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Contents What’s Inside 6 Kinetic Affect

Diversity in Finance

Greenleaf Trust invests in Minority Students

Bringing Life to Poetry

8 Micole Dyson 10 “A New Movement”

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Meet the Principal

Creating Money Smart Kids

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College Dorm Life

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See why Derek Jeter is smiling!

HAVE/HAVE Nots for the Dorm Room

From the Publisher MULTI-CULTURAL NEWS SOURCE

Do What You Do!

Volume 01, Issue 06

In the book, “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life,” NFL coach Tony Dungy motivates his players to do their best. His words, “do what we do,” helps them refocus on where they are going, and how they are going to do it. Those represented in this issue exemplify the importance of putting their heart and soul into what they do to make a difference. Yankee shortstop and Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter supports students’ dreams through his Turn 2 Foundation. Business leader William Johnston, president and chair of Greenleaf Trust, provides scholarships for minorities in the field of finance. And founders of Kinetic Affect, helps students find their voice through poetry. There is so much our community needs, and so many of us who have something to contribute. Let’s do what we do!

See you Online! Sonya Bernard-Hollins Editor-In-Chief

Community Voices is published quarterly by Season Press LLC, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Free issues are available throughout West Michigan. Subscriptions are available. No parts of this magazine may be reproduced without permission.

Founders Arlene & James Washington (2005-2010) Your Community, Your Voice Publisher Season Press LLC (2010-) Editor-In-Chief Sonya Bernard-Hollins Graphic Design Fortitude Graphic Design Webmaster Geoffrey Brege Contributing Writer Andrew Prout For more information visit www.comvoicesonline.com write: Community Voices P.O. Box 51042 Kalamazoo, MI 49005 or call: 269-365-4019 Cover Photo: Paul Jude of Greenleaf Trust by Sean Hollins

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Kalamazoo’s Ladies’ Library Association was organized in 1852, and is the first building in the United States owned by a women’s organization. Throughout its history, the organization has been dedicated to literacy and education. Members of the 501(c)(3) organization have contributed more than 4,000 hours of community service, awarded 20 scholarships totaling $25,000, and gifted $31,000 to more than 40 local nonprofit organizations. Their annual Books for Babies drive provides hundreds of new books to needy children in Kalamazoo County. A ground breaking ceremony in July marked new beginnings for the organization, which has launched a $2.1 million campaign to make the building accessible to all by 2013. While the organization focuses on their role in the 21st Century, members recently celebrated its 160 year history through the creation of a documentary video, a play, and various other activities. For more information on donating to the Ladies’ Library Association’s 21st Century Campaign, purchasing a video, or scheduling a tour, call 269-344-3710, or visit www.kalamazooladieslibrary.org. The Ladies’ Library Association is located at 333 S. Park St., next to the Civic Theatre. Photos by Sonya Hollins, LLA member

The presentation of “Our Story-Dreams and Visions, 1852-2012,” was written by June Cottrell, former theater professor at Western Michigan University. Photos from top: Ladies attend play in 1800’s style hats and dresses; Cast of the play pose after great performance; Sharon Carlson plays Lucinda Hinsdale Stone, LLA founding member; Past presidents pose for an historic shot; LLA member Sonya Hollins (CV publisher) poses with June Cottrell; Elizabeth Harris, great-great granddaughter of Stone, poses with relative, and Sharon Carlson, director of WMU Archives and LLA member.

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WHEN I STARTED FEELING DIZZY

AND LIGHT-HEADED,

I SHOULD’VE LISTENED

TO MY HEART. Something wasn’t right. But like many women, I downplayed my symptoms and assumed the stress of my job was getting to me. Or maybe I wasn’t getting enough sleep. Turns out, I had a bad heart valve. And it was only a matter of time before it would give out. That’s when I turned to Bronson. Their cardiac services are rated best in the region, according to HealthGrades®  (2012).

After being a patient, I can see why. I was able to go home a few days after having major heart surgery. And in no time, I was back at work and back to my self again. Although now, when my body tries to tell me something, I listen.

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When Gabriel Giron was nine, his family moved from the rough streets of New York to the rural town of Richland, Michigan. In New York, his unique ethnicity of Mexican and Italian blended well in his community. However, the chubby kid with an accent did not feel welcome in his new town, which led to him hanging with the wrong crowd and selling drugs. “I blamed everybody else for my mistakes,” Giron said, sporting a tattoo of an upside-down tree on his left forearm with the words, “Speak it Forward.” “Three days after barely graduating from high school in 2000, I was a soldier in the U.S. Army, and a year later I was diagnosed with stage three testicle cancer.” In the meantime, Kirk Latimer wore a shirt and tie as he taught students at Portage Northern High School just outside Kalamazoo. His merger into life as a teacher was his attempt to camouflage his own childhood scars. He grew up in Detroit where he was often strapped to a chair and beaten. In high school he was school drug dealer. During his senior year in high school, five of his friends lost their lives to murder or suicide in a three-month period. “I wanted a new start. So, I left what I knew, and went to Western Michigan University,” said Latimer who earned his degree in secondary education in 2002. “I was like that teacher you see in movies; the one that students love. At the same time, I was bottling up all that anger from my past and I didn’t know how to deal with it.”

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Both men would find ways to release their medical as well as emotional scars through poetry. When they met in 2006 at a poetry slam, their styles of dress may have clashed, but their desire to help other young people learn how to release their pain through poetry, would be their common bond. In 2007, they formed Kinetic Affect, a performing group; and later cofounded a nonprofit, Speak it Forward, in which Gabriel is executive director; and Kirk, education director. Giron has since completed his degree at Columbia College, and the kinetic duo goes full force into youth organizations using their gift to uplift youth. Their work has been awarded and has led to them being invited as keynote speakers for such organizations as the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others who seek a fresh approach to solving issues with youth. Their talents have been recognized as semifinalists on America’s Got Talent, Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York, and other competitions. What is their secret to success? “We put our scars out there, and make it comfortable for youth to do the same through poetry,” Latimer said. “Then we help (students) shine a positive light on themselves, and their outlook on themselves., their future, starts to change.”

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Students’ Future: I know I am seeing the future lawyers, doctors, health advocates, in the students we teach each day. We have to help our kids think past today, and see the hope in their future. We have the ability to change lives.

Parental Foundation: My family encouraged and created energy around literacy. My father read to us regularly and he read to model the love of reading to us.

Teaching Philosophy: To teach kids, you have to learn about the child. Learn about their families and what makes them tick. Kids can “read” (a person’s personality) and tell if that teacher really cares.

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Role of Principal: The 21 Century principal has to be visible, present and accessible. She has to be one who leads with teachers.

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Challenges: We have to learn a new language today, as it relates to bullying. We have to give kids the tools to be successful in certain situations.


Taylor Washington, was an 8th grader at Hillside Middle School in Kalamazoo, when she was recently recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a Student of Excellence in Science Merit.

published nationally. The Standards for Selection include academic performance, interest, and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability, and recommendation from a qualified sponsor.

Taylor was nominated by Ashley Poole, a science teacher at Hillside. This is a prestigious honor very few students can hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.

Taylor is the daughter of Amy and James Washington Jr., from Kalamazoo, grandparents are Mable and Mahdee Shamsid-Deen of Grand Rapids, and Arlene and James Washington Sr., of Kalamazoo. Article contributed by United States Achievement Academy

With this honor, Taylor’s name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook which is

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At age 9, Stanley Steppes set up his business in a shoe box. He purchased dozens of sports-themed pencils from the school store for 10 cents, and resold them to parents at his church for 25 cents. At age 12, he was trained at Vincent’s Barbershop to shine shoes. When the mostly athletic-shoe wearing clients bypassed a shoe shine, Steppes learned to cut hair and eventually had more than 30 faithful clients line up for cuts in his parents’ basement on the east side of Kalamazoo. At age 16, he was hired by Warren Fritz of Raymond James Financial where he worked four years as an assistant while learning the world of finance. Today, Steppes is owner of Christian Alexander Wealth Advisors, LLC. While he can’t say where his entrepreneurial spirit derived, what he does know is that he has a passion to educate kids on how money works. Through the creation of his new Money Smart financial literacy products, Steppes has written the children’s book, “Christian and Daddy Go Shopping.” This first book in a series, introduces his real-life-son, Christian, to the basics of money, as they shop for a birthday present for Mom. The vibrant and engaging illustrations are by award-winning artist, Kenjii, who helps Steppes take kids on a real-life trip to the mall and an experience in budgeting. “I want Money Smart Kids and all of its educational tools, to become a movement to increase the financial IQ of kids everywhere,” said Steppes who also is founder and CEO of Literacy Partners of America, L3C. The 2001 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School had the idea for Money Smart Kids while talking to his own child about money. It was then he realized the lack of fun, educational resources for parents and teachers to talk to young kids about money. “Financial literacy is real-life stuff,” Steppes said. “We focus on literacy as it relates to reading. We focus on the importance of math and science. Well, financial literacy is just as important in their daily lives. One in three high school seniors use credit cards, and will have debt follow them into adulthood if we don’t do something to educate them at an early age.”

“I want to inspire, motivate, empower, and educate young people to not only understand what financial literacy is all about, but how it plays a role in their lives.”

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“Thumbs up to Stanley for recognizing the need for financial literacy beginning as early as possible. By implementing his ideas with young children, he is able to foster a mindset that hopefully makes the responsibility of financial management less daunting later in their lives.� Greg Kesler, sports commentator/motivational speaker

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Contributed by The White House-Office of the Press Secretary FACT SHEET: The Affordable Care Act: Secure Health Coverage for the Middle Class The Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses. This law was also specifically designed to give States the resources and flexibility they need to tailor their approach to their unique needs. Benefits and Protections for the Middle Class: The Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions to keep health care costs low, promote prevention, and hold insurance companies accountable. If you’re one of the 250 million Americans who already have health care – whether through private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid – the Affordable Care Act is already making your coverage more secure. · Insurance companies no longer have unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny your child coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or charge women more than men. · Over 86 million Americans have gained from coverage of preventive care free of charge, like mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors. · Nearly 13 million Americans will receive a rebate this summer because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses. · The law has already helped 5.3 million seniors and people with disabilities save an average of over $600 on prescription drugs in the “donut hole” in Medicare coverage. · The law’s provisions to strengthen and protect Medicare by fighting fraud will continue. · The law has helped 6.6 million young adults who have been able to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26, including 3.1 million young people who are newly insured. If you are one of the 30 million Americans who don’t yet have health insurance, starting in 2014 this law will offer you an array of quality, affordable, private health insurance plans to choose from. If you need care, you will finally have the same opportunity to get quality, affordable coverage as everyone else. SEE THE FULL STORY ON WWW.COMVOICESONLINE.COM/CAREACT. 12

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hen the trustees of the church counted the Sunday tithes and offerings, 5-year-old Paul Jude was by his father’s side, stacking the coins. “For me, it was fun to be with my father,” Jude said. “Making sure the money was right, and invested for the church’s benefit, was something I learned early on. It was my first memory of finance and investments.” Jude’s next experience with finance came at age 14. After receiving his first check as a caddy for $300, his father, an engineer, took $200 and place it into a savings account on Jude’s behalf. While not happy with the decision, the saving regiment continued, and evolved into investment accounts. By age 21, the funds had 14 14

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grown enough to provide young Jude with the down payment on a home. Today, he is a wealth management advisor at Greenleaf Trust in Kalamazoo. The company was founded in 1998 by Williams Johnston as one of Michigan’s first “trust-only” chartered bank and wealth management company. Johnston founded the Greenleaf Trust Scholarship to help inspire more minority students to seek careers in finance. Jude was one of them. The 2001 graduate of Lutheran High School in Macomb Township has worked up through the company from being a Greenleaf Trust scholarship recipient, to intern, and scholarship recruiter.


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He said exposure to finance at an early age, and education to what the field has to offer, would help increase interest among high school seniors and college freshman. “If you start off with a child, and give him $50 to invest in something they know, like Disney, Coke, or Nike, it would make it interesting to them,” Jude said. “Tell them how the money in the home is allocated, to teach the value, and responsibility of money management. “Someone with a degree in finance can be the chief financial officer of a company, work in real estate, banking, insurance, be an investment banker on Wall Street, or go into financial law and focus on mergers and acquisitions of companies. There are so many

different options,” Jude said. Jude said while investments seem intimidating even to adults, starting small and investing what you can into a mutual fund, is a good beginning to inspiring a new generation young people to study and work in the field of finance. “When you’re young you can’t see the long run. I didn’t either. But when I was able to see my funds dip, and grow from year to year from the age of 14, it now helps me understand how my clients feel when they trust me to invest their funds.” By Sonya Hollins Photo by Sean Hollins www.comvoicesonline.com SUMMER SUMMER2012 2012 | | 15


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pplying for colleges, scholarships, and taking ACT tests senior year, seem light years away for high school freshmen. However, for T’Ausia Bronson, it was during her freshman year at Kalamazoo Central High School that her parents encouraged her to review scholarships and their requirements to prepare in advance.

Without extra scholarships, she would live at home and attend Western Michigan University.

While she qualified for 100% of The Kalamazoo Promise college tuition scholarship, books, housing, and on-campus meals are not included in The Promise.

“The sermon was, “Ask God for Something Big,” said 18-year-old Bronson. “Before that sermon, I just wanted a scholarship that would allow me to stay on campus. After that, I asked Him for more.”

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It was during her senior year that a sermon by her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Addis Moore of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, gave her the push she needed.

The scholarships began rolling in. First, she received the Dr. Charles Warfield Community Service Award for $250. She then earned the $5,000 Gear Up College Day scholarship. Scholarships from Sigma Gamma Ro, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Wolverine State Sisterhood, the


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W. Jack and Nanette Keiser Scholarship through Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency, and her home church scholarship (Mt. Zion) totaled an additional $5,000. To top it off, she earned a gold medal in the Kalamazoo NAACP’s ACT-SO youth competition for her oratory speech, “Acknowledging the Problem.”

Bigger was still forthcoming. Her coach in the competition, Buddy Hannah, invited her to share of her accomplishments on his Saturday radio spotlight on 1560 The Touch. Karen Baldwin and Kim Dudley of Greenleaf Trust also would be featured to encourage minority students planning to pursue a degree in finance from Western Michigan University, to apply for their company’s $10,000 scholarship.

Bronson’s humble, yet confidence personality, her plans to pursue a business degree at WMU, a 3.79 g.pa., and partnership in the family accessories business, led to Dudley and Baldwin encouraging Bronson to apply for the scholarship. She did. She received it. “I had never heard of Greenleaf Trust before,” Bronson said. “I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. This is a huge financial burden lifted off my parents. I will make (Greenleaf) proud, and all of those who gave me scholarships.” Bronson thanks her parents, Brian and Shenique White, who pushed her early on to prepare herself for college. Her advice to other students, “Ask God for something big, and watch what He can do,” she said.

and may be renewed all four years of a student’s undergraduate college attendance. Scholarship candidates also qualify for paid internships with Greenleaf Trust, including mentoring, tutoring and attendance to professional seminars. 

The Scholarship

In 1998 William D. Johnston founded Greenleaf Trust as one of Michigan’s first “trust-only “chartered banks. In seeking employees who had studied finance, he discovered the talent pool had very few minority candidates.  Having been a principal of Mattawan High School, Johnston felt he could encourage more minority students to enter the field of finance by establishing a Greenleaf Trust Scholarship. So he did. For the past 13 years, Greenleaf Trust has awarded scholarships to eight students from diverse backgrounds who attend (or plan to attend) Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business. To qualify for the scholarship, students must major in finance or financial planning, be enrolled at WMU full-time and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. The scholarships are $10,000 per year

Karen Baldwin and Kim Dudley, coordinators of the Greenleaf Trust Scholarship and Intern Program, interview potential scholarship recipients. “We look for confidence in a student who is willing to take the first step and apply for our scholarship. We want students who believe in themselves and know they have just as good a chance as anyone else to receive the scholarship,” said Baldwin. ATTENTION STUDENTS! Scholarship Available: There is one scholarship open for Spring 2013 semester. Deadline to apply is October 12, 2012. Internship Available: One internship is available for December 2012. Visit greenleaftrust.com/ careers to learn more Greenleaf Trust is located at 211 S. Rose St. (former YWCA). Call 269-388-9800 with questions regarding the scholarship.

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Blake has found her groove. Transitioning to Kalamazoo College from high school in Ypsilanti was a challenge for this self-described reserved person. But she met her challenges head on and hasn’t looked back. The College helped Zena in part by connecting her to people in the community. She’s worked as a math aide at Kalamazoo Central High School and as a counselor at a summer algebra camp for Kalamazoo Public Schools students held on K’s campus. Now a junior math major with an interest in criminal psychology, Zena plans to complete a senior project on the effects, importance, and value of math enrichment programs in Kalamazoo. “The people here really make it special,” Zena said about Kalamazoo. “I’ve made good friends.”

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“I’ve learned that people like what we’re doing, and we have a lot of same supporters throughout the years who have been here. They only come back because they like what we’re doing, and that says a lot about what my family’s been able to do.” Derek Jeter, New York Yankee captain, shortstop and Founder of the Turn 2 Foundation for youth. LIVE IN NEW YORK: Derek Jeter laughs at 1997 photo of himself with then 9-year-old Edward Callahan Jr. taken at his 2nd Turn 2 fund raising event in Kalamazoo. That event raised $250,000. Today, Callahan, who now lives in New York, was the photographer at this June 21, 2012 Red Carpet affair at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, which raised $1 million. Red Carpet Quotes: “This is our third year performing (at the Turn 2 event) and we’ve developed a rapport with Derek over the years. Now we’re homies,” Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men.) “What (Jeter’s) done is set the bar quite high. He’s had a lot of success not only on the field, but off the field in changing lives. And that’s what we’re trying to do at the Greg Jennings Foundation,” Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers. *See full story/photo gallery at www.comvoicesonline.com www.comvoicesonline.com

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By Andrew Prout

Dorm life has been greatly fictionalized over the decades by movies and music. News flash...you are not moving into a suite at the Hilton! Remembering these Must Haves/Have Not tips will help college students’ dorm life a bit easier.

Top 10 dorm HAVES:

1. Flip-Flops: Most every bathroom and toilet is shared by a number of other students...enough said. 2. Ear plugs: Prepare yourself for people making noise all night long. 3. Mini fridge: It’s great to open your mini fridge and enjoy a bowl of cereal at 2 a.m. 4. Bed padding: Most mattresses provided in dorms come from the late 1970s; you’ll need support. 5. Basic tool kit with Duct tape: Have a basic working knowledge of tools for quick fixes around the dorm. 6. Cleaning wipes: An anti-bacterial wipe or cleaner is needed when living with others! 7. Clip lamp: Perfect for attaching to your bed and small enough not to wake your roommate. 8. Brita water filter pitcher: Bottled water can become expensive. Keep it simple and buy a water filter pitcher. 9. Power strip and extension cord: Have the right gear to reach and plug in all your electronics. 10. Basic First-Aid Kit: Be ready for the occasional bump or bruise.

Top 10 HAVE NOTS:

1. Night light: They will annoy your roommate. 2. Giant TV: These take up a lot of room and have the great potential to be damaged. 3. Too Many Clothes: You can always have your parents send things as needed. 4. Movie/book collection: These take up space. Get a Kindle and use Netflix or the internet to find a movie. 5. Sports equipment: Unless you play for the university, leave the hockey or football gear at home. A football or soccer ball is fine. 6. Valuables: Fragile items end up broken, lost, or stolen. 7. Pets: Fish or reptiles smell, and your roommate will hate it. Besides, it may get neglected and eventually flushed. 8. Microwave: Most dorms now have a community room with one everyone can share. 9. Acoustic guitar: The guitar will never get played. Just leave it at home Bob Dylan. 10. A closed mind: Going to live in the dorms is an experience. Everyone is different. Have an open mind and be willing to experience new things!

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Checks can be made payable to Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch - NAACP (Attn: 2012 NAACP Golf Tournament, PO Box 51473, Kalamazoo, MI 49005-1473) by June 29, 2012

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