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12/17/2009 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Invention ideas presented at YIF Career Day, Conference

Youths from Northeast Ohio will present their ideas for inventions at the 2009 Youth Innovation Forum Career Day and Conference in Akron. Participants are pictured with event volunteers above.
Photo courtesy of the Consortium of African American Organizations Youth Innovation Forum
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Fourteen children from the Greater Cleveland and Akron areas have been working since September, meeting three Saturdays each month for four hours, preparing for the 2009 Youth Innovation Forum (YIF) Career Day and Conference Dec. 19 at The University of Akron. The event is free and open to the public.

Approximately 200 local parents, students, teachers, business and community leaders are expected to attend the conference, which will include breakout sessions and special presentations by the participants. In addition, Kim Johnson, broker, First Class Real Estate Services LLC, and Alonzo Mitchell III, managing partner of DMV Apartment Finders, will serve as keynote speakers.

YIF is the brainstorm of Connie Atkins, a local businesswoman and executive director of the umbrella organization the Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO).

The YIF serves as an educational opportunity for students between the ages of 10 and 19 to develop their talents to assist with idea generation for new products, fresh designs and the latest creations.

“Through CAAO, our YIF facilitators and our community partners, we strive to promote innovation, financial literacy and excellence while simultaneously building creative thinkers and developers out of prospective consumers,” said Atkins.

This year’s YIF participants were charged with generating approximately 1,000 product ideas tied to the participating sponsors. They were culled down to three ideas in health care and natural resources, which will be presented via PowerPoint presentations.

For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities, call (216) 432-9481.

UA seeks 100 Early College High School students

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Early College representatives from Akron Public Schools (APS) and The University of Akron (UA) will visit area high schools next month in search of the next 100 students to participate in the Akron Early College High School (AECHS).

The APS/UA program allows students to earn an associate degree or up to two years of credits toward a bachelor’s degree free of charge.

AECHS representatives will present informational meetings from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at East High School, Jan. 13 at Firestone High School and Jan. 14 at Garfield High School.

An informational meeting will take place Jan. 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for interested students who are not currently attending an APS middle school. This meeting will take place in the first-floor atrium of UA’s Polsky Building, 225 S. Main St. Interested students can subsequently apply for admission.

The program is open to current eighth-grade students and enables them to receive as many as 72 semester hours of college credit while they earn their high school diplomas.

“The program is geared to students who have not traditionally sought higher education and specifically to first-generation college applicants,” said Stanley Silverman, dean of UA’s Summit College, who added that AECHS is one of only nine such programs in Ohio.

Eligibility requires students to receive consent from their parents to participate in the program. They also must provide their own transportation, possess a desire to earn an associate degree, adhere to contract requirements and express the potential to make the most of this opportunity.

AECHS students attend their classes on the UA campus. For details, call (330) 972-6450 or visit www.uakron.edu/colleges/summit/earlycollege.php.

Bondage Breakers presenting scholarship banquet

DOWNTOWN AKRON — “Where Do We Go From Here?,” the 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awards Banquet, will be presented by Bondage Breakers Inc. Jan. 16 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway.

A panel discussion will feature state Rep. Vernon Sykes (D-District 44); Ninth District Court of Appeals Judge Carla Moore; Sam DeShazior, of the city of Akron Economic Development Department; and Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander.

The ticket donation is $30. Reservations are requested by tomorrow, Dec. 18, and can be made by calling Alicia Moore at (330) 701-0576.

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