So we are outside of Pittsburgh, Pa and I randomly asked a teen, “What is the biggest teen issue in this area?” Her response, “Opioids. Some many of my friends use.” I asked, “Why?” “I don’t know. There’s nothing to do. We are stuck here and I don’t know. They start. Get addicted and the treatment doesn’t help.” “What’s missing?” “I don’t know. But it … Continue reading Stories Align
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
This trip is being determined by many things but one pull is to discover what’s going on in the United States with our youth and how leaders, cities and individuals are supporting this generation! Our Road Map We are leaving on Saturday June 24 and we are heading west to San Fran then returning to Allentown, PA by July 15th. Please check out our Instagram … Continue reading Where are we going?
My bedside table. Ever since I moved into small space, I try to surround myself with things that matter most to me. With limited space, you have to prioritize!!! So, let me tell you about some items on my bedside. 1. My tea cup. I drink tea all the time, especially decaf! 2. Leadership pin. I received this pin from my college in 2012. I … Continue reading My Bedside Table
Yesterday, I called 5 youth programs. All different in form. During each call, I collected their information, but then I asked them a tough question: What is affecting our youth? They all replied. BELONGING! This is nothing new. Youth have all struggled to understand themeselves, fit in and be part of the greater whole. This is old news but today more than ever this generation … Continue reading 5 Phones Calls
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 a mom, community member, and teacher, I have seen and heard stories from around our nation asking for help with teens and everyone is scrambling to find answers. I am also asking those same questions. Why are kids so sad? Why are kids struggling with anxiety, depression? Why are they turning to drugs? Why are they disengaged about school? Why? Why? Why? Those are … Continue reading This Fix is Right Here