Urban Media Foundation receives UPS grant
Educate, mentor and advocate
Urban Media Foundation (UMF) founder Natalie Cole (center) accepts a grant from Noel Massie, president of UPS’ Central California District. The donation will be used to help purchase a new van to transport program participants. The mission of (UMF) is to educate, mentor and advocate for disadvantaged students interested in media technology, journalism and mass communication. The UPS Foundation, which distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide in 2009, focuses on non-profit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, and encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability. UMF participants and supporters were all smiles, when they received the $13,000 check. Shown from left are: Bonita Perkins, UPS Strategic account manager and UMF board member; students Jonathan Tavasti, Jerriel Biggles and Aaron King; Jon Robertson, UPS human resource manager; Erdavria Simpson; Sherion Johnson, UMF director external relations and fund development; Erika Simpson; Quejonna Smith; Danielle Tavasti; and Brent Burton, UMF board member.
The Los Angeles Urban League recently held its 39th Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Dinner honoring outstanding individuals as “Enduring Legacies.”
The dinner is the League’s annual fundraiser, designed to raise fundamental resources for the Neighborhoods@Work program, including educational support, economic literacy, job prep and placement, and advocacy on behalf of African Americans and other minorities.
Phillip Aubrey, 16, was all smiles recently, after winning the Urban Media Foundation’s (UMF) Junior Business Camp $100 drawing at the West Coast Expo on Aug. 14. Aubrey used laser-like focus to learn as much as possible about becoming an entrepreneur and real estate investor while attending the two-day camp.
He plans to start a one-stop advertising company for small businesses with his business partner Bernard Green, 17, whom he met at King Drew Medical Magnet High School.
The Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI), the brainchild of the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee, was introduced at the political action committee’s 10th anniversary celebration in April of 2002.
Although conceived by the political action committee, LAAAWPPI is a separately organized, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with the goal of preparing women for leadership in business, government and the community.
Students, ages 13 to 17, are urged to attend the “2-Day Journalism and Media Adventure” coordinated by the Urban Media Foundation (UMF) on July 12-13 at the Church of Scientology Community Center Training Room, 8039 S. Vermont Ave. The event, and an opportunity to win $100 in cash, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.