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Winners Selected for the Youth Forward Scholarship Essay Contest

We are happy to announce the winners of the first of three Youth Forward Scholarship Contests for the year 2017. Before doing do so, we wanted to thank everyone that participated in the contest. The essays were very inspiring and hoMaking a better worldnestly it was very difficult to choose a winner. Each and everyone of you that dedicated your time for the upliftment of this world, in whatever form or function that might be, is truly a winner. And thank you for that. Just as we thank our soldiers for protecting our country by serving in the military, your efforts are to also be applauded. Because you are choosing to make a difference in this world through acts of love and peace in order that the world be a more just place to live in. And it is your generation that will be responsible for making decisions for this world soon. And those decisions which are made with a caring, loving, and giving heart are what will save our world from all the challenges we currently face. And we face many challenges, as you all know. But in deciding to not sit by idly but to actually make a difference through our efforts, I am certain we will overcome them. You are all testament to that. So thanks again for all your submissions and truly great stories of how you are choosing to make a difference in the world.

 

For the highest vote count and most shared essay the winner is Alden Liang. Good work Alden! Alden had a winning essay through most shares in the previous contest. Going forward, to be fair to all entrants, a winner of a previous essay contest can not submit a new essay to enter into subsequent contests. Great work none the less Alden of your community volunteer work!

Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2016 – A Rewarding Experience

 

For the Staff Favorite, and second most shared essay, Maria Keller, “Changing The World One Book  At a Time”.

Youth Forward Scholarship Winter 2016 – Changing the World One Book At a Time

Maria has collected and donated over two million books in 2016. The books were then redistributed to schools and organizations and made available to their student body. You can learn more about Maria’s great efforts in improving literacy here.

Great job to the both of you and congratulations!

Ideally there would be no need for scholarship contests, and each and every citizen would be assured a free college education.

As you know, a high school degree does not go too far these days, and to limit one’s access to education and their God given potential because of a lack of resources should not be what we as a country stand for. So, this is also up to you — to declare that you wish for college tuition be granted as a right and not just an option for some, but a right for all. I do hope you will get involved in bringing about this change. Bless you all.

Learning Good Practices Doesn’t Stop with the Driver’s Test: Thoughts on Car Accident Injuries & Deaths

As a leader in online drivers education for teens in California, we often get focused on the immediate and practical tasks at hands, that is helping teens to learn the necessary skills to be able to pass the California DMV’s written driver test and then proceed to the necessary behind-the-wheel test. The goal for a teen is obviously to get a California drivers license. The great thing about our system is that not only can teens study for the test online but also we are helping many young men and young women to achieve their dream of becoming licensed drivers in the Golden State. It’s exciting! (more…)

Selecting the Best Online Drivers Ed in California – Some Thoughts

Of course, if you ask our opinion, we would consider ourselves the best online drivers education in California. To be honest, anyone who builds a business and is as committed as we are to safe teen driving, is going to think that their program is the best. However, we get many questions both over the Internet and via telephone, by interested teams who are trying to figure out the best online drivers ed program in California.

In that spirit, here are some thoughts about how to select the best online driver’s ed program for you. (You can read some of the official DMV information, here, admittedly more about the behind-the-wheel process, but still food for thought.)

Three Things to Think about vis-a-vis the Best Drivers Ed Training

First, let’s talk about passing the driver’s ed test in California, the one that is required to get your learners permit. Whether you are in Bakersfield, Eureka, Santa Monica, or Union City, it doesn’t really matter. As a teen, you are definitely motivated to start the process of getting your license to drive. You want to pass; we get that. Any good course will help you with the knowledge that you need to pass the drivers permit test. However, when selecting a service, make sure that it is certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and that it has a good track record on educating drivers.

However, no one can guarantee that you will pass. We can only give you the tools to make it as easy as possible, but, of course, you do need to study in order to pass.

Best Online Drivers Education in California

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Second, let’s talk about the beauty of an online course. While, certainly, in terms of your drivers test, you will need behind the wheels practice, the beauty of the online environment is that you can study for your test virtually anywhere. It could be in your room at your computer, or at the local coffee shop. It doesn’t really matter, one of the reasons that our course is one of the best driver’s ed courses in California is because of the beauty of this online environment.

Third, let’s talk about cheap. Now, we understand that all teams are short on money. However, cheap isn’t always the best, as you want the tools that will help you succeed. Your time is also valuable, and having to retake the test several times will drive up your costs in every possible way. So don’t just choose the cheapest course, choose a course that is really going to get you over that finish line.

Got Questions? Call us about our Online Drivers Education Process

In summary, we certainly believe that we produce the best online driver’s ed in California. There are other good courses out there, for sure, but if you have any questions please reach out to us. Our goal is to get you to pass the test, and to educate you to be a safe teen driver here in the Golden state.

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Can You Take Drivers Ed Online in California?

We are firmly committed to the Internet, as one of the best online courses in driver’s education in California. Funny thing, however, we get a lot of bizarre questions. Young people today want to do everything on the Internet, and or on their mobile phones. But some things, cannot be done online. Use your imagination!

Can You Take Drivers Ed Online in California?

This brings us to one of the more popular questions : “Can you take Drivers Ed online?” Well, of course you can. The Department of Motor Vehicles has certified courses such as our own as preparation for the written portions of the test. In order to get a license to drive a vehicle in California, one needs to pass both a written and a behind the wheel test.

Drivers Ed Online

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So, if the question is as simple as is their online drivers Ed that will help you pass the written test, the answer is yes. The Department of Motor Vehicles recognizes that technology has evolved, and it allows you to take a preparatory course, such as our own, in how to drive, and that course can be completed online.

Behind the Wheel is, Behind the Wheel

However, the behind the wheel portion, of course, must be taken behind the wheel. So far, the Department of Motor Vehicles is not allowing people to simulate this portion of the test simply online. Perhaps, someday, virtual reality will evolve to that point, and we can certainly see the use of simulators as helpful in teaching people how to drive. Indeed, the use of simulators has a long history in the education of drivers in many states.

However, despite the addiction of many teams to the Internet and their phones, you cannot complete the entire process online. You can however, take and prepare for the written test using an online system. Good luck!


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California’s Online Drivers Education Leader, DmvEdu.org Announces Scholarship Winners

Los Angeles, California – May 29, 2016. DmvEdu.org, a top-rated provider of driver’s education online for California residents at https://www.dmvedu.org/, is proud to announce that it has selected the winners in its ‘Youth Forward’ scholarship and essay contest. The Youth Forward scholarship seeks to reward a commitment to volunteerism among young people close to driving age (whether older or younger). To apply, applicants needed to submit an essay of less than 500 words in Microsoft Word format. (more…)

Youth Forward 2016 – Our Winners Supporting Teen Volunteerism

We’ve concluded our review of submissions for our “Youth Forward” scholarship. In addition to running one of the best online drivers education systems in California, our mission has been to encourage and support those teens that “give back” to their communities through volunteerism. The response to our scholarship essay contest was tremendous. Clearly, the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in this generation! (more…)

California’s Online Drivers Education Leader, DMVEdu.org Announces Featured Essays for ‘Youth Forward’ Scholarship

Berkeley, California – April 29, 2016. DmvEdu.org, a top-rated provider of driver’s education online for California residents at https://www.dmvedu.org/, is proud to announce that it has featured four exemplary essays submitted to its ‘youth forward’ scholarship program. Open to High School and college students from across the United States, and not just California, the scholarship program is based on an essay contest that will award three $1500 scholarships in support of college education.

“The response to our call for essay submissions has been tremendous, and not just from big California cities like Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Diego or Bakersfield,” explained Azhar Mirza, Managing Director of DmvEdu.org. He continued, “In fact, we are featuring four non-California submissions in our first post; all exemplify the spirit of philanthropy that we are seeking to encourage in young people today. ”

Berkeley Drivers Education Online

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To read excerpts of the four submissions, as well as click over to them in toto, interested parties are pointed to https://www.dmvedu.org/2016/04/yf-excerpts/. There, one can also learn more about the scholarship at https://www.dmvedu.org/scholarship/. High school counselors as well as financial aid offices in California are urged to reach out to DmvEdu.org to see how they can jointly promote this innovative scholarship opportunity.

Scholarship Details

The Youth Forward scholarship seeks to reward a commitment to volunteerism among young people close to driving age (whether older or younger). To apply, applicants need to submit an essay of less than 500 words in Microsoft Word format. Questions to be answered in the essay include the area chosen for volunteer service, the hours per week, the biggest challenge, the most satisfying experience, and what has been learned by the volunteer engagement.

Qualities in Common

While the four featured essays are not the winners, they have been selected for what they show about the correct spirit in terms of volunteerism. First and foremost, each of the essayists all tried. It might seem obvious, but they put digital pen to digital paper and described their commitment to volunteerism in 2016. One can’t win, if one doesn’t try, and one can’t change the world just by thinking about it. Action must be taken. All of these four authors are “taking action” to make the world a better place, and “taking action” by submitting their essays. Second, they all have focused on unique and different ways to make a difference. There is no one single calling for all people: one might find it important to identify and locate backpacks for needy kids, whereas another works in a homeless shelter. One isn’t better, or worse: but both are different and unique. Find a niche, and fill it. Third, a commitment to doing good knows no geographic boundary. Of course, DMVedu.org is here in California, with HQ in Berkeley, but the leading online drivers education service finds inspiration all over the country from Mississippi to Alabama to Detroit and to Virginia. Wherever a young person is, he or she can make a difference: one need not to travel thousands of miles! Finally, each essay exhibits a commitment to the process as well as the outcome. It’s not about “fixing” society, it’s about “participating” in making it better. Don’t get discouraged that society can’t be fixed in a jiffy.

About DmvEdu.org

DMVEdu.org is a top-rated website providing California drivers ed online as well as online traffic school programs certified by the California DMV. Many people come to the site looking for an easy way to find California drivers training online or to learn about the requirements and even take a California driver practice test. Certified by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the beauty of the website programs is that one can satisfy DMV requirements at the convenience of a computer.

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Driving Youth Forward: Excerpts from Young California Drivers With a Spirit

Our youth scholarship program, called Youth Forward, is all about working with young people to promote a more engaged California teen population. Today’s teens face very conflicting imperatives: on the one hand, being young is tougher than ever, not just the economy but also the society make things more difficult. But on the other hand, youth are asked to participate in and promote a better society. Thus, on the one hand, young people are constrained by economic and society realities, and on the other, they are asked to be more supportive of philanthropy and non-profit activities. And we won’t even get into how much more difficult it is today to pass the California Drivers Test than it was just a few years, or even decades back. Our version of online learning is meant to help make that part, just a little easier…

Sample Essays from the Youth Forward Scholarship Submissions: April, 2016

More importantly, our Youth Forward scholarship opportunity is in full swing with some really great essays being submitted by young people from all over the country (not just California). Here are some samples that we are really impressed with so far:

  • Cara Lowry Barker, Petal High School, “The Backpack Project.” Excerpt: “Clearly the little boy was upset as he ran to the counselor gripping his second backpack on Wednesday . He missed Monday and Tuesday, the days to return your backpack back to receive food on Friday. He ran to the counselor in tears, afraid he would not get food on Friday. The Petal Backpack Project started from a volunteer opportunity I had 4 years ago…”

    California Youth Volunteers

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  • Savannah Marie Gibbs, Samson, Alabama, “The Heart of Samson: Community.” Excerpt: “What is community? I believe community is best defined by the word contained within it: unity. When people come together with a common cause and consider others more important than themselves true community is achieved. Over the years, I have seen this quality demonstrated in my small hometown of Samson through both tragedies and celebrations. From an early age I was taught to love my neighbor just as I love myself. As a member of numerous clubs and organizations it has been an honor to have participated in activities that benefit not just my community, but the state of Alabama.”
  • Nolan Bridgewater, “Importance of Giving Back.” Excerpt: “Giving back to a community in need has become a great passion of mine; however, I am looking to turn my passion in my career. After volunteering in Detroit, Michigan for a week, I realized how important it is to help those who are less fortunate. My whole perspective on life and society has changed; there are so many things that do not matter anymore. What really matters is safety, health, and family/friends. As my group in Detroit worked with the variety of homeless people in Detroit, I learned how homeless shelters worked with the homeless to get them into housing and get them a job. After I saw how happy and blessed the now employed and housed people were, I realized that I wanted to be apart of this social change.”
  • Caleb  Beasley, “The Human Investment.” Excerpt: “I have always been drawn to the situation where someone’s day needs a little uplifting or someone needs to be encouraged because some jerk has decided to belittle them. I like to make people laugh. I like to make people feel good. I like for people to feel like they have just as much right for the sun to shine on them as everyone else does. When approaching my Senior year and getting my own Senior Portraits done, it occurred to me because of the expense involved, this rite of passage may be a luxury not afforded to many in my area. Senior Portraits represent our transitioning into adulthood, all the hard work we have done to get to this point.”

As we encourage other young people to submit their essays for consideration, let’s step back and look at what these four really stellar selections have in common. First and foremost, they all tried. It might seem obvious, but they put digital pen to digital paper and described their commitment to volunteerism in 2016. You can’t win, if you don’t try, and you can’t change the world just by thinking about  it. You have to take action. All of these four authors are “taking action” to make the world a better place, and “taking action” by submitting their essays. You can do it, too! Second, they all have focused on unique and different ways to make a difference. There is no one single calling for all people: one might find it important to identify and locate backpacks for needy kids, whereas another works in a homeless shelter. One isn’t better, or worse: but both are different and unique. Find your niche, and fill it. Third, a commitment to doing good knows no geographic boundary. Of course, we are here in California, with our HQ in Berkeley, but we find inspiration all over the country from Mississippi to Alabama to Detroit and to Virginia. Wherever you are, you can make a difference: you don’t need to travel thousands of miles! Finally, each is commitment to the process as well as the outcome. It’s not about “fixing” society, it’s about “participating” in making it better. Don’t get discouraged that you can’t “fix” society today.

Another quote, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley. If you have an essay for the scholarship contest, please contact us immediately as deadlines are approaching! You do not need to live in California to qualify, nor do you need to be seeking online drivers education.

California High School & College Scholarship Opportunity: Youth Forward

College is more expensive than ever, especially in California. After the budget cuts enacted by the legislature, even public universities such as the flagship University of California at Berkeley and University of California at Los Angeles are almost out of reach of the middle class, as are our community colleges and the quality California state system, such as San Francisco State University. Today’s high school seniors and even those who are already enrolled in colleges here in the Golden State are always on the lookout for new opportunities to earn scholarship money. (more…)

DmvEdu.org, Online Drivers Ed Leader, Announces California Educational Scholarship for High School and College Students

Berkeley, California – March 31, 2016. DmvEdu.org, a top-rated provider of California driver’s education online at https://www.dmvedu.org/, is proud to announce an important educational scholarship opportunity for both California High School students and college students. The scholarship, called ‘Youth Forward,’ is an essay contest that will award three $1500 scholarships in support of college education.

“As we well know, education is increasingly expensive in the Golden State,” explained Azhar Mirza, Managing Director of DmvEdu.org. He continued, “Our innovative online learning system for drivers education is one way we help to reduce costs; our new scholarship program is yet another way that we are helping California students access educational opportunities.”California Online Drivers Ed

To learn more about the scholarship, visit https://www.dmvedu.org/scholarship/. To learn more about online drivers education in California visit https://www.dmvedu.org/driver-education/. High school counselors as well as financial aid offices in California are urged to reach out to DmvEdu.org to see how they can jointly promote this innovative scholarship opporunity.

To view the newly updated Website, please visit https://www.dmvedu.org/. Of particular importance is the updated page on how the online drivers education course works at https://www.dmvedu.org/driver-education/. The application deadlines are revolving into three months throughout the year.

California Education Scholarship: Highlights

Volunteerism is increasingly important in American society. Indeed, most of today’s High Schools require some type of volunteer work in order to graduate. Colleges and universities as well seek to encourage students to “give back” to their communities.

This scholarship seeks to reward a few deserving youth for their commitment to the spirit of volunteerism. The application is handled in essay format. To apply, applicants must submit an essay of less than 500 words in Microsoft Word format. Questions to be answered in the essay include the area chosen for volunteer service, the hours per week, the biggest challenge, the most satisfying experience, and what has been learned by the volunteer engagement.

About DmvEdu.org

DMVEdu.org is a top-rated website providing California drivers ed online as well as online traffic school programs certified by the California DMV. Many people come to the site looking for an easy way to find California drivers training online or to learn about the requirements and even take a California driver practice test. Certified by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the beauty of the website programs is that one can satisfy DMV requirements at the convenience of a computer.

Web. https://www.dmvedu.org/