VIDEO: Ime Ekpenyong at Hope and Dreams Seminar

Ime Ekpenyong, owner/founder of Kola Restaurant and Ultra Lounge in Farmington Hills, Michigan shares his motivation and tips for success at the September 2015 – Hope and Dreams Seminar Series.

Lisa DeFelice: 2014 Back-To-School Essay Finalist

Lisa DeFelice: 2014 Back-To-School Essay Finalist

Agents of Hope is pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 Back-To-School campaign, Mrs. Lisa DeFelice. According to recent reports, teachers spend between $500 – $1,000 per year out of their own pockets on school supplies due to cuts in education and financial issues. The Back to School Campaign will help ease the burden from these budget shortfalls as well as the student’s families.

Here is an essay letter from our 2014 Hero Teacher winner, Mrs. Lisa DeFelice:

As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have always found a profound joy in helping children and connecting with them on a daily basis. I have come to realize in my 12 years of teaching 5th students ‘respect and let them know that you care about them as individuals.

My driving force as an educator is the students. They are my motivation to become a better teacher every day. It is their eagerness to learn and their excitement to share their experiences with me that makes me want to provide the best education that I can give to them.

I began my journey as an Elementary Educator at Eastern Michigan University. After I graduated with my Bachelors in Science degree in 2002, I was offered a 5th Community Schools, where I have been employed for the past 12 years. Also during this time I returned to school and earned a Masters in the Arts of Elementary Teaching from Saginaw Valley State University in 2006. In addition to continuously furthering my education through professional development, I have always been very involved with extracurricular activities that are offered at the schools I work at.

Throughout my 12 years of teaching I have noticed a decline in students being prepared with the necessary supplies needed to be successful in school. This is not due to the fact that the students do not want to be prepared, but rather their families do not have the means to prepare them with the tools grade that being a teacher is more than what is in textbooks; it is being able to earn the they need. Every year I spend on average $400-$500 on a variety of supplies for the classroom, this would include pencils, notebooks, pens, pencil sharpeners, rulers, crayons, colored pencils, as well as supplies that are needed throughout the year for different activities to enhance student learning.

I am very dedicated to my work and believe that each child deserves an equal opportunity to learn and having the proper tools supports their success. Thank you for your time and understanding,

Mrs. Lisa DeFelice, John R. Kment Elementary School, Roseville Community Schools.

Career Day At Ralph Waldo Emerson School

Career Day At Ralph Waldo Emerson School

Detroit – May 14, 2013. Agents of Hope visited the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary and Middle School in Detroit, Michigan for its Career Day. The students received information and guidance on many opportunities in entrepreneurship and global business leveraging powerful and yet simple technologies.

Quite a number of topics were discussed to great lengths such as the power of imagination, creative visioning, college degree requirements, the role of money and journaling. The students posed very important questions regarding achieving successful careers and inquired about the importance of having a passion.

The students received special gifts of notebooks and pens to jump start them in writing down goals and dreams. Special thanks to the student helpers/greeters, school staff and principal for the invitation and event planning. Our deep gratitude to Agents of Hope friend and partner, Jossy Media, for volunteering with the excellent photos.

GALLERY: Attain Your Hopes and Dreams Seminar

GALLERY: Attain Your Hopes and Dreams Seminar

Are you ready for 2013? Deep within you lies a reservoir of unused potential. It is our utmost desire to help you release this power to achieve your goals in 2013. Participants from the Detroit metropolitan area came and listened to our successful speakers at this Agents of Hope motivational seminar.

These real-life success pioneers will shared real life examples on how to achieve what many think is impossible. Our guests received some great information on how to make 2013 their best year yet. Now it is time to live more completely.

When: January 12th, 2013 at 10:00 AM until noon

Wayne County Community College
Northwest Campus
8200 West Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48219
Phone: (313) 943-4000

Meet our distinguished speakers:

Matthias Horch, Co-CEO, Secure-24, Inc.
Ellis Liddell, President/CEO, ELE Wealth Management, LLC
Omobonike Odegbami, Vice Chancellor, Wayne County Community College District

Career Mentorship – Woodmont Academy Southfield

Career Mentorship – Woodmont Academy Southfield

Southfield – May 24, 2012. On behalf of Agents of Hope, its founder, Mr. Shola Salako, recently visited the Woodmont Academy in Southfield, Michigan. Sharing his experience in the global Information Technology arena, Mr. Salako strongly encouraged the students of Woodmont Academy to give serious attention to technology because most industries rely on heavily technology in this information age.

Topics such as the level of schooling required, subject areas of strength needed to be successful, character traits that support Information Technology success, potential salary, a typical workday, etc were discussed at great lengths. There was a very interesting questions and answers session and one student in particular, Ryan, asked about using one’s mind to create software solutions. What a day!

Special thanks to Jennifer Helchowski, Director of Family and Student Support (Counselor), and Mr. Akindele Akinyemi, Dean of Students, for coordinating and planning this glorious event.

Field Trip With Martin Luther King Senior High School Detroit

Field Trip With Martin Luther King Senior High School Detroit

Detroit – May 20, 2011. The founder of Agents of Hope, Mr. Shola Salako, escorted/chaperoned students of Martin Luther King Senior High School on a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA). The students explored the institute’s vast collection of art and gained immense knowledge about the origins of various types of art forms.

On the bus trip, Mr. Salako shared his West African high school experiences with the students and expressed how fortunate they were compared to students in third world countries. He wished he had had such opportunities growing up and he encouraged the students to help the less fortunate when they get into positions to do so.

Special thanks for Ms. Norma Heath and Ms. Ebony Foster for allowing Agents of Hope the wonderful opportunity of sharing in this unique experience.