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Brandon T. Jackson to keynote 
TiECon Detroit 2018
​PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit chapter of TiE announced Brandon Jackson as the keynote speaker for TiECon Detroit 2018 "Ignite2Disrupt : All About AI", Michigan's largest conference to be held October 06, 2018 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, Michigan. The announcement was made by TiE Detroit President, Tel Ganesan.
     "Brandon Jackson is an internationally recognized artist and a stand-up comedian whose humors and jokes bring laughter in our day-to-day life. More importantly, Brandon is a humble and down to earth celebrity that I would call a dear friend of mine. Comedy is an exercise that pumps up the mind and I am excited to have Jackson keynote at TiECon to energize the TiE community, as well as share ideas to rebuild Detroit," said Tel.
      Brandon Timothy Jackson is an American stand-up comedian, rapper, actor, and writer. He is known for his roles in the films Roll Bounce (2005), Tropic Thunder (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Lottery Ticket (2010), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013).
  In accepting the invitation, Brandon Jackson said, "I'm so excited and honored to be Grand Keynote for TiECon Detroit. America's "Comeback City" is an example of a reinventing economy. Detroit is now the hub for entrepreneurship and I would like to share my thoughts on revitalizating and rebuilding the region."
  TiECon Detroit 2018 will bring together TiE members, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, top industry executives and thought leaders in the energy packed conference. The conference will also host "TiE20", Entrepreneur Bootcamp and AI Competition showcasing promising startups in AI. TiECon Detroit 2018 will provide a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, explore new businesses, discuss emerging technologies, share growth strategies and obtain insight from global business leaders, community leaders and worldwide experts.
  Online registration and more information are available at www.tiecondetroit.org. For more information, contact Jacqueline Perry at 248-254-4087 or jacquelinep@kyyba.com
About TiE Detroit
     TiE Detroit is not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Michigan, as well as globally. TiE strives to inspire entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding programs and activities. For more information, visit https://detroit.tie.org/

National awards program seeking
Michigan's Top Youth Volunteers 
of 2019
PRNewswire/ -- Today through November 6, 2018, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Michigan's top youth volunteers of the year.
  Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.
  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. The awards have been granted annually for the past 23 years on the local, state and national level.
  "After more than two decades of honoring young volunteers, we know that students are a powerful force for good," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "We shine a spotlight on their service in hopes that others will be inspired to follow their example."
  Michigan's top youth volunteers of 2018 were Alyssa Ewell, 18, of Canton, who was student coordinator of her school district's Relay for Life last year, which raised $30,000 for the American Cancer Society, and Abigail Diuble, 14, of Manchester, who is working to purchase specialized alarm systems to alert visually- and hearing-impaired people to severe weather conditions and dangerous smoke and carbon monoxide levels. Read more about Alyssa and Abigail at http://spirit.prudential.com/honorees/2018/mi.  
How to Apply
  To apply for a 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:
• Students complete the online application by November 6, 2018.
• Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
• Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 16, 2018.
  Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or an affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network. (Students can request a paper application by calling 855-670-4787.)
The 2019 Awards Program
  On February 5, 2019, the top middle level and high school volunteer from each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees. They will receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent or guardian for four days of recognition events from May 4-7, 2019.
  In Washington, a distinguished national selection committee will name 10 of the 102 State Honorees as America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
  Several Distinguished Finalists in each state will receive bronze medallions, and runners-up will receive Certificates of Excellence. Local Honorees selected by schools and participating organizations for state-level judging will be presented with Certificates of Achievement; they will also receive President's Volunteer Service Awards if they have served the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify (26 hours for age 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15 and 100 hours for older students).
  "It's an honor to recognize middle level and high school students making a difference through volunteer service," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. "We look forward to another year of celebrating the impact, initiative and compassion of young volunteers."
About The Prudential Spirit 
of Community Awards
  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service, and has honored more than 125,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level over the past 23 years. 
     The awards program also is conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil, where Prudential has significant business operations.