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Hello Audience! Thank you for helping me so I can help you and others. I'm Rita Badaloni Hodges, your featured Host and Founder of The all New Serenity Show, that broadcasts from Blog Talk Radio, out of Clarksville, Tennessee, I'm here to help you. I have 30 years of education in the field of chemical dependency and educated in the 12 step programs since 1985. I have received my Associates Arts Degree in Psychology and am in Training for my Peer Recovery Specialist Certificate. I am also educated in Mental Illness, Relationships and Behavioral Dispositions. My radio talk show covers a wide variety of societal issues that affect you and our loved ones daily, especially young adolescents, teens and young adults. What makes my show unique is that I speak from lived experiences. These are real issues that I've dealt with enabling me to provide coping skills and tools you can utilize in your own lives and proven solutions that have worked for me and surly can work for you. We are now a Non ~ profit Organization and we are currently looking for Sponsorship, volunteers, and donations.
I have raised two very well accomplished, very intelligent and well educated young men. Surly I made my mistakes. Though, I had to re-earn their trust in some areas, we have very loving and trusting relationships today, and very well earned through a lot of hard work. Your work is never done as a parent, even when they move forward on their own to lead their lives. You just hope you have taught them well enough to make healthy choices, but you should always be there for a guiding hand along the way throughout their lifetime.
Let me tell you why we are in desperate need of your help for this campaign. I wish I was in time to help a friend of mine with his sons problems with alcohol/drugs and the criminal justice system, but he decided life's turmoil got too big to deal with any longer and took his own life while under the influence. Suicide is one of the four leading causes of death that is contributed through alcohol and drugs by our young ones aged 10-24. We as parents, teachers, health professionals, courts, police, and the criminal justice system have to have another solution for our teens in dealing with this horrific disease of addiction than just throwing them into a broken system. This doesn't treat their problem or get to the core issues of why they ended up where they are to begin with, and our children are dying right before us before their time. We hear of epidemics and overdoses, suicides, shootings and rapes and all of this is tied in with drugs and alcohol. We need to have a solution to introduce to our teens, a way to educate them on the dangers of these substances, then teach them life skills, anger management, job skills and dating skills in order to make healthier choices in everything they do. Please don't turn your back on this. This needs gracious attention. If we as parents don't give our children this attention, then who will?
I have been introduced to a program that has been successful in two other states that is an early using intervention, educational program for teenagers. It's a collaborative community effort that includes school administrators, the juvenile justice system, courts, the police, and mental health professionals. I was sent the outline but the owner wanted 10,000 for the program. I have the education, the knowledge, the research and the lived experiences to put this program together. I have named it "This is Your Chance" Grades 6-12th are eligible to participate and it will be used as a diversion from the juvenile justice system or in lieu of school suspension. Parents must attend family nights and booster sessions. It will be a two-week program and it will be referral based. Parents can volunteer their teens, and teens can volunteer themselves. A certificate of completion will be given at the end of progress. So, please, this is a campaign to help Teens say NO to drugs/alcohol and this program needs to be funded because it is a "No Fee Program" and will be run on donations, grants and sponsorships. I am only one person and I don't have the means to fund this program on my own.
I lost my husband to a drug overdose on May 5th, 2009 and for almost 6 years I have been clean and sober and I have dedicated myself to helping others, especially teens. I have raised two very accomplished, well educated and talented young men. God gave me a calling to do this and said I have to humble myself and reach out for help for this very vital program in helping our teens build a brighter future. Actually, they are our future and we need to help guide them in the right direction. Won't you help me fund this wonderful opportunity in keeping our young ones out of the justice system for their petty crimes, a system that is over populated where their chances of coming out are worse than going in are at great risk! Our teens need this to happen across the country, I want to start right here in my town. Please help me get it off the ground! Go to http://www.gofundme.com/positiveenergy. Please repost. Please donate and save a life, change a life, it may be your child who needs this hope! We are our children's back bone. This is everyone's problem, don't think its not your problem because it is, these are our children dying from deadly substances then being locked up for ungodly amounts of time. We have to stop this and give them a solution! Here it is. Any amount is appreciated and would be filled with gratitude. $5, $10, $20, $100, or you can sponsor this program, any amount or form will do! Become a part of this movement and help save our children!! Thank you all and God bless you!!
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