More Than Our Future
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
From the heart and voices of abused, neglected and exploited children, birthed More Than Our Future. This may sound a bit corny, but sometimes the truth sounds that way. Indeed, there are many children programs around in this country, yet, when it comes to children, it doesn’t seem to be enough. In addition to any support that More Than may have for such existing organizations, we aim to be an online go-to site for people to be aware of the plight of our children and to responsibly be a part of their solution.
More Than Our Future wants to be a vital part in awareness of the need for all of us to be an instrumental part in significantly lowering (best case eliminating) the rates of delinquent, neglected, abused, exploited and abandon children in this country. The deep needs in them are too good for our prisons and the early graves that lay open in wait for them. More than Our Future’s mission, through regular blogs, community and national involvement, is to keep the awareness of children in the foremost of our minds as we give our hearts, time and attention to the needs in this blessed country of the U.S.
More Than has a God-inclusive base, which opens its door to people of all good-will faith.
Our More Than blogs can range from, input from our staff to concern citizens. Some of our blogs are commentary and others may be from statistical sources. Either way, More Than is about OUR children.
The need for commitment back towards our children is not in the future, but it’s now.
What Can You Do?
What Can You Do?
Any contact with any of the listed agencies, organizations or individuals are the responsibility of those who contact them. Research of their background and accountability is left to those who make contact with them. Their listing is for informational purpose only and not an endorsement. The organization of this website will not be held liable for any adverse outcome.
In a continuing effort to help our children, visit our new website for Mentoring Professionals for Leadership. Go to: mentoringprofessionals.org
CHILD USA is the leading non-profit think tank working to end child abuse and neglect in the United States. CHILD USA engages in high-level legal, social science, and medical research and analysis to derive the best public policies to end child abuse and neglect. Unlike an organization engaged in the direct delivery of services, CHILD USA produces evidence-based solutions and information needed by policymakers, organizations, media, and society as a whole to increase child protection and the common good. CHILD USA’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to help kids stay kids. #SoKidsStayKids
WHAT CAN YOU DO ?
Save the Children USA
Every Child Deserves a Future.
For 100 years, we’ve been giving children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We do whatever it takes to save children, transforming their lives and the future we share.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Foster Care Alumni of America
The vision of Foster Care Alumni of America is that all people in and from foster care are connected, empowered, and flourishing.
This vision for Foster Care Alumni of America was developed by alumni of foster care—adults who once were in foster care:
Our mission is to ensure a high quality of life for those in and from foster care through the collective voice of alumni. We intend to erase the differences in opportunities and outcomes that exist for people in and from foster care compared to those who have not experienced foster care.
We believe that opportunities to improve outcomes for alumni of foster care continue beyond age 18 (typical emancipation age) or even age 25 (typically considered the upper end of transition age) and that a significant way to improve the quality of life for alumni is to provide opportunities for us to connect with each other, reducing isolation and increasing the likelihood of permanent family and community.
We also believe that alumni of foster care possess an expertise about foster care that is not available anywhere else. Alumni bring the perspective of having lived in foster care and being part of the foster care culture—the shared experience that comes from being in foster care. We believe this perspective and expertise, and our presence and voice, are essential for influencing public will, creating the best public policy, and continually improving foster care practice.
What Children Learn
Saving Our Children
History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.
- Nelson Mandela
Children Are Our Future is more than a song. It is a reality as each generation repopulates the earth. With awareness of this reality, each generation must prepare and guide their children for such an existence. From the first day they come into this world until they reach the age of independence, they need the love, guidance and support of responsible adults. Are adults prepared for such a task? Are today's children prepared for their next step? These are the concerns and questions that must be answered and remedied.
We are faced with risk factors involving young children and youth that includes a continued need of our attention and action. We can’t just drop the ball and move on to other matters while we yet have children who are troubled, delinquent, abused and/or neglected.
More than Our Future wants to be a vital part in awareness of the need for all capable responsible adults to be an instrumental part in significantly lowering (best case eliminating) the rates of delinquent, neglected, abused, exploited and abandon children in this country.
Lowering this rate can be done by means of community support, as well as, safe and responsible individuals as they educate themselves on the needs, care and safety of children. As a result, they can become enablers for successful children and family outcomes.
This site will provide information and updates involving the needs, problems and, of course, progress of our children. We will post information on a weekly and monthly basis. We encourage our readers to view our site regularly for education, awareness and action as it relates to OUR children.
The need for commitment back towards our children should not just be in the future, but now.
The Power of Knowledge
What's to Know?
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
CHILDREN AND RESPONSIBLE ADULTS
Usually when we think of children, we may think of babies or young people who are unable to fully take care of themselves. They are people who are new or still fairly new to the world around them; and supposed to be under the direction and training of more mature, advanced aged, responsible others who will look out for their well-being. it is the parent’s responsibility to raise children safe, secure as they prepare them for independence. Unfortunately, such well-rounded
definition is not always the case.
Children are our future is more than a song. It is a reality of life that repopulate our existence. Yet they are more than our future, they are fellow human-beings, citizens and foremost, our responsibility as adults. They deserve to be treated with love and decency as responsible adults protect them from those who may exploit, neglect or abuse their trust and need for them. This love and decency are not for the future, but right now.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. -Stacia Tauscher
The problems our blessed country of the U.S. face with risk factors involving young children and youth, continues to be in need of our attention, observation, evaluation and answers. We can’t just drop the ball and move on to other matters while we yet have children who are troubled, delinquent, abused and/or neglected. It’s one thing to not want to sit next to a mother with a crying baby; be annoyed at “bratty” kids in the supermarket or not want teens in your neighborhood, but to dismiss all children because of these behavior has and will continue to negatively affect us as a country.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
The everyday cry of children is a continuous dripping tear into the hands of adults. Whether you gave birth to a child or not, there are yet too many of our children in this country who are in continued need of responsible adults. Establishing various children-helping programs throughout the country is good, but its not enough. Our children can use responsible individuals who may be people in or outside of their community who could legally and responsibly be a support and role model for them.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
September-November, 2021 Guest Corner Children and Family: What You Should Know
Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating’
Remote learning, lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among adolescents, and heightened concerns about their mental health.
Published Nov. 12, 2020Updated Nov. 13, 2020
Before the pandemic, Aya Raji’s days were jam-packed. She woke up at 6:30 a.m. and took the subway to school. At night, she practiced kick-flips with her skateboarding club and hosted “Twilight” movie nights for friends.
Once her school in Brooklyn turned to remote learning, starting last spring and continuing this fall, the days grew long and lonely. Nothing could distract her from the bleak news, as she stared at her laptop for hours during virtual class. She couldn’t sleep, up until 4 a.m., her mind racing with anxiety.
“I felt like I was trapped in my own little house and everyone was far away,” Aya, 14, said. “When you’re with friends, you’re completely distracted and you don’t think about the bad stuff going on. During the beginning of quarantine, I was so alone. All the sad things I used to brush off, I realized I couldn’t brush them off anymore.”
Students like Aya felt some relief earlier this fall, when their schools opened with a blend of remote and in-person learning, although the rigid rules and social distancing required during the pandemic still made it rough to connect. And now, with coronavirus caseloads at record levels across the country, many schools are returning to remote classes, at least temporarily through part of the winter.
The social isolation of the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many Americans. But the impact has been especially severe on teenagers, who rely on their friends to navigate the maze and pressures of high school life.
Research shows that adolescents depend on their friendships to maintain a sense of self-worth and to manage anxiety and depression. A recent study of 3,300 high school students found that nearly one-third reported feeling unhappy or depressed in recent months. And while it might seem counterintuitive for a generation used to bonding with friends via texts, TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram, more than a quarter of those students said they did not feel connected to teachers, classmates or their school community.
“A lot of adults assume teens have it easy,” Aya said. “But it’s hitting us the hardest.”
Since the start of the pandemic, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has heard from many young adults experiencing anxiety and depression, which the organization attributes partly to social isolation. The group has cautioned parents and teachers to look for warning signs, including severe risk-taking behavior, significant weight loss, excessive use of drugs or alcohol and drastic changes in mood.
Get In Touch and Stay In Touch
For the sake of our children, get involved, be patient and stay connected.
Months of: September- November, 2021
“The only thing worse than being blind is have sight and no vision”- Hellen Keller
“If you are making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something”- Everyday Empower
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.- Carolina Myss
Covid19- Prayer of Protection
1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3. Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6. nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9. If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge--
10. then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12. they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Prayer: Father God, with these words, we look to you as our source of safety and deliverance. God bless and help America and all other countries that are in need of your divine intervention. We believe in you as the source of our continued life. We trust in you that control of life will not be in the power of others. Thank you already for deliverance from fear and an outcome of victory.