Jennifer's book, The Streets, My Cradle is the bomb!!! I know I can get through anything after reading about what she went through.~Yvonne (JazzY), Los Angeles
I fell into a deep depression. I was about to go out and do something wrong. I headed to the door and saw "The Streets, My Cradle" on the table. I picked it up, I started glancing through it and changed my mind about getting loaded. Jennifer's story really lifted my spirits.~Lynette, Los Angeles
Dr. Thema S. Bryant-Davis, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology at Pepperdine University, Minister at First AME Church (FAME) and Host of the Dr. Thema Show, Advice Radio.com (air 12 noon every Thursday) 1680 AM quotes:
"Jennifer Jackson's book tells a powerful story that is often not heard but should not be ignored. Her book engages the reader and helps us to see the painful journey of one young woman's struggle with sex trafficking, molestation, and addiction. Ultimately this is a story about healing and recovery. Anyone who cares about the trauma and triumph of girls and women will take important insights from this memoir."
Dr. Thema S.Bryant-Davis
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HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION FROM;
MARY B. PERRY HIGH SCHOOL, CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY VENTURA SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
I was born on an Airforce Base in, Alexandria, Louisiana, England Airforce Base. We moved to California in the 60's.
In the 70's 'while incarcerated in Ventura School for Girls, C.Y.A. (California Youth Authority), I graduated from High School, I attended Ventura Community College. The College Professors taught at the Youth Authority and I took extended courses from the University of Laverne.
Off and on since the 80's I have worked for a number of Grass Roots Organizations to help better the community; The Sons of Watts, Compton NAACP, Job Corps Women In Community Services, Legal Aide of Greater Los Angeles Advisory Board, ACORN, C.O.R.E. (The Congress of Racial Equality) to name a few. I Staffed Hospitals. Feeding the homeless, collecting donations from Atherton Baptist Church, Hawthorne, Ca. such as clothes and cosmetics to distribute to people in Drug Rehabs, Sober Living Homes and different communities since, 1999. During the thirty year drug addiction I went through, I would stand for six months to a year work and do volunteer work for places like those mentioned above. Then fall back down. During that time I made suggestion to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, (Gloria Molina was the Chair of the Board and L. Bayers was the Director of The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services back then) suggestions to help end homelessness and Parenting Classes for all first time parents. Parenting Classes would help cut down on child abuse. My suggestions were sent to what was known then as Propositon 10. They and the Board accepted them and implemented my suggestions into the L.A.County DPSS computer system called LEADER, that started at the end of 2000. I always had a passion to help others, & learned to be a good parent from the many parenting classes I took. I just did not know how to take care of myself emotionally. That's why when problems came up in my life I fell back down and one of the reasons I resorted back to drugs during those times. I never gave up the fight and TODAY:
Well it's been over five years now and I am proud to say that yes, I'm standing, I'm sober, I'm healing, I'm recovering and I know appropriate ways of dealing with my personal problems and how to handle my emotions. Besides being an amazing survivor, of physical and sexual abuse and the many attempts on my life while living the street/fast life; As you can see I'm an Author. I went back to school in 2008, Los Angeles Southwest College. i Graduated from a skill certificate program as a Chemical Dependency Specialist in Criminal Justice in, 2009. At the same college I also got certified as an Anger Management Facilitator. Graduating with a 3.2 GPA. I learned to assist in getting peoples criminal records expunged/dismissed through WLCAC (Watts Labor Community Action Committee) Re-entry Program so that a person who have demonstrated a positive change in their lives can get employment. In 2009, mines was dismissed with the assistance of the staff at WLCAC Re-entry Program and the Attorney who works for WLCAC, Josh. I got certified through Project Return/Mental Health America/ Los Angeles Department of Mental Health as a Peer Advocate, oh yeah, that was in, 2008. On several occasions in person and in writing I had to advocate for monies for Mental Health Programs. Now that's turning a horrible past into blessings! In, 2008/2010, I held the position of Board Member for The California Network of Mental Health Clients, Southern Cal. I am a member of the 33rd Congressional Council. In 2011, I was a member of the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper Book Club. In 2011 I became a member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, A member of Moveon.org., Let's Talk Survival Group, A Supporter of Operations Smiles they repair lip clefts and palates on children around the world. A supporter of the UDFL (United Develpmental Football League) "Team Players". And I am an Advocate and fighter to help end Child Exploitation/Sex ABUSE since 2007. In, 2011, I participanted in a Womens Leadership Training Program sponsored by A New Way of Life, Los Angeles. Gosh this is a lot, okay more about the new me, 2012, I got further training in Human Trafficking and Cyber Crime through the Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN). I continue my work with California Against Sexual Exploitation, (CASE). Out of my home on line responding to e-mails from youth contemplating running away & parents, etc. I have been guest speaker and or facilitated a group at, View heights IMD, Girls & Gangs and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Women's Re-entry program, Kedren Mental Health, etc.
I have six very wise children four boys and two girls. Five biological grandchildren, three by a marriage of one of my sons. A beautiful daughter in law and son in laws. And a number of children that call me "Mom." I enjoy laughing, telling jokes, shooting pool, fishing, painting, writing, music, dancing in the mirror and one of these days I'm going jet skiing and scuba diving. When I think about my life today, I breathe a big sigh of relief, its not that bad after all, and it surely is better than it use to be, Wala Smiles... Oh yeah, one more thing, one day I won't have to buy flowers for myself...
OR PICK THEM
I'll be completely healed, get married, and have a HUSBAND to buy them for me.
Picture above is of Me, Jennifer taken in the early 1980's
AND HERE I AM AUGUST 2011
I Was Gone For A Minute When I Took These. I did not have a cigarette in my mouth, (picture below), I took this of myself and well this is what I captured, haha, Picture, 2011
Myself, wearing a black cap in, 2012, and the pictures below was taken in, 2012, also.
OKAY, OKAY I MADE IT BACK, SMILES~Jennifer Jsilk, Sept. 2011
Me at the Grove 12/2012
IS TO REACH AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AS I CAN TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THE THINGS IN LIFE I PAID SO DEARLY FOR SO THAT NOT KNOWING WON'T COST THEM THEIR LIFE. TO REACH AS MANY PARENTS SO THAT THEY CAN REMEMBER AND SAY THAT, "HEY YOUNG OR OLD, THOSE ARE MY BABIES, MY CHILDREN" AND SHOW MORE LOVE AND KNOW WHEN TO DRAW THE LINE WHEN IT COMES TO "TOUGH LOVE." ITS ALL ABOUT SECOND CHANCES, IF YOU AS A PARENT HAVE GIVEN YOUR CHILD TEN CHANCES GO BACK AND START COUNTING FROM ONE AGAIN BECAUSE THOSE ARE YOUR BABIES, YOUR CHILDREN. MAY THE BOOK, "THE STREETS, MY CRADLE" GIVE YOU THE INSIGHT YOU NEED TO REALIZE THE NECESSITY OF YOU DOING SO.
HERE'S A NUMBER FOR PARENTS TO CALL THAT MIGHT GET STRESSED OUT. WHERE YOU CAN FIND A GROUP OF PARENTS FACING THE SAME ISSUES, IT CAN ONLY HELP CALL; PARENTS ANONYMOUS AT;
1-800-339-6993 TO FIND A GROUP IN YOUR AREA.
GIVE AS A GIFT; ORDER YOUR COPY OF "THE STREETS, MY CRADLE" TODAY
Thank you for showing you care!!!
HELP END CHILD ABUSE AND MIS-USE!!!
AUTHORS INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS
FEBRUARY 2009~REVIEW ON BACK OF BOOK~Dr. Marvin J. Southard, Director Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
AUGUST 2010~LOS ANGELES SENTINEL NEWSPAPER BOOK REVIEW ~A. Conners, Intern
OCTOBER 2010~THE DR. THEMA SHOW INTERVIEW~Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Minister FAME Church/Associate Professor of Psychology Pepperdine University
1680 AM Radio
JUNE 2011~A DOCUMENTARY WHERE I AND OTHERS SHARE OUR STORIES ABOUT SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE~Dr. Thema Davis/Mrs. M. Contreras, Directors
JUNE 2011~ INTERVIEW~KPFK 90.7 FM Radio
AUGUST 2011~THE JUDITH NORMAN SHOW INTERVIEW~Judith Norman, CEO
JULY 2011, LA OPINION NEWS PAPER INTERVIEW~Claudia Nunez Writer & Ms. Ventura, Photographer
SEPTEMBER 2011~UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM~INTERVIEW~Melissa Lin, Student
FEBRUARY 2012~Interview on www.blogtalkradio Black Writers Space, out of Chicago. Tiffany Green, CEO
MARCH 2012~PSA/video can be seen on youtube.com Jennifer Jackson icna msa. For UMMA Medical Clinic; Journey From a Drug Addiction to self Development and Tolerance Directed by MSA and Under the Hood Productions
MARCH 2012~PSA/video that can be seen on youtube.com and cable channels; Jennifer Jackson icna msa. For UMMA Medical Clinic; Defending Religious Freedom Directed by MSA and Under the Hood Productions
APRIL 2012~Interview; Surviving the Inner City with Jennifer Jackson, Life Time Success 4 U/Empowerment Radio 4 U, Host Stacey Cox, Practitioner, Hynotherapist for Survivors, Emotional Freedom Technician
May 2012-Guest Speaker; Women Re-intergration Program, DMH
Girls & Gangs Program
FEBRUARY 2013-Speaker Panelist/book signing, sponsored by; BLACC Los Angeles Client Coalition & President Osbee Sangster/DMH, at The California African American Museum, KEEPING HOPE ALIVE"
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