2/09/2011

Advocates for Abandoned Adolescents - Our Mission is to do better!







VOLUNTEER POSTIONS



1.) ADVERTISING/PROMOTERS
a.) Pass out A.A.A.(Advocates For Abandoned Adolescents) pamphlets at local events etc...
b.) Promote A.A.A. Online chat rooms, websites, forums etc...
c.) Pursue/Obtain National media attention for the A.A.A. agenda

2.) FUNDRAISING
a.) Help raise funds for the A.A.A support programmes
b.) Solicit donations from list of possible donors
c.) Help come up with creative ways to raise funds.

3.) A.A.A. CO-ORDINATOR / One Per State
a.) Organize Statewide members in accordance with A.A.A agenda
b.) Advocate for Abandoned Adolescents Locally
c.) Co-ordinate/organize local A.A.A. support programmes
d.)Co-ordinate their members for the National March on State Capital (Date to be set)
e.) Send /be a Representative (A.A.A.) at Local Govt. meetings

4.) LAWYER
a.) Assist in the construction of petitions supported by A.A.A.
b.) Pro bono work for Juveniles
c.) Answer questions (legal) that's placed on the A.A.A. question/answer page

5.) A.A.A. program co-ordinator
a.) Send out D.C info packet to Juveniles in adult prisons
b.) Assign (by recomendation) Pro Bono Lawyers to kids in adult prisons
c.)Start a file on the stories of America's Abandoned Adolescents
d.) Start a Campaign to find Local mentors for imprisoned youth


Message from Dant'e D. Cottingham #259241 -
(The Inspiration for A.A.A.)

As most of you already know, I've been in Prison for nearly 16yrs now. I was incarcerated when I was a teenager and next month, february 20th, I'll be 33 yrs old.

I literally was forced to grow from a child to an adult in prison, a process that was long, cold and difficult, but yet a process that taught me a couple very important things.

Some of the most powerful things that I read the sentences that detail my history is the fact that a child has absolutely NO place in an adult prison, I see that a child has absolutely NO place within an adult court room, I see the fact Judges and Lawyers, Parents and Politicians were/are smart enough to do better for the most vulnerable sector of our society. Smart enough to adjudicate it's children in a more responsible way that is directly connected to the spirit of rehabilitation that value's a childs potential, and that respects cutting edge science.

Though world history is saturated with stories where societies sophistication was far more advanced than societies Laws and Policies, that is, until a group of people, Like Dr. Martin Luther King and the SNCC adopted an issue and pro actively pursued progressive transformations.
Well Today, in our era, that issue is a Juvenile Justice Issue. It's time for the responsible adults of our era to prevent our children being waived into the adult system and being discarded into adult prisons.
There are thousands upon thousands of adolescents in adult court rooms and prisons all across the U.S. but it can be stopped with your help, by adopting this issue we can take children from the grips of adult prisons, and place them on the path that leads to their maximal development.

I implore you get involved, find ways to help,
Thank you for your time and attention,
Dant'e Cottingham

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