On April 10, the Support Center for Child Advocates will host its 2019 annual benefit reception and auction, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. This year, Child Advocates proudly recognizes Malcolm Jenkins with the 2019 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his service to youth in underserved communities.To join the celebration, click HERE for ticket and sponsorship information.A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.
Honorable Mayor Frank Moran (City of Camden) joined by City Council members, Congressman Donald Norcross, Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez, Senator Jim Beach, Camden County Freeholder Board, Pastor John O. Parker from Antioch Baptist Church among others, honored New Jersey native and Two-time Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles Pro-Bowl Safety Malcolm Jenkins with a Key to The City of Camden for his community efforts to support youth and the underserved through The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.“It is truly an honor to be receiving a Key to the City of Camden today,” said Jenkins. “Earlier this year during The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation ‘Get Ready Fest’ here in Camden we were inspired by the people of this city, and today I find myself once again reminded by Mayor Moran, City Council, elected officials, Pastor John O. Parker, and the entire city to try and always lead by example.”“I’ve received a ton of awards over my my lifetime in sports, but this one that's a huge honor for me." said Jenkins.In 2018, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation partnered with Feed the Children and other community partners to host “Get Ready Fest” at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden. This community outreach event helped to provide hundreds of pre-identified families with 25 pounds of food, 10 pounds of essential items, as well as health and wellness products. In addition to providing enough food to feed a family of four for one week, this staple Foundation event offers an array of health-related services and information for the community. These services include screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, basic eye and dental check-ups, GED, job training, plus senior, veteran and youth services.Mayor Moran made it a point to show appreciation, not just for what Jenkins has done locally for Camden, but for Jenkins’ national stances on social issues, too.“It’s an historical act that really signifies what the City of Camden appreciates, and what I appreciate as the mayor,” Moran said. “Malcolm standing up for the social issues nationally, and standing up for the rights of the underserved, so I thought it was fitting for him [to receive a key to the city] and it will go down in history in the City of Camden that once there was an individual named Malcolm Jenkins who received a key to the city for these specific reasons.”
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) 5th Annual Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon Fundraiser will be helping to kick-off the Eagles’ season in style by hosting its exclusive event on Monday, September 10 at the Lincoln Financial Field West VIP Club. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the foundation’s youth development programs and initiatives in underserved communities, including Young Dragons -Summer STEAM, a six-week long summer program at Drexel University, dedicated to educating Philadelphia elementary and middle school students living in the 'Promise Zone', in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Athletics and Mathematics.The highly anticipated event is hosted by two-time Super Bowl Champion and Philadelphia Eagles Pro-Bowl Safety Malcolm Jenkins, along with a few of his Eagles teammates, and will include Philadelphia’s most influential business leaders and celebrities. The stylish evening includes notable chef tasting, craft bourbon cocktails, soulful sounds, and exclusive live and silent auctions. VIP ticketholders will gain early access for a custom tour of the Linc, along with an autographed SB LII Philadelphia Eagles Logo Football, personally signed by two-time Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins and teammates in attendance. Limited tickets and sponsorship packages are available for this exclusive event, and can be found by visiting the Foundation’s website, www.themalcolmjenkinsfoundation.org. This exciting night of charitable giving and entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. for VIP ticketholders, and 7 p.m. for general admission. Please continue to visit TMJF social media channels for event updates and announcements! Twitter: @TheMJFoundation Facebook: @TheMalcolmJenkinsFoundation Instagram: @themjfoundationPRESS CONTACT: Rebecca Otto, Wasserman, (212) 710-8072, email@example.com
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., joined in collaboration with The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, two-time Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, ESPN Commentator Stephen A. Smith, Kingsley House and Second Harvest Food Bank to provide food and resources for the local community in New Orleans, La. Five-hundred pre-identified families were invited to the Kingsley House from noon to 2:00 p.m. to receive 20 pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, backpacks with school supplies, local resources and information in addition to haircuts provided by Delgado Community College.One of our founders, Bishop Edgar A. Love said, “Uplift puts Omega Men in connection with the communities they come from and allows them to realize their responsibility to those that are less fortunate. Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. have lived up to those words by serving the underserved for over 106 years.”-David Marion, Ph.D., 1st Vice Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.Since 2012, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has partnered with College Track New Orleans providing area high school students with a life skills curriculum and scholarships. To date, exceeding $115,000 in scholarship support. "While I’m here to celebrate with my fraternity brothers, it is a great opportunity to give back and support local families in need through our signature Get Ready Fest TM program, which we've also hosted this past year in Camden, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Columbus, OH.”- Malcolm Jenkins.[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="38" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_slideshow" gallery_width="400" gallery_height="200" cycle_effect="fade" cycle_interval="5" show_thumbnail_link="0" thumbnail_link_text="[Show thumbnails]" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]
On June 22-23, Malcolm Jenkins, Two-time Super Bowl Champion and Two-time Pro Bowl Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles hosted The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s seventh annual Next Level Youth Football Camp for over 525 boys and girls, ages 7-17 at Piscataway High School. Jenkins, a native New Jersey, along with several other prominent current and former NFL players, served as mentors providing hands-on instruction and motivational lessons, with support of local area high school coaches and community partners. Participants were grouped based on age, with an emphasis placed on skill development, safety, and fun of the game. Advancing the Foundation’s mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of young people and the communities in which they live, the camp also provided parents and guardians in attendance with industry-leading resources to help them understand how to protect the health and safety of their young athletes. The FREE health, wellness and sports safety information workshops were offered through a partnership with Safe Kids-NJ. Topics included Nutrition and Hydration, Concussion Recognition and Recovery, Overuse Injury Prevention and Care, Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes presented by Simon's Heart, and Anti-Bullying presented by Ron Shuali, M. Ed.Sport Testing Inc., a leading provider of sport specific player testing and athletic assessment technologies, provided state-of-the-art combine testing to all campers, sponsored by Dynasty Sports Group, a company founded by former New Orleans Saints Super Bowl Champion and Jenkins former teammate, Marques Colston. In addition, this year marked the inaugural Tumbling Camp for Cheerleaders co-hosted by Hall of Fame, World Champion Power Tumbler, Rayshine Harris of Shine Tumblers and the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. “Each year, we try to add unique and innovative components to the program to make it a better experience for the campers. Since 2012, the camp has grown approximately 25 percent each year and I’m grateful to have the support of my NFL colleagues and High School coaches, who give their time and effort to coach and mentor the kids, which we hope will have a positive and lasting impact in their lives,” said Malcolm Jenkins. NFL players participating in the camp include Devin McCourty (New England Patriots), Marques Colston (former New Orleans Saints), Jonathan Casillas, Troy Smith, and Donald Washington.This year’s camp was made possible through the generosity of sponsors and community partners including Shine_Tumblers, AT&T, Piascik, Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe Kids New Jersey RWJBarnabas Health, Philadelphia Eagles, Piscataway Township High School, New Jersey American Water, North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company, Simon's Heart Shua Life Skills, Robby West, Frito-Lay, Brown's Family ShopRite, Bash, Healthy Garden Restaurant Piscataway River Road Rescue Squad The Heldrich TACKMA Dream Factory Balloons, and a grant from the NFL Foundation.[ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="38" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser" ajax_pagination="0" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is expanding its partnership with Drexel University’s Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center and Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to offer a summer camp for local students to learn, experiment and experience the interplay between science, technology, engineering, arts, athletics and mathematics (STEAM).Initially piloted with the ExCITe Center in 2016, Summer STEAM offers middle school students living near Drexel’s campus the opportunity to participate in unique arts-science learning activities. Starting in 2017, the Young Dragons program merged the Summer STEAM curriculum with the established literacy and enrichment programs of the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement for a free six-week camp. The day camp, which is open to students entering fifth through eighth grades, will be held at Drexel this summer.“The goal of this innovative program is to engage, educate and inspire students, regardless of their background or financial resources, to explore cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, arts, athletics, and mathematics — STEAM — in a creative and exciting format,” said Youngmoo Kim, PhD, director of the ExCITe Center.As part of the six-week camp, students in Young Dragons will explore music technology (acoustics and sound synthesis), visual arts (geometry and drawing/painting), computer game design and coding, dance (biology and movement) and athletics (sports science and technology). New modules will illustrate the basics of engineering behind the design of sneakers and building music-playing robots.The Young Dragons program has been designed specifically to meet the needs of children living in close proximity to Drexel. This two-square-mile is a federally designated Promise Zone due to challenges it faces associated with persistent poverty.“The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is thrilled to be part of this unique collaboration which is having a tremendous impact on Philadelphia youth,” said Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles safety and the founder and chairman of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.Young Dragons is an extension of the educational programs currently offered by the Foundation, including Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S., a life skills curriculum and The Malcolm Jenkins Scholars.Young Dragons students will participate in a special Open House event on June 18th. Campers will have the opportunity to meet Malcolm Jenkins and participate in a preview of upcoming STEAM activities.About The Malcolm Jenkins FoundationFounded in 2010, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity with a mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities; by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life and become contributing members of their community. The Foundation is committed to youth development initiatives and programs, which emphasize character development, leadership, education, life skills health and recreation. With a presence in New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the Foundation’s work is guided by the principles of Project REWARDS: Reinforcing Education with Activities, Recreation, & Developmental Supports. For more information visit: http://www.themalcolmjenkinsfoundation.org/ About the Lindy Center for Civic EngagementDrexel’s vision of a comprehensive and progressive urban university striving to be the most civically engaged in the nation comes to life through the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement is housed within the Office of University and Community Partnerships at Drexel University. In collaboration with the community, and in support of Drexel’s strategic plan, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement furthers the public good on the local and national levels while enriching the scholarship and character of Drexel students. The Lindy Center works with more than 75 community partners on 200-plus civic engagement projects annually. The Center’s personnel also lead several student leadership programs, and support community-based learning through course development and faculty research projects. For more information visit: http://drexel.edu/lindycenter/ About the ExCITe Center The Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center of Drexel University is a unique research institute that explores the intersection of technology, design, and entrepreneurship. The Center brings together faculty and students from across the University to enable new opportunities for discovery, disruption, and innovation through collaboration, while fostering creativity, curiosity, and personal expression. ExCITe is known for its novel projects combining disciplines, such as smart “functional” fabrics, videogame displays on skyscrapers, performances with augmented musical instruments, and STEAM education efforts, which further the Center’s mission to inspire transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities. For more information visit: http://drexel.edu/excite
"We thought it was very important (to come to Camden)," he said. "It's that city that's right there on the other side of the bridge that you forget about, but me being from Jersey, we wanted to do something in New Jersey specifically and Camden just made sense to us. Despite the rain, which Antioch pastor John Parker joked "baptized us all," about 800 families turned out for boxes of food, toiletries, books, school uniforms and supplies, and help with an array of social services.
Each family identified by Antioch Baptist Church received:
- One 25-pound box of nonperishable food items
- One 15-pound box of personal-care items
- One box of AVON products
- Books from Disney Publishing Worldwide
- Frito-Lay snacks
- PepsiCo beverages
- Life Original Cereal
- Quaker Standard Oats
- Chewy Granola Bars
- Variety of Campbell Soup products
In addition to providing enough food and daily essentials, the Get Ready Fest TM event offers an array of health-related services and information through the support of various community resource partners. These services include health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, etc., education and social service information relating to GED, job training, and senior and veteran support services. Additionally, the event includes a children’s resource area that provides services, children’s books, school supplies, haircuts, face painting, and snacks.
Fri., June 22 (Age 14-17) and Sat, Jun 23 (Age 7-13)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ
Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8amEST
- 5:00 PM - Doors Open for Homeless Guest
- 5:30 PM - Pre-Game Lunch
- 6:30 PM - Super Bowl Kick Off
- Half-Time - A Full Course BBQ Chicken Dinner. 10:00 PM or End of Super Bowl - Homeless Guest Depart
On Dec. 18, 2017, Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl Safety Malcolm Jenkins and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) provided holiday meal baskets for 140 Philadelphia families at the Foundation’s annual Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department. Fellow Eagles defensive backs Rodney McLeod, Patrick Robinson, Jalen Mills, Jaylen Watkins, Corey Graham, and Sidney Jones were also in attendance to help anywhere they were needed. The day consisted of packing, filling and spreading holiday cheer to everyone around.In keeping with the jersey number (27) that Malcolm wears on the field, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation selected 27 local social service organizations to serve as partners in identifying five (5) families in need of a festive blessing, from within the community their organization serves. Each partnering organization picked up the festive gifts during the event, and delivered them to the families of their choosing.The event was hosted by the Philadelphia Police Department at the Police Athletic League center in Strawberry Mansion. In addition to packing and handing out dinner baskets at PAL, Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles players, TMJF volunteers, along with Philadelphia PAL and Community Relations Officers hand delivered holiday dinner baskets to several families with children under the age of 15, surprising each child with toys. Many families received toys this holiday season, thanks to the generous contributions from Hersha Hospitality, United Bank of Philadelphia, The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Philadelphia and Damari Savile who each conducted toy drives for the Foundation.In the past year, Malcolm has continued to work with Commissioner Ross and others in the Philadelphia Police Department to explore and support department efforts to strengthen trust within the community. The ongoing collaboration underscores the spirit of giving during the holidays, and the importance of “giving back” to people living in challenged communities in Philadelphia, where 27 percent of households live below the poverty level.Thanks to the assistance of Brown ShopRite, the Foundation received select food items for the holiday dinner baskets. In addition, a grant from Keystone First was given to the Foundation to help assist in filling the baskets with the necessary food items. Also, a warm thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts (Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia, PA and Ogontz Ave., Wyncote, PA locations) and Starbucks (Flourtown, PA) for providing all our volunteers with the necessary food and drinks to keep them warm during the packing and delivering.
As most of us are penning our wish lists and trimming the tree, there are thousands of families struggling just to put food on the table. A nourishing meal with family and friends is a holiday tradition that makes the season special. At The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, we are committed to making the season brighter for families who might not otherwise be able to share a holiday blessing. This #GivingTuesday we are excited to kick off our annual holiday giving campaign to support our 6th annual Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise program. In keeping with the jersey number (27) Malcolm wears on the field, we are partnering with 27 local churches and social service organizations in both Philadelphia, PA and New Orleans, LA, to put food on the tables of 270 families in need of a holiday blessing. With your help, we will raise funds to continue to spread the spirit of giving, providing a turkey and all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal for families in the Big Easy and City of Brotherly Love! In addition to the holiday dinner baskets, toys will be collected to gift to children of the families we serve.Here are a few simple ways you can help us make a big impact:
- Make a donation on #GivingTuesday.
- Join us as a volunteer for the Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise events.
- Spread the word. Help us get the word out on social media using @TheMJFoundation and the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
- Do something kind for another person.
As a defensive back in the NFL, Malcolm Jenkins is paid to take away from opposing offenses.But giving back is what fuels his life.Jenkins started his own non-profit organization, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, to help bring about positive change in the lives of underserved communities by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences to help them succeed in life. Guided by the core values of integrity, service, community and fiscal accountability, the foundation aims to be an organization that provides a positive and lasting impact to the communities it serves in New Jersey, Louisiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.It was those values instilled in Jenkins by his parents, coaches, teachers, mentors and the church at a young age that drove Jenkins to succeed professionally as an athlete and entrepreneur. He wants to help others in need of that same type of support growing up to inspire them to become successful adults.To date, the Jenkins Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships through the Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S program (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports) with a four-year life skills curriculum, a program more than 200 students participate in each year. Of the 72 graduating high school seniors to receive scholarships through the Foundation, just under half are first generation college students.In addition to his Foundation, Jenkins has also spearheaded a Cease Fire Campaign to reduce gun violence in New Orleans while helping support to families affected by Hurricane Katrina.Jenkins attended Piscataway Township (New Jersey) high school and helped the football team win three consecutive state titles as a defensive back and wide receiver while also capturing a state track and field title in the 400 meters during his junior year. He was recruited by Ohio State and capped off a four-year career by winning the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football.A first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2009, Jenkins helped New Orleans capture a Super Boow title during his rookie season. After five years with the Saints, Jenkins moved to the Philadelphia Eagles where he earned his first Pro Bowl nomination in 2015. Of his 14 career interceptions, Jenkins has returned six of them for a touchdown.You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters. Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite nominee. Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.The direct link to Malcolm’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/MalcolmJenkinsAbout the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community. The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice. The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial. Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign. Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign. This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 10:36 pm by By Erik Erlendsson http://allsportsunited.org/news/malcom-jenkins/
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is expanding its partnership with Drexel University offering a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, Athletics, and Mathematics) infused summer program, called Young Dragons. Participating students will have the opportunity to examine technology and science through visual and performance arts and athletics, utilizing the methodology of the holistic STEAM approach.Initially piloted with the ExCITe Center in 2016 as Summer STEAM, this summer camp collaboration offers elementary and middle school students living near Drexel’s campus the opportunity to participate in a FREE six-week program with two-weeks of focused STEAM enrichment. This summer’s camp merges the STEAM curriculum piloted in 2016 with the established literacy and enrichment programs of 21st Century Learning Center and Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.͞The goal of this unique transdisciplinary program is to engage, educate and inspire students, regardless of their background or financial resources, to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, athletics, and mathematics — STEAM — in a creative and engaging form. As part of the six week camp, students in Young Dragons will explore Music Technology (Acoustics and Sound Synthesis), Visual Arts (Geometry and Drawing/Painting), Computer Game Design & Coding, and Dance (Biology and Movement). The program’s Athletics module will illustrate how science and technology can enhance physical health and training. All participants will have the opportunity to develop individual inquiry-based projects and participate in a student showcase on the last day of camp. STEAM enrichment would compromise a two-week portion within the six-week camp.
Young Dragons is open to students entering first through eighth grades. It will be held at Drexel from June 26th to August 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Applications for this year’s Young Dragons’ program open on April 17th and will be made available through the following schools: Alain Locke Elementary, Morton McMichael School, and Martha Washington Elementary.For more information, please reach out to SMT@excitecenter.org indicating Young Dragons in the subject line.
On May 11, 2017, NFL Pro Bowl Safety and Super Bowl Champion Malcolm Jenkins and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation awarded scholarships to New Orleans college bound seniors, participating in the Foundation’s Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S. program (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports) program in collaboration with College Track New Orleans for their commitment to academic excellence, leadership and community.The awards presentation was part of College Track New Orleans’ 6th annual Launch to College Ceremony, held at The Historic Carver Theater in New Orleans. The Foundation honored 16 of the 48 graduating seniors from this year’s class of 2017 as Malcolm Jenkins Scholars. With this honor, each student received a $1,000.00 scholarship toward financing his/her college education. An inspirational keynote address was delivered by The Honorable Terri Fleming Love, Court of Appeals Judge for the 4th District State of Louisiana, to graduating seniors from more than 15 high schools in the New Orleans metro area, their parents and other guests in attendance.“We are so proud to continue our partnership with College Track New Orleans in our mission to creating a positive and lasting impact in the lives of young people and their communities. Each year, we are continually impressed by those students who apply for the scholarship. Their perseverance to transcend the limits of their circumstances, dedication to making a difference, commitment to their education and vision for the future is inspiring,” said Jenkins. To date, more than $101,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded by The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to 72 graduating high school seniors, of which 48% (35) are first generation college students.The event also honored college graduates from the second cohort of College Track graduates from the class of 2013, many of whom received scholarships from The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, President of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, presented the scholarships, which are awarded for Academic Excellence, Most Improved and Overcoming Adversity.
House Education ChairRep. Nancy Landry109 S. College RoadLafayette, LA 70503.Dear Rep. Nancy Landry,
I support one of the Cowen Institute’s recommendations of Instituting a Sliding Scale. If legislators want to ensure all students can remain eligible for the program, regardless of income, I recommend that the state create a means-tested sliding scale that offers students scholarship support based on their family income. All students, regardless of family income, could still qualify for TOPS, but the amount of the award would vary — students coming from families with lower incomes would receive larger rewards than students from families with higher incomes.When Mr. Patrick Taylor conceived the plan in 1988 and the state implemented it as Act 789, TOPS guaranteed access to college for low- and moderate-income students based on their academic achievements, and not on their ability to pay. In 1997, the governor enacted Act 1375 and Act 287 — removing the income cap. I personally believe the income cap was removed to assist the wealthier citizens of Louisiana. The wealthier citizens did not qualify for Pell Grant assistance, so their friends in the legislature gave them some assistance.According to a U.S. News & World Report “Best States” list in February 2017, Louisiana is the worst state in the country according to a new analysis based on health care, education, infrastructure, crime and other quality-of-life measures. The TOPS program afforded college-age students the ability to stay home or at least in the state to attend college. The state should be thrilled that we are staying home and attending state schools. If TOPS is going to give us $2.00 a semester, then we can go to schools out of the state. If we have to take out loans to attend college we might as well leave the worst-rated state and experience one of the better 49 states.I consider myself to be a fair person; this is why I prefer the instituting of a sliding scale for TOPS. Yes, TOPS started with an income cap, I would qualify under the income cap. I just believe that if we want to make the state a better place for ALL to live, we need to allow financial assistance to ALL that meet the academic criteria. We have to keep our brightest and driven commodities, the youth, in the state. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” — Nelson Mandela. Let’s use TOPS to help us to change Louisiana’s ranking from worst state to best state.Sincerely,Karriem A. BennettWarren Easton Charter High School
HOUSTON – Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been named the recipient of the 2017 Byron “Whizzer” White Award. In recognition, the NFL Players Association will donate $100,000 to The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF).Jenkins was announced as this year’s winner at the players union’s annual Super Bowl press conference on Thursday. The Whizzer White Award is the highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player for his profound dedication to positively impacting his team, community and country in the spirit of the former Supreme Court Justice for which the award is named.Since his foundation was established in 2010, the Pro Bowl defender and Super Bowl champion has poured his time and resources into providing programs and initiatives for underprivileged youth in Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio and Philadelphia. This past year, Jenkins helped provide nearly 300 families with Thanksgiving meals, presented 13 scholarships to college-bound seniors through his Project REWARDS program and sought to improve race relations within the country by joining four other NFL players in meeting with Congressional members this past November during the season.Read full article>>
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s 3rd Annual Blitz, Bow-Ties and Bourbon fundraiser, was held Monday, October 24th at the historical Union Trust at 717 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, P.A. The highly-anticipated event drew more than 200 attendees, including Philadelphia’s most influential business leaders and celebrities, and many of Jenkins’ Philadelphia Eagles teammates. The event raised more than $90,000 to expand the Foundation’s Philadelphia-based youth programs. Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon, had a luxurious vibe from the beginning as Jenkins and other Eagles players arrived in Bentley and Rolls Royce vehicles, courtesy of F.C. Kerbeck & Sons. As guests walked the red carpet, Philadelphia Jazz legend, Luke Carlos O’Reilly and Friends of Black Tie Entertainment, owned the main stage with electric performances throughout the night. Sponsors and VIP ticket holders were treated to a pre-event exclusive experience, hosted by Maker’s Mark that included: a live wax dipping for personalized rocks glasses, a small batch bourbon tasting and presentation by Beam Suntory Bourbon Master, Rob Mullane, Maker’s Mark soaked cigars, as well as, personalized custom etching of Knob Creek Whiskey bottles. Guests had the opportunity to get footballs personally autographed by Eagles stars Malcolm Jenkins, Jon Dorenbos, Jordan Matthews, Connor Barwin, Jordan Hicks, Nolan Carroll, Rodney McLeod, Zach Ertz and Chris Maragos, all in attendance. SpiritForward’s Dan Hamm and his team of mixologists presented customized craft cocktails and guests noshed on signature bites from Bank & Bourbon’s Chef Thomas Harkins, Chef Josh Lawler from Farm and Fisherman, Chef Chip Roman of Blackfish and Tradestone Chocolate, Executive Chef Jon Oh and Chef Joseph Nocella from Scarpetta, and Executive Chef Terry Owens from Capital Grille.Malcolm Jenkins, Founder and Chairman of The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, spoke passionately from the stage as he officially opened the evening program. Announcing his commitment to improving the lives of youth and their families in underserved communities, he spoke about the plight of children in Philadelphia’s Promise Zone, a two-mile radius in Western Philadelphia, which currently has a 57% poverty rate and lack of educational resources. In July 2016, the Foundation collaborated with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center to create Summer S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Athletics, & Mathematics), a newly innovative week-long day camp for middle school students that uniquely integrates science, math, and technology with areas of creative and performing arts and athletics including Music Technology (Acoustics and Sound Synthesis), Visual Arts (Geometry and Drawing/Painting), Game Design & Coding (Dance Algorithms, Creating Pixel Art), Athletics (Technology for Analyzing Performance) and Dance (Biology and Movement). Jenkins vowed that the Foundation will increase its programming each year to expand opportunities for youth and thanked attendees for their donations and support.Eagles Long Snapper and Magician Jon Dorenbos (“America’s Got Talent” “Ellen”) dazzled the crowd with a magic trick that literally had the room shaking with laughter, as he opened the live auction. Guests had the opportunity to bid on unique travel experiences from G2G Collection and one-of-a-kind memorabilia items provided by CSM. Blitz, Bow-Ties, & Bourbon was made possible through the generosity of the Foundation’s sponsors and corporate partners including Piascik, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health, The Money Athlete, The Ohio State University, Eagles Charitable Foundation, Beam Suntory / Maker’s Mark, Rock Avenue Bow-Ties, Ltd., G2G Collection, NBC10, 94 Sports WIP and F.C. Kerbeck & Sons.