I am both excited and honored to be the Featured Speaker for the Youth Heartline Event on April 7, 2018 to launch their month-long celebration of Survive and Thrive, honoring April as:

National Sexual Assault Awareness Month,

National Child Abuse Awareness Month and

National Crime Victims’ Awareness Week, April 8 – April 14, 2018

Since 1991, Taos Youth Heartline’s mission is to make life better and safer for vulnerable children and families across the Northern New Mexico community. Please join us to celebrate six amazing survivors, spanning all demographics, who will share their inspiring stories of surviving and then thriving, as we also honor all of the survivors among us in Northern New Mexico.

SURVIVE AND THRIVE speakers include:

Po Chen, Taos Youth Heartline Executive Director
Wiz Allred, Taos Youth Heartline Board President
McKenzy Jackson
Rose Gordon
Stacie Waters
Dora E. McQuaid

Dora will also be available for a book sale and singing of the scorched earth following the event in the lobby of the Taos Community Auditorium.

Saturday April 7, 2018
6:00 pm
Taos Community Auditorium
Taos, New Mexico

More information at Taos Youth Heartline and the month long celebration of SURVIVE AND THRIVE.

Download a printable version of the April 7 2018 SURVIVE AND THRIVE flyer here.

All peace to each one of you.



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