Jacky's Dance Towards Recovery
It's been a long road battling mental illness and substance abuse but I believe I'm a fighter for recovery. And I intend to share this fight with the folks in recovery in my community. I believe that many other things can help in recovery and movement is one of them. And dance is what I plan to introduce as a tool for recovery and overall health.
In my professional career, I co-created a program model that uses JourneyDance to address mental health, specifically among young people. The program was successful and I plan to work to implement it again in the Bucks County community. See attached video.<iframe media_type="0" media_id="DuVz-6rZVuI" class="youtube-replace" title="YouTube video player" style="margin-bottom:20px;width:560px;height:315px;" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DuVz-6rZVuI/?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="1"></iframe>
These funds will help me take my own journey in dance and to become certified to teach JourneyDance - a holistic and therapeutic fitness practice that incorporates yoga, visualization, theater, affirmations and improvisation. The teacher training is for international teachers and takes place in Costa Rica, April 2-14. And I can't even begin to imagine the lengths it will take me in my own recovery.
I believe a program like JourneyDance can uniquely and creatively raise awareness of the epidemic we are facing in our communities when it comes to mental illness and substance abuse. Whereby, the suicide rate is at it's highest... it is the 2nd leading killer of young adults ages 14-25!
Upon return from the International Teachers Training, I plan to volunteer my services and teach in local facilities that are working with individuals in recovery. I have made some inroads with some of these facilities and I am on the docket to speak with the Senator to gain his endorsement.
I have never been more ready to dive into a recovery process with the plan of sharing it with my peers. Please consider supporting me in this journey.
I am so happy for you! I can't wait to hear more each day about your "journey" and to see how you enrich others with your mere presence - you are amazing! (and I miss you)
Congrats girl! I am so excited for you and all who will benefit as a result of your training! xoxo