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The Path Forward:  Into 2015!

This is our Phase History:

Phase 1 (2004): Focus Advisory Groups met at CSU, Dominguez Hills, Department of Nursing. Topic: Determining the need for a “Vill age” of mentors. Discussions and Actions: There is a gap between what we have learned through our education and our personal life experiences and what we share with those who have not had those privileges. It was decided that even mentoring has become something “extra” rather than a way of life. The group identified the need to bring mentoring back to the grassroots level as a way of life. Listening sessions launched to gain community perspectives. 

Focus Advisors: Elcedo Bradley RN - Quality Assurance; Joan Craigwell RN - Education Administrator; Dr. Patricia Hinchberger RN - Nursing Educator; Dr. Laura Inouye RN - Nursing Educator; Dr. Bonnie Kellogg RN - Public Health Nurse Educator; Richard Love - Newspaper Publisher/Community Advocate; Lovene Knight RN - Nursing Administrator; Joan (Parker) McKinley RN - Operating Room Nurse; Nnenna (Ohalete) Weathers RN - Staff Nurse/Graduate Student; Gina Newton - Charter School Principal; and Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure’ RN - facilitator."

Phase 2 (2005): Focus Advisory Group met at Hotel Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Topic: Identifying Conversations That Can Make a Difference in Reducing Education and Health Disparities if shared in Your Family and Community.

Discussions and Actions: Each participant freely shared information about their own lives and how they reached their current state. Each identified information that would have been helpful to them if they had known it earlier in life. Untapped opportunities to share information were identified. Group acknowledged that while it is their desire to do so, their education and community has not consistently prepared them to bring the knowledge back to less privileged persons and communities. They expressed difficulty in seeking new ways of reaching populations at risk for health and education disparities. Many traditional ways were developed without input from the receivers of the information; and often the information may not be considered relevant as it is presented. It is this reality that may be positioning many well-educated persons to become unintentional perpetuators of existing disparities. The goal must include finding ways to create new and more effective communication at the grassroots level. Not everybody is ready for that. It was determined that we must take our time and slowly identify a cadre of willing and committed persons who can connect with underprivileged communities and create sustainable systems as part of the community. Informal interview processes, teaching-learning strategies, etc to identify potential mentors for Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s launched."

Focus Advisors: Thyonne Gordon - Nonprofit Executive; Felton Hyche - Hotel Senior Marketing Administrator; Vanessa Jones - Real Estate Investor; Martha Young-Jones RN - Educator/Administrator; Richard Love - Newspaper Publisher/Community Advocate; Isaac Rossier - Financial Advisor; Autrilla Scott - Community Organizer/Activist; Kader “Zee” Toure’ - College Student/Political Science; Ben Daouda Toure’ - Nonprofit Executive Director; and Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure’ - Facilitator."

Phase 3 (2007) Focus Advisory Group met at California Center for Healthy Communities, Los Angeles, CA. Topic: Identifying Possible Strategies for Launching Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Groups: Village of M entors, Scholars Within, and  Standing in the Gap. 

Discussions and Actions: Each participant served as a rotating panelist sharing life stories, networks, and ideas about how to reduce disparities in education and health at the grassroots levels starting with one’s own family and community. Advisors identified the need to build a cadre of supporters. Descriptions of the three project groups were clarified by small working teams. Launched study of project groups and possible opportunities in local communities. 

Focus Advisors: Lauren Askew RN - Pediatric Nurse and Entrepreneur; Dr. Marie Fongwa - International Nurse Educator and Researcher; Dr. Joyce Newman-Giger - Transcultural Nursing Expert/ University Endowed Chair; Dr. Joyce Keith-Hargrove - Public Health Advocate and Consultant; Scott Hutchinson - Nonprofit Community-Based Program Staff; Pastor Gregory Johnson - Business Investor/ Founder Health Sciences University; Dr. Lovene Knight RN - Consultant; Dr. Kaneshia Miller - Diversity Administrator; Barbara Napper RN - Leader in Statewide Program Development; Tyler P. Newton- High School Intern/Nonprofit Program Support; Gloria Perry - K-12 School Teacher; Shirley Pate RN - Southwest Regional Director Nursing Organization; Rev. Brian Reese - Minister and Community Advocate; Yvonne Styles PhD Student/Nonprofit Community-based Program Development; Charles Wade- Youth Gang Prevention Program; Virgie Wade - Community Leader and Advocate.  Dr. Betty Smith-Williams RN - Founder, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association; Ernesta Wright - Executive Director, The G.r.e.en. Foundation. Carla Yarbrough - Media and Communications Faculty CSULB and owner Ten-Out-Of-Ten Productions, and returning advisors Dr. Patricia Hinchberger, Dr. Thyonne Gordon, and facilitator - Dr Gloria Willingham-Toure’."

Phase 4 (2013): Connecting Experienced Mentors to Each Other and To Their Networks: Capacity-Building for Sustainable Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. “Lifting as W e Climb!” - Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. Ten Year Anniversary and Awards Reception hosted at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center by Afram Global Organization Inc."

Distinguished Mentors Honored With “Villager Awards”: Vice-Admiral Edward Moore Jr, USN Retired; and Deborah Moore, Distinguished Educator; Harold L. Williams - Distinguished Architect, Retired Businessman and Co-Founder - National Association Minority Architects (NOMA); Dr. Betty Smith-Williams RN Co-Founder- National Black Nurses Association and LA Council of Black Nurses and Founder National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association; Dorothy Paynes RN - One of the first three African-Americans to earn a BSN at CSULB; George Kelley - Retired Postal Supervisor and Community Advocate; Lt. Colonel Patricia Jackson-Kelley - US Army Retired and LA County Veterans Advisory Commissioner; Robin Thorne - Chemical Engineer and Owner - CTI Environmental, Inc and Chairman Sustainable Long Beach Commission; Dr. Thyonne Gordon - Philantrophist; Rod Rolle - Photographer Specializing in Corporate, Industrial, and Documentary Photography; Sojourner Kincaid- Rolle - Community Advocate and Published Poet; Barbara Napper RN - Executive Director, The H.E.A.S. Foundation; Samira Carr -13 year old student at Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School- Eastvale, award-winning motivational speaker; Nicholas Terhune - Distinguished high school scholar/athlete accepted as an engineering major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Travis Hicks - Retired Space Electronics Engineer, Hughes Aircraft; Dr Lovene Knight - President LA Council of Black Nurses, and the Multicul- tural Nurses’ Council; Sherrie Sanders - LA Police Department Career Employee and Community Advo- cate; Dr Elcedo Bradley RN - National President, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., International Professional Nursing Organization; Dr. Keith O. Hilton, Founder/Executive Editor - Journal of Unabridged Genius;  Femi Osibowale - Business Entrepreneur and Community Advocate; Dr. Sue B. Reamer - Social Justice Advo- cate; and posthumous recognition to Autrilla Scott, Distinguished community leader and long-time advisor to The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s who passed away in 2013.

Phase 5: In progress. “Lifting as we Climb!” Coming May, 2015 - First Grassroots Concurrent Community-Based Conference/chat sessions connecting “villagers” to the communities. Villagers will be assigned to various community centers and other community venues in Long Beach, Bellflower, Compton and surrounding areas. They will share their stories within the communities, respond to questions, offer advice, etc related to health, professional business, community empowerment, etc. There will be special sessions for first generation prospective and enrolled college/vocational school students and their parents/guardians. These sessions will be grounded in personal, experiences of the Villager and the audience. Each person attending will be provided with information packets that must be shared with their own families, communities, etc. and must submit reports of progress and responses to The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s during the six month follow-up period. Their advice will be sought as to how to best have such events in their local homes and communities. These events will culminate in the “2015 Villager Awards” to be held on Saturday afternoon, May 2, 2015. Nominations for the “2015 Villager Awards” are open. See for additional information."

Previous Villager Award Winners and early Focus Advisory Group members will be inducted into the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s  Hall of Fame. This Phase 5 is considered the capacity-building stage that will now lead to Phase 6 which is the total mobilization of all three project groups into communities, “Lifting as we climb” and launching measurable ways to decrease disparities in health and education.

We anticipate that at least 75% of persons participating in the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s will become grassroots mentors in their families, communities, and/or organizations and will be empowered to share information that will empower the reduction in health and education disparities. It is anticipated that participants will be em- powered to influence policy, research, and education strategies. It is anticipated that such mentoring will become a way of life... not just something extra in life. Email: for more information. This is your opportunity to put yourself in this picture. "

"Our solutions are bigger than any one profession or job. We must reclaim our interconnec- tions and learn to freely share information with each other, and to support the success of a new generation. We must create connections and collaborations. Our goal must be to move this system in the direction of caring what happens to persons who need it the most, and we must take our place in that effort. We will find a way to make a difference!”


Focus on The Mission

 Distinguished LA architect, Harold Williams - Co-Founder of NationalAssociation of Minority Architects (NOMA) and his wife, Dr Betty Smith-Williams - Founder of National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association share words of wisdom after receiving a “2014 Villager Award.” Dr. Williams urged the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s to keep moving forward: “You are on the right track. I have followed you for years... just keep doing what you are doing. S tay focused on your mission - our communities need you.” Dr. Williams has been an advisor to the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s since 2007."

Open The Doors to Youth and Family Participation

Villager, Samira Carr, 13 year old motivational speaker and student at Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School, Eastvale brought the audience to a standing ovation with her award- winning speech to teenage girls about the importance of ac- cepting themselves as worthy individuals. She is an example of the “Scholar Within” Villager concept as she uses her talents to mentor others in her school, her community, and her family. “She is well positioned to be mentored and to be prepared to mentor others.” Samira is the daughter of Bryan and Salamatou Ellie Tchiany Carr."

Use Your Platforms and Networks to Lift Others as You Climb!

Villager Vice-Admiral Edward Moore Jr., US Navy Retired, com- mends his wife and fellow Villager, Distinguished Educator - Deb- orah Moore for her work in Lifting others as she climbs. “W e have been blessed and privileged to have...great platforms from which to mentor: U.S N avy, various state and private school systems, the church, Kappa Al- pha Psi Fraternity, Inc/Silhouettes, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The trick to remaining focused and positive is to understand that you cannot heal the world, but you can have tremendous impact locally with those who are in your personal sphere.(Deborah Moore, 2014)"

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s is a project group of Afram Global Organization Inc. Afram Global Organization Inc is approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Charitable Organization. Tax ID # 20-0578346.


  "Our solutions are bigger than any one profession or job. We must reclaim our interconnections and learn to freely share information with each other, and to support the success of a new generation. We must create connections and collaborations. Our goal must be to move this system in the direction of caring what happens to persons who need it the most, and we must take our place in that effort. We will find a way to make a difference!" logo