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Forgiving For Living 2016 PLUS Awards!
By Wendy Gladney Dean
Published April 7, 2016



According to statistics 15% of African American girls in 2016 still do not complete high school and never achieve a high school diploma and only approximately 22% actually graduate and achieve a bachelor’s degree from college. These statistics are staggering and we must come together to do something about these numbers. I recently had a conversation with a dear friend and board member for Forgiving For Living, Inc., Dr. Lauren Walton and she shared that not only do we need to help provide opportunity for the next generation, but they must also possess ambition if they desire to go to the next level.



Forgiving For Living, Inc. ( was started in 1999 for the purpose of touching the lives of at risk girls by providing mentoring, teaching life skills and promoting tools that help young ladies believe in themselves and build a positive self- image. Studies show when you give someone the necessary components to succeed in life and you encourage them to believe in their capabilities their chances of having a better future vastly improves. Forgiving For Living (FFL) is committed to changing lives one girl at a time. For over seventeen years we have served and helped close to 3,000 girls across Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. For the past five years we have focused on young ladies in Jordan Downs Housing Projects and over the past two years we have also concentrated work with The Center For Learning & Unlimited Educational Success, Inc. (CLUES) in San Bernardino which is a school that helps students that have limited chances focus on Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Each year FFL holds a brunch and silent auction spotlighting special individuals in the community that impact the lives of others and serve as role models for the young ladies we serve. This year we are proud to announce that Salvador Mendoza, Senior Vice President, Community Reinvestment, City National Bank will be the recipient of the President’s Award. Cynthia Heard, Vice President Business Development and Communications for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles; Dr. Roslyn Blake, President, MB Ellison, Inc.; Kiesha C. Nix, Executive Director, Lakers Youth Foundation; Rene Nourse, CFP, Urban Wealth Management, LLC.; and Michelle Wulfestieg, Executive Director, Southern California Hospice Foundation are this year’s Community Honorees. Each of these honorees go above and beyond the call of duty in helping to make the community a better place and to provide opportunity for the next generation.


The PLUS Awards will also feature live entertainment from Jerome Dean Entertainment with singer Sarah Daye and cellist Hope Easton. Michelle Valles, Co-Anchor and Reporter from NBC4 Southern California will serve as this year’s emcee. Rev. Jon S. Harris, Pastor of Castle Rock Ministries will bring the invocation. A host of supporters and sponsors will be present including the Los Angeles Sentinel, City National Bank, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Ronald McDonald House of Charities, U.S. Bank, The Lakers Youth Foundation, Toyota, NBC4 You, Dr. Lauren Walton, and SoCalGas. The main thing is we will be giving out $10,000.00 in scholarships to worthy and deserving young ladies from across Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and your support helps us keep our programs going year round.



How appropriate for the times we live in today Simeon Sinek said, Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.


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Visit and Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at [email protected]. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am.

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