Thursday, January 31, 2008

FREE: Teach Youth the Effects of Violence @ DMC

Stop the Violence

Teach youth about the effects of random violence. Three hour sessions simulate a trauma case in the ER and include a visit to the hospital morgue. For 10 to 30 young people with adult chaperones.

Held 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesdays through Fridays.

Call 313-966-6945 to arrange a session.

DMC- Sinai Grace Hopsital
6071 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235

FREE Speakers for your Community Event from Sinai-Grace Hospital

Sinai-Grace Hospital Speaker's Bureau

What is the Speaker’s Bureau?
The DMC Sinai-Grace Speaker’s Bureau was developed to ensure the community has the opportunity to learn about various health topics as well as our wide range of programs and services offered, and a chance for us to get to know you and answer your questions. Community organizations, block clubs, faith-based groups, middle schools, high schools, parent groups, and social organizations can request a speaker to address their group.

How do I request a speaker?
Complete the Speaker’s Bureau request form and email or fax to (313) 966-7224. You can also mail the form to:

Government/Community Affairs
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, L-157
Detroit, MI 48235

How far in advance should I request a speaker?
All requests must be received in writing at least 3-4 weeks prior to an event to be considered. Please note: speaking engagements will not be scheduled until the request form is completed and received. All requests will receive a response.

What should the request include?
The request should include the information the requesting organization, a contact person and the topic of interest. Additionally, the date, time, meeting location, audience type (seniors, men, women, etc.) and approximate number of attendees must be stated when making a request. Requests must include the necessary facts and details about the event.

How do I get more information?
If you have any more questions regarding the Speaker’s Bureau, please call (313) 966-7224 or send an email.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

FREE Scholastic's Election Website for KIDS/TEACHERS

Involve Your Kids in the Electoral Process

With Super Tuesday coming up on February 5, it's the perfect time to talk to your kids about the different presidential candidates and their views on specific issues like health care (who pays for doctor visits?) and global warming (why do we recycle?). Scholastic has election coverage by kid reporters, information, games, quizzes, polls, and more.

For Teachers, Scholastic has all the materials you need to make Election 2008 teachable, relevant, and exciting to your students.
Lesson Plans

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Got a Story to Tell? Become a published author. Submit your story and photos for any of our travel categories and get your story before millions. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

Travel Michigan invites you to share your favorite Pure Michigan travel experiences with other visitors to We want to know about your favorite Michigan and seasonal getaway, restaurant, golf outing or skiing excursion. Tell us about your favorite shopping venue or really fun family vacation. Maybe you have a story about a cozy romantic hide-away, winter vacation, sledding adventure, or a breath-taking spot to catch a beautiful sunset. As you can see, the list is endless.

To check out the favorite Pure Michigan experiences of other travelers, click here.
To submit your own favorite Pure Michigan experience, click here.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Guranteed Ride Home Program - For Car Poolers in SE MI

Fear of being stranded in an emergency prevents some commuters from participating in a ridesharing arrangement. The solution: Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH).

Poolers who enroll in Guaranteed Ride Home may receive taxi fare or rental car reimbursement in the case of:
>personal or family illness;
>unscheduled overtime;
>unscheduled departure of carpool or vanpool driver.

Key points of the Guaranteed Ride Home Program are:
>Participants must carpool or vanpool to work on a regular basis.
>Commuters must make their own arrangements for a taxicab or rental car.
Reimbursements will be made for trips from the work site to the residence or pooler meeting location. Intermediate stops (e.g., day care or hospital) are permitted.
Taxi fares will be reimbursed for trips up to 100 miles one way; rental cars for one day.
The program may be used up to six times per year but no more than twice in one month.
When you register for Guaranteed Ride Home, your information will be added to the RideShare database. When you need a matchlist in the future, you will have this useful tool available.
Guaranteed Ride Home Application
If you're already enrolled and need to be reimbursed for your emergency ride home, complete and mail the GRH Reimbursement Voucher with the original dated receipt.

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, is a membership organization of local governments. We work with local elected leaders to help solve regional issues that extend beyond individual governmental boundaries. We advocate for the good of Southeast Michigan and its citizens, and the wise use of taxpayer dollars. Our region includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

EMPLOYMENT - Get a Job, Get a Ride!

Employment Programs -Get A Job, Get A Ride!

The GET A JOB, GET A RIDE! program lets eligible new employees save on transportation expenses. If you have been hired within the past 30 days, you can receive a FREE SMART $1.50 31 Day Pass to ride SMART's fixed route service. (Your employer must first enroll in the program and you must meet eligibility requirements.) Call 313.223.2191 for more information.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

FREE TRAVEL ADVICE: Check In to American Airlines via Cell Phone

American to Allow Web Check-In Via Cell

American Airlines said it has upgraded its mobile Web site to let customers check in for flights and look at itineraries on their Web-enabled cell phones.
The airline said Thursday it would expand the service this spring to let customers book flights, change reservations and request upgrades from a Web-enabled device.
American said its Web site recognizes users of mobile devices and directs them to a mobile version of
Content is more condensed than on the regular site for users of desktop or notebook computers, but it's designed to be navigated from a mobile device, the airline said.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

COUPON: $5 OFF Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube Oil Change $5.00 off coupon

Fill out the form to receive a $5 Off coupon and more special money-saving offers in your email inbox.

FREE Toys R Us Birthday Club, kids ages 2-10

Make their day even more special! Sign your child up for Geoffrey's Birthday Club and make their birthday a memorable event. Every year enrolled members will receive a birthday card and a surprise gift from Geoffrey, just in time for their birthday. They'll also get an invitation to come into your local Toys"R"Us store for a special experience. And we'll also send you special offers and party planning tips to help you make their birthday a celebration they'll never forget!

Friday, January 25, 2008

FREE TRAVEL ADVICE: How to Get a Good Seat in Coach

Before accepting an airline seat assignment, go to and look up the aircraft you're flying. Seatguru will tell you which seats offer extra leg or elbow room and which to avoid- such as thoes that don't recline, have immovable armrests, or have an obstructured view of the movie screen.


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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

College Insider Shares Tips - from University of Michigan

College Insider Shares Tips

Got a college-bound kid? Check out our interview with Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Michigan and a father of three college grads. Click here to find out Spencer's advice for tackling the college admissions process.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

FREE College Prep for HS Students at U of M Dearborn

University of Michigan Dearborn

It takes preparation to research and find the best college/university for you. Our Thinking About Tomorrow program is designed to assist you through this challenging process. Simply REGISTER in the program and take advantage of all of the tips, services, resources, and special events that we have developed just for you. A college education will help you take charge of your future, opening doors to career opportunities and higher earning potential.

Youth Savings Account at Telcom Credit Union REWARDS at Age 18

Youth Savings Account at Telcom Credit Union

Our youth savings plan is called Soccer Savings. This unique youth savings account matches the total interest earned at the age of 18.
At Telcom Credit Union we want to promote the importance of saving money for the future. We have designed a savings account for kids which will reward and help them save money. You can help your child develop good savings habits early by opening a Soccer Savings account for them.

Deposit $5.00 in their savings account to establish them as a member at Telcom Credit Union.

Deposit a minimum of $1.00 to open their Soccer Savings account.
The Soccer Savings account earns a premium interest rate equal to our Money Management rate, currently 2.0% annual percentage yield (APY), and is subject to change annually on December 31. Quarterly Soccer Savings statements will reflect the balance and the amount of interest earned. At age 18, Telcom Credit Union will match up to $500.00 of the total interest already paid during the term of the Soccer Savings. All matching contributions will automatically be deposited into a two-year Soccer Savings Reward Certificate of Deposit to earn even more money, and to teach your child to save for the future. As a bonus, you may add additional funds to the Reward Certificate.

We offer many more benefits as your child grows. At age 16, they can open a checking account with an ATM card or Visa debit card with a qualified parent co-signer. You can also help to teach them financial responsibility with a co-signed Visa credit card.

Then at the age of 18, if your child attends school full-time, they can enroll in our College Account Program to avoid monthly low balance fees. So get your child started today, with a Telcom Soccer Savings account, and help them learn to sock it away.

Telcom Credit Union Locations


Kids: Get published! If you have artwork to share with the Yak, send it to

Yak's Corner Art, P.O. Box 170, Detroit, MI 48231.

Be sure to use bright, bold colors and unlined paper for your art.
On the back, include your name, age, town and phone number.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Print brand name coupons and use them at your favorite store!

Friday, January 18, 2008

EDUCATION: New Science Middle School to Open in the Detroit Science Center OPEN HOUSE 1/23 5:30pm

The Detroit Science Center is poised to expand and get a face-lift in the next year and a half through a unique educational partnership that will see a science and math charter middle school located on its site.

The University Prep Science and Math Middle School will hold an open house from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday Janaury 23 at the Detroit Science Center for interested parents and students. Enrollment applications are being accepted through Feb. 8 for the 162 slots in sixth and seventh grades. The school eventually will include eighth grade.

About the school
Tenets of the University Prep Science and Math Middle School curriculum

>Hands-on, project-based education connected to the Detroit Science Center
>Narrative rather than letter grades
>Student-to-teacher ratio of 18 to 1
>Partnerships through businesses and institutions, including the University of Michigan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, General Motors Corp. and the Detroit Medical Center
>Chinese and Spanish language and culture
>Guarantee to graduate at least 90 percent of students and send 90 percent to college
>Longer school year of 206 days versus the standard 180 days, including a mandatory summer camp Source: University Prep Science and Math Middle School
How to learn more or enroll a student
• Wednesday: Open house will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Detroit Science Center.
• November-Feb. 8: Applications for the fall will be accepted for students who will be in the sixth or seventh grades.
• March 7: A lottery will be held at the science center if the number of applicants exceeds 162 students.
• For more info: or 313-831-0100.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

DEAL: Help Keep it FREE

If FREEISMYLIFE is a financial help to you and your family, then please consider a donation.
You can make a secure donation using PAYPAL, a secure and trusted method of collecting payments on the Web.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

FREE Microsoft Software

Microsoft will give you free software for participating in a survey & monitoring service (for at least 3 months).

You can get either:

>Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit DVD)
>Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
>Microsoft Money Plus Premium
>Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008
>Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008

The survey only took a couple of minutes to complete and then you have to install an application that logs how you use your computer.

Here’s the website address

FREE Workshop "I'm a Child Genius on the Fast Track thru Medical School" 2/2 9am - DEADLINE 1/26


The Black Medical Association invites children ages 6-11 investigate medical science.
This year there will be workshops for parents on community programs, childhood obesity
and media/internet safety!!!
Topics will include:
> A Day in the Life of a Medical Student
> Where Do Babies Come From?*
> Doctor for a Day

PLACE: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Gordon H. Scott Hall of Basic Medical Sciences
540 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI, 48201

WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2008

TIME: Registration 8:30 A.M.: Program Time 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

*We will be conducting a lecture, “Where do Babies Come From?” explaining the genital organs, and their functional role in procreation.

Please return this Completed Registration Form to WSU SOM Office of Student Affairs, Rm. 1369 Scott Hall, 540 E. Canfield, Detroit, MI
48201 or FAX to (313) 577- 0361 by Friday, January 26, 2008.

For more information please contact:
Alicia Shelby or Darnika Rhodes at (313)577-1463 or

Monday, January 14, 2008

ADVANCE NOTICE: Up to 15,000 will be hired for Census

Up to 15,000 will be hired for Census
Federal bureau will fill full-time, temp positions throughout the year as it ramps up 2010 count.

For a couple of years, the U.S. Census Bureau has brought doses of bad news to Michigan, chronicling the decline in jobs and people. Starting this month, the bureau will offer a ray of hope. In small groups at first, and later by the hundreds, the bureau will add as many as 15,000 temporary workers to its Michigan payroll as it ramps up for the 2010 decennial survey.

The bureau will open its "regional census center" in the Stroh River Place off Joseph Campau Street near Chene Park on Thursday, when a skeleton crew of five or six will move in as they plan for the count that determines everything from the state's number of seats in Congress to amounts of federal funding. Over the next year, the bureau will hire up to 160 full-time workers for the regional center.

The opening of the 27,000-square-foot regional center presages the hiring of hundreds more later this year in Detroit, Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Those offices will act as the headquarters for the compilation of mailing lists used to send the 2010 census form to every resident in the country. In October 2009, census offices will be opened in each of the state's 15 Congressional districts, and as many as 1,000 will work out of each office.
In many districts, the number will be lower if the percentage of properly returned census forms is high. The canvass workers, called enumerators, will go to every address where a form wasn't returned.

Specific pay rates for the workers haven't been established yet. But Kountz estimated that workers will be paid between $24,000 and $70,000, depending on the type of work they will do. Most will not receive benefits, though, said Tom Chodzko, assistant regional manager.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

ATTENTION 8th - 11th Graders - High School Computer Competition Orientation 1/19/08 @ Compuware HQ

High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Program Orientation 1/19/08

Annual High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Program Orientation being held at Compuware World Headquarters in Detroit, MI.

The BDPA HSCC program is a national program that brings teams from all corners of the United States to compete nationally for the crown of National Champions. The BDPA-Detroit chapter has provided training for this program for over 18 years resulting in 5 national championships including several regional championships. The Detroit team during this period has an average of placing in the top 5 nationally every year.

For 2008, I am proud to announce that our partners and sponsors include the Detroit Public School District, Compuware Corporation, EDS, The Detroit Lions Retired Players Charities, and the Detroit Youth Foundation. Our program is the best for young adults to experience the profession of IT (Information Technology) in Southeast Michigan.

We provide Web Development training that is comparable to the same training they may receive in college. The program is free, and we need your help by spreading the word to your students, friends, organization, and becoming involved with our program.

The BDPA-Detroit Program Orientation
Date: Saturday, January 19th, 2008
Time: 9:30 AM for Registration
Location: Compuware World Headquarters, 1 Campus Martius, Downtown Detroit, MI

Free Parking in the Compuware Parking Garage with Validation from front-desk

If you are interested in finding out how you, your students, or organization/business can become part of this wonderful program, you may be able to contact us directly: Glynis Talley: Glynis_Talley@yahoo.comTonji Zimmerman:

FREE Kids Money Program Teaches Dollars & Sense TUESDAYS PBS 5pm

Kids' money program teaches dollars, sense

'Biz Kid$' 5 p.m. Tuesdays on PBS, Channel 56

Americans are saving money at the lowest rate since the Great Depression, and many families habitually rely on payday lending or credit cards to help make ends meet, often paying high interest rates and perpetuating a cycle of debt from which it can be difficult to recover.
As state legislatures and the U.S. Congress discuss the importance of financial literacy -- or the lack of it -- in the everyday lives of most Americans, a select few have taken steps to reverse the troubling trends by providing money management tips to young people.
And a new show hopes to do the same.

"Biz Kid$," a fun, 30-minute PBS production that debuts today on WTVS-TV (Channel 56), promises to entertain and teach millions of kids how to make and manage money, while inspiring them to pursue their dreams. The series is the result of a three-way partnership between Junior Achievement, the Emmy award-winning producers of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" and America's Credit Unions.

The first installment will feature guests giving advice on money and entrepreneurship, including a skateboard designer, rap producer and philanthropist who started a fund-raiser for a hospital.
"When the 71 million young people who make up Generation Y begin driving America's economy, it will be too late to address with them the need for financial literacy. However, it's not too late to start with America's youth," said Jamie Hammond, the executive producer behind "Biz Kid$."

"'Biz Kid$' will be one of the most effective tools for engaging kids to care about their financial futures," Hammond added.

Monday, January 7, 2008

COUPON Quizno's chips and a drink with the purchase of a Sandwich

Free chips & drink w/sandwich purchase @ Quizno's for sign-up

Sign up for their mailing list and receive a coupon for free chips and a drink with the purchase of a sandwich

Click here for to signup

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Enery Assistance for Low-income residents in Dearborn Heights

DEARBORN HEIGHTS: Energy assistance for low-income residents

Low income residents in Dearborn Heights who have trouble paying their energy bill may be able to receive some help in the form of a grant from the Downriver Community Conference.
For more information call 734-362-3473.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

FREE e-mail notification service in Royal Oak

Royal Oak - City offers free e-mail notification service

Royal Oak officials are offering a new free service of e-mail notifications about city meetings, events and news ranging from snow emergencies to crime alerts. Residents can subscribe to the notification list by visiting

FREE Internet available for residents above 50 in Westland, MI

Free Dial-up Internet available for residents above 50 in Westland, MI

Beginning Monday, January 7th, 2008, residents age 50 and over can have free access to the Internet through the public library. They must set up an account at the William P. Foust Public Library. Residents will be given a dial-up number and a password. In April, the program will be open to all city residents.