How to Stay Productive Over the Summer
Jul30

How to Stay Productive Over the Summer

To some people, the summer months seem like a drag. To others, the months slip away in the blink of an eye. In either case, summer is  one of the best times to stay productive,because its the season when many have the most free time. So, for those looking to fill up every second of the summer months, here are a few tips that will help you stay productive.  Invest in an Agenda Some people prefer to use their phones for scheduling, but some feel that the physical act of writing something down helps them remember it better. There are tons of cute planners out there, so it will be fun to find one that fits your “style.” And once you get in the habit of using your agenda, you’ll likely become unable to function without it. Have fun with it (Markers, Sticky notes, calendars) This goes hand in hand with the agenda idea. If you’re the type of person who uses the first two weeks of their agenda and then tends to lose interest in it, you can keep it fun for yourself with things like sticky notes and highlighters. Once you’ve got a system down, you will not only be more likely to use your agenda, but you will also be more organized than ever! Stay Organized As silly as it seems, things like a messy room can have a snowball effect on the rest of your life. Try something simple, like organizing your sock drawer. You’re likely to feel great about this, and want to organize other things. Reward system Finish a chapter (or whatever goal you are setting) and reward yourself with froyo! Create a book list During the summer many people get so wrapped up in the beautiful weather and outdoor activities that they forget to stimulate their minds, which can make the beginning of the school year somewhat of a challenge. Make a list of all the books you have said you wanted to read, but never got around to reading. Take suggestions from family and friends. If you’re still having trouble, you can’t go wrong with classics. (Hemingway, Tolstoy, Austen, Brontë — and so many others.) Once you have acquired a good book, take it to the park or local pool, just so you don’t miss out on the gorgeous weather. Don’t let the summer heat get to you Heat makes people lazy. Stay cool by investing in a kiddie pool or going out for ice cream. This will clear your mind of laziness. And don’t forget to drink lots of water! If you don’t already have a job, look for one...

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Top Summer Jobs for teenagers
Jul25

Top Summer Jobs for teenagers

Some people view summer as a time for relaxation, full of good weather and lounging. But for some, it’s all about making money. Because younger people may not have a lot of experience in the work force, they often confront obstacles while searching for summer jobs. Yet, there are jobs that do cater to the younger crowd. Here are some popular part-time jobs that can be fun and rewarding in the summer time. Internship: What better way to spend your summer then getting a job that will prepare you for your future? There are numerous internships world wide that are waiting for you to apply for that will give your resume that extra boost! Event Venue Worker: There are numerous employment opportunities at venues that hold numerous events such as concerts, festivals, etc. You could work multiple positions such as ticket taking, security, or food vendors and then get to enjoy the event for free! Amusement Park Attendant: Amusement park sales increase rapidly in the summer time, so they often hire a lot of new employees. Some amusement parks such as Cedar Point even provide housing for their employees. This is a great way to make money and meet a lot of new people. Camp Counselors: There are a wide variety of camps that are in need of counselors each summer. Some examples would be horseback riding camps, special needs camps, and then your original summer camp. All these places need help doing all the different kinds of camp duties. One of the perks about working at a camp is getting to spend your summer in a place away from home. Lifeguards: A lot of people love to spend their day by the pool, but what if you were paid to do it? Becoming a lifeguard means you will spend countless hours outside working on your tan, with an occasional dip in the refreshing pool. Sounds like a win/win scenario! Landscaping/Lawn Care: If you love to be outside, this is the perfect job for you. Summer is prime time for lawn care, so the demand for landscaping workers will greatly increase. The best part of this job is a lot of places do not require prior experience and will teach you your tasks on site. Baby/House Sitter: With kids off of school and parents still having to go to work, the demand for baby sitters rockets off in the summer. Also, a lot of families tend to go on vacations and need someone to just simply watch over their house. I don’t know about you but getting paid to take kids to the park, pool, or museums sounds like a pretty cool...

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ColorBlind co-founders make guest appearance on The Rachel Simone Show
Jul17

ColorBlind co-founders make guest appearance on The Rachel Simone Show

ColorBlind co-founders Leah Johnson and Veronica Grandison were recently guests on The Rachel Simone Show, which is a local online interview series hosted by local TV personality Rachel Henry. This was our first online interview since we launched the magazine, and are very honored to have been a part of this amazing show. Her team was fantastic and a pleasure to work with. We would also like to thank our CB team for all of your hard work and dedication. We could not run this magazine without you. A special thank you goes out to our Marketing Director James Andrews for setting up this interview for us. And of course we could not do this without our loyal CB readers. You keep us motivated and inspired to make a difference in the lives of young women. Look out for more great online content from us as well as the launch of our Fall issue, which will focus on education. The interview is now available on The Rachel Simone Show website. You can also check out the interview...

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CB Organization Spotlight: Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan
Jul16

CB Organization Spotlight: Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan

Based in Detroit, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan (JASEM) provides important educational programs to students in Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Saint Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. According to their website, their mission is to “inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.” This organization is centered around six core values: Belief in the boundless potential of young people Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning JASEM has helped over 1.5 million young people and the number keeps growing. The organization caters to all grade school students and has amazing educational programs that help with the understanding of financial concepts, economic opportunity, and more.  During the 2012/2013 school year, 38,725 students were helped by this organization. Some programs advocated by JASEM: JA Job Shadow Day: meets the needs of a diverse group of 8th-12th grade students by providing engaging, academically enriching, and experiential learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. JA Be Entrepreneurial: By developing the essential components of a business plan, it challenges students to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. JA Finance Park: helps students build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions through hands-on, realistic simulation experiences. JA Exploring Economics: Through hands-on classroom activities, it fosters lifelong skills and knowledge about how an economy works, including micro-, macro-, personal, and international economics. JA Careers With a Purpose: introduces students to the importance of seeking careers that help them realize their life potential and noble purpose. JASEM is always taking volunteers for their amazing programs as well as monetary donations. It costs them an average of $40 per student for their programs. Just last year $1,140,232 was raised through the donations of local businesses and individuals. Let’s help make that number even larger this year and donate. For more information on Junior Achievement Rolde Models of SE Michigan, visit their website at http://jamichigan.org/ Direct contact information: By mail: 577 E. Larned, Detroit, MI 48226 By phone: (313) 962-2550 By email: mail@jamichigan.org   By Jade...

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ColorBlind Girl of the Month
Jul12

ColorBlind Girl of the Month

Want to be featured in our enewsletter and on our website? Well here’s your chance! We are looking for young, hard working, ambitious teenagers and young women to highlight in our enewsletter and on our website. The candidates should also be active in their community through volunteering and are working towards their ultimate goals in life.The candidates should be between ages 15-26, current be enrolled in school or have graduated from high school or college. If you or someone you know fit this description, please email us at info@colorblindmgazine.com. Include a short bio and head shot.  Our editorial team will notify you if you are selected....

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Local designer Siana Treece makes a name for herself in the fashion industry
Jul01

Local designer Siana Treece makes a name for herself in the fashion industry

Detroit native Siana Treece is making her mark in the fashion industry. Currently, Treece is pursuing her BFA in Fashion Design at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. Her works of art have already been featured in numerous fashion shows, but she still has grander plans for herself and her clothing line. ColorBlind chatted with Treece about her plans to take over the fashion world. Check out the interview below. Have you always been interested in fashion? I’ve always been interested in fashion. I loved playing with paper dolls and changing the clothes on them. Then when I got a little older I became obsessed with Barbie dolls and I loved making little outfits for them. Were you interested in other form of artistic expression before your fashion designing? I’ve been painting and drawing ever since I can remember. Art is truly my first love. I always knew art would be a life long passion, but it wasn’t until about 6th grade I decided I wanted fashion to be my official career path. Does your hometown of Detroit, MI have influence on your art? Detroit is a very influential city. It’s known for its creativity and its unique flavor in the arts. Nothing comes easy in Detroit, and I think just by being here it has pushed me to really work hard and hone in on my talent. I like to think my designs are very bold and dramatic, while still having a beauty and charisma; much like the city of Detroit. What schooling do you have pertaining to design? Do you think all designers need to attend school to gain a better understanding of the art form? I went to Cass Technical high school and majored in art. From there I went to the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and majored in Fashion Design. I’m still pursuing my Bachelor’s in Fine Art. Other than school I’ve taken one private sewing course. I don’t think every designer needs school, but for me personally I’m glad I went in that direction. I consider myself a natural but education is always needed to elevate your talent and expand your knowledge. I learned so many things in all aspects of fashion design and the industry. Now, we all know you can’t possibly learn everything in school, and experience is the best teacher…but school definitely made me more skilled and confident in my craft. Was there a specific person/event that sparked your love for fashion? I can’t say anything specific sparked my love for fashion. But perhaps my upbringing had something to do with it. I grew up in a large family of...

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