Just incase you missed this, I am not only into Fashion and Music. I am also into giving back to my community. Before I became a stylist, In 2007 I worked for the Bronx based Non-profit organization, Citizens Advice Bureau, as a College Advisor/Mentor/Dance Instructor. I tutored teenagers, prepared them for college and introduced them to the Fashion & Music Industry. One student in particular,Nassou Camara, I assisted in receiving the Bill Gates Millenium Scholarship. This scholarship awarded her full tuition and book money for her undergraduate studies, graduate studies, and PHD. Due to this successful achievement her and I received some publicity.We were interviewed by the "Daily News" and another local newspaper.
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Activist's wish is grant-ed
Spotlight on Nassou Camara
BY ETHAN ROUEN
Tuesday, August 7th 2007, 4:00 AM
Nassou Camara (l.), 18, with education advisor Dina Brown, has been awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship for college.
Hard work pays off, but hard work plus good work landed a windfall for Nassou Camara.
Camara, 18, was recently awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will provide her with a full college scholarship and money for graduate school.
"I'm looking forward to using that money to educate myself and help the people in my community," she said.
Camara, who lives in Morris Heights and will attend Albertus Magnus College in the fall, dreams of becoming a U.S. senator, but her public service began years ago.
"She's into so many things," said Dina Brown, education adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau, who nominated her for the scholarship. "She's very determined to fight for her community, and not just her culture, all cultures."
At 14, Camara started working at the nonprofit Harlem Children's Zone, helping to make a documentary about West African immigrants in Harlem.In addition to joining the student council and the social action club at the Community School for Social Justice, she also works now for Justice Works, a Bronx-based nonprofit group.
Camara can talk fluently about Rockefeller drug laws, wrongful imprisonment and a slew of other issues.
"Anything dealing with education, academics and the civil rights of students in her school, she stands up," Brown said. "She's the voice."
It was obvious that Camara would continue her fight after high school, but it seemed like money would be a huge hurdle.She was offered partial scholarships to several schools, but she couldn't afford her first choice, Magnus.
At Brown's prodding, she filled out the 30-page Gates scholarship application in a week, briefly putting aside her other hobbies, the exact kinds of experiences the judges were looking for.Camara spends most of her free time reading and helping her community and, when she's not, she said she's searching for injustice elsewhere because, "There's always something you have to fight for."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2007/08/07/2007-08-07_activists_wish_is_granted.html#ixzz0TSuiaF9k
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