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Sisters United: Mentorship Program for Black Female Students in Fifth Year.

Mentorship is an important part of my way of paying it forward.  Last year, I was invited to attend the Sisters United Networking Event, and met so many lovely and intelligent young women.   It was an amazing experience and I could not help wonder, where are all of the mentors?   Okay, I am going to get on my soapbox for a moment.  After all this is my blog and I am able to go off on a tangent from time to time. The problem, many of us, graduate from a University and take off to make big money in the world and never think twice about giving back.  I am a different breed. My parents were sharecroppers and were unable to attend school. Why? They had to work in the fields.   I was a little girl when they told me that they had to drop out of school to help out in the fields.  I remember feeling an incredible sense of sadness.   They went on to tell me to go to school and to do well.  I took their words to heart . I finished high school in 1968 . I got married the next year, however I never lost the desire to become educated.   My ex husband was a Marine, and as we moved from base to base, I went to school.  In 1980,  I earned my AA Degree..   Ten years later, with one child in the Navy, and one in High School. I returned to Cal State Dominguez Hills and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service.  I continued to USC and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I will never forget my first day of class at SC.  I was so intimidated because I felt so out of place.  My fellow classmates all had parent’s, friends, brother, or sisters that had attended graduate school.  They were in their twenties and I was in my forties.  I had to work, pray, and study twice as hard.  I felt as though  there were no mentors to guide me.  I felt lost and alone.  Thank God for the wonderful  and supportive USC faculty and staff members all whom were my mentors.   For example, Dean Caple, (now Dr. Caple)  was my mentor, and my angel.  I remembering crying to her about feeling so out of place.  She gave me that “sista look”, and reminded me that I was accepted into the program because I was qualified to complete the graduate program!!!   My professors and field instructors also were great mentors as well.  I was fortunate to work for Dr. Bob Nishimoto and Amelia Roberts both excellent mentors as well. Moreover, I made a committment to God, if he would allow me to finish the Graduate Program, I promised to give back to others students.  Since 1996 , I have kept that promise.  I am an active member of USC School of Social Work Alumni Association and Cal State Dominguez Hills.  I also have been a member of the USC Black Alumni Association. There are so many young people that are in  need of mentors.  There are many older returning students that need guidance and support.  It is very troubling to me that so few people are willing to take the time to support their Alumni Associations.   I personally feel that to much is given much is required.  Therefore, it has been a blessing to me to give back to my school and to support those that are entering school for the very first time.  Many like myself are first generation college students.  We need to seriously take the time to reach back and grab another person by the hand.   It really does not take that much time.    For me, it has been a blessing to give back to others.  The reward of seeing someone make it because I  took the time out to help support them is priceless!!!!!! I

Alumni Return to CSU Dominguez Hills for Commencement Exercises.

Save the DATE: May 20, 2011 6-7:30 pm. Home Depot Center, Carson Ca. 90746. Show your Toro spirit by participating in the 2011 Commencement Alumni Processional.  I particpated last year and it was one of the best experiences of my life.   I felt so honored to sit on the stage with Henry Cisnersos, the keynote speaker. I never felt so proud as I watched the graduates walk across the stage.   I made a committment to return every year!!!!! I am hoping that my lovely daughter will join me this year.  She graduated in 2001!!!!!! So if you are an Alumni of CSU Dominguez Hills please join me!!!!! If you are interested, please RSVP to the Office of Alumni Programs at (310)243-2237 by Friday May 13, 2011.  You may also email fhernandez@csud.edu.

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Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu,
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu,
Happy Birrrrthday Dear Jurline,
Happy Birrrrthday to Youuuu!

A few years back, not so long ago, heaven and earth erupted into a major celebration with the news of your impending adventure into this very time and space. You see, someone like Jurline Redeaux doesn’t come along all that often. In fact, there’s never been a single one like you, nor is there ever ANY possibility that another will come again. You’re an Angel among us. Someone, whose eyes see what no others will EVER see, whose ears hear what no others will EVER hear, and whose perspective and feelings will NEVER, ever be duplicated. Without YOU, the Universe, and ALL THAT IS, would be sadly less than it is.

Quite simply:

You’re the kind of person, Jurline,
Who’s hard to forget,
A one-in-a-million
To the people you’ve met.
Your friends are as varied
As the places you go,
And they all want to tell you
In case you don’t know:
That you make a big difference
In the lives that you touch,
By taking so little
And giving so much!

Jurline, you are so AWESOME! For your birthday, friends and angels from every corner of the Universe, including buddies you didn’t know you had, will be with you to wish you the HAPPIEST of days and an exciting new year in time and space. You won’t be alone!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jurline!

Michael Silverman 
I am not the original writer, I liked what i saw and it made me think of you, so i customized it for your birthday.  

PS – Jurline, this is going to be YOUR year!!

 

Dear Jurline,

I have watched you mature so much in the last year.  You are truly one amazing woman.  I admire your compassion as well as your passion.  I love that you always look a the positives versus the negative.  I love your ability to give so much of youself to help make this world a better place.  I love your generous spirit. I have watched you share your last to help someone else. I love your sense of social justice, girl you take care of business.  I love your faith, your tenacious spirit, your courage, your ability to take a stand for what is right.  I love that you love your family.  I love that you care about your community and willing to make positive social changes against the odds.   I love your energy, your creative and active mind.  I still can’t believe you are sixty.  I love your pretty brown eyes so big and expressive.  I love your ability to sell yourself. You are so confident.  You are so friendly and outgoing.  I love your ability to communicate.  Public speaking is your gift.  I love that you value education. Working on a second Master’s Degree? I love your sense of committment. You are a good friend.  I love your ability to encourage others.  I love your honesty and your Pollyanna attitude.  I love your faith in God! I love your relationship with your children especially your daughter. I love that they both love and respect you so much.  I love your sense of humour. I love to see you dance.  I love the girl in you.  I love your positive spirit! I love your walk, your talk, your ability to command attention without hardly trying.  I love that you are one intelligent woman with an inquisitive mind.  I love your inner and outer beauty.  I love the color of your skin, your hair, your body! You are truly a beautiful and vibrant woman.  I love your passion for life and your passion to love.  I love that when you are in love with someone you give them your all.  I love your integrity.   I love that you will fight for what is right, regardless of the consequences.  I love that you are a great parent and a terrific grandparent.  I love that you have so many good friends that love and support you.  I love that you are fearless! Is there anything you will not try? I love your sense of adventure. I love that you love spending time being alone with you.  I love that you are respected by your family, friends, and colleagues.  I love that you do not hold onto the past, you press forward.  I love that you are learning to cope with your illness and recovery is a possibility for you.  I love you for working hard to leave a meaningful legacy to your children and grandchildren.  A legacy of greatness.  I love your loyalty.  On the other hand, I love that you know how to walk away from a negative situation with dignity.  Yes I love that you are a sexy and dignified woman.  You are not afraid to embrace your sensuality.  I love that you are well read, educated, fearless, true blue altruistic woman!!!!! I love you for acceptance of others, the underrepresented and underserved.  I love your appreciation of nature.  You are truly a special person.  God’s gift to the world. Jurline,  I am thankful that you are my best friend.   I feel blessed when I am with you. 

Love always,

Jurline

Yesterday, I was  invited to attend a community outreach meeting   to learn more about  Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s’  Summer Night Lights,  Gang Reduction and Youth Development  Program.  It was my first time visiting Los Angeles City Hall and I had no idea it was such a beautiful and historical building.  I was in awe as I traveled through the corridors hardly able to contain my excitement.  I felt like a school girl on my first field trip!!!!   The City Hall is a beautiful building and our meeting was held on the 26th floor in the Mayor Bradley’s Conference Room.  It was a small group of faith-based community partners and we spent time networking and enjoying the continental breakfast.  I shared a table with a lovely woman from Venice California and we were chatting away.  To my amazement, I looked up   to the  front of the room and  Mayor Villaraigosa was standing at the podium.   I did not see him come into the room.  I had seen him many times on television however it was only my second  time seeing him in person.    I tried not to make a spectacle of myself as I snapped a picture of him with my camera phone.

  It was obvious that this program was important to him. He talked about the success of the gang reduction program as well as extended an invitation to Faith Based Organizations to partner with LA County to help reduce gang violence.  I was impressed  with the program and look forward to volunteering this summer.   As Executive Director of New Impression,  my function is to attend meeting .  When I received this invitation to the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development community outreach meeting, never in my wildest imagination did I expect to see the Mayor. He humbly apologized that he could not stay due to the fact that he was en route to a funeral.   However he took the time to share a little about the program. Mayor Villaraigosa indicated that    The Summer Night Lights program was launched in 2008 in eight recreation and parks facilities to offer fun-filled positive opportunities for young people living in the most crime ridden communities.  In 2009, the program was expanded to include housing developments and a school throughout the City of Los Angeles.   He emphasized that  SNL is a violence reduction strategy which provides an extended programming between the hours of 7pm to midnight, 4 days a week throughout the summer months. I learned that the summer is when gang violence is at the highest resulting in many homicides. Consequently, the purpose of SNL is to create safe environments during the peak times for violence and in communities most affected by violence. This programming is for the entire community which includes those who are potential victims and potential perpetrators of violence.   

After the Mayor left, we spent two hours learning more about the program.  For example, that the youth are fed while at the parks and given opportunity for employment as well.   We were a small group however the energy in the room was electrifying.  I met some terrific people.  New Impression will be volunteering to help work with the youth this summer.  I truly needed this motivation as it is hard work, developing a grass-roots organization.  However yesterday’s meeting reminded me that the work we do(community activist) is important.   Many of us live in high crime areas and are aware of the dangers associated with gang violence.  We are all affected by gang violence in one way or another.  If  the violence is not contained, it will and has spilled into other communities as well.  I am excited and committed to doing my share to help promote the Mayor’s Summer Night Lights Program.

When was the last time you reached out to a youth?  Or made a trip to  a Boys or Girls Club? Thought about mentoring a youth? It is time to focus on our future before we end up in a Clock Work Orange Society.  The youth is our future!   If you don’t have the time.  Consider donating to a local homeless shelter program  or inner school program.  Yes, I know first hand, it is better to give than to receive.

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Adler Weiner Research LA has a focus group coming up regarding Diabetes. The interviews will be held Feb. 8th for 90 minutes in the evening,  and if you qualify you will receive $100 in cash for 90 minutes..Just giving your opinions…

For this study we are looking for men and women who have a parent over the age of 50 they care for who has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetics have either been diagnosed under the age of 22 and/or are insulin dependent…

If this is you and you are interested, please email us at focusgrouprecruiter@gmail.com and answer all the following questions

1.     Your first and last name

2.     Your best daytime phone number

3.     The age of your parent with diabetes

4.     For injecting insulin, does your parent use a pump, syringe or pen?

a.     If they use a pump, do they use a Medtronic/minimed/paradigm pump or another brand? Which one?

5.     Has your parent ever used a continuous glucose monitor to monitor glucose level?

a.     Yes or No

If you fit what we are looking for, we will give you a call

THANKS!!

Maya Angelou at the Discovery 2000 conference.

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Originally, I was going to write that I wanted to lose 30 pounds and the reason was that since I promote diet and wellness, I should practice what I preach.  However, today, I went to see my tax accountant.  It was a depressing reminder of how little money I made this year.  Further, I have been actively pursing employment.  If you have followed my posts, you know that I suffer from PTSD.  I am sick and tired of being the victim.  Therefore, I hope to change  the way I feel about myself and work harder to improve my emotional  health.  Prior to my injury, I was a confident professional social worker.  I had been recently promoted to supervisor and I was making good money.  I had a great retirement plan, insurance benefits and finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.  I  purchased my first house,  a long-awaited dream and was  feeling great to finally be a homeowner!    However, in 2006, the pressure of working in a hostile work place finally took its toil on my physical and emotional health.   I applied for worker’s compensation  and was to be reassigned to a less stressful  job.   Of course, this did not occur and I took an early retirement, with the  plan of  seeking employment elsewhere.  For a short time, I worked for my church and believe it or not, due to the stress of that place, I found myself back medical leave.     Consequently, I suffered an emotional set back and found myself back on my therapist’s couch.  I quickly regrouped, at my therapist’s suggestion, applied to the California State  Department of Rehabilitation for retraining.   I qualified for state help due to my job related injury.  My rehabilitation plan  was approved for me to return to  college to get a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy.  In spite of my best efforts, I continue to suffer periods of self-pity and shame for suffering an emotional breakdown.  I truly thought, I was going to quickly recover and get back to my old confident self.   Consequently, this year’s goal is to work harder on putting the past behind me.  I continue to send  applications, go on job interviews,  attend college and self-improvement workshops,  and hope for the best.   Overall, I think I am making good progress, however I am my worst critic.  For example, yesterday, I was on an emotional high, I  interviewed for my dream position  and  it appeared that I was making  a good impression on my interviewers.  However, today, I received a follow-up email indicating that they would keep me in the loop however they were continuing their search.  It was an encouraging email, however I feel they were letting me down gently.   So, I feel emotionally drained and somewhat defeated.  I love Maya Angelou‘s Poem, Still I Rise , especially the verse, “and still I rise”.   Therefore, I must work harder to embrace the future, and to let go of past disappointments.   I downloaded the Bible app on my Blackberry and have started a daily Bible study.   Today’s lesson was so timely  and so encouraging that I have posted it here for all to read.  Whenever you feel that the world has treated you unfairly, remember, they too will have a judgment day!

The “”Knower

God is many different things. He’s a Father, a Creator, a Shepherd, a Husband, a Healer, and a Provider. And each of these names highlights a certain aspect of His nature and character. As a Father, His compassion is expressed. As a Creator, His creativity is expressed. And it goes on and on.

There’s another way in which He is known, and that’s as the Just Judge who presides over earth. As such, another angle of His character is seen. Although the injustices and wrongs of this world may seem to go unpunished, God is the keeper of justice, and He will be faithful to execute it and uphold His righteousness.

It doesn’t always seem like that, especially when we’re personally affected by someone else’s sin. Sometimes it appears that injustice will prevail. But in His own perfect timing, and according to His own perfect way, injustice will be brought into the light, tried, and judged. Nobody truly gets away with anything. One way or another, justice will be served. And this is one of the many ways God’s incomparable character is expressed.

How? We all have a “knower” inside us that responds and resonates when we see the right thing happen. It’s been placed there by God so we would have an internal witness that gives an “amen” to His standards for right and wrong (Romans 2:14-15). And when we see justice served, when God executes judgment, there’s a connection that happens inside us. It puts us on God’s wavelength and can even serve as a catalyst for a deep and intimate relationship with Him.

Lord, continue to reveal Yourself as a righteous and perfect Judge over all things, and deepen our understanding of your heart as you continue to do so.

What does this passage reveal to me about God? He is the judge over my life and is in control of my destiny.

What does this passage reveal to me about myself? I need to develop a stronger faith walk and realize God is in control.

Based on this, what changes do I need to make?  Seek a spirtual mentor,  continue to seek balance in my life, be still and wait patiently on the Lord!!!!

What is my prayer for today? 
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