Air Date: Saturday 3/16/13 on KLED Live FM (91.1FM) www.KLEDLive.com @ 9AM & 9PM (PST)
THE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE & UNCLE EARL Celebrates WOMEN’S MONTH Presenting
A Special Repeat Broadcast Featuring ANGELES ECHOLS-BROWN (CEO/Founder-Educating Young Minds)
Musical Artists: Jean Marc Lerigab, Leslie Odom Jr., Valarie Pettiford, Jerry Leake, Reuben Cannon, Ryder Bach & Body Parts, David King, Sam Harris,
“Education forms a common mind, when the twig is bent, the tree inclines.” That quotation emanates from the Deep South, from an era when African-Americans were raised to value education and pass it on with reverence. Angeles Echols continues to honor this tradition. For more than 20 years, this native of Memphis, Tennessee has been imparting knowledge to students of all creeds, colors, and walks of life; put simply, she’s ‘educating young minds’ and making sure those twigs grow straight, tall and strong. What began in her one-room apartment with two children and only $50.00 has blossomed into a multi-faceted and diverse organization that has touched the lives of more than 1,200 students in grades K-12 and their parents.
Angeles Echols knows what it is like to start out life with challenges. Born and raised in rural Tennessee, Angeles Echols grew up with two sisters and a determined single mother who instilled in each of them the value of discipline, faith, and education. Much of her childhood was spent growing up in the projects, on welfare, and in an environment where higher education was not an option many young people could hope to attain. Angeles did not let this limit her horizons, she applied to 20 colleges and was accepted into 19. She chose to attend Cornell University.
While attending Cornell, Angeles discovered a love for the arts. She was awarded $5,000 from Willard Straight Hall to produce the musical “An Evening of Soul”. She directed the gospel choirs on campus and off. When she was not studying or performing, she was tutoring students locally. She was always torn between her love for the arts and her love of teaching. After much prayer and soul-searching, the path was chosen for her. She would become an advocate for children; she would become an educator.
After moving to Los Angeles, Angeles eventually was offered a teaching position at a small private school, Trinity Lutheran. Given the success of her class, teachers and parents eagerly sought her assistance. Two students in her one bedroom apartment began what would become Educating Young Minds. Very quickly she discovered the tremendous demand and need in her community, especially among people of color, for supplemental educational and counseling services. Soon her apartment was filled every day with children, with every part of the apartment in use as an educational facility. Tera, who graduated from Stanford, would study in the tub (with a pillow) when she was in sixth grade. Tiphonee, now a senior in high school, would use the toilet (also with a pillow) as her desk. The need for a stand alone facility became clear. Thus Angeles founded Educating Young Minds Tutorial Program (EYM).
Educating Young Minds’ aim is to reach at-risk children and their families, channeling their energies toward achieving excellence. This is accomplished by linking high expectations with academic improvement through proven teaching and learning strategies and activities. Educating Young Minds provides a student/teacher ratio of 5:1 to better accommodate students (grades K-12) with different abilities and backgrounds.
Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Educating Young Minds provides home-study, after-school tutorial, and SAT/ACT prep. EYM also grants $6,000-$10,000 in college scholarships each year to EYM high-school graduates. Ms. Echols and her staff are determined to support, nurture, and guide as many inner-city students as possible. Former EYM students are now attending or graduating from Stanford, Berkeley, USC, Syracuse University, Xavier, and many others. Ms. Echols is not only committed, sincere and spirit-driven; she’s vivacious, immensely talented, and articulate.
Angeles years of experience and love for her students prompted her to meet the needs of those students that cannot access EYM but need academic help, want to go to college but are unaware of the requirements, want a career but do not know what it takes, these needs encouraged her to develop a new program entitled, ACCESS/NO EXCUSE. ACCESS/NO EXCUSE is an online-interactive website that provides, tutoring, educational enhancement, career development, and college information to better equip and serve students nationwide. Angeles launched her new website with a three day event that included a festival at West Los Angeles College that allowed children to interact with other children in India, inject themselves into a 3-D model, learn to direct, produce, record, and edit a television show and experience a court trial.
Ms. Echols holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Emphasis in Child Development and Human Behavioral Psychology and completed a one-year graduate program at Cornell in Arts and Sciences. She has worked as an instructor, tutor, counselor, teacher, and administrator at Harvard’s Upward Bound Program, Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Trinity Lutheran School in LA, Holy Name’s Multi-Purpose Center in Memphis, and at Alexander Berger Junior High School #139 in the Bronx, to name a few. She is presently preparing for a PhD program in Education and Child Development and Human Behavior.
Angeles has been honored by many groups and organizations. She was recently featured on KTLA (Channel 5) as an “Unsung Hero”. The Los Angeles Times praises her no-nonsense policy in an article titled, “A Tough Love Approach to Tutoring”, in 2003, she was selected to become a member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women and she received the Minorities in Business Magazine’s 2003 PRISM Award in Education. Ms. Echols’ collegiate graduating class most recently selected her as one of the 25 most outstanding graduates of her class. She has also received ACT 1’s Angel of Education Award, Crenshaw Christian Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Oscar Joel Bryant’s Community Humanitarian Award, and the Jackie Robinson and United Way’s Community Service Awards. These are some of the many recognitions that adorn the walls of EYM.
At the end of the day, Angeles Echols is one of those rare individuals who are excited not by the many accolades, but rather, the academic and emotional success of her students. Her vision, to create EYM satellite locations, both state and nationwide, is driven by an unquenchable thirst for achievement and support of children, that inspires her peers, students and empowers her parents, molding urban youth, one graduate at a time.
Special Thanks ARNOLD & Staff For My Feature In The February 2013 Issue:
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Release date: 03/09/2013
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A creative haven of mutual artists where they can grow and experiment their perspective crafts, nurture and support one another!
The mission is to entertain, and embrace the performance community at large.
Come share an evening of live music, dance and art with some of LA’s finest performers from stage and screen.
Hosted by Uncle Earl of The Ultimate Underground Experience Radio Show and features Burlesque Dancer Jessebelle Thunder, Jenny Eloise Rieu aka The Lady in Red,the Brown Betties, Annabel Lee, Pamela Threats, The Ebony Cabaret Trio: Aaron Provisor, Brandon & Aneesa Al-Musawir and The Ebony Cabaret Dancers!
Joining us will be the all star cast of DOMA theatre’s production of Dreamgirls..come get a peek at this amazing show!
Lastly come and celebrate Desiree’s Big 40! A great night of dancing singing and swinging!! NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
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Air Date: Saturday 3/16/13 on KLED Live FM (91.1FM) www.KLEDLive.com @ 9AM & 9PM (PST)
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