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Career Computer Training:

Basic to advanced computer literacy courses in MS Office products are offered for those entering the workforce or seeking to learn new skills. Course titles include Introduction to MS Windows, Obtaining Employment Online, MS Word Tips & Strategies for Success, and many more.

The four week training program will meet two times per week Monday/Thursday and Tuesday /Wednesday. Both day and evening classes will be offered beginning the week of February 12, 2007.

Click here to view course list.

Let's Play Ball!

Haven't heard those words in a long time? Well, come on out and take a breather playing softball with other community members. Contact Ede Taylor at 410.485.2776 for info.

Neighborcorps.

Neighborcorps is a youth service-learning program unique to the Belair-Edison Healthy Community Coalition. The program outlines three primary goals for high school youth:

  1. to engage and mobilize youth as leaders;
  2. to provide an opportunity for youth to learn the process of social and community revitalization; and
  3. to build character and promote personal development.

The premise of the program is to unify and develop everyday residents as civic leaders, and link them with the resources necessary to better themselves, their families and their community. Students learn the basics of planning community development projects, including creating budgets, setting outcome measurements, and progress evaluation techniques. Neighborcorps students meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Doris M. Johnson High School #426.

Since October 2006, these brilliant young people have:

  • Organized a Canned Food Drive for the Doris M. Johnson campus;
  • Collected more than 100 canned goods to benefit the Maryland Food Bank;
  • Organized, planned and hosted youth activities for the Belair-Edison Community Association's annual Holiday Party;
  • Distributed gifts to more than 40 youth at the community's annual Holiday Party; and
  • Collectively logged over 120 service-learning hours since October 2006.

Umoja Computer Homework Club.

The Umoja Computer Homework Club beautifully reflects a partnership between the Coalition and the New Life United Methodist Church. The 12-station computer lab is open Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 - 6:00 pm.

Youth in grades 3 - 8 flock to the site to:

  • Obtain help with homework;
  • Acquire technology skills;
  • Participate in team building games and activities;
  • Attend mentoring sessions;
  • Learn the art of jewelry making; and/or
  • Creatively express themselves weekly with
  • Art on Purpose (www.artonpurpose.org)

Additionally, high school youth earn community service hours and acquire leadership skills tutoring students in reading and math. Various software programs, including MS Student 2006, teach youth vital technology skills and assist students with research and homework assignments.