The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2014, April 12-13

higher learning network,nfp

Paired with Productive Edge

HLN's mission is to empower the community to become self sufficient via behind the scenes radio/tv/print production for youth, and self empowerment training seminars/workshops for adults. Seminars range from Create Your Own Job to Self Publishing, etc. Plain and simple, we supply the tools and techniques for participants to live their best lives! Higher Learning comes from within: Trust the process!

What new functionality we are looking for

Interactivity, streaming, etc. to look like a media website should look. (Channel 2, 5, 7 or ch. 9 in Chicago!) Something to make people want to get involved in organization, share their resources to further our mission.

How the new functionality will help

Giving prospects and students the ability to interact with each other, especially social media. Once new people see how those who have participated learned something, they too will desire to get involved.

We want to continue to pay it forward!

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

26 Messages from Supporters

2014-03-13 21:08:24 UTC
Tetyana Drozhzhyna

Thank you very much for all the work your organization does for the community. we really appreciate your hard work.

2014-03-13 13:58:58 UTC

Hi Debra,
Hope it's not too late to use this.

Higher Learning Network never ceases to amaze! The founders are highly skilled in the TV / Radio production industry and they share their knowledge in a nurturing and beneficial way.

HLN gives people from urban neighborhoods a purpose, they learn to love and trust themselves and gain pride confidence in doing so. I am certain the youths and adults they touch influence others to do the same.

I had the good fortune to have been interviewed by Zelda “Shelomith” Robinson on the HLN TV show and it brought awareness to my profession as an ITEX barter broker which is excellent because the purpose of my job is to inspire people to become small business owners then to help them maximize sales and offset expenses.

HLN’s weekly newsletter of information and inspiration contains a vast amount of helpful information which I am sure takes quite a while to gather and compile. The content of their newsletter is always uplifting and encouraging and the underlying force is about trusting oneself and loving one and other. HNL is the salt of the earth, they lead by example and they truly make the world a better place.

Karen Kelly
President and Problem Solver
Confident Currency Inc. d.b.a. ITEX in Chicagoland

2014-03-13 14:05:38 UTC
Uncle Bob the Poet

To whom it may concern;

I've been friends with Shelomith (Zelda) for over 15 years, and, after attended more than a few of her workshops, purchasing a few of her inspirational books and CDs, I can say that she is most definitely a force to be reckoned with, while also being a tremendous help in uplifting those who could use a little uplifting...especially the spiritual kind.

Zelda (Shelomith) understands human nature, and the also the Spiritual needs of all of us, I highly recommend everybody not only read her works, but also visit her website(s) and glean the knowledge that she expounds, which is free for the taking.


(Uncle)Bob Starshak

2014-03-13 14:07:08 UTC
Destine Lewis

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:09 PM, Destine Lewis wrote:

My experience seeing higher learning network up close was an experience of a lifetime. I had the opportunity to see how HLN helps the youth and adults in the community with their expansion of helpful resources. HLN not only help the community but it shows that they care about the problems in today's world as well as training the youth and adults in different situations and training them in the direction that he or she is trying to go.

Destine' Lewis
Chicago, IL

2014-03-13 15:40:33 UTC
Gloria J. Jones-Thomas

I am Thankful for the people God place in my Life. My training experience with the Higher learning Network, was an fulfillment of understanding how to reach out and help people in your daily life. We have many chooses in life, we could chose to be kind, gentle, Patience and loving. Higher Learning Network, helping people in need thru donations from food banks, clothing, Furniture etc. Also reaching out to large Companies that assist and donate to non-profit organizations. Zelda Robinson of the Higher Learning Network, provided information to my Church,(New Mount Pleasant Church), which consist of applying for the Exempt (E) Number 5013C, sales & Property tax exemption and how to get free grants thru the Grant Resource Manuel listing that help non-profit organizations. I so greatly and thankful for the opportunity at Higher Learning Network.

God Bless

Gloria Jones Thomas

2014-03-13 15:43:25 UTC
Ilaiyah Yisrael

Greetings, HLN headed by Zelda Robinson-Hogues (Shelomith) has been a God send. I met Shelomith back in 1995 at now ClearChannel Radio and what she's brought to the community as an on-air personality parallels with her amazing straight forward, honest and inspirational message today. Never ceasing to amaze, HLN has weathered the economical storm to consistently bring financial, educational and social awareness and opportunities to our youth and adults across the Chicago land area. In my opinion, HLN is truly an enduring empowerment who represents LOVE: MWD pg.690...unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of others. HLN has supported my business with this LOVE (Mark 12:30-31)and I will continue to support their efforts and calling to INSPIRE our community with the knowledgeable tools of self sufficiency into the future. Ilaiyah Yisrael/Yisrael Communications

2014-03-13 20:14:21 UTC

I would like to let you know that I heard a nice things about your network. Based on this I would have to inform you that , this ninfo I got them from on of your employee.



2014-03-13 20:34:07 UTC
Carmen Abuhayya

Hello Zelda,

Just wanted to drop you a note of appreciation for all the wonderful
and helpful services you provide to your community through your different programs at higher learning for the youth and everyone else. It seems your heart is big enough to include anyone who needs help.
You are always open to help everyone in some kind of way. And even
with your busy schedule, you find time to volunteer at our food pantry.
My, my if everyone in this world had the same kindness and open heart
as you Zelda, this world would certainly be a more happy and gentle
place. When we give love from ourselves in the form of actions, everyone
benefits. My hat off to you and your group! May God continue to richly
bless you so that you can continue to be his hands in disguise. Shalom!

2014-03-13 20:40:51 UTC
Elena Florea

Greetings and continue your wonderful job helping the community with your dedication and passion. God Bless, Elena.

2014-03-13 20:46:29 UTC
Rosa Serrano from Miami Florida

Thank you so very much for all the wonderful work you do in the community, especially providing zoo tickets for my six grandkids who had a wonderful time.

We enjoyed it very much!

Thanks sooooooooo very much and God Bless you all!

European American Association

2014-03-13 20:49:55 UTC
Alfred Stephanovich

It is a pleasure to be a volunteer with the European American Association where I met Zelda Robinson, who also volunteers there weekly. We sincerely appreciate all the work you do for the community and my grandkids had a ball at the zoo last year.
We could not have done it without you! Thank you again.

2014-03-13 20:53:49 UTC
Charles Nelson

It is with great pleasure that I write this note of appreciation for all the great things you do for the higher learning network. I am honored to be a Producer with the organization and look forward to being with HLN-TV for the next 20 years or so. As a person of limited mobility, I am so grateful that you all allow me to do the work I do, even though it may be limited. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Charles Nelson
Video Editor

2014-03-13 21:04:40 UTC
Edwin Franco

Our organization is fortunate to work with such a dedicated and passionate individual. We have benefited greatly from your time, your experience, and your love. Thank you.

2014-03-13 21:21:13 UTC
Christina Zaragoza

The higher learning network has been a great asset to European American Association. They have offered our organization assistance for the past years with all of our programs including, pantry, LIHEAP and homecare assistance. Higher Learning has assisted our homecare program thru participating in our quarterly training meeting the past 10+ years. Higher learning has been a friend and asset to EAA.

2014-03-14 02:55:33 UTC
Dorinda Singleton

I want to thank the Higher Learning Network, for making my (2) children very happy after we received free Tickets to the Brookfield Zoo.

2014-03-14 15:01:47 UTC
Hank Vishnekov

the higher learning network is a great organisation that does many good things for many families in chicago, especially for my family of five. my wife and I thank you very very much for giving us resources we needed to help us after the fire. we would still be suffering if not for you guys. thanks again. God bless!!!

2014-03-14 16:14:30 UTC
Diane Latiker

Higher Learning Network has supported Kids Off The Block for over six years with media donations to help give youth in our communities opportunities for a successful life. We are so grateful to Tony & Zelda for always being Champions for Change. Not only have they donated their time and expertise to our signature events, such as; Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner, Christmas Toy Give-A-Way, Unity for Community, they have also mentored out youth through encouragement, and engaging activities.

They are humanitarians and "heroes" in our communities. The passion and dedication they have shown to give youth who feel hopeless a chance to excel in believe in themselves has set them apart and we are proud and honored to continue working with them in the future.

Thank you,

Diane Latiker - Founder/President

2014-03-16 01:29:02 UTC

I learned about your abilities long ago. I knew then about some of the knowledge you had to offer others. Wow!!! I then saw you give the youth an opportunity to observe, work and volunteer along side of yourself. I saw their faces keep a smile. They also began to think, act and look like professionals. They received invaluable media savvy as they interacted with mainstream professional colleagues of yours and seriously gave you their utmost attention and effort. They were happy to be equipped with valuable knowledge and become leaders among their peers. Please continue to do the work that you do. It is so necessary. You much needed and appreciated.

Peace and Blessings

2014-03-16 03:31:28 UTC
Troi Tyler

Thank you so much to the Higher Learning Network for all the work you do. Zelda Robinson-Hogues and Tony Hogues are mentors for young men and women. Zelda being the motivator works tirelessly alongside her partner Tony to be committed to the community. Students and Seniors are always top priority with The Higher Learning Network not to mention the homeless. I've known Zelda fondly known as Shelomith professionally and personally since 1996. I recall the time I was asked to be keynote speaker at Cook County Jail. I had to speak to 900 women detainees. I brought Zelda along with me for my visit and the female inmates were truly encouraged by her words of wisdom.
Zelda is one of the most phenomenal women on this planet.I am so proud to be affiliated with The Higher Learning Network as it continues to elevate,educate and inspire.

Blessings with a big squeeze hug,

Troi Tyler Media Personality and Station Manager For WCSU-iheartradio

2014-03-18 13:12:19 UTC
Leroy Duncan

HLN's mission is similar to what I’m accomplishing – keeping the community informed so they are empowered to make educated decisions. Thanks for all you do!!!

2014-03-18 13:21:18 UTC
Adrianne Callahan

Thankful for the useful information that is applicable to many businesses and non-profits.

2014-03-18 15:36:27 UTC
Barbara A. McDowell

Zelda Robinson-Hogues has been a mentor to me for the past 18 years. Her patience and guidance with no judgement speaks volumes to her character.

The Higher Learning Network is an excellent resource to find out about events in the community, jobs, non-profit information and media training.

Zelda you and the Higher Learning Network are a blessing to the community! Thank you!!

2014-03-19 03:04:45 UTC
Mikal-Ace Ngubani

I sincerely love the program and work your organization has strived to achieve and accomplish for the last few years. But even more than that, I love the earnest sincerity in which you have pursued your objectives and the ideals of better empowering us as a people. Long live the, Higher Learning Network.

2014-03-19 04:59:21 UTC

Thanks, I appreciate all the education and entertainment you provide you are truly a gem. Keep up the good work, and stay on point on purpose!!!!

2014-03-19 14:22:29 UTC

I want to thank Higher Learning Network for all the information you and your team provide. Everything that you do to help our community.


2014-03-24 22:06:23 UTC
John Herman

Thank you to higher learning for all the wonderful support they have given to European American Association. We can always count on them to join together with us and assist the communities. Higher learning network has been instrumental in helping out community kids through the toys programs and through bringing to zoo to life. Higher learning donated zoo tickets to EAA.through their website, they have assisted in promoting our programs. We are blessed to be associated with this great organization.

Our Mission

Higher Learning Network’s mission is to empower and teach urban youth and adults how to develop their own natural gifts, talents and abilities: with a focus on life skills, job training and entrepreneurial skills. HLN teaches youth self empowerment seminars with emphasis on behind-the-scenes radio/tv/print production. Higher Learning comes from within. Trust the process.