This year I celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Kalen McGuire Birth Independence in Cape Town, South Africa.
In a township of the Western Cape called, Langa, 80+ minority students from UT had dinner in the home/restaurant of a matriarch of the Langa community. She made you feel at home. She fed you. And she greeted you not only in English but in iSixhosa, her native tongue! The atmosphere was perfect, that alone can make an African-American young man (me) cry tears of belonging!
Working in the townships such as Steinberg, Capricorn, Lavender Hills, and Green Pop was gratifying and humbling. From conducting a photography workshop that introduced a storytelling tool to 10 year olds who cannot afford primary school, to the serving of: warm shredded chicken, cut carrots, celery, lentils, rice all amalgamated in chicken stock, to the village of 37 families who were thrown out of their apartments to sleep outside in plastic tents on cold rainy nights, ranging in ages of 7th month year old babies to 50+ year old grandmothers. Like I said work was gratifying and humbling.
A filled auditorium of Sullivan Primary School students was at my attention. I had the privilege of uplifting and schooling them behind the importance of their own narrative + passion + education = to the reaching their big dreams!
Last but not least, it has been an honor study under VP Dr. Leonard Moore, and to study at the #1 University in Africa!
Congratulations to 2017 Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners Kory and Kyle Davison on the 2018 Herman Sweatt Legacy Awards
Congratulations to both Kory Davison and Kyle Davison on their recent Sweatt Student Legacy Awards. Both Kory and Kyle are graduating seniors who are being awarded at 32nd Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium Evening of Honors. They are also our 2017 Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners and Class of 2017 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program.
About the Heman Sweatt Legacy Awards
The Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award honors University of Texas at Austin alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who embody the life and legacy of Heman Marion Sweatt by breaking down barriers and challenging the status quo.
Honorees were selected through a nomination process that was juried by the Heman Sweatt Symposium planning committee, a group of staff, faculty and students in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement that organizes the annual event. The symposium is named after Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American student admitted to The University of Texas School of Law, and commemorates the ruling in Sweatt v. Painter that brought an end to segregation at public colleges and universities.
The BLF Foundation is enlisting your help to develop the next generation of leaders through our “Developing Future Leaders” Mentorship Program. Come join us at the Austin Public Library North Village Branch for a mentorship program information session to learn more about our year long mentorship program.
Each mentor will be matched with a selected student from our scholarship applicant pool for a year, beginning in January. Once a month, we will meet and complete 10 professional development topics to support the growth and development of the students in the mentorship program. You will get to work hands on with them, as well as arrange outside activities with your student based upon shared interests. As a mentor and student pair, you will also complete a service project.
There are a variety of reasons to become a mentor:
• Become a “big brother or sister”
• Create countless memories
• Experience a sense of pride in another individual’s progression in life
• Give back to the community
• Help assist a younger version of yourself
There will be 10 scheduled workshops, that focus on a different focal area that impacts college students. Open discussion is encouraged as different viewpoints can help students understand various ways to tackle situations. After each scheduled meeting, students will complete a “homework” activity to demonstrate mastery and also build a portfolio which shows evidence of their unique value proposition to employers.
Look forward to seeing you at our information session!
Congratulations to Leonor Ramirez for becoming a Federation of Houston Professional Women 2018 Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to Leonor Ramirez, who has been named as a 2018 Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation (FHPWEF) scholarship recipient! Leonor will receive a $1,000 check towards her tuition. Leonor is a 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship program student, attending the University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in Psychology.
About Federation of Houston Professional Women Education Foundation
The mission of the Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation (FHPWEF) is to award scholarships and gifts of aid and advance the education and knowledge of women in the community.
Congratulations to the 2018 Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners, Adraint, Davionne, and Treyshun!
From left to right:
Adraint Bereal, Sophomore Design Student at The University of Texas at Austin
Davionne Needom, Sophomore Accounting Student at The University of Texas at Austin
Treyshun Johnson, Junior Civil Engineering Student at Austin Community College
Each student receive a $1,000 tuition check sent to their institution of study, along with a MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar and an iPad Pro 10.5″. Each students is also enrolled in our 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program.
Congratulations again to these amazing students!
Congratulations our mentees in the to our 2017 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program Cohort accepting full time job offers. Three of our rising senior students have officially signed offers for full time careers upon graduating in Spring 2018.
Congratulations are in store for the following:
- Rakiya Cunningham will be taking a finance position, working at Shell in Houston, TX after graduating Spring 2018
- Kory Davison will be taking a finance position, working at Phills66 in Houston, TX after graduating Spring 2018
- Kyle Davison will be entering a leadership management trainee program, working at Phills66 in Houston, TX after graduating Spring 2018
We are excited for the next chapter for our students, as they seek out to be leaders in their careers. The future workforce entrants noted “The BLF Foundation has helped and prepared us to ensure we can be successful in our full time careers”
The BLF Foundation is celebrating over a year of supporting the development of countless college students, through our annual scholarship program and our yearly mentorship program. Join us on August 20th as BLF Foundation, Kickback Brunch Group, and Encore ATX host a afternoon of live music and poetry!
DJ A/C and DJ Kay Cali on the 1s and 2s, hosted by National Poet Brandon Thornton with Ash The Floet performing original pieces, with sweet sounds by Singer Javae and live music from Jon Keyz and the Keyz Street Band.
Doors open at 1, program starts at 2:30 pm.
Each ticket’s proceeds will go towards the BLF Foundation’s Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program and Annual Scholarship Program and include Hour D’eourves, Catered by Chef Gil Catering.
To learn more about the Developing Future Leaders Mentorship program, please visit blffoundation.org/mentorship. To learn more about the Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Annual Scholarships, please visit blfoundation.org/scholarship.
All Sponsorship Inquires can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to the students selected for our 2017 Mentorship Program. We look forward to developing and enhancing your leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, and other soft skills!
Each student was selected for our mentorship program, exhibiting strong leadership potential, abilities, and strong extracurricular involvement throughout the University of Texas at Austin community and beyond.
Each student will receive an Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ with Smart Keyboard for successful completion of the program curriculum. Learn more about our cohort of students by visiting our cohort page.
2017 Mentorship Cohort
Applications for our 2018 mentorship program are open today, with a December 1, 2017 deadline. Please visit our mentorship program page to learn more.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2017 Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship!
For 2017, we were able to award four scholarships thanks to donations including our Platinum Sponsor, State Farm.
Each scholarship student received a $1,000 scholarship check, an Apple MacBook Pro 13″ with Touch Bar and Touch ID, and an Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ with Smart Keyboard. Each student also is enrolled in our annual Mentorship Program, developing their emotional intelligence, leadership, and communication skills.
Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners:
Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners:
Scholarship Applications for our 2018 scholarships will open in August 2017. Please visit our scholarship page to learn more.