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Study Confirms Mentoring Makes a Significant Difference in Youth Overcoming Pandemic-related Challenges

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing school-based mentoring for children impacted by parental incarceration, recently released its annual program evaluation showing that children who had access to a Seedling mentor had stronger social, emotional, and school-based outcomes than children who were without a mentor during the 2020-21 school year.

Seedling Foundation recently released its independent program evaluation conducted by Dr. Karen Looby, an Austin-based researcher and program evaluator with more than 30 years of experience in public education.

The 2020-21 program evaluation compared outcomes for children in several categories including personal development skills, persistence, school engagement, and attendance. The results of the survey show that students who met with a Seedling mentor had significantly higher positive outcomes than students who did not meet with their mentor in the areas of persistence (84.2% vs. 73,3%), student engagement (88% vs.67.3%), and positive attendance outcomes (65.6% vs. 42.1%). The report also states that overall, 87% of Seedling mentees who met with their mentors had three or more positive outcomes on the selected measures.

"We are very proud of our staff and mentors and grateful to the school districts for the hard work and persistence that went into finding effective ways for mentors to meet with mentees last year when mentors were not able to visit campuses. The results for our mentees are remarkable," said Dan Leal, Seedling Foundation Executive Director.

The program evaluation concludes that "in a year characterized by increased stressors of the pandemic in addition to adverse childhood experiences resulting from the trauma of having an incarcerated parent, mentoring becomes increasingly important in the mitigation of potentially negative impacts," (Looby, 2021).

About Seedling Foundation:

Since 2006, Seedling Foundation has provided school-based mentoring for children impacted by parental incarceration. During the 2020-21 school year, Seedling mentors provided mentoring for 361 children in more than 10 Central Texas school districts, including Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Pflugerville ISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Hays CISD with 518 of the children considered active in the program. Each year, Seedling Foundation also awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to 8th grade students to use toward their post-secondary education. Seedling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #74-2841791. Donations are tax deductible.

To learn more about Seedling or to become a mentor visit Seedling's website at or call (512) 323-6371.


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Thelma Wright, Philadelphia’s Beloved ‘American Gangster’ Empowers a New Generation with Mentoring and Reform

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- It has been well over a decade since Thelma Wright, once reputed to be one of the most dangerous and powerful Black women in Philadelphia, came to the forefront and shocked the nation with true confessions in her memoir, "With Eyes From Both Sides - Living My Live In and Out of the Game." As the wife of Jackie Wright, a legendary heroin dealer in the city, Wright was intricately connected with the Black Mafia, a gang that operated Philly's drug trade throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's. Once widowed and left as the young mother of a toddler son, she discreetly took over his business, running a bi-coastal drug empire, unbeknownst to family and friends around her. Today however, Thelma Wright is impacting her city and the tri-state area in positive ways with her mentoring program, The Thelma Wright Empowerment Program.

Wright enjoys interacting with youth on a day-to-day basis, in an effort to steer teens and young adults away from the dangers that she once encountered, while guiding them on a positive path of personal development. "My mission is to help at-risk pre-teens and teenagers understand and maintain their self-worth. As a credible messenger, I create a foundation of confidence that empowers individuals to believe their contribution in life makes a difference," she explains.

"I care about the present and future of our communities, especially our African-American communities. I understand that in order to influence and educate, it's critical to authentically connect and relate. Our at-risk youth need to understand there are adults that care about their future and well-being. My goal is to provide the youth with the necessary guidance and tools to nurture and develop unique interpersonal relationships as well as assist each individual in their pursuit of happiness," notes Thelma Wright.

Wright's background sets her apart from the typical tales of abuse and abandonment. In fact, she is quick to acknowledge that it was the strength of good parenting and strong family ties that laid her solid foundation and saw her through her darkest days. The product of a middle working-class Black family, she attended Catholic school, was a star athlete as a child and was well provided for. It was romance and love that entangled her with one of the Black underworld's most notorious gangs.

Wright is perfectly positioned to garner all the credibility needed to effect change. She has been the subject of television documentaries, including Bio's "Gangsters: America's Most Evil" and the BET+ "American Gangster: The Trap Queens" series. Superstar recording artist/actress Mary J. Blige was even set to executive produce the USA Network drama series "Philly Reign" based on Wright's memoir, a project that lasted until the development stage. Wright was also commemorated in the special edition of Time-Life Magazine, "Women Outlaws, Their Crimes, Their Motives, Their Methods." A sought-after motivational speaker, Wright's wisdom has graced prisons, schools, youth centers and universities around the country.

In between her mentoring schedule, Wright stays busy fielding project inquiries from the entertainment industry and conducting media interviews about her life.

For more information about Thelma Wright and The Thelma Wright Empowerment Program, go to and

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2022 Mentor of the Year Finalists Announced: Four academic leaders nominated for strong commitment to mentorship

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), in partnership with Gallagher, today announced during National Mentoring Month the finalists for the 2022 NPA Gallagher Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member or advisor who engages in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.

The prestigious award recognizes those who advocate for postdoctoral scholars; exhibit outstanding communication skills; embed diversity, equity and inclusion values in mentoring; demonstrate respect for the work and career paths of postdoctoral scholars; create productive working environments to enhance the postdoctoral experience; and show resilience and creativity as mentors during the pandemic.

"Recognition as a mentor is without a doubt the highest achievement one can receive, because it represents one's positive impact on those that will help shape the future," said Ed Krug, Ph.D., former recipient of the NPA Gallagher Mentor Award and professor emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The 2022 finalists for the NPA Gallagher Mentor Award are:

* Kellie Ann Jurado, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

* Kalmia E. Kniel, Ph.D., University of Delaware

* Eben Kenah, Ph.D. & Grzegorz A. Rempala, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

"The NPA recognizes the accomplishments of all four of these impressive individuals and their unfailing commitment to mentorship for postdocs," stated NPA executive director and chief executive officer, Thomas P. Kimbis. "Each of these finalists is already a winner for how they give back to others every day and is a model for others to follow."

The winner of this year's award will be announced at the 2022 NPA Annual Conference, taking place live for the first time in three years in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton on April 1-2, 2022 and through a virtual event April 28-29, 2022. Registration remains open for this event and is accessible to anyone around the world. Early bird registration ends on January 28, 2022.

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 more than 21,000 individual and 230 organizational members.



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Santa Ana High School Students Get Mentorship Boost from CDF Labor Law for 10th year

IRVINE, Calif. -- Two high school juniors, from low to moderate income families in Santa Ana are about to get a significant boost to their career path from CDF Labor Law LLP, a California-based labor, employment, and immigration law firm who will sponsor them for an eight-week, paid internship. This is CDF's 10th year participating in Project SELF mentoring program of at-risk youth.

Project SELF was established in 1995 by the Project Youth, Orange County Bar Foundation and the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators with the goal to offer at-risk high school juniors, from low to moderate income families in Santa Ana, the opportunity to complete an internship at a law firm or law-related business. Project SELF works to reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency by providing youth with positive alternatives for spending their summers, access to professional and career environments they would not otherwise be exposed to, and the support of positive adult mentors.

"CDF has seen the positive impact Project SELF has on our local youth and we are proud to continue to provide high school students with mentorship and professional development opportunities." said Firm Managing Partner, Marie DiSante.

"We are thankful for CDF's continued partnership and support over the years," said Nancy Garcia, Associate Director at the Project Youth OCBF. Law firms like CDF help shape the future of our local youth by participating in this life-changing Program."

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About CDF Labor Law LLP

For over 25 years, CDF Labor Law LLP has distinguished itself as one of the top labor, employment, and business immigration law firms in California, representing employers in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits and advising employers on related legal compliance and risk avoidance. At CDF, diversity, equity and inclusion have been the bedrock of the firm since its inception. Our recruitment and retention programs are aimed at increasing diversity within our firm and in the legal profession.

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April Sabral, Retail Guru and Entrepreneur, Launches Her New Book ‘The Positive Effect’ and Web Subscription Site for Retail Entrepreneurs

TORONTO, Ontario -- Retail expert Ms. April Sabral is a coach and entrepreneur with nearly three decades of excellence in global retail leadership among brands such as Starbucks, Apple, Gap, Banana republic and DAVIDsTEA; and is the founder of Retailu. With her extensive experience as an executive operational strategist and leader Sabral is now passing along her value and launching a leadership and mentorship portal to inspire leaders of companies to achieve great leadership success.

"I think the book and the portal are even more relevant in this COVID time. It has forced us to expand the way we think about leadership and communication. Resilience is the new superpower for leaders to be successful," she says. April also founded, an online leadership development portal for store managers in 2019 that teaches retail core competencies in micro-size video courses but recognized the need to do more.

In the last year, the process of writing the positive effect inspired Sabral to launch, which supports the book with live coaching sessions to inspire senior leaders. The book is an overview of her journey through the ranks of retail while sharing her leadership philosophy, which is proven in her success. This is a must read for retail leaders as she shares in depth her personal journey and lessons learned that are relevant now more than ever.

On her portal, Sabral answers questions on how to build a strong team: how to create open communication with employees, empower leaders, create inclusive cultures; how to overcome obstacles, and build resilience - this targets professionals looking for coaching advice; and seminars to stimulate and inspire thought process on their business and their teams.

The enrollment cost is very affordable. "At launch, I am giving lifetime subscription for only $12, this sounds too good to be true, however, as the membership and content grows so will the price, but for now, I feel it's necessary to support leaders through this trying time," says Sabral.

Her main goal is to be a positive thought leader and influencer in the retail business and assist leaders navigate these challenging new times. She also wants to change the learning and development space, creating affordable resources. "Leadership development should not be a luxury, and unattainable, everyone is worthy of learning," she adds.


April's latest portal is for mid to senior women business leaders. Women can sign up for an annual membership, be inspired and focus on personal development. It focuses on building a simple concept that leaders must be chief inspiration officers before anything else. Sabral teaches and coaches live sessions and online resources and builds a global community of women business leaders. Sharing her knowledge is relevant.

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An acclaimed speaker, Sabral has shared her leadership message in many settings, including universities, conferences, and corporate training, Ms. Sabral holds credentials from the John C. Maxwell Team and a member of the World Association of Business Coaches. She strives to create value and positivity for the people and organizations in every space she enters. Ms. Sabral is the author of "The Positive Effect: A Retail Leader's Guide to Changing the World" (ISBN: 979-8639638503) and aspires in the future to continue changing lives through professional training in the retail and non-profit sectors.

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Retailu was founded by Sabral in 2019 when she couldn't find affordable, relevant leadership training for her team. Retailu provides off the shelf quality leadership training for field leaders at a fraction of the cost of other training programs. After developing leaders for nearly three decades, she thought there had to be a better way. Retailu is a subscription license model with over 25 retail core competencies courses geared to improve managers' skills to drive their business.

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Coach Jaliel Thompson Helps Nursing Aide Go from Minimum Wage to Six Figures in 90 Days

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Jaliel Thompson, founder and CEO, Thompson J. Enterprises, LLC (DBA Jaliel Thompson Coaching), had so much success with his coaching business that he recently relaunched the brand to meet evolving client needs. As a result, his company is now able to take on larger clients and help them to get faster results. It seems to be paying off - in more ways than one. Clients are now seeing results that they thought impossible, but hoped were not.

For example, a woman in her mid-30s recently contacted Thompson to help her get out of financial dire straits. She had gone through a divorce and knew there was no way she could survive on her minimum wage nursing aide salary. Her goal was to land a job as an IT specialist that paid six figures. But how? Most would say she'd be lucky to land an entry-level job in a new field.

"I admit, this was a challenge I had not seen to date, but I was willing to work with her and confident that we could help her to change her life," Thompson says. "I'm all about the underdog; I've been one."

Thompson's team worked together to help this client meet her challenge head on. They revised her resume, found IT references in the field and provided her with the necessary resources and training so she could pass the exam for her IT certification. After 90 days, it happened. She landed a six-figure cyber security IT position with a government agency.

Thompson's team continued to support the woman in her new position until she felt comfortable and no longer required assistance. As a result, she's taken the strategies learned to maintain her position, has paid off her debt, purchased a home and even started a business where she works as an advocate to help others make the impossible possible.

"She's found her purpose," Thompson says. "Helping people to rediscover their passion through purpose is what we do - not just professionally, but personally too."

Whether people seek to achieve more balance, reduce stress, gain more self-esteem or reach any other personal or professional goal, Thompson and his team are ready to take on the challenge.

Consultations are free.

About Jaliel Thompson

Thompson transformed his life through mentoring and coaching. He's a certified professional life, executive and business coach who trained at Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Since 2012, he's been helping to edify, empower and enlighten people in all walks of life. Online and one-one-one coaching are available for men, women and families. He's served more than 10,000 clients and looks forward to helping many more.

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Associated Colleges of Illinois Initiates Career Mentoring Program for College Seniors

CHICAGO, Ill. -- This fall, Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) ( is expanding its College-to-Career ( offerings to include a Career Mentoring Program which matches college seniors with business mentors who will help guide the students as they launch careers. The new mentoring program will be available through career services offices at ACI's 27 member colleges and universities (

ACI's Career Mentoring Program is funded in part through a National Venture Fund grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (, Washington, D.C.

ACI's Career Mentoring Program is a partnership with Mentoring Complete (, a St. Louis-based firm with considerable experience in successful business and corporate mentoring programs. Among its clients are Enterprise Holdings, New York Power Authority, OhioHealth and Reach International.

"We're designing the Career Mentoring Program to help get college seniors engaged at a high level with mentors in their chosen career fields, and to help them begin successful careers and be productive citizens," said Mick Weltman, ACI executive director. Career mentoring complements other components of ACI's College-to-Career programs, he said.

The programs include Work and Life Skills Boot Camps, and ACI's Career Development Conference and Career Expo, which help students prepare for careers; micro-internships through Parker Dewey, which help students get valuable work experience while in college; and ACI's job-postings page (, which announces positions available for alumni of ACI-affiliated schools.

Students and their career mentors can have honest conversations about the areas of development most important to the student, says Aaron Adams, partner and mentoring expert with Mentoring Complete. "The design of the program creates consistent interactions, so the mentor and mentee have opportunities to assess how things are progressing, and make adjustments along the way," he said. "Mentees (students) develop a better understanding of how to translate what they've learned in the classroom into the workplace." In some cases, mentors can help mentees find future career opportunities.

Career Mentoring Program dates for the fall term are Sept. 15, 2020 to Dec. 15, 2020. Spring program dates are Jan. 15, 2021 to April 30, 2021. ACI will work with career services teams at member colleges and universities to publicize the new program and recruit mentees, who will be placed with potential mentors as available.

Meanwhile, ACI will reach out to corporate sponsors and strategic partners to recruit experienced mentors. People interested in becoming mentors should apply though the career mentoring website ( Mentors will be paired with mentees for one semester based on availability.

About ACI:

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) is a collaboration of 27 private, independent colleges and universities, representing more than 70,000 students. Established in 1952, ACI supports member colleges and universities by advancing independent liberal arts and sciences education and helping underserved students succeed in college, career and life. The organization raises funds for scholarships, peer mentoring and emergency financial aid, and it provides member services such as professional development conferences and college-to-career seminars and events. Visit ACI's website ( for more information.

John R. Brooks, APR
Director of Communication
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Bunk 57 Ministries Receives a $40,126 grant to reshape the lives of Minority Young Men

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bunk 57 Ministries has received a $40,126 grant from the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council to fund its Youth Discipleship Program for minority youth, young men ages 12-17.

Bunk 57 Ministries is a non-profit organization serving the metro Charlotte area. The "Youth Discipleship" program partners young men ages 12-17 with a mentor that will take them through a 12- month mentoring program with a holistic approach.

The JCPC Grant will be used to provide one on one mentoring including group growth sessions, community service projects and educational and social excursions.

"We are excited to expand our efforts to transform the mindset of young men headed down the wrong path. The JCPC grant helps with training materials and the resources and personnel needed to support both mentors and program participants. Our mentors will work with our young men to focus on their mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to academia," says, Ira Lawrence, Founder of Bunk 57 Ministries.


Bunk 57 Ministries diverts youth from the school to prison pipeline, provides faith-based media through hip-hop and cinema projects and advances successful re-entry using faith-based practices through education, training and discipleship.

Bunk 57 Ministries is seeking additional mentors to work with the young men accepted into the program and is accepting donations to assist with additional funding to include its Life Restoration and Hip-Hop and Cinema programs.

For more information on Bunk 57 Ministries and how you can support efforts to change lives, please visit or call 980-553-0108.

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TEDxIVC, Most Ambitious TEDx Event in OC, is Giving Tickets Away

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Tickets to TEDxIVC have been made available to the public recently. Applications for free tickets are out now, and TEDxIVC will be giving up to 80% of tickets for free. Tickets are also available for purchase to those that want to be guaranteed a seat at the event.

TEDxIVC's "Modifying Human Perception" event will be held at the Yost Theater on March 6, 2020. The TEDxIVC team has been working diligently on this project and hopes to gift the Orange County community with one of the greatest TEDx events of 2020.

TEDxIVC will have 8 speakers and 2 performers.

Speakers include:
* Abbey Gibb - Emmy Award Winning Journalist/ Founder of Abbey Gibb TV
* Franky Zapata - Inventor of World's First Jet Hoverboard
* Jenny Dorsey - Professional Chef / Founder of Studio ATAO
* Mark Weinstein - Founder/CEO of MeWe
* Michael Jones - Director of Inspiring Philosophy
* Skai Jackson - Disney Star and Activist
* Toby Corey - Former President of Tesla
* Wadi Yakhour - Selective Service System Chief of Staff

Performers include:
* Robert Incelli - Renown Venezuelan Musician/Latin-Jazz Saxophonist
* MiruDaru - Versatile Ballad Siblings Duet

The event will last approximately 5-6 hours long, with catering provided during intermission.

TEDxIVC will have the majority of tickets made free, as they want anyone that desires to seek empowerment through powerful and inspirational ideas, regardless of social status or income, to have the opportunity to attend a powerful (and possibly life changing) TEDx event.


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If you'd like to learn more, please email TEDxIVC via

If you're interested in sponsoring, partnering, or helping support TEDxIVC, please reach out to the Sponsorships Director, Mohammad Homayoon via

For media and press inquiries, please contact the Operations Director, Marco De Leon via

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Long Island Entrepreneur Leads the Flareology Movement

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Obsessed with sparking change from within, Lesley Nurse found a way to do that and now wants to share her methods with others. She's developed a concept that she's calling "Flareology" and it's designed to help people, primarily women, to claim their power or get it back and make positive changes in their lives.

"Someone once asked me, 'Do you know your power?' I had no idea what he was talking about," Nurse says. "I started thinking about failed and toxic relationships and the absence of a father figure in my life. I was acting out, but not in a way that helped me. In fact, my actions were hurting me. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. It was time for me to claim my power and now that I've found it, I want to inspire other women to do the same. Flareology is all about self-care and healing."

As a young child and adult, Nurse experienced numerous traumatic events that led her to where she is today.

"I had to figure out a way to deal with the pain and to start trusting people," she says. "I had walls up and aggression was a form of protection. I started reading and watching spiritual programs and took pieces of what worked and left other pieces behind. I've put the pieces together and learned how to heal."

The end result is a new online mini-course that coaches and mentors women on how they, too, can leave the past behind while moving towards a better and more empowered future.

The course, "What Is Self-Care? 10 Key Tips to Go from Toxic to Triumphant Living" is especially designed for passionate, driven women who have experienced physical and emotional abuse and are trying to find their way back from the dark.

"It's never too late to heal," Nurse says. "Don't apologize for the past, but don't fall victim to it either. People are often surprised to learn about my past. I walk around with scars, but no one can see them."

Nurse acts as a guide of sorts in this 60-minute online course where she outlines the 10 tips, elaborates on them and then provides multiple suggestions for consideration. The course helps women to ease into self-care with the ultimate goal of achieving peace and balance. It's a confidential environment where women can be in a safe space while healing from bondage. It's an ideal starting point for people who have tried failed options such as therapy. The end of the course provides a gift affirmation that people can carry with them.

"We all have power. I know better now and understand that I have a responsibility to always remember that," Nurse says.

The term "Flareology," sparking change within, came to Nurse after several hours of contemplation and a few double doses of espresso. She examined intentional words and meanings and sought to create a catchy phrase that would make women feel part of a movement. Boom. Flareology - which also gives a shout out to her job as a cocktail server; she loves the word "mixology."

About Lesley Nurse, founder Flareology(TM):

Nurse grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her family is from Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to leading the Flareology movement, she's also the author of two children's books, "How Sunny Sees It;" and "The Tale of Greedy Reeby." She's a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and has an evolving fashion line called 7Seven Spark. She says everything she does is to "spark change." She's a self-proclaimed "flareologist" and wants to show others how to earn and own that name too.

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