mother was also making a transformation, for she knew that my grandmother would no longer be the head of the family. (more)
www.student-voices.org The Student Voices Project encourages the civic engagement of young people by bringing the study of a local political campaign into the classroom. Working with school systems throughout the country, the project helps high school students study the issues and candidates in their city's mayoral campaign. Through classroom visits and candidate forums, students raise their concerns directly to candidates and hear what can be done about them. Finally, students communicate their concerns to the general public by making their voices heard in the local news media.
http://www.studentscoop.com An interact and fun site with information on college admission tests, scholarships, how to combat college freshman nerves, how to ace exams and much, much, more.
http://collegeprep.okstate.edu Are you planning to do any of the following in the next few years? *Move into a residence hall, fraternity or sorority *Stay up all night studying for a test *Order pizza with your roommate at 2 a.m. *Write a check for 47 cents because you have no cash *Change majors every semester? If you've answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then this site is for you!
Programs for Youth
City at Peace uses the performing arts to empower youth to effect social change. The nonprofit conducts intensive, year-long programs in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, during which diverse urban young people write their own musicals about issues such as teen pregnancy and violence. The CD City at Peace Volume I showcases some of the powerful original songs performed in several different shows. 212.924.2300.
Do Something. Founded by Michael Sanchez and actor Andrew Shue, this national organization's mission is to give young people the tools, inspiration, and opportunity to make a difference. They focus on community building (for which they give out grants), health, and the environment. Their Challenge curricula can be downloaded by schools and after-school programs, and youths can submit articles to Build magazine. The website, www.dosomething.org, is chock-full of information for young people about topics ranging from animal advocacy to anorexia.
Global Kids, based in New York City, educates high-school students about critical international and foreign policy issues and develops the leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills they need to be active citizens locally and globally. They have an online program in addition to their New York City programs and school workshops.
SEAC. The Student Environmental Action Coalition is a grassroots organization of student and youth groups fighting for environmental and social justice in schools and communities. These groups share resources, build new coalitions, and learn about important related campaigns and causes. Their website has a links page with information about dozens of other youth-based groups and programs.
Teen Activism Links, an online service sponsored by a Wisconsin public library, has links to many teen organizations.
Yes! has held more than 90 weeklong gatherings for young leaders from more than 65 countries. At the gatherings, young changemakers experience a sense of community and learn skills to help their worldwide network of nonprofit organizations to thrive. Yes! also conducts shorter workshops, talks, rallies, and marches.
Youth Activism Project, created to help youths speak up and pursue lasting solutions to problems they care deeply about, serves as a resource center and clearinghouse for more than 100 national advocacy organizations. Its youth-led global action campaign, School Girls Unite, advocates for increased educational opportunities for girls in West Africa. Posted on its website's "Success Stories" section are dozens of inspirational accounts about young people who have made a difference.
Job/Internship Search Sites:
www.nj.com/jobs New Jersey's largest classifieds database
http://careers.wsj.com Wall Street Journal career site
www.ncna.org The National Council of Non-Profit organizations network of state and regional associations
www.state.nj.us/personnel New Jersey Department of Personnel
www.nationjob.com National Job Network-Thousands of jobs
www.ajb.dni.us America's Job Bank
www.rileyguide.com The Riley Guide-includes employment opportunities and job resources
http://jobsearch.about.com/jobs Lists arts, entertainment and humanities jobs by career field
www.eceajobs.com Lists jobs in air quality, fisheries, forestry, GIS, health & safety, meteorology and waste management
www.usajobs.opm.gov US government employment information
http://www.idealist.com Includes links to jobs, internships and information for the socially conscious
www.eco.org Environmental Career Organization- Careers and Internships
Majors and Career Search Sites
http://careerservices.rutgers.edu Rutgers Career Services web site. Click on Students, Career Planning, then click on College Majors and Career Information
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ Information for teachers
http://www.gwu.edu/~studyabr Links to international study abroad programs from the George Washington University site.
http://stats.bls.gov/oco Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2002-2003. Find information about specific occupations including the position description, job outlook and average salary.