Scholarships for Girls to Paint Available for Local Victimization Prevention Event

IMG_0317RIVERSIDE – Women Wonder Writers in partnership with Daughters Lives Matter and Street Positive is set to host the Art of Fatherhood event at Flabob Airport, Hangar 16A in Riverside on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Scholarships valued at $40 are available for girls ages 7-18 who register in advance, which includes admission to the expo, lunch, painting supplies and instruction, and her own masterpiece of Swing Tree to take home.
This event will provide the opportunity for guests to paint to prevent victimization and abuse, connect with important resources, and meet local career women in non-traditional and cultural careers, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Numerous diverse exhibitors and special resource vendors will be on site to meet with attendees. The Write of Your L!fe Essay Contest Winners will be announced and there will be giveaways, prizes and food served at additional cost.
To kick off the event, T-Lopez, a relevant music artist and producer, who performed at Saturday’s Riverside Tamale Festival, will sing the National Anthem followed by a tribute song to healthy father-daughter relationships.  Dixie Roybal, founder of Perfect Palette, a mobile paint company geared towards all levels of skill, will guide guests to paint their own masterpiece to take home of Swing Tree. Top female drifter, Rathyna Gomer, who currently competes in drifting in the ProAm series and working towards earning her professional competition license for Formula Drift Pro2, will be in attendance alongside her race car for a meet-and-greet with attendees.
“Many of us have been personally touched reading about the work of this organization to help steer young girls to a support network like yours.  There are many days I realize how much turmoil and pain I could have avoided if I had access to programs that would have connected me to positive role models,” said Desiree Wood, Founder and President of Real Women in Trucking.
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  According to Women Wonder Writers Co-Founding Executive Director Debra Postil who is also a local county prosecutor, “our focus is to bring awareness to child abuse and victimization, especially when it comes to absent-father homes. Issues of promiscuity, suicide, dropping out of school, poverty, drug and alcohol use, as well as teen pregnancy increase when fathers are absent from a daughter’s life.  And children from fatherless homes are the most vulnerable to being trafficked.”
Girls ages 7-8 interested in obtaining a scholarship to attend the event are required to register by contacting Kathy Ediss at (951) 532-3280 or Kathy@WomenWonderWriters.com no later than Friday, April 28, 2017. The Expo is set for Saturday April 29, 2017 and is open and FREE to the public (lunch and painting at additional cost).  The Expo opens at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m.  Painting instruction starts at 11:30 a.m. Guests can register at WomenWonderWriters.com.
Tickets for the general public to participate in the painting portion are $40 for Adult (includes one child age 7-18) and $10 for each additional child.  All proceeds benefit The Write of Your L!fe, a mentoring cultural arts program building resiliency in girls. Lunch is not included in admission. Parking is free and the event is open to the public, including the media.  For more information, please email info@WomenWonderWriters.com, contact Kathy Ediss at (951) 532-3280, or visit www.womenwonderwriters.com.
Women Wonder Writers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to break the cycle of victimization and abuse through education, empathy and expression.  It implements cultural arts and restorative justice programs, including The Write of Your L!fe, for girls ages 14-18.  For more information, visit WomenWonderWriters.com.
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Victimization Prevention Event Seeks Sponsorships for Daughters

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In her lifetime a daughter is at risk of being pimped or punched.

The role that a father plays in helping his daughter build a healthy and sustainable lifestyle is priceless.

On April 29, 2017, Women Wonder Writers, Daughters Lives Matters and award-winning Street Positive is hosting the “Art of Fatherhood: Daddy/Daughter Paint Date & Expo” for victimization prevention. We need your help today!

We have 40 “girls without fathers” who would like to attend this uplifting and engaging painting event, but have little or no support to do so. There will also be “Women In Unique Careers” available to meet, share and encourage them to succeed in life; USAF Fighter Pilots, Firefighters, Race Car Drivers, Iron Workers, Airline Pilots, Truck Drivers, Electricians and many others. All, of which, understand the importance and impact of a father.

Please be 1 of 40 donors to provide a $40.00 tax-deductible sponsorship contribution to support a “girl without a father” to paint and lunch at the Art of Fatherhood on April 29, 2017.

Pledge your #NoPimpNoPunch support today to ensure all Daughters Lives Matter!

Visit WomenWonderWriters.com to sponsor a girl now!

And, remember “If you don’t spend time with your “daughter”, someone else will. We Guarantee It!”

The Write of Your L!fe Announces Daddy-Daughter Essay Contest

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We are now accepting writing submissions for The Write of Your L!fe Essay Contest focused on fatherhood impact. Essay contest winners will be announced and awarded at Art of Fatherhood and provided free admission.

Art of Fatherhood™, a Daddy/Daughter Paint Date & Expo is set Saturday April 29, 2017. You can register to attend and/or become a sponsor or exhibitor at this multicultural family event offering outreach to fathers with daughters ages 7-18. The event is open to the public!

Accomplished artists and instructors will be assisting attendees to create their own masterpiece to take home, along with guest speakers, elected officials and community leaders. There will be giveaways, drawings and an aviation showcase.

Why do Daughters’ Lives Matter?

71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, 63% of youth suicides are connected to fatherless homes, 71% of pregnant teens lack a father, and American children from fatherless homes are the most vulnerable to being trafficked. Additionally, issues of promiscuity, poverty, drug and alcohol use, as well as teen pregnancy are identified as high-risk areas when fathers are absent from a daughter’s life.

Visit WomenWonderWriters.com for more information.

Swing Tree Painting to Bring L!fe to Daddy-Daughter Paint Date

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Swing Tree, painting for Art of Fatherhood 

We are pleased to announce Art Instructor Dixie Roybal of Perfect Palette will inspire dads and daughters at Art of Fatherhood: Daddy-Daughter Paint Date & Expo Saturday April 29, 2017. Dixie will guide guests to paint their own masterpiece inspired by Swing Tree, a painting promoting healthy father-daughter relationships.

 
Dixie founded Perfect Palette, a mobile paint company, offering a variety of locations all around Southern California geared towards all levels of skill.  Perfect Palette even offers private parties such as birthday, bridal, baby showers, date nights or just a simple girls night out.  For more information, visit their website.
“After assisting multiple business owners from various industries build and manage their company, I knew I was ready to build my own.  Through all my experience, I learned that I have a passion for creating and teaching.  Combining that with my love for entertaining, so was born Perfect Palette Cocktails & Canvas. My commitment is to ensure that every guest has an amazing experience.” says Dixie Royal, owner of Perfect Palette.
Join us on April 29th to be create your own masterpiece inspired by Dixie’s painting Swing Tree, a tribute to healthy father-daughter relationships.
Register to attend and/or become a sponsor or exhibitor at this multicultural family event offering outreach to fathers with daughters ages 7-18. The event is open to the public!
Guest speakers, elected officials and community leaders will be present and there will be The Write of Your L!fe™ Essay Contest focused on fatherhood impact, giveaways, drawings and an aviation showcase.
Visit WomenWonderWriters.com for more information.
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Dixie Roybal, Owner of Perfect Palette, Art of Fatherhood Painting Instructor

Top Latina Music Artist Joins Art of Fatherhood to Inspire Dads & Daughters

IMG_0275Professional female artists like T Lopez are expected to inspire dads and daughters at Art of Fatherhood:™ Daddy-Daughter Paint Date & Expo Saturday April 29, 2017. To kick off the event, T will perform the National Anthem followed by a tribute song to healthy father-daughter relationships.

With her most recent single release, “Company”, T has established herself as a relevant music artist throughout the industry, and has built a successful career as an actress, and television personality, as well. From serving as a producer and host on the nationally-syndicated series, LatiNation, to debuting her latest music video “Vivelo”, on the McDonald’s Channel, T continues to prove that her versatility as a performer has helped put her on the map and she intends to bring her community along for the ride.

During her run with Cash Money Records, beside artists like Drake, and Nicki Minaj, T was asked to join forces with countless superstars including Hip-Hop heavyweights, Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, and Flo-Rida. Not stopping there, the former member of the all Latina-girl group Soluna, wasn’t satisfied until she was able to incorporate an aspect of her own brand into her music. T recruited some of the biggest names in Latin music, including: A.B. Quintanilla, C-Kan, and Jon Secada. Her first Spanish single, “Mentirosa”, released on the “A.B. Quintanilla’s Allstarz” album, skyrocketed to #1 in South America, which allowed Lopez to go on an international tour with his crew. Following that, T co-wrote two songs on C-Kan’s newly released album, Clasificacion C , and has begun touring throughout Mexico and Europe. The first of the C-Kan-T Lopez collaborations released, “Eres Para Mi,” has already reached over 1 million views on Vevo/YouTube in just under two months, and sales of the single continues to grow.

Although Lopez experienced the rigors of the touring world nearly a decade earlier, when Soluna opened for artists like Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias, it is her performances in Latin America that have had an extraordinary impact on her.

Join us on April 29th to be inspired by T’s music along with other female artists as you paint your masterpiece.

Register to attend and/or become a sponsor or exhibitor at this multicultural family event offering outreach to fathers with daughters ages 7-18. The event is open to the public!

General admission (without painting) is FREE. Daughters under 18 years old paint FREE. Adults and children may purchase tickets to paint at WomenWonderWriters.com.

Accomplished artists and instructors will be assisting attendees to create their own masterpiece to take home, along with guest speakers, elected officials and community leaders. There will be The Write of Your L!fe™ Essay Contest focused on fatherhood impact, giveaways, drawings and an aviation showcase.

Visit WomenWonderWriters.com to register and for more information.

Top Female Pro-Am Series Drifter Joins Art of Fatherhood to Inspire Girls

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Professional women in non-traditional careers like Rathyna Gomer are set to attend Art of Fatherhood:™ Daddy-Daughter Paint Date & Expo Saturday April 29, 2017 at Flabob Airport in Riverside. As a top female drifter, Rathyna currently competes in drifting in the ProAm series and is looking to earn her professional competition license for Formula Drift Pro2.

What makes Rathyna unique? Her passion for education and dedication to the community! Not only has she spent the last six years refining her skills as a driver, but she has managed her time outside of the track to earn two Bachelor’s Degrees and a Master’s in Business Administration. She also is very active in the non-profit sector including working with Women Wonder Writers (WWW) and uses her experiences to inspire teenage-aged girls to reach their full potential. She also uses her free time to volunteer at fundraisers and community events.

Join us on April 29th to meet Rathyna, along with other female professionals in non-traditional careers as you paint your masterpiece.

Register to attend and/or become a sponsor or exhibitor at this multicultural family event offering outreach to fathers with daughters ages 7-18. The event is open to the public!

Accomplished artists and instructors will be assisting attendees to create their own masterpiece to take home, along with guest speakers, elected officials and community leaders. There will be The Write of Your L!fe™ Essay Contest focused on fatherhood impact, giveaways, drawings and an aviation showcase.

Why do Daughters’ Lives Matter?

71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, 63% of youth suicides are connected to fatherless homes, 71% of pregnant teens lack a father, and American children from fatherless homes are the most vulnerable to being trafficked. Additionally, issues of promiscuity, poverty, drug and alcohol use, as well as teen pregnancy are identified as high-risk areas when fathers are absent from a daughter’s life.

Together we can provide support in helping to build healthy daddy/daughter relationships. If a father doesn’t spend time with his daughter, someone else will. We guarantee it!

Visit WomenWonderWriters.com for more information.

Local Prosecutors & Law Enforcement Enhance Civics Education in New School District-Based Youth Court

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Jurupa Valley–The Jurupa Valley Unified School District (JUSD) in collaboration with the Riverside District Attorney’s Office, Riverside Sheriff Department, Women Wonder Writersand Reach-Out operate the JUSD Student Court bi-monthly at the School District’s Board Room. The idea took root last year in an effort to curb school-based offenses and delinquency incidents, such as marijuana use, chronic truancy, and disrupting the school and learning environment. When JUSD Director of Administrative Services Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez approached Debra Postil, a community prosecutor and member of the steering committees of the Riverside Police Department Youth Court, Coachella Valley Youth Court Collaborative, and California Association of Youth Court, Ms. Postil welcomed the opportunity to start a student court to serve middle and high school students in Jurupa Valley. The District collaborated with the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office and local nonprofits to help set up the student court, which runs bi-weekly on Saturdays at the Jurupa Unified School District.

Having regularly presiding as a judge over the JUSD Student Court, Senior Deputy District Attorney and Superior Court Judicial Candidate Burke Strunsky, who is also the author of the book The Humanity of Justice, named after his charitable foundation The Humanity of Justice Foundation, which strives to root out child abuse across the nation, “To me, being in a public service profession means that one has a heightened responsibility to be involved in the community. What I particularly like about Student Court is that-although I act as a judge-it is the youth juries who ask the probing questions to their contemporary who is accused of some type of misconduct. I believe that hearing relevant questions and suggestions from young people, who are at the same place in life as the accused, have a far deeper impact than the same coming from any adult. So, there is a two-way process in which the youth questioners and the accused youth feed off of each other and both come out stronger because they are more understanding of the particular problem. Eventually, this leads to a broader perspective on the underlying factors that can make a young person go off track and the consequences of not correcting that negative behavior. But I believe that the true genius of Student Court is making part of any disposition the requirement that the youth come back and serve on future juries involving other young people accused of misconduct. This empowers the former accused youths by allowing them to see a person in a similar situation to them and formulate a disposition that gets his or her colleague back on track.”

Ms. Postil confirmed that youthful offenders are required to come back to serve as jurors as a part of their sentence to, “give them a chance to help others, connect with a caring community, encourage them to play more positive roles in their communities, and expose them to pro-social peer influences, which is ideal in effective restorative justice programs.”  School-based incidents are referred by school administrators and hearings are held from twice monthly in the formal education board room at the School District. Other students volunteer to serve as jurors, clerks, and bailiffs, including from the local Sheriff’s Explorer program. The jury, that is made up of middle and high schoolers, decide the sentencing consequences for the youthful offenders who come to court already admitting their guilt. Sentences have included community service, apology letters, counseling, tutoring, essays, and curfew restrictions.

Aside from hearing actual cases, according to Ms. Postil, the students receive a variety of training and educational programming, which is coordinated by Riverside-based nonprofit Women Wonder Writers and San Bernardino-based nonprofit Reach Out. At the beginning of the school year, all students received training about the history of youth courts, juvenile law, empathy, and social and emotional issues surrounding juvenile delinquency and truancy. On December 2nd, the students attended the Youth Track of Beyond the Bench, a multidisciplinary statewide conference devoted to children, youth, and families in the California court system. Last Saturday, the students received specialized training regarding appropriate internet, texting and social media behaviors and the consequences of cyberbullying by Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback.

In truancy cases, the youth jurors have imposed reverse curfews, requiring students to leave home in the morning to get to school.  It is well known that truancy and dropout rates not only have a long term impact on crime rates, there is also an immediate and significant detrimental economic impact to our local school districts. According to the California Department of Education Data Reporting Office’s latest truancy figures (2013-14), Riverside County’s truancy rate is 33.15%. This is higher than the state average of 31.14%. According to the Attorney General’s 2014 Report on California Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis, Riverside County’s truancy rate equated to a substantial loss of $96,833,125.00 to Riverside County school districts. According to Ms. Postil, the types of first time or low level offenses mostly engaged in by Riverside County Youth involve offenses related to property (22.1%), violence (20.2%), drugs and alcohol (12.7%) and truancy (14.7%). According to a Vanderbilt study directed by Professor Mark A. Cohen, each teen prevented from adopting a life of crime (including future adult offenses) can save public expenditures between $1.7 million and $2.3 million per youth. In the short term, each youth deterred from incarceration in California saves the government approximately $180,000 per child in annual incarceration costs according to the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.

According to the California Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts, studies show that youth court participation helps juvenile offenders be held accountable, an effective youth court can impose a consequence in a more timely fashion than a traditional juvenile court, can help build community connection, teens respond better to peers than adult authority figures, and can prevent future delinquent acts by empowering and educating youth. The national body of literature on youth courts recognize that these programs promote restorative justice, youth leadership and civics education as the students are having a real-life interaction with criminal justice professionals.

The student feedback demonstrates the value of civic learning. For example, Director of Administrative Services Ilsa Garcia-Gonzalez stated, “I had a few students talk to me and they were very excited to have had the opportunity to ask Deputy DA Burke Strunsky questions.  One student even requested we continue to bring professionals from the legal community to speak to them because at schools they only get to hear from college representatives.  I believe Mr. Strunsky inspired more than one to follow in his footsteps.”

To date, the Jurupa Unified Student Court has presided over 29 cases. Over 40 youth volunteers show up bi-weekly to participate. The next Student Court is set for March 5, 2016 where Senior Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunsky will act as a judge alongside the youth jury. The program will conclude Saturday, May 21st with an Awards Banquet in Jurupa Valley. Sponsorships and donations are being sought for the Banquet and for students to attend the 2016 CAYC Youth Court Summit being held on June 23-25 at UC Santa Cruz. For more information, questions, donations, or sponsorship opportunities for the JUSD Student Court, contact Kathy Ediss at (951) 532-3280 or Kathy@WomenWonderWriters.com.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunksy with Student Court Participants.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Burke Strunksy with Student Court Participant.
Riverside Sheriff Department Deputy with Student Court Participant.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Strickroth with Student Court Participants.
2015 California Association of Youth Court Summit, Pepperdine University