I Woke Up This Morning Numb

Encouragement_Sm.jpgI woke up this morning numb. I felt that I had a bad dream. And then I realized that I did not have a bad dream and that there were some events that happened that may affect my peers, my family-especially my beautiful Black and Latino children and all my extended children- the thousands that our program- Youth Empowering Strategies! has touched. As the Director, I believe it is important to share that the struggle has changed but the resolve to work on behalf of the health, education and welfare of our youth has been strengthened! I will share what I sent as a text to my children, nieces, nephews, family members and significant others this AM. “I am praying that the Lord guides our country and that the incumbent President actually realizes the enormity of his task and works on behalf of us all. Pray!”


I will continue to have high expectations for our youth. I will continue to hold them accountable. I will continue to provide them with opportunities to grow, succeed and sometimes fall- but I will be there- along with other positive thinking and achieving adults to help them get back up and try again. There are teachable moments and this is one that we all can learn from. But the resolve to continue programming and planning strategically to empower our future- our youth with the necessary skills so they can achieve and live and dream and reach out and help others will continue. It’s on!!!!

#ourstruggle  #nuestralucha #weebleswobblebuttheydon’tfalldown

Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH
Director, Youth Empowering Strategies/YES!

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  • Karia X Karia Jones
    commented 2016-12-22 14:22:18 -0600
  • Dayanis Renovales
    commented 2016-12-13 14:25:43 -0600
    I learn to prevent STI and STD is not having sex
  • Leslie Hernandez
    commented 2016-12-13 14:23:18 -0600
    I’ve learned many infections now in days. and that’s why when you first get in a relationship. You should always have your partner check them selfs.
  • Venomess Love
    commented 2016-12-09 18:23:52 -0600
    I like this class and it TEACHES how sex won’t be a problem in some situations and what you can catch. In a responsible manner and how you can’t just get pregnant out of nowhere
  • Cynthia Ramirezz
    commented 2016-12-08 14:15:46 -0600
    I always look forward to this class
  • Jenni Estrada
    commented 2016-12-08 14:11:47 -0600
    Don’t have sex u will catch something
  • Liya Lawson
    commented 2016-12-08 14:04:41 -0600
    U want catch nothing or get pregnant if u don’t have sex.

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