Mission: To empower survivors of child sexual abuse, as well as the community to use their voice to protect children from becoming victims; and to increase society's intolerance of child abuse.
Results: Started new mentor program. Partnered with SAFE for teen dating violence workshop October 2012; Volunteered at two 2012 "Take Back the Night events; Conducted mini training sessions, and held 1st Meet & Greet in November 2011. Planning for our 3rd annual 5K walk/run. Our affiliations include organizations and groups we have presented to, conducted workshops for, and partnered with the following groups and organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Iota Chapter; Angelic Impact; Bow Elementary, Detroit; Childhelp Michigan; Elan Anti-Aging and Longevity; Men Against Domestic Violence; Om Day Spa; Omega Psi Phi, Phi Chapter; Reach LA, California; Take Back the Night Detroit; University High School, Detroit; University of Michigan-SAPAC, Southfield Domestic Violence Group, and many individuals throughout Southeast Michigan. Just Speak held its first annual community walk to raise awareness and funds to support our community outreach program. We have provided support to our communities partners, which include our newly formed collaborative partner, Childhelp Michigan and SAFE.
Target demographics: Young victims and survivors of child abuse in Southeast Michigan
Direct beneficiaries per year: Childhelp Michigan; Parents, Mentees, caregivers Take Back the Night; SAFE (beginning in October 2012).
Geographic areas served: Southeast Michigan
Programs: For the Safety of the Children Community Outreach Program
In carrying out the mission of Just Speak, Inc. to support the holistic healing of young victims of abuse, the organization seeks established organizations whose proven history and philosophy coincide with that of Just Speak, Incorporated.
Our Community Outreach Program Partner enable us to extend our collaborative efforts to organizations that offer, and promote the following professional services to children through the funds we raise.
We support child advocacy that meets the following needs of children who have been abused or neglected:
I had the opportunity to assist the CEO in her mentoring project. The dedication she demonstrated in working out family issues, driving far distances, taking the mentee to places they'd never been, and using her available resources to solve pre-existing issues was remarkable. Each time I watch her interact with someone who has experience abuse or neglect, she is listening actively and intently. Her creativity, energy and dedication demonstrate the unparalleled commitment she has in changing societal views on addressing abuse.
I met Barbara Kellom in 2009 and were impressed with her passion and love for the organization.
I did not know anything about sexual abuse in children until I met Barbara, telling her part of the story, gave me an insight, then I met Brittini the wonderful young woman behind the reason for the organization and was impressed with her tenacity and courage.
My story is not one of abuse, but from Barbara & Brittini sharing with me their story has given me a story to tell about two of the most beautiful people that God has put on this earth, through all of the abuse that they had to endure.
Just Speak, Inc. is an organization that you can help through volunteering, supporting, and donating monetarily.