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The Youth Resiliency Institute Pays Tribute to Cherry Hill Community Leader Shirley Foulks Through Trip to Colorado.

Youth Resiliency Institute co-founder and Director of Healing & Performing Arts Navasha Daya with Ms. Shirley Foulks and sister Akua from Canada at the 2013 Shakti Sisterhood retreat in Boulder, Colorado.


April 15, 2013 - Into her sixth decade, Cherry Hill community leader Shirley Foulks' strong love for culture, children and youth has had a profound impact in her Cherry Hill community! As part of The Youth Resiliency Institute's ongoing effort to recognize and support "community champions" serving children and youth in underserved Baltimore communities, Ms. Foulks was provided with an all expense paid trip to Boulder, Colorado to attend the 2013 Shakti Sisterhood Retreat! Her trip was made possible through a strategic partnership between The Youth Resiliency Institute, Golden Bridge and The National Rites of Passage Institute.

A master youth development practitioner, Ms. Foulks has dedicated her life to the whole child healthy development of children and youth in her Cherry Hill community.

After meeting Ms. Foulks at a tenants association meeting in Cherry Hill Public Homes in 2009, Youth Resiliency Institute Executive Director and co-founder Fanon Hill vowed to support her transformative efforts. In 2010, The Youth Resiliency Institute partnered with Ms. Foulkes through their A Dream In Cherry Hill Initiative providing resources, supports and technical assistance to Ms. Foulks' Future Leaders In Training program.

"The Youth Resiliency Institute has made supporting community-based youth development practitioners in disinvested neighborhoods a top priority," said Youth Resiliency Institute Executive Director and co-founder Fanon Hill, adding that, "Ms. Foulks' creativity and vision has impacted the lives of thousands of children and youth in the Cherry Hill community. "

The partnership between A Dream In Cherry Hill and Ms. Foulks' Future Leaders In Training program has resulted in opportunities for Cherry Hill Public Homes children and youth to travel to Baltimore city hall to meet council president Bernard C. "Jack" Young, learn from journalists such as Bobby Marvin and J.D Howard, and interview famed Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima about the power of storytelling.

 


Youth Resiliency Institute co-founder and Director of Healing & Performing Arts Navasha Daya, who escorted Ms. Foulks to Colorado, shared that, "it was a blessing to witness Ms. Foulks connect with, and be warmly embraced by women of diverse cultural backgrounds as they explored the different phases of womenhood."

Ms. Foulks will also be honored at The National Rites of Passage Institute's Youth and Community Building Conference in July.

The Youth Resiliency Institute is currently in the process of producing a documentary on Ms. Foulks' work in Cherry Hill.

 

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The Youth Resiliency Institute is a program under the umbrella of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the state of Maryland. The Youth Resiliency Institute is dedicated to inspiring realization of the authentic self in children, youth and young adults in Baltimore. We encourage and support authentic living in the service of just, joyful and sustainable communities.