Monday, September 17, 2012

What Makes Generational Poverty Different from Middle CLass?

On Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m., in SSB Conference Center, the Texas Legislature Joint Committee on Human Trafficking will having their meeting here on the LSC-North Harris campus. Rep. Sefronia Thompson and Sen. Leticia Van de Putte are the co-chairs. Approximately 16-18 elected officials including both State Representatives and State Senators will attend this meeting as well as the media. Milda Mora, Rep. Thompson’s Chief of Staff has said that our students are welcome to sit in to see a joint committee in action. She felt it was an unique opportunity for our students to see their State government at work. The meeting runs very long, so students may come in and out, but very quietly. Of course they shouldn’t be texting, or calling on cells phones or playing on laptops. Below is the synopsis of what the committee is discussing. The committee will discuss the following interim charge: Study the services available for victims of human trafficking provided by federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the long range need for safe houses and shelters and the best practices for public/private partnerships providing services to victims. Review procedures and services available for youth that have been identified as sex trafficking victims, including analysis of the appropriate criminal penalties associated with prostitution.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Scholarships Available

Income-based Repayment

Introduced in 2009, income-based repayment was supposed to help change that by allowing borrowers with high levels of debt but modest incomes to make relatively small payments over a long term. But many borrowers were never told about the income-based option, and many others have been frustrated by the onerous requirements. So far, 1.6 million borrowers have applied for income-based repayment; 920,000 are active participants and another 412,000 applications are pending.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Travel to Saudi Arabia

We are happy to announce the next Student Study Visit for Model Arab League students – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! As many of you know, these study visits are expense-paid, 10-day, cultural immersion travel experiences for students who have participated in the MAL program. The National Council is thrilled to be able to offer this program to students who excel in the MAL. The dates for this visit are December 27, 2012 – January 7, 2013, though these are subject to change slightly. A nominal program fee may be assessed to reduce attrition.

We are asking for your personal and professional recommendations for student participants. If any of your students fit the following criteria, please send us their name, email, phone number, and brief paragraph outlining the reasons for your recommendation. Each school may recommend two students. Participants must:
1.      Be Model Arab League alumni;
2.      Not graduate before December 2013, preferably of Junior status;
3.      Not have travelled to the Gulf region previously;
4.      Be in good academic standing;
5.      Be good representatives of their institution, the National Council, and the United States.