Guardians of the Galaxy: Uncovering the strengths of youth in foster care

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SPOILER ALERT

The Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) are a band of outcasts in a constant state of transition. Moving galaxy to galaxy, they search for the main character, Star-Lord’s, father. They embrace their mobility and are forced to adapt to their new surroundings. The Guardians all share a history of isolation and abandonment and have an unspoken language that binds them together. The understanding that they've walked the same path provides a familiar, non-judgmental space where they can let their guard down and embrace their heritage. One of my favorite lines from the film says it best, "You can fool yourself and everyone else, but you can’t fool me. I know who you are.” 

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Rodney King Reflection

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On this 25th anniversary of the Rodney King verdict and civil unrest, Peace4Kids volunteer Darrell Blocker has learned to acknowledge and not avoid discussions on race.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Jenny_Headshot2.jpgPolitical Science Professor and Los Angeles County Special Services Assistant, Jenny Serrano, shares a very personal story in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Siblings Day

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Peace4Kids Executive Director, Zaid Gayle sits down with Board Member and Media Mogul, Angelica Nwandu, to discuss their unbreakable familial bond in honor of National Siblings Day.

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World Social Work Day


Jenny_S_Kids_v5.6.jpgWith fears growing about the change in priorities from the proposed White House budget, Peace4Kids Board Member, Jenny Serrano, MPA (bottom left), shares a special message for the child welfare community in honor of World Social Work Day.


 

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I Am A Radical

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Peace4Kids Executive Director, Zaid Gayle, talks about why producing  Cobi's controversial music video to the hit song "Don't You Cry For  Me", which graphically depicts a young black man being hanged, was  very important in bringing attention to the struggles of youth in foster  care.

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Humble Beginnings

       

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"We thought we were teaching them...we were wrong." 

 Zaid Gayle and Marni Otway founded Peace4Kids 19 years ago today in honor of the Season for Nonviolence, a nationwide campaign to promote peace.

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Angelica Nwandu | Equity Leader

Sundance_Angelica_and_Jordana.jpgAcclaimed screenwriter Angelica Nwandu discovered her strength as a writer through her experience on the Peace4Kids Poetry Team.

“When I entered foster care I lost practically everything, but at Peace4Kids, I discovered my voice.”

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George White | Equity Leader

george_white2.jpgGeorge White credits his emergence as a social justice and equity innovator to his time at Peace4Kids.

“Through Peace4Kids I learned I was capable. I discovered how my voice was essential in building an equitable and just society.”

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Peace4Kids Advancing Equity

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, we’ll share stories highlighting community members who are advancing an “equitable” society for our children. Imagine a world where youth in foster care, who are often unseen and unheard, receive all they need to prosper. 

If these stories resonate, please consider

Joining our Karisma 100K Matching Campaign

to help raise awareness and support the ongoing development of our community change makers.

 

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