National News Coverage: March for Our Lives

March For Our Lives Rally Thousands gathered in downtown Washington, D.C. for the “March for Our Lives” rally. An estimated 800 similar marches happened around the world. The event was organized in response to the February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as other school shootings since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Several Marjory Stoneman Douglas students addressed the rally, and they were joined by other students from around the country affected by gun violence. In their speeches they called for legislation to help end gun violence. Several artists performed at the event including Jennifer HudsonMiley CyrusAriana GrandeLin-Manuel Miranda, and Ben Platt

C-SPan March for Our Lives Coverage

Florida shooting: students walk out of schools to call for gun control

Students across the US are walking out of their schools to protest against gun violence and demand stricter gun laws after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida.

They're marching in solidarity with the survivors of the second deadliest public school shooting in US history to call for a ban on the sale of assault rifles of the sort used to kill 17 students and educators last week.

We encourage AMBYESE students to think of ways to become politically and socially active in their communities.

Congratulations to AMBYESE Alumnus William Phillips

Our very own William Phillips received recognition for his academic success in a recent article featured in the Mount Vernon Inquirer and Country Press

“Ambyese’s Y.E.S I Can Program has played an impactful role in my life. Because of its guidance in scholarships, essays, college choice and SAT preparation, I have been admitted into the renowned SUNY University at Buffalo. Because of their endless support and  enriching advice I have been able to achieve my goal of attending my first year of college free of charge. Once I had completed my last college application in November of 2016, I have applied to over 50 scholarship applications. As of now, I've been awarded 20 scholarships totaling my funding to be about $76,000.00. I was even a semi-finalist for the United Negro College Fund Stem Scholars program - a national scholarship worthy of $25,000.  Although I wasn't one of the students chosen for the scholarship, I'm still proud that all my hard work was recognized for eligibility.”

- William Phillips


Mt. Vernon Youth Bureau participant
receives funds from 20 college scholarships


William Phillips (r) being congratulated by Mayor Thomas

      Students and parents face difficult financial barriers when trying to earn a college degree, often making college unaffordable for many. Nationally and locally, youth struggle financially to find the means to pay for college. The high costs hinder students’ ability to attend local colleges or schools out of state. However, William Phillips, a member of the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau and a prominent member of the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment council has successfully secured over 20 scholarships to realize his dream of attending college.
       William attributes his motivation in applying for so many scholarships to financial barriers. He says, “Missing the opportunity of going to college was not an option. My family has accumulated thousands of dollars in debt when they took out loans for my sister’s education at a private school. Every day I would see my parents work so hard to try to keep up with the bills. The last thing I wanted for them to do was to take out more loans to send me off to school.”
       He continues by saying, “The decision was either attend college without loans, or maybe wait until I saved enough money. I didn’t want to be a year behind my friends, so after I submitted my final college application in late November, I decided that I would fund my entire college education. Eight months later, I have won twenty out of fifty-six scholarships and now I am able to attend college debt free.”
       "The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau is incredibly proud of all members of the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Council. They volunteer to improve the city and lend their innovative ideas to better their community. When they meet the milestone of high school graduation, and progress into college, we find ways to highlight their successes. This young man's desire to attend college, lent to his success in securing scholarships. We are very proud,” said Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden.
       Mayor Richard Thomas said, “I am encouraged by William’s commitment to academics and all of Mount Vernon is proud of him. We want all our young people to have the same opportunities to achieve their dreams. That’s why the City of Mount Vernon is working hand-in-hand with the Mount Vernon City School District to provide more comprehensive after school programs so our young people can compete in today’s global economy. Our kids deserve our best efforts. My congratulations to William and his friends and loved ones and I know he will continue to make Mount Vernon proud."
       This fall William will be attending the University of Buffalo, where he will major in Computer Sciences.

Congratulations to Dr. Beena Ramachandran

As Dean of AMBYESE's Youth Endeavoring to Succeed,(Y.E.S.) I Can Institute, we are pleased to announce  the sensational news of Dr. Ramachandran's continuous recognition by the University of Connecticut's senior administrative officers.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, corporate and schools partners, staff, students, parents and extended AMBYESE / Y.E.S., I Can family, we bounteously extend our congratulations!



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