Make Sure You’re Ready for the State of the Union:

Originally posted on Be a Seed for Change:

This year, there will be more ways than ever to take part in the State of the Union, including new ways to take in the remarks, share exclusive content with your social networks, and share your own experiences. There will also be opportunities to discuss President Obama’s remarks with White House officials immediately following the address.

See all the ways you can engage with the State of the Union next Tuesday, and how you can stay updated in the meantime.

Find out more about the State of the Union.

Weekly Address: America’s Resurgence Is Real

In this week’s address, President Obama discusses the economic gains we made in 2014, which was the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.


The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

Last week, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America. If all…

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CLICK FOR A CAUSE: DC LGBTQ Latinos Creating Change


By Eric Perez, Jesus Chavez , Jose Garcia and Ivan Aguilar

Hello friends, families, and colleagues:

It is not every day that we ask for your help, but because we feel so passionate about social justice we are reaching out to you today. On February of 2015, LGBTQ community leaders will convene in Denver, Colorado, to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. In a very crucial time on the road towards equality and social justice the conference will host a Latino/a Institute. The Institute will bring together diverse groups of LGBTQ Latino/as and allies from across the country to foster supportive relationships, and build each others’ capacity to advance LGBTQ Latino/a activism.

As activists who care deeply about Latino/a immigrant and LGBTQ communities we really want to contribute to that national dialogue. We feel that our experiences will allow us to contribute to something meaningful in moving our communities forward. We know that we will be able to gain some very important tools to help us grow personally and professionally.

The Latino/a Institute has stated that it will cost about $1,316 to attend the conference normally and will cost $991 even after receiving a scholarship per person. This is a significant expense. While we are working tirelessly to find inexpensive transportation and housing, we will be unable to attend without your help.

We are asking for your support because we know that you believe in the work that we are doing. This conference and this experience is an investment for a better tomorrow, with your assistance we know that we can create change.

With deepest gratitude in anticipation of your assistance,

Eric Perez, Jesus Chavez , Jose Garcia and Ivan Aguilar


Is Generation Y Really Invincible?

Originally posted on invincible generation:

I know that the statistics show the newest Millennial’s to be the most unmotivated, least knowledgeable and most uninsured generation to hit since before the baby boom. “Millennial’s” or sometimes known as “Generation Y” are the young adults born between the 1980’s and 2000. I believe this label is not reserved for the vast majority. It has been stamped on to the stereotypes of slacker young adults, still living at home, with no motivation to get out and make something of themselves. We are the “Selfie” generation with phone constantly in hand.

The 90’s were full of things like denim, cassette tapes and dial-up internet. HEAVEN FORBID you get a phone call while you are on the internet! Your slow-as-molasses connection would shut off and you would have to start the dialing and crackling all over again! This is also the same culture that taught us to say “Whatever” and…

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Millennial House Hunting: I like to think I could fix things…

Originally posted on Finding My Wonderful:

I continued to toss around the idea of the third home that was very intriguing but needed work. I decided to go see it again with my brother-in-law (this is the home without a basement and beams on the ceiling). Not wanting to have my REALTOR® just take us to one house that I had already seen, I found another really cute little place that had everything I wanted in what seemed like the perfect location. I should emphasize ‘little’ house. At 480 sq. ft., it was technically a tiny house (which I LOVE).

Anyway, we checked out the little house first. It was pretty great with a basement, a garage, a fenced in backyard, across from a park and in a very central location. I pretty much fell in love with it immediately. While there, I started designing a kitchen that utilized the space a bit better and was making changes to…

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5 Overused Phrases Used By Today’s Youth That Need To End In 2015

Originally posted on MIX 105.1:

I like to think that I’m a pretty hip guy. I stay up to date on all of the latest fashion trends for guys, I keep my hair trimmed, I stay in the know as far as current events go…but there are some things that my generation does that I just cannot get behind.

The reality is, I’m actually still pretty young, but being in the workforce for as long as I have been, one could argue that I am “disconnected” with my generation.

I’m in my mid twenties and I prefer to stay at home, drink a glass of wine and watch NCIS or Cops than go out and get “turnt.”

I have never fully lived up to the phrase “YOLO.” So I guess there are things in my life, I will never get…and many of those things are lingo from today’s youth.

That being said…there are 5 phrases that…

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Am I invisible?

Originally posted on Escapades of High Girl Daily:

Speaking as someone from Generation Y, or a Millennial I realised today that we really aren’t important as we think we are. According to Wikipedia  “Millennials” in abundance have asserted the ideal that all their heritages should be respected, counted, and acknowledged.”. Basically we are arrogant, think we know what is best and think we are more important than we are.

I tell myself that I don’t fall into that category; I don’t own the latest smartphone (yes, of course I HAVE a smartphone), I don’t really use the latest slang (I can’t stand the word “bae”), but when it comes down to it I am a Millennial. I dress the same as others, I use Instagram & Twitter, I do my make up like the Kardashian’s (and hate myself for it). And, today I realised that I am not that well recognised in the workplace like I thought I…

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Gen Y’s Education & Workplace

Originally posted on The Millennials & their Career Choices:

Back then, hard work will usually get you somewhere at the top. However, with times changing, Gen Y individuals realized that the only way to get to the top is with an educational degree. Thus, we hear so many stories about student loan debt and credit card debt in the news, from friends, and co-workers. Nevertheless, college enrollment is still increasing.

According to the “Millennial Generation Research” by Ms. Jessica –, millennials score high on their IQ tests, in addition to “[scoring] higher on such traits as extroversion, self-esteem, self-liking, high expectations, and assertiveness. These traits purported to often lead to narcissism and entitlement.” Whoa, that’s quite an accusation there, isn’t?

A survey finds that millennials’ narcissistic and entitlement trait makes them feel as if they are the top performers in their group. As a result, when they meet the real world and find that their expectations are…

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Do You Know Demographics?

Originally posted on Discover the MAC:

Let’s Spark the Conversation on Millennials!

Think you know the demographics?

Well before I share my knowledge on the subject I want to hear from you!

Choose which you believe to be most accurate.

I would love to hear your reasons for your selections so definitely leave a comment below.

I look forward to sharing the results and getting more in depth on this topic!

~ Miss AJ


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How to organize your college binder

Originally posted on Study. Read. Write.:

Having an organized binder for your study material is important. There’s nothing worse than not remembering where exactly you wrote down the homework or getting your papers all mixed up.

Being a student myself and having just re-organized my entire binder, I thought I’d share my system with you.

Free downloads of the cover sheets are available below!

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Super Bowl Ads: 11 Commercials That Forced The Big Game To Change Its Spots

Originally posted on Variety:

For decades, the Super Bowl advertising formula has been the same: Make funny jokes for all the beer-swilling guys in front of the screen. Pay B-list celebrity heaps of cash for 10 seconds on film. Consider doing both. Hope the world pays attention.

For some, the bar is higher. Madison Avenue’s more clever creative directors and chief marketing officers have had better ideas, of course. And that’s who we will celebrate below.

No one is saying the ads that follow are the best or worst Super Bowl commercials ever made. Deciding the entrants in those categories is for savvier minds than ours. We’re putting our focus on those ads that forced a change in how Super Bowl commercials are plotted, put together or placed in the lineup of the network broadcasting the game. So, there’s no mention in the paragraphs below of Coke’s famous Mean Joe Greene ad or the…

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Paying Some Attention to a Homeless Guy May Just Have Helped to Save His Life

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

New York City. Homeless man.When I was 16, I worked at a law firm downtown as a summer intern. Every day, I’d go get lunch from this row of vendors – either a gyro, a hot dog, a kebab, or a burrito. Each one only took cash, so I got used to carrying around a bunch of cash, and every day, I’d pay for my meal, take all the change I got and anything in my pockets, and give it to a local homeless guy named Ivan.

I’d also just say “Hi, Ivan” or “Nice seeing you, man” or something along those lines.

Ivan was a mid-20s black guy who had fought in Iraq, but had some severe PTSD and had run away from whatever family and friends he had and moved a few hundred miles to upstate New York. He was generally nice, but quiet, and obviously in a very bad place in…

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