Title

I Am Not the Product of My Environment

First Presenter's Institution

Tina R. Burse

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Location

Harborside East & West

Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

The presentation will address effective communication, mentoring, parenting skills,self esteem,positive development and life skills. I will discuss these topics that youth in high risk settings are having to deal with on a daily weather it be in the home and or school settings.

Brief Program Description

Our actions as parents does affect our children.

How we conduct ourselves in front of our children are children tend to repeat what they are subject to from being incarcerated, fighting the other women, self esteem, how we allow men to treat us as doormats. Or how young men sag their pants, selling, and gangs, and dropping out of high school.

Summary

I have worked with many youth in my mentoring program. I have witnessed many parents not knowing how to effectively know how to properly communicate to their child without cursing and calling her out of her name. I have brought tit to the mothers attention that she is harming her child rather than helping her. The mother also suffers from low self esteem and she takes a lot of her anger out on her child. Parenting classes has been giving to the mother to assist with communicating . After providing techniques for the mother and daughter the household is a lot more quite and less fighting between the two.

Our program also provides classes to the youth in the community calling the Self Worth Project where we focus on self esteem and how to build it up.

Had worked in the Men's State prison I saw many youth who has followed or who is wanting to follow the footsteps of a loved one. It is a badge of honor for them to become incarcerated. Most of these children grew up in a home where there wasn't any love or guidance, positive reinforcement so therefore they join a gang and sell drugs wanting to fit in.

Girls are learning how to fight other girls at school because they are watching their mother's fight other women because their father don't want to be with them any longer.

Teaching these young girls about their self worth and how to love themselves is something we also teach our female youth.

Evidence

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have a powerful positive effects on young people in personal,academic, and professional situations.

55% of young people are more likely to enroll in college

130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

Mentoring the youth has increased high school graduation. lower drop out rates,healthier relationships and lifestyle choices.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Tina Burse was born and raised in California and moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to try to provide a better life for her and her 5 boys. Tina is a strong youth advocate within her community, a payback speaker for the public schools. She is the Author of a book called Looking Into An Inmate’s world through A C/O eye and she is currently working on another book. Tina has worked in the medical field for over 20 years as a Certified Nurse Assistant and decided in 2005 to go work in the Prison System. She began her career as a Correctional Officer for the State of Nevada and saw the need to start a program because of all the youth that were entering the institution in an alarming rate and how many youth that were falling through the crack due to the lack of programs and the lack of concern for the youth in the community who has a loved one who was incarcerated. Not to mention Tina had a Son who began to hang with the wrong crowd. She began to search for assistant from the Courts but was told she had to wait until her Son was in the system to receive any help. As of that day Tina Vowed she will never allow another parent or child to have to hear those words again. So this is where Its Ok 2B Different began. During her time working at the prison she tried to get her program implemented in the system to service the youth of the incarcerated inmates. The Warden of the institution told her “no” so from that day forth

Tina left her career behind to help the youth in the community.

Tina states she is in War fighting for the youth and her due diligence to save the youth. Tina has taking her program to the local housing projects to spread the word of Its Ok 2B Different Mentoring informing the Parents and youth of the services she provides. She has been publicly recognized for her leadership,and her community service, by receiving a Proclamation from the City Of Las Vegas signed by The Mayor. She is a mother, Grandmother, a friend, Mentor and a Spiritual woman. She is on a mission to save the youth and she truly believes it takes a village to raise a child. Her motto is Breaking the cycle one child at a time. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he gets older he will not part. Follow Tina and her program at ok2bdifferent.net

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(702)980-9050

Fax: (509)561-2049

ok2bdiff@gmail.com

Keyword Descriptors

Youth, Parents, Incarceration, Environment, Self esteem, Life skills, Actions, Positive, Negative

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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I Am Not the Product of My Environment

Harborside East & West

Our actions as parents does affect our children.

How we conduct ourselves in front of our children are children tend to repeat what they are subject to from being incarcerated, fighting the other women, self esteem, how we allow men to treat us as doormats. Or how young men sag their pants, selling, and gangs, and dropping out of high school.