June 2014 – The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Funds Positive Spin’s West Tampa Initiative
Positive Spin, Inc. was awarded a grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County to expand its Each One Initiative to serve West Tampa residents. The Each One Initiative offers a neighborhood-based system of care that strengthens and supports vulnerable families. The initiative currently provides services to families in East Tampa.
Positive Spin’s service philosophy is based on the belief that improving family stability leads to establishing and maintaining healthy communities. Concentrating on specific zip code areas, the Each One Initiative targets neighborhood families that face homelessness, unemployment or underemployment, mental health concerns, child developmental issues or other instability factors. These families learn to access community resources, develop and sustain long-term self-reliance and independence. The initiative focuses on strengthening families and empowering them with the ability to remain whole during good times as well as through periods of hardship.
For more information about this initiative, please contact Jada McMillon, Exec Director at 813 977-7677.
Positive Spin – Women’s Support Group and Girls Club
The Women’s Support Group and Girls Club meetings are the 2nd Saturday of every month from 11AM – 1PM. The meetings are held at the Positive Spin Office.
LACE (Ladies Advancing in the Community thru Excellence) would like to thank Greater Mount Carmel Community Development Corp. for the generous donation of products from Victoria secrets. Your donations allowed ten women to receive (unexpectedly I might add) Christmas gifts during the holiday season. The ladies of LACE sincerely thank Greater Mount Carmel Community Development Corp. for the kindness and support shown through their generous donations.
Paige Hernandez visited with the youth of Positive Spin on January 16, 2013, and shared her version of dance, monologue, and poetry over the backdrop of hip hop and R&B classics. Executive Director, Jada McMillon shared that “Positive Spin is fortunate to be able to bring the Arts into the community, and have youth excited about the opportunity to explore the Arts.” As a teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the U.S. to all ages, in all art disciplines. Paige has performed on many stages throughout the US, including Arena Stage, Roundhouse, The verymanTheatre, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, Fulton Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Manship Theatre as well as others. Paige explains “I wanted a story that wouldhelp to reclaim the positive energy that hip hop was once known to create. I wanted a story that was all at once international, and “around the way”. Lastly, I wanted a story for little girls of color. I want them to know that no matter where they fall in the rainbow, their voice is interesting, unique and needs to be heard.” As a performer and playwright, Paige has performed her children’s show Havana Hop in elementary schools along the East Coast. She is currently touring her one woman show, Paige in Full.
Positive Spin youth at the home opener of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. North Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Thanks to the Glazer Foundation for providing a great experience for the youth of Positive Spin. GO BUCS