January 2021 Newsletter

Welcome Back Message:

Hello everyone! The BHBH team hopes that you had a wonderful holiday break. Those seniors who were completing college applications, we are glad that you pushed through it. Now, sit back and relax as your decisions roll in. Most of our BHBH team members spent time with their families and celebrated holidays. As the new year is here, we hope that it is filled with joy, positivity, and productivity. 

Call out for High School Ambassadors:

Would you like to be a part of the Bringing Hope Back Home team? Want to serve as an ambassador for your school and bring awesome resources to your classmates? If so, apply to become a high school ambassador. You will serve as a representative for your school and publicize our message to the student body. You will also become an official Bringing Hope Back Home team member and gain solid work experience. The application opened on January 26th, 2021 and is due on February 17th, 2021 at 11:59 PM

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us: bringinghopebh@gmail.com

Recap January Webinar:

If you missed our January webinar, don’t worry! Here is a recap of what we covered during the webinar and we have also attached a cheat sheet document of what to do and what not to do during college and job interviews. 


  • Be clear and concise (ideally one page, maximum of two).
  • Left align your text, use one-inch margins and fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, or Georgia (this ensures a clean and professional look).
  • Include your name and contact information.
  • If room allows, write a brief (2-3 sentence) personal statement or introduction.
  • Rank the sections of your resume by importance.
  • When listing your skills and qualifications, make sure to have a combination of hard skills (teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify) and soft skills (subjective skills, “people skills”).
  • Expand on details that are especially relevant to the school/job/scholarship you are applying to.                                      
  • Customize your resume to the job/school/scholarship you are applying to — don’t be afraid to make minor tweaks each time you submit it!
  • Proofread, proofread, and proofread again! If you can, have a friend, mentor, teacher, or family mentor read over your resume before you submit it.


  • Dress to impress (even if the interview is virtual). Look good, feel good!
  • Do your research! Before the interview, learn more about the school or company you’re interviewing with. Try to reach out to current students or employees for information and opinions.
  • Write out your responses to common questions — if anything, this will calm your nerves!
  • Practice, practice, practice! If it’s an option, ask a friend, mentor, teacher, or family member to help you conduct a mock interview. 

Instagram Live:

We are going LIVE on Instagram with a wonderful organization, the Joyce Ivy Foundation! The live will be streamed on February 11th, 2021 from 5PM-5:30PM EST. You will hear a 2019 summer scholar and a 2020 summer scholar talk about their experience at an Ivy League summer program. Make sure you invite your friends and tune in! 

February Webinar:

Our February Mental Health Webinar will take place on February 23rd from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST. Especially during this time of uncertainty and different learning environments, we know that caring for students’ mental health is more important than ever. Please join us for an open conversation with students and mental health professionals about how to combat mental health issues! 

Not ready to ask your doctor for an HIV test? Don’t want to go to the clinic during COVID? We got you! The Detroit Health Department is excited to offer at-home HIV test kits free to residents of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. We will ship one OraQuick test kit that is designed for use at home. It is fast, accurate, and now free (while supplies last). It comes with complete instructions and information about what to do next, based on the result. Watch this video     to see how to take the test. Just swab inside your mouth, wait 20 minutes, and you’ll have your preliminary results.   To order, go here   ORDER FREE HOME HIV TEST KIT and answer a few short questions.   Or call 313-720-0173 – you will be asked the same questions. If you may have had a possible recent exposure, however, you should test again later or get a test that can pick up HIV within 2 weeks of exposure. A positive OraQuick result should be followed by a confirmatory blood test at a clinic. The package will contain information about local options for testing, PrEP and PEP. Or click here to find a clinic near you. Visit the Oraquick website to learn more: http://www.oraquick.com/What-is-OraQuick/OraQuick-In-Home-HIV-Test

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