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National Advocacy & Training Nework (NATN)
June 2, 2010

I am a professional who has worked in the substance abuse and domestic violence fields for over twenty years. I was a peripheral support and consultant since NATN’s conception and inception. I have participated along side other professionals and experts from NATN in speakings, trainings and workshops, before audiences of a modest few individuals and upwards to hundreds of participants. In each and every case NATN has liked to make the experience personal and meaningful. NATN operates the SEEDs program, which provides direct services to women and children. Over the years of interacting with SEEDs the most remarkable aspect has been the vision and optimism that the program operates under. Time and time again I have been at planning meetings and heard “we are going to do so-and-so and we are going to do it such-and-such way” and someone (at times even myself) would chime in “no you can’t do that, nobody has ever done that” or “that’s not how its done (in these kind of programs, or our field)” . Only to hear the response “well, we ARE going to do it and that’s how we’re going to do it”. And low and behold, to everyone’s astonishment, time after time it’s a success! Such is the power of positive and forward thinking.

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Most astonishing is the cost-benefit ratio as it relates to NATN and the SEEDs Program. The program has been built on word of mouth marketing. On a shoestring budget I have witnessed trainings having reached thousands. With direct services I have witnessed individuals lives turned around in meaningful and long-lasting ways with investments of a few thousand dollars in services. I have watched women come to the program released from jail and earn college degree’s, move from homelessness to self-sufficiency, become entrepreneurs, and become empowered in ways far to numerous to list here (with 255 words). The success stories are many.

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2010

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Professional with expertise in this field & Training, consultation and support services.