Congratulations to our newly elected NSBE Jr. Officers!

posted Nov 21, 2015, 1:26 AM by Greene Scholars

We held oficer elections for our Greene Scholars NSBE Jr. Chapter on Saturday, November 15, 2015.  The election results are below.  I suggest that this information be shared in an upcoming GSP Digest email newsletter.


GSP Greene Scholars NSBE Jr. Chapter Officers 2015-16

High School

·        President – Naima Castañeda Isaac

·        Co-Vice Presidents – Galila Amedie & Kayla Choates

·        Secretary – Marbella Daniel 

·        Treasurer – Jacquelyn Jones

Middle School

·        Co-Presidents – Miles Anim-Appiah & Ellis Hudson

·        Vice President – Kiimora Oliver

·        Secretary – Paige Ashton

·        Treasurer – Tatyanna Spencer


NSBE Fall Regional Conference Registration & Logistics - discount deadline 10/30

posted Oct 30, 2015, 12:12 AM by Greene Scholars

Greene Scholars Families:


I am looking forward to the NSBE Fall Regional Conference on November 20-22 in Riverside, CA and hope you will join us!  If you plan to attend, please follow the action items below.



1.     Register and pay for the NSBE Fall Regional Conference using FellowshipOne (InFellowship) link .

a.      If you do not yet have an account, you will create one prior to registering. Be sure to save your login ID and password as GSP will be using FellowshipOne in the future.

b.      Price for GSP Scholars is $55; price for chaperones is $75; if you want to register a younger sibling that is not a GSP Scholar, contact Tasha directly. These prices are only valid until Oct 30.

c.      Step by step instructions and screen shots are attached to help you with the registration process.

d.      If after reviewing the attached instructions, you still have problems or questions about the Fellowship One registration process, please contact Sara Woodham-Johnsson at .


2.      Hotel rooms - Tasha has reserved 12 rooms at the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center, available to GSP families on a first come, first served basis.  In order to secure your room, forward this email to; we will do a 3 way call to Marriott to transfer the reservation and enter your credit card number to hold the room.

a.      Rate is $105/night plus tax for either a room with two double beds or one king bed

b.      Parking rate is $8/night

c.      Includes WiFi

d.      Breakfast is not included

e.      Address is 3400 Market Street, Riverside, CA (adjacent to the convention center)

f.       Reservations must be canceled 3 days in advance


3.      Figure out your transportation to Riverside. Let me know if you are interested in carpooling. Ontario is the closest airport (airport code ONT20 miles).



  • The NSBE Region VI Fall Regional Conference dates are November 20 – 22, 2015.
  • Location – Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St, Riverside, CA 92501.
  • There is an optional college tour of UC Riverside on Friday November 20 from 10am – 3pm for high school students only, with a limited number of spots.
  • The agenda/schedule has not yet been set; likely a general session in the evening on November 20, seminars, workshops and possible competitions on November 21, and a possible optional field trip on November 22. I will send out the agenda as soon as I receive it.
  • Note that families are responsible for your travel, lodging, registration and food costs.  Contact Tasha directly if you would like to request financial assistance.



Let me know if you have any questions.


Tasha Castañeda

Greene Scholars NSBE Jr. Chapter Advisor

Cell 650.218-9914

GSP Souvenir Book Update - We need YOU to help raise $18,530 by Nov 15

posted Oct 29, 2015, 11:00 PM by Greene Scholars

Dear GSP families,


We are just 19 days from the Souvenir Book deadline and ONLY 15 families have submitted any contributions! And only 1 Ad has been submitted! See the attached document to find out where you stand.


We have a goal for GSP family’s to raise $20,000 to support our programs through the Souvenir Book! To date, we have only raised $1,470.


To meet our goal, we need each family to solicit at least $200 in souvenir book ads. Please reach out to your network TODAY and solicit donations.  And don’t forget to submit your ads as soon as you can (particularly if you have already submitted donations). You can submit your ads at  


We have lots of resources to assist you in this process.  Check out the Souvenir Book Resources on Google Drive:

Materials include: 

o   Sample letter

o   Solicitation form

o   Solicitation instructions


Please let me know if you have any questions or  concerns.  Let’s make this happen together!






Ayodele Thomas, PhD

Director, Greene Scholars Program

California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE)

P. O. Box 3134

San Jose, CA 95156 

Phone: (408) 757-0477



NSBE Competition Options

posted Sep 4, 2015, 4:07 PM by Greene Scholars

Dear GSP Parents,


As discussed at the Parents Meeting, we hope all scholars will attend the NSBE regional conference in Riverside on November 20-22, 2015, and the National Convention in Boston on March 23-27, 2016, even if they don't compete. For those who do wish to complete, please select their competition choices using the form located here: .


DEADLINE:  In order to give us enough time to register our teams with NSBE, please respond by no later than Thursday, September 10th


A description of the competitions is provided below.  Although team meeting times will be determined by the coaches, MathCounts and Try-Math-A-Lon teams will practice with the GSP Math Clubs, which will meet generally for 1.5 hours after GSP meetings, and on an additional Saturday each month for 2 hours (usually from 1-3 pm).  Teams in the Math Video Challenge will be required to work on their video on their own time, with oversight and direction from the Middle School Math Club coach and other parent volunteers on the NSBE committee.  The GSP Science Fair will more than adequately prepare our 6th – 12th grade scholars for the Technical Innovations Competition; other than some additional paperwork, very little additional work will be required. Jr. FLL team meeting times will be determined by the parents of scholars on the team, but should require no more than 20 hours total.




Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) Introduction to Robotics (ages 6-9).  Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey. Children get to design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO® components and create a Show Me Poster and practice presentation skills. 


FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8; half of team members must be in grades 6-8) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. 


MATHCOUNTS (grades 6-8) is a fun and challenging math program designed for U.S. middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities.  There will be a circuit of exams given to students at the 2015 Fall Regional Conference in November.  The first and second place winner from each region will compete at NSBE's annual convention.

The Math Video Challenge (grades 6-8), also known as the Reel Math Challenge, is an innovative program involving teams of students using technology to create videos about math problems and their real-world application. This competition excites students about math while allowing them to hone their creativity and communication skills.

Try-Math-A-Lon (teams for 9th & 10th grade).  Try-Math-A-Lon is a quiz-bowl style competition with questions focusing on Math, Science and Black History.  

Optional:  Try-Math-A-Lon (11th & 12th grade). For this competition at these grades, scholar must take the SAT in the fall and again in the spring.

Technical Innovations Competition (grades 6-12).  The Technical Innovations Competition (formerly known as the science fair) is an annual national program.  This program is tailored to allow pre-college students the opportunity to compete and explore the many applications of science utilizing projects, competitions, and science fairs. The NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovations Competition (TIC) will occur at the Annual Convention.


 Please complete your form as soon as possible, and email Kim Bomar at with any questions.


You're Invited!!! CAAAE/GSP BBQ & Camping Event 8/22/15

posted Jul 21, 2015, 3:18 PM by Greene Scholars

Join us for the  CAAAE/ GSP Annual BBQ & Camping Event!


 41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius -this would even be a cute guest "room" (if I could guarantee none of those crazy ass snakes out back would find their way in there...)

  SATURDAY, Aug 22nd , 1pm to dusk


24142 Booker Creek Road

Saratoga, CA  95070

·     Overnight Camping Optional !

· Bring your Own Camping Gear !

· Bring a side dish for 10plus people to share!

· Ribs, Chicken, Salads, Beverages!


 Please RSVP to Avery @ by 8/8


Still have questions???

Avery Parrish (408) 608-8453



GSP High School: Invitation to Enza Summer Innovation School (Deadline 7/20)

posted Jul 16, 2015, 3:22 PM by Greene Scholars

Opportunity for GSP High School students,


Enza Summer School
5 day academy on Stanford’s campus, from July 29-August 2
Deadline extended to July 20 
Apply here
Website |

Read more below….

From: Alizabeth McGowan <>
Date: July 14, 2015 at 5:29:47 AM GMT+7
Subject: Invitation to Enza Summer Innovation School

Hi Kim!

My name is Alizabeth McGowan and I am the Chief Academic Officer of Enza Academy. I am reaching out to you on behalf of Enza Academy to offer the youth you work with an amazing opportunity. Brandon Hill reached out to you last year about Kuumba and since then we have a new name, but even better program. I understand that it is summer vacation, but if you are still working with students over the break or know any students that you can reach out to we would love to have them apply to the Innovation School. 


What is Enza Academy?

Enza Academy is a leadership and innovation educational program for high-potential, low-opportunity high school youth of color. The goal is to equip our youth with the skills, tools, and resources (like coding, design thinking, social consciousness) to build solutions to local and global problems. 


We have branches both in New York City and here in the Bay Area, and our partners on each coast are Columbia University and Stanford University respectively. The long term goal is to design and build a revolutionary new k-12 pipeline that emphasizes technology and global citizenship that will produce transformative outcomes for minority kids. 


Past Successes

We have been launched a number of successful prototypes with the guidance our faculty advisors at the D.School and Graduate School of Education.


1) Last spring we held our initial workshops at the over the course of three weekends, 


2) during the fall quarter we sent a team of Enzavators (our students) to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon, 


3) and finally over winter break we held a full three day long program with 20 students at Columbia University Teacher’s College. 


For more information about our mission and goals, please see the attached PDFs or the links below.


Website |

Video | We Are Enza Academy

Huffington Post Article | The Idea Revolution


This summer we are hosting a 5 day academy on Stanford’s campus, from July 29-August 2. We would love to have your youth apply to the program. It is designed for Black high school students, but students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. Students will learn about themselves and their history. We also expose students to coding, branding , the entrepreneurial process. The program is free for students to apply and attend. We understand that often programs that prepare students for their future are not available to low income students and are not personally relevant. We believe that some of the brightest minds are going untapped and it is our responsibility to foster the confidence they deserve to be their greatest selves. 


The link to apply is here. I have attached a PDF version that can be printed, filled out, and scanned to my email if students don’t have personal access to a computer.The deadline for applying is July 15th . Students will be notified if they have been accepted by July 20th . If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask. 


Alizabeth McGowan

Stanford University | Class of 2016

B.A. Candidate | Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity

Black Community Services Center | Program Coordinator

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. | Xi Delta Chapter | Baselius 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute | Research Assistant  

Bryson A. Young - GSP Alumni Class of 2012

posted Jul 1, 2015, 6:37 AM by Greene Scholars

Dearest GSP Family and Alumni Scholars,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Bryson Young, GSP Alumni Class of 2012.  He passed on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at his home in San Jose.  Bryson was attending Cal Berkeley, as a Pre-Med/Spanish double major and had participated in the Greene Scholars Program from 2007-2012. 

I have spoken to Yvonne Young, Bryson's mother, and she will provide more details once his homecoming service is finalized.

With Yvonne's permission, we will institute the Bryson A. Young Memorial Scholarship within the Greene Scholars Program to honor his memory. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to this memorial scholarship. You can make your donations through the CAAAE/GSP PayPal account at

This is such a shock to our community because he was so well-loved by so many. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Yvonne can be reached at or (408) 926-6983.

Gloria Whitaker-Daniels

GSP Registration 2015-2016 - DEADLINE July 18

posted Jun 30, 2015, 12:06 PM by Greene Scholars

Hello GSP Parents,

Online registration for returning and new families for the 2015-2016 Greene Scholars Program year is now open.


All appropriate forms, grades/transcripts, and photos for each scholar must be received by the DEADLINE of JULY 18, 2015. If for some reason you are traveling and will not have access to grades, you must contact BEFORE the deadline and let us know when they will be submitted.


Please note the following actions:


1.      To register your family and current scholars for the 2015-2016 GSP Program:


a.      Complete one registration form for the entire family. Be sure to create a username and password to save and return to the form so that if it times out and you will not be forced to start over. 


Registration: (yes, this is the link for 2015)


b.     Complete a student interest survey and signature agreement for each scholar (scholars in grades 5 and above are encouraged to complete the form themselves). The same login above can be used.  If you have multiple children, create a login for each.  




c.      Submit a 2014-15 grade report/transcript for each scholar.  (submitted electronically as part of the registration form OR sent via US mail – should be received by July 25th)


d.      Submit a headshot photograph of each scholar (submitted electronically as part of the registration form OR sent via US mail). As the number of students in GSP has grown, it has become increasingly difficult to know each scholar by name and face. This headshot will be used to assist leaders with identifying students. 


You will receive confirmation emails when you complete each task.


2.      In the event your child does not plan to return to the program in August 2015, please complete this form to notify us of your intent


3.      Your family contribution of $350 is due at the August 29th meeting if you did not participate and pay via the Silicon Valley Gives campaign in May 2015.  Last year, we were able to offer scholarships to families because we received a special grant.  However, for 2015-16 we do not have funds available to offer scholarships. Please contact Ayodele Thomas ( if you have concerns regarding making this payment on time.


4.      Mark Your Calendar for the following upcoming events:

·       First Parent Meeting: Saturday, August 29, 2015 9am-1pm

·       First Scholar Meeting: September 26, 2015 9am-1pm


Mailing Address;

GSP - Grades

P.O. Box 3134

San Jose, CA 95156-3134


Please do not be late with your registration - DEADLINE IS JULY 18th.


If you have any concerns, please let me know. 

Ayodele Thomas

Incoming GSP Director

Memorial Services for Bill Kindricks

posted Jun 11, 2015, 10:57 AM by Greene Scholars

GSP Families,

Many of you knew  William "Bill" Kindricks, President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.  He had been an extremely loyal supporter of the CAAAE and GSP activities and events for many years. Bill was also a dear friend of Frank Greene as both were members of 100 Black Men and he remained a very visible supporter of our community and our children in general.  

Bill Kindricks recently passed away while visiting his niece in Atlanta.  For those interested, here are the services held in Alabama and when we get word on the services for San Jose we will keep you informed.

Wake & Homegoing Celebration for Our Beloved William "Bill" Kindricks
Wake / Visitation
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:00 pm CT
Peterson & Williams Funeral Home
1016 McCoy Street
Opelika, AL 36801
Homegoing Celebration
Friday, June 12, 2015
1:00 pm CT
Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church
650 Jeter Avenue
Opelika, AL 36801
Rev. Dr. Clifford Jones, President of 100 Black Men of Auburn-Opelika, Inc. will officiate.


100 Black Men of America, Inc. will provide a Resolution and present it to the family during the service.


Bill will be buried in Opelika next to his mom, who is the Grandma of his beloved niece, Melondy.


San Jose Memorial
Melondy is also planning to have a memorial service in San Jose this month. However, she has not yet finalized those plans.



posted Jun 4, 2015, 11:54 AM by Greene Scholars

GSP Parents,

You've put in the time, now it's time to log it online!

Thank you to all of the parents who have given of their time and expertise to GSP this program year.  Our year is coming to a close, which means that ALL volunteer hours must be submitted to our online system by tomorrow June 5th by noon. Here is the web address link to submit your hours:
You can also submit via this link here:   update your volunteer hours

Volunteer service is not only required, but it is also one of the ways that we are able to show potential grant givers that we are sustainable with the use of parent volunteers.  Incomplete service not only jeopardizes our ability to achieve the goals of the program, but will also risk your scholars continued participation in the program.  So if you have volunteer hours that you have completed, it is very important for your scholar and for our program that you submit them.  And, for those of you that have already completed more than 40 hours, please continue to submit any extra hours that you completed over the required 40 hours.  Showing that our parents go above and beyond is always helpful when seeking funding.

Thank you for your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at our last (and mandatory) parent meeting this Saturday June 6th.

Jeanene Cannon
GSP Communications Manager

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