My story is probably not new but consistent because of my passion and advocacy for young people. I started volunteering in the community and helping grassroots non profits with programs that inspired and provided platforms for crearivity expression through various arts related projects and activities. Over the yesrs, my thirst to offer life changing experiences to address issues that young people deal with daily such as gangs, domestic violence, bullying, suicide, teen pregnancy, STD's, HIV and school dropout rates prompted me to organize programs that uplifted young people in at risk communities. In 2003, I founded America RAVES to further reach and positively steer young people in the direction of education, training, participation and self discovery. Arts progrsms provided hands on instructrion, training, ceative expression and interaction within industries in effort to encourage career exploration, seek higher educational pursuits and change trajectory for their future. Our mission is empowerment so that young people are prepared to compete in a technology centered world. I have written short stories and plays for many years. I wrote and copyrighted the script for Now That You Know movie and in 2015, I was led to produce the HIV awareness movie focusing on education and prevention of HIV because of the alarming statistics of HIV infection among Teens. It is reported that 1 in 6 new HIV infections are among youth 12-25 years old. Now That You Know movie fulfilled my dream of becoming a Screenwriter. We completed 2 promo videos. However, in 2017, we completed filming the movie which has beought young people to the forefront as actors and crew. We were able to train novices, who are becoming recognizable stars. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Video & Film from Georgia State University in 2000, which prepared me to Executive Produce the movie. I am a mother of 2, grandmother of 7 and a great-grandmother. I was Licensed and Ordained as a Minister in 2009 and spend much of my time counseling and mentoring.
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