National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Parents Discussing Sexual/Reproductive Health with Youth By Chris Wade, Director of Prevention Services, Central Illinois Friends

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance that takes place on April 10 to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and to highlight the work young people are doing across the country to respond to the epidemic. Today our young people are of the … Continue reading National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Parents Discussing Sexual/Reproductive Health with Youth By Chris Wade, Director of Prevention Services, Central Illinois Friends

Refocus: There is Still Time By Latasha Schraeder

As the third quarter comes to a close, the end of the academic year is in full swing. As a parent and educator, I begin to think about how to finish the academic year strong. What skills will students be expected to have when we end the school year? Which lessons have been learned this … Continue reading Refocus: There is Still Time By Latasha Schraeder

The Struggle Continues…. Say Something By Sherry Cannon

Last month, Chama St. Louis and I were asked to perform spotlight pieces for Bradley University’s Women and Gender Studies annual Vagina Monologues. The Vagina Monologues was written in 1996 by Eve Ensler as an episodic play.  Ensler interviewed 200 women of different ages, races, and sexuality, regarding their views on sex, relationships, and violence … Continue reading The Struggle Continues…. Say Something By Sherry Cannon

Spring Fashion starts at home By Meicka “J”

As the warmer weather approaches building your wardrobe with style and versatility keeps your wardrobe looking fresh. Cardigans, vest, and lightweight jackets will add spice to any outfit. I’m in favor of accessorizing lightweight scarves with crew neck tops. Now is a great time to stock up on those cute sandals you passed by the … Continue reading Spring Fashion starts at home By Meicka “J”

The Buck Stops Here? By Mark Lampkin

The old saying, allegedly coined first by U. S. President Harry S. Truman, The Buck Stops Here, is a reference to his being the person who was ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the United States Government…. Unlike our current inhabitant of the White House, he was not seeking to blame others or … Continue reading The Buck Stops Here? By Mark Lampkin

The Women Who Helped Shape Us By Robin Carter

My mother was a warm-hearted and quite spirited woman who loved helping and caring for others. She seldom held a long conversation with anyone, but when she did open up, you'd better be ready to receive a lot of information. In fact, it was better to just take notes. I remember thinking, "how does she … Continue reading The Women Who Helped Shape Us By Robin Carter