Mentoring Opportunity with Re:LIFE Inc & Carver Bank


Re:LIFE Inc. is a Harlem-based non-profit that works to help the youths and young adults of New York City realize their full potential by empowering them through education and entrepreneurship. Re:LIFE was established in April of 2010 to address the educational and socioeconomic needs our target communities and to assist in the successful transition of our youths to a better life. All our educational programs are composed of stimulating activities and materials that are organized around well-developed curricula.

Re:LIFE is looking for mentors to be a part of our upcoming URBN Youth Start-UP (UYS) Program. This initiative is an intensive 15-week entrepreneurship program in partnership with Carver Federal Savings Bank. The goal of UYS is to expose students to entrepreneurship and financial literacy; students will identify a problem their communities and develop a business solution for this problem. By the end of the program, students would have development a business plan and should be able to implement their business solution in the communities.

UYS runs from September 4th to December 20th. Applicants to this program must be at least 16 years of age.

UYS mentors will be divided into two groups: the professional mentors and the entrepreneurial mentors. Entrepreneurial mentors will be individuals with entrepreneurial experience and are capable of providing practical advice to students based on their experiences as entrepreneurs. The professional mentors do not need to have entrepreneurial experience. Professional mentors will act as counselors and general advisors to the students. Each student group will be paired up with one professional mentor and entrepreneurial mentor.

Summary of mentor responsibilities:
– Work with proteges on projects and business plan
– Attend one mentor meeting per month
– Teach at least one life skill session of your choice; sessions are 45-90 minutes long
– Communicate with Re:LIFE at least once every other week about students’ progress

If you are interested in getting involved and learning more about Re:LIFE and its programs, visit or email

Individuals interested in attending this program as a student can apply online at

4/27 – Praise Saved My Life




Saturday, April 27 at 5:30PM (doors open at 5PM)

555 Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Reception to follow

Admission: $5 w/ CUID, $8 w/o CUID or at the door. Available at Ticket Information Center.

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4/24 – Book Reading and Q&A with Petra E. Lewis CC’92


Join the BAC and Petra E. Lewis CC ’92, MFA ’98 for a booking reading and Q&A with a focus on Urban Gun Violence. Lewis is the author of The Sons and Daughters of Ham, Book I: A Requiem.

Petra E. Lewis, Author of
The Sons and Daughters of Ham, Book I: A Requiem
Columbia University BA ’92 and MFA ’98
Book Reading and Q&A, with a Focus on Urban Gun Violence

Location: 67 Orange Street, 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (between 112th and 113th Streets)
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM
Reading to start at 7:00; Q&A at 7:30
$5 per person

Click here to purchase the book
Click here for more author and book information

A son’s death. A mother’s grief. Accusations. Condemnation. Guilt. Alienation. What is left of a family in the aftermath of violence? Set in East Flatbush, Brooklyn; Trinidad; Barbados: Northern California; and throughout the globe, The Sons and Daughters of Ham is the story of a Caribbean-American family, An African American young man, violence, choice, and destiny. The Sons and Daughters of Ham, Book I: A Requiem, is the first book in Petra E. Lewis’ powerful inter-generational and historical literary-fiction trilogy. The books’ concept started with three acts of violence in the author’s own life–the final one being the murder of a young man. This led to a question: “Why is it so easy for Black and Brown young men to kill each other–and where did this mindset come from?” Seeking answers, this stunning debut fiction trilogy is Petra E. Lewis’ heartbreaking answer to “Why?”

Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam ’77 Nominated to State’s Highest Court

Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam on Friday (April 5, 2013) to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court (New York Court of Appeals), and if confirmed, she would become the first African-American woman to serve on it. She’s Barnard and Columbia Law School alumna.


4/21 – Perspectives on Diversity Brunch

Perspectives on Diversity Brunch

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions cordially invites Columbia College and Columbia Engineering alumni to the

Perspectives on Diversity Brunch

in honor of

the Class of 2017

Sunday, April 21, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rotunda, Low Library

We hope you can join us in welcoming the newest members of the Columbia community. Come inspire, engage and connect with admitted students and families and share your stories and experiences.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

For questions, please contact or (212) 854-2522.

2013 Heritage Award Honoree – A’Lelia Bundles

  • Harvard A.B., 1974
  • Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, M.S., 1976

A’Lelia Bundles is chair and president of the board of the Foundation for the National Archives. She is at work on her third book, Joy Goddess: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great grandmother. Her biography On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker was named a New York Times Notable Book.

For 30 years Ms. Bundles was a network television news executive and producer. During that time she was director of talent development for ABC News in Washington, D.C., and New York, deputy bureau chief of ABC News in Washington, D.C., and a producer with ABC News and NBC News.

Ms. Bundles is a member of the boards of the Madam Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis, the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute. At Columbia, she is co-chair of the CAA Strategic Planning Committee, a du Pont Broadcast Awards juror, and a co-class agent for Columbia School of Journalism’s class of 1976. She chaired a committee charged with revamping the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Alumni Association.

2/21 – Black Alumni Heritage Award Reception


Join the Black Alumni Council (BAC) and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for the 2013 Black Alumni Heritage Award reception honoring this year’s recipient A’Lelia Bundles JRN ’76. Read Bundles’ biography here.

Register Here

A reception with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will follow the program. Please note, you must be 21 years and over to be served alcohol. No exceptions.

RSVP by 5 p.m. on February 19 to receive the discounted price.

Date: Thursday, February 21
7-9 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036-7402
In advance:
$5 students
$20 BAC members
$25 alumni/guests


At the door:
$10 students
$30 BAC members
$35 alumni/guests(includes wine, beer, and hor d’oeuvres

Register Here

1/26 – Paying it Forward: An HBCU/Ivy League Collaborative Panel

imageJoin the BAC on Saturday, January 26th for “Paying it Forward: An HBCU/Ivy League Collaborative Panel”, an educational event engaging high school students on successful college admittance and performance. Alumnus representing eight Ivy League and Historically Black Colleges and Universities will share insights from their undergraduate experiences and will participate in a meaningful dialogue with prospective college students.

For this collaborative event, the BAC has teamed up the Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF) – a Brooklyn based organization, founded by young professionals to support under-served and high-potential young people in reaching their specific career and life goals.

We will be joined by high school students who currently attend Benjamin Banneker Academy, Medgar Evers College Prep, Erasmus Hall Campus, Achievement First Charter School, Harlem Renaissance High School Urban Assembly of History & Citizenship, and Columbia Secondary School of Math, Science and Engineering.

A tour of Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus will follow the discussion.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to

1/23 – CU Gospel Choir Auditions

1/6 – Columbia Law School Alumni Cocktail Reception

The Columbia Law School Association cordially invites you to attend an

Alumni Cocktail Reception

Held in conjunction with

The Annual Meeting
The Association of American Law Schools

The Distinguished Columbian in Teaching Award
will be presented to

Frederic P. White ?73
Dean and Professor of Law;
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

The Distinguished Columbian in Teaching Award is presented annually to a graduate who, through excellence in teaching, scholarship and writing, and through achievements in the graduate’s chosen field, has brought distinction both to the Law School and to the faculties on which the graduate has served. Join fellow alumni, faculty, and friends of Columbia Law School to celebrate the accomplishments of Dean White ?73 in New Orleans!

Sunday, January 6, 2013
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
Port and Starboard Room
New Orleans, LA

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, January 3, 2013.


Please feel free to forward this to alumni in the area who
might be interested in attending!

Inquiries: Danya Ray at 212-854-1378 or