By NaTyshca Pickett
Domestic Violence Rally 2020
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For the month of October, we are featuring organizations and individuals who are working tirelessly to raise the awareness of this global pandemic.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, there is an increase of stressors as a result of the pandemic. Some of those include schools remaining closed, loss of income, isolation from extended family and friends and not having the chance to participate in or enjoying relaxing activities. If these stressors are in the mix of an already abusive relationship, the pandemic can make matters worse.
This is what Cynthya Hale is trying to combat. Hale is the Founder and CEO of FFT Helping Others (Family, Friends, Togetherness), she is also a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. FFT Helping Others is a grassroots advocacy 501c3 non-profit organization, that has been aiding families and individuals through domestic violence, human trafficking and spreading awareness about these issues, along with sex trafficking, homelessness and relief action.
"We started out by helping hurricane victims and victims who had become homeless when hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. There was such a need to help the people out there. We partnered with Voices of Puerto Rico and were able to bring food and materials to the people," Hale stated.
Once she arrived to Puerto Rico, she saw first hand the devastation the people were faced with and she saw that there was another cause for concern, the increase in domestic violence and human trafficking cases.
"I saw the signs of domestic violence because I was once a victim over 17 years ago," Hale said. From her experience, she knew that this was a cause for concern, but when she went to look for resources, there weren't many available to provide the people of Puerto Rico or the community where she lived in the United Stated, so from there, she created her own.
"As a Christian, I wanted to take a holistic approach. I knew that these were issues that the church was not addressing so I wanted to be that place and resource that people in and out of the church can turn to for help," said Hale.
Along with her experience as CEO and Global Goodwill Ambassador, Hale is also a certified trainer for the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and the Center for Disease and Control (CDC). She also speaks to schools to bring awareness of Teen Dating Violence.
Hale launched the first Domestic Violence Vigil hosted by FFT Helping Others in Washington, D.C. in 2019. The purpose of the rally is spread awareness of domestic violence and to acknowledge and hear the stories from survivors of domestic violence.
"We need help changing laws that will protect families who are going through issues of violence, abuse and trafficking. Our hope is that our rally and vigil will continue to spread the awareness and grab the attention of those who are in position to make this change happen," Hale stated.
Due to COVID, this year's rally and vigil will take place virtually through the FFT Helping Others Facebook Live page on October 1, 2020 starting at 2pm EST.
For more information on how to get involved or how to attend, you can visit their website at
www.fft-helpingothers.comor through their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/791969238009342.
WHO ARE WE:
C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E. L.Y.F.E. (CL) is a YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT CAREER EXPLORATION ORGANIZATION!
Mentoring is a proven method of transferring knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. We at CL understand choosing a career is one of the most important decisions we will make in our lives. So it was a natural progression to marry the proven mentoring model with career research. Whether you're still in Junior High School or 29 years old and longing to change professions, our CL 10P Method of career exploration will make your vocation decision easier and faster. Understanding that most people spend countless hours on their jobs, it is only logical to expect that they like and hopefully love the work they do. However, a new Gallup poll revealed that 85% of people either hate their jobs or are looking for new employment. This is why CL was created; to help our Youth and Young Adults, especially those that are socially and economically challenged, explore and find a career that will fit them socially, emotionally, and economically!
WHAT WE DO:
CL Youth and Young Adult Career Builders provides the necessary career exploration opportunities for the next generation, ages 14-29, to become successful citizens. Using a dynamic, interactive Online Career Academy Platform, our mentees are able to explore multiple careers before they make a lifelong choice. This subscription based service provides 5 career exploration tools:
1) Our proven 10P Method of career exploration with over 70 professions to choose from; and growing
2) Dynamic Career VLOGS: Such as "How to Negotiate the Salary You Deserve."
3) LYFE Chats Live Webinars: Where mentees can get their career questions answered in real time.
4) CL Online Career Academy Companion Workbook
5) Access to our Exclusive Facebook Group
CDR (Ret.) Rev., Dr. Veneda Polite has been a youth and young adult mentor for over 25 years. She has developed and led numerous programs to enhance the lives of our future leaders. Growing up in the projects of New York City and living in poverty the majority of her youth, Veneda knows first hand the detrimental effects of social, emotional, and economic underdevelopment. She left NYC and joined the U.S. Army in order to escape the cycle of becoming a product of her toxic environment.
After changing careers multiple times throughout her life, without job fulfilment, Veneda finally found vocation exhilaration and C.H.A.L.L.E.N.G.E. L.Y.F.E. was born from the desire to never let our next generation fumble through their career choices. She believes Mentorship, Education, Knowledge and Wisdom are the Keys to a Successful LYFE!!
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The mission of Future Stars is to provide opportunities for inner city youth to achieve their goals in higher education, with a focus on sports and technology.
Future Stars, Inc. provides opportunity for inner city youth to achieve their goals of higher education through sports and technology. Our programming includes college readiness, mentoring and technology workshops. The Hands On STEM program was launched five years ago which allows for kinesthetic learning. Kinesthetic learning is a style in which learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations.
We launched in the fall of 2015 at the Faye Gray Recreation Center with approximately 25 students. The program runs from September through May and meets twice a month for two hours. In the third year of the program we expanded to the Muriel Smith Recreation Center. The program is held on the first Saturday of the month for four hours were the students are provided breakfast snacks, lunch and two hands on activities. The students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math through building, breaking, creating, and having fun.
The Hands On STEM program is held in two communities in South Phoenix where there is a minority population of 86%; 29% of the residents have less than a high school education and more than 26% of the families are living in poverty (AzMag.gov). Demographic data shows only 14% of the area residents have a college degree. Future Stars will benefit program participants by: introducing low-income students to STEM academic areas; introduce a hands-on approach to learning and improving academic enjoyment among participants; building team work; developing trusting relationships; increasing critical thinking, improving safety and supporting common core learning elements.
The impact the Hands On STEM program has had on the students goes beyond the data/numbers and the pre and post survey. The students have developed confidence in themselves, critical thinking skills and improved their ability to solve problems. There is a motto in the class were the students are not to use the word “can’t” when working on a project. We do not say it did not work or it is broken we say let’s “reengineer it” to figure out why it is not working. The words that we speak are all positive so they know they can do anything!
To learn more about Future Stars and its initiatives, follow them on social media.