Archive for February, 2010

Richmond CenterStage Honors Richmond 34

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Richmond 34 Sit-InOn February 22nd, 1960 34 Virginia Union students entered the lunch counter and Richmond Room at Thalhimers department store. The students were asked to leave. When they refused, they were arrested for trespassing. It marked one of the first mass arrests of the Civil Rights Movement. The students became known as the “Richmond 34″.

50 years later, Richmond CenterStage is honoring the Sit-In participants with an all-day event which includes: an education forum, a luncheon, a historical marker dedication and a performance by John Legend. The event attracted corporate sponsors such as Altria, Dominion, Genworth Financial, Marriott Richmond and SunTrust. M. H. West & Co., Inc.’s, Marilyn West was pleased to attend the Courage to Stand Up: Yesterday’s Lessons for Today Luncheon at the Richmond Marriott. Marilyn noted that the Richmond 34 were extraordinary individuals who not only impacted Richmond, but the nation as a whole.

YWCA Outstanding Women Award Winners Announced

Friday, February 12th, 2010

YWCA Outstanding Women Award WinnersWith about 50 well-wishers and a handful of children in attendance, this year’s recipients of the YWCA Outstanding Women Awards were announced yesterday in the gymnasium of the organization’s downtown office.

The 10 winners — covering categories such as arts, health and religion — were selected from more than 80 nominees.

Criteria included impact on the community, leadership skills, personal and professional achievement, and commitment to the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women and elevate children.

“These women have never left their vision to chance,” said Laura Lee Chandler, board president of the YWCA. “They’re visionaries and pioneers . . . and inspire others to act.” (more…)

Labor Department Releases More Green Jobs Training Grants

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Labor Department Releases More Green Jobs Training Grants

More than three dozen organizations – including several community colleges and youth-serving agencies – will split $150 million in “green jobs” grants released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The grants – dubbed Pathways out of Poverty grants and part of a larger, $500 million green jobs initiative under the Recovery Act – are meant to help disadvantaged communities “gain access to the good, safe and prosperous jobs of the 21st century green economy,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in a statement announcing the grants.

The labor secretary said green jobs offer “tremendous opportunities” for those who are prepared to work them.

That’s where youth-serving agencies and organizations such as CNY Works Inc. – one of 38 organizations to be awarded the grants – come in. (more…)

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