Quote of the day: Role Models

If you don’t want to be considered a role model then don’t do anything worthwhile or significant in your life!

Kids model what they see. If you’re successful or perceived to be successful then they will try to replicate what you are doing in order to achieve that same level of success, or greater.

Just as we (adults) did the same thing growing up. We modeled people that we believed made it to the top, or made it to a level that we wanted to achieve.

That my friends is a role model. There’s no getting around it except to not excel in any area of your life that brings any significant attention to yourself.
How many of you truly have been aiming that low throughout your life?

So stop saying, “I’m not a role model,” and instead start living your life knowing that everything you say and do is being closely watched by an impressionable young person, who one day will want to be just like you—good, bad, ugly, or indifferent!

-Natasha L. Foreman

Rwanda’s National Volunteer Service with 40,000 Youth Volunteers

On January 22, 2013 Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, launched the national voluntary service with more than 40,000 youth lined up to engage in the three-month service. This three-month period is a tradition passed down generationally that allows Rwandan youth the opportunity to take part in patriotism and nationalism, and, “…Our youth will get a chance to fight evil in society and assist in developing the nation with hands-on experience,” the PM said.

Read more here.


Quote of the Day: Male-Female Love & Relationships

The greatest test of godliness in life as a man is whether you learn to serve your woman to a level that she is loved, secure and nurtured so she becomes all that God designed her to be.” – Dwight Hill

Thanks Eric Knoff for sharing this awesome quote on your blog. I want to be all that God has designed me to be. Each day I open myself to all of the possibilities that await me, and all of the ways that I can best be of service. ~Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Statement From the NRA Regarding Thursday’s White House Task Force Meeting

…We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment

Read the entire press release here

Operation HOPE is Giving Aspiring Youth Entrepreneurs the Chance to Shine

By Natasha L. Foreman

If you live in or will be in the Atlanta area Wednesday, January 16th then there’s only ONE place that you need to be from 9:30am to 11:30am, and that’s cheering on and supporting aspiring youth entrepreneurs at Operation HOPE’s HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) pitch competition at Jean Childs Young Middle School.

There are 29 teams competing, (consisting of 6th and 7th graders) for the HBIAB Entrepreneurship Grant (from $50 to $500 each), 6 weekly sessions with a Business Role Model, a savings account, and access to additional resources that will help them develop a mini business plan and launch their businesses.

Come out and lend your support to these young entrepreneurs. Be sure to share these details with your friends, family, associates, and colleagues. Tweet it, post it, and blog it!

Wednesday, January 16th
Jean Childs Young Middle School
3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Cross street: Lynhurst Drive
(404) 802-5900

The competition will be held inside of the auditorium. Early arrival is strongly suggested as we will be starting promptly at 9:30am.

Check out our video and website for more details about HOPE Business In A Box: operationhope.org/business-in-a-box

I hope to see you on Wednesday morning, and don’t forget to spread the word about the pitch competition!


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January 19th and the 21st are Very Special Days: Two Reasons to be of Service

With all of the hurt and pain around us, we should invest more time in community service opportunities—working to heal through love and care.

January 19th is National Day of Service and our President, Barack Obama has called us to get up, get out, and serve those in need.

The White House released the following on their blog:

On January 21, 2013, our nation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day), a national holiday during which we honor the legacy of the civil rights leader Dr. King through a day of service and volunteering.
This year, MLK Day commemorations will coincide with the Presidential Inauguration, so the President is asking all citizens to join him in participating in a National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19…

…President Obama has been deeply committed to engaging more Americans in service since taking office four years ago. He expanded AmeriCorps through measures such as signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009 and creating the FEMA Corps program last year. He launched the Serve.gov platform to make it easier for Americans to find and post local volunteer opportunities…

For more information about the National Day of Service, click here. To learn more about MLK Day, visit MLKDay.gov.

Vice President Biden’s Mission to Reduce Gun Violence

Original post from The White House Council on Women & Girls

Working Together to Prevent Gun Violence

Vice President Biden is leading an effort to develop a new set of policies to reduce gun violence and prevent tragedies like the shooting in Newtown, CT. Wednesday, as part of that work, the Vice President met with victims’ groups and gun safety organizations at the White House, including with Annette Nance-Holt, a mother who lost her son to gun violence.

Find out more about Vice President Biden’s meeting with groups on violence prevention.

NYC Stop-and-Frisk Program Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge

Judge, Shira A. Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the police department’s “Clean Halls” stop-and-frisk program in the Bronx was unconstitutional. She wrote in her decision that the officers were routinely stopping people outside of New York City buildings without reasonable suspicion that they were trespassing.

“While it may be difficult to say where, precisely, to draw the line between constitutional and unconstitutional police encounters, such a line exists, and the N.Y.P.D. has systematically crossed it when making trespass stops outside TAP buildings in the Bronx,” Judge Scheindlin ruled.

There’s of course mixed feelings about this ruling and about the Clean Halls program.

Read more here:

Copyright 2013. Some Rights Reserved. Natasha L. Foreman. Paradigm Life.