Covid-19 Update: With the spread of Covid-19, The Blue Ribbon Project is following guidance from our local and state government and will be postponing all Volunteer events until further notice. Mirah's Closet and other portions of The Blue Ribbon Project are OPEN by appointment.
Taylor Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder of The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels.
Thank You again for your participation and support of The Blue Ribbon Project. Please allow us some time to create and e-mail your certificate to you. One thing we do ask you to please consider is making a small donation to The Blue Ribbon Project for the program you received. The Blue Ribbon Project provides free training programs to the community in order to raise awareness, however, there is a cost associated with hosting each of our trainings as well as costs associated with the operation of other programs for abused and neglected children. If you found your training to be helpful and informative, please consider a small donation. If you would like to donate, please visit The Blue Ribbon Project's Donation Page.
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In order to prepare for Trauma & Resilience- What’s your Role, please review the following materials and video clips shown below prior to the training. This will allow us to jump right into a discussion with a shared understanding of some of the basics we will be discussing. The following steps are in order as needed.
1. First, please complete this ACES questionnaire (prior to watching the videos below). This is not something you have to turn in to us and your answers will remain private, other than what you wish to share during the program.
2. Watch this ACES Ted Talk video
3. Complete this resilience questionnaire after watching the ACES Ted Talk Video. Again, this is not something you have to turn in to us and your answers will remain private, other than what you wish to share during the program.
This second video is "Love is Never Wasted" (the third in a series of videos entitled “Removed”). Please jot down some notes while watching the video regarding the following questions so we can discuss your observations together as a group.
Children are forced to face things every day that are hard to imagine; the death of a loved one, incarceration of a caregiver, living with an addicted parent, enduring incest or sexual abuse by the hands of a family member, and the list can go on and on. Research on Aversive Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) have brought the concepts of trauma and resiliency into the forefront. The general idea of the research is the higher the number of ACE’s a child had, the more at risk they are.
SYLVA, N.C. (WLOS) — An incident caught during a virtual learning class has lead to charges against a Jackson County man. Michael Huffman now faces child abuse charges. News 13 spoke with a district attorney who says there are important lessons for everyone from this incident.
In some ways, the scene Sunday afternoon in Verona looked like a child’s birthday party.
A picnic table wrapped in pink plastic was crowded with family and members of the community, surrounded by coolers of water and soda. There were decorations of butterfly wings and pop hits playing on a speaker somewhere. Toddlers ran around a playground next to the pavilion. Balloons tied to a park bench, bounced in the wind.
But while everything was cloaked in hot pink, the posters and T-shirts were ominous. Family members were wearing T-shirts bearing the phrase “Justice for Bella” and a photograph of the toddler, wearing a bright pink dress and her hair in pigtails.
This year's Gerber baby has been chosen!
Gerber’s 10th Annual Photo Search winner is Magnolia Earl, who will represent the brand as this year’s spokesbaby.
Magnolia, from Ross, California, was chosen among 327,000 contestants who submitted their photos, videos and stories through Gerber’s contest website.
Magnolia and her family were rewarded a $25,000 cash prize, $1,000 in Gerber Childrenswear, $1,000 from Walmart and phones with a year of free unlimited service from Verizon.
“At a time when we are yearning for connection and unity, Magnolia and her family remind us of the many things that bring us together: our desire to love and be loved, our need to find belonging, and our recognition that family goes way beyond biology," said Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw overcame a lot of adversity to settle into his role as an integral defensive player with the 49ers last season.
Greenlaw faced tremendous odds off the field, as his youth primarily was spent in foster care. There were plenty of rough times on the field during his four-year career at Arkansas, too.
The team went 6-18 in Greenlaw’s final two seasons of college. In the first season without Greenlaw, the Razorbacks went 2-10 for the second consecutive year in 2019.
Arkansas prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week had to answer questions about the team’s lack of success.
"I think the last two seasons we had going 4-20 reflected on a lot of our character,” Arkansas linebacker De’Jon “Scoota” Harris said. “It showed that we stuck through hard situations and we had to overcome a lot of adversity that we had to overcome.
“We had to step up as leaders as a team. We had to keep leading the way. I feel like we showed that a lot the past two seasons, and these coaches know that. We just keep doing what we're doing and executing our plans to go out there Saturday and show that we can play at this next level."
Greenlaw faced many of the same questions a year ago, and NFL.com rated him as a seventh-round pick or priority free agent before the draft. The 49ers selected Greenlaw in the fifth round with the No. 148 overall draft pick.
Greenlaw started 11 games for the 49ers. He took over at weakside linebacker when Kwon Alexander missed the second half of the season due to a torn pectoral. Greenlaw made the defensive play of the season when he stopped Seattle tight end Jacob Hollister just shy of the goal line in the closing seconds to preserve the 49ers’ crucial Week 17 victory.
"He's definitely (an inspiration) when you watch him you want to have that type of rookie year,” Arkansas defensive lineman McTelvin Agim said.
Greenlaw remained in the starting lineup for the 49ers three postseason games, including Super Bowl LIV, when Alexander returned to the active roster. He is a key component of the 49ers' future. Harris and Agim said they have leaned on Greenlaw during the draft process to gain insight from a friend who went through it just one year ago.
Said Agim, “He says to be yourself. ‘Wherever you go, just try to focus on making the team and taking it one day at a time, honestly.’"
The Blue Ribbon Project’s Foster Friends team is an instrumental part of the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project. The Blue Ribbon Project works to support abused and neglected children in our community and children in foster care. This program hosts regular events at The Blue Ribbon Project as well as outside venues. As with all positions within The Blue Ribbon Project, this is a volunteer position.The Blue Ribbon Project’s Foster Friends team is an instrumental part of the mission of The Blue Ribbon Project.
When children are removed from their home or other unsafe environment and placed into Foster Care, they lose everything that is familiar to them. They often come into care without any personal items. In 2015, The Blue Ribbon Project launched its Backpacks of Love Program to provide emergency essentials to children the moment they enter the foster care system. Our Backpacks of Love contain essential necessities for kids of all ages who are entering the system. Each backpack is designed to be gender and age specific. These backpacks include such things as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, children's soap/body wash, children's shampoo, changes of clothing for the child's age, personal clothing (underwear, socks, pajamas), and age appropriate books and toys.