After visiting Detroit, we took with us the word, Pride! Many community members noted their “pride” and how far Detroit has come and the now ‘new’ Detroit. This community even developed a motto: Detroit vs. Everyone. Wow! That’s super cool. What a motto. It’s almost a superhero themed message for a super city. “Detroit vs. Everyone.” Like a superhero, this city fought back and continues … Continue reading Pride
“Can’t you just relax,” my husband stated firmly to me this morning. I was shocked by his comment. I mean we are close to Pittsburgh and I just wanted to go visit the city. It was calling me. But it wasn’t calling everyone. Nope. Everyone wanted to relax. So that’s what we did. We hung by the campsite. Instead of tramping through the city, we … Continue reading Day 2
Today is the day we leave and head out west from Allentown, PA. We are driving miles to discover new ideas on how to support our youth, raise awareness about emotional wellness and spread kindness! Our first stop: Pittsburgh, PA. Traveling, Allison & Family Continue reading Day 1
Most people just are like whatever, yes there is a problem, and move on with life but not me. The past four years have shaken me so hard that I have decided to drive across country to raise awareness about teen issues, mental health and what’s going on with our nation right now. My trip has mapped out to be about 4,000 miles! Now through … Continue reading This is not normal.
Today, I took a short hike and I ran into some young guys so I asked them, “What can this generation learn to do better?” The one dude said, “They need to learn to live in the now.” I responded, “Why is that so important?” He said, “Because when you live in the present you can release the past and the future and sit in … Continue reading Living in the now
As I map out where to go, I look for 5 important qualities in youth programs. 1. Community!!!! My #1. As I read about youth struggles, loneliness is a topic that comes up over and over again so I am looking for programs that build a community and help fight back those feelings. 2. Innovative – I love being creative so I am in search … Continue reading How do I select where to stop?
I collect stories. Good ones and bad ones. Happy and sad. Triumphs and tragedies. Stories. I seem to collect them like people collect baseball cards. People share. I listen and empathize. We connect. Yes, my name is Allison and I am a story collector. But recently, I am tired of collecting sad stories about our youth. Stories about gangs, violence, trauma, suicide, drugs, depression, addiction, … Continue reading A Story Collector’s Journey