Fall 2013 YETI graduates with Professor Karl Brustmeyer
SERA, Inc. Youth Become Empowered Business Owners and Web Developer/Designers
SERA, Inc. is a flagship nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate community capacity building in its most authentic sense. The organization’s goals are accomplished via focus on specific areas that would enhance one’s quality of life. For the youth who participate in the organization’s Youth Business programming the focus is to assist them in setting goals that would help them realize their dreams of entrepreneurialism, as well as building and sustaining a web-based business.
Rita Anita Linger, CEO of SERA, Inc. states, “We are very proud of our Youth Entreprenaurial Technology Institute (better known as YETI) which began in 2010 with the goal of responding to young people who were excited by technology and the idea of owning their own business while helping themselves and others within their community through their business. Most of the young people involved in the program describe themselves as creative and explain that they have limited access to technology equipment (hardware and software), instruction or mentoring. I felt we needed to do something to address these particular youth concerns, as there is significant hidden talent in many of our Southeast Raleigh and greater Raleigh area youth. We recognized early on that if some of their needs around technology access and personal development were not addressed, their potential to develop themselves and their dreams would atrophy and die.”
Together with SERA, Inc.’s YETI Professor, Karl Brustymeyer, SERA’s Youth Business Innovations Officer, Quintin Murphy and SERA’s CEO , Rita Anita Linger who founded the program, YETI is facilitated in a state of the art environment and has graduated over 75 young people in the short time span since the Institute has been in existence. The Institute’s student-body consists of youth with a propensity toward technology between the ages of 13-19. These students are required to put in a total of 40 hours of rigorous learning and competency demonstration including homework assignments. “The recruitment and selection process for the Institute is no cake walk” states Ms. Linger, “In addition to answering pointed questions about what each young person envisions him or herself doing in the future, SERA, Inc. staff need to hear potential candidates of the program authentically articulate why they want to attend the Institute and how, at the conclusion of the class they will use their skills they acquire and the equipment and support they are provided.”
Each young person who is eligible for the program and is selected to attend is provided a full Institute scholarship by SERA, Inc. Youth are taught Web Development/Design, HTLM and other markup Languages, Entrepreneurial Business Development Skills, Customer Service Skills, Conflict Resolution & Communication Skills and Leadership Identification and Implementation. The youth who attend the Institute are required to demonstrate competency in all areas of training before they are able to graduate. “There is a significant amount of interaction between the students and instructors as well as experiential work that takes place”, says Ms. Linger.
This state of the art Institute works to create leaders and those young people interested in starting their own business, generating revenue and serving within their own environments by giving of their newly gained skills to those in need within their own communities. Several of the graduates of our June 2010 class have already launched their business websites and are helping family and community members who need assistance navigating the web, and designing web pages. “By the time our students leave the Institute, they have a customized template by which to facilitate their own website, and possess the skills both hard and soft to begin to make their dreams a reality”, says CEO Linger. “Each student who successfully completes the program is given a laptop, customized web-based templates which they have developed with the support of staff, and one year of technical support as the graduates move forward to develop their expertise and their business plans.
The graduates of the Fall 2013 Institute will be honored at a formal graduation and will pledge to become an active part of SERA, Inc.’s Youth Ambassador Program (a program of community service, leadership development, and social justice advocacy under which the YETI program sits) via a pinning ceremony on November 26, 2012 during the graduation at the Wetlands Center,950 Peterson St. Raleigh, NC 5:30pm – 7:00pm. There will be a light refreshments, as well as a Graduation and Pinning Ceremony to follow. Come join us to honor our new Teenpreneurs!
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Please consider joining us and help us SPREAD THE WORD for this AWESOME gathering in Southeast Raleigh! Date:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013Time:
Chavis Community Center
(Dinner and childcare provided)RSVP to:
Download the flyer for this event and spread the word!
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To download flyer in Spanish CLICK HERE
On July 24th, 2013 in order to support our community in enhancing quality of life by actualizing individual life, wellness and health goals in order to live fully, SERA, Inc. is facilitating a state of the art Health, Life & Wellness Group Coaching series. The series is designed to assist you in getting "unstuck" around issues in your life that are holding you back and keeping you from realizing your greatest life aspirations. This opportunity is about removing all of the barriers that are keeping you from reaching your life and wellness goals. The series is called: JOURNEY TO THE "WELL" IN YOU!
As a Coachee, you will raise your personal awareness of HOW TO LIVE WELL by exploring the domains of health and wellness that are meaningful to you. You will Restore, Rebuild and Reconnect to your inner wellness and experience life with excitement and enthusiasm. This is a 7 week group and will be facilitated by members of our health and wellness team who are professionally trained and are experienced Life Health and Wellness Coaches.
SERA, Inc.’s “The People’s Integrative Health and Wellness Center” team includes Physician - Dr. Debbie Pierce, Registered Nurse, Community Wellness Advocate,- Zon Le, SERA, Inc.’s CEO and Human Scientist - Rita Anita Linger, Reflexologist, Energy Medicine and Aromatherapy Clinician and Registered Nurse -Yalem Kiros, Deeanna Burleson - Registered Nurse and Health Strategist, as well as several other physicians, nurses, healthcare providers and community health and wellness advocates. Together the team has over 70 years of experience in fostering sustainable change for optimal living, health and wellness in communities. The coaching group sessions are consecutive and will have a total of 15 people in the 7 week group.
If you are interested in being a part of this life changing opportunity, please sign up right away by sending CEO, Rita Anita Linger an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please put July 24th Group Coaching in the Subject line. Once you have been selected to participate, you will be provided with the location. The value of this 7 week experience is $500.00, However the cost of the 7 week group coaching experience is free of charge to those who cannot afford to pay. There is a sliding fee scales to those that can afford to pay. No one is turned away for lack of financial resources to pay. There are only 15 spots so please contact us now. Highlighted SERA, Inc. Health and Wellness Group Coach and Team Member, Dr. Debbie Pierce
Dr. Debbie Pierce is a native of Boston, MA and received her medical Degree from North Texas State University in 1985. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine in Detroit Michigan she entered Private Group Practice in Baltimore Maryland for 17 years. During that time she became Board Certified in Hospice palliative Care. Dr. Pierce is a Health Coach with training through Duke Integrative Medicine Professional Coaching program. She is passionate about patients living with life limiting illness and seeks to develop a practice in Advance Care Planning.
Greetings fellow lovers of community and cooperative-minded people!
There is a small group of visionaries in Southeast Raleigh that are moving forward with bringing a dream to life: a cooperative grocery store (food co-op) for our area! We hope you can help us spread the word for our COMMUNITY FORUM to be held:
Tuesday, 6/25/13, 6-8p.m
Christian Faith Baptist Church,
509 Hilltop Dr., Raleigh
More details appear in the flyer below. PLEASE. PAUSE. Take a DEEP BREATH, and PASS ON to folks who you know LIVE IN or LOVE Southeast Raleigh and want to JOIN US in this fabulous vision.
For Immediate Release:Award winning author and 2010 Piedmont Laureate for Literature converts her home on 3.5 rural acres in Hillsborough into an alternative writing and publishing studio for women and young women.
LaVenson Press Studios: Inspiring Women to Self-Define Through Writing and Publishing
is a merger of Zelda Lockhart’s soulful writing workshops and her publishing company LaVenson Press.
Writing workshops at LaVenson Press Studios help women instill emotional, and psychological truth into their writing. Zelda will facilitate workshops along with other teaching artists like Kim Arrington, Grey Brown and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Genres include fiction, memoir, song writing, children’s literature writing, poetry and screenwriting. As a way of nurturing not just the artistic mind, but also the body, light meals and snacks will be prepared for participants from LaVenson Press Studios’ garden.
Because Lockhart feels that one’s writing is not finished until it reaches its audience, LaVenson Press Studios will also host a literary magazine, Firefly Ridge,
which unlike other literary magazines publishes exclusively from the writings of workshop participants. This will offer women writers a new place in mainstream publishing that currently favors young MFA graduates.
This summer’s workshops include:
· June 30/July 28
– The Women’s Writing Intensive
(5 Sundays 4-6:30pm Fee: $200)
· July 22-26
– The Women’s Self-Edit Workshop
(5 evenings 6-8pm Fee $180)
· July 8-12
– Young Women’s Summer Writing Experience
. (Age 12-16 Fee $165)
Join LaVenson Press Studios for an open house
featuring live music, live literature and live food on June 15, 2013 from 2 – 6pm
, 510 Firefly Ridge Lane,Hillsborough, NC.
For an interview or more information contact:
Zelda Lockhart, Director
LaVenson Press Studios
510 Firefly Ridge Lane
Hillsborough, NC 27278LaVensonPressStudios@gmail.com
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"The Garden is Growing and Thriving and all hands are on deck to help the garden along. Young children, teenagers, volunteers in their 20s and 30s as well as senior citizens lend their hand to bring this garden to fruition. All fruits and vegetables harvested go to community members starting with our senior citizens."
is a new initiative sponsored by the AAF-RDU Diversity Committee. Our goal is to educate talented high school students from diverse backgrounds about the unique career opportunities in the advertising industry through a summer internship program.WWDUC2’s
Vernessa and Ed met with Southeast Raleigh Assembly’s CEO Rita Anita Linger (1st photo) and Youth Program Coordinator Angela Jackson-Mann (2nd photo) to discuss engaging and recruiting teens from Southeast Raleigh to participate in the 2013 AAF-RDU Summer Internship program.
We had an awesome conversation! Rita and Angela are two incredible, hard working leaders in the state of North Carolina. Their mission is to empower and transform communities in Raleigh through strategic action. And they are doing exactly that. Go ladies!
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Artists young and old, female and male alike - those who spin divine words, come join our
sacred space for a chance to shower us with your wisdom as we explore the confines and
freedoms of Feminism....
What Is Feminism?
“Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies, aimed at defining and establishing
and defending equal political, economic and social rights for women” - Wikipedia, the free
The Goals for this Open Mic Night/Open Talent Showcase will be to:
* Explore Feminism at its Core
* Understand how diversity impacts Feminism
* Engage the concept of Feminism from a male perspective
* Experience through spoken word, song and dance the personal birthing of Feminism
from an individualistic perspective
SERA INC. IS SUPPORTING THE TALENT OF YOUNG AND NOT SO YOUNG ARTISTS BY
PROVIDING A FORUM FOR GREAT MINDS TO SHARE THEIR WISDOM AND CREATE A
LEARNING AND GROWING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL WHO ATTEND. COME JOIN US!
Date: March 27, 2013
Location: 121 N. Tarboro Rd; Raleigh, NC 27610
Light refreshments will be served!
Contact: Angela Jackson Mann- SERA, Inc. Open Mic Coordinator at: 919-747-8423
In Partnership with City of Raleigh - Building relationships with the youth of Southeast Raleigh
Dear SERA Ally:
Have you ever sat down in front of a computer with a goal in mind, but left feeling frustrated because you weren’t able to accomplish the task you set out to complete due to your lack of computer skills?
Don’t despair! Participants to this workshop will be provided a special opportunity by SERA, Inc.’s State- of-the-Art Technology Team to join a group of community residents who desire to sharpen and enhance their computer skills.
With improved basic computer skills you will be better able to navigate the “Internet Super Highway”, apply for jobs online, find your way around the wonderful world of email, communicate with family and friends, use Microsoft Word and other Microsoft Office Suite programs, create a Facebook page, create a PowerPoint with sound and pictures, and many other tools and tips needed to be considered computer literate.
The session will be held in a safe and comfortable environment where every question participants may ask is considered a “knowledge is power” opportunity, and where fun is at the core of this experiential learning journey!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to manage and use email, including email “group” function
Basic “Microsoft Word” usage including how to create files, tables, charts and graphs
Basic use of Excel
How to use a thumb or portable drive
How to manage pictures (i.e. name and sort in the windows photo gallery)
How to save battery power
How to change screensavers and backgrounds
How to create a basic PowerPoint and incorporate sound and video
How to create a basic Facebook Page
Texting for Seniors (teach yourself and others)
Smart Phones (IPhones & Androids)
This workshop is valued at $300.00 per person, however SERA Inc. with the support of the RBTC is prepared to scholarship all but $20.00 for this session. Seniors free!
With Great Expectations,
Rita Anita Linger, President/CEO – SERA, Inc.
A LIGHT MEAL WILL BE SERVED
Where: Raleigh Business & Technology Center (RBTC)
900 South Wilmington Street
Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
REGISTER NOW SPACE IS LIMITED with:
David Brown, Community Engagement Manager:
919-747-8421 or at email@example.com
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