Hi there! Happy New Year from Baby Apollo!
Apollo Abernathy decided to join us sooner than expected and came five weeks early. For the past two and a half weeks, I've been staring at his little face thinking about his beauty, absolute innocence and the world Steve and I want to build for him. Once a baby arrives, you start to think about the role model you want to be for your little one and you really think about your actions and their impact and your influence. I've realized I need to do more to be the change I want to see and it is more important now than ever.
After Apollo graced us with his presence, I thought more about how diversity makes such a positive impact in my life. Apollo is bi-racial and as I marveled at the people helping me bring him into this world, I noticed that my hospital room was filled with a diverse group including a Chinese female OB/GYN, Asian American, Latin American, Gay and Black nurses from the NICU team. Even minutes upon entering this world, Apollo was literally leading a diverse team to change the world. He's ready! He's going to do it. We're going to do it together and we can't do it without you!
I am more impassioned now to keep being a positive role model and promoting diversity, tolerance and understanding by continuing to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP) for the 4th year running. NTLP had a very successful 2016 by expanding our programs to include an after-school program, launching NTLPCorp Fellows and giving away $5,000 in scholarships, creating new community partnerships and reaching 600 students from low-income households in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Please consider a donation in my honor today! Double your donation by having your company match your donation. I have a goal to raise $2,500 but since Apollo distracted me with his surprise visit, I will be happy to raise any amount in support of NTLP, an organization that is very important to me. No donation amount is too small.
NTLP will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary of inspiring and preparing teens to reach their full potential and become future leaders. NTLP's programs are designed to inspire and create globally minded, ethical leaders who respect and uphold the equal value of all humanity. This training transforms youth into capable leaders, motivated to affect positive social change in an increasingly diverse world.
Since our inception in 1992, NTLP has:
▪ Empowered 15,000 teens to positively impact their communities,
▪ Awarded $170,000 to deserving teen leaders,
▪ Inspired unity, vision, purpose, compassion, tolerance, confidence & motivation in the hearts and minds of teens,
▪ Expanded our reach; touching the lives of teens & their families throughout the United States and abroad.
Board of Directors, Co-Chair