SERA’s ground breaking twelve week health and fitness celebration to reduce obesity and cardio vascular disease. Click here to see WRAL’s video.
SERA, Inc. has developed an enduring partnership with AARP her in North Carolina. AARP NC is committed to addressing the multi-cultrual issues that are emerging in our communities as we age.
Your are Invited for Lunch
A new AARP survey of North Carolina’s African Americans age 50 or older reflects an older population with bright dreams of traveling and spending time on leisure pursuits in retirement, but concerns over staying healthy, receiving Social Security when they need it, and having enough health insurance coverage cast a shadow over those dreams. Only around one quarter of fewer of those surveyed feel they have the resources they need to address a wide range of concerns.
In addition to AARP’s statewide survey of African Americans, our North Carolina Director of Multicultural Outreach, Debra Tyler-Horton, has met with over 200 African Americans 50+ in Wake County alone to ask, “when you tell the story about your community what are you most proud of?” “What has been your contribution?” When dreaming the future, there are many services and programs available to us as we age, “what is missing for you in your community?”
You are cordially invited to join AARP for lunch to learn more about the survey results and how AARP can help. You will have an opportunity to talk with experts in the field of AARP’s Advocacy, Caregiving, Education, Consumer Fraud Education, Create the Good, Drivers Safety Program, Grandparent Information, Tax Aide and our Multicultural Outreach Initiative. You may also want to take this opportunity to sign-up as an AARP Volunteer! Take this time to do something good for yourself!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
711 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Community Has Asked for Help
When SERA, Inc. began holding its Community Development Summits in January through April of 2010, much of what we heard were pleas from local southeast Raleigh residents (primarily women) informing us that they wanted to learn how to save and spend their income responsibly. As a result, our “Women and Money” Series was born.
During the sessions, women are asked to share their financial interests or money concerns. The structure of the sessions is one where women share their thoughts and trepidations, and the highly skilled facilitators provide direction and guidance on money management, savings, insurance, tax preparation, investments, mortgage and credit management, and wealth building from the ground up. SERA, Inc. is using Financial Executives from a variety of firms and banks who are trained and licensed in financial management. They are experts in the field of building wealth and creative strategies around financial management.
Monthly Sessions Teach Goal Setting
Approximately 20 women attend each month and through these sessions are able to learn how to maximize the income they currently have and learn how to build wealth within the scope of their current financial situation. We believe part of enhancing the quality of life for SER residents is helping those residents to understand the power of the “purse” and how each cent earned and each cent spent can impact an individual and family for years to come. We now have a waiting list for SER women who are eager and waiting to participate in these sessions on an ongoing basis.
Because SERA, Inc. believes that an enhanced quality of life is in large part dependent upon a quality education for all children, SERA, Inc. is committed to doing what we can to partner with Southeast Raleigh communities who are interested in ensuring their children have equitable and quality access to the best educational experience possible in Wake County. With that in mind, SERA, Inc. has joined the strong coalition of “Great Schools of Wake” an organization that believes “…all children in Wake County, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or residence, should receive the highest quality education possible.” Their mission is to provide accurate information to educate the public about policy initiatives that would impact the quality of education, to foster well-informed discussions about critical education issues, and to advocate for policies that improve public education in Wake County. Their work in Wake County on both a grass roots policy level and outreach level is noteworthy and SERA, Inc. is proud to be working closely with them in an effort to find solutions and best practices around quality choices in education for Wake County children.
SERA, Inc. has become actively involved with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce who believes that addressing Wake County’s growth with a predictable and comprehensive school assignment plan is critical to the academic success of our children and the sustainability of our local economy. SERA, Inc. participates in regular discussions with the Chamber and Wake Education Partnership to de-mystify, clarify and translate the proposed plans currently being considered as options for Wake County school-aged children, so that parents will be able to make choices in the best interest of their children.
SERA, Inc. is working with these entities to review proposed education choice plans currently being proposed, as well as serving as advocates for both children and parents’ educational interests within Southeast Raleigh. SERA, Inc. has begun interfacing with school board officials, school administrators, teachers and parents working to make sure that children and their parents have the resources and can make the informed choices necessary for our youth to become high achievers and ultimately have access through education to the American Dream they are entitled to.
SERA, Inc. youth are not just ambassadors of theory or ideas — they are advocates for Action and Movement. They are entrepreneurs, with expectations for their future, they are students who have developed a strong desire to excel academically and personally, they are community members who believe that every action they make on behalf of their community will increase the capacity of their environment, and the people who live around and interact with them regularly. THEY ARELEADERS BY DEFINITION… AND THEY ACTIVELY LEAD EVERY DAY.
It is in that vein that SERA, Inc. is proud to present, our first annual SERA, Inc. Youth Ambassador Civic Engagement Dinner. Our youth leadership team will be exploring some of the challenges that the youth in Southeast Raleigh and Wake County face as it relates to education, getting out to vote, employment, public policy and self-esteem. We will also view the film “With All Deliberate Speed” and our youth will share their strategic solutions to community issues and teach attendees (youth and adults) how to become activists for change within their communities. SERA, Inc. Youth Ambassadors believe “We CAN change the quality of our lives by simply making the changes that need to be made. Making those changes require deliberate action plans which envision bold solutions, and collaborative engagement with other community and business resources”. Come join us for a hearty dinner and learn how these youth facilitate social justice and community change! You will be amazed at what they have to say. Parents, adults, community allies as well as youth are welcome.
DATE: Thursday May 5, 2011
LOCATION: Marbles Museum, (Zanzabar Room A), 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC
TIME: 6:00pm — 8:30pm
COST: $10.00 (includes full meal and movie)
We are committed to helping citizens who want to see change happen to become change agents in a way that is meaningful to them. We believe that everyone within the community has something to give and some way to serve in collaboration with others.