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Jun 6th 2012

AOL Boston WOWs with Citizen School

After mentoring a group of eager sixth graders for the past 10 weeks, several Boston AOLers got the chance last week to see our students shine.Through the Citizen Schools program, which partners with middle schools in low-income communities to extend the learning day and provide students with new learning opportunities and experiences, we've worked with the kids to teach them all about business networking.

At last week's "6 Degrees of Boston WOW!" event, we saw our young apprentices test their skills shaking hands, making small talk, asking career-related questions and politely transitioning between conversations. Other Boston AOLers joined us at the event to staff an AOL booth, trade-show-style. Our team exchanged business cards and career information with the students and socialized with future engineers, doctors, pianists, and basketball players.

The event culminated the second consecutive semester the Boston office has participated in the Citizen Schools program, with which AOL has partnered for the past three years. Our colleagues in New York have also mentored groups of kids twice yearly, culminating in "WOW" events hosted in the New York office. In addition, Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington taught a Citizen Schools class about local journalism last year.

Learn more about AOL's community initiatives here.

May 9th 2012

MAKERS Profiles Healthy Activists, Astrophysicist

Miriam Hawley and
Judy Norsigian speak about the Boston Women's Health Collective, now known as Our Bodies, Ourselves, which is also the title of the best seller produced by the nonprofit organization about women's health and sexuality. Hawley organized the health seminar that inspired the original booklet at Boston's Emmanuel College in 1969. Norsigian currently serves as Executive Director of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Also meet Byllye Avery, a healthcare activist dedicated to improving the welfare of low-income African-American women through self-help groups and advocacy networks. She founded The Avery Institute for Social Change and the Black Women's Health Imperative.

Then hear from internationally recognized astrophysicist and the first female chief scientist at NASA, France Córdova. In 2003, she joined the faculty of Purdue University as a professor of physics and astronomy and became the first woman to be named president of Purdue University in 2007.

Learn more about France Córdova by watching this video:

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