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Alameda freshman shows the way via cell phone tour

In October, Alameda Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, Ja’Nylah Johnson, who now attends Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. with a full scholarship, took some time to give her former schoolmates at Alameda’s Nea Community Learning Center a virtual tour of her campus and dormitory. Using her cell phone, Johnson showed the Nea seniors around and answered questions about her experiences at Bennett College in North Carolina.

In the days leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, SJND students were reading up on state-level candidates and propositions and getting ready to vote — in a mock election.

Alameda youth are standing up to big tobacco companies. Eighty six students from Lincoln Middle School, Bay Farm Elementary School, Encinal High School and other volunteers attended the final neighborhood canvassing event in the city on Saturday, Oct 27. They delivered more than 5,000 educational door-hangers with facts about candy flavored tobacco products, the new tactic from tobacco companies to hook a new generation of smokers.

Knowing how credit scores are calculated can help throughout one’s life. A credit score is a three-digit number that has a long-lasting effect on one’s buying power. When applying for credit: a loan, a credit card or other sources of borrowed money, the applicant’s credit score will be checked. The higher a credit score, the better the chances of being approved.

Although there are several scoring methods, the most widely accepted one comes from Fair, Isaac and Company (FICO). FICO scores ranges from 300 to 850. Five items make up a FICO score:

The Alameda Free Library and Tinker Bus have teamed up to bring a working science, technology, art and mathmatics (STEAM) lab to all three branch libraries on the first Saturday of November, December and January. A classroom on wheels, the Tinker Bus, is designed to help young makers think outside the box. Kids in first through fourth grades will be able to tinker, play, ask questions, solve problems and learn in this mobile maker space.

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