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
What a day. Today, we explored Pittsburgh, Pa. and oh man, what a great city. We weren’t sure what to expect since we only read or heard about the city, but we quickly settled in and enjoyed what the city had to offer. In the short hours we were there, we saw Carnegie Science Center, RandyLand, Bike Heaven, and Alphabet Bookstore. We also ate lunch … Continue reading Day 3
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
That’s what my husband said to me this morning as I told him a story which happened yesterday. My afternoon started with the dreaded phone call from the dealer informing me that my car’s transmission is failing. GREAT! Just what I needed before leaving for a nationwide tour. When the dealer called, I looked at the time. It was 2 PM and I had to … Continue reading You Can’t Ignore That
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