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The Legacy of Service Foundation, the fundraising arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, awarded $20,000 in scholarships May 30 to high school students who have exhibited excellence in character and academics.

The scholarships were presented during a reception at the African American Museum, located at 3536 Grand Ave.

Awarded in varying increments from $550 to $2500 each, the scholarships were presented to 14 Dallas County students who will attend a variety of colleges, including five students who will attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities, in alignment with the sorority’s Target 1: HBCU for Life initiative.

The Legacy of Service Foundation was established in 1995 to provide critical resources and support to underserved communities throughout Dallas/Fort Worth through scholarships and community service. The foundation has provided signature education programs, such as Cachet Youth Group and ASCEND youth enrichment programs, as well as community service projects, including Acts of Green, Childhood Hunger and One Million Backpacks.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $350,000 in scholarships, 10,000 school supplies to underprivileged students, and more than 2,000 seasonal wraps, as well as meals, to families in need. For more information, visit


More than 150 Dallas ISD schools will offer students free breakfast and lunch over the summer.

The Summer Food Service Program kicked off June 3 to offer free meals to children and youth 18 years and younger at participating sites throughout Dallas. Any child that arrives for breakfast and/or lunch will receive a healthy meal. No registration is needed.

The program is designed to ensure no child will go hungry, even when school is not in session.

To find the nearest participating location, as well as a list of dates and times the meals are offered, visit


UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction will join forces to host “Recovery Orientated Communities of Care Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use in the Community.”

The five-week training is a service presented to promote recovery and wellness in the South Dallas community.

Classes will be held June 15 through July 6, with morning classes from 11 a.m. to noon, and afternoon classes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., at APAA, located at 3116 Martin Luther King Blvd. For more information, call 214-634-2222 or visit


The Real Estate Council will present five free monthly workshops, from August to December, to help nonprofits and faith organizations manage their real estate. The course is offered only to senior level nonprofit leaders.

Workshops will include: Real Estate Planning, Leasing vs. Owning, City Planning & Zoning, and Design & Construction.

Classes: Monthly from August – December 2019. Registration deadline is June 21.

For more information and registration, call 214-692-3604 or visit


The South Dallas/Fair Park Public Improvement District will host a clean-up effort June 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon to introduce itself to the community before its annual owners meeting at Southside Studios, located at 2901 Lamar St.

Volunteers are needed. Breakfast, T-shirts and cleaning supplies will be provided.

For more information and registration, email or visit


SCORE, a workshop aimed at getting you to understand what it takes to start a small business, hosted by the SCORE Dallas Chapter, a nonprofit comprised of retired business executives, will be held June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at Bill J Priest Center, Room No. 1215, located at 1402 Corinth St.

The workshops will include: Skill-building, Finances, Market Assessment, Business Goals and Business Planning. SCORE mentors will also be available for support after the course.

For more information and registration, call 214-987-9491 or visit


The Dallas Police Department Office of Community Affairs and the City of Dallas Office of Community Care Senior Services will host a free Senior Safety Summit, June 27 from 9 a.m. to noon for Dallas area senior citizens. It will focus on “Hoarding.” Other topics will include personal and financial safety in different aspects of life.

The summit will be held at the Lakewest YMCA, located at 3737 Goldman St. Presenters will include the Dallas Police Department, Mental Health America and the Senior Source. Other organizations serving our senior community will be onsite to provide information as well.

Registration is required to attend. There will only be 150 seats available. The deadline to register is June 26. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided with registration.

For additional information and registration, call the AARP at 1-877-926-8300 or register online at


Youth Summit on Improving the Outcomes of African American and Latinx Males, hosted by the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center and the Minority Achievement Creativity and High Ability Center at Prairie View A&M University, will be held Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

Stakeholders will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, learn about different processes for organizational development and sustainability, as well as to learn from leading educational researchers about the current trends and educational changes affecting African American and Latino young males.

“We know that it is often a few hard working people, with limited resources and a mission, who come together to support students and develop these intervention programs. Our purpose for the summit is to provide the leadership of various organizations with the tools they need to sustain their respective programs,” said Dr. Fred A. Bonner II, professor and endowed chair in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and executive director of the MACHIII Center.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Luis Ponjuan, whose social justice research agenda focuses on Latino male students, faculty members of color, and STEM learning outcomes. He is an associate professor in Educational Administration and Human Resources Development Department and research director of the Investing in Diversity, Equity, Access and Learning Research project at Texas A&M University. He is also co-founder of Project MALES, a research and mentoring program that stands for “Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success,” developed to address the emerging gender gap in Latino educational attainment.

The first day of the summit will focus on sharing best practices and learning about the various programs and community organizations participating in this event. The second day of the summit will consist of capacity-building training focused on assessment and sustainability.

The summit is designed for organizations that are working to improve African American and Latinx male youth outcomes. Anyone who plans to attend should complete a program inventory at for an invitation to attend. More information about the Summit is available at

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