Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time Tidbits: 1 Million for Work Flexibility Details Strategies to Convert a Traditional Office Job to a Work-from-Home Arrangement

Telecommuting 100% of the time is by far the most desired type of flexible work arrangement among job seekers. However, despite workers being more productive in home offices and the bottom line benefits of remote work to employers, many companies are still hesitant to embrace it. For workers interested in convincing their bosses to let them work remotely, 1 Million for Work Flexibility (1MFWF), the first national initiative creating a collective voice in support of flexible work, has outlined seven unique strategies to approach managers about a remote work arrangement.

“Research continues to confirm that workers without flexible options are less happy and more likely to leave,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder of 1 Million for Work Flexibility. “As employers face a tighter labor market and the potential of losing great workers, they need to recognize what their employees truly value -- such as the opportunity to work flexibly so they can better meet the demands in both their professional and personal lives,” Sutton Fell concluded.

Employees who give a straightforward, fact-based presentation about how working from home will benefit the company, as opposed to requests based on personal issues or needs, have a greater likelihood of having their requests met. Below are seven suggestions to help employees convince their bosses to let them work from home.

Present the data:

Prepare a presentation focused on statistics that prove the business benefits that can come from virtual work. There are numerous studies and surveys that demonstrate how flexible work benefits the bottom line.

  • 79% said having work flexibility would make them more loyal to their employer
  • 98% believe they would be as or more productive working in a home office.
  • 70% say they'd be less stressed from commuting, leading to better focus at work.
Suggest a test:

A manager’s concerns may be based on his/her unfamiliarity with how remote workers operate. Suggest starting small with a test run. Set up a plan to work from home one or two days a week for a month. Some suggest that Wednesday might be the best work-from-home day for a manager’s comfort level. Closely track tasks and productivity on those days, communicate regularly throughout the day, and then discuss the results of the test so managers can see the return on investment in a remote work setup.

Provide examples of existing policies:

If the test goes well, take the next step and present managers with some sample work flexibility policies from other companies and organizations. Showcase how other businesses are making these plans work.

Take a working sick day:

If bosses are resistant to a test run, call in sick but say you’d like to get some work done from home. That day, prove efficiency when working from home is higher than working in an office. The next day give specific examples of the efficiencies you experienced and try pitching a short trial run again.

Offer incremental options:

If managers are presented with an all-or-nothing request, they’re likely to opt for nothing. To avoid this problem, scale back and ask to work three days in the office and two full-time days at home to start. If productivity is higher on the work from home days, it’s more likely the arrangement can convert to working from home, full-time.

Communicate your communication plans:

Managers might be wary of remote work because they are unfamiliar with the communication tools workers use to stay connected virtually to their in-office co-workers. Demonstrate familiarity with communication tools such as Skype, Google Chats, FaceTime and other videoconferencing. Lay out how when, how and how often he or she can expect to hear from you during the week.

Be patient:

Managers may need time to process something new, so be sensitive to that reality. Keep working toward the goal, but always show patience and be respectful. And look for opportunities to prove your ability to efficiently work from home--during inclement weather, when you need to be home to meet the electrician, or when you take work home to finish at night or on the weekends, for example. The increased flexibility of remote work is worth the wait.

For additional resources to support a remote work request, see 1MFWF’s guides on the Business Case for Work Flexibility, the various Types of Work Flexibility, and Work Flexibility Policies around the country.


About 1 Million for Work Flexibility
1 Million for Work Flexibility (1MFWF) is the first national initiative to create a collective voice in support of work flexibility. Launched in 2013, the 1MFWF movement now has more than 100 coalition members including advocacy groups, think tanks, academic institutions, and businesses, as well as thousands of individuals championing the many types of flexible work that lead to happier and healthier workers and also improve the economy.

Parenting Pointers: How to Raise a Doctor

Nine out of every 10 parents would encourage their child to pursue a future in medicine. Yet at the same time, many parents are unsure of how to encourage and foster this in a positive and nurturing way. But it isn’t just encouraging a child to be a doctor that parents desire, it is to mold them into being leaders. How can parents do this in a positive way? What are the challenges for parents?

Dale Okorodudu, MD, is a Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician, and author of the new book, How to Raise a Doctor: Wisdom From Parents Who Did It! Drawing from his experience in guiding students to medical school as co-founder of PreMedSTAR.com, (an online community where notable medical schools recruit medical students), along with interviews and meetings with over 75 parents of physicians, Dr. Dale has written a book that will inform parents how to guide their children along the medical path, or any pathway of leadership. The book serves as a how to guide and offers candid insights, guidance, and antidotes from parents who raised both doctors and leaders.  I had a chance to interview him to learn more.


Why do so many parents have ambitions for having their children become doctors?
The medical field is unique in that society portrays doctors as both prestigious and noble. In the 21st century, this combination is rather rare. Carrying the title doctor provides immediate credibility and opens doors. What mother or father wouldn’t want these opportunities for their child? While the field is not perfect, it remains among the best.

What can be the disadvantages of having this as a goal?
Without question, the biggest concern of parents should be pushing their children into career fields they won’t be happy with. In How to Raise a Doctor, I share a few results from a survey I conducted on over 75 parents of physicians. The majority of parents did not intentionally raise their child to become a doctor. These individuals identified a passion and gift in their children, then dedicated time, resources, and love to ensure their children would be successful. Parents must understand that mental health conditions such as depression have a higher incidence in the medical field. You do not want to push your children into this field if it isn’t what they truly want.

What are some other promising healthcare careers?
In today’s world, there are many excellent healthcare careers. With the shortage of physicians, one of the most exciting segments are mid-level providers such as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. These fields offer a similar (not identical) approach to patient care, and often don’t come with quite as much baggage such as years spent in training.
Tomorrow’s world will be different. With the advent of new technologies daily, including many artificial intelligence modalities, the role of the doctor may be drastically different for the next generations. This being the case, it is imperative that parents ensure their children are critical thinkers and emotionally intelligent. In my opinion, today’s youth need to spend more time in two areas; computer science and liberal arts. 

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Book Nook: Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt

Kisha Taylor knows all-too well the pain of being abandoned by her mother and robbed of her father. She channeled that pain into her new book, Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt. Told through the eyes of a young woman named Deja', the book weaves valuable life lessons into a candid, powerful story of one woman's determination to break the confines of the life she was born into. 

Deja' was dealt a losing hand, and no one would have blamed her for simply accepting her fate. Her father died before she was born, and her mother chose drug addiction over her daughter. With loneliness consuming her, Deja' could have folded. Should have folded. But instead, she learned how to recycle her pain, and she began drawing from every source of positive influence that entered her life: a God-loving grandmother, a supportive godmother and a street-savvy godfather who taught her how to redirect her pain and survive in this world. 
But the challenges just kept coming, and Deja' encountered countless betrayals and abuses along the way, which lead to an unhealthy marriage, and ultimately, a pattern of unhealthy relationships with men that lasted for several years. Aware that she is repeating a family cycle of poor choices, Deja' needs to rally what's left of her strength and determination to break that cycle. Will her fortitude be enough? Or will this final test break her spirit once and for all?   
Overcoming the Hand You Were Dealt is the powerful new book from Kisha Taylor. Cultivated from her personal experience with abandonment, Overcoming weaves an authentic and captivating story of struggle, pain, hope and faith that culminates in a heartwarming climax of healing and restoration.
 
In addition to the book, Taylor's website, lifeunlimited1.com, enables her to continue her passion for women's emotional health, with courses that tap into the warrior in every woman, that cover abandonment issues and that help survivors understand why they act and feel the way they do. The website also houses inspirational items like T-shirts and mugs with messages of empowerment, and a blog with videos and messages of encouragement.
Author Kisha Taylor was born in Brooklyn, NY, and from a young age, she learned how to navigate the real world of hard knocks. She attended Binghamton University and Baruch College, where she studied accounting and psychology. She became counsel to many, sharing principles on surviving abuse, overcoming life's challenges, healthy ways of handling personal mistakes and how to not surrender to self-defeat. 


I had a chance to interview Kisha to learn more.

What motivated you to write Overcoming the hand you were dealt?
How does this book draw from your own life?
  -I have shared parts of my life story with many people over the years as a testimony to inspire and encourage women. I've often been told that those stories gave them hope and strength to get through some challenging times. I guess it was because I am unashamed and candid about my struggles, mistakes and weaknesses. I openly share the mental state I was in during some of my crucial moments and the process I endured from pain to change that brought victory in those situations. I believe that when we have struggles we need real and reliable information, not patty cake responses. There are people in pain and we don't have enough honest people willing to tell the truth about life's issues, therefore people only see our promise land when what will really empower them is our wilderness on the way to the promise. Overcoming the hand you were dealt was written to reach women and bring awareness to men, to let them know they are not alone in their struggles and there is a mindset they will receive within those pages that can bring about victory. This book is my life in print.

If someone is dealt a rotten hand, how can they channel their pain in to something useful?
- There are many examples given in the book Overcoming the hand you were dealt, however to name one, first I separate myself from the challenge. I don't allow myself to be married or yoked to the challenge. When you remove the emotion from a challenge and inject a strategy that a clear mind concludes, you almost immediately start to visualize a solution. That is your greatest asset to overcoming.

What can people do to support those that are in difficult life situations?
-Be a hand up, pay it forward. If you were abandoned and overcame many of the effects and impact in your own life, share it. If you had a parent addicted to drugs and struggled to forgive, share it, because there is nothing more powerful than someone who lived your current struggle giving you first hand accounts and strategies to heal and deal with where you are on your journey and make a deposit towards your success.

Note:
Anyone struggling with life's challenges need to read this book, it can change their world view and bring awareness that their Is joy, peace and wholeness in their future. "Overcoming the hand you were dealt" can be purchased on my website lifeunlimited1.com or at any online site where books are sold.

Music Minute: Ants Ants Ants - Why Why Why?

Portland’s Ants Ants Ants released their debut album Why Why Why? (Pinwheel Records/ distributed by Burnside Distribution).

With stylistic nods to the Beatles,1970s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and "The Point" by Harry Nilsson, Why Why Why? celebrates a childlike wonder at the natural world with smart pop melodies, polished harmonies and lively animated music videos.



Johnny Clay and Dave Gulick, the songwriters, performers and producers of Ants Ants Ants, have played their parts in Portland’s independent music scene for at least the last decade. Clay was the “simply stunning” (AllMusic) lead singer of The Dimes, a nationally touring indie-folk group regarded for their “dark tales set against upbeat melodies and rhythms” (NPR). Gulick wrote and performed an “infectious, melodic bundle of sugary pop goodness” (Northwest Music) with the Portland indie-pop darling band Derby. Both still perform occasionally, but more often are making a living licensing their songs for film, television and brands. Lately, the duo has thrown all of their energy into creating songs and other media for the Ants Ants Ants project.

Why Why Why? was recorded in Portland. Sound engineer Will Hensley also worked on the 2016 Best Children’s Album GRAMMY winner Home by Tim Kubart. Chris Purdin (whose credits include Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, NPR and Laika) designed the cover art and animated music videos.

Book Nook: Books for Dads (or Anyone) from Mango Media

I recently had the chance to review several books from Mango Media. While I didn't review all of the books on the list below, there are many that will make great gifts for people in your life, either for Father's Day or summer birthdays or graduation!

Eating Across America: A Foodie's Guide to Food Trucks, Street Food and the Best Dish in Each State by Daymon Patterson, $24.95
Daymon Patterson is better known as Daym Drops, an American food critic, YouTube celebrity, and television presenter. He travels abroad, sampling dishes and many QSR locations, all to give them a Super Official Food Review from the front seat of his truck. And now, Daym Drops offers Eating Across America for all traveling foodies. Eating Across America is a taste bud party of the country’s best food trucks, street foods, and cheap eats. View the book on Amazon!

Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans, $17.95
Since its invention 6,000 years ago, beer has come a long way. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, we define and detail the finest artisan crafts, including ales, lagers, porters, stouts, and IPA beers. Plus, with the lowdown on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware, Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and get the best from every sip. View this book on Amazon!

Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked: Explaining the What If in Science, Geography and the Absurd by Joseph Pisenti, $19.95
When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Strange questions bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka RealLifeLore. In his channel, Pisenti presents illogical truths in a logical manner. In his debut book, Pisenti builds on this nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analysis of empires, economies, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. View the book on Amazon!
I had a chance to review this book. Some of the questions - like the number of countries in the world - I had wondered about before, while others (what's the farthest away you can be from an ocean?) I had never considered. The book is well-researched, easy to read, and lighthearted, appropriate for anyone who's curious or loves trivia!

The Booklovers' Guide to Wine: A Celebration of the History, the Mysteries and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine by Patrick Alexander, $19.95

The twin pleasures of wine and writing have been Patrick Alexander's passion for sixty-five years. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklovers' Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. This book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both and describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. View this book on Amazon!

Eating Well to Win: Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking by Richard Ingraham

Chef Richard Ingraham has been personal chef for NBA star Dwyane Wade for more than a decade and is the founder of the private chef network, ChefRLI, which caters to professional athletes. Chef Richard’s book is designed for those who want to change their diet to achieve peak performance, whether that be at the gym or the office. In addition to his recipes, Chef Richard will share what he’s learned about eating well to live well throughout his career from his parents and grandparents, who were his first culinary instructors, to his celebrity clients. It’s not just about making sure you get the right mix of veggies and carbs; this is about feeding your spirit as well. View this book on Amazon!

Notoriously Dapper: How to be A Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence by Kelvin Davis, $19.95

Kelvin Davis, founder of body-positive menswear blog Notoriously Dapper, has brought us a book full of expertise and experience for men everywhere. From wedding etiquette to all-around decency and dignity, this book is a treasury of information. Davis covers all the bases, including dating how-tos (hint, pulling up and waiting for them in your car is wrong), social skills, and etiquette for all occasions. He even counsels on improving your character. View this book on Amazon!

Anime Impact: The Movies and Shows that Changed the World of Japanese Animation by Chris Stuckmann, $27.99

Anime holds a special place in the hearts of countless fans around the globe. Anime Impact by YouTube film critic Chris Stuckmann explores the impression the medium has left on various fans with detailed discussions on television shows and movies from the 1960s all the way to the present. Learn how anime has impacted culture from authors, artists, critics, anime enthusiasts, and super fans such as John Rodriguez, Alicia Malone, Emma Fyffe, and many more. While many books on anime simply offer a list of “essential titles” and recommendations, Anime Impact goes deeper by showcasing the many voices of anime’s biggest fans. View this book on Amazon!

Advancing Your Photography: Secrets to Amazing Photos from the Masters by Marc Silber, $19.95

Take your photography to new levels with Advancing Your Photography, an easy to understand and use handbook that is packed with tips from some of the world's best photographers. Find out how you can apply their secrets for capturing outstanding photos. With Advancing Your Photography, you will understand all steps needed to advance your photography and capture amazing photos. Author Marc Silber gives you guidance on training your eye to see composition with emotional impact, demystifies the settings on your camera, teaches you how to process your images, and so much more. View this book on Amazon!
This was another book I got to review. My husband is a semi-pro photographer, so there wasn't a ton in this book that he hadn't already learned, although he got a few new ideas from it. It's actually much better for the person who enjoys photography, but doesn't have a ton of experience yet, as it provides concise explanations of things like composition and lines in photography. I actually hadn't really considered before how the dominant lines of photos can change the mood, but it really makes sense. There are ample photographs as examples, and the language is clear and easy to understand.
 
GUTS: Find Your Greatness, Beat the Odds, Live From Passion by Sam Bracken, $18.95

In his book GUTS, Sam Bracken explains why we all need to dig deep and do soul searching to see what lights the fire within that brings forth our very best. Science now tells us that lots of talented individuals produce great stuff, but very few produce a lot of great stuff—and even fewer produce a lot of great stuff over a long career. What do these few highly productive people have in common? Grit and grace and a large helping of self-belief. View this book on Amazon!

Power Your Life With the Positive: Life Lessons and Secrets for Success From Luminaries and Everyday Heroes by Cyrus Webb, $16.95

Drawing on his relationships with industry insiders and those in front of and behind the camera in the entertainment industry, author Cyrus Webb has compiled Power Your Life With the Positive, a compendium of encouragement. This book is filled with stories of amazing life turnarounds from real people, showing the importance of optimism in an often negative world. Power Your Life With the Positive is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on positivity and happiness.Those featured in this book include: Grammy award-winning singer/actress Stephanie Mills, Paul T. Scheuring (creator of Fox’s Prison Break), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow/Roots/Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead/Birth of a Nation), Peter Engel (Executive Producer of Saved By the Bell), Antonique Smith (Notorious/Fox’sShots Fired), Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson (Soul Food, the TV show/book/movie Stomp the Yard), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard/Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots), actor Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal and 24), and many more. View the book on Amazon!
I got to review this book as well. It's always interesting to read a compilation of viewpoints from a variety of people, and I appreciate when authors do that. There are so many amazing stories out there, and it's often more inspiring to read shorter entries about many people than to read an in-depth book about a single person - it makes it easier to find things to relate to. It's a positive and inspiring book.









Book Nook: Anywhere, Anytime Art

Walter Foster’s Anywhere, Anytime Art series teaches readers to create in a variety of mediums no matter the time or place.

There are two books in the series: Anywhere, Anytime Art: Gouache and Anywhere, Anytime Art: Colored Pencil.

I didn't review the Gouache book, but if it's anything like the colored pencil book, it will be great for both beginners and those looking for a few new techniques.

The book clearly describes tools and materials for success, as well as basic techniques and color theory to help make art even better. This series is different from other art books in that it also has techniques and tips for creating art "anywhere, anytime" - not just at home, but while traveling, waiting, and more. There are specific projects that are based on a variety of subjects, so there's something to interest just about everybody.

My daughter loved this book. When we go to church, we allow our kids to do something during the sermon as long as it relates to the message, whether that's writing about the readings, drawing, or working on a kids' Bible study page. This gave my daughter even more ways to improve her art, as well as the best way to have tools on hand for use anywhere.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Thrifty Thinking: Five Money Mistakes That Could Wreck Your Second Marriage

You don't get a prenuptial agreement
A prenup offers a chance to state which assets will be shared between spouses and which will be separate, says Jacqueline Newman, a family law attorney in New York City. That means that you two - and not the laws of your state - determine how your assets will be divvied up if things in the relationship don't work out (yes, we know it's unromantic to think about the prospect of another divorce when you're just getting remarried, but it's a reality couples must unfortunately have to prepare for).

You keep your financial cards too close to the chest
It's understandable to want to be protective of your finances after you've been divorced. But whether you decide to merge finances with your new partner, you still owe it to one another to lay all your cards on the table - debt, assets, baby mama drama, whatever. If it has the potential to impact your new family's finances in any way, it should be out in the open.

You try to make old financial strategies work in a new relationship
It's shortsighted to expect your new spouse to go along with whatever budgeting or spending styles you used in your past relationship. Whether you want separate accounts, joint accounts, or a hybrid system (the "yours, mine, ours" strategy), it's important to figure out a plan for how you'll manage your new family's finances.

You continue to actively manage your investments
For clients who actively manage their investment accounts, Newman has one piece of advice for when they remarry: stop trading, immediately. That's because any actively managed appreciation that accumulates on investments can be considered marital property, which means your spouse could wind up with a big chunk of it -- that is, if you were to later divorce. Newman sees this mistake most often among individuals who retire and decide to start playing around with their investments.
 
About Jacqueline Newman
Jacqueline Newman (http://nycdivorcelawyer.com) is a New York City based divorce lawyer and experienced NY matrimonial law expert. As managing partner of a top tier 5th Avenue Manhattan law firm focused exclusively on divorce, her practice runs the gamut from prenups for high net worth people contemplating marriage to high conflict matrimonial litigation in dissolution's involving complex financial assets and difficult custody issues. She is the Author of "Soon-to-Be Ex for Men: Preserving Wealth, Fatherhood, and Sanity during Divorce" & "Soon To Be EX: A Guide To Your Perfect Divorce & Relaunch."

Caring Causes: Youth in Placement Facilities

On May 17, City Council held a hearing on the safety and well-being of the approximately 1,000 Philadelphia youth who are currently confined in over 70 placement facilities across the country, some as far as Utah. More than 7 in 10 youth in placement are black.

Currently the City of Philadelphia spends approximately $119,000 per child per year on these youth placements, and the School District of Philadelphia spends more than $70 million annually to educate students in institutional placements. A number of these young people are sent away as early as four years old, and many have no criminal involvement—at least a third are put in placements due to failure to find appropriate foster care or provide mental health supports.

“I’m so proud of the young people who have spoken their truth today. We must listen to the experiences of youth who have been in these placement facilities and commit to doing better by the children of our city,” said Councilmember Helen Gym (At Large). “These placements are designed to protect and treat our young people, and if they are not accomplishing that goal, they must be reevaluated.”

“One young person was locked in a juvenile detention center—a place designed for youth to stay an average of 10 to 15 days—for nine months, waiting for appropriate placement and services for mental health issues,” said Gabe Labella, staff attorney at Disability Rights Pennsylvania. “Another youth spent two months in jail on charges of assaulting staff, until security footage was produced revealing that the youth himself was physically and brutally assaulted by multiple staff members.”

According to advocates and national research, youth in placement facilities are frequently subject to solitary confinement, strip searches, illegal restraints, and threats to their safety—all in facilities far from home with little to no family contact. A 2011 report by the Annie E. Casey foundationdescribes youth placements as “dangerous” with “widespread physical abuse,” an “epidemic of sexual abuse,” and “rampant over reliance on isolation and restraint.”

“Institutional settings offer a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and too often expose youth to harmful conditions like solitary confinement, physical restraints, abuse, and bullying,” said Karen Lindell, staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center. “Instead of isolating youth in harmful institutional settings, we need to customize services to meet the child’s specific needs here in the community.”

“These children are often denied a free, appropriate, public education to which they are legally entitled. It is well documented that these system-involved youth are among the most educationally at risk of all student populations,” said Maura McInerney, Legal Director of the Education Law Center.

Youth who have been in placements testified about being abused, put in solitary confinement, and receiving a subpar education. “My mom thought going to a juvenile holding facility would be good for me. She thought I would be safe,” said Lilly. “She did not realize that I would be abused, strip searched, mistreated, or that I wouldn’t be able continue my education. I hope that by me sharing my story today, parents and leaders will realize that youth are better off staying in their own homes. I am sharing some really hard things that happened to me because I don’t want them to happen to other youth.”

Another young person testified that they were placed in solitary confinement for one week in a placement facility. “They only checked on me when it was time for meals and they brought my class work to me, otherwise there was nothing for me to do and no one for me to interact with. I slept, looked at the wall, worked out in the room, and I ate—that’s it, for a whole week. At first, I didn’t think it would impact me, but after being in the room with nothing to do for a few minutes it started to bother me, it made it feel weak because there was nothing I could do to get out,” said Hid.

Attorneys from the Defender Association, the Juvenile Law Center, and the Education Law Center called for Philadelphia to join California, New York, and Missouri in reinvesting in local, community-based and trauma-informed therapeutic intervention programs close to home.

“Too many of our youth have died in placements. After the deaths of Omega Leach and David Hess, there was a collaborative effort to get kids out of the placement to make sure they were safe, but now more children are again placed out of state due a lack of local options. We need to do more than react: we need to do better,” said Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. “As Philadelphia fights against the culture of mass incarceration, we are encouraged that our juvenile stakeholders are willing to come together and work collaboratively to develop safe, quality, trauma-informed, community-based resources and residential placements which are closer to home.”

“The neglect and abuse of our City’s children in youth placement facilities is yet another instance of how the systemic issues of mass incarceration and racism are stunting the potential and future success of our black and brown kids,” said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (At Large). “It is imperative that we advocate and be an agent for these children and youth unapologetically.”

“I want to thank my colleague Councilmember Gym for her efforts to bring attention to our youth and the difficult circumstances they’ve faced in placement facilities across Philadelphia and our country,” said Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. “I commend the youth who’ve done a tremendous job testifying today. Their stories are moving and bottom line, they deserved better treatment in the system’s care.”

Soul Sustenance: The Power of Positive Summit

If you're interested, check out THE POWER OF POSITIVE SUMMIT happening online this week. 
It's 100% free, May 21 - 31.  

If you haven't signed up yet you can at www.PowerOfPositiveSummit.com

Features around 40 thought leaders sharing tips and strategies via short videos on How to Stay Positive, Overcome Challenges & Make a Greater Difference.

Some of this years speakers include: Jon Gordon, Alan Mulally, Sean McVay, Roma Downey, Michael Hyatt, Donald Miller, Lysa Terkeurst, Craig Groeschel, Inky Johnson, Erwin McManus, Rich Roll, Jesse Itzler, For King & Country, Bob Goff, Liz Wiseman, Ryan Holiday, David Pollack, Molly Fletcher, Rory Vaden, Marshawn Daniels, and many more!