November 30, 2020         
“KISS THE GROUND” Wins Its 25th Film Festival Award to Date   •   Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Reveals Details of Hall Of Trivia on HQ App   •   Jamaican Boy's Post-Dog Attack Procedures Highlight the Less Well-Known Side of a Plastic Surgeon's Work, says Dr. J Plastic Sur   •   Because Apes Are Hairy Too, MANSCAPED™ Supports the San Diego Zoo!   •   DISH Network Puts Consumers at Risk of Losing Network and Local Community Programming During Pandemic   •   Vehicle Retail Sales Decline due to Quirky Sales Calendar; When Adjusted for Selling Days, Retail Sales Stable   •   Enough is Enough: Ontario Engineering Community Committed to Uprooting Systematic Biases   •   Majority of Americans Expect to Buy Gifts This Holiday Season Despite Tumultuous Year, but Many Cut From the Gift List According   •   iHeartMedia and Podimo Partner to Translate and Adapt Widely Popular Podcasts For Listeners Globally   •   Michaels is Calling On #DifferenceMakers to Creatively Spread Holiday Cheer   •   Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities   •   Satmar Cancels Grand Annual Dinner   •   COVID-19 Recovery Research Program launched   •   Comcast RISE Awards Over 700 Black-Owned, Small Businesses with Marketing and Technology Resources and Makeovers   •   Ismael Cala launches CalaBienestar.news, a daily digital newspaper about health and wellbeing   •   Afiya Bennett Makes Stunning Appearance in L'officiel Brasil in Honor of Black Awareness Day in Brasil   •   COVID-19 Can Be Beat - Please Don't Shut Down All Youth Activities Indiscriminately   •   African American Immigrant Set to Launch MultiVendor Platform for Minority Communities and Small Businesses   •   More support to advance reform of services for Indigenous children and families   •   realme's 50M Sales Achievement Attracts Positive Comments From Industry Leaders Anticipating Its Future
Bookmark and Share

Co-Founder Of Org. To Empower Black Youth Honored As "Everyday Hero"

PHILADELPHIAWhen Travis Parker, a professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif., saw the need to help guide young African-American men, he didn’t just volunteer—he co-founded a new institution to empower these youth. For making a difference every day in the lives of his students and youth in his community, Parker will receive the American Federation of Teachers Everyday Hero award Saturday, at the AFT Higher Education conference in Philadelphia.

“To whom much is given, much is expected. I want to give back to the world because I have received so much,” said Parker, who is a professor of physical education and athletics.

Parker helped found the Alpha Academy, an outgrowth of his work as director of education for the Zeta Beta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The academy runs a series of workshops where men who are professionals meet with boys ages 12 to 18 to discuss decision-making, motivation, academic performance, teen pregnancy prevention and career goals. In the seven years since the academy was founded, Parker hasn’t missed one session and often volunteers 10 to 12 hours a week. In addition, he works with the Brothers of Kuumba, an organization that teaches adolescent African-American boys through the African elder tradition; sponsors the Black Student Union at a local high school; and mentors four different families of various ethnicities. He also gets his college students involved as both mentors and mentees.

 This is the second year of the AFT Everyday Hero awards, which are given to AFT members who go above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in their workplaces or communities. This year, there were more than 350 nominees, and five semifinalists were selected for each AFT division (Teachers, Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel, Public Employees, Higher Education, Healthcare and Retirees). More than 5,000 people voted online to select the winners.

 This year’s Everyday Heroes are being honored at their divisional conferences. The other higher education semifinalists were Lilliam Rosado, New Jersey City University (N.J.); Francis “Jerry” Hopcroft, Wentworth Faculty Federation (Boston); Jim Miller, San Diego City College; and Glen Martin, Green River Community College Federation of Teachers (Auburn, Wash.).

 



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News