A friend and I recently had a conversation. We were talking of past relationships and sharing our likes and dislikes. We talked of how we desire to constantly be a better person, first for ourselves, which in turn, helps us be better people to others. I love my friend. He is raw and unapologetic about who he is, as well as his views about life. Although we differ in our views on some things, domestic violence is one view that we both share the same sentiments about.
Youth prison is no solution for Girls. The research is clear on how girls, often charged with status or low-level offenses, unnecessarily end up in the deep end of the system. State systems are beginning to recognize this trend and take steps to shrink their deep end girls’ populations, leaving many facilities with very few incarcerated girls and leaving us all with an urgent focus on how to get girls out of youth prisons and close them down for good.
I never knew there was an entire month dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness. What started as a “Day of Unity” in 1981 quickly evolved into an entire week of events, to what we now know as Domestic Violence Awareness month. I find it rather ironic that in school we all learn about the celebrations that education outlets think we must learn and celebrate. At 15, I became a victim of domestic violence, and at just a few months old, my own daughter was witnessing it firsthand. No one talked about domestic violence, and therefore I hid my embarrassment hindering me from the possibility of escaping the situation I had found myself in.
The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) has long shared the struggle that many face to define the depths of the challenges and the invisibility of marginalized girls and young women in the United States. This is crucial if we are to advance policies and programs that support the needs and potential of marginalized girls. TNCF believes that ACE brings the challenges they face to life through a simple ten-item survey and because everyone has an ACE score it enables us to relate to each other in that context.
The National Crittenton Foundation, in partnership with Education Northwest, hosted a series of events with Dr. Monique Morris on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to talk about her book “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” and also discuss related issues affecting Portland’s diverse communities.
The National Crittenton Foundation has committed itself to the potential of young women in communities across the country. We are proud to partner with The Connie Lieding Scholarship Fund to award $37,300 in scholarships to the following young women to help achieve their educational goals.
Before I traveled to Washington, DC for the United State of Women Summit I wondered if I would be star struck by being in the presence of the President, Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Then I found out that Oprah would be there too and I knew that I would be very excited because I would be in the same space as the woman I have had a desire to meet since I was sixteen years old.