Our children are a resource. What is good for them has to be good for the whole community. These two simple mantras holistically define the work we do every day.
Every successful brand, organization, company, or movement has a slogan which represents the efforts of the group as a whole. For My Mother's Voice, our slogan is re-written every day by the people who we reach out to, and who reach out to us.
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My Mother’s Voice delivers a broad range of services to youth and families to improve opportunities for lives of meaning, engagement, and stability. Our programs are designed to reduce the barriers and increase the opportunities for all community members to succeed. Our belief? Anything’s possible. Take action!
Our Efforts To Date
By 2008, we assisted 81 teen parents and over 100 babies and toddlers with essentials that most of us take for granted: a bed and clean sheets, a crib for the baby and warm clothes, nutritious food -- especially on the weekends when the school cafeteria wasn't available and Monday mornings seemed a long way away because of hunger. We saw and heard the fear and loss of hope that was starting to grow with these very young mothers and dads. There was much more to be done.
By 2010, we had over 455 kids on our needy list, and more and more parents needed jobs. They greatly appreciated the clothes and food, books and holiday toys, but they needed continuing support: work, a job, the dignity of paying their own bills. The more we helped, the more we knew we could do ... the more needed to be done.
In 2012, we were working consistently in over five counties and four major school districts. Financial stressors still dominated our California communities. High unemployment brought crushing poverty and families unable to cope with the range of needs. Collaboration with teachers and health care professionals greatly assisted positive outcomes. Young parenting programs helped keep teens in school and babies safe. Single parent programs assisted with household needs, educational and legal support. Hunger relief, educational enrichment, counseling and mentoring were among the goals achieved during the year.
This year nearly 3,700 homeless students are enrolled in our local schools in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties alone. Nearly every one of those students have parents who are considered "the working poor" or are parents who need a job. We address long lists of essential needs from our 125 teen parents who are still in school. Additionally, we assist and mentor foster children who need comfort and direction from a steady source, people who are always there for them. We have emancipated fosters who find themselves financially and emotionally adrift when they turn 18. With the energy of volunteers and a solid business plan, we can change this story from grim statistics that drain the life of the individual and the economy, into an engine of productivity.
Purposeful Profile - Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, was given a standing ovation at the United Nations as she declared the attempt on her life had only given her strength and banished any fear she once felt.
“Dear friends, on the 9th of October, 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too,” she said in her first major public appearance. “They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed.”
Speaking on July 12, 2013, her 16th birthday, she said the "terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this -- weakness, fear and hopelessness died, strength, power and courage was born."
“I am the same Malala, my ambitions are the same, my hopes are the same and my dreams are the same,” she said to thunderous applause.
"Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first."
~ Malala Yousafzai