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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Dance, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: Bringing a mix of play and researched interventions alive, Just Speak empowers young people with resiliency skills, building trauma-informed schools and healthier communities.

Results: Just Speak is the recipient of 2016 Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Program, MOVE dance program was selected for the 2019 Sidewalk Festival, ad the 2020 Nonprofits in Action 2020 Design Showcase. Our MOVE and outLOUD programs will be featured in a window display. outLOUD is now an after school program with Goal LINE Detroit. We launched our storytelling series, Starting Point in 2018 to promote healing in the Detroit community.

Target demographics: children and youth build resilience and coping skills, adults learn to build trauma-informed spaces for children, and the community heal from trauma

Direct beneficiaries per year: our middle school girls strengthen their coping, build confidence, and self regulate and modify negative behavior, while achieving first and second place in their first dance competition.

Geographic areas served: Southeastern Michigan

Programs: MOVE (dance therapy) and outLOUD. We also offer training to school and youth centered program administrators, and anyone who works alongside children and youth to provide trauma-informed programs in a safe space. Lastly, our storytelling series, Starting Point allows adults to find healing through sharing their stories in a safe space.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've been blessed to witness firsthand the work of Just Speak Incorporated. Brittni Kellom has a powerful story of overcoming that needs to be heard worldwide.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I met Barbara on our college alum site and became instantly attracted to the 5k she supported. On the day of the event, we met for the first time, she introduced me to Brittni, and she proceeded to tell me of Just Speak. I became more and more interested in the mission of the organization. Subsequent conversations with Brittni and Barbara led me to further understand and embrace the goal of Just Speak.

Barbara and Brittni are both true testaments of survivors. Their persistence, energy, and diligence are hallmarks to the cause of Just Speak. Brittni's courage translates into a passion of increasing intolerance of child sexual abuse -- the platform of Just Speak.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Just Speak, Inc founded by Ms. Brittni Kellom provides extraordinary information and help for those in need! No one could tell the story and help to uplift, encourage and support victims of child sexual abuse like Ms. Kellom. Her story must be heard. Her message and her courage awesome! I applaud Brittni and Barbara Kellom along with all of the volunteers and advisors that work together to help this message of victory and survival reach those in need!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organizaton .I went to a information session.I realyy didn''t want to go.I am so glad I did get to meet Brittini and her mom Ms Kellom .Her story brought tears to my eyes I was so heartboken and glad that I did come.IChild sexual abuse is so hidden .Brittni speas as a suvivor and not a victim..This gives people a vehichle to come forward. I I passed this info on to my friends

Althea-Darlene J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Just Speak" has provided a very much needed vehicle for those who are the victims or relatives of the victims of abuse. It gives individuals an opportunity to get support as well as information. I thank the founders for the efforts to bring the effects of abuse to light. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just-Speak inc. had had an impact on my life tremendously.After attending one of the organizations speaking events.I was so impressed with Brittni Kelloms impeccable strength,She tells her story of child abuse with her heart.When listening to her I felt what she was feeling and my heart just crushed.She has great tenacity and courage to be able to tell her story and let others benefit
I was a victim of sexual abuse and relived the moment .The guilt that I had about my situation gave me a voice.The shame that you feel inside..Brittni talks about so candidly will help others victims heal.Having a Just Speak in the community will open a lot of children with child sexual abuse to open up after hearing Brittni just speak.

Barbara Kellom the mom also was awesome parents as well feel guitly about the situations of their children. She honestly revealed a lot of truths about sexual abuse.Great organization..Thumbs up..

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an emergency physician for the past 30 years and I have been a board member on multiple volunteer boards, nationwide, that help victims of violence, both children, women and families. As a result, I have been very involved with Brittni Kellom and the fantastic dedication and work she has been doing to help children speak up against abuse. Her personal story is what makes this organization so successful, because Brittni has a passion to help those who can't help themselves.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the years Just Speak has grown in numbers of participants. Britti Kellom, Founder and Barbara Kellom, COO have been shining examples of what commitment means. The 5k walk was a great event, it rained that cold day in April, but Brittni fresh from a hospital visit came and waited in the rain.. Arm in a sling and tried from a long night in the emergency room she stayed and prevailed. Her mom did the same thing and she recently had major surgery. With the strength and integrity of two very capable women this organization is headed for the top.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Just Speak Incorporated has been a supporter of our organization, Childhelp for many years. They have raised funds for children in foster care that resulted in coats being purchases. They work with various communities to bring awareness about child abuse, neglect and domestic violence. They truely have a passion to share their experiences in hopes of helping others. We are blessed to have them in our community, working to make this a better place for children and families.