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TGIM Digital Publishing is offering a unique opportunity for Part Time or Full Time Fundraising Coordinators to create, and implement fundraising campaigns to support the expansion of our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program. After 7 years of development, we're ready to take our program to the next level. The compensation for this position will start as performance based, with clear goals and guidelines outlined by our Fiscal Sponsor to ensure transparency in the process.

Although many professional fundraisers feel that performance based fundraising is inappropriate, we're seeking to establish a different type of platform to create grassroots support for the program and help generate the initial funding needed to establish a permanent fundraising development team offering base pay plus performance incentives.

Structuring this position to start as performance based ensures the needed funding to expand Writing for the Soul Workshop™ and ensure our participants continue to attend the workshops free of cost, as we continue to develop operations and establish the non profit division of our company. We are not looking for blanket cold calling, or outbound telemarketing solutions, rather a committed individual that can help establish long term, sustainable fundraising guidelines and relationships to move our program to the next level.

If you have a passion for helping others, and are excited about unlimited earning opportunities for a new and exciting program, please send your resume to fundraising@tgimonline.us.

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Eric Jones, TGIM CEO with Phyllis Dickerson, Chief of Staff Little Rock Mayor's Office

Today I cried, not because I lost my job or best friend, not because my loved one passed away, or because I don't have money in the bank.

Today I cried because I saw the faces of men who had the potential to be my husband or the father of my child.

Today I cried because none of them looked as if they knew I missed them all these years.

I missed their smiles, conversation, and their warm embrace.

Today I cried because they traded me in like a used car, but the trade-in wasn't even.

I got traded for a hustle. Did they not see my value or my potential?

Today I cried because they weren't around to inspire me to reach my goals or congratulate me on my achievements. Did they not know I needed them cheering for me at the finish line?

Today I cried because they missed graduations, weddings, baptisms, reunions, and the holidays. I thought about buying them a gift, but I couldn't count on them to ever come home to open it.

Today I cried because Father-Time has taken my joy and changed it to bitterness. I am like Naomi, but now I am Mara.

Today I cried because they didn't even see my pain growing inside my belly like a terminal cancer just waiting on the doctor to give the estimated time of death.

Today I cried because they weren't in the delivery room to help me give birth to my potential. I had to give birth alone with no one to hold my hand.

Please help wipe the tears from my eyes. Make my final years better than my beginning, so that my pain will not be in vain.

Writing is Therapy

Phyllis wrote this after volunteering at a Re-Entry Program. I met her and Mayor Mark Stodola at the MacAuthor Victory Walk to End Violence this past weekend. After sharing information about Writing for the Soul Workshop™, Phyllis suggested that I come to her office today so that she could learn more about the program. Today, after sharing with her how we use our program as a trauma informed approach to help students safely get what's on the inside ...out -Phyllis shared "Today I Cried" with me. I asked if I could share it on our network. Someone's loved one needed to read this, and to know that they are not alone. Writing is therapy, but the magic happens when we share. Thank you for sharing Phyllis.

Our Trauma Informed Approach

In schools that have already adopted a trauma informed approach, the results have been amazing. Arnone Elementary, for example, which has 826 students from kindergarten through 5th grade, 86 percent of which are minorities, has seen a 40 percent drop in suspensions after implementing a trauma informed approach. When Lincoln High School implemented a trauma-informed approach, suspensions dropped by 83 percent and expulsions dropped by 40 percent in the year following implementation.

Hurt people hurt people. Creating a trauma informed approach starts with changing the dialogue around behavioral issues. Instead of asking the question, “What’s wrong with him/her?” the real question is “what happened to him/her?” This is where our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program emerges as a viable component for organizations and schools to help better work with trauma impacted youth. Contact us to discuss implementing our program at (682) 235-8446 today.

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A 16-year-old girl is arrested for shoplifting. A 17 year boy is arrested for selling drugs at school. Most of us hear statistics like that, and just shake our heads at the poor choices young people today make just to have some fun. But what if it was survival, and not fun? What if they felt they had no other choice? Across the globe, youth unemployment has become an epidemic. As people around the world continue to feel the impact of economic issues, and cling to any job they can get, the youth that would normally fill entry-level positions have fewer and fewer options for employment.

As noted by the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment 2013, there are 1.2 billion youth in the world aged 15 to 24. They comprise 17% of the world’s population and 40% of the world’s unemployed. In 2010, 357.7 million youth were not in education, employment or training (NEET), and the number is increasing. Jeffrey A. Joerres, chief executive officer of Manpower (MAN), a temporary-services firm with offices in 82 countries and territories, adds, “Youth unemployment will clearly be the epidemic of this next decade unless we get on it right away. You can’t throw in the towel on this.”

While most of us don’t consider youth unemployment to be a major social issue, Peter Coy of Bloomberg Business Week talks about the potential impacts of this global epidemic, saying “But the failure to launch has serious consequences for society—as Egypt’s Mubarak and Tunisia’s overthrown President, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, discovered. So did Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who in 2009 dispatched baton-wielding police against youths protesting his disputed reelection.” Coy goes on to point out that “ for the young jobless, enforced leisure can be agony. Musa Salhi, the Spanish soccer player, says, “I feel bored all the time, especially in the mornings. My parents really need and want me to start working.” In Belfast, Northern Ireland, 19-year-old Declan Mac­guire says he applied for 15 jobs in the past three weeks and heard nothing back. “I would consider emigrating, but I don’t even have the money to do that. It is so demoralizing.”

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Students work online after school to earn while they learn.

At TGIM Digital Publishing, we’re doing more than just talking about the youth jobless rate. We’re impacting those numbers by offering students ages 15-24 years old an opportunity at an internship with us. And we challenge other companies, schools, churches and Non-Profits to evaluate how they can impact this rising problem by partnering with us.

The experience that students get as an intern with us increases their ability to land their first job in a tough market. Through our Paid High School Internship Program, students make accomplishments they can be proud of while earning money selling books written by their peers attending our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program. Here are some of the benefits for students:

1. Learn Content Marketing

2. Learn eMail Marketing

3. Learn Social Media Marketing

4. Access to S.C.O.R.E. Mentoring Program

5. Job Skills for a Career in Sales

The more individual companies strive to find creative ways for youth to earn income, the better outlook for our growing youth population. The lack of traditional jobs available for youth stops being a problem when we all work to redefine that traditional job market, and show our support for youth taking positive steps to impact their future. Want to know how you can join our Internship Program, or partner with us? Contact Us today at (682) 235-8446. TGIM Digital Publishing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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“The interesting thing is: if you do it for love, the money comes anyway” – Richard St. John

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No one wants to think that their tax money is being “wasted” through inefficient programs and bloated government agencies. Making the government “efficient” sounds like a noble goal. Creating a new generation of jobless youth with fewer resources to learn marketable skills is the true result of the current proposed budget. As reported by the Atlantic “The 2018 budget details around $500 million in cuts for the department (of Labor), which likely means that programs for disadvantaged workers, including seniors, youths, and those with disabilities, would be reduced or completely eliminated. The Senior Community Service Employment Program, training grants at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and technical-assistance grants at the Office of Disability Employment Policy would all disappear. Job-training centers for disadvantaged children would be shuttered and funding for more general job-training and employment services would move from the federal budget to states.”

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Eric Jones, Creator of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ helps a participant.

Imagine what would happen if you saw a teen athlete suffer a severe compound fracture, and then overheard the coach say "just shake it off... the pain is all in your head anyway." Or perhaps a father and son talking about the child's recent cancer diagnosis, deciding not to treat the cancer because "I don't want my friends to make fun of me for getting sick." For most of us, these conversations would seem ridiculous, because we don't shame people who have an accident, or are diagnosed with cancer or diabetes; in fact, we rally around these individuals, providing comfort and support.

Sadly, these mindsets don't hold true when it comes to our mental and emotional diseases, especially for children. Most people don't think that children can suffer from things like depression; the reality is that 1 in 5 children will experience depression and other types of mental illnesses, but only 22% will receive treatment. In many areas in the United States, there is a shortage of mental health professionals, with some states having only 1 mental health provider per 1,000 people. Those who do receive treatment are stigmatized if they talk about their condition. People with cancer are sick... but people with a mental illness are "crazy" making it shameful to admit and address mental illness.

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Between the stigma of mental illness, and a lack of access to mental health professionals, youth face serious long term impacts due to mental illness, especially when it is unaddressed.

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Mental Health has a direct long term correlation to physical health. According to Health.gov "Mental health disorders also have a serious impact on physical health and are associated with the prevalence, progression, and outcome of some of today’s most pressing chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Mental health disorders can have harmful and long-lasting effects—including high psychosocial and economic costs—not only for people living with the disorder, but also for their families, schools, workplaces, and communities."

It is time that we start treating mental illness with the same attitudes as other long term, catastrophic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. We need to ensure that youth who experience traumatic events like bullying, violent crime and natural disasters receive ALL the treatment that they need, adding mental triage to the physical triage we are familiar with. We need to encourage our children to practice good MENTAL hygiene, in addition to taking care of their physical bodies. Finally, we need to change the perception of mental illness away from some kind of shameful defect to what it truly is, a true physical problem that requires professional treatment, and long term support.

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We offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ as a writing as therapy program. Our core program philosophy is based on the fact that powerful emotions have a powerful voice; and that when we get what is on the inside out, we take control of those feelings, and make smarter behavior choices as a result. Donors help us to reach youth actively engaged in at-risk behavior at no cost to them or their families. We understand that hurt people hurt people. No child is born bad. Help us continue our work around the US. Click here to donate today.

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Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up in an area of armed conflict? How it might feel as a child to deal with a constant threat of death, the stress of being surrounded by violence and loss?

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What if I told you that almost one in four children in the United States today are in home situations just that stressful? That almost 50% of our children will experience at least one adverse childhood experience that impacts their ability to learn? Children that have these experiences have higher risks of long-term diseases, such as diabetes, depression, asthma and high blood pressure due to the impacts of stress hormones on developing bodies. It isn’t hard to understand that children in a constant stressful situation have higher ...

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Chances are, you have been or know someone who is being bullied. TGIM Digital Publishing is collecting stories about bullying for the next release in The Bully Diaries Series. Our first release contains story after story of the emotional impacts of bullying. Stories submitted by adults prove that bullying leaves lasting emotional scars. Stories submitted by youth experiencing bullying right now prove that we need education and programs to help them deal with their situation.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50% of children are bullied and l0% are victims of bullying on a regular basis. A number of children and adolescents have reported that they suffered side effects of bullying – a drop in gra...

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In our current school system, almost 50% of all children have experienced at least one ACE or Adverse Childhood Experience. These include things like having a parent that is dependent on drugs or alcohol, abuse, neglect, and a dangerous environment. Although these may sound like things only experienced in an urban, or high poverty area, the statistics are alarmingly clear.

Dr. Christina Bethell, Director of the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center states, “If more prevention, trauma-healing and resiliency training programs aren’t provided for children who have experienced trauma, and if our educational, juvenile justice, mental health and medical systems are not changed to stop traumatizing already traumat...

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