Hero Highlight: Tikel Davis and The Society of Mentorship for Minority Women and Girls
The Society of Mentorship for Minority Women and Girls (SMMWG) is an organization who vow to serve their time as leaders for females from various walks of life by driving social change, unity, and education. They started their journey in November 2019 and have been working diligently to ensure they are prepared to help where needed. Tikel Davis is the founder and president of SMMWG and saw the need for help during the COVID-19 outbreak. So, for her birthday, she made it her goal to give back.
Tikel works for an air space company called Northrop Grumman as a Mission Assurance Engineer. She is considered an essential worker and has been needed for additional hours due to the crisis. However, she is making sure SMMWG continues to be active in the community. During the stay-at-home order, she and her organization have been working with a nursing home and reached out to the Children’s Foundation of America to support foster youth living on a residential campus in Apple Valley.
Since Tikel recently relocated to California from Arkansas, she spent some time on Google searching for local organizations that need help. She got in contact with Gail Polk, our Community Outreach Coordinator, and found out about the needs of Trinity Youth Services’ Apple Valley campus, a short-term residential therapeutic program for foster youth.
In an effort to keep youth occupied on campus during quarantine, Gail and Campus Director, Elizabeth Tamoush, coordinated with Tikel to provide activities for the kids. Together, they planned a “Sip and Paint Party.” SMMWG held a fundraiser and collected almost $300, which was used to purchase art supplies including paint brushes, pallets and jars of paint. They also purchased snacks like popcorn, chips and cookies as well as apple juice, punch and soda to sip.
For those struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis, Tikel’s advice is to “Really understand within yourself, where your strength comes from. We are bigger than our circumstances,” she said. “We can overcome whatever circumstances are thrown our way.”
Children in need fall through the cracks during crisis, which is why it is more important than ever to get involved. The Children’s Foundation of America appreciates the amazing support of our donors. We couldn’t accomplish what we do without you! It is thanks to amazing individuals and organizations such as Tikel’s at the Society of Minority Women and Girls that we can Be the Difference for so many. If you would like to be a hero for children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, reach out to us at email@example.com or donate on our website.
Isabel contributes content for our social media, blog, newsletters and promotional materials. She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University San Bernardino and is currently working on her master’s degree. Isabel began working with our team as an intern and, luckily for us, never left. Isabel primarily works as Clerical for Trinity Youth Services. Prior to her work there, she was a substitute instructional aid and a supervisor at Starbucks. She has also volunteered as an aid at local elementary schools and notably achieved “Partner of the Quarter” at Starbucks in 2017.
COVID-19 Crisis Relief for Children in Foster Care
Agencies providing direct services to children in need are among the most affected by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. The Children’s Foundation of America is working to respond to this crisis and the needs of these agencies as well as the children and families they provide services to.
Our partners at Trinity Youth Services care for children 24/7/365 with foster care and adoption programs as well as services on Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program campuses. Though they are paying close attention to the fluid situation and are taking steps to be as agile and proactive as possible, they are facing unique challenges.
School closures and the subsequent lack of immediate childcare and eldercare options for foster families who work, and for campus staff who have young children or adult relatives they care for at home, have created an increased burden on those who need to work but cannot and those who can work and are covering additional shifts. Agencies like Trinity are committed to providing uninterrupted programs and services but need our assistance.
At this time, we are asking for your help to provide for additional direct-support staffing and supplies. Facilities are nearing the end of basic essential supplies (toilet paper, hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap, basic cold and flu medications) and are running out of the more critical preventive supplies, such as face masks and gloves. Because of school closures, an additional meal per day and more snacks than usual are needed for youth living on campuses, as well as activities to keep youth occupied while in quarantine.
If you are able to help with a contribution of any size, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for remembering the children in the midst of this unprecedented, global concern. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.