My Journey: Mentors are On the Top of the Guest List!

 By Bernadette Johnson

“When embarking on a journey, never ask directions from someone who  has never left home.”  ~Chinese Proverb
I was asked to share why I chose to be a mentor.  Ironically, I found that I was unable to share my “why” without first exploring my personal mentoring experience.  Being raised by a single working parent in an inner city environment created the need for mentors. This environment is fertile ground for making choices that may not serve your greatest self.  My mentors, when I was growing up taught me to respect myself, be an independent thinker,  a leader and instilled the thought of I could do anything if I put my mind to it. 

Jill on Money: Free trade: Good or bad for America?

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Content Agency
There has been a lot of trash talk about U.S. trade policy this political season. Candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have led the rallying cries about how trade deals have killed U.S. jobs and upended the economy, which is a great way to incite disgruntled voters. However, as always, the facts are a bit murkier. 

10 Interview Tips to Help You Get the Job

The interview process can be daunting.  Get some tips to make the process easier.

Middle Class Struggles to Preserve Retirement Security

 WASHINGTON, D.C.–It’s no secret that retirement security is eroding for many Americans.

“Half of today’s working-age households are unlikely to have enough resources to maintain their standard of living once they retire,” according to the National Retirement Risk Index, compiled by Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research.

Local News Briefs

Ingham County Health Department Helps Kids Get Ready to Go ‘Back-to-School’

Michigan Women’s Commission to Survey Female Veterans
Findings Will Help Policy Makers Develop and Deliver Targeted Services to Michigan’s Women Veterans

You, your family and friends, consumers of our services are all invited to join us for agency 50th Year Anniversary Celebration on Monday, September 8, 2014. 


 Application Deadline is March 31 
Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is seeking qualified individuals to work on upcoming 2014 Election Days on May 6th, August 5th, and November 4th. This is a great opportunity to perform a needed service and earn $120 or more per Election Day. The deadline to submit an application to work all three dates is Monday, March 31.

Hope Still Out for Older Job Seekers


By Rick Garcia
After receiving my first AARP membership in the mail, I knew I would soon belong to a membership that can not be avoided – Being a Senior Citizen.

Job Seekers: U.S. Probation Officer – Deadline is December 31, 2012

The U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office for the Western District of Michigan is accepting applications for one full time United States Probation Services Officer to be assigned to the Kalamazoo or Lansing, MI branch office.

Ask Tamara: She Wants Me to Throw Out Photos of My Ex

Dear Tamara:

My wife was cleaning out the attic and found a box with several photos I had of ex girlfriends and mementos from previous relationships. All of the photos and items are really old and have been in that box in the attic long before we got married and she moved in.

She is upset because I refused to throw them all away. She says that I am disrespecting her and our marriage by keeping them. She accused me of living in the past. I tried to explain to her that they were just old photos and memories from my past, long before she and I ever even met.

April is Poetry Month: Advice from a Dead Man Walking

HBO Def Poet, Amir Sulaiman, pays a visit to the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing for a 
free performance.    Courtesy photo

By Dua S. Aldasouqi
E. LANSING, MI — Renowned poet and activist, Amir Sulaiman, flew into Michigan from California on April 13 to perform at the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing. He was there to give a short free show. The Center gym was packed with over 150 members of the Center and local Greater Lansing Area residents. Amir Sulaiman is also an accomplished writer, educator, and recording artist. He is a two time HBO Def Poet (an HBO television show, a play off of “Def Comedy Jam” with poets).