If you are a Facebook user you have probably read a few interesting things about your Facebook friends in the last week. I read the “game” updates that appeared on my timeline but had no desire to join the game so I didn’t comment. Then a friend posted a powerfully transparent status that sucked me in. I replied and she assigned me the number 8 this weekend. I had to play fair and write 8 things about myself. I have written three blog posts about myself fairly recently so I started there. I referenced the blogs in numbers 1-3 and made sure not to repeat any “life” details in 4-8.
Today, I thought I’d share my life with my blog community (again). Here we go…
SPRING 2014 COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP FOR COLLEGE STUDENT IN FOSTER CARE
Flexible internship opportunity will utilize journalism, public relations, and marketing strategies.
The Teen Toolbox Spring 2014 Internship Opportunity is designed to be a mutually beneficial working relationship. Internship is an unpaid opportunity for Washington metropolitan area college student in foster care or recent foster care alumni. The Teen Toolbox will provide practical work experience that allows intern to develop and enhance skills in journalism, marketing, and public relations. Intern will receive quality training and have access to critical academic and career resources. Intern is encouraged to take initiative and request assignments or projects that relate specifically to their career goals and that will strengthen this professional experience.
Intern must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Intern and Chief Visionary Officer will agree on tasks weekly. Many tasks can be completed online and reviewed with Chief Visionary Officer by telephone and email. Intern and Chief Visionary Officer will meet in person at least twice per month. Internship will begin in January 2014 and end in May 2014. Maximum 10 hours per week. Renewal is possible.
I don’t really watch a lot of TV but it seems like I do because I usually write about what I watch. My viewing choices are categorical – family, adoption, pioneer movies, and entrepreneurs/business.
I LOVE Christmas movies –I wait all year to watch them. How could I forget Oprah’s LifeClass and Oprah’s Next Chapter? I also love Sunday Best. TD Jakes Presents Mind, Body, and Soul is awesome. Maybe I need to add new categories.
What can you tell about me based on what I watch on TV? Doesn’t really matter LOL!
America seems to be plagued with the “not in my backyard” syndrome. When things make us angry or fearful we tend to rally together until its time to work to eradicate the problem. When that time comes the numbers of willing workers seems to dwindle if it is “not in my backyard”.
YES, parents should monitor their child’s computer time, friends, clothing choices, television viewing, homework, sugar intake, music, and hang out places. What we must remember is that parents have different skill sets, resources, responsibilities, coping mechanisms, and personal histories. I am in no way taking parenting responsibility away from parents but there are 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system in the United States. Whether they are unable to or choose not to, clearly someone isn’t doing what they SHOULD do! This goes well beyond the parents of children in the foster care system I might add. In an ideal world parents are a child’s first teachers and lay a strong foundation for success from birth. We don’t live in an ideal world. I may just scream if I hear one more person exclaim “that’s the parent’s job” as it relates to a young person who is hurt, vulnerable or in trouble! When are we going to stop pretending that all kids have good parents?
I am grateful to all Veterans and their families for your selfless sacrifice.
Our 7th Annual Pack A Purse™ Drive launches on TODAY, November 8, 2013. We are collecting purses (including totes and other handbags) filled with personal hygiene items for teen girls in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters. Only new and gently used purses will be accepted.
Personal hygiene items needed: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, lotion, powder, shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, and lip gloss.
The Next Level – Pack A Purse Drive™ Phase II:
• We need several drop-off locations in the community for Pack A Purse Drive ™. Churches, hair salons, coffee shops, schools, community centers, and other local businesses.
• We are in need of a central location for sorting and packing donations. Volunteers welcomed!
• We desire a location that will allow participating agencies to be given specific “shopping” times so that youth can come and select their own items.
• We never want to make deliveries in black garbage bags so donations of large holiday shopping bags and other durable large bags will be accepted during each drive.
I had a long conversation with a colleague (with new found foster care knowledge) about why the foster care system fails so many youth. I explained that the foster care system is a lousy parent because a system is not a parent. Entry into the system is warranted by imminent danger, trauma or crisis. The foster care system is meant to be a temporary arrangement to ensure a child’s safety. I acknowledge that many lives have been saved by the foster care system, however, the system was not created as a long-term solution to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
My sentiment was echoed from the stage at ‘Foster The City’ on November 2, as a national foster care expert proclaimed “the government does not make a good parent”.
System = a coordinated body of methods or a scheme or plan of procedure
REMEMBER – November is National Adoption Month