Monthly Archives: November 2013

Define Your Own Terms

The first need of the people is to define there own terms.

When i was born i was considered black , When i die i will be black.

When I was little i was considered a little girl , when I grown up i will be a Woman.

When my mom named me, my name was Kwaylin,When people ask my name i Say Kwaylin , Why because i define my own terms. People do not know whom i am. But are very quick to comment on the word Kwaylin . To me Kwaylin is a black girl, who will soon turn into a woman,she is beautiful,intelligent,outgoing,and a christian with big dreams. I refuse to have somebody else define who I am, beacause at the end of the day only God can judge who i am.

Hope Scholarship Program and Me

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND ME

Posted on November 26, 2013

I have been a part of the hope scholarship program for a month now and it is really an awesome project. Most kids can’t really find something to do, that’s legal, makes money, something to do after school, that’s fun or helping them out in their lives. Being in high school in Ypsilanti there is not enough support out here for the teens , that want to make money and get educated. Working with the Hope Scholar Ship program makes earning money and getting educated possible. Continue reading

PREVENT & PREVAIL, SESSION #2

The second session of Prevent & Prevail brought new participants, new strategies and new knowledge to our groups. Our facilitators met on Monday to review and practice their lesson plans before returning on Wednesday to teach.

After dividing into groups, the facilitators reviewed the rules and conduct agreements created the previous week before going into more in-depth discussions of sexuality, gender, contraception and reproductive health. Icebreakers, interactive games, conversations and laughter helped foster group connection and encourage participants to ask questions.

Tomorrow is Session #3, where we’ll be talking about bullying, relationships, relational power dynamics, and consent. We’re more convinced than ever of the need for the knowledge and space provided by Prevent & Prevail, and we look forward to telling you how it goes.

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PREVENT & PREVAIL, SESSION #1

Last night, DTMAC hosted the first official session of Prevent & Prevail, our comprehensive, peer-facilitated HIV/AIDS prevention program. After weeks of preparation and practice, and an introductory meeting for participants, we were finally ready to begin. Our teen facilitators came in with a lot of energy and excitement, a little bit of nerves, and the support of the chaperones and of Gail and Jorge.

After introducing everyone, we divided our group of participants by age and hosted discussion sessions to go over our grounding vocabulary – the words and terms we use to talk about HIV and other STIs along with gender, sex, sexuality and identity. The facilitators also worked with participants to develop their own set of ground rules and create a group agreement to maintain a conversational space that feels safe, open and healthy. Having the freedom to develop and contribute to that agreement helps participants to own their own space and encourages them to hold themselves and their peers accountable for sustaining a respectful and compassionate environment.

The session went really well! The participants were all able to articulate the new knowledge they were walking away with, and a lot of healthy first steps were taken towards creating the kind of rapport between facilitators and participants that is going to make Prevent & Prevail successful. Facilitators and chaperones met after the session with Gail and Jorge to reflect and plan for next week. We’re excited to dive deeper into all our topics, and we look forward to keeping you updated.

Dedicated to Make a Change’s mission is to connect youth with the world to promote peace, greater understanding and a love of learning. We provide an experiential learning environment to learn justice, diversity, poverty, and social responsibility.

LATE NIGHT SHIVERS

I saw a small light in the parking lot. It was a very dark night. It was raining and I started to hear chanting, of strange words. All of a sudden I saw Zar’Reia she was holding a light. She was very scared because she had just got off work. Nobody was around so she thought she was fine, all of a sudden she started to hear quiet voices. Zar’Reia stopped and took a deep breath, and panicked. Whose there she asked? It was silent, so without hesitation she took off running.  She ran all the way until she got home, she went home sighed and jumped right in her bed and went to sleep.

When I heard the loud chanting, stopped paused and noticed that Zar’Reia was gone . I cried and said please don’t hurt me , show yourself . A tall white guy, he was trying to rob me, I said what do you want? He said your purse, i said okay follow me, he followed me. As soon as he started walking behind me, I ran back to Zar’Reia’s house climbed in the window and went right to bed.

Kwaylin Coats

LATE NIGHT SHIVERS

I saw a small light in the parking lot. It was a very dark night. It was raining and I started to hear chanting, of strange words. All of a sudden I saw Zar’Reia she was holding a light. She was very scared because she had just got off work. Nobody was around so she thought she was fine, all of a sudden she started to hear quiet voices. Zar’Reia stopped and took a deep breath, and panicked. Whose there she asked? It was silent, so without hesitation she took off running.  She ran all the way until she got home, she went home sighed and jumped right in her bed and went to sleep.

When I heard the loud chanting, stopped paused and noticed that Zar’Reia was gone . I cried and said please don’t hurt me , show yourself . A tall white guy, he was trying to rob me, I said what do you want? He said your purse, i said okay follow me, he followed me. As soon as he started walking behind me, I ran back to Zar’Reia’s house climbed in the window and went right to bed.

Kwaylin Coats

 

HOPE SCHOLARSHIP IS GOOD FOR ME…

Being in HOPE scholarship is good for me because I can learn things that I never new before. Hope scholarship helps me and not get in trouble. I am learning how to be smarter with my money and save. Also I can be a kid and a young adult at the same time. These are the reasons i enjoy and the things I learned from being here.

Hope scholarship helps me stay busy and not get in trouble. When I say that I mean by coming here I cannot be out on the streets doing what I am not supposed to. I have a place to be when I get angry and/or whatever instead of being on the streets. Also keeping myself entertained on the side. This kind of might not explain what I learned but honestly I have learned a lot because its teaching me to be a young individual that is responsible for my actions instead of a young individual who doesn’t own up to them.

Lastly I am learning how to be smart with money and save. When i have money I usually always spend it and never have any left but now it’s to the point where i still have money because I save. By putting money in the bank I don’t always want to spend, spend, spend like some people say out of site out of mind. It’s better for me to put up money for up coming events so i don’t have to ask my mom. I am so very glad and happy to be in the hope scholarship because if I wasn’t I don’t think I would have managed any of this.

ZarReia Brand