The Voice - Vol. 3 | No. 2


JT
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT & CEO
TMCF ... CONTINUING TO MAKE MOVES 
 

The first quarter of the year we received some major financial gifts and had some successful events to start the year off on positive note. However, this past quarter we really made moves and extended the TMCF brand all across the globe. In this volume of the newsletter, you will learn more about how TMCF made moves around the world.

Our first journey took us to the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), where faculty and staff from both campuses, St. Croix and St. Thomas, hosted a mini version of our Leadership Institute. After having a great time with the students in the Virgin Islands, we headed to South Africa for the launch of a new program, iLEAD - South Africa. In partnership with Valliant Innovative Creations, iLEAD - South Africa is the first major program to take place under TMCF's Payne Global Initiative. TMFC took a delegation of U.S. celebrities to the motherland to team up with local celebrities to inspire and empower young people in South Africa. This international tour was a life-changing experience for all those who participated. READ MORE


  
EXPLORING THE CDC
A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR PUBLIC HBCU STUDENTS

In April, TMCF brought 20 member-school students to Atlanta for the TMCF/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ambassador Training & Workshop. This workshop served as an opportunity for selected students interested in careers in public health to tour the CDC main campus, shadow staff, and discuss and present relevant topics with senior staff. Through a series of workshops, students had the opportunity to network with and hear personal testimonies from key CDC officials and other government representatives including: Ruth Harris, Special Project Advisor; Thayes Carswell, MBA, Human Capital and Resources Management Officer; Bernice Bronson, MPH, Senior Program Officer, CDC Foundation; and Ralph Brown, Management and Program Analyst. This conference provided targeted professional career development and training; students visited various CDC buildings and laboratories such as the Alan Specter Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center so they could witness firsthand the day-to-day experience of someone working within the CDC.  READ MORE



 

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EXPANDING OUR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

In June, TMCF in partnership with the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), took a delegation to New York for a day and a half to participate in a series of briefings with senior officials of the United Nations (UN) which included: Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, United Nations Coordinator for Multilingualism; Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson; Mustapha Tlili, Director of Academics, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and other U.N Ambassadors. Some of the highlights of the trip included the signing of an agreement with the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) and the official announcement that TMCF is now serving as a partner with the UN's Academic Impact (UNAI), which is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN in actively supporting ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution. READ MORE

 

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SHINING A LIGHT ON AREA ROLE MODELS IN SOUTH FLORIDA 
AT THE 3rd ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED YOUNG LEADER AWARDS


In June, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, approximately 150 guests gathered to honor five community leaders under the age of 45 for their service locally and for being role models for students. Distinguished Young Leader honorees included: Jaret L. Davis, Esq., Co-Managing Shareholder of the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig LLP; Shane Graber, Vice President, Brand Managing Director, House of Grey Goose; Christie Grays, Director Community Relations, Baptist Health South Florida; and Jose Hernandez-Solaun, Senior Vice President, GE Capital. Receiving the inaugural Legacy Award was James O. Cole, Esq., former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at AutoNation, Inc., and President-Elect of the national Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. READ MORE


  
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR MILESTONE
DONATE NOW


It will only be a short time until the summer is over. Soon, our member-school students will be headed back to school. You can assist them in their quest to become the best of the best. The funds raised from this campaign will provide our member-school students with professional development opportunities and financial support. Students depend on TMCF now more than ever, and we ask for your support before they return. We hope that you can assist us in reaching our $25,000 goal by December 31, 2013. To learn more or to make a donation. CLICK HERE.


 
EXPANDING OUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT - ALL THE WAY TO SOUTH AFRICA


Incollaboration with Valiant Innovative Creations, we launched our newest program in June titled iLEAD - South Africa. Hip Hop Artist and Youth Activist MC Lyte, Actor and Educator Lamman Rucker, Hip Hop Artist and Motivational Speaker Lil Mama, Social Activist and Political Commentator Jeff Johnson, and Financial Literacy Guru and Entertainment Executive Lynn Richardson were among an impressive list of talented American celebrities who served as program ambassadors and participated in this week-long program. The iLEAD - South Africa Tour is the newest component of the TMCF Payne Global Initiative, a program named after TMCF Founder Dr. N. Joyce Payne. This international tour in South Africa is designed to empower young people through a series of panel discussions and events surrounding five core attributes required for success: Inspiration, Leadership, Education, Aspiration, and Determination. The program ambassadors provided firsthand testimonies to students that would inspire and motivate them to be the next generation of global leaders. READ MORE 
 
BEING THE PLACE "WHERE EDUCATION PAYS OFF ®"
MEET OUR SUMMER INTERNS


FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Brittani Cox
Howard University, Senior
Interesting Fact: Brittany studied abroad in Spain in 2012.
OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT
Vivian Nguyen
University of California, Berkeley, Senior 
Career Goal: "I want to be an educator"
MARKETING DEPARTMENT
Jeweleon Jones
Emory University, Senior
Favorite Book: Desiring God by John Piper
MARKETING DEPARTMENT
Shakira Paul
Howard University, Senior
Favorite Quote: "Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently." - Michelle Obama
MARKETING DEPARTMENT
Amanda Jones
Penn State University, Junior
Favorite Hobby: Photography
  
WELCOME TO THE BOARD!
MEET OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS


In May, we brought on two dynamic ladies to join our Board of Directors. Please join us in welcoming Cathy Hughes and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot.


Cathy Hughes is the Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., located in Silver Spring, Maryland - the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation. Radio One is the parent company of TV One, a partnership with Comcast, and Syndication One, the media home of several entertainers and TV personalities such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams, Russ Parr, and Rickey Smiley; and,Reach Media, the home of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, as well as Music One, home of Harpist Jeff Majors. READ MORE








Claire Babineaux-Fontenot is Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Since the first store opened in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, Wal-Mart has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of their customers. Their business is the result of Sam Walton's visionary leadership, along with generations of associates focused on helping customers and communities save money and live better. READ MORE

 

 
DID YOU KNOW?
TMCF ADVOCATES FOR WHAT IS RIGHT


The Parent Plus Loans (PPL) Crisis is crippling our institutions of higher learning and forcing students out of school. In 2010, President Obama signed legislation to expand college access for millions of students by revamping the federal student loan program. However, and without warning, this legislation overhauled the federal government's student loan program to include implementing changes to the approval and administration of its Parent Plus Loan program. While the Department of Education has always denied PPL applications to include parents with negative credit history, the new changes include reviewing parents' credit history for a period of five years versus 90 days as previously examined.    

Many HBCUs are hurting financially as a result of students unable to secure loans to pay for their education. When students can't afford to carry out their college dreams, they drop out or do not enroll. As this happens, many of the HBCUs, including some of our most revered and productive institutions, are being forced to furlough and lay off faculty and in some cases, even close their doors.

  

TMCF will continue to advocate for this issue to get the Department of Education to reverse the policy for students that have already received these loans in the past. However, we cannot do this alone. We need to hear from students and parents who have been affected by this change. If you want to share your story with us, students CLICK HERE and parents CLICK HERE.      

 

STAND WITH TMCF ON THIS ISSUE.

Below is a video interview with TMCF's President & CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., about the issue. 

 


THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
BRINGS ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS



In April, The University of the Virgin Islands introduced their "High School Leadership Institute." This mini version of our Leadership Institute hosted local high schools in St. Croix and St. Thomas. The event brought together more than 50 high school students to the two Virgin Island campuses, where they participated in workshops and activities that enhanced their leadership abilities, as well as introduced them to TMCF and the opportunities available to students interested in going to college. TMCF staff members, faculty and students all served as facilitators for this Institute. 

TMCF's Annual Leadership Institute provides students with leadership training, professional development seminars, and concludes with a career fair with some of the nation's top companies. 

OUR TEACHER QUALITY & RETENTION PROGRAM ... STILL GOING STRONG



In June, TMCF hosted two of its five Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP) Summer Institutes at Tennessee State University and Texas Southern University. These institutes prepare our future educators with the tools they need to become more effective in the classroom. Each institute has a specific focus. The New Teacher Institute, held at Texas Southern University, focused on equipping new teachers with the necessary skills to achieve and motivate their students. Nineteen fellows attended this institute and a special session on Education Technology was implemented to provide training on engaging apps to utilize in the classroom to manage classroom instruction.

 

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Institute, held at Tennessee State University, focused on strengthening Math and Science instruction in K-12 classrooms and learning new techniques to make the subjects interesting and exciting for students. Twenty-one fellows attended this institute and there were several opportunities for field lessons and special sessions such as the Nashville Science Museum, with hands-on science and math lessons, mock interviews, and panel discussions with current teachers and administrators. READ MORE 

 


COCA-COLA AWARDS FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIPS TO THREE MEMBER-SCHOOLS


TMCF, in partnership with Coca-Cola, awarded three TMCF member-schools with first-generation scholarships. The first-generation scholarships will be awarded to students attending Albany State University, Savannah State University, and Bowie State University. Each of the member-schools will receive $50,000 to provide four-year scholarships of $3,125 annually to each of four students. The purpose of the first-generation scholarship is to educate, retain and graduate first-generation college students at TMCF member-schools. With nearly 50% of the students attending TMCF member-schools being the first in their families to attend college, this scholarship will encourage strong academic performance without having to worry about the need for financial aid. TMCF awards over 100 first-generation scholarships each year and is pleased to add Coca-Cola as a partner in supporting our first-generation scholars.

 


WELCOME TO THE TEAM EDITH BARTLEY


TMCF would like to welcome Edit Bartley to the team as our Vice President of Government Relations. In this role, Bartley will oversee and lead our public policy and government affairs initiatives aimed at raising overall awareness of our federal agenda and public policy efforts to government and higher education communities that are relevant to our vision and mission. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role coming from the United Negro College Fund, where she served as the Director of Government Affairs for almost six years.



Edith Bartley
Vice President of Government Affairs
P: 202.391.0751
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11.11.13
WASHINGTON, D.C. HERE WE COME!
ARE YOU READY?

 
For years, we celebrated and held our largest annual fundraiser in New York City, but we felt it was time for a change. Please join us on Monday, November 11, 2013, at the Washington Hilton as we welcome TMCF to the nation's capitol for our 25th Annual Awards Gala. Business leaders, politicians, A-list celebrities, educators, and other high-profile individuals have been invited to help us "Develop Minds and Deliver Dreams." Proceeds from the Gala enable TMCF to continue its work as a critical link between students getting the most from their education and the opportunity to become a part of a new generation of global leaders. 

For table and seat prices, sponsorship, and advertising information, CLICK HERE.  

 

 


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Starting in September, we will be visiting and recruiting at the remaining member-school campuses for the 13th Annual Leadership Institute. For the past 12 years, this conference has brought together the best and brightest students from our member-schools with some of the nation's top executives for leadership training, career management, life skills, development and recruitment opportunities.

To see what schools we will be visiting in the Fall, CLICK HERE. 

    




FIVE MEMBER-SCHOOLS AWARDED WITH $25,000 RESEARCH GRANTS


Thanks to the Department of Defense Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 21 students from five TMCF member-schools will have the opportunity to participate in research projects on their respective campuses. These research projects will take place from June 1 - October 31 as part of the Undergraduate STEAM Research grant awarded to TMCF. 

 

The purpose of the funded project is to determine the types of undergraduate research experiences that lead to student retention and graduation in STEAM fields, including the characteristics of students who pursue undergraduate research coupled with the research exposure they receive. READ MORE

 


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