Circles of Color Community Foundation Lecture


Students at the Dwight Morrow High School recently had the opportunity to hear from Englewood Mayor Wildes lecture on his work as Mayor and as an Immigration Attorney. They had a chance to hear firsthand about some of the high profile cases he has worked on. Professionally, Mayor Wildes is an Immigration Attorney and Partner with the Manhattan based law firm, Wildes and Weinberg. The lecture was part of a speaking series that was hosted by the AVID Club & Circles of Color Community Foundation.


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COC Community Lecture Series 2008/09        (Press Release)

Lecture Theme: “You Are the Author of Your Own Life Story”


The COC Community Lecture Series is a college motivational series geared to future first generation college students. First generation college students are students whose parents have had little or no college or university experience.


This COC Community Lecture Series (1 hour) has been carried out for four years sponsored by Isaiah M. Jefferson, founder of Circles of Color Business Network and integrated directly into the Dwight Morrow High School AVID Program (9 th thru 11 th Grade). AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success. It places academically average students in advanced classes and uses its own unique curriculum to give them the skills they need to succeed.


Mr. Isaiah M. Jefferson, CEO /Founder of the COC Community Lecture Series LLC along with the Dwight Morrow High School AVID Program has made the idea of going to college an attainable goal for the students of Dwight Morrow High School !


Turning Dreams into Realities


For those students whose parents have gone to college or university, there is no question that they will continue in their parents' footsteps, but for those whose parents have never gone or have not finished college, there is a great tendency to repeat this behavior.


The cause is quite easy to understand. Their cultural, social and personal background does not adequately prepare these students for envisioning college as a reality. For many of these students the idea of going to college is extremely unattainable, it may be something mentioned, but because of their background, they are not adequately prepared to embrace this endeavor as an honest possibility. Therefore, the idea that they may be college material does not become internalized.


Our Community


The COC Community Lecture Series has been devised to make our students understand and believe that college is something they shouldaspire to. On a weekly basis, and in an intimate and inviting environment, guest speakers from a vast array of different college and professional backgrounds bring advice, knowledge and anecdotes of their college experience to our students. The students listen to these speakers and are invited to ask questions and interact in an inviting and comfortable manner. At the end of each lecture a gift is rewarded to the student or students with the best questions and or participation in the lecture from the speaker.


The constant interaction between students and Professional/Community/Entrepreneur guest speakers allows the students to understand that going to college is not a utopia but a reality. For the students, going to college is becoming less and less a dream and more of a reality.


An important factor to the success of the COC Community Lecture Series is that it is carried out steadily across the year and that there are no more than 40 - 70 students for each guest speaker. This allows each guest speakers and students to interact, hear and be heard in a natural manner. Guest speakers hand out their business cards in case the students should want to contact them at the end of the school year.





Place: Dwight Morrow High School

274 Knickerbocker Road

Englewood , NJ 07631


Room: North Library 2 nd fl

Time: Friday May 8 th at 8:00am to 9:00am (Friday)

Grade: 9 th thru 10 th and 11 th


Professional Consultant: Isaiah M. Jefferson

Video Consultant: Samuel Lee

Photographer: Kayellen Jefferson



Michael Wildes is a Managing Partner with the leading immigration law firm of Wildes and Weinberg PC i n New York City and New Jersey.  He serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and two international/corporate law firms, ( Pavia & Harcourt and Saiber ) .  A former Federal Prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn (1989-1993), he has testified on Capitol Hill in connection with anti-terrorism legislation and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients. Having represented the United States government in immigration proceedings, Michael Wildes is a frequent participant on professional panels and commentator on network television and radio with regard to corporate immigration law, employer sanction work and compliance. Mr. Wildes is also serving his second term as the mayor of Englewood, New Jersey and is a member of New Jersey Governor Corzine's Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration .





Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes For Mayor, Assemblyman Arnold Brown, Treasurer

250 Allison Court, Englewood, NJ 07631