"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."
WWDUC2 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
On Oct. 11th, AARP honored five outstanding organizations that have demonstrated excellence in working in North Carolina with diverse communities at a awards ceremony. SERA, Inc was an recipient of one of these awards for Innovative Multicultural Outreach. We thank AARP NC which works and supports initiatives from advocacy to retirement planning.
“AARP has been busy with new programs and initiatives in African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian communities around the country to show that real change happens when we work as one. Collectively, we can create positive social change. We will recognize organizations that have demonstrated the power of our combined interest, energy and commitment to helping make life better for all,” Tyler-Horton
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: economic development, holistic personal and professional sustainability, and individual citizen and collaborative empowerment. We also focus on exchanging information and building enduring relationships with business and community partners.
Our primary work is to provide people with real life skills on negotiating life’s most complicated challenges and learning how to build confidence and acuity through the knowledge gained. We provide advocacy, education, outreach, collaborative opportunities, training, and resources to individuals and businesses primarily within the Southeast Raleigh community, while also serving the greater Raleigh area. Our focus areas include advocating for and supporting, through specific programming, homeownership and quality/affordable housing opportunities, advocating for enhanced transportation systems, normalizing states of health and wellbeing within communities through a variety of initiatives, business & equity, youth and leadership development, entrepreneurialism, mentorship opportunities, job and economic development.
“As I see it”, says Rita Anita Linger, President/CEO, “our main work is to heal the communities we serve and to restore a sense of pride, hope, belief in self and in the process transform the image of how those we serve see themselves and their abilities. It is this transformation that is needed to be successful and accomplish significant life goals. For as it has been said, without a dream, the people perish. Collaboration with other for profit and non profit businesses is key to our work.”
Ms. Linger stated that SERA, Inc. “designed and started the Youth Entreprenaurial Technology Institute, better known as YETI in 2010, with the goal of responding to young people who felt that they were excited by technology and the idea of owning their own business while helping themselves and others, and who believed they were creative. They noted that they had limited access to advanced technology equipment, 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 would atrophy and die.”
Together with a skilled and renowned Technology Entrepreneur, SERA Inc.’s President/CEO and the support of the Director of the Raleigh Business & Technology Center, the initial YETI program has been refined, is facilitated in a state of the art environment and has graduated over 50 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, who are required to put in a total of 40 hours of rigorous learning and competency demonstration including homework assignments over a period of 3 Saturdays. 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.
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. Successful graduates receive a desktop and two years of technical support and guidance through SERA, Inc. staff and affiliates as they move forward to further development their expertise and their business plans.
This high level 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 December 2012 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 the students leave the Institute, they have a customized template by which to design their own website, and possess the skills both hard and soft to begin to make their dreams a reality.
The graduates of 2012 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 January 16, 2012 during the graduation at the Johnson Center at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 East Martin Street from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. There will be a Petite Graduation Dinner, as well as a Graduation and Pinning Ceremony to follow. Raleigh City Councilman Eugene Weeks will be the keynote speaker and Bob Robinson, Director of the Raleigh Business & Technology Center will be the Moderator of the event. Come join us to honor our new Entrepreneurs!
DON’T BE A BYSTANDER – BE AN ALLY!
DON’T BE A BYSTANDER – BE AN
SERA, Inc. is a flagship nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate community capacity building in its most authentic sense, economic development, sustainability, and individual citizen empowerment in order to enhance the quality of life for Southeast Raleigh residents and to build enduring relationships with community partners. Our work is to provide advocacy, education, outreach, collaborative opportunities, training, and resources to individuals and other non-profit organizations within the Southeast Raleigh community.
SERA Inc. is working diligently to increase the efforts in the identification, de-escalation, resolution, and elimination of bullying behavior and actions in the educational system throughout Southeast Raleigh schools. Our “Peaceful Schools Anti-Bullying Campaign” is aimed to provide solid educational programs and resources to students, individuals, families, educational institutions and organizations including teaching students how to manage conflict, navigate a sometime hostile world, how to effectively mediate disputes amongst and between their peers and to serve as an ally in a diverse environment. Students working with adults will also learn how to create an environment within school that will not tolerate bullying, yet work with the bully to modify behavior over the long term. Trained student leaders will work with trained adults to facilitate this program.
Bullying and ineffective communication resulting in unsolved conflict is often the number one non-academic issue that most educators face, yet many educators have never taken a professional course about bullying during their teacher training at university or during their time in the field. Bullying is also one of the top educational concerns of many parents. Scared young people can never reach their potential as learners in school or as citizens within their communities. Episodes of bullying are rarely confined to one place. Something that starts in the playground often spills over into the community — and vice versa. Any successful approach to bullying must involve the whole community.
Bullying is a problem that affects millions of people of all races and classes. One (1) out of four (4) students are bullied. SERA Inc. recognizes that in recent years , advances in technology particularly, the use of the computer has increased the ability of individuals to bully. Extensive research shows that between 15–25% of U.S. students are bullied with some frequency, while 15–20% report they bully others with some frequency. Here are some common effects of bullying that we found to be common throughout schools.
SERA Inc. aims to create allies and youth advisors within Southeast Raleigh schools. These youth leaders will be trained extensively on how to identify, analyze, evaluate, and resolve bullying issues through the art and science of mediation and conflict resolution. These students will possess the correct language, protocol and action steps within the classrooms, hallways, school grounds, and internet. Through peer, family, parent-teen mediation training, youth will work to create a friendly school environment and develop best practice solutions that fit all parties involved in any incident.
SERA Inc. is concerned about the deadly consequences of bullying and will NOT stand idly by while others are bullied or harassed. We pledge ourselves to be an ally for those who are not able to stand up for themselves and we pledge to make schools in Southeast Raleigh a place of respect and understanding for
SERA, Inc. President/CEO, Rita Anita Linger, is a nationally recognized mediation trainer, facilitating “train the trainers” across the country and having trained for the National Center for State Courts. “I believe that the majority of conflicts can be resolved within and without schools using mediation and conflict resolution techniques designed to focus on an individual’s
interest over their position.”
To register for this training, and for more
information about peacemaking programs or any SERA Inc. community based
Quintin Murphy, Social Justice
19 W Hargett St., Suite
Raleigh, NC 27601
Social Justice Community Advocate:
Quintin Murphy 919–747-8423 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Anita Linger 919–747-8420
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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.