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From Ed Portal to Harvard Yard

first_imgWhen incoming freshman Kevin Yang learned he was accepted to Harvard College, he quickly wrote and thanked one of the people who helped him the most — Tri Huynh. As a Harvard student, Huynh, now a teacher in California, tutored Yang once a week at Harvard’s Education Portal in Allston.Opened in 2008, Harvard’s Ed Portal serves as a cooperation agreement between Harvard and the city of Boston to bring the University’s greatest strengths of teaching and research to the Allston-Brighton community.For Yang, who moved many times during his middle and high school years, the Ed Portal was a constant. “We’ve lived all over Massachusetts, and moving so often was difficult,” Yang said. “High school was very stressful, and writing my college essay helped me reflect on my identity.”While Yang’s parents worked — his mother is a nurse and his father a scientist — Yang’s grandparents drove him back and forth from the Ed Portal several times each week. These days they drive his younger brother Neil there for his mentoring sessions.Noting his parents high regard for education, Yang said: “You’re always stepping on the backs of your parents to go further. Getting into Harvard is a new experience for all of us — it has been a roller coaster ride. At the end of the day, they are proud of me.” 1Incoming freshman, Kevin Yang, foreground, and his family, at their home. From left, Yi Jin, Kevin’s mother; grandfather, Yongshou Jin; brother, Neil Jin and grandmother, Yi Qun Zhu. His dad, Hailin Yang, not pictured, was at work. 5Neil takes Kevin’s longboard for a ride in their neighborhood. 15In Harvard Yard, Kevin checks his new Harvard ID, comparing it to the one from Boston Latin, and noting how much he has changed. 7For several years, Kevin’s grandparents drove him to and from the Ed Portal, school, and other activities. Currently, Kevin is in the driver’s seat with his learner’s permit while his grandfather instructs him from the passenger seat. 12Neil plays a computer game, while Kevin looks on. Remembering his own mentor, Kevin says, “He was more than a tutor — he was a real person, he helped me to chill. He recognized my human side … he also saw my interest in biology and helped me with my studies.” 2A shelf in the living room displays Kevin’s many awards and some family photos. 8Kevin attended Boston Latin School, the oldest school in America, founded in 1635. 4Kevin’s younger brother, Neil, looks up to him. 6Kevin’s grandfather, Yongshou Jin, speaks Shanghainese. Kevin speaks English, Latin, Chinese, Spanish, and Shanghainese. 9Five signers of the Declaration of Independence along with many other notable historic figures attended BLS. 10Kevin graduated in June. 3Kevin reads his acceptance letter to Harvard. 13On freshmen move-in day, Kevin, returning from his Freshman Orientation Program (FOP), greets Catherine Zhang ’19, on left, while his mother, Yi Jin and father Hailin, look on. Yi Jin rejoiced when she saw her son following his FOP of hiking and camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 14Kevin greets his new roommate, T.J. Song (right) of Gilroy, Calif. They’ll share a room, part of a suite in Weld Hall. 11Kevin and Neil pose inside the Harvard EdPortal. When Kevin attended, the Ed Portal was across the street from its current location at 224 Western Ave. in Allston. Membership is free and hundreds of students like Yang take advantage of the Allston-Brighton mentoring program, which pairs a Harvard student with a local youth. 16Kevin hugs his mother. His father, Hailin, said he would miss work to be at move-in day partly so he could, “park the car in Harvard Yard.” The family car is to the left.last_img read more

Credit union members want 3 things during COVID-19 crisis

first_imgGallup recently initiated a study among its Credit Union Consortium participants — representative of 3.2 million credit union members across the U.S. — to better understand how members have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and exactly what kind of support they need most.Credit Union Members Are Suffering More ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img Due to the economic impact of the pandemic, supporting members’ financial wellbeing has become the central issue for credit unions. Gallup finds that credit union members are getting hit harder than the average American — 76% say they have experienced a great deal or fair amount of disruption, compared with the national average of 70% recorded in mid-March.Gallup defines financial wellbeing as “managing one’s economic life to reduce stress and increase security” — in short, one’s emotional relationship with money, which paints a truer picture of hope and worry than traditional financial health metrics do. A Gallup analysis of Consortium participant data shows that financial wellbeing is deteriorating: The percentage considered “thriving” is decreasing, while the percentages considered “struggling” and “suffering” are growing.last_img read more

New apartments a gem in Stones Corner crown

first_imgGemstone Apartments, Stones Corner.Mr Su said buyers were keen to purchase in the area because the development was close to schools, parklands, public transport, sporting grounds, commercial precincts and only 4km from Brisbane’s CBD.He said people were keen to move into the Stones Corner precinct and the area was set for rejuvenation.Gemstone Apartments features a private pool and barbecue area and secure undercover parking.The units have spacious living and kitchen areas, stone bench tops with 40mm edging, European appliances and large, private balconies. Gemstone Apartments, Stones Corner.A 70-unit development at Stones Corner with three towers is set to provide a lifestyle worth treasuring.Gemstone Apartments feature 3 towers – Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire – which make up the collection. Each building follows a timeless black and white theme which is not only bold and contemporary, but complements its surrounds.Skyline Builders Pty Ltd property manager George Su said one-bedroom apartments were available from $395,000, two-bedroom units from $545,000 and three-bedrooms from $670,000, which are nearly sold out. Gemstone Apartments, Stones Corner.Ray White Stones Corner selling agent Melinda Allamby said there was a variety of owner-occupiers, first home buyers and investors buying into the development.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMs Allamby said the units were well designed with luxury finishes. “With many layouts available, most of the units have dedicated study areas – either spaces or separate rooms,” she said. “There’s some unique designs for excellent value.” She said the development was only released for sale about four weeks ago. “We’ve had an excellent market response with over 30 per cent sold. “Our first buyers moved in last Friday with more settling next week.”last_img read more

Chelsea deny Cole taunted Man City

first_imgChelsea insist Ashley Cole did not taunt Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini or his players after Monday’s game at Stamford Bridge.Cole was reported to have sparked a tunnel bust-up following Chelsea’s 2-1 victory by mocking City for recently failing to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.He was said to have shouted: “Thursday nights, Channel 5” towards Mancini after the match.AdChoices广告But a statement issued by Chelsea on behalf of Cole read: “Contrary to reports, Ashley Cole did not say anything to the opposition in the tunnel after Monday’s game.“Ashley has huge respect for the players and staff at Manchester City, many of whom he knows personally and calls friends.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

NHA Issues 28 Title Deeds

first_imgThe National Housing Authority (NHA) has given 28 Title Deeds to residents of the Old and New Matadi Housing Estates people.Speaking yesterday at the official program in the Old Matadi Community, the Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Samuel W. Thompson, said the program is part of the President’s home ownership initiative that we have been pursuing  for the people of Liberia.The Managing Director explained that “today we are presenting just the first batch of the deeds to the residents, giving them title to the property.  Some have paid for property and some are eligible for weaver based  on the number of years they have lived here in keeping with the President’s directive.”According to Mr. Thompson, some of the people have taken mortgage loans from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment and those deeds will be turned over  to the (LBDI), due to their pledged to the Bank.“We have finalized all of the deeds to those that are in the country.  We have plans to construct additional estates in Lofa, where we have land, and  also the Brewerville area.” Mr. Thompson said the process is intended to provide some of the people their deeds as they deserved to have access to their land deeds and the NHA can clearly say that they met the necessary requirements to own it.He used the occasion to encourage those who are yet to receive their deeds to be patient in the process and assured them of having access to it in the shortest possible time.“We have covered 28 out of 268 deeds; we will continue to reach out to all of the other residents and ensure that those that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has survey receive their deeds as part of the President’s continued  support to the people and the country,” Mr. Thompson explained.The Managing Director explained, “You can obtain the land in many ways; you must have lived  in the house for at 20 years and above and at the age 60, and you can also own it by paying for it.  Let me also encourage other people to take advantage of the opportunity.”   He called on the recipients to further register and probate their deeds, as this process involves all the owners.Some of the recipients  include: J. Fallah Moses, Joyce Mawolo, Ansu Kallon, Edwin Tucker, Garmai Koikoi, Samuel Dorbor, Amos Andrew, James Johnson, Roland Stevens, Myers Dorbor,  Albert Nyanibo, Abraham Kettor and Michael Dean.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more