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Tameka's New Dress


When you’re the new girl in school it can be a little scary. It’s even tougher when your parents aren’t there to help. Some of the kids might be friendly but what about that mean girl who’s always picking on you? The author brings up the subjects of childhood trauma, parental substance abuse, kinship care and bullying with a gentle touch suitable for even the youngest children. Tameka’s New Dress shines a light on these tough things and lays them out on the table to talk about. He also presents us with a strong girl in Tameka, who not only finds adults who can and do support her, but also finds a way to confront her bullies without becoming a bully herself. 

Nelson Beats the Odds: Compendium One


The Nelson Beats the Odds Compendium 1 gives readers a chance to experience Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress in one thrilling graphic novel. The compendium presents real tips for real life situations and is a great addition to library shelves. The Nelson Beats the Odds Compendium 1 gives readers a chance to experience Nelson Beats the Odds and Tameka’s New Dress in one thrilling graphic novel. The compendium presents real tips for real life situations and is a great addition to library shelves. 

Fatherhood takeover

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The FatherHood Takeover


The FatherHood Takeover aims to build healthy relationships between fathers, or father figures, and their children. Tione Meade, the event's founder, partnered with Ronnie Sidney II and Micheal "Mike-E" Stewart to put on the event at the Tappahannock Volunteer Fire Department on July 18, 2015. We are looking for new members who genuinely care about giving back to their community.


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Nelson Beats The Odds


Nelson use to think school was all about playing around and talking with his friends. When Nelson learns that he has been placed in Special Education, he fears being teased. Consequently, he keeps his learning disability and ADHD diagnosis a secret. With the encouragement of his parents and assistance from Mrs. T., his Special Education teacher, Nelson pushes the boundaries and discovers his potential. 

Perceptions of the Black Father

This presentation seeks to dispel the absent black father myth and explore the current and historical perceptions black fathers in America. The presentation will also examine the risk, protective and resilience factors of non-residential, single and incarcerated Black fathers and their children.

Beating The Odds: How I Survived Special Ed

"Beating The Odds: How I Survived Special Ed” takes listeners on an adventure that documents Ronnie Sidney II’s academic experiences. While enrolled in Essex County Public Schools, Ronnie spent seven years in special education and experienced low teacher expectations, carried around stigmatizing labels and developed low self-esteem. During the presentation Ronnie shares how resilience and self-efficacy, along with some very special people helped him overcome barriers and accomplish his goals.

Liberty and Justice for All? Examining the deaths of unarmed African American men and boys in America

The disturbing trend of African-American men and boys being killed by police officers and vigilantes has led to protests and violence in communities of color all around the nation. The presenter examines how structural inequalities, racial disparities and over-policing could have contributed to the victim’s untimely deaths. The presentation also explores the mainstream media’s coverage of the killings of black males, protests and “riots”.


Nelson Beats The Odds Book Talk


Nelson Beats The Odds's Book Talk is an interactive journey designed gives viewers a glimpse into the real-life experiences of Ronnie Sidney, II, MSW. Like Nelson, Sidney had supportive parents and teachers who inspired him to maximize his potential and beat the odds. The workshop will explore how Sidney's childhood experiences motivated him to publish "Nelson Beats The Odds". 


Workshops

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Creative Medicine Healing Through Words

Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words (CMHTW) is an expressive writing program developed by Ronnie Sidney II and Cleveland Winfield III. Evidence demonstrates that expressive writing interventions can decrease depression and anxiety, improve overall cognitive functioning, alleviate anger, reduce stress and improve biological health in a variety of. The program uses expressive writing, poetry therapy, positive psychology, dialogue and self-reflection to help participants enhance functioning. Workshops are offered to adolescent and adult populations.



Self-Publishing and Social Justice

Sidney will explore his self-publishing journey and share tips with participants. ​The workshop will examine the intersection of gender and race in graphic novels. Graphic novels offer well-written and exciting stories, new points of view and stimulating artwork. They appeal to a wide audience of readers and are great platforms to address social issues that confront children today. 


Families Do Time, Too


This workshop explores challenges incarcerated parents and children of incarcerated parents face. It also explores positive outcomes of father-child relationships and gives incarcerated fathers some tips on how to strengthen their fatherhood skills. 


Insecurities of Special Education

"Insecurities of Special Education” takes listeners on an adventure that documents Ronnie Sidney II’s academic experiences. While enrolled in Essex County Public Schools, Ronnie spent seven years in special education and experienced low teacher expectations, carried around stigmatizing labels and developed low self-esteem. During the presentation Ronnie shares how resilience and self-efficacy, along with some very special people helped him overcome his insecurities. 

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