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The Michael's Rose Foundation

Posted by QueenJ on January 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Michael's Rose Foundation serves as a transitional safe-place for children and young adults who have, or are presently experiencing child abuse, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. 

Here are some consequences of child abuse and neglect:


All types of maltreatment—physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological or emotional maltreatment—can affect a child’s emotional and psychological well-being and lead to behavioral problems. These consequences may appear immediately after the maltreatment or years later.

Emotional and Psychological Consequences

While there is no single set of behaviors that is characteristic of all children who have been abused and neglected, the presence of emotional and psychological problems among many maltreated children is well documented. Clinicians and researchers report behaviors that range from passive and withdrawn to active and aggressive.  Physically and sexually abused children often exhibit both internalizing and externalizing problems.  Emotional and psychosocial problems identified among individuals who were maltreated as children include:

• Low self-esteem

• Depression and anxiety

• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Attachment difficulties

• Eating disorders

• Poor peer relations

• Self-injurious behavior (e.g., suicide attempts)

Maltreated children who developed insecure attachments to caregivers may become more mistrustful of others and less ready to learn from adults. They also may experience difficulties in understanding the emotions of others, regulating their own emotions, and in forming and maintaining relationships with peers.

Violence, Substance Abuse, and Other Problem Behaviors

Individuals victimized by child maltreatment are more likely than people who were not maltreated to engage in juvenile delinquency, adult criminality, and violent behavior.  A study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice followed cases from childhood through adulthood and compared arrest records of a group of substantiated cases of maltreatment with a comparison group composed of individuals who were not officially recorded as maltreated. While most members of both groups had no juvenile or adult criminal records, being abused or neglected as a child increased the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 53 percent and as a young adult by 38 percent.  Physically abused children were the most likely of maltreated children to be arrested later for violent crime, followed closely by neglected children.

Other studies also have found maltreated children to be at increased risk (at least 25 percent more likely) for a variety of adolescent problem behaviors, including delinquency, teen pregnancy, drug use, low academic achievement, and mental health problems.105 It must be underscored, however, that while the risk is higher, most abused and neglected children will not become delinquent, experience adolescent problem behaviors, or become involved in violent crime.

Research also suggests a relationship between child maltreatment and later substance abuse.  In addition to being a risk factor, child maltreatment, particularly sexual abuse, may be a precursor of substance abuse.

Courtesy of:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Administration on Children, Youth and Families

Children’s Bureau

Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

Who is Lady Rainbow?

Posted by QueenJ on January 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Joy Johnson, PED.


Dr. Joy Harris-Johnson is presently the Founder/CEO of The Michael's Rose Foundation, as well as Rainbow Village CC (Children's College), LLC.


Since the impressionable age of seven, Dr. Harris-Johnson felt compelled to teach and was confident that she was going to teach when she "grew up". She began babysitting at the age of thirteen, coming highly qualified by neighbors within the community where she lived.

By the year 1996, Dr. Harris-Johnson went on to open her first children's school/child care service and continues to teach today.


Dr. Harris-Johnson has been in the early childhood development field for over thirty years, possessing credentials such as a Child Development Associate License, a Teaching Certificate through the Children's Ministries Institute/Child Evangelism Fellowship, a Public School Teacher Certificate through the NYS Education Department and just recently awarded an honorary doctorate degree in pedagogy. She has been recognized by the Child Care Council, Inc. for 27 years of service to the child care community and has served three active years as "Youth Head" on the Board and Steering Committee Member for Action for a Better Community.


Dr. Harris-Johnson is the author and publisher of two books, the latter being a children's book titled, Lady Rainbow. She is due to launch her second children's book by mid-September. She story reads to an audience of children, in character, as "Lady Rainbow", who is the main character in her book. Her passion is working with children/youth and plans to facilitate an organization the helps to develop confident, productive citizens.


Dr. Harris-Johnson feels it is crucial, in a time when the school dropout rate is higher than the graduation rate, to find ways to encourage youth to "want to" learn. She proposes to increase the student attendance and produce more high school and college graduates through her creative teaching methods. Her main targets are youth who are at risk and academically challenged, from all ages and socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.


Dr. Harris-Johnson's teaching methods are rather "unorthodox", for a lack of a better word. She has mastered a technique of teaching that captivates her students, keeping their attention and thus successfully giving them a gift of retaining information for years to come. She makes learning fun and a memorable experience for the student. Dr. Harris-Johnson believes that if what a child is taught is not effective in their ability to learn, retain information and apply it in their future endeavors, it is a waste of time and effort, for it does the child an injustice.


Dr. Harris-Johnson’s teaching methods are by way of exhibitions, literary events and performing arts. She uses the arts as a foundation when teaching bearing in mind that people by nature are visual and tend to learn better from hands on and visual content.


Dr. Harris-Johnson's prepares to ensure the success of Rainbow Village CC by developing programs that are responsive to the needs of the community and that ensure that high-quality academic and arts programs remain affordable and accessible. In this way, it will also effectively address her mission of building community through the arts.