How is this individual or organization working towards positive change?
Rev. Stephen A. Green is the Senior Pastor of Heard AME Church, Roselle, New Jersey, “The Community Church”. Called to spread God’s Love to all people, Rev. Stephen A. Green strives daily to live courageously through his commitment to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
As one of the nation’s youngest leading human and civil rights activists, Rev. Green previously served as the National Director of the Youth and College Division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely respected grassroots civil rights organization. In this role, he oversaw an army of more than 30,000 young activists across 800 active youth councils and college chapters throughout the nation. While serving the NAACP, Rev. Green led the “Stay Woke and Vote” civic engagement campaign in partnership with grammy-award winning artist Chance the Rapper to engage thousands of young voters across the country. Through his commitment to non-violent direct action, Rev. Green has engaged in civil disobedience that led to arrest in Chicago, IL, Roanoke, VA, Washington, DC, and most notably Mobile, AL.
Rev. Green received the Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Morehouse College and a Master of Divinity from The University of Chicago. He is a proud life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and serves as their National Millennial Social Action Chair.
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Tenaj Moody, founder of Light to Life, LLC, believes empowerment through education and awareness is a form of emotional support needed for domestic/dating violence survivors. After being in an abusive relationship at the age of 16, she has dedicated her time and efforts to young girls and boys who have experienced or are currently experiencing dating abuse. Check out our interview with this survivor. [Read More Click Here]
Tenaj has empowered over 1,500 young adults and teens through awareness and education. She has used her experiences as a catalyst to drive her passion to help other young girls/boys who have experienced dating abuse or need emotional support. Tenaj utilizes a trauma-informed approach that involves recognizing, understanding, and responding to all types of social violence through the facilitation of psychoeducational workshops and support groups to provide young adults with tools and strategies to discover the “self” from abuse and safe spaces to share stories [Read More Click Here]
The Psychology Department hosted an event on dating violence in March of 2018. The focus of the event was on dating relationships in young adults and how to eradicate dating violence in college age populations, this event was of interest to most of our traditional college students and the attendance at this event provided evidence about the need for this presentation in our student population. And really how important this event was for the entire Wesley Campus. [Read More Click Here]
Bianca's research skills helps provide a voice to the voiceless by sharing their survivor stories in research publications. Bianca says by "talking to other survivors has been life changing for me. I learned how important it is to listen to their stories without judgement. And even though each time I talk to someone, it is a unique and at times even a terrifying experience, I can safely say to every single person who is struggling to make their stories heard: You are not alone. "
How are you working towards positive change?
I have written one paper on domestic violence so far and never would have thought so many people would be interested in this. It makes me very happy that people can get something out of it and might even learn a little bit more about domestic violence. I interviewed about 10 more survivors for my MA thesis which I am currently writing. For the first time, there seems to be a purpose in writing papers and if there is only one person who seems to understand domestic violence a little more than before, I have accomplished more than I could have hoped for.
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Lauren Feliz-Durishin is our very FIRST Light to Life Advocate of the Month and for August 2018!
Lauren is the Founder and President of Mother2Mother (M2M). A 501c3 organization, M2M's mission is to advocate for Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organizations and foundations who focus on at-risk women and children in the Nation's Capital region. M2M promotes organizations and foundation via social media platforms and other news media outlets such as radio and tv interviews.
Lauren's org also hosts a cabaret-type show (running at a little over 2.5hrs with music from a variety of Broadway and Off- Broadway musicals and an original script). This show is produced and performed by an all-female cast of singers and musicians who volunteer from the community. When Lauren dreamed up this cabaret in the Spring of 2017, she wanted to make it an important and inspiring community volunteer event for the Washington, D.C. metro area.