“Status”…What or Who is defining yours?

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As teens, you are constantly bombarded with audio and visual stimuli all designed to attempt to define who you are, what you should do and where you should go. Your ability to keep up with the proverbial Jones’ is measured and tested by what you wear, where you live and what you drive. And when it has been decided that you have conformed to their rules and criteria you are gifted by them with…status.  A status that appears to bring along with it many benefits and a sense of exclusivity that allows you to become…one of them.

But GOD!  He created you a unique and special creation that cannot be duplicated, equated or counterfeited.   As you view this video, may you be inspired to live out the definition of your true “heir” status as a child of the Most High God.  31 Status!

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Do You Have a Vision Board?

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During the most recent JOYL meeting the journey teens had a very special guest that helped them create a vision board. Cheryl Roseborough, founder of S.E.E. (Self Esteem Elevated) spoke to them about creating a visual representation of their goals, dreams and purpose. On the board they would design a holistic perspective that included their personal, spiritual, professional, physical, financial and mental goals and determinations. Cheryl encouraged the teens to seek out “accountability partners” to help them keep and monitor their commitments to their vision. At S.E.E., Cheryl provides a firm program designed to conquer the issues of low self esteem and can be heard weekly on Heaven 970 AM LIVE at 4:30 for “He Say She Say But What Does God Say”,  A radio program on Life, Love and Relationships. Habakkuk 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.Image  Cheryl Roseborough

Yes, we have an “App” for that!

December 11, 2012 marked the conclusion of the 2012 Journey of a Young Lady Apprenticeship Program. Our teens had the express privilege of working with Frances Jaye, Founder, Programmer and DJ for Neo Soul Cafe Internet Radio and TV who delivers “music that gets your head right!”. We applaud Ms. Jaye for whetting our appetites for all that is radio and giving our teens an appreciation for the craft. Journey teens learned how to create a mix and learned behind the scenes operations. Ms. Jaye’s grand finale for our teens was the amazing opportunity of being in live studio with Producer & Remixer for 97.9 The Beat here in Dallas, TX, with host, On Air Personality and Humanitarian, ItsM-Squared. ItsM-Squared showed us how he operates the studio apparatuses and applies his vast knowledge of not only the genesis of Radio but its current influence on our culture and world events. Thank you Frances Jay for sharing your appassionato for music with the ladies of Journey and with the world.

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JOYL GIVES BACK

ImageImageJourney teens, parents and volunteers along with almost 300 others gift wrapped over 24,000 toys on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 on behalf of Children’s Hunger Fund and in partnership with La Madeleine Restaurants. All of the toys will be distributed among local DFW Charities to give to children in our communities. It was a tremendous blessing to help the Fund achieve their mission and vision for helping those in need.  

The Rising Crime of Human Trafficking

Disturbing. Heart-wrenching. Unsettling. These are just a few words that inadequately describe the feelings and emotions surrounding this growing trend in America.  As you prayerfully read the attached article on the link below, I urge you to not just have a  “SMH…shaking my head” response to this awful phenomenon, but to find a way to be a part of the solution whether through prayer, sharing this post with friends and family and most importantly for our young audience…enter into dialogue with your parents/guardians or school counselors about your feelings and questions about this issue.  Be aware of your surroundings and be vigilant to keep yourself safe when alone on roads and malls.Finally, be strong and confident to report any suspicious activities that you believe may be a direct result of this crime or any other.

Who said, “Children should only be seen & not heard?”

Who said, “Children should only be seen & not heard?”

I am not sure who thought this was a wise saying but one thing I am sure of is that I am glad that Journey’s own, Miss Raven Hawkins didn’t adopt the same philosophy or keep silent!!!

Not only is she a “voice” of leadership within Journey of a Young Lady, Inc., she is transcending this statement in her new role as Founder and President of her schools new choir. Not only will her song be heard today, she will leave a legacy for those who will come after her to lift their voices.

Congratulations Raven for demonstrating leadership in action!!

Bullying

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To state that our youth of today have much worse to deal with than my generation & the one before is the understatement of the century, in my opinion. As I peruse various media outlets it is quite disturbing to note the amount of press being given to the heart-wrenching epidemic of bullying…in all its forms.

Case in point from a recent Yahoo! article: “As reported by Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC, a pep rally at Perry (Ohio) High in which senior boys dressed as pudgy cheerleaders for rival Massillon was deemed to be in extremely poor taste because of one accessory the faux cheerleaders carried with them: A baby doll.”  This group of young men was making light of school cheerleaders who have given birth.  Yes, this was a case of bullying against young teenage girls who become pregnant while in high school.

While this was a rare public demonstration of bullying disguised as an attempt to fire up the home team against a rival, it most often occurs in closer parameters and usually without witnesses willing to come forth to corroborate the events. If you or someone you know is being bullied take the matter to your parents, school counselor or any other adult in authority. This is so important as statistics tell us that individuals who are bullied and do not receive intervention can end up perpetuating the violent cycle by becoming a bully themselves.

Bullying comes is many forms such as physical, emotional, cyber-bullying to name a few. One form that brings a heighten degree of concern is bully-cide which describes suicide attempts as a result of bullying.  Sadly, suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of 14.

What can you do? 

Learn the signs and symptoms of bullying; Watch for your peers who spend much of their time alone or in isolation; Speak encouraging and affirming statements to your friends often (and if needed to yourself as well) as persons with low self-esteem are easy targets for bullies; and PRAY both for the victims of bullying and for the bully.