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SPMG Media:. How did the birth of The Positive Results Corporation come about?
Kandee Lewis: Founded in 1992, The Positive Results Corporation, also known as The PRC, was started by Los Angeles Police Officer, Tony Newsom (who is my Brother). While working in the West Valley with the Jeopardy Program, Officer Newsom knew that youth in gangs, at risk, and on the streets were crying out for help. He started working with them, providing mentoring and literacy lesson, and was able change the mindset and lives of many.
I took over the corporation in 2007, and spent the next two years conducting a needs assessment of the community, understanding what is a non-profit, and how could I best contribute to the community. It became apparent, almost from the beginning, every person I spoke to had/was experiencing some form of violence and abuse, especially the children. I changed our mission to focus on abuse and violence prevention, specializing in Violence Awareness and Prevention for youth and young adults.
SPMG Media: The Positive Results Corporation does a great deal of work educating youth on Teen Dating Violence. Tell us about this program.
Kandee Lewis: In an era of sensationalism of violence, sex, and deviant behavior due to television, print, and social mediums, youth and families are almost immune to violence in their everyday lives and are detached from the cognitive and emotional aftereffects.
PRC’s charge to reduce acts and exposure to violence stems from startling outcomes statistics from the Center of Disease Control and Federal Bureau of Justice related domestic and dating violence and bullying. To note a few, nationally, 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. Teen victims of physical dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy diet behaviors (taking diet pills or laxatives and vomiting to lose weight), engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Finally, 75% of school shootings have been linked to bullying.
As substantiated by these numbers, youth, families, and communities need holistic pro-social behavior diversion resources to thwart physical, emotional, social, and economic consequences. For youth and families who participate in PRC’s services, they acquire a sense of purpose and commitment to reduce violence using the tools and strategies they learn from our straight talk conversations, personal accountability building activities, and pro-social behavior techniques, such as empathy.
We build “positive results“ communities to encourage youth and families to be proactive in creating a legacy of anti-violence and prevention approaches which, ultimately, empower them in places where they live, work, worship, and educate. The results are youth and families developing leadership and character development skills to make wise choices about their personal safety and safety of others, while building a culture of youth and families who embrace and promote non-violence
SPMG Media: You are currently hosting an exhibit entitled 'The Faces of Violence and Survival'. Tell us about this event.
Kandee Lewis: The Positive Results Corporation's, is hosting our an Awareness Raiser Exhibit, "The Face of Violence and Survival", Saturday, April 26th, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Callie Rose Literary Arts Cafe, 207 E. Nutwood, Inglewood, CA 90301.
Our Grand Opening will include spoken word and reflections from our Survivors and their families! We will share their truth of violence, healing, hope and survival, and will present this Exhibit in a respectful and loving manner (no violent, abused pictures).
Entrance is a $20 donation at the door, and everyone is welcome, and we will serve Beverages and Appetizers. We will also provide each attendee with information and tips on "What is Teen Dating/Domestic Violence, what can you do to help and if you need help, where can you get it from"!
We are also seeking Survivors and/or their families who would like to have their photo & truth told in our exhibit, and spoken word Artist who would like to share a message of hope and healing. Sponsors and collaborators are welcome and encouraged, as this Exhibit will travel to other cities and counties (interest has already been expressed as far as Florida and up to Oakland)
SPMG Media: What do you hope the attendees will take away from this exhibit?
Kandee Lewis: The Face of Violence and Survival promotes a more conscientious awareness of Teen Dating and Domestic Violence, how it impacts our entire community, the ways misconceptions and silence keeps it alive, and strategies to prevent it."
SPMG Media:. I understand this will be a travelling exhibit. What are the steps an organization needs to take to bring this powerful event to their city or group?
Kandee Lewis: I would love for you to accept my invitation to visit our Exhibit at the Callie Rose Literary Arts Cafe. This way you can see how we care impacting the world and changing lives in the process. Please speak introduce yourself and let me know your thoughts. Please feel free to call, text or email me to further discuss collaboration on this Exhibit, bringing it to your community.
SPMG Media: What other programs are offered through The Positive Results Corporation?
Kandee Lewis: PRC’s mission is to teach leadership and character development skills, promote healthy sustainable relationships, and prevent acts and exposure to violence and high risk behaviors.
We work with youth, ages 10 to 15, TAY age 16 to 24 and adults. This includes low income, at risk, pregnant & parenting teens, foster care, homeless and LGBTQQ youth.
Here are a few of the programs we offer:
Leadership Academy (12 wk workshop)
Stop The Pain, Teen Summit!
Character Development & Life Skills
Pregnant & Parenting Teens
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Health, Hygiene & Etiquette
Bully Prevention and Awareness
Bullies & Dating Violence Prevention Training for Educators & Community Leaders
Advocate for Policy & Legislation for Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Awareness
We also have a full series of book, Calls Student Safety Tips' s
Student Safety Books, (1st grade through College,A Woman's Guide to Safer Living, Parenting Guide & 1st – 5th Grade in English & Spanish, Teen Dating Violence, Awareness + Invention= Prevention)
SPMG Media: You are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. How can sponsors and others partner with you through monetary or in-kind donations?
Kandee Lewis: It is a fact, we need monetary donations to keep the wheels going and provide the type of support youth, and young adults need to become positive, healthy, safe contributing Men and Women, free from violence.
You may make a donation via our paypal account, or send a check to our office at 1513 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002.
We also love to collaborate with our community partners, and we do so with In-Kind Donations. We always need the following services:
Printing, Photography, Videography, Food Donations (snacks, etc), personal hygiene kits, tooth brushes, clothing, gift cards.computers, laptops, ipad, etc.
We also love our volunteer team. Your support is immeasurable, and for that, we thank you!
SPMG Media: How can our readers contact you?
Kandee Lewis: Please feel free tocall, text or email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
@ www.prc123.org, www.facebook.com/PRC123, or @PRC123ORG, and/or call me at (323) 787-9252