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17 April, 2018

OPERATION FRESH START (TM) AND SCI GRATERFORD, PA LIFERS PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE 20 MAY 2018 WORKING GROUP MEETING



CONTACT:

Stephen Ridley Coordinator – External Navigation Project
SCI Graterford, PA LIFERS Public Safety Initiative
(215) 568-2220 - Exension 5511 E-Mail: sar26@drexel.edu

Diane A. Sears
OPERATION FRESH START ™ Working Group
267-581-3863
E-Mail: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com




          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) –  Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice Reform Advocates, legislators, legal professionals, Fatherhood Practitioners and Advocates, social services professionals and providers, health care professionals and providers, educators, school administrators, community activists, social entrepreneurs, leaders in the Interfaith Community, members of Philadelphia’s business community, and concerned citizens are among the key stakeholders who will converge on the Juvenile Justice Center at 48th Street and Haverford Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, 20 May 2018 from 10:00 A.M. (E.S.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.S.T.). Under the theme, “Creating A ‘Hand Up’ And A ‘Way Out’ For At-Risk And Incarcerated Youths,” the Operation Fresh Start™ and SCI Graterford, PA LIFERS Public Safety Initiative Working Group Meeting will bring together Philadelphia’s key stakeholders to design and implement a Plan of Action to improve – with all deliberate speed – the manner in which at-risk boys and girls, Juvenile Lifers and incarcerated youths have access to necessary resources, support services, and tools which help them become productive and successful adults. 


            The Working Group Meeting is a follow-up to the “Call To Action” issued at the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys on Sunday, 5 November 2017 held at the Juvenile Justice Center. The International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys’ “Call To Action” served as the launching vehicle for the SCI Graterford, PA LIFERS Public Safety Initiative which involves the Interfaith Community’s establishment and operation of Transformational Centers in churches and mosques throughout the City of Philadelphia. The Transformational Centers are designed to mentor at-risk boys, girls and young adolescent males who lack access to positive adult role models and legitimate real-life options and move them to reflect on their behavior, appreciate the community in which they reside, and to realize their worthiness and the potential they possess and must explore. While mentoring and changing the mindset, behavior, and decision making of at-risk boys, girls and incarcerated youths is critically important, it constitutes one critical “piece of the puzzle” to helping them rise above the conditions of their environment, excel academically, and access legitimate “real-life” options.


          Operation Fresh Start ™ and the SCI Graterford. PA LIFERS Public Safety Initiative is expanding its focus on at-risk boys, to include girls, incarcerated youths and Juvenile Lifers, who were incarcerated as youths. Many incarcerated youth and Juvenile Lifers, upon the completion of their sentences and release from the correctional system, are homeless; lack high school diplomas and vocational training, household management and money management skills; and have very limited, if any, access to mental and physical health resources and support services. One of the primary objectives of the Operation Fresh Start ™ and SCI Graterford, PA LIFERS Public Safety Initiative Working Group Meeting is to connect – with all deliberate speed -- youths currently involved in the juvenile justice and adult correctional system with the necessary resources, support services, and tools they will need to become productive and successful adults. Some of the suggested resources, support services, and tools that incarcerated youths desperately need as they make the transition from institutionalization to becoming productive and successful citizens include, but are not limited to:  

  • Housing (e.g., apartment, house, etc.)  
  • Household Management Skills (e.g., creating budgets, paying bills, food shopping, arranging for household repairs and overall maintenance, etc.)  
  • Career/Employment Acquisition Training (e.g., creating a resumé, developing interview skills, completing online employment applications, dress code for interviews, vocational training, etc.)  
  • Money Management Skills (e.g., opening checking and savings bank account, opening retirement savings account, etc.)  
  • Entrepreneurial Skills (e.g., learning to create a business plan and basic financial accounting principles, procedure for incorporating business, opening a business bank account, the process for selecting accountant to file corporate tax returns, whether to incorporate as a SubChapter S or C Corporation, etc., learning about the type of tax corporate tax returns which must be filed annually – e.g.,, if SubChapter S corporation -Tax Form 1120S, selecting a fiscal year for your business for tax purposes, etc.).    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
          The brainchild of Thought Leaders at SCI Graterford, the SCI Graterford PA Lifers Safety Initiative is designed to end the culture of crime that grips our communities. It is also a component of OPERATION FRESH START™, a multi-tiered Global Model for eradicating recidivism, creating pathways to reintegration for formerly incarcerated individuals, and transforming communities immersed in economic turpitude into economically sustainable entities. OPERATION FRESH START ™ is the brainchild of The Honorable James M. DeLeon, a highly acclaimed veteran jurist in the Criminal Court Division of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court.

14 April, 2018

MISSED IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)'S SATURDAY, 14 APRIL 2018 SHOW? NO WORRIES! YOU CAN STILL LISTEN IN . . .



You can still listen to the show at the following link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthesoul/2018/04/14/in-search-of-fatherhood-hosted-by-diane-a-sears

12 April, 2018

LATRICE ROLLINS, Ph.D. UNVEILS GROUNDBREAKING COLLABORATIVE FATHERHOOD PROJECT ON IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)'S SATURDAY, 14 APRIL 2018 BLOG TALK RADIO SHOW

ATLANTA, GA (USA) -- For over one decade, LaTrice Rollins, Ph.D. has worked on Fatherhood issues and collaborated with Fatherhood Practitioners on numerous projects. Dr. Rollins, who currently serves as the Assistant Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment in the Prevention Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine, is launching a groundbreaking and collaborative Fatherhood book project -- “Engaging and Working with Fathers: Strategies and Lessons Learned”.  Details about the book project which provides an extraordinary look into the lives of African American Fathers and brings together African American women who work with them, will be unveiled by Dr. Rollins on IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- a blog talk radio show (www.blogtalkradio.com/ gumboforthesoul) on Saturday, 14 April 2018 from 3:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.S.T.).

Aired by the TRIBE Family Channel ™ Network (www.gumboforthesoulinternational. com), IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® explores issues that impact Fathers, their families, and our world An Instructor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Rollins teaches a course on Community Health. In her role as an Adjunct Instructor at Simmons College Online Programs, Dr. Rollins teaches a course on Social Work Practice in Health Care. Listeners are encouraged to jump into the conversation with Dr. Rollins by dialing 347-539-5285 from 3:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.S.T.) on Saturday, 14 April 2018.

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthe soul) is aired on the second Saturday of each month is hosted by Diane A. Sears, the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (http://www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com) and member of the University Council for Fatherhood and Men’s Studies Program at Akamai University (www.akamaiuniversity.us), serves as the host for IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®.

09 April, 2018

CADBI MEMBER MS. MARTHEA BROWN EXPLORES RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN PHILADELPHIA WITH IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) -- The City of Philadelphia – the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States – has a vibrant Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice Reform community. On Saturday, 14 April 2018 from 3:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.S.T.), IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a blog talk radio show (www.blogtalkradio.com/ gumboforthesoul), plays host to a member of that community -- MS. MARTHEA BROWN. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Brown is an energetic and results-oriented Restorative Justice Advocate who played a pivotal role in the launch and implementation of SCI Graterford’s Fathers And Children Together Initiative (“FACT”), a two-tiered parenting program which has been heralded as a global model for eradicating Fatherlessness and Intergenerational Incarceration. Ms. Brown, a member of CADBI (Coalition Against Death By Incarceration), has successfully facilitated Educational Forums in Southwest Philadelphia which (A) provided information to community members on Restorative Justice legislation, particularly Pennsylvania Senate Bill 942 introduced into the Pennsylvania State Legislature by Pennsylvania State Senator THE HONORABLE SHARIF STREET and Pennsylvania House Bill 135 introduced into the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 2017 by Pennsylvania State Representative THE HONORABLE JASON DAWKINS; and (B) served as a platform to encourage legislators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to sign on to the proposed legislation (SB 942 and HB 135). Ms. Brown will discuss the FACT Initiative; her work as a Restorative Justice Advocate; proposed legislation – if passed and enacted into law – which would make individuals serving life sentences in Pennsylvania eligible for parole; and her role as a member of CADBI. You can jump into the conversation and direct your comments and questions to Ms. Brown by dialing 347-539-5285 from 3:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.S.T.).


          IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthe soul) is aired on the second Saturday of each month the TRIBE Family Channel ™ Network (www.gumboforthesoulinternational.com). Diane A. Sears, the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (http://www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com) and member of the University Council for Fatherhood and Men’s Studies Program at Akamai University (www.akamaiuniversity.us), serves as the host for IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®.

HOW CAN WE BECOME OUR "BEST SELF"? EXECUTIVE AND LEADER PERFORMANCE COACH MRS. NYNNE BERNSTORFF RANKLOVE OFFERS ANSWERS ON IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)'S 14 APRIL 2018 BLOG TALK RADIO SHOW






           BOGENSE, DENMARK --  What is performance coaching?   Is there a difference between coaching and counselling?  How can visualizations, positive thoughts, and manifestations help us overcome the environment we were born into and be our "best self"?   Mrs. Nynne Bernstorff Ranklove, the owner of N.B.R.Coaching and Founding Partner and Lead Consultant for Noble Consulting (www.nobleconsulting.dk) in Bogense, Denmark, offers thought provoking answers to these and many other questions when she appears as a guest on  IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R), a blog talk radio show  (www.blogtalkradio.com/ gumboforthesoul) on Saturday, 14 April 2018 from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.D.T)  which airs on the TRIBE Family Channel (TM) Network (www.gumbofor thesoulinternational.com).  Mrs. Ranklove is also an Executive and Leader Performance Coach, fundraising and strategy consultant, mentor, and transformational speaker who has lived and worked in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe.    She holds a Master of Science Degree in International Marketing and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration.   In her past professional life, Mrs. Ranklove -- an Executive MBA graduate --- has held positions as the Senior Development Officer within the United Nations and Chief of Staff and Fundraising Director to numerous non-governmental organizations.   Her key competencies include but are not limited to partnership and business development, project and program management, resource mobilization, workshop facilitation, team performance, and leadership coaching. 


          IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) is a blog talk radio show that airs on the TRIBE Family Channel (TM) Network (www.gumboforthesoulinternational.com) and is hosted by Diane A. Sears, the United States Coordinator for International Men's Day and Managing Editor of a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men's Issues journal -- IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com).   To listen to  IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) on Saturday, 14 April 2018, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthe soul and to speak with Mrs. Nynne Bernstorff Ranklove on IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R), dial 347-539-5285.