November 22, 2011
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First full day in NC and I already feel like a new person. We spent most of the day with my Dad and Jane relaxing in Liberty and working on Ruby. She needed a little oil change and her tires rotated, so Scott showed me how to fix her up! I think my very favorite part of the day was laying on the swing in the yard basking in the warm sunshine. I haven’t taken the time to slow and relax like that in way too long. I started thinking about all kinds of things while I was laying there, but the future seemed to keep popping up. I think coming home always gives you that feeling of nostalgia and makes you think about where life will take you next.
Who's coming with me?
I think the future has also been on my mind because next week is the last week of my 365 adventure. People, mainly my Mom, keep asking me what I’m going to do when it’s over and I don’t’ have an answer yet. I’ll guess you’ll just have to wait and see! What I’m excited to see is a future where there is no war, and only peace. Futures Without Violence, formerly known as Family Violence Prevention Fund, has been working to prevent violence within homes and communities for more than thirty years. FWV works to end violence against women and children around the world, because everyone has the right to live violence free. FWV has been successful because they have thought outside the box. They reach out and train professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and even judges on way to improve responses to violence and abuse. FWV is on a mission to end domestic and dating violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and all other kinds of violence that are some of the most pressing issues of out time. Another thing in the future I’m looking forward to, is a job. I know these days that’s not guaranteed but Jobs for the Future is doing it’s best to change that. By 2020 JFF wants to double the number of low-income youth and adults who attain post-secondary jobs. JFF works in over 200 communities spread across 43 states to improve the pathways that lead individuals from high school to college and then on to life-long careers. No matter what stage of education or lapse of education someone is in, JFF works to get them back on track. JFF promotes education, training, and workforce strategies that help our nation compete in a global economy. It takes more than a pretty face and a high school diploma to be job ready theses days.
Futures Without Violence Donation
Jobs for the Future Donation
So here’s to the future! You’re the place where we still imagine that cars will fly and The Jetsons will be there to greet us at the door when we get home. You hold endless possibilities and things we can only dream of. You’re the place we can never seem to get too fast enough no matter how hard we try. Thank you for the promise of a new day, a new beginning, and a new goal.
The future is what you make it...
May 16, 2011
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Let me go ahead and stop you before you start to think this is a blog about how awful it is to have a job. I am thankful, thankful, thankful for the great job that I’ve found here at WVU. But, let’s face it, everybody has a Monday or two that they just don’t feel like going to work. That was today for me. The alarm seemed to come too early and it felt like today kept dragging on. I could swear that there are more hours in a Monday than any other day of the week. That might be why I crave Mexican food when the day is over. Despite all that, I try to face each Monday with a great attitude and be thankful that I have been given the gift of a new day and a new week.
All important skills to have...
Napolean Dynamite was right when he said that “girls only want boys who have skills”, and the same applies for employers. Year Up is a non-profit that is working to bridge what they call the “opportunity divide” by providing the skills, experience, and support their clients need to be successful in their professional careers. Over 1,500 students are reached by YU every year in Atlanta, D.C., and New York. YU grew out of relationship that it’s founder, Gerald Chertavian, had with a ten-year old little boy he was mentoring in Manhattan. YU has been so successful in mentoring students 18-24 years old because they put in a lot of support and therefore expect a lot in return. Chrysalis shares YU’s mission to change lives through jobs. Instead of working with students Chrysalis focuses on helping homeless and low-income populations. Finding and maintaining a steady job is the single most important step in someone making the transition out of poverty. Founded 26 years ago on the mean streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Chrysalis now serves over 400 people a day at their three clinics. Thanks to this great organization thousands of once hopeless individuals are now breaking out of their cocoons and spreading their wings to fly.
Year Up Donation
So here’s to you going to work! You may be on the bottom of my list of things I want to do on a Monday, but you help me pay my bills and be a responsible adult. You give us a sense of purpose and drive everyday, and a great excuse to take a shower and get dressed. When I start to complain about you or think of excuses to skip you, I always remember that it could always be worse. Thank you for regulating my conscience and getting my butt back in the saddle.
I do, I really do!