UNCF Names Robert Bolton New National Director of Special Events 


Robert H. Bolton will lead the execution of more than 70 signature fundraisers across the country, including the annual UNCF National Alumni Conference. Bolton will lead the charge in developing high-quality events with the goal of getting students to and through college and beyond. 

“We are excited to welcome back Robert, who has assisted UNCF in various platforms,” says Therese Badon, vice president of development, southern region. “Under his leadership, I am confident that our 24 local offices will have the resources to take their events to new heights.”

2018 Westlake Valedictorian Excels

An only child, Denae Aletrice Clowers grew up being very close with her mother and grandmother. She valued listening to stories about their upbringing and education and was encouraged to help people with school in whatever way she could—starting with her mother and grandmother. As a second grader, Denae taught her grandmother the sight words she had learned at school, and when Denae’s mother returned to college, her daughter stayed after school to learn math concepts her mother didn’t understand so she could go home and teach them to her mother. Denae has maintained her love of teaching, often helping her peers with math.

A volunteer with the Fairburn Fall Festival, Tri-Cities Run/Walk, and her church. Graduating from Westlake High School as Valedictorian, a Star Student and the school’s sole National Merit Finalist for 2018, Denae credits her village for helping support her and believing in her. Denae is headed to Yale University as a Questbridge Scholar, with plans to major in Mechanical Engineering or Economics and intends to create more programs to encourage local students.

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The Black Women’s Expo hosted a Teen College & Scholarship Workshop with Inspiring Students To Excel In Higher Education at the Georgia Int’l. Congress Center. Hosted byJackson Memorial Baptist Church and facilitated by Director Sheryl L. Smith, the workshop covered the ins and outs of applying for college scholarships: where to find them, qualifications and disqualifications and practical principles. Students learned how to improve essay writing skills and how to prepare a portfolio of requested documents by scholarship organizations, among other helpful activities. Smith is a Scholarship and Financial Planner as well as a Certified Grant Writer and Speaker, with over 20 years of professional writing, mentorship, research and financial consulting experience. Visit InspiringStudentToExcel.com and TheBlackWomensExpo.com for more. 


Editor’s Note: In the August issue, we recommended the Pig and the Pint as a pet-friendly spot, which has closed, unfortunately. We apologize for the error. 

Westlake Senior Holds Free Writing Workshop 

International Baccalaureate diploma candidate and Talented and Gifted senior at Westlake High School, Alexis Jacobs recently taught a “free” writing workshop for students.

“As an IB diploma student, I found that all of my courses require some kind of extensive writing. Students sometimes miss the most basic components of writing when they construct their introductory, body or conclusion paragraphs, so I decided to create a workshop that would give my peers and younger students an opportunity to develop more confidence in their writing skills.”

Workshop attendee fourth grader Madison Hill says, “I learned you need a thesis, background and a hook for your introduction. I also learned you need to be very specific with your writing.”  

Also an Ambassador Girl Scout working to complete her Gold Award, Jacobs says her passions are writing, film and photography and she’s won several awards for her academic excellence at Westlake HS, including the Principal’s Award and Principal’s list. 

“It was an amazing learning experience and a joy to teach what I love to those in my community,” she adds.

Atlanta Audubon Awarded Grant

The National Audubon Society recently awarded Atlanta Audubon with an Audubon in Action grant for on-the-ground conservation and equity, diversity and inclusiveness work in Atlanta.

Atlanta Audubon will partner with the Greening Youth Foundation to create an annual internship opportunity for young adults. Interns will work with Atlanta Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary Program to learn about native plants and birds, present outreach programs, and help certify additional landscapes as Wildlife Sanctuaries. Greening Youth Foundation’s mission is to work with diverse, underserved and underrepresented children, youth and adults in an effort to develop and nurture enthusiastic and responsible environmental stewards. The goal of the Wildlife Sanctuary Program is to create a swath of certified wildlife habitats across metro-Atlanta to create a more bird-friendly community.

“The Greening Youth Foundation looks forward to connecting one of our interns to this exciting project with our partner, Atlanta Audubon Society,” says Angelou Ezeilo, CEO and founder of the organization. “I have no doubt that providing this type of opportunity to young adults creates a conservation ethic that will stay with them for life.”