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
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?
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
Why drive miles for this generation? Because it feels like the right thing to do. Actually, it’s the only thing I can think of right now as I sit at my computer typing this post. As I read and hear stories about our youth’s situation, I feel a deep sorrow and desperation to help. The news, books, podcasts, doctors, parents talk about their depression, anxiety, … Continue reading Why drive miles?