Youth Development Programs Strengthen Classrooms

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Comprehensive approaches to positive youth development are becoming more common in schools across the country, resulting in stronger and healthier youth. Research shows that such programs increase academic achievement, decrease problem behavior and increase pro-social behavior. The positive impact of programs that develop life skills in the classroom has caught the attention of some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Lions Quest, a positive youth development program of Lions Clubs International Foundation, recently entered select CPS schools as part of a movement to develop students’ social and emotional skills. Now in more than 10 schools throughout CPS, Lions Quest is garnering recognition and support for additional expansion.

The program’s positive presence in CPS recently attracted the attention of Bank of America, resulting in a $10,000 grant awarded to Lions Quest by the Chicago division of the organization.

“Youth in Chicago are some of the most at-risk in the U.S.,” said Al Brandel, Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation, “But the Lions Quest program aims to provide these youth with the life skills they need to develop into healthy adults and build stronger communities.”

Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School was awarded the funding from the Bank of America grant, providing the Lions Quest “Skills for Action” program. Tilden, a high school located on Chicago’s south side with a student population of 1,350, has a high drop-out rate and low graduation rate, and the majority of students come from low-income families. The funds trained 36 teachers from Tilden and other Chicago Public Schools and provided curriculum materials to 500 students.

Teacher training is central to the success of the program. Through informative and engaging workshops, teachers become experts on the content and subsequently implement the program according to the needs of their classroom.

By implementing positive youth development programs in schools, students receive a comprehensive approach to education that strengthens not only the classroom, but also society as a whole.

For more information, visit www.lions-quest.org.

Tips for Making Exciting Ice Cream Sundaes

The Roman emperor Nero ate flavored ice to get through Italy’s stifling summers, and frozen treats have only become more popular since the 4th century B.C.  According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the United States produced 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream in 2008, and 90 percent of the population enjoys the sweet treat.

Americans also like to stick with the classics – vanilla accounts for over 25 percent of all ice cream sales. But there’s far more to ice cream than vanilla in a cone. Cold Stone Creamery , an ice cream parlor known for its customizable offerings, has a few tips for exploring more unique possibilities:

•  Think beyond chocolate sauce and cherries.
Cereal, chocolate chips, fruit, jams, sprinkles, pie fillings, cookies crumbles, brownie chunks, chopped nuts and whipped cream are only the beginning!

Chicago Takes on Maine Lobster

<b>Chicago Takes on Maine Lobster </b> (NewsUSA) – Lobster history in America dates back to the pre-colonial era when Native Americans found the crustacean in abundance all across beaches of the area that came to be known as New England. The state of Maine took hold of the market in the 19th century, and today, lobster is considered a top seafood delicacy.

While Maine is generally known as the land of the lobster, chefs all across the country have taken this claw-snapping creature and added a variety of flair and pizzazz to make it even more mouth-watering. The culinary experts at UNO have taken the traditional lobster roll and added the taste of fresh tarragon and crispy bacon to create a dish that is truly special.

With summer coming, this is a great lobster dish that’s quick and easy to make, and will be a big hit at your next party or family dinner.

UNO Lobster Roll with Tarragon Mayonnaise and Bacon

Serves Four

4 New England-style hot dog buns (top split)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Lobster salad (recipe follows)

1/2 cup tarragon mayonnaise

(recipe follows)

8 strips fully-cooked bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

4 green leaf lettuce leaves, washed, dried, and shredded

4 dill pickle spears

French fries or potato chips

1. Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Spread each of the hot dog buns with 1 tablespoon butter (1/2 on each side). Place the buttered buns into the hot, dry frying pan and toast without moving until golden brown on one side, about 30 seconds. Turn and cook the other side, about 30 seconds more. Remove from heat.

2. Evenly distribute the shredded lettuce inside each bun.

3. Evenly distribute the bacon pieces on top of the lettuce.

4. Spoon the lobster salad evenly between the buns. Serve with pickles and French fries or potato chips on the side.

Tarragon Mayonnaise

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon fresh tarragon

Kosher salt, to taste

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients into a stainless steel mixing bowl and mix. Set aside.

Lobster Salad

1 1/4 pounds fully cooked lobster meat

1/2 cup tarragon mayonnaise

Combine the lobster and tarragon mayonnaise in a stainless steel mixing bowl, and lightly mix. If not using immediately, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator.

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Plastics Create Oil With Energy to Spare

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – America’s quest to reduce its fuel consumption and dependence on foreign oil may lead it to look for energy sources in new places — like the bottom of a trash barrel.

JBI, Inc. (OTCBB:JBII), a global technology company, has developed a process, called Plastic2Oil (P2O), that converts raw, unwashed, unsorted plastic waste into a fuel similar to biofuel. In April 2010, an independent laboratory, Islechem, validated the P2O process through extensive chemical, analytical and process engineering testing.

Islechem tested the process over 40 times using multicolored, mixed plastics. The laboratory determined that the P20 process is repeatable and can be done on a large scale. Approximately 85 to 90 percent of the hydrocarbon composition in the feedstock is converted into a “near diesel” fuel, while about 8 percent is converted to a usable off gas much like natural gas. In addition, only 1 percent of the plastic becomes residue, and that residue does not contain any highly toxic elements and is safe for landfill disposal. Even better, more energy is produced than consumed by the process. Early data suggest that the process creates twice as much energy as it uses.

“It takes energy to produce energy. The key is to get more energy from the final product than it takes to make it,” said JBI, Inc. CEO John Bordynuik. “Our process has a high positive energy balance of 2.0, while gasoline from crude has a negative energy balance of 0.81.”

The fuel produced by the P20 process has another major advantage over gasoline from crude oil — its production, including labor, costs only about $10 a barrel.

Gasoline from crude oil uses more energy than it produces and currently costs between $75 and $85 a barrel — and yet gasoline companies yield high profits. A process like P20 could revolutionize the market by creating high-quality fuel at much lower costs, while also helping to reduce the amount of plastic that becomes pollution or ends up in landfills.

JBI, Inc. is currently in talks to create P20 processing facilities in Europe, Florida, New York, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio. The company is also looking for waste disposal or recycling companies, and people with under-utilized facilities to convert into P2O factories. For more information, visit www.plastic2oil.com or www.jbiglobal.com.

Plastics Create Oil With Energy to Spare

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Youth Program Aims to Curb Unemployment Among Young Adults

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The economic recession has hit America’s youth particularly hard. Nearly 4 million of the unemployed are young people 25 and under. Many of them are not teenagers who need a minimum-wage job to earn pocket money to spend on weekends. They’re young adults who need a job — and job skills — so that they can support themselves and, sometimes, their families.

More than 5 million young people ages 16-24 are disconnected from employment and education and living in high-poverty communities in this country. Some of them are lucky. Some live in areas that have jobs and education programs that target youth and help them complete their education, learn job skills and find jobs that allow them to advance and earn a livable wage.

The Campaign for Youth is a coalition of national organizations that support some 400 programs across the United States that have been successful in assisting disadvantaged and disconnected youth on their path to employment. The Campaign is currently working to encourage Congress to increase federal investment in youth through summer and year-round jobs programs and other efforts that will help young people succeed and reverse the impact of the highest youth unemployment rate in 60 years.

The Campaign has developed a national strategy to reconnect youth to school and work that includes creating a White House Office of Youth Policy to coordinate federal efforts, providing grants to state and local youth development councils and community institutions, and investing in promising programs and innovations that are already successfully serving youth.

“We appreciate President Obama’s efforts to provide jobs for Americans affected by the recession, but we want to ensure that America’s youth participate in the recovery,” said Linda Harris, co-chair of the Campaign for Youth and Youth Policy Director at CLASP. “Too often, young people, especially males of color, are left behind in economic recoveries. Putting young people to work now and investing in upgrading their skills and education credentials is the best way to prepare them to compete for good jobs with good wages that allow them to support their families when the economy rebounds. This pool of young talent will be needed to fuel our future economy, and we can’t afford to let them remain idle or slip through the cracks.”

The full strategy for investment is available online at www.campaignforyouth.org.

Youth Program Aims to Curb Unemployment Among Young Adults

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Tips to Help At-Risk, Runaway Youth

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The recession may be over in the minds of economists, but its impact on American youth continues to linger. Since the recession began, the number of youth turning to the streets has risen. The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) has seen an increase of more than 200 percent since 2006 in the number of crisis callers to its 1-800-RUNAWAY hotline from or about youth who identify economics as a reason for their call.

But help is available for those who have run, are thinking of running or have become homeless as a result of the economic downturn.

“We rely heavily on volunteers to handle crisis calls in our call center, but our network of help extends to communities around the country through our Street Team program,” said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. “Anyone can go to 1800RUNAWAY.org and apply to be a Street Team member and begin helping families and youth in their community.”

Members of the Street Team, which consists of teens and adults, raise awareness and provide information to youth who are thinking of running away or those who have already left home. Supplying at-risk youth with resources may encourage them to seek help when they need it most. It is estimated that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year in America. According to Blaha, some at-risk youth feel that running away is the only solution instead of reaching out for help.

Blaha offers the following tips to individuals interested in becoming a Street Team member and helping at-risk youth in their community:

* Distribute educational materials in schools, churches, community centers and local businesses.

* Encourage your child’s school to discuss running away in the classroom, and dedicate an area to house resources for youth who may need help. NRS’ Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum is available at www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

* Coordinate a fundraising campaign, awareness initiative or education program at your school, workplace, church or community center.

* Recruit others to get involved and start a Street Team in your area.

* Use social media, such as Facebook and YouTube, to get the word out to youth in need.

* Encourage your school and local newspapers to feature an article on runaways and homelessness.

* Participate in National Runaway Prevention Month. Each November, Street Teams coordinate events and activities that raise awareness about the runaway issue and educate people about solutions and prevention.