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The Importance of Educating Teens

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which calls for action in educating teens and adolescents on what healthy relationships are, as well as how to recognize and react to unhealthy relationships. According to a 2011 CDC nationwide survey, it was found that 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced rape, physical…
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Imagining a World Without Domestic Violence

It’s often said in nonprofit circles that the ultimate goal of any nonprofit organization should be to eliminate the need to exist. Food pantries hope there is no more hunger, homelessness agencies hope everyone has a home, so it follows that the goal of A Woman’s Place should be to end domestic violence in Bucks…
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The Holiday Season

The holiday season is back! And it’s crazy, fast, and rushed; multiple weeks with too many calories and not enough free time to complete your tasks. Many of us are warmed and thrilled by the sound of holiday carols and the decorations coming back after months of hibernation. Many of us spoil ourselves with treats…
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Once a Week, Once in a Lifetime

When I first set foot in the AWP Emergency Shelter in mid-June this past summer, I did not know what to expect. What would I be doing there? Would the clients like me? Would I enjoy this opportunity? And as I have been a volunteer there for almost five months now, I realize, with such…
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Lessons From My First Week

I’m new here. My title is “manager of corporate and foundation relations,” but all that really means is that my job is to tell a compelling story to businesses and foundations about the work we do. This is what I do for a living in the nonprofit world: I’m a story teller. I know the…
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Family Matters

While we sit around the dinner table and I look back and forth between my moms, I remember how it was hard to understand, as a kid, that it was okay to have a different family.  I used to think that something was missing, that there was something wrong because I didn’t have a father. …
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Declaring My “Independency”

Several weeks ago I was interviewing a potential employee when, in the course of conversation, she used the word “independency.” The voice in my head distractedly asked, “Did she say independency? Is that a word?” I chalked it up to a simple mistake of nerves and then refocused on my candidate. Except, she used it…
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Teeming with Teens

The last couple weeks of my life have been full of teens. I’m driving them, talking to them, listening to them, building programs for them… you name it. And, I have to tell you, I am excited. (Full disclosure: I might have sarcastically asked one if I needed to draw a map for her to…
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Who’s in the Frame?

Last week in my blog (click here to read #BringBackOurGirls) I asked a question. In the spirit of changing the world by changing the questions, what is the right question. What question might we ask to bring out the best in each other? Guess what? Someone sent me a suggestion! My dear friend, co-worker, director…
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#BringBackOurGirls

I am Nigerian. My father was born in Nigeria. He worked hard and was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship to travel to the United States for his college education. He met my mother… and the rest is history. I am my father’s daughter. I have two daughters of my own, both deeply embedded…
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