Something Is Different at Holla Homeschool Academy

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Something is Different at Holla Homeschool Academy

Archie Boone Jr.

http://www.hollainc.net

12/7/2021

Daddy Boone leads his family in a morning activity at Holla Homeschool Academy. The activity is a beginning of family broadcast surrounding events, themes, and topics that impact families. Enjoy!

About Archie & ShQuita

Archie & ShQuita Boone are the founders of HOLLA Academy. Together, they parent four children, and their vision is to produce tomorrow’s global leaders today. They believe that children are the best ever! Wouldn’t you agree? The home is where childhood education begins. Thank you for making the decision to donate today! In 2015, Thirty-three elementary schools were located within the City of Norfolk. Twenty-one of these schools were accredited with warning (2). Understanding the socioeconomic issues and adverse childhood experiences of Norfolk’s resident, ShQuita and Archie Boone Jr. founded HOLLA INC. Today, HOLLA ACADEMY serves the Boone children in a homeschool setting. Programming caters to the needs of each scholar. The Boones have been targeting parents that have an interest in homeschooling their own children. HOLLA ACADEMY is a model for individual or family that has a student who may be struggling with reading or writing and for those who may need a creative outlet. In the past, Archie and ShQuita have benefited from homeschooling co-ops, but during the COVID-19 Pandemic they witnessed a rise in homeschool learning through virtual platforms, like Marco-Polo and Zoom. Hands On Learning Lab Access, LLC. assists HOLLA Academy to provide the Boone family and community children with edutainment- positive up beat and healing melodic music that develops children’s performance arts repertoire. HOLLA Academy stands on universal principles and offers scholars and their families interaction that is culturally relevant and age & developmentally appropriate. Your donation strengthens the educational outcomes, led by the Boone Family as they serve Hampton Roads residents who are guaranteed special treatment that renders quality educational experiences.

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No Time for Homelessness

“Homelessness” is the lacking of one’s own permanent housing…

The person sleeping under on the bench and the family member suffering an eviction, now sleeping on an air mattress are both homeless.

No Time for Homelessness

http://www.hollainc.net

12/1/2021

“Homelessness” is the lacking of one’s own permanent housing...

The person sleeping under on the bench and the family member suffering an eviction, now sleeping on an air mattress are both homeless.

When Archie began reaching out to addicts in our city, he himself was homeless, living in a car. He had three jobs, three kids, but he was determined not to give up. Though prevention became his passion, Archie did not feel worthy of the real title, an office, and official role in the city. He wanted to continue his work in the shadows.

Up to a third of homeless adults in the US suffer from a serious mental illness.

Born and raised in Norfolk, Archie Boone truly embodies the phrase – defying all odds. Archie was raised by a single mother in the Norview and Parkplace neighborhoods. His mother raised him to be honest and to say no to drugs, but around age 11 negative influences began creeping in. Archie turned to drugs and alcohol in part due to the influence of older cousins but also in large part because of some serious trauma they all experienced growing up.

One day in college, after passing out from drugs Archie woke up to a police officer and Dean of Students in his dorm room. Instead of arresting him, the officer counseled him. The officer told him he needed to make a change now. And just like that, cold turkey, Archie stopped using any drugs. He says it was a divine moment for him. To him, it represented God‘s mercy. And in that moment, a foundation was laid for a new life. Archie went on to become that merciful lifeline for countless people in Norfolk.

In 2016, he landed a job with the community services board. And we’re glad he did.

In Virginia, 7 in every 10,000 people are experiencing homelessness.

When Archie began working with the community services board, he was still struggling to secure stable housing. He and his wife found shelter in the home of Mark Tait, in the Heritage Point Community of Norfolk, Virginia.

In the City of Norfolk, a worker would need to earn $19.94 per hour to afford the average monthly rent of $1037.

Since 2018, Archie has afforded $1500 monthly rental payments while working a job and running multiple family businesses. His wife supports him, as well as, offers homeschooling to their three younger children- Caleb, Adam, and Abby.

In the past five years Archie has traveled the country for training on how to battle the opioid epidemic. He learned how to administer Narcan, Archie is certified in REVIVE! Overdose Prevention training in as to what many of our deputies have learned how to administer Narcan. He also gave his time at the Something In The Water Festival, looking for any one showing signs of a possible overdose. Archie also writes his own rap music to get his message out to the kids in Norfolk communities.

In 2015, the median income of renters in Norfolk was $16.05 per hour.

Archie’s income wasn’t too much higher than the 2015 median income, causing him to work more and his family seeing him less and less each day. Since black males are more likely to experience homelessness than any other population in Hampton Roads, fathers like Archie are more likely to lose their homes. And homeless men are certainly likely to part ways with their loved ones while experiencing homelessness.

Norfolk has nearly 500 more homeless men than surrounding cities in the region.

Resources are available. Learn how the City of Norfolk is increasing the readiness of Norfolk residents who are in need of opportunities to prevent eviction in the time of a pandemic.

In no state can a full-time minimum wage worker afford a one or two bedroom rental at market rate.

b. Archie’s three children are featured in his music video, “No Time.”

b. Archie now works full time with Norfolk CSB and Norfolk Prevention Coalition.

If you know anyone who may benefit, then please share.

https://www.norfolk.gov/evictionprevention

Facing Eviction? There’s help available! Norfolk Department of Neighborhood Services is hosting an Eviction Prevention Resource Clinic connecting residents to resources to pay rental and utility arrearages and assist with childcare costs. This event will be held on Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Attucks Theatre. All Norfolk households facing eviction are eligible to receive assistance from Legal Aid, Virginia Poverty Law Center and city staff. Breakfast, lunch and childcare will be provided to attendees at no cost, but registration is required. Event will follow COVID-19 protocols such as masks and hand sanitizer. Please bring photo ID, Social Security card, lease/rental agreement,* utility bills* and most recent paystubs.* *original, copies or digital versions are accepted.

You can find more information about this clinic and Eviction Prevention Services online or call (757) 664-RENT.

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Conceptualizing the Work- 1 of 7: Vulnerable Populations Vs. Oppressed Populations

Conceptualizing work allows one to understand the impact of the approaches used to complete the work. By conceptualizing the work, we can see how well we are working, or not. Here is one of seven “CURRENT APPROACHES” beside its replacement: “HEALTH EQUITY APPROACH”

Conceptualizing the Work-1 of 7: Vulnerable Populations Vs. Oppressed Populations

Archie Boone Jr.

http://www.hollainc.net

11/29/2021

What’s not working is the current approach of gearing up to fight for vulnerable populations, because a light has been shed in dark places, by institutions who have a direct interest in the treatment of said populations.

Sure, we have work to do!

But, what if we took a moment to conceptualize the work we have done?

Conceptualizing work allows one to understand the impact of the approaches used to complete the work. By conceptualizing the work, we can see how well we are working, or not.

Here is one of seven “CURRENT APPROACHES” beside its replacement: “HEALTH EQUITY APPROACH”

Current Approach

Vulnerable population- focus on people rather than institutions or societal factors that generate risk

What’s not working is the current gearing up to fight for vulnerable populations, because a light has been shed in dark places, by institutions who have a direct interest in the treatment of said populations. Often times, unbeknownst to many institutions, they are apart of producing community factors that generate risk. So, conceptualizing work can assist rule-followers in tightening their “moral” tool belts as to make adjustments toward utilizing health equity approaches rather their preceding approaches.

Health Equity Approach

Oppressed populations – addresses injustice in the everyday practices of institutions; systematic constraints resulting from traditions, laws, rules

What is working is what we do at work to undo what we have done that hurts oppressed populations. Let me explain. Addressing injustices in the everyday practices of institutions does not mean lawsuits, lawsuits, lawsuits. If that is what we fear, then we have already crumbled. What oppressed populations need most is access to care/treatment when their behaviors call for help. Yes, behaviors communicate needs, and if we see certain behaviors, then we can begin to position ourselves and others to anticipate specific needs of oppressed people. In this manner, competent, compassionate, caring individuals lead the charge. However, there must be a unified front and back office of administrators and policy-makers that see what is happening in the lives and communities of oppressed people. Prevention science has changed drastically, over the past 20 years, and community transformation is inevitable.

Systematic constraints resulting from traditions, laws, and rules have become the Achilles heel of many institutions that believe all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we believe that these truths are self-evident, then we must also work to help our institutions address laws that are inequitable and unjust, as well as rules and practices within that are “not” morally right and fair.

I wish I could say that resistance is futile, but someone might say, “I wish he would shut up already!” That, leading others to reject the thought of ever conceptualizing the work- only to have the masses remain with the current approach. And, I would be made a loner to travel the frontier of health equity approaches in a forest of oppressed people, seeking liberation. Hey guys, community health matters!

Respect.

Archie Boone Jr.

Partnerships for Success Coordinator

hollainc757@gmail.com

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Norfolk Prevention Coalition (NPC)

NPC’s mission to develop a comprehensive and city-wide prevention strategy and continuum of evidence based services to strength and improve outcomes for Norfolk families.

Purpose

While promoting Drug-free communities, Norfolk Prevention Coalition seeks to engage all community sectors to work together to reduce use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

NPC collaborates with local and regional agencies to provide prevention education on substance use and abuse to parents and other community members.

Links

Wellness Kits

https://www.norfolk.gov/FormCenter/Norfolk-Prevention-Coalition-59/Wellness-Kit-Registration-Form-514

Adult Survey Membership

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7HYJ8R6

Youth Membership

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RVR3752

Youth Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/78WDS66

Young Adult Survey (YAS)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RBKCDL

Youth Survey &YAS Details

We are asking individuals between the ages of 12-25 years to share their opinions about alcohol, prescription drug misuse and heroin use. This survey is completely anonymous, and will be used to help inform prevention efforts in your community. Please text NPC to 757-434-4140 and a representative will assist you in receiving your gift.

Important Information for Respondents

• This survey is completely anonymous and does not record any personal identifying information. Please answer all questions truthfully.

• The survey is completely voluntary. You may choose not to participate at any time. You may skip any questions you are not comfortable answering.

• The information from the survey will be released in summary form only. No individual responses will be shared.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact OMNI Institute.Support at: OMNISupport@omni.org or 303.839.9422. OMNI Institute is an organization working with coalitions across the state of Virginia to learn more about substance use among youth and young adults.

Where Do Juveniles Go After They Are Involved in Offensive Incidents Where They Can No Longer Remain in School?

Archie Lee Boone Jr.

http://www.hollainc.net

11/22/2021

…black students represented 23 percent of Virginia’s total student enrollment, they accounted for 53 percent of short-term suspensions, 60 percent of long-term suspensions, and 52 percent of expulsions…

We all know that our juvenile justice system is heavy ladened with challenges by the issue of racial and ethnic disparities. Particularly, in the disparate and disproportionate high rates of minority youth whose over representation continues to increase severely with each step away from civilized society and into the system. Youth and young adults of color make up nearly 20% of Virginia’s youth population, while accounting for more than 50 percent of all intakes, and more than 70 percent of DJJ direct care admissions.

Concurrently, we can note that racial and ethnic disparities effect citizens of our region and this can be used to raise concern and questions about the fairness of our Department of Juvenile Justice System and whether all people are receiving equal treatment under the law.

Even in the stage of prevention, these questions and concerns should be addressed because education and awareness are key to decrease the incline of the crisis of racial and ethnic disparities in systems and communities. These issues are all over our cities, counties, states, and nation.

In Virginia, the Department of Education’s Discipline, Crime and Violence report from 2014-2015 showed that while black students represented 23 percent of Virginia’s total student enrollment, they accounted for 53 percent of short-term suspensions, 60 percent of long-term suspensions, and 52 percent of expulsions.

This is a problem that is easier to identify than to solve, and one that defies easy solutions. The contributing factors are many, the issues challenging, and the people and agencies that must work together to take it on are numerous.

For these matters Norfolk Prevention Coalition intends to conduct longitudinal studies. A longitudinal study is a observational study that follows the same subjects repeatedly over a period of time, in some cases from birth to death.

The use of longitudinal data in informs and shapes best practices relating to child development and social mobility (how a child moves through society).

Longitudinal data enables us to:

• Track children’s development throughout childhood and teenage years, to adulthood and beyond – including influences, aspirations and cognitive outcomes

• Study the links between family background, educational achievements and later outcomes

• Understand social mobility and the inter-generational transmission of advantage and disadvantage

• Identify drivers of socio-economic inequality and effective interventions to increase social mobility.

Moreover, we are requesting that community stakeholders join Norfolk Prevention Coalition during the “Membership Drive,” as we are recruiting members to assist with updating the community needs assessment used to address Norfolk’s public health crisis from 2015-2021.

Sign up now:

Adult Survey Membership

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7HYJ8R6

Youth Membership

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RVR3752