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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Y4 event brings over 600 youth together

Participants attended workshops, listened to motivational speakers, shared stories of personal struggles

A resource fair was arranged during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event to provide youth the opportunity to learn more about industries such as healthcare, education and public service and inquire about the necessary steps they should take in order to obtain a career in that particular field.

A resource fair was arranged during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event to provide youth the opportunity to learn more about industries such as healthcare, education and public service and inquire about the necessary steps they should take in order to obtain a career in that particular field.

Over 600 youth who participate in San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth programs throughout the county came together for a day of networking, listening to motivational speakers and attending career workshops on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Ontario Convention Center.  Pictured from left are Carlos Vasquez, 17, Academic Coach Ivan Lumba, and Shane Hoffman, 23, of Operation New Hope.

Over 600 youth who participate in San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth programs throughout the county came together for a day of networking, listening to motivational speakers and attending career workshops on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Ontario Convention Center. Pictured from left are Carlos Vasquez, 17, Academic Coach Ivan Lumba, and Shane Hoffman, 23, of Operation New Hope.

Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie acted as the emcee during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s annual Y4 event.  Moodie also presented workshops on workplace success and networking.  His dynamic sessions engaged youth who sat and listened intently to his advice that included the importance of working hard, taking the initiative, being the “best employee ever,” and taking pride in even the most menial tasks.

Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie acted as the emcee during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s annual Y4 event. Moodie also presented workshops on workplace success and networking. His dynamic sessions engaged youth who sat and listened intently to his advice that included the importance of working hard, taking the initiative, being the “best employee ever,” and taking pride in even the most menial tasks.

Dr. Alex Ellis, nationally renowned motivational speaker and author, was the keynote speaker during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event.  Personal presentation was this year’s theme, and youth were dressed in professional attire procured from Goodwill.  Dr. Ellis underscored that one’s outfit should compliment their true nature.  “I don’t want you wearing a shirt and tie, and you’re at home beating your girlfriend. Be the best person you can be on the inside and express it through clothing on the outside in order to get the respect and reputation you deserve.”

Dr. Alex Ellis, nationally renowned motivational speaker and author, was the keynote speaker during the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Y4 event. Personal presentation was this year’s theme, and youth were dressed in professional attire procured from Goodwill. Dr. Ellis underscored that one’s outfit should compliment their true nature. “I don’t want you wearing a shirt and tie, and you’re at home beating your girlfriend. Be the best person you can be on the inside and express it through clothing on the outside in order to get the respect and reputation you deserve.”

 

“Watch Me Whip … Now Watch Me Nae Nae!”

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

“Watch me whip whip, Watch me nae nae [Want me do it?] Now watch me whip [Kill it!] Watch me nae nae (Okay!) Now watch me whip whip, Watch me nae nae [Can you do it?] [Silento – Watch Me Lyrics]…

You see Christ said [Matthew 16:18] … Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hell SHALL NOT prevail against it. You need to realize that you have “Spiritual Authority” through Jesus Christ. You need not live in fear of the demonic; you are not to see demons behind every bush. But rather, you are called to make use of the protection God provides for you in Christ. “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…. Your spiritual warfare with the devil should always be with the consciousness that you have authority over him because he is already a defeated foe. The promise we have from Scripture is that when we “Resist the devil, He will flee from” us [James 4:7]. Don’t miss the word “flee.” Flee is something someone does when he is on the run from a superior force. The devil’s a coward. He picks on us when we are feeling weak, but he turns tail when we show the first sign of strength. Never forget; YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER THE POWER OF THE ENEMY. So the next time the devil gets in your face [first make certain there’s no unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life] then tell the devil to hell with you!  I’m not going to listen to you!  I don’t have to obey you! I’m saved!  I’m redeemed!  My body is the temple of the Holy Ghost!  You have no right here! You are trespassing!  In the name of Jesus I refuse you! I rebuke you! Break yourself fool and get to stepping… And he will flee from you. I tell you, you must ALWAYS TAKE AUTHORITY OVER THE DEVIL. If not, he will take control over you.

I want you to know that that ole pickpocket, embezzler, burglar, mugger, swindler, con, shoplifter, bandit and pirate; the great enemy of God and man; the devil, the adversary, that criminal who wants to steal our salvation, our clear conscience, our confidence, and our hope; has been caught, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He must “GO TO JAIL: And Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.” You see the devil has always been about taking what doesn’t belong to him. He robbed Adam and Eve of the garden and he stole their innocence. He robbed Job of his family, his wealth and his health. He snatched away one of the twelve from Jesus side and walks about as a roaring lion,” according to [1 Peter 5:8] “seeking whom he may devour.” The devil robbed Jesus of the dignity due Deity through the travesty of a trial by the Jewish hierarchy; by the scoffing of the soldiers who with a crown of thorns feigned to honor him as king before nailing Him to the cross. You must enforce Jesus victory and Lordship in the situations of life, or the devil will take control by default. Amen! So this, my friend, is what we’ve come to do.   “Tear down strongholds, Break the chains, and Bind the devil in Jesus’ name. For tonight, WE GOT A RIGHT, to shake the Foundation with Praise!” Hallelujah! [Joe Pace – Shake the Foundation]

In closing I want you to know that Jesus commanded. He spoke authoritatively. He spoke unhesitatingly, unequivocatingly. And He gave mandates, not suggestions. [1 John 4:4] says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Know that you know…. That’s it and that’s all!

Essence Partners With Prudential To Present Empower U Financial E-Learning Courses to Help Tackle College Debt, Becoming Financially Savvy

(from left to right): Tai Beauchamp, TV Personality & Lifestyle Expert; Alicia Alston, Vice-President, Global Communications at Prudential Financial; Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE President; Dani Arps, Interior Designer; Marvet Britto, President and CEO of the Britto Agency; Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche; Dorinda Walker, Director of Consumer Strategy & Key Initiatives Multicultural Marketing, Prudential's U.S. Businesses; ESSENCE Features Editor Lauren Williams. (Photo, Matthew C. Anderson)

(from left to right): Tai Beauchamp, TV Personality & Lifestyle Expert; Alicia Alston, Vice-President, Global Communications at Prudential Financial; Michelle Ebanks, ESSENCE President; Dani Arps, Interior Designer; Marvet Britto, President and CEO of the Britto Agency; Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche; Dorinda Walker, Director of Consumer Strategy & Key Initiatives Multicultural Marketing, Prudential’s U.S. Businesses; ESSENCE Features Editor Lauren Williams. (Photo, Matthew C. Anderson)

ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, partnered with Prudential Financial, Inc. to help its audience tackle college debt with the most recent installment of its EmpowerU e-learning series, College Debt: Money Lessons Everyone Should Know. Over 40 million Americans have college debt, but student loans are only one piece of your financial puzzle. Through this course, students not only learned how to gain control over their student loans, but also how to master the rest of their money and lay the foundation for a fiscally sound post-college life.

Each installment of ESSENCE’s EmpowerU e-learning series is led by expert instructors. Last month’s course was led by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche—an award-winning teacher of financial empowerment, who is quickly becoming America’s favorite financial educator. Aliche addressed important financial-related topics such as debt management and reduction, student loan savviness, credit-building tips and more. This month’s installment, You Can Be Frugal and Fabulous!, will be a personal finance course led by Aisha Taylor. Taylor is a financial consultant, best-selling author, entrepreneur, empowerment coach and founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal n Phenomenal). This course will teach participants to be smart with their money and stay out of crushing debt while they live and build toward the lifestyle that they really want.

In addition, on Friday, November 6th, ESSENCE and Prudential hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Money + Power: Must-haves for Prosperous Business Women” held at Apella in New York City.  Moderated by ESSENCE Features Editor Lauren Williams, the panel featured leading industry mavens and tastemakers who shared timeless insights with the audience, including: Marvet Britto, President and CEO of the Britto Agency; Tai Beauchamp, TV Personality & Lifestyle Expert; Dani Arps, Interior Designer; and Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche.For more information on the Empower U e-learning series, visit ESSENCEEmpowerU.com.