The Hood Report: School Board Elections April 16th, Events + Resources & Our Community Media Fellows

The Hood Report: School Board Elections April 16th, Events + Resources & Our Community Media Fellows
Photos from our Queer Media Lab training sessions

Welcome to the Latest Edition of The Hood Report!

In this issue, we're focusing on the upcoming School Board elections, community events, and resources and celebrating the achievements of our Community Media Fellows. Read on to stay informed and engaged with what's happening in Newark!

School Board Elections - April 16th

Mark Your Calendars!
The Newark School Board elections are on April 16th. This election is a crucial opportunity for community members to shape our city's educational future. If you received mail-in ballot instructions with the wrong date for school board elections, saying the 18th, please disregard them. Thank you to one of our members for this tip!

Upcoming Events & Resources

NEW Emergency Preparedness Hub

Stay Charged and Prepared!
Discover the new emergency solar-powered chargers Newark Public High School CTE interns constructed. These hubs are now ACTIVE and ready to serve across our city.

  • Event Series: Join us to learn about the significance of solar power in our community, interact with local STEM & Emergency Response experts, and enjoy FREE FOOD & GIVEAWAYS (while supplies last).
  • Registration Required:
  • Showcase Dates and Locations:
    • South Ward: Giving One Tenth - April 13, 2024
    • East Ward: Down Bottoms Farms - May 18, 2024
    • North Ward: Jannah on Grafton - June 1, 2024
    • West Ward: Urban League - Healthy Lifestyle Center - June 11, 2024
    • South Ward: Hope Village 2 - June 15, 2024
    • West Ward: Newark SAS - Garden of Hope - July 18, 2024

This pop-up series, hosted by Solar One, NOAA, and the City of Newark's Office of Sustainability, highlights solar power's crucial role in weather emergencies.

Sarah A'Vaughan Garde Gala

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening of elegance and music at the Sarah A'Vaughan Garde Gala. This special event, hosted in the illustrious Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall, celebrates the 100th birthday of the legendary jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan.

Event Details:

  • Date: April 18, 2024
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Location: Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall

Join us under the dazzling chandelier for a night that pays homage to Vaughan's iconic contributions to the world of jazz. The evening will highlight a concert featuring the incomparable GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Patti Labelle and a special guest whose performances will ignite the stage with musical brilliance.

Support Newark Symphony Hall in raising funds for activating and developing its Arts + Education Lab. All gala proceeds support their community engagement efforts and the Arts + Education Lab.

United Community Corporation Resources & Services

Food Distribution Site List via UCC Newark

March for Clean Air, Ironbound Community Corporation

Join Ironbound Environmental Justice on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at noon for the return of the March for Clean Air! For over two years, the Ironbound community has opposed the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission's proposal to add a fourth fossil fuel power plant in Newark. Sign up and learn more here.

Propel America

Become a Medical Assistant TODAY!

Interested in Health Care and fall into the age range of 18-26? Join Propel America's 100% FREE Medical Assisting Program to earn 40-50k in less than a year!

All fellows will receive a $1500 stipend and can earn college credits toward their Bachelor's and associate's Degrees!

Newark LGBTQ Film Festival 2024

The Newark LGBTQ Film Festival is a vibrant celebration dedicated to amplifying the voices and visions of queer filmmakers, especially those from BIPOC communities. This event shines a spotlight on films that, while not mainstream, have profound impacts by raising awareness about the lives and issues of queer people and communities of color.

Event Details:

  • Dates: April 26-28, 2024
  • Opening Night: April 26, 2024
  • Venue: The Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington Street

The festival showcases groundbreaking films and serves as a gathering space celebrating the rich history and bright future of LGBTQIA+ BIPOC artistic contributions in Newark and beyond.

How to Participate:

  • Get Tickets: Ensure your spot at this not-to-be-missed event by securing your tickets here.
  • Donate: Support the festival and its mission by donating here.
  • Volunteer: Join the festival team and contribute to its success by signing up here.

Spotlight on Our Community Media Fellows - Queer Media Lab Collaboration

Photos from our Queer Media Lab training sessions

In partnership with the Newark Community LGBTQ Center and Project Tea, our Queer Media Lab is making strides in amplifying LGBTQ+ voices. We are five weeks in! We just completed four weeks of audio media training. Be on the lookout for audio narratives from our South Ward, West Ward, and Queer community media fellows. Facilitators Shelly Ferrell and Leesy lead workshops that empower participants to create meaningful, impactful media pieces.

Meet the Queer Community Media Lab Facilitators: Shelly Ferrell and Leesy.

Queer Community Media Lab Facilitators: Shelly Ferrell and Leesy

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