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In a Tree or on a Bench? Where is Your Child Tonight?

Brace yourself. This is not a happy story.

I just read a sad story of a 17 year old named George who lived in a tree after he was sent away by his aunt. She had been acting like a mother to him and one day she apparently she put him on a bus from Missouri to San Francisco to a FAKE address. She says he was “out of control”  and wanted him gone.

This story was reported by Samantah Wender and Geoff Martz on http://abcnews.go.com/US/teens-trouble-homeless-youth-lived-tree/story?id=12779365#.T01nu4ePWqh

I just can’t imagine making a choice like this. To send a child far away across the country where you have no idea of their safety is beyond me. I can see putting a child in the foster system or asking another relative to care for them, but not just abandoning one. Homeless teens whether run aways or cast offs, generally have no trust of adults. This is a good example of WHY that happens.

Can you  imagine what it must be like to be as young as 13 and living on the streets? Sleeping in trees, under freeways, or in parks?  Homeless youth is not just something that happens once in a while. Check out the staggering statistics of youth on the streets at http://invisibleyouthnetwork1.community.officelive.com/RunawayandHomelessYouth.aspx Suicide, abuse, rape and assault are the everyday realities of homeless youth.

Last year I volunteered at a 5k walk for my local homeless youth shelter. It was a great experience. My favorite part was hearing the success stories of teens who had gone to the shelter and received help.  This shelter provides beds, clothes, breakfast and dinner, transportation to school, GED help and job search assistance.  Every youth that stays in the emergency shelter goes to school. They are even given a chance to return to the the school they left. Bus fare or rides are provided. What they do there is above and beyond. It is also the only youth shelter in the area.

There is no reason for you to not get involved in your community.  Take the initiative and show the world that for every aunt mentioned above there are many more compassionate caring people. If you want to help homeless youth visit, http://invisibleyouthnetwork1.community.officelive.com/VolunteerOpportunities.aspx.

If you want to find other opportunities  in your community check out www.VolunteerMatch.org.

THANK YOU FOR READING. NOW GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

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A Short Rant on Balanced Growth

What we desire is usually good for us because we are all unique and what we want is relevant to our self, experiences and beliefs.  The main problem seems to arise when our desires become unbalanced and then so does our life.

A popular example these days is the fairy tale debate. Do we want girls growing up into women who wait for and rely on Prince Charming to save them? Is it healthy to not fend for yourself? On the other hand are we telling them they have to be so strong they should never let a man help or support them? Should we teach our children to sick to stereotypical roles in life or should we teach them dissent. Personally, I lean towards a lot of dissent and the crushing of stereotypes. Other people lean towards assigned roles. That is fine. We are human and have free will to believe differently then anyone. I will not tell people what they should teach their kids. All I will do is give you another point of view and encourage you to ask questions instead of simply accepting everything as is. What you take away from my words are up to you.

I enjoyed princess stories and the accompanying films as a kid. I am fine with them still being around for future generations because they are fun. It’s the all encompassing addiction society has with girls being pretty little princesses who are oh so devoted to their prince that gets on my last nerve. I was both a tomboy building forts in the woods and interested in cute outfits and playing house. I loved (and still love) math and science as much as cooking and sewing. I love pretend as much as the real world.

For boys it seems to be crassness that is cherished.  Swear words are so cute when said by a 8 year old. Burping extra loud and scratching their crotch is an obvious way to be manly. Then of course there is the unequal treatment of women. Even in children’s movies boys are encouraged to see women as objects of lust or in domestic roles. They constantly see men ogling women, calling them dirty words and focusing on the size of their breasts.  I don’t want my 10 year old thinking that a woman is only as worthy as her cup size.

Let us teach our children instead that there are a variety of roles they can play.  Tell them that being a real man is not based on the size of your fist or how many women you have sex with.  Tell them that girls can be presidents, rescuers and moms when they grow up. Make sure they know that how we look does not equal how good or bad we are. Encourage friendships with the opposite gender at a young age. Lastly let them know that it is up to them to teach their children about how many choices we all have.

Balance is the word of the day people! BALANCE!

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How To Fundraise

Here is a list of ways you can help distribute 150 books to youth organizations across the USA. Feel free to pick as many actions as you like. If you have any questions about these actions just ask. Your support is greatly appreciated and will have a powerful ripple effect of empowering young women.

1) Donate just $5 via PayPal or with a credit card at: www.MoreThanAGirl.webs.com If every single person I know donates  just $5 then I can publish 300 books. You can also donate by check. Write me an email for my address to: investing in women @gmail.com

2)Share my blog post with people. Either share the link in an email or on a social network. https://writewhatuknow.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/300-books/Write just a few short sentences about why this book is important to you. Make it personal.

3) Join our Facebook page and share it with all your friends.http://www.facebook.com/MTJAG

4)Use the text below these suggestions in an email that you send out and ask others to pass along to all the “Women”, “Mothers”, “Fathers”, “Daughters”, “Youth Leaders” etc. you know.

5)A little bit from a lot of people can make this fundraiser happen! Start a “Change Drive” Ask everyone you know to donate their spare change, collect it, take it to the bank and then donate via my website or send me a check.

6) Send the information about my free book to youth organizations you volunteer with or that you like.

7) Share my campaign with your local news media, women’s rights advocates, children’s rights activists and celebrities you admire.

8)Share one of my YouTube videos with your network.http://www.youtube.com/user/ImpowerYou/videos

9)Make a video about my campaign and the book. Upload it to YouTube and then send it to everyone you know.

10)Hire me to start and maintain a social media marketing campaign for your organization.

11) Download unique digital art for a $1 donations on my site,http://morethanagirl.webs.com/myart.htm


Send this text below as an email and ask your friends to also send this email.
Want to help publish this great book, I Am More Than Just a Girl ?   It provides resources, information, advice and creative exercises to empower women with the knowledge to make their own informed decisions. 
I won’t go into depressing statistics of how often young women are abused, assaulted and oppressed. You don’t need me to remind you that until recently women had very little rights as equals and in some countries are still considered objects that can be owned.  Society encourages us to be outwardly successful, to make lots of money and then we will be happy. We are not often encouraged to find inner success in the forms of knowledge, happiness and emotional health.
The author, Leah Oviedo, wants to give a free copy of her book to organizations that work with youth in the USA. With your support we can make this happen.  150 books will be given (for free) to youth organizations.  50 books will be given (for free) to young women that are unable to join such organizations. The remaining 100 will be sold and the profit used to buy more books. Later this year Leah would like to have the book translated into other languages so more young women can have access to the book. Currently, young women and parents can read the book online for free, http://morethanagirl.webs.com
An important part of life is to help others feel empowered. We need a total of $1,800 to accomplish our goal. Shout it out on your Facebook pages, donate $5 online or send a check (email: investing in women@ gmail .com for the address). Visit, http://morethanagirl.webs.com to see what perks you will receive for helping publish this important book. If you will join, our goal is to raise the full amount by the end of March.
Read the book for free and pass it on!  Share it with parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, older sisters and brothers, teachers, community leaders, youth organizations and young women. Now is the time to take action! We can no longer wait for someone else to empower the next generation of women. As the saying goes, YOU must be the change you want in this world. If you believe this book is a must have for young women, get involved today.  To follow the progress of the campaign subscribe to the authors blog(https://writewhatuknow.wordpress.com).
Pass this on to 10 other people and together we can make the world a brighter place.

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300 Books

Want to help publish my book, I Am More Than Just a Girl ?   It provides resources, information, advice and creative exercises to empower women with the knowledge to make their own informed decisions. 

I won’t go into depressing statistics of how often young women are abused, assaulted and oppressed. You don’t need me to remind you that until recently women had very little rights as equals and in some countries are still considered objects that can be owned.  Society encourages us to be outwardly successful, to make lots of money and then we will be happy. We are not often encouraged to find inner success in the forms of knowledge, happiness and emotional health.

I want to give a free copy of my book to organizations that work with youth across the USA. With you I can do this.  150 books will be given (for free) to youth organizations.  50 books will be given (for free) to young women I know that are unable to join such organizations. The remaining 100 will be sold and the profit used to buy more books. Later this year I would like to have the book translated into other languages so more young women can have access to this book. Currently, young women and parents can read the book on my website for free, http://morethanagirl.webs.com

The most important part of life for me is to help others feel empowered, but I cannot do it without your support. I need a total of $1,800 to accomplish this goal. Shout it out on your Facebook pages, donate $5 online via my website or send a check to my physical address(please email me at investing in women@ gmail .com). Visit, http://morethanagirl.webs.com to see what perks you will receive for helping me publish this important book. If you will join me, our goal is to raise the full amount by my birthday at the end of March.

Read my book for free and pass it on!  Share it with parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, older sisters and brothers, teachers, community leaders, youth organizations and young women. Now is the time to take action! We can no longer wait for someone else to empower the next generation of women. As the saying goes, YOU must be the change you want in this world. If you believe my book is a must have for young women get involved today. I will be sending out weekly updates. To follow the progress of my campaign subscribe to my blog in the sidebar area or send me your email address.

Check out my post on how YOU can support my campaign, https://writewhatuknow.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/how-to-fundraise/

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Oh Blanca!

Blanca Vergara is one of my favorite entrepreneurs. She focuses on the “heart centered” economy instead of one based on greed and power. If you are just getting by and want to replace that with passion for your business this blog is for you.

She is an entrepreneur, author speaker and mom. She holds an MBA, is a certified coach and is fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch. She quit her high paying position at a global company to create a career where her focus is to first be happy and second create profit. This is exactly the kind of attitude that has helped me realize that my true career is writing, art and empowering others.  If you want a business that is full of honesty, authenticity, transparency, integrity and empathy check her out and subscribe to her blog. I hope you get as much from Blanca as I have. She has a lot of knowledge to share.

She has joined the 500 Blog-Raiser Challenge to empower young women with her post, http://www.blancavergara.com/morethanjustagirl/ Please stop by and leave her a thank you comment for empowering young women.

If you want to join the challenge click on the banner ad ion the right sidebar of my blog.

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Social Action

Protect, Respect, Remedy.

Professor John Ruggie was appointed to write about business and human rights for the UN. He created a framework for how businesses should act in our global economy. The outline states that businesses should adhere to three rules. These are to protect human rights, respect human rights and remedy human right violations.

It’s about time! When I buy a pair of shoes I want to know that the person who made it was given a fair wage and safe, happy work conditions. I do not want to buy merchandise that was made in a sweat shop by a 12 year old or anyone. Age does not matter, the people who make what I buy should not be forced to work or put in dangerous situation. I do not want to support a business that makes money by using people and creating misery.

I want to know that if people are treated badly they have someone who will stand up for them and remedy the situation. We live in a world with so much, there is no reason for any one to be treated inhumane just so another can have something. It is not worth it to me. I would rather walk barefoot and wear rags than violate another person’s human rights.

Read that here: http://198.170.85.29/RuggTHeie-protect-respect-remedy-framework.pdf

You can find how a business is rated based on human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice in the Better World Shopping Guide, http://www.betterworldshopper.com

How do you feel about human rights in business?

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Free Books For Youth

Do you work with youth?

Would you like a free copy of my book to empower young women?

I will be giving away a copy of my book, I Am More Than Just a Girl” to 150 youth organizations.  If you would like a free copy use the Contact Page. I will return your email as soon as possible.  Organizations that charge young women for services may not participate in this free offer.

This is a book to empower young women with information, creative exercises and loving acceptance. There are fun activities and journal pages so you can be creative. The book is intended for residents of the USA, because of the hotline resources listed inside. Still any young woman can read this book, there are even some young men that could read it and learn. You can read the complete book for free at MoreThanAGirl.webs.com

Topics Covered in This Book: *Positive thinking *Self Defense *Beauty and Image *Anger and Stress Management *Confidence *Women’s rights *Career *Education *Empowerment *Individualism *Volunteer and Community involvement *Acceptance of others *Sexual assault *Domestic violence and Bullying

Resources and Creative Exercises included in this book: *Journal Pages *Self expression *Affirmations *Inspirational and motivational activities *Meditation *Self defense guide with instructional images *National Hot-lines

This book is part of a project to encourage more young women to be strong, independent and intelligent. I want women to feel empowered, keep informed and be equal. I want you to know and feel that as an individual you matter and with the tools in the book you can accomplish your dreams that may seem out of reach. Realize that circumstances such as your economic situation, race, culture upbringing and prejudice do not have to control your life.

Since I am in the process of raising funds to publish enough books they will not be available until late Spring.  However I am starting my campaign in a few days and want to show people where the books are going.  If you want a book sign up now in the comment section before we get 150 requests.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Organizations who will receive a free book will be listed here: http://morethanagirl.webs.com/index.htm#846303354

To get your book faster and to learn more about this campaign visit my blog post “300 Books”, https://writewhatuknow.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/300-books/

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