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Empowering the Youth by Promoting Positivity

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Empowering the Youth by Promoting Positivity

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Michelle Reed

HeyUgly organization has reached 650,000 students through its programs

HeyUgly organization has reached 650,000 students through its programs

By: Angel Hadnott, Production Assistant

Our Economy is slowly recuperating from an unprecedented financial crisis. The environment suffers from industry processes and emissions. Antibiotics used in the food we eat may be increasing our resistance to medication. We face tremendous global and local challenges. But there is hope, despite all these problems, there are many organizations and groups working to make the world a better place. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to clean our air. There are countless organizations that exist to help those struggling with debt and finance, and people are becoming more and more educated about the issues of living and eating healthy. One issue though that is often overlooked by many adults is the issue of low esteem and it’s impact on a child’s life.

Since most of us have had moments of insecurity and self doubt, low self esteem is an issue that most people can relate to. A moment where you had a idea or thought to take the initiative on a project, to take the lead, and you heard a voice that said “You’re not good enough,” or “ It won’t work out,”. Betty Hoeffner, a representative at HeyUgly.org, said these voices are nothing more than self bullying.

Organizations such as HeyUgly.Org and Always Sisters Forever Brothers promote self esteem in youth and adults, and work to bring awareness to issues like bullying, depression, and other ills that plague many Americans both young and old. Self bullying, much like low self esteem, is common among children. They tell themselves that their ugly, or not smart or pretty enough, and as a result, they try to deflect those negative feelings by putting others down.

HeyUgly.org teaches children to get in touch with their thoughts and feelings and recognize when self bullying is occurring. “We tell them what their feelings can teach them about themselves,” said Hoeffner, “We tell them to squish or cancel out the negative feelings, and replace them with positive ones.”

Cece Winans, creator and host of Always Sisters Forever Brothers

Cece Winans, creator and host of Always Sisters Forever Brothers

Always Sisters Forever Brothers, an annual conference created by Grammy award-winning Cece Winans, aims to uplift the spirit of young adults through motivational teachings and inspirational worship. The conference consists of 2 ½ days packed with informative sessions, praise and worship, skits, a fashion show. The idea is to educate, motivate and redirect the life choices of young men and women.

“Our young women and men need to know whose they are, and how valuable they are,” said Winans, who also hosts the conference, “They are princes and princesses because of who they belong to.”. Along with promoting self esteem, through Always Sisters Forever Brothers, Winans helps young adults realize their potential through her involvement with How Sweet the Sound .

How Sweet the Sound, Verizon’s nationwide gospel choir competition, allows young women and men across the country to showcase their ability, and explore their potential in a fun and positive environment. “The competition is healthy because its gospel music. And gospel music is good because its about hope,” said Winans, “The show is a lot of fun, and everyone should. It’s definitely a show that will get you jumping.”

Always Sisters Forever Brothers participants on stage

Always Sisters Forever Brothers participants on stage

Involvement in activities like choirs, theatre, band, or programs that promote self esteem like HeyUgly.org are important to ensure that children, and young men and women grow up with the knowledge and confidence that they can achieve their goals. Many problems in our country have been fixed because someone tried or attempted to find a solution. Someone had a dream. If the youth in America lose their ability to dream, or to have faith in their dreams, where will that leave our country?

Educators, parents, or children who would like to find out more information about the HeyUgly organization can at www.heyugly.org.

Those who would like more information on the Always Sisters Forever Brothers conference can get by visiting www.alwayssistersforeverbrothers.com.

Disclosure: The views shared in this articles may not be the view shared by HoustonPBS or Patricia Gras.

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Help us Race For the Cure

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Help us Race For the Cure

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Michelle Reed


This fall I will be participating in the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®. I am taking an extra step and raising additional funds in the fight against breast cancer. Join me in this fight!

I am asking that if you can, please take time now, and donate $1.00 at my Race For The Cure page.

Every 68 seconds a woman, somewhere in the world, dies from breast cancer. Help us change this. Help us find the cure!!! Donate TODAY!!

Thanks!

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Reflections of the Week

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Reflections of the Week

Posted on 17 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

WHAT I LEARNED THIS WEEK

No matter what happens to me. I can only control my reaction to it. That’s all.

WHAT I AM GRATEFUL FOR

I have a passion for what I do in part because I have to learn something new every day.

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Know More About Global Warming

Know More About Global Warming

Posted on 13 September 2010 by Michelle Reed

By Kira Black and Patricia Gras
In 2006, Al Gore starred in a documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, that campaigned global warming issues that recognized it as a worldwide problem. This documentary sparked the public’s interest with the horrors of the long term effects that global warming will have on our planet. Global warming has been around for billions of years alternating with ice ages and will continue to occur naturally. However, it has become a main interest because all the human activities and practices that we do have contributed to it’s occurrence and severity.

Global warming is basically the increase of temperatures of the earth’s atmosphere, which disrupts the earth’s natural blanket, the greenhouse effect, from properly trapping heat and keeping the planet insulated. Continue Reading

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What I learned this Week

What I learned this Week

Posted on 07 September 2010 by Michelle Reed

The Constitution was written for good reasons. Freedom of Religion is one of them. Should we not build Christian churches next to the city of Oklahoma building because Timothy was a Christian? – Patricia Gras

What I Am Grateful For:

That I recognize there are good and bad people in every nation, every religion and every race and that I can judge a person for the content of their character, not their color, religion or nationality. -Patricia Gras

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The Deepwater Horizon spill lives on, Houston energy feels aftermath

The Deepwater Horizon spill lives on, Houston energy feels aftermath

Posted on 07 September 2010 by Michelle Reed

Written By: Michelle Reed, Production Assistant

As the energy capital of the world, Houston is a cut above the rest in terms of energy. The city is home to five of the six superpower’s in energy corporations including ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil and the largest division of BP America whose international headquarters are located in London, England.

But with the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill explosion on  April 20 that killed 11 platform workers and released 4.9 million barrels of oil, including 800,000 barrels that BP captured, anxiety over unsafe off-shore drilling operations is still high and Houston’s reputation is still on the line. The unanswered question still remains, could BP have saved the rig before it was too late? Continue Reading

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What I Learned This Week

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What I Learned This Week

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

If I can’t understand what a person is going through. I try to walk in their shoes and quit pointing fingers. Continue Reading

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Breathing in Houston Can be Dangerous

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Breathing in Houston Can be Dangerous

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

By: Angel Hadnott, Production Assistant

If you live in the Houston area, playing outside could damage your health. Though exaggerated, the statement holds some truth as Houston’s overall air quality remains among the nation’s worst. When you’re outdoors in Houston, beware of inhaling some of the toxins and pollutants that you may be taking in.

Two of the most harmful air pollutants present in the Houston area are butadiene (1,3, butadiene) and benzene. Butadiene, which is produced from burning fuels, can cause nausea, skin irritation and fatigue. The exposure to butadiene can also cause leukemia; children are especially at risk for leukemia after exposure to the pollutant. Be aware that the emissions from vehicular combustion and industrial processes in the Houston area release benzene. Continue Reading

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Race for the Cure, Dealing with Change and Health Care

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

Here’s a sneak-peek into what’s on Living Smart and Latina Voices this week: Living Smart: Herb Agan on dealing with Change. Dr. Herb Agan, a family therapist and professor at the University of Houston, reveals the unseen opportunities in a crisis. Agan discusses ways to effectively deal with and explore the inherent possibilities of change. 3pm on Sunday and 10pm on Friday night

On Latina Voices, we interviewed the opposing sides of the debate over universal healthcare. Although we shot this before health reform was pased the information is still applicable. Health care reform will affect our lives, our pocketbooks and our health for years to come. My advise, focus on prevention. Sunday at 2:30pm Wednesday nights 11:30pm

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Olympians, College smarts and the value of Silence

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

What I learned this week:
Sometimes we need time to really discern what is going on in our lives, therefore we should not make any decisions when we are upset, overwhelmed or depressed.

What I am grateful for: I am going on a long trip and I can do that because I have worked in the same station for 20 years and I work to live, instead of living to work.
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