MBYA Summer 09 Newsletter

Minority Business & Youth Alliance Successes in 2009

Here's a great interview done with Regina Glenn of Pacific Communications Consultants, Inc. a participating front-running Tabor 100 and Northwest Minority Business Council, BRED and OMWBE business and MBYA Intern Giovanni E.. One Regina's major clients is Sound Transit and they were on the way to take a maiden voyage the day the new light rail service opened but the crowd that day made that impossible. Through the magic of web television we did the maiden voyage anyway the following Saturday with one of our other MBYA Youth Voices stars Tyiesha R.. The ride was great and what a great way to understand the impact of public transit on community development and on the development of the local and regional economy. Awesome! 

Once school was out, we recruited and trained a special group of MBYA interns to be a part of MBYA "Youth Voices" team as developing online journalists, and as community resource development specialists. Once work was review by their work supervisor, the could then post their work right on The Minority Business & Youth Alliance Network site. Here is the link to the site: http://mbyouthalliance.ning.com. See the following examples of some of their work below:

Here MBYA "Youth Voices" intern Shakira S. interviews Giovanni S., one of our amazing MBYA superstars, who at age 16, already runs a highly successful lawnmowing business where he has 5 other youths working under him. Now he only mows the lawn of a client for customer service reasons. What was really great was seeing how Shakira stepped up to the plate and rose to the occasion to be on camera and to interview Gio well. Great job Shakira!

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle was a great place for MBYA summer internships. Here Tyiesha R. interviews MBYA veteran Kristen D. about her office assistant job working with Tanya Motta.
Pacific Northwest Black Cultural Festival Association - Provides an Excellent MBYA Internship

The relationship that we developed with Michael L. Taylor and his entire, dedicated staff at Pacific Northwest Black Cultural Festival Association was a most fruitful one. MBYA Youth Interns who participated had to opportunity to play a vital part in putting on this Fourth of July week-long festival where the entire community came out to celebrate the legacy of the festival that has been going on since 1947. Discussions are now underway with with Northwest African Amercian Museum and with Central Area Senior Center about ways to plug in MBYA youth interns during Fall and Winter months. We introduced these youths to the  use of radically low cost video technology that could be used to document oral histories of seniors and they liked the idea..beginning with this mini-web television piece about their participation.

MBYA Interns who attended Tabor 100's July, 2009 General Meeting had a most "immersive" learning experience, particularly Tyiesha R. who got there early to take it all in, and who then even rose to the occasion to tell a powerful story about her experience. MBYA Intern Gio E. also actively partipated looking for the opportunity to seize the moment and. He also unabashedly tells it like like he sees it. Both of these youthful MBYA "ambassadors" already are acting like tomorrow's leaders ...today!.. Right now and they aren't even old enough to vote yet... but what personal influence they wield already! It's great to have a program that can bring out the best in our youth.

Here is a great interview with volunteer coordinator Stacie Ford-Bonnelle and MBYA Intern Tyiesha R. over at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retail store at 65th & Roosevelt Way, in the heart of Seattle's Ravenna district that offers products from over 10,000 villages in developing countries around the world. What a great learning and work experience this internship turned out to be. Tyiesha rose to the occasion in delivering excellent customer service, serving customers well, even while Stacie was away on a family vacation. Great job Tyiesha! And thank you Stacie and Ten Thousand Villages.