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Dayton Selected for Mobility Action Learning Network

The Urban Institute has announced Dayton as one of 26 localities nationwide that have joined its Mobility Action Learning Network as part of its Upward Mobility Initiative. This initiative aims to provide communities like ours with additional tools and support to increase upward mobility and racial equity for residents.

Learn to Earn Dayton submitted the application to the network in collaboration with Montgomery County and the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community – focusing on the impact of the Two-Generation Collaborative, comprising partner organizations from across the region focused on poverty reduction through strengthened education and workforce opportunities. The Mobility Action Learning Network will provide our local team

with training and technical assistance through 2024 as work is done to incorporate strategies and solutions that promote mobility and equity in the Montgomery County region.

Erica Fields from Learn to Earn Dayton, Jessica Jenkins from Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development, and Nancy McHugh from the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community attended the Urban Institute Mobility Action Learning Network Exchange in Washington, D.C. in January, representing our region. This team will serve as the representatives of the work, bringing lessons back to the Two-Generation Collaborative to benefit all of Dayton.

Learn to Earn Dayton CEO Stacy Schweikhart said, "Learn to Earn Dayton's work with the Upward Mobility Network underscores our dedication to creating a community

where every person can thrive. We are thrilled to join together with partners from the Two-Generation Collaborative to leverage the resources, tools, and training provided by the Urban Institute to create better pathways to economic success, dignity, belonging, power, and autonomy for all members of our community."

About Learn to Earn Dayton: Learn to Earn Dayton is the regional cradle-tocareer intermediary organization, leveraging data, policy, and partnerships to improve student outcomes along the educational continuum with the goal of increasing the number of students who earn a college degree or marketable credential. Learn to Earn Dayton serves the community as a convener, collaborator, innovator, and incubator, centering youth voices and driving for solutions that can improve our local communities.

April Marks Autism Acceptance Month

This month is meant to be a time for uplifting autistic voices and sharing in the community's joy. Its purpose is to affirm and promote the full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms for individuals with Autism, ensuring they are treated equally with others.

Autism is often misunderstood, misconstrued and misinterpreted. While most people are aware of autism now and know autistic people exist, many people still fail to understand what it means to be autistic. Autism is a developmental disability that affects. This may include differences in processing senses, thinking, physically moving, communicating, socializing and going about daily living.

About one in 36 children have autism spectrum disorder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states. This number is on the rise, especially

as children of color receive more diagnoses after being largely overlooked throughout history. According to one of the largest U.S. studies to date (National Library of Medicine) on the topic, Black children, on average, don’t get diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) until three years after their parents have initially voiced concerns to their pediatrician. This automatically places them behind the curve, as they miss out on the many positive effects of early intervention services. Black children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are diagnosed later than their White peers, are more likely to be misdiagnosed, and are less likely to receive early intervention services or a developmental evaluation by three years old.

Erica Fields discussed with us her personal journey. For Fields, the idea of creating inclusive communities is not a foreign concept. Fields served as the Executive Director of the City of Dayton Human

OJ Simpson Passes Away at 76 from Prostate Cancer

Orenthal James Simpson (July 9, 1947 – April 10, 2024) was an American football player and actor who was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills, and is regarded as one of the greatest running backs of all time. His professional success was overshadowed by his trial and controversial acquittal for the murders of his former wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994.

Simpson played college football for the USC Trojans, where he won the Heisman Trophy as a senior, and was selected first overall by the Bills in the 1969 NFL/AFL

draft. During his nine seasons with the Bills, he received five consecutive Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selections from 1972 to 1976. He also led the league in rushing yards four times, in rushing touchdowns twice, and in points scored in 1975. He became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, earning him NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP), and is the only NFL player to do so in a 14-game regular season. He holds

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NPower Ohio Celebrates Inaugural Graduation Ceremony for Tech Fundamentals Program

NPower is a non-profit organization designed to implement technology training and professional development courses, catering to the underserved and unemployed population throughout the city. This 20-week program consists of technical training and professional development, with job placement opportunities upon completion.

Dayton, Ohio—March 18, 2024—NPower Ohio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals through technology education, is thrilled to announce the graduation of its first cohort from the Tech Fundamentals program. The ceremony will take place on April 4th, 2024, in Dayton, Ohio, marking a significant milestone in

the organization's mission to transform lives and communities.

The Tech Fundamentals program, offered free of charge by NPower, is designed to equip students with industryrecognized certifications and the skills needed to succeed in today's rapidly evolving technology landscape. This inau-

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Relations Council, advocating to ensure a culture of fair treatment, inclusion and equal access to opportunities for Dayton residents - regardless of race, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation.

She now directs and oversees efforts to increase economic mobility and reduce disparities in student outcomes in focused geographies for Regional Non profit Learn to Earn. Today, her professional and personal lives have collided. Nathan, Fields’ son, was 15 months old when he was officially diagnosed with Autism. Fields shared how crucial it was to push for an early diagnosis. “As a mom, I knew I needed to. I had to be his greatest advocate. The stakes were too high. Nathan will be entering preschool in the fall and an accurate, and early, diagnosis was the key to unlocking the right services, and for children with autism spectrum disorder, early intervention is critical.”

Early on this journey

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The Christian Women Coalition 18th Celebration Honoring Unsung Senior Citizen Trailblazers

The Christian Women Coalition celebrated the 18th year of honoring Usung Senior Citizen Trailblazers on April the 6th at the Presidential Banquet Center.. Cheryl R. Spencer was mistress of ceremony. This year's charity organization was autism and Dr. LaShell Dauterman, Vice President of the Autism Society, enlighten the group on awareness, Dr. Brooke Goodwine, Principal, Fairview School, gave an inspirational speech on ‘leadership’ and

left three thought provoking messages for the audience: 1. Don't ever make a move that is not aligned to your why. 2. Give more than you take. 3. Leave whatever you touch, better, than you found it. Mrs. Phyllis Worley rendered music followed by a salute, videos, proclamations, and awards presented to honorees. Mrs. Anne Trammell was presented a bouquet of flowers by the committee, recently hospitalized. WRCX-L D (channel 40) highlighted the event. Videos of hon-

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Jessica Jenkins from Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development, Erica Fields from Learn to Earn Dayton, and Nancy McHugh from the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community attended the Urban Institute Mobility Action Learning Network Exchange in Washington, D.C. in January. First row: Glenda Camp, Rev. Wanda Lowe, Janet Stephen, Debbye Hicks, Veronica Stephens and Johnnie Holmes, Second row: Dr. JoAnn Elder, Lavita Williams, Trudy Woods, Vie Miller, Joann Boyd, Renee Moses, Marilyn Handy, Phyllis Worley, Rev. Becky Hall, Rev. Rosa Carter and Patricia Scott orees and the souvenir booklet may be viewed at cbcchurch.org CWC Program, 2024 Honorees. OJ Simpson Mayor Jeff Mimms and the first cohort of graduates from NPower

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Mobility Action Learning Network

Mobility Initiative. This initiative aims to provide communities like ours with additional tools and support to increase upward mobility and racial equity for residents.

Learn to Earn Dayton submitted the application to the network in collaboration with Montgomery County and the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community – focusing on the impact of the TwoGeneration Collaborative, comprising partner organizations from across the region focused on poverty reduction through strengthened education and workforce opportunities. The Mobility Action Learning Network will provide our local team with training and technical assistance through 2024 as work is done to incorporate strategies and solutions that promote mobility and equity in the Montgomery County region.

Learn to Earn Dayton CEO Stacy Schweikhart said, "Learn to Earn Dayton's work with the national Urban Institute Up-

ward Mobility Network underscores our commitment to ensuring all members of our community can thrive - regardless of race, gender or zip code. This opportunity will allow all of the partners in the Montgomery County Two-Generation Collaborative to leverage the resources, tools, and training provided by the Urban Institute to create better pathways to economic mobility in our community."

Erica Fields from Learn to Earn Dayton, Jessica Jenkins from Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development, and Nancy McHugh from the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community attended the Urban Institute Mobility Action Learning Network Exchange in Washington, D.C. in January, representing our region. This team will serve as the representatives of the work, bringing lessons back to the Two-Generation Collaborative to benefit all of Dayton.

on a walk-in basis. Sign-ups begin at 12 pm. For more information, and to register if required, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

DML is committed to providing access to all of our events. If you would like to request accommodations for sign language interpretation, audio amplification, and/or language translation please contact us through the method that best meets your needs. Additional accommodations may be available upon request. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

You can submit an Accommodations Request on our website or call our Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

NCNW Dayton- Springfield Life Members Guild Will Host Annual Ladies in Their Eighties and Beyond Awards Brunch

Someone once said, “The spirit never ages. It stays forever young.” That holds true for the eight ladies in their 80s and beyond who will be honored at the NCNW Dayton-Springfield Life Members Guild annual event. Saturday, May 18, 2024, the NCNW Dayton-Springfield Life Members Guild will host their annual Ladies in Their Eighties and Beyond Awards Brunch. It will be held 9:00 A.M. at the Presidential Banquet Center, 4548 Presidential Way, Kettering, Ohio 45429. Contact Ms. Edna Dudley at 937-854-3808 for tickets. Donation is $35.00. The deadline for tickets is May 10th. For additional information regarding ads for the souvenir book contact Ms. Beverly Warren at 937898-6534 or Mrs. Priscilla Jones at 937-275-4865. The deadline for ads is April 20th. All checks or money orders should be made out to NCNW, Inc.

Please consider joining in the celebration of these special ladies who are so deserving of this recognition for their years of time, talent, service, and resources shared with family, community, and more. As women age, it’s important to show them how worthy, appreciated, and beautiful they are. This event will be a moment to remember as we celebrate these women of grace and wisdom.

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Annual Business Resources Fair Saturday, April 20, 11 am-2 pm Trotwood Branch Patrons will
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Driver’s License Reinstatement Clinic Friday, April 26, 1-3 pm The Urban Institute has announced Dayton as one of 26 localities nationwide that have joined its Mobility Action Learning Network as part of its Upward Business, Legal
Programs at DML West Branch Attorneys from the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender will assist patrons with questions regarding driver’s license reinstatement, including what might be preventing someone from obtaining a license and strategize possible approaches to removing barriers. Funds will not be available at this clinic to pay fines. Patrons will be assisted
discover helpful tools and gain guidance for beginning and
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Black Women Contractors Request House of Representative Demand Racial Equity in US DOT Federal Contracting Awards

On March 13, 2024, Ann McNeill, Founder and Chair, National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), authored a letter to the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to demand mandatory, equitable contracting goals in US DOT surface transportation contract awards.

The request was made to guarantee the inclusion of historically, disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) as mandated in President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 Advancing Racial Equity Through Federal Contracting.

The US DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program was reauthorized by Congress most recently in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Pub. L. 117–58 November 15, 2021, 135 Stat. 429 (23 U.S.C. 101 note, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The Act describes Congress’ findings regarding the continued need for the DBE program due to the discrimination and related barriers that pose significant obstacles for minority and womenowned businesses seeking federally assisted surface transportation work.

However, in Section 11101 (e) (3) of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Congress provides that the DBE Program applies to the amounts made available for any program under Division A (other than section 14004), division C and 23 U.S.C. This approval is in blatant, direct public policy opposition to US DOT DBE Title 49, Parts 23 and 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.).

The above Bipartisan Congressional approval, specifically targets the sole exclusion of a class of disadvantaged small businesses, already recognized by Congress’ approval of US DOT DBE Title 49, Parts 23 and 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) as discriminated against in US DOT surface transportation work contract awards.

Tina M. White, NABWIC, Chief Government Affairs Liaison said, “The continuation of the Congressional Bipartisan exclusion of mandated DBE goals, means a class of small businesses, recognized as recent as November 15, 2021 as being discriminated against past and present, will continue to be unlawfully handcuffed from benefiting and creating wealth from $13.1 billion appropriated for US DOT-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) surface transportation work in simultaneous parity with non-disadvantaged businesses.”

In order to achieve US DOT-FHWA's long-term goals the equitable deployment of electric vehicles infrastructure is required. Disconcerting, the Bipartisan Congressional intentional exclusion of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) mandated goals for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law $ 5 billion National Electric Vehicles Infrastructure (NEVI) Programs, $2.5 billion Discretionary Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Programs and $5.6 billion Low and No Emission Transit Bus Programs funded projects, egregiously discriminates and violates US DOT Title 49, Parts 23 and 26 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Ann McNeil, NABWIC, Chair and Founder said, “The Bipartisan Congressional, intentional ab-

sence of mandated DBE goals in US DOT’s funding is in public policy opposition with President Biden’s E.O. 13985 Advancing Racial Equity Through Federal Contracting. And the failure to established significant mandatory DBE goals on federal awarded contracts will continue to sustain, economical discriminatory harm to disadvantaged small businesses.”

Further, the alarming absence of DBE equitable contracting goals, violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which guarantees, “that no person shall on the grounds of race, color or national origin be excluded from participation, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or service provided or funded by the federal government,” as stated to Congressman Jefferies in the March 13, 2024 letter.

White said, “It is perplexing that the Black Congressional Congress (CBC) did not sound the alarm before the Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Acts and Inflation Reduction Act’s billions of dollars of funding was approved; because the exclusion of generational wealth creation for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in simultaneous parity with non-disadvantaged businesses ; was Congressional Bipartisan approval not just extreme, right winged, Republicans staunchly opposed to equitable wealth building for Black Americans through federal contracting.”

To date, House of Representative Minority Leader Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has not responded to NABWIC’s request to meet to discuss equitable inclusions for disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) in US DOT’s $13.1 billion surface transportation contracting.

Something to Consider: Are you Having Difficulty With These Changing Times?

Even though change is an inevitable part of our lives, understanding this does often make such an experience easier to handle. There are ways that are profitable that can make it easier for you to accept all the changes that we have experienced lately and these transitions can be made to move much smoother and less troubling.

Dealing with change does require making adjustments. Sometimes these adjustments may be very small things such as looking for a new way to do something or perhaps adding a new step to the routines that you are used to. At other times, you could find that change introduces many disruptions to the manner in which you live your life. These disruptions can produce a great deal of stress as well as feelings of anxiety and depression all at the same time.

This does not mean that change is usually bad, but even those good changes that make you feel excited can promote stress. You begin to think that things were not that bad before in your daily life. You were comfortable with your routine; you knew what to expect and you were not thrown off by those surprises or those challenges that you never expected. As this change happens, those routines that you loved have suddenly been disrupted and you find that you need to adapt as you work toward pushing forward and further. This automatically means that your comfort zone has been completely gone and you begin to feel that overwhelming sense of things not being right or good. You begin to notice that

you are having headaches that you never had before and you no longer felt like eating those delicious treats you use to crave; you’re not sleeping well and a feeling of real sadness seems to appear often. You also find that you are no longer able to hold your temper.

Keeping these things in mind, you feel that you are loss, but don’t forget that there are strategies that you can use that will make a huge difference for you.

Basically, how you cope with the changes in your life plays a significant role in your overall mental wellbeing. This could include how you really feel about your life. If you find yourself struggling with the changes you have had to make, you might often find yourself feeling negative, bitterness or regret about an outcome. I you have a tendency to be resilient in the face of life challenges, you may be able to bounce back and be able to adapt with no trouble at all, but if you tend to struggle more with change, you might require more help so that you are able to get back on track. The good part is that there are some steps that you can take when you are dealing with change which can make your adjustments a lot easier.

The first one is that you need to prepare yourself.

You already know that change often happens when you don’t expect it. If you are able to keep an eye on your future and prepare yourself at least mentally, this might be able to help you.

Perhaps you could take some time to think about the events that are coming up in the future that might lead to more changes or disruptions.

Remember there other things you can try:1) create checklists of things you need to do before something happens.

2) Save money so that you can avoid financial stress.

3) Talk to a career planner or professional financial expert about the goals that you had.

4) Make choices about what you want to change in your life.

Sometimes you will be the one who initiates the change and there might be a strong chance that you will have more control over what is going to happen. There are so many unplanned changes that can occur such as a job loss, a divorce, the death of a love one. They can make you feeling afraid and really unsure of what is going to happen.

There is one thing that you should not do and that is to avoid the stress although avoidance can sometime reduce the stress, but most research has shown that it actually increases the stress and anxiety.

Here is one lifechanging quote. “You can make positive deposits into your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hopebuilding people.”

ABLE Parent Advocate Discusses SUCCESS Program at National American Bar Association Conference

In early 2022, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) launched an innovative multi- disciplinary program to address chronic absenteeism in elementary and middle-schoolaged children and families in the Springfield, Ohio area. Funded by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the SUCCESS Program runs as a partnership among ABLE, the Clark County Juvenile Court, and Springfield City Schools.

When a child at a participating Springfield elementary or middle school meets the criteria for chronic absenteeism, a multidisciplinary team from the SUCCESS Program joins the school to work with the family and offer services to help address

the underlying issues that keep the child out of school.

“On average, each family can be facing up to five different legal issues,” said Renee Murphy, Managing Attorney at ABLE and legal aid liaison to the program. “We provide legal services to stabilize housing, to improve families’ economic stability, and to ensure children get needed services for success in school. We also assist families with things such as medical appointments, finding furniture, and help with moving.”

To assist with the various needs of the student or family, ABLE’s designated Parent Advocate, Christina Brown, works directly with the clients, gaining their trust and holding them accountable. Brown often works

with hard-to-reach community members who may not trust the legal system or are wary they may get in trouble for not being a good student or parent.

Brown shared that her approach of “meeting the child or parent where they are” has been effective.

“Overall, we are successfully demolishing barriers that are causing family truancy issues in the Springfield and Clark County area,” Brown said.

“Our participants are trusting us with their underlying needs and issues that previously weren’t being addressed.”

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The team offers services to help address the underlying issues that keep the child out of school. If a

family chooses to join the SUCCESS Program, an ABLE attorney helps the family resolve civil legal challenges. Additionally, a parent advocate employed by ABLE works with an education liaison officer from the Clark County Juvenile Court to connect the family with social services and local community resources.

Brown will help place ABLE’s SUCCESS Program in the national spotlight this week during the National Conference on Parent Representation in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12. The biannual conference is hosted by the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law. Titled “Different Strokes for Different Folks: Maryland and Ohio Do Multidisciplinary Representation

Their Way”, the panel will feature Brown alongside other Ohio and Maryland lawyers, parent advocates, and social workers that have piloted similar programs. The discussion will focus on the unique ways ABLE and additional organizations are addressing the issue and the important role of the Parent Advocate. “Parent Advocates are vital and necessary members of the multi-disciplinary team,” said Judge Katrine M. Lancaster with the Clark County Domestic Relations Court-Juvenile Section. “It is extraordinarily difficult for any parent to admit and recognize they need help for themselves and their children—and then be asked to trust an unknown process and share very intimate details of their life

and that of their family with unknown persons whose experiences rarely look like their own. The Parent Advocate changes the dynamic of the parent’s interaction and can work quickly to gain trust and develop a relationship based on shared experiences. The work of the Parent Advocate may decrease the time in which needs can be identified and increase the effectiveness of the multi-disciplinary team thereby delivering the appropriate targeted services to the families and children more quickly.”

To learn more about ABLE’s SUCCESS Program, click here. For the full National Conference on Parent Representation agenda, visit the American Bar Association’s website.

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Black-Owned School Created By HBCU Grad Launches New Curriculum Teaching Generational Wealth

Nationwide -- Financial Joy School, a free financial education platform devoted to closing the racial wealth gap, is proud to announce the launch of its groundbreaking initiative called the “We Build Generational Wealth Pledge.”

Founded by Ruby “SunShine” Taylor, a double HBCU alumna of Howard University and Virginia Union University, the organization is dedicated to democratizing financial education for all.

The “We Build Generational Wealth Pledge” is a movement that invites families and communities to take actionable steps towards securing their financial future. By signing the pledge, participants commit to educating themselves and their loved ones about financial education, implementing wealthbuilding strategies, and passing on the knowledge to future generations.

Ruby, as the founder

Financial Joy School and CEO of Financial Joy School, was featured in Forbes for being such a passionate advocate for financial inclusion. She comments, “Our mission has always been to make financial education accessible to ALL. With the ‘We Build Generational Wealth Pledge,’ we are taking a bold step towards creating a world where everyone knows they can build generational wealth, no matter their starting point.”

Participants who sign the pledge will receive weekly generational wealth information for 52 weeks, along with a chance to receive financial rewards of $200, $100, or $50 on their journey toward building a lasting financial legacy. The pledge launch (April 2nd), is set to coincide with Financial Education Month in April, with a series of events and seminars featuring industry experts, including New York Times Bestselling Author Omar Tyree. To further amplify the impact, Financial Joy School is offering a range

of resources, including the acclaimed LEGACY! Card Game, educational seminars, and online content — all designed to make learning about finance engaging and accessible.

Ruby comments, “Join our movement and take the ‘We Build Generational Wealth Pledge’ today. Together, we can change the narrative around wealth and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come.”

For more information on how to get involved, visit the official website at FinancialJoySchool.com

About Financial Joy School is a social enterprise on a mission to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, race, or background, has access to the tools and knowledge needed to build generational wealth. Through innovative educational resources, community outreach, and partnerships, Financial Joy School is making financial education fun, accessible, and impactful.

Celebrate Appalachia @ DML

Dayton Metro Library’s WilmingtonStroop Branch will celebrate Appalachian culture with their Appalachian Heritage MiniFest on Saturday, April 20, from 1-4 pm.

Dancing demonstrations by the Five Points Cloggers will take place at 1 pm. They will also discuss clogging history and the Irish influence on Appalachian culture. Bluegrass music from the Corndrinkers will take place at 3 pm. Crafts and games will also be available.

Additionally, from 1-5 pm, DML’s Special Collections staff will be on hand to help community members scan their Appalachian family photos and paper memorabilia to a provided flash drive, with the option to add family experiences to DML’s Dayton Local History Collection via digital images. Items should be limited to 11x17 inches or smaller and to 10 photos/ documents per person.

Registration for the scanning portion of the Heritage Mini-Fest is required at DaytonMetro-

Library.org or by calling the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.

DML is committed to providing access to all of our events. If you would like to request accommodations for sign language interpretation, audio amplification, and/or language translation please contact us through the method that best meets your needs. Additional accommodations may be available upon request. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Congregations Coming Together In-person to Help Our Students

Financial support has been cut drastically, especially governmental funding for higher education and scholarships. Therefore, the Dayton Inter-Alumni Council of the UNCF is asking Dayton-area Church Congregations, Businesses, and Community Leaders to make an offering that will provide scholarships and aid to help students from our community get to and through our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Please join us! Dayton Inter-Alumni Council of the UNCF www.daytonuncf.com

DIAC/UNCF Faith Initiative Sunday Program – Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. at Harris Memorial CME Church -3950 Haney Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45417

This year’s annual program will be held in-person and will feature Dr. David Lawrence, Superintendent of the Dayton Public Schools. UNCF Faith Initiative’s donations by checks or money orders may be sent to DIAC/UNCF, P.O. Box 60223, Dayton, Ohio 45406, between April 1 and April 17, 2024. Cash donations will be accepted before or on the day of the program. All Pastors/Churches in attendance will be recognized during the UNCF Faith Initiative Sunday’s “Dedication of Gifts.” Please support our students with your prayers and financial gifts.

More Than 70 Students Complete Sinclair Community College Associate Degrees While Still in High School

72 College Credit Plus students now have a Sinclair degree at no cost to students and families.

Sinclair Community College recognized and celebrated the 72 College Credit Plus (CCP) students who are graduating next month with Sinclair associate degrees while still in high school. The students were recognized on Thursday, April 11, 2024, during a special graduation ceremony held at Sinclair’s downtown Dayton campus.

Approximately 9,977 students, a record number, enrolled in CCP at Sinclair for the 2023-2024 school year. CCP is Ohio’s dual-enrollment program giving students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to take college courses for free and earn high school and college credit before graduating high school.

CCP provides high school students the option to choose from a widerange of courses and programs in both a career and technical field of study that prepares them for indemand jobs, as well as general education courses that can be transferred to a four-year university.

“The opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school is a remarkable avenue for students to explore their academic interests and get a head start on their higher education. It allows them to challenge themselves and experience the rigors of college-level coursework, providing a taste of what lies ahead in their academic journey,” said Makiya Keeton, 2024 graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School and Sinclair Community College.

Sinclair’s CCP students earned more than 72,000 credit hours for the 20232024 academic year. By completing a degree in high school, these students and families saved more than $750,000 towards the future cost of a college credential.

“Sinclair Community College is honored to have played a part in the educational journey of these remarkable students who are now halfway to a bachelor’s degree or prepared to enter directly into meaningful employment in rewarding, in-demand careers in our region. Completing an associate degree while simultaneously attending high school is an incredible achievement. We extend our deepest appreciation to the families, educators, and mentors who have supported these students along the way,” said Dr. Steven Johnson, President – Sinclair Community College.

Other 2023-2024 Sinclair CCP Graduation accomplishments include:

68 Seniors, 2 Juniors and 2 Sophomores are graduating with Sinclair associate degrees.

The graduating students represent 19 partner high schools with 17 of these high schools having courses running in their building with Sinclair faculty or credentialed high school teachers.

16 different degree programs are represented within this cohort of graduates.

Top majors represented in the graduates for this academic year:

Electromechnical Engineering Aviation Maintenance Technology

Associate of Arts for Transfer

Associate of Science for Transfer Business Manufacturing Engineering Technology Psychology In addition to the students graduating with associate degrees, an additional 123 students are completing a certificate or short-term certificate.

“Sinclair Community College is immensely grateful for the unwavering support and collaboration from our K-12 school partners in partnering with Sinclair’s College Credit Plus program. Together, we are transforming the educational landscape by empowering high school students to seize opportunities for advanced learning and college credit attainment while still in high school. This remarkable partnership exemplifies our shared commitment to fostering academic excellence and preparing students for future success,” added Liz Cicchetti, Chief School Partnerships Officer – Sinclair Community College. Sinclair has CCP agreements with 153 individual high schools across the region. To learn more about CCP at Sinclair Community College, visit Sinclair. edu/CCP.

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Makiya Keeton, 2024 graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School and Sinclair Community College Sinclair Community College Provost Dr. Tony Ponder addresses the 2024 College Credit Plus graduates.

Dayton Inter-Alumni Council Fundraising Campaign

The Inter-Alumni Council of the UNCF is culminating a significant fundraising campaign, UNCF Sunday Faith Initiative Campaign Program, to bring awareness to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and their partnership with the faith community. This year’s Guest Speaker for the UNCF Faith Sunday Initiative Campaign Program is Dr. David Lawrence, Superintendent of the Dayton Public Schools.

“What many don’t realize is that nearly all of today’s HBCUs— whether they’re part of UNCF or are now statefunded HBCUs, were started as missions of the church,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF’s president and CEO. “They began teaching schools to help freed Black men and women who escaped enslaved people learn how to read and write, and they gave them the basic skills to get ahead in life. That is why even today, our HBCUs are precious, vital resources that continue to deliver on their mission, supporting those that need education as a way to help them succeed and level the playing field.”

Each year, in an effort to empower as many talented and deserving young people to get to and through college as they can, UNCF goes back to churches and other faith groups across

the United States to ask them to invest in better futures. Every year, to garner ongoing support from those who started it all, UNCF reaches out to communities of faith across Ohio to ask for unrestricted donations, culminating on a specific Sunday during the year for each congregation or house of worship to give what it can to make a financial investment in UNCF. This year, the UNCF Sunday Faith Initiative Campaign Program is April 21, 2024, at Harris Memorial CME Church, 3950 Haney Rd. in Dayton, Ohio, 45416. “We certainly work with local faith leaders throughout the year, but focus on April,” said Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Thompson, President of the Dayton Inter-Alumni Council of UNCF. “Our In-person UNCF Sunday Faith Initiative Campaign Program this year in Dayton allows us to showcase our UNCF-member HBCU alumni to show what their gifts of time and treasure to UNCF mean to real people in our Dayton community. This also gives us an opportunity to hopefully impress upon everyone how important it is to continue to give back locally, especially now with the pandemic still ongoing, as we need as many doctors and nurses, pharmacists and pathologists, teachers and technologists in the pipeline because these young people are going to be our future pandemic front liners. You just never know who’s going to save your life.”

To learn more about UNCF Dayton’s local faith campaign, contact Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Thompson, President, at (937) 608-1801, Dr. Robert C. Walker, Sr., at (937) 3675951, President Emeritus, Mr. Michael Brown, Vice-president, at (937) 454-2028 or go to www. daytonuncf.com. You can also go to UNCF.org/ FaithCampaign for additional information. In addition, the Rev. Dr. Father Benjamin Speare-Hardy II and Rev. Samuel Winston, Jr. serve as the UNCF Sunday Honorary Chairs. The Rev. Dr. William E. Harris, Jr. is the UNCF Sunday Chairperson. Please make contributions payable to DIAC/ UNCF, P. O. Box 60223, Dayton, Ohio, 45406, by April 17, 2024, to be counted in the “Dedication of Gifts” portion of the Program. UNCF Dayton’s local Faith Sunday Initiative Campaign will turn down no gifts from persons on the day of the UNCF Faith Sunday Initiative Campaign Program.

“Without churches, UNCF likely wouldn’t exist. Collectively, they planted the seed that grew the tree from which we sprang. The interfaith community has played a critical role in the founding of many of our HBCUs—and thus UNCF— and over the decades, has provided vital funds that have helped sustain our schools,” UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Lomax

I am confident that the Creator, who has begun great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world. Philippians 1:6 The Voice

If the church is not a building but the Body of Christ, please BE reminded that we are also the Bride of Christ. Someday, Jesus will come back for His Bride without spots or wrinkles. That is what the Rapture is all about. Then, the dead in Christ will rise first, followed by those of us who remain.

As a child and even as an adult, I didn’t understand the meaning of the Feast of First Fruits until I recently started studying Jewish Feasts. Some deceivers claimed to find the body of Jesus in a Jerusalem tomb. Now, we have a choice. Either we believe such portrayals carrying a dead body out of a tomb in Jerusalem, or we believe the WORD.

The Apostle Paul makes a big deal by admonishing us to BE NOT DECEIVED. Deception is Satan's greatest weapon. He has deceived us so that we are following the Gregorian calendar and should be following the Hebrew Calendar, God’s Date Book of Appointments. Take time to study the diabolical efforts to merge paganism with God’s seven visitations and align our services with the lunar-based calendar, so known as the Spring Feasts of Unleavened Bread (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits), and Pentecost (Accessing Ancient Portals by Dr. Sharon R. Nesbet) explains it well.

Let’s get back on the potter’s wheel and allow Him to make us better, to continue the good work in us until completion.


added. “We are proud of UNCF’s ongoing partnership with the interfaith community and value its impact in communities across Ohio, particularly Dayton.”

About UNCF

The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships

and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarships, internships and fellowships, mentoring, summer

enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide. Its logo features the UNCF torch of educational leadership and its widely recognized trademark, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

Dayton Weekly neWs - April 12 - 19, 2024 page - 6 Religion Zion Baptist Church "And I, if I be lifted up from the Earth, will draw all men unto me." Reverend Rockney Carter, Senior Pastor (937) 275-6906 Fax 276-6267 Sunday Church School.................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship...........................................11:00 a.m. Tues. Bible Study.............................................6:00 p.m. Wed. Prayer Meeting.......................................6:00 p.m. Other Ministry email: rockney.carter@gmail.com 1684 Earlham Drive • Dayton, OH 45406 SUNDAY Church School 9:00 a.m. Worship Services 10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Noon THURSDAY Food & Clothing Pantry 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Rev. Gerald A. Cooper, Pastor Join us for a new beginning... 4520 Salem Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45416 Rev. Dr. William E. Harris, Jr., Senior Pastor Telephone Number: 937 279-9343 Fax: 937 279-9342 Toll Free: 1-877-279-9343 Wednesday Bible Study/Prayer Meeting........ Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church “Building a Healthy Church to Serve an Unhealthy Society” SUNDAY Sunday School........................................8:30 a.m. Morning Worship Services..................10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY AM Prayer Meeting................................9:30 a.m. Bible Study....................11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday Bible Study............................................11:00 a.m. Pastor Cory J. Pruitt “Because We Care, We Share” FAX: (937) 222-7336 1501 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Dayton, OH, 45412 Advertise Your Church in the Dayton Weekly News Call 223-8060 for more Information. SUNDAYS Church School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. WEDNESDAY Bible Study 12:00 noon Word & Worship 6:30 p.m. Bethel services are aired on DSTV Time Warner Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. Time Warner Cable 992 937-222-4373 - Office - Email: offices@bmbcdayton.org Rev. Xavier L. Johnson, Senior Pastor Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 401 S. Paul Laurence Dunbar St. - Dayton, Ohio 45407 Advertise Your Church in the Dayton Weekly News Call (937) 223-8060 for more Information. Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church “Building a Healthy Church to Serve an Unhealthy Society” Pastor Cory J. Pruitt (937)222-0867 FAX: (937) 222-7336 SUNDAY Sunday School........................................8:30 a.m. Morning Worship Services..................10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY AM Prayer Meeting................................9:30 a.m. Bible Study....................11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday Bible Study............................................11:00 a.m. 1501 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Dayton, OH, 45412 “Because We Care, We Share” ST. MARGARET’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 5301 Free Pike, Trotwood, Ohio 45426 Office: 937.837.7741 Office Hours: 10:00 am-2:00pm-Monday-Friday Website: www.stmargaretsdayton.org SERVICE SCHEDULE Adult Bible Study - Sunday 9 AM Worship Service - Sunday 8 AM & 10:30 AM Sunday School - Sunday 10:30AM Reverend Father Benjamin E. K. Speare-Hardy II, Rector The mission of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church is to worship, to serve and to form the spiritual and moral growth of individuals according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. 4520 Salem Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45416 Rev. Dr. William E. Harris, Jr., Senior Pastor Telephone Number: 937 279-9343 Fax: 937 279-9342 Toll Free: 1-877-279-9343 Wednesday Bible Study/Prayer Meeting........ Check out our website: www.believers-christian.org Listen to our weekly radio show every Sunday at 8 am on 98.7 FM Believers Christian Fellowship Church Sunday Service..............................9:30 a.m. Church School - Sunday................8:45 a.m. & Wednesday.................................1:00 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer Meeting - Every Wednesday starting at...................6:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. William E. Harris, Jr. Senior Pastor 3010 McCall Street, Dayton, OH 45417 Tel. No.: 937-279-9343, Fax: 937-279-9342 Toll Free: 1-844-679-9343 email:bcfchurch@swohio.twcbc.com Worship At The Church Of Your Choice Office: 937-268-6711 Fax: 937-221-8040 Rev. Dr. Marcettes Cunningham, D.Min., Pastor Sunday School 9:30 a.m Morning Worship 10:45 a.m Wednesday Prayer/Bible Study, 12:00 & 7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer, 6:30 p.m. Greater Allen AME Church Rev. Elmer S. Martin, Pastor 1620 West Fifth Street Dayton, OH 45402-2910 Church Phone: 937-223-5115 Fax: 937-223-8872 Email: greater_allen_ame@att.net Church Sunday School.....................................9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship..............................................10:45 a.m. Women’s Bible Study - Monday.......................6:30 p.m. Noonday Bible Study - Wednesday................12:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday............................7:00 p.m. Bible Study - Wednesday..................................7:30 p.m. COLLEGE HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH 1547 Philadelphia Drive (corner Philadelphia Dr. and Cornell Dr.) www.collegehillchurch1.com 937-278-4203 Rev. Dr. Darryll Young We are a multicultural, multi-lingual congregation Morning Worship every Sunday at 10:30 am Dixon United Methodist Church 1691 Infirmary Rd. – Dayton, OH 45417 Dr. Bridget D. Weatherspoon, Pastor Church Phone: (937) 835-3366 Email: Dixonumc1691@gmail.com Website: Dixonumcdayton.org Sunday School.............................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship............11:00 a.m. Midweek Bible Study- Wednesday........... 6:00-7:30 p.m. Via Zoom Prayer Meeting - Saturday............10:00 a.m. Text In Prayer Request 1-888-646-9678 Rev. Merritt Worthen, PhD, Senior Pastor (corner Philadelphia Dr. and Cornell Dr.) www.collegehillcommunitychurch.org 937-278-4203 We are a multicultural, multi-lingual congregation Morning Worship every Sunday at 10:30 am COLLEGE HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH Rev. Merritt Worthen, PhD Worship At The Church Of Your Choice Advertise Your Church in the Dayton Weekly News
YOUR SOUL MATTERS: CHURCH, LET’S GET BACK ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL 0409202 Pastor/Chaplain Pamelajune (Pj) Anderson, DMin. Lt. Commander (RET) USN Chaplain Corps TFAM National Veteran’s Support Chaplain Certified Peer Support Specialist BE STILL AND YOUR SOUL WILL SPEAK

the record for the singleseason yards-per-game average at 143.1.

After retiring with the San Francisco 49ers in 1979, he acted in film and television, became a sports broadcaster, and was a spokesman for a wide variety of products and companies, notably Hertz. He was later inducted into multiple football halls of fame.

Brown and Goldman were murdered in Los Angeles on the night of

June 12, 1994. Simpson was charged with the murders, and arrested after an incident in which he tried to flee the police in his friend's car. The internationally-publicized murder trial lasted from January to October 1995, and created racial divisions in the U.S. He was acquitted on October 3. Three years later, he was found liable for the murders in a civil suit from the victims' families, but paid little of the $33.5 million judgment.

In 2007, Simpson was

arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2008, he was convicted, and sentenced to 33 years' imprisonment with a minimum of nine years without parole. He served his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada, until being paroled and released in 2017. He was released from parole in 2021, and lived in freedom until his death at age 76 from prostate cancer in 2024.

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gural cohort comprises eight talented individuals who have dedicated themselves to learning and growing in the tech sector.

"We are immensely proud of our first graduating cohort from the Tech Fundamentals program in Ohio," said [Demarus Crawford-White] Executive Director of NPower Ohio. "These graduates have shownexceptional dedication and determination, and we are excited to witness their continued success as they embark on meaningful careers in technology."

The impact of NPower's programs extends far beyond graduation day. Upon completing the program, graduates’ benefit from the support of NPower's career placement specialists, who work tirelessly to

secure employment opportunities. On average, NPower graduates will earn an annual income of $48,500+ in their new roles, representing a 200300% increase in salary for many individuals.

"Our program is not just about securing employment; it is about creating pathways to generational wealth and prosperity," added [Allison Williams] Recruitment and Admissions Manager. "By investing in our students, we are not only transforming individual lives but also uplifting entire communities." The graduation ceremony will be a momentous occasion, celebrating the achievements of the graduates and the impact of NPower's transformative programs. NPower Ohio looks forward to continuing its mission of bridging the digital divide and fos-

First Black Woman Skateboard Artist Makes History, Takes Center Stage at First Solo Museum Exhibit

Nationwide -- The Richmond Art Museum is proud to host an inspiring exhibition by Latosha Stone-Keagy, also known as ToshaIsGnarly, celebrating women’s empowerment, skateboarding, diversity, and the influence of anime in her contemporary art.

Hailing from Greenville, Ohio, Stone-Keagy is a painter and graphic designer renowned for her captivating artworks that depict cute yet fiercely empowered women. Drawing inspiration from anime and surrealism, her vibrant pieces demand a second glance, inviting viewers into a world where strength and femininity converge.

The exhibition, marking Latosha’s first solo museum show, features an eclectic mix of original skateboard deck designs, oil paintings, and digital art prints. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in her unique artistic vision and explore the intersection of art, culture, and self-expression. “I’m thrilled and honored to have my first solo art show at the Richmond Art Museum. It’s a dream come true to see my artwork displayed alongside such talented artists. As a skateboarder and artist, this exhibition is a celebration of both passions, bridging the gap between skate culture and fine art. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my jour-

Latosha Stone-Keagy ney and inspire others to follow their creative pursuits.”

Latosha’s artistic journey began at a young age when she was captivated by the world of art. Her first inspiration was an uncle who lived with her temporarily and painted landscapes. In school, she was the kid who couldn’t resist sketching in the margins of homework. She recalls a pivotal moment in second grade when she won an award for a deer she had meticulously drawn. It was a proud accomplishment, but upon taking it home, the enthusiasm was met with ridicule from someone close. Looking back, that experience might have been a turning point, fueling a determination within to continue pursuing her passion for drawing. In middle school, her focus shifted towards capturing the essence of her favorite celebrities through intricate portrait work. It was during this time that she discovered the power of drawing people to convey emotions and connect with others on a deeper level. Those early experiences set the foundation for her artistic journey, shaping her into the artist she is today.

Latosha’s accomplishments extend beyond the realm of fine art, as she is also the owner of Proper Gnar, the first black woman-owned skateboarding company. Her original skateboard designs gained

popularity in 2020 when they were featured in HBO’s TV show “Betty” and Beyoncé’s Black Parade website.

Subsequently, her work was showcased with Pop Tarts and DC Comics’ “Naomi” TV show. Through Proper Gnar, she has disrupted the traditional skateboarding landscape, empowering women, especially women of color, to embrace skate culture and challenge stereotypes.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

• Original skateboard deck designs featuring Stone-Keagy’s signature style

• Vibrant oil paintings and digital artwork that celebrate strength, femininity, and representation

• Artist talk where she shares her story and teaches youth how to design their own board

The exhibition was on view at the Richmond Art Museum from February 10 – March 30th, offering visitors a unique opportunity to engage with captivating visuals and thoughtprovoking narratives. If you missed the show, some art is still available for purchase in her online store.

For more information, please visit ToshaisGnarly.com or RichmondArtMuseum. org, or contact info@ propergnar.com

tering a skilled workforce ready to thrive in the technology- driven world.

For more information about NPower Ohio and its programs, please visit www.npower.org.

About NPower NPower is a nonprofit organization deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of community members.

Through transformative programs like Tech Fundamentals, provided free of charge, NPower equips students with industry-recognized certifications and empowers them with the skills needed to succeed in the technology landscape.

For more information on NPower Ohio contact Allison Williams, Recruiting and Administration Manager at Allison.williams@ npower.org 937-2492230, ext 430.

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OJ Simpson Passes Away at 76 from Prostate Cancer...
Drafted by the Bills No. 1 overall in 1969, O.J. Simpson's best season came in 1973, when he ran for 2,003 yards -- the first running back to break the 2,000yard rushing mark -- while averaging 141.3 yards per game, still an NFL record. Lane Stewart/Getty Imagesnone
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Will Smith, Damarus Crawford-White, Jeff Mimms, Darius Beckham Graduates and trainers of NPower


U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Miami Valley Hospital’s Excellent Black Patient Outcomes for Black Maternal Health Week 2024

Miami Valley Hospital has been recognized for its success in supporting Black maternal health by U.S. News & World Report for Black Maternal Health Week 2024.

U.S. News’ analysis of all High-Performing Maternity Care Hospitals in the U.S. identified just 26 hospitals nationwide achieving excellent outcomes for cesarean section and unexpected newborn complications among Black patients.

“This achievement underscores our tireless dedication to providing personalized, compassionate care to all members of our community, regardless of background or circumstance. It's a testament to the collaborative efforts of our entire healthcare team, and we remain steadfast in our mission to ensure equitable access and exceptional outcomes for every patient we serve," said Melissa Merritt, system vice president of operations for women’s services at Premier Health.

U.S. News identified hospitals that were rated High Performing in U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, served at least 20 Black patients per year and had newborn complication rates of less than 2.62% and c-section rates of less than 23.9% (among hospitals providing a higher level of care) or 23.6% (among hospitals not provid-

ing a higher level of care) among Black patients.

“For Black Maternal Health Week 2024, we celebrate these hospitals' success in their important work supporting and advancing Black maternal health as part of U.S. News’ ongoing commitment to health equity and our support of women’s access to maternity care,” said Jennifer Winston, Ph.D., health data scientist at U.S. News.

A hospital that has earned a High Performing designation may be a good option for parents, in consultation with their medical provider, to consider.

Founded by Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), Black Maternal Health Week is held every April as part of National Minority Health Month; this year is the seventh annual observation of Black Maternal Health Week. Join the conversation for Black Maternal Health Week 2024 from April 11-17, 2024 using #BMHW24 on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and X (formerly Twitter).

About Premier Health Based in Dayton, Ohio, Premier Health (www. premierhealth.com) has a mission to improve the health of the communities it serves. Home to the nation’s 31st largest hospital, the region’s only adult Level I trauma center and the largest locally-based clinical laboratory, Premier Health continues to build upon a more than 130-year legacy of providing clinical excellence and compassionate care to friends and neighbors

across Southwest Ohio. The health system offers award-winning care at five hospital sites: Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with additional inpatient sites at Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville and Miami Valley Hospital North in Englewood; Atrium Medical Center in Middletown; and Upper Valley Medical Center in Miami County. In addition, Premier Health provides a comprehensive range of care choices at its seven emergency departments, eight Urgent Care locations, and more than 130 outpatient locations and affiliated primary care and specialty physician offices, as well as home health, mental health, and substance abuse services.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and communities. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News, Real Estate, Careers and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Alzheimer’s Association to Hold Free Workshop and Luncheon for Caregivers and Families in Person and on Zoom

The Confident Caregiver Workshop and Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. at the Atrium Medical Center, One Medical Center. Middletown, OH 45005

EVENT SUMMARY: Free informative workshop for those caring for someone with dementia. Learn how to overcome communication struggles, manage caregiver fatigue

and navigate professional care options. Free lunch is sponsored by ViaQuest Hospice.

Speakers will cover the latest in Alzheimer’s research, effective communication strategies, overcoming caregiver fatigue, social engagement activities, combating caregiver stress, and navigating caregiver options.

Presenters include the Alzheimer’s Association; ViaQuest Hospice; Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Scripps Ger-

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has given me an insight into how important it is for parents to leverage the strengths of our kids, to really get to know who they are; their interests and strengths and abilities and how to support them on the journey. His energy lights up every room he enters. We are blessed to have such an amazing spirit under our guardianship. I have accepted this assignment with open arms.

In celebration of Nathan and the communities and voices that support him, Fields is gathering a team to run in the Dayton Autism Society’s 5k on April 27. Proceeds will go towards advocacy, support and education for families living with Autism.

Dr. Parker - what can be done to raise awareness.

The autism community needs support, respect, love and opportunities for

Erica Fields and her son Nathan. advancement, and April 30 is not the expiration date.

Just as our triumphs and

challenges evolve every day, so do their needs for purposeful lives.

Black Woman With Autism Makes History, Releases Her 30th Children’s Book

Nationwide -- Ayanna Davis, an African American woman known as “Phenomenally Autistic,” has recently illustrated her 30th children’s book. She is an award-winning artist and Autism Advocate. Via her books and other initiatives, Ayanna champions for Black Autistics to gain recognition, information, and access to resources to improve their well-being with being Autistic.

At just seven years old, Ayanna produced her first art show, where she also sold her first piece. Through art, Davis has found a medium to express herself when the challenges of Autism seem insurmountable.

While she lives with five autoimmune disorders and has endured over 300 seizures, Ayanna remains steadfast in promoting messages of self-love, diversity, and inclusion through her advocacy, books, and art.

Ayanna Davis image of themselves, and confidence to accomplish their dreams. Their skin tone and hair are beautiful, and they can do anything!

In addition to her Autistic characters, Ayanna has created characters with vitiligo, albinism, limb differences, and more.

Her extraordinary work was recognized in Westchester County, NY, where she was presented with a proclamation, which made April 26th “Ayanna’s Day.” She was presented her second proclamation on May 8th in her hometown by the city’s first Black woman mayor. Ayanna was also the first Autistic Black woman to receive the prestigious honor.

Ayanna comments, “I always sensed my differences, but lacked understanding. I was often perceived as the ‘weird, awkward Black girl,’ when in reality my struggles stemmed from anxiety and over-

stimulation. The face of Autism was never that of a Black girl’s – so that was the last thing anyone assumed about me. I was living in a world with a mind that wasn’t wired for me.”

She continues, “People try to change us but often don’t realize it would be easier to just leave a little space for us to let us be ourselves. It can be a very beautiful thing if you give people a chance. I’m not weird, I’m autistic, and there’s nothing wrong with that. People are in denial about how they treat people who are different. I hope to draw people to my pages for the art, and maybe stay for some advocacy.”

Learn more about Ayanna Davis and her books at https://linktr. ee/phenomenallyautistic

Also, be sure to follow her on Instagram at @ PhenomenallyAutistic

ontology Center, Miami University; Caregiver Assistance Network, and Catholic Charities SW Ohio.

Interested individuals can register at:

In Person Registration:


Virtual Registration:

https://bit.ly/CgivrWrkshopvirtual or by calling the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Her latest book, I’m Autistic and I’m Phenomenal, is a story that addresses the complexities and joys of living as an Autistic. From the vantage point of a Black girl, a navigation through the process of understanding and acceptance of the condition takes place.

Ayanna’s art, advocacy, and illustrations reflect that representation is important with respect to all young people. Her reverent depictions and storytelling of Black, Autistic girlhood are designed to instill acceptance of the

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