Education and Schools, NonProfit and Charities

National Postdoctoral Association Announces Free Membership for HBCU Students

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced that it would provide free membership to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at any Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU). The same is true for any postdoctoral scholar ("postdoc") working at such an institution.

"Black History Month provides time for both reflection and action," said NPA executive director and chief executive officer, Thomas P. Kimbis. "We want to do our small part at pushing back against the tide that has historically disadvantaged certain Black students from attaining their desired jobs through first obtaining postdoc positions."

Data show that Black researchers are underrepresented in postdoctoral and university faculty positions. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, "6 percent of faculty were Black, specifically 4 percent Black female and 3 percent Black male" in 2021. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau finds that Black students make up 15.7 percent of all enrollments in higher education during the same time period, creating a significant disconnect between student and faculty positions.

According to a White House initiative, "HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors."

"Building an inclusive community of support is foundational to the mission and the vision of NPA," said NPA chair of the board of directors, Caleb C. McKinney. Starting immediately, the NPA will offer free access to all of its resources to individuals at HBCU institutions to broaden understanding in the Black community of the pathways opened through postdoc positions.

As the national voice of the postdoctoral community, the NPA provides professional development, networking, skills education, and leadership opportunities to postdocs following a path to top academic, industry, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization, and government positions.

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 20,000 individual and 230 organizational members.

Learn more: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/Join

RELATED LINKS:

https://nces.ed.gov/

https://jbhe.com/2023/01/black-enrollments-in-post-pandemic-higher-education/

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Education and Schools, NonProfit and Charities

National Postdoctoral Association Announces Free Membership for HBCU Students

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced that it would provide free membership to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at any Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU). The same is true for any postdoctoral scholar ("postdoc") working at such an institution.

"Black History Month provides time for both reflection and action," said NPA executive director and chief executive officer, Thomas P. Kimbis. "We want to do our small part at pushing back against the tide that has historically disadvantaged certain Black students from attaining their desired jobs through first obtaining postdoc positions."

Data show that Black researchers are underrepresented in postdoctoral and university faculty positions. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, "6 percent of faculty were Black, specifically 4 percent Black female and 3 percent Black male" in 2021. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau finds that Black students make up 15.7 percent of all enrollments in higher education during the same time period, creating a significant disconnect between student and faculty positions.

According to a White House initiative, "HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors."

"Building an inclusive community of support is foundational to the mission and the vision of NPA," said NPA chair of the board of directors, Caleb C. McKinney. Starting immediately, the NPA will offer free access to all of its resources to individuals at HBCU institutions to broaden understanding in the Black community of the pathways opened through postdoc positions.

As the national voice of the postdoctoral community, the NPA provides professional development, networking, skills education, and leadership opportunities to postdocs following a path to top academic, industry, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization, and government positions.

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 20,000 individual and 230 organizational members.

Learn more: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/Join

RELATED LINKS:

https://nces.ed.gov/

https://jbhe.com/2023/01/black-enrollments-in-post-pandemic-higher-education/

Related link: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/

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Business, LA Sports Awards, Los Angeles Sports Council Foundation, NonProfit and Charities, Sports and Activities

LA Sports Council Announces New President & CEO Matthew Cacciato

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The LA Sports Council, the region's premier sports trade association, is proud to announce the hiring of a new President and CEO of the organization, Matthew Cacciato.

Before joining LA Sports Council, Cacciato served as the Executive Director for Ohio University College of Business' AECOM Center for Sports Administration, and their renowned Master of Sports Administration graduate program. He also held the titles of Executive in Residence and Assistant Professor of Instruction. Prior to joining Ohio University, he spent 23 years in the cable sports television industry as a distribution executive for ESPN, Fox Cable Networks and the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Programming Network (YES Network).

"Matt has built an exceptional career for more than three decades across multiple industries providing strong leadership and advancing every organization he's led," said Dave Klewan, Chairman of the Board of Directors for LA Sports Council and General Manager of the Genesis Invitational. "Matt has the right mix of deep experience in the sports world and an understanding of the importance of community and education that can ensure the LA Sports Council continues to be a leader in uniting the worlds of sports and business."

As President, Cacciato's first initiative will be the organization's 19th Annual LA Sports Awards, a flagship celebration honoring the best in LA sports and top moments of the year. Cacciato will also oversee LA Sports Council's community program, Ready, Set, Gold!. RSG! is a community health, fitness, and social and emotional learning program that partners Olympians and Paralympians with Southern California schools to promote active and healthy lifestyles.

"I am excited to join an organization that plays such a vital role in promoting everything LA sports are about: the athletes, organizations, business leaders, and community members that help make Southern California the epicenter of the sports world," Cacciato said. "In a region the size of Los Angeles, you really see the unique power that sports have to bring us together. Our work to unite the LA sports industry can only lead to greater strength and a stronger and healthier community and economy for all."

Cacciato previously served on the board of the Ohio nonprofit organization Recreation Unlimited, a year-round 24/7 respite facility committed to providing the best and safest sports and recreation experiences for youth and adults with disabilities and health concerns. Cacciato also co-founded Blue Beautiful Skies, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and funding for lung cancer research benefitting The Ohio State University's James Comprehensive Cancer Center's Thoracic care unit, where his late wife Annie received world class care and treatment for eight years.

About the LA Sports Council:

Founded in 1988, the LA Sports Council, a non-profit 501(c)(6), is the premier sports trade association in the Los Angeles region. Through year-round programming including the LA Sports Awards, LA Sports Innovation Conference, and Ready, Set, Gold!, the LA Sports Council brings together and celebrates the greatest sports community in the world.

The LASC Board of Directors also represents the Board of the Los Angeles Sports Council Foundation and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG). Although separate organizations, all entities work together for a common goal.

For more information, visit https://www.lasports.org/.

About Ready, Set, Gold!

Founded in 2006, Ready, Set, Gold! is a community health, fitness and social and emotional learning program that promotes healthy and active lifestyles to children in Southern California schools. RSG! is a public-private partnership between the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG), The Foundation for Global Sports Development, and several public-school districts. RSG! believes that every student should have equal access to resources that support physical health and academic achievement. For more information, visit https://www.readysetgold.net/.

Related link: https://www.lasports.org/

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Business, NonProfit and Charities

BioAustinCTX Adds Cindy WalkerPeach and Ryan Hawkins to the Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas -- BioAustinCTX, Central Texas' Life Science industry organization, announced today the appointment of Cindy WalkerPeach, PhD and Ryan Hawkins to its Board of Directors.

Cindy WalkerPeach has been involved in the Central Texas life science ecosystem since 1996, having relocated to Austin to join a bioscience startup. She currently leads the development of the Nexxus Project at the University of Texas at Austin and serves on the national faculty for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Programs. Prior to UT, she was the Chief Product Development Officer at the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Prior to government service, Dr. WalkerPeach has 20+ years experience in the biotechnology sector as a member of several life science company management teams, all located in Central Texas, where she led product development and commercial operations.

"It's an exciting time, as Central Texas continues its development into a first-class life sciences hub. BioAustinCTX has been, and continues to be, a critical component for connectivity within the region," said WalkerPeach.

Ryan Hawkins is an accomplished biopharmaceutical leader with 25 years' experience in the life sciences. Ryan serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Disruption Labs, a plant-derived delivery technology company serving the nutraceutical industry. Prior to joining Disruption Labs, Ryan was responsible for Technical Operations at Molecular Templates, a clinical stage biotechnology company and spent 20 years in the biopharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing industry.

"All of the ingredients are present in Austin and Central Texas to have thriving, dynamic life science community that creates benefits beyond the advertised value proposition. Being a part of creating our secret sauce recipe that attracts people, conversation, companies, and community building is very exciting. As a member of the BioAustinCTX board, I look forward to unlocking our community's potential in this regard," said Hawkins.

"Cindy and Ryan bring tremendous experience and knowledge and we look forward to the energy and expertise they will bring to advancing BioAustinCTX's pivotal role in growing the life science ecosystem in Central Texas," said Scott Collins, Board of Directors President.

About BioAustinCTX:

BioAustinCTX is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas focused on advancing the life science industry in the Central Texas Region. Visit BioAustinCTX for more information: https://bioaustinctx.com/.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Carl Angus DeSantis Foundation, Catalyst Awards, NonProfit and Charities

Carl Angus DeSantis Foundation Celebrates First Annual Catalyst Awards

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The Carl Angus DeSantis Foundation recently held the first annual Catalyst Awards luncheon at LaCigale in Delray Beach. Pastor Bill Mitchell of CityLead Boca and Delray Beach police Sgt. Danny Pacheco Jr. of Delray Kicks were each honored as the inaugural recipients of cash grants of $32,500 each. The Catalyst Award program was established to celebrate the spirit of the late entrepreneur and humanitarian Carl Angus DeSantis.

Launched officially just over a year ago, the Foundation has already distributed almost $4 million dollars to organizations and individuals who exemplify the spirit of community, leadership, and excellence personified by Carl DeSantis.

"Carl was a man of action, he made things happen," said Jeff Perlman, Executive Vice President at CDS International Holdings and Foundation Administrator. "He was compassionate, generous, and colorful. In a word, he was a catalyst. To honor his legacy in a way that embodies his character, we created this award to recognize the people in our community who show us what is possible when we take action to help others."

One of the two individuals honored as a Catalyst winner is Pastor Bill Mitchell of Boca Community Church, whose CityLead Boca program has made a huge difference in the city and has now been scaled to other towns in Florida and the Midwest. The monthly program provides lessons in life, business, family, and community. Founded in 2014, Pastor Mitchell saw an opportunity to speak to the business community of South Florida, with a vision to raise the bar of character and ethics in the area.

The other 2024 Catalyst winner is Sgt. Danny Pacheco Jr., who founded Delray Kicks, a soccer program that works with mainly immigrant children, who are often wary of law enforcement. As an immigrant from Peru, Pacheco Jr. understood the children's experiences and strove to create a program that has helped build relationships, taught citizenship, and brought positive change to the lives of the kids they serve, making Delray Beach a better community for everyone.

"There is no application for the Catalyst Award," explained Perlman. "The work these recipients do speaks so loudly, that it cannot help but be noticed."

The Carl Angus DeSantis Foundation also awards grants through an application process and these recipients were also recognized at the luncheon with presentations about each organization's mission, which will be accelerated by the Foundation's grant.

Organizations that were awarded funding this year include:

* The Indaba Foundation, which works diligently to change the lives of mothers and children in the winelands of South Africa.

* The Convoy of Hope, which helps local churches distribute supplies and aid to the survivors of the fires in Lahaina.

* The E. Gerald Kay Scholarship at Rutgers University, which honors the legacy of DeSantis' long-time friend and nutrition pioneer Jerry Kay.

* The Mayo Clinic to support cutting-edge Alzheimer's research.

* The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience to support Dr. Nico Spiller and his team's research into neuronal mechanisms related to memory, decision-making, and movement.

* The Florida Alzheimer's Center of Excellence at FAU, which coordinates services and support for families whose loved ones suffer from the disease.

* 4Kids which helps children in crisis through a variety of holistic programs.

* The Achievement Center for Children & Families, which provides quality early childhood education for the most-needy.

* The EJS Project provides teenagers with the opportunities to meet political, civic, and business leaders.

* Bound For College which guides and supports students through every step along the path towards success at college, breaking the cycle of poverty.

* Second Chance Initiative employs women who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and provides the opportunity to create a brighter future.

For more information visit: https://www.carldesantis.org/

About The Carl Angus DeSantis Foundation:

Inspired by the innovative spirit and generous heart of entrepreneur and humanitarian, Carl Angus DeSantis, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Foundation that bears his name was established to honor his legacy while providing game-changing support for nonprofits and individuals whose initiatives model DeSantis's guiding principles. With a focus on Civic Innovation, Faith-based Giving, Health & Nutrition, and Leadership & Entrepreneurship, the Foundation's mission is to champion people of action who are a transformative force for good in this world. As the founder of the global vitamin leader Rexall Sundown and the visionary behind Celsius' international success as a fitness drink, DeSantis had an illustrious and an inspiring career as an entrepreneur, however, his true talent was helping others thrive. Through the Foundation's work, new generations will benefit from DeSantis' extraordinary influence.

Related link: https://www.carldesantis.org/

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Education and Schools, General Editorial, NonProfit and Charities

10th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Launches for Students in North America

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced that their annual "Cursive is Cool"® contest is now open to North American students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The contest dates are January 23 through April 15, 2024.

Students are encouraged to enter early. Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place based on legibility and neatness. One of each prize per grade will be awarded. There will also be a prize awarded for each grade for the most Creative Content and a random drawing will be held at the conclusion of the contest, so every entry has the chance to win a prize!

"We are helping young writers find their voices. Every entry has an equal chance to win. Our judges are excited and look forward to reading the kids' points of view. The entries are enlightening and often entertaining," remarked Lauren Mooney Bear CG, Campaign for Cursive Chair and President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation.

The annual cursive contest has many supporters. The North American contest supporters continue to grow, with Holistic Health Counseling Center, Blind Pig Press, Amsterdam Printing, CursiveLogic, Sheila Lowe Author, Dixon Ticonderoga, Fahrney's Pens, Itoya, Louise Borden Author, Caran D'ache, Gary's RV Repair in AZ, Christy Zwenger Author, New American Cursive, J6R6, Mirthos Paper, PEN World, Profolio, Sakura, and Writing Academy. People and businesses from the four corners of North America are enthusiastic about supporting the Cursive Is Cool contest.

"Write don't type! Cursive is creative and it's fun to try different kinds of pens to write with," says Dr. Marion Rollings, Vice-President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation.

The contest dates are January 23 through April 15, 2024.

For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear: CursiveIsCool@gmail.com.

Learn more: https://ahafhandwriting.org/AHAF_s_Campaign_for_Cursive

"You don't have to be the best writer this year

To win a prize that will bring you cheer.

Entering is the main thing to do

To win a prize to be sent to you!"

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit organization, chartered and incorporated in California, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive®, and will graciously accept donations.

Visit https://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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African American Short Film Showcase, Business, Entertainment, NonProfit and Charities

BHERC To Cap-Off Their Monumental Season With 29th Annual S.E. Manly African American Short Film Showcase Closing Weekend

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is pleased to announce the 29th Annual S. E. Manly African American Short Film Showcase (SEMAASFS) closing event, the weekend of January 19-21st, it will include 50 short films. BHERC is also hosting students to see the must-see film Origin, by talented and prolific filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, the first weekend of its release nationally. "We must go out and support our filmmakers and help make their films a success at the box office," noted BHERC President Sandra Evers-Manly.

The BHERC is also sponsoring a special Children's Film Block and "First Weekend Club Family Night", which also include supporting Ava DuVernay's must see film Origin, during its festival closing weekend. The festival was offered virtually on the BHERC streaming service www.BHERC.TV, from December 29th through January 12th. The short film showcase culminates with the in-person closing weekend event, taking place at the Regal at LA Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

With the success BHERC saw with both, "Sista's Are Doin' For Themselves" and "Reel Black Men" Short Film Showcases, 2023 was a landmark year for the organization. BHERC's Youth Diversity Film Festival, also experienced an unprecedented number of submissions and global inclusion. Each festival and showcase in 2023, showed exponential growth, excitement, and notoriety; with "Sista's" being mentioned in an LA Times Article. Some of Hollywood's brightest stars: Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kari Lemmons, Princess Monique, and Numa Perrier, made a point to mention BHERC and its "Sista's" Short Film Showcase, as a major milestone and resource in their careers. The train did not stop there.

The Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase received high praise and special appearances from distinguished filmmakers Michael Schultz and David Massey, a special appearance by rising talented filmmaker Juel Taylor, and the showcase was even allowed to feature Ryan Coogler's short film "Locks" as a special showing at the festival. BHERC hopes to continue their upward momentum by using the 29th annual SEMAASFS, to usher in a new and even more successful year in 2024.

Special Event Highlights

Student Screening and Dialogue of Origin: BHERC will host 1,100 High School and College Students from across Southern California to see Ava DuVernay's groundbreaking and powerful film Origin.

First Weekend Club Family Night: BHERC will again hold its opening night ceremony, with its First Weekend Club Family Night, where members, attendees and special guests will also watch, visionary filmmaker Ava DuVernay's powerful film "Origin". Ava DuVernay is one of the best Hollywood has to offer, and her new film "Origin," is yet another example of her genius.

Weekend Highlights

Children's Film Block: This film block featuring films curated for children ages 10 and up. Films will feature the genres of animation, history, drama and more.

Short Film Showcase: Selected from over 500 entries, the 29th short film showcase films offer a variety of perspectives from around the world. They represent genres and subject matter that include historically based events, romance, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentaries, animation, and comedy to name a few.

Ticketing

Festival passes are available online at https://bherc.org/.

$150 for a Weekend Pass, $75 for a Day Pass and $25 for a 1.5-2 Hour block of films. Senior and student discounts are available. Log on to https://bherc.org/ for the complete schedule and to purchase tickets.

About Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC a nonprofit, public benefit organization, designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, and the future of Black images in the film and television industry. BHERC programs include film festivals, mentoring, book signings, script readings, film and animation contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events. BHERC recognizes the contributions of African American men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

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Business, Concordia Europe Summit, Government, NonProfit and Charities, Portugal Business

Concordia names Porto, Portugal as host city of its 2024 Europe Summit on May 28-29

PORTO, Portugal -- Concordia has named Porto, Portugal as the host city for its 2024 Europe Summit, taking place May 28-29, 2024. Building on the 2023 Concordia Europe Summit, which took place last June in Madrid, Spain (view the report), Concordia's fourth Europe Summit will bring together 100 decision makers for a set of high-level, interactive, and largely closed-door conversations on key challenges, opportunities, and priorities dominating the European agenda. Through Concordia's Concilium format, leaders will be positioned in front of an intimate audience and conversations will focus on three key themes: The Energy Transition; Economic Growth & Competitiveness; and, Cooperation, Peace & Security.

The Chair of the 2024 Europe Summit is H.E. José Manuel Barroso, Concordia Leadership Council Member, Chair of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, and Former President of the European Commission, who commented: "Europe, throughout its rich history, has weathered countless tribulations, transformations, and triumphs. The region is at the precipice of a new chapter that demands our collective attention, candid discussions between the public and private sectors, and the forging of actionable, forward-thinking solutions. By bringing together leaders from various spheres, including government, business, civil society, and academia, the 2024 Europe Summit will inspire a setting that welcomes transparent discussions and innovative thinking. I'm thrilled to once again serve as Chair of this year's Europe Summit and look forward to coming together in Portugal."

Previous Concordia Europe Summits have heard from then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, David van Weel, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Innovation, Hybrid, and Cyber, and Helena Herrero, President & CEO, HP (Spain & Portugal). Speakers, partners, and sponsors for the 2024 Europe Summit will be announced on www.concordia.net on a rolling basis.

Concordia's Co-Founders, Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis, said: "Our fourth Europe Summit will not only provide key insights into the foremost challenges affecting Europe, but inspire the policy making necessary to drive progress. Welcoming many speakers from various industries, sectors, and countries, including ambassadors, former presidents and prime ministers, C-level executives, industry innovators, and reporters, we look forward to identifying opportunities for market-based, environmental, cyber-resilient solutions to the biggest challenges facing the European and global communities."

While the majority of conversations will be off the record, participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives with select reporters in dedicated press breakouts and interviews. For press enquiries, contact Rita Lockheart at rlockheart@concordia.net.

About Concordia:

Concordia, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, is the leading public-private sector convener, establishing and elevating market-led solutions to global challenges. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

More information: https://www.concordia.net/

View the 2023 Concordia Europe Summit report: https://uploads.concordia.net/2023/07/13142829/2023-Concordia-Europe-Summit-Report.pdf

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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Business, Education and Schools, FinLit Initiative, NonProfit and Charities, Product Launches

Las Positas College Students Launch Financial Literacy Nonprofit

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Four students from Las Positas College have taken on the challenge of improving financial education and resources among college students in California. Their non-profit organization, FinLit Initiative, has recently gained 501(c)(3) status and has already made a significant impact on students across the state.

With the launch of their new conversational AI chat platform, FinLit Initiative provides a dynamic learning experience. The platform engages students in a direct, conversation-like format and delivers real-time, customized guidance and financial education tailored to each student's needs and queries. The platform also utilizes machine learning to adapt to each student's learning style and provide personalized recommendations for further education and resources.

Since its launch, FinLit Initiative has gained over 1,500 student users from various community colleges. The platform's user-friendly interface and personalized approach have been well-received, with 70% of users reporting an improved understanding of financial concepts. This success has led to partnerships with several underserved California community colleges, allowing FinLit Initiative to reach even more students and make a greater impact.

"We are excited to launch our new conversational AI platform, which we believe will revolutionize the way community college students learn about financial literacy. With our platform, we hope to reach and impact a larger number of students across the nation," read a statement from Arnav Jamwal, Revail Sidhu, Rittik Bhaduri, and Sajaad Gouhary, the founders of FinLit Initiative.

The founders of FinLit Initiative are passionate about their mission and are dedicated to helping college students become financially literate and empowered. They believe that by providing students with the necessary tools and resources, they can make a positive impact on their financial futures. With their innovative platform and growing partnerships, FinLit Initiative is well on its way to achieving its goal of enhancing financial literacy among college students in the United States.

FinLit Initiative's platform is now available for use by community college students nationwide. For more information about FinLit Initiative and their efforts to improve financial literacy, please visit their website at https://www.finlitinitiative.org/.

Related link: https://www.finlitinitiative.org/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Education and Schools, Environment and Ecology, Environmental Health Heroes, NonProfit and Charities

California Safe Schools Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Honoring Environmental Health Heroes!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On Monday, December 4, 2023 at the California Endowment in historic downtown Los Angeles, California Safe Schools, a celebrated children's environmental health and environmental justice non-profit celebrated its 25th Anniversary with an event called "Your Life is Now" honoring seven trailblazing health and safety heroes and organizations.

California Safe School's founder and Executive Director, Robina Suwol, welcomed guests stating, "The solution to the environmental challenges facing us can only be found if we actively engage as a community. We are enormously happy to celebrate such accomplished individuals whose efforts continue to make our world a much better place."

"I could not be prouder to support CA Safe Schools and 'Your Life is Now' as we work for environmental justice for all," said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). "We must ensure all communities have clean air and water and work with 'Your Life is Now' to ensure our communities are involved."

"We thank each of these leaders for their passion and commitment to student success and safety. Thank you California Safe Schools, and congratulations on an incredible 25 years of truly impactful work," added Clayton Heard, Senior Field Representative from the Office of Assembly Member Josh Lowenthal.

DISTINGUISHED 2023 HONOREES

Lowell Anger, joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in January 1995 and has been a Head Deputy District Attorney of the Environmental Crimes Division and the Organized Crime and Hate Crimes Division. He received the 2016 Project LEAD Award for the outstanding teacher in the District Attorney's program that works with at-risk fifth graders. Throughout his career, Lowell has been a frequent guest lecturer in schools throughout Los Angeles County.

Enrique Baeza, Branch Chief Peace Officer, California Department of Toxic Substances, Office of Criminal Investigation. Enrique is one of the first in the nation to create an Environmental Justice unit within a Law Enforcement office and has also been recognized for outstanding performance in the investigation and prosecution of a polluter in the highest traditions of the US Department of Justice.

Maria Dolores R. Dalusong has worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division for 20 years and is now Chief of the Vectorborne Disease Surveillance Program. She also serves on the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management Committee to protect children and all school stakeholders from pesticide exposure.

Mui Koltunov, Ph.D., Research Scientist Supervisor II, Branch Chief of the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory in Pasadena for the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Dr. Koltunov and her team established the Toxic Crusaders Program to work specifically with K-12 students and teachers to learn about toxic chemicals in consumer products and the environment.

Pete Treebumrung, Combines analytics and technology into visual map layers that provide a simple but transformative understanding of data to enable clear communication and focus problem-solving. Projects he has completed include, "Asthma Alley, CA", "The Diesel Death Zone of Los Angeles" and "The Poverty-Pollution Loop".

Los Angeles 10th District PTSA Children are the main focus of everything the PTA does with Informed parental involvement in the schools being essential to effective educational programs. Issues on their agenda: gun control, drug abuse, vaping, homelessness, teenage suicide, cultural diversity and belonging and social media impacts.

Los Angeles 31st District PTSA The 31st District PTSA serves 6 councils and over 110 PTA/PTSA units in the San Fernando Valley, Sunland and Tujunga area. Their areas of focus are: student and school success, health and safety, arts and culture, and advocacy.

"Congratulations to all the honorees. Your hard work and dedication to ensuring that children have safe schools free from harmful pesticides is admirable and wholeheartedly appreciated," said Joel Torrez, Jr. Environmental Health Deputy Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn.

Noemi Emeric-Ford, US EPA Region IX Director, Southern California Field Office said, "Protecting children from harm isn't just a responsibility, it's a commitment to shaping a safer future. Honoring those who have been champions to identify and eliminate toxic exposures in schools underscores the California Safe Schools Coalition's dedication to nurturing healthy spaces for our most precious resource - our children."

Each honoree was presented with California Safe Schools engraved Hero Award designed by celebrated artist Michael Bruza. Catering for the event was by Wolfgang Puck.

About California Safe Schools:

Founded by Robina Suwol in 1998, California Safe Schools (CSS) is children's environmental health and environmental justice coalition. CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools and the first to embrace the "Precautionary Principle" and "Right to Know". The success of the policy led to California's Healthy Schools Act. Today the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts and communities.

On October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by California Safe Schools. The bill bans experimental pesticides, whose health effects are unknown, from California k-12 public schools. As a result, more than 6 million California children and hundreds of thousands of school children are protected from experimental chemicals, whose health effects are unknown.

Learn more: https://www.calisafe.org/

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