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.
HERNDON, VA — Officers from the Herndon Police Department charged two men in connection with separate crimes against children.
The Blue Ribbon Project believes that every child deserves to feel special on their birthday or during another memorable event. For many children in Foster Care, their birthday and other celebrations may seem like any other day with no cards, no party, no presents, or cake.
The Blue Ribbon Project's Celebrations Club works to recognize Foster Children and Youth during their special events. We work with foster parents and the Department of Social Services to make these celebrations super special. Through this program, we can help provide Birthday Presents, Special Events* (in the community or hosting a party at The Blue Ribbon project), Bowling Events, Movie Nights, or any other special event for a foster child.
The Blue Ribbon Project works to make these events special for each foster child in the communities we serve.
*During the COVID-19 pandemic, some venues will not be available.
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.
If you have an interest in additional training programs or would like to volunteer with The Blue Ribbon Project, please register by signing up for our newsletter.
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.