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Worth A Return Visit

Posted by on December 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Happy Friday,

Are you in countdown mode?

I’m still in Pack A Purse Drive™ delivery mode so I am busy. Just a few more agencies left!!! THANK YOU to our amazing donors and Ambassadors – we couldn’t do this without you!!

Instead of writing another blog today, I thought I would share with you four blogs that I think are worth a return reading visit.

Happy Reading!!

  1. The System Is A Lousy Parent
  2. Stop Pretending All Kids Have Good Parents
  3. Unconditional Love and Life-Long Connections
  4. Are You Willing to Give Them A Chance?

 

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Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer
The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs. We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.

The Holiday Season and Foster Care

Posted by on December 2, 2013 at 5:30 am

Welcome to the end of 2013! Today I want to share three awesome resources available to support teens in foster care during the holiday season.

 

FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care, recognizes the struggle faced by young people in and from foster care during the holidays. FosterClub provides the following Holiday Guides to offer ideas and encouragement to young people and the adults who support them.

  1. 12 Ideas for supportive adults to help a young person in foster care through the holidays (view here)
  2. Helping Young People in Foster Care Through the Holidays (view here)
  3. FosterClub’s Guide for Getting Through the Holidays (view here)

 

Many of you know that my favorite movie is Krush Groove. I also love Christmas music and old school hip hop. You don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to figure that I am a Run DMC fan and one of my favorite Christmas songs is Christmas in Hollis. Check out the video here.

 

Happy Veteran’s Day

Posted by on November 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I am grateful to all Veterans and their families for your selfless sacrifice.

THANK YOU!

Happy Veteran's Day

Honor and Remembrance!

Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

Today we remember and honor all who lost their lives on 9/11/2001!

 

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” -President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

 

 

“Every year on this day, we are all New Yorkers.” – President Barack Obama, September 11, 2009


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Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer

The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs.  We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.

Overcoming Childhood Obstacles: Sirr Parker

Posted by on June 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

I am very selective about the television shows and movies that I watch. I’m not into suspense, horror, and chaotic reality TV. Last night I saw the movie “They Call Me Sir” for the second time. Although he managed to avoid the child welfare system, I was a bit disturbed by the portrayal of Sirr’s relationship with his aunt and her hesitance to allow him to live with her. I was also rooting for Sirr’s cousins to reconcile with their mom and leave the gang life behind.

 

You already know that I’m not a sports fan so it wasn’t until the end of the movie that I found out that I was watching the biography of Sirr Parker’s life – a former running back for Texas A&M University who went on to play professionally in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, and the Arena Football League. I was glad the movie had a happy ending even though it wasn’t the one I expected.

 

Derek Anderson Has Stamina

Posted by on June 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

This has become my NBA week.  No, not because of the NBA championship games between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. (I haven’t seen any of the 6 games played so far). You know I love sharing stories that crush stereotypes by celebrating those who are thriving and not just surviving, right? Well, this is my NBA week because I learned about two NBA powerhouses who have dedicated their lives to supporting youth.  On Sunday I had the pleasure of hearing an enlightening Father’s Day message from Etan Thomas and on yesterday I heard Derek Anderson’s inspiring interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (audio). 

 

Roland Martin began an introduction about a boy abandoned by his parents at 11 years old and responsible for his own survival.  While shuffling from place to place he became a teen dad at 14 and was tasked with a second person to provide for.  This young man worked two jobs, continued in high school, and played basketball because of the support and mentoring provided by a community of caring adults.  Derek graduated high school and went on to college.

Call To Action From Etan Thomas

Posted by on June 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about my religious views (I’m a Christian) but today I want to share the Father’s Day message that was presented at my church on yesterday.  Mr. Etan Thomas delivered a powerful “call to action” to adults challenging us to reach out to and embrace our youth.  Prior to yesterday, I had no idea that Etan Thomas is a husband, father, author, speaker, and community activist who played professionally in the National Basketball Association.  Etan was raised by his mother in a single parent home but never fell victim to the stereotypes and tragedies in his community.

Since releasing his second book,Fatherhood Rising To The Ultimate Challenge, last year, Etan has traveled the US empowering young people with the message that they can be anything they want to be in life despite their current circumstances.  He speaks in middle and high schools, colleges, prisons, and to professional and social justice organizations.