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In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, IdEA is hosting an online resource training to share with entrepreneurs the rich resources that are available to them. Join us on Friday, November 20 at 1pm EST to learn more! Martin Ezemma and Jean-Robert Baguidy will join us from the Minority Business Development Agency to share what resources they offer entrepreneurs, and in particular their African Diaspora and Minority Business Enterprise Engagement activities. You will also hear from IdEA about our online mentoring group, and about other resources IdEA members have shared for entrepreneurs. Register for this FREE Webinar here.

sponsored by the 2015 International Diaspora Engagement Alliance,


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How does tiny Xavier University in New Orleans manage to send more African-American students to medical school than any other college in the country?

Norman Francis was just a few years into his tenure as president of Xavier University of Louisiana, a small Catholic institution in New Orleans, when a report that came across his desk alarmed him. It was an accounting of the nation’s medical students, and it found that the already tiny number of black students attending medical school was dropping.

It was the 1970s, at the tail end of the civil rights movement. Francis, a black man in his early 40s, had spent most of his life under the suffocating apartheid of the Jim Crow South. But after decades of hard-fought battles and the passage of three major civil rights laws, doors were supposed to be opening, not closing. Francis, the son of a hotel bellhop, had stepped through one of those doors himself when he became the first black student to be admitted to Loyola University’s law school in 1952.

Francis believed he was in a unique position to address the dearth of black doctors. Xavier served a nearly all-black student body of just over 1,300. At the time, most of Xavier’s science department was housed in an old surplus Army building donated to the college by the military after World War II. It had no air-­conditioning, and the heater was so loud in the winter that instructors had to switch it off to be heard. But the science program had always been strong, if underfunded, and began producing its first medical-­school students not long after the university was founded in 1925. Read more

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Project Abstract

Go Africa Network acknowledges the importance of implementing programs that seek to improve the academic and career outcomes of underserved students. We believe that interventions that are early, comprehensive, data driven and utilize the best available outcomes research can significantly improve student outcomes. With this in mind, Go Africa Network will partner with Middle School 334 to successfully implement the New York Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (NYGEAR UP).

Go Africa Network will collaborate with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), all identified partners (CUNY, SUNY and The College Board, ), students, families and community organizations to serve a cohort of 60 seventh grade students at MS 334. This cohort will be provided with early intervention services for six years (grades 7-12) in order to support significant improvement in postsecondary, college and career outcomes.

All collaborations and services provided will be geared towards meeting NYGEAR UP’s program objectives. Here, significant effort will be placed on working to improve postsecondary awareness, outcomes and participation (HESC, 2014). A critical aspect of this process will be to support students to gain personal-social skills that support persistence and self-awareness. It is hoped that these skills will improves their ability to complete postsecondary institutions and pursue careers consistent with their skills interest and the wider market forces.

In order to meet the above objectives Go Africa Network will provide services in the form of, tutoring/homework assistance, personal counseling, career counseling, parent engagement, college awareness, orientation, mentoring and assessment support. Services will coordinate to provide a comprehensive enrichment program designed to meet program goals.

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Go Africa Network Inc. (a 501(c)(3) U.S. based non-profit), in concert with New York State Department of Health’s Division of Nutrition Bureau of Nutrition Risk Reduction endeavors to partner with school Districts Identified as High-risk by the New York State, Bureau of Community Chronic Disease Prevention as in need of for preventing and addressing  obesity related issues  in New York State (NYS) schools districts .

Go Africa Network aim’s to partner with school districts with the aim of the following objectives:

  • Mobilize and collaborate school districts and communities by creating a coordinated, multi-sector effort to increase demand for and access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity, to reduce the risk of obesity in high-need communities and school districts.
  • Increase access to healthy, affordable foods (especially fruits and vegetables, low-sodium foods, and healthy beverages) and increase school districts’ ability to meet federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) nutrition standards for vending, a la carte, school stores, and other foods sold outside the school meal programs.
  • Establish Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs and implement and strengthen each of the five components:
    1. quality physical education;
    2. physical activity during school day;
    3. physical activity before and after school;
    4. Staff involvement; and
    5. Family and community engagement.
  • Provide consistent, evidence-based standards for nutrition and physical activity to promote student wellness through the assessment, development, improvement, and implementation of the federally mandated Local School Wellness Policies.
  • Increase adoption and use of food standards and procurement policies (including criteria for sodium, saturated and trans fats, healthy beverages, and fiber) by venues reaching priority populations, including municipalities, community-based organizations, worksites, and/or hospitals


Your review and execution of the attached Memorandum of understanding (MOU) will allow us to progressively proceed in responding to the NYS RFP Titled RFA # 1405120447 # DOH01-CHSCA-2014GO_5000147_Attachment_3_CHSC_sample_school_MOU_FINAL GAM 11-30-2014