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Do You Want A Resume That Pops For Recruiters And Employers? — Follow These Tips

Your resume is a first impression for an employer. If you are a recent graduate or a career professional just starting out, you should aim for a resume that works to your advantage. We are aware that resume building is a skill that is not always taught in colleges and universities. To put you in better standing on the job market, we spoke with Matthew C. Meade, a financial services executive with experience working with Fortune 100 companies, about tips to ensure your resume is up to par.

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 22, 2023

Next Of Us, Pay Our Interns Create $50K Fund To Compensate For College Students' Unpaid Internships

Whether you’ve experienced them first-hand or know someone personally who has, we all know of the horror stories of unpaid internships. Fortunately, according to Essence, a new partnership is coming to the financial rescue of students who want to move forward with great unpaid opportunities, but don’t have the luxury to afford missing out on coins. Gen Z hair care brand Next of Us (NOU) and D.C.-based nonprofit Pay Our Interns have teamed up for the “Next of Us Intern Opportunity Fund.” The new funding “will award $50,000 in need-based stipends to help Gen Z BIPOC and working-class college students overcome financial hurdles that often create barriers to career advancement,” according to the outlet. “NOU believes in the power of the next generation to make the world better for themselves and generations to come,” said Lela Coffey, Vice President, Multicultural Hair Brands and North America Hair Care Portfolio, P&G Beauty in a news release. “We are proud to partner with Pay Our...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 15, 2022

Nick Cannon Wipes Out Student Debt Of Seven HBCU Students

Nick Cannon surprised seven college students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by agreeing to wipe out their student debt on “The Nick Cannon Show.” The television personality — who recently graduated from Howard University in 2020 — shared the brightest minds attend HBCUs, but crippling student debt can be a jarring obstacle students face upon their graduation. “I am so proud to be a part of an incredible legacy of HBCU graduates. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have played a pivotal role in developing some of the brightest minds and influencers of our time but the next generation of college students are concerned that the price of their education may be a little too high,” Cannon revealed in the opening segment. Seven HBCU students had the opportunity to share their testimonials which compelled them to attend an HBCU. Homelessness, toxic home environments and more were cited as personal struggles serving as the stepping stone for their...

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 30, 2021

How ColorStack Is Working To Increase The Number Of Minority Computer Science Students

Increasing computer science enrollment for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students has to start with building community, and nonprofit ColorStack recognizes that. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that of the 79,598 computer science degrees awarded in 2018, only 8.9 percent of them went to Black students, and more than 50 percent went to white students. The lack of diversity bleeds into the tech workforce as well. Less than 10 percent of Google’s national workforce identifies as Black or Latinx, while nearly half of Apple’s global team is white professionals. These statistics are stark. That’s why Jehron Petty launched ColorStack, a nonprofit that runs community building, academic support, and career development programs for Black and Latinx college computer science students across the U.S. ColorStack runs a three-week virtual career-building boot camp, hosts a 12-week computer science program, puts on a three-day computer science summit, and manages...

Michelai Graham

Sep 16, 2021

Trae Tha Truth, James Harden Partner To Offer 'Trae Day' Scholarships To Low-Income Students

Hip-Hop activist Trae Tha Truth is joining forces with NBA star James Harden to provide financial assistance to ten lucky college students this year. According to REVOLT, the charitable Houston rapper is making high school and college students the focus of his latest philanthropic act to help them pursue their higher education. In an Instagram post, Trae shared that he would be giving out his “Trae Day” scholarships to graduating high school students or current college students who are experiencing financial hardships. “Proud To Announce, This TraeDay Weekend I will Be Teaming Up With @jharden13 And We Decided To Give Out 10 TraeDay Scholarships To Graduates Accepted Into College or Already in College To Assist With Academics,” he wrote in his post’s caption. In order to qualify for the Trae Day scholarships, students must submit a 250-word essay explaining what it would mean to be a scholarship recipient. Additionally, students must be attending college this fall and able to attend...

Njera Perkins

Jun 21, 2021

Western Union Launches Two Initiatives To Support Black Education And Business Opportunities

Ahead of Juneteenth weekend, Western Union (WU) is pledging a commitment to two new programs supporting Black and brown communities. A press release reports that in partnership with the Western Union Foundation, the financial services company is launching two initiatives that aim to uplift both current and future business leaders across communities of color — including Project Finish Line, an extension of the Foundation’s WU Scholars program, and Sistahbiz, a Black women entrepreneurship program. The former initiative will be offering scholarships to Black and brown students working to finish their higher education — many of those who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — while the latter plans to fund Black women-owned businesses and provide leadership development. Both of these programs are in response to the racial disparities that exist for Black, Indigenous and People of Color across educational institutions and the business world. “Social exclusion,...

Njera Perkins

Jun 15, 2021

Minority Tech Students At Cal State East Bay Are Getting a Boost With This New Game Design Program

Oakland-based tech training program Gameheads has teamed up with some notable partners to launch a game design certificate program at Cal State East Bay this spring. According to a press release, the new program will be hosted through the university’s art and continuing education departments. In partnership with Unity, Oculus from Facebook and Niantic, East Bay’s game design certificate program specifically wants to attract students of color and low income students to participate. “This certificate program is a game changer in breaking down barriers to the tech industry that our students have faced for too long, and it’s possible because of industry leaders like Oculus, Unity and Niantic,” said Gameheads Executive Director Damon Packwood in a statement. “We thank them for helping create true diversity in tech.” Packwood said Gameheads has been committed to providing minority students with more tech education opportunities. This new program at East Bay will be co-taught by game...

Michelai Graham

Mar 24, 2021

Side Hustles for College Kids During COVID-Related Virtual Learning

As colleges across the nation turn to online learning for fall 2020, students are now facing their most daunting semester. Some undergraduates are scrambling to find off-campus housing, as opposed to risking COVID-19 exposure by going home, reports USA Today . Other scholars are enduring sad “quarantine meals, ” according to BuzzFeed. Most egregiously, most students in these predicaments are still paying the same pre-coronavirus tuition. However, in the face of college’s exorbitant costs, enterprising pupils have picked up side hustles for supplemental income to afford alternate housing, food, among other needs. Though social distancing measures curb traditional gigs like driving Uber and being the resident dorm hairstylist, here are seven ways to make extra coins for college while staying safe. Do No-Contact Food Deliveries Switch that Uber app to Uber Eats and pick up food instead of people to better manage exposure to COVID-19. Alternatively, Meals on Wheels always needs drivers...

Niki McGloster

Aug 27, 2020

These Black Women are Reshaping the Future of Tech for College Graduates

Black professionals in any industry have faced their challenges trying to fit into spaces that weren’t designed for us. So, it’s always great to see young, successful Black entrepreneurs paying it forward by creating opportunities for people who look like them – starting with the youth. For Black college students interested in getting involved in the tech industry, YCombinator funded startup company Edlyft is here to help equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to succeed: “Edlyft is creating 1 million new computer science college graduates over the next decade. We help college students pass their most challenging computer science classes by offering group tutoring, connecting them to study groups, and passing down guidance from peers who’ve done it before.” I spoke with Erika Hairston and Arnelle Ansong, co-founders of the newly funded startup, to hear their story behind building this company that’s catering to Black college students interested in joining tech. Origin...

Njera Perkins

Mar 13, 2020

Two Black Businesswomen Help Clear Balances of 30 Fellow HBCU Students

The college student loan debt crisis is a serious issue America has been faced with for decades. Americans owe over $1.64 trillion in student loan debt as we’re burdened with the cost of higher education more than ever in 2020. While politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have made proposals for free college tuition and forgiveness for the current student loan debt, others are making their own strides to eliminate debt for current college students. Clark Atlanta University alum and female entrepreneurs, Pinky Cole and Stacey Lee have made an effort to put a dent in the student loan debt crisis by helping clear balances for 30 fellow CAU college students. The 30 Clark Atlanta University seniors were surprised with a special gift from these businesswomen as they were originally led to believe they were simply meeting the two alumni. Little did they know these dynamic entrepreneurs were going to give them a clean slate after college by completely wiping their debt. “We...

Njera Perkins

Mar 12, 2020