Friday, February 3, 2012

Armstrong going tobacco-free |

I saw this on the news today and was very happy and glad to see my old school doing the right thing. SMOKE FREE IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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Monday, December 13, 2010

AWOL Holiday News!


Happy Holidays everyone! We hope this final BLOG of the 2010 year finds you all in good spirits. It's been a tough
The Jordans at Ellis Square Tree Lightingyear, with budget cuts, political sparring and unemployment at an all time high. But what I think we must all remember to do is cut off the "stupid box" off (television) sometimes, and instead of worry about what the reporters have to say about our world, we should step right outside our own front door and "make some good". As we watch and listen to all this talk about the great "reset", you never think to wonder how kids are holding up in this mess. In 2010, we have had more kids experience financial hardships such as foreclosures, evictions, and lack of basic utilities in the home than ever before.

Now more than ever it's important for us to band together to "make some good" for kids like Paul. Paul is a middle school drop out, who has no more than an 7th grade education, and upon arrival to AWOL, not a glimmer of hope in his eyes, not to mention zero motivation to do much more than stay at home most days of the week. Paul is enrolled in the sound design and music education program and since enrolling just over a month ago, we have already started to notice changes in his attitude, like a desire to be around positive peer groups, a willingness to listen to adult role models and most important of them all, a unrelenting desire to come to the AWOL office everyday. We are proud to be "making some good" in Paul's life. How are we doing that you say? Easy..AWOL is there for young people consistently and without judgment everyday and on weekends. There is no magic bullet to saving our youth during a time when circumstances can make it even easier for them to turn to a life of crime. But it starts with good folks like YOU, stepping out the door to come volunteer or clicking the
DONATE link to help with resources.

So as we head into the holiday season with cheer, we hope that you will all go out and "make some good" for your family and your community and may you all have a wonderful Christmas!


Tony, DaVena, Caleb and Daniel Jordan
AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

AWOL Kids Rock out at the Office!

Yesterday was a great day at the AWOL office. Last year Tony decided to institute a fun day for the kids at the office. The day was complete with video games, movies and popcorn. Originally the day was suppose to be just for the boys, but of course the girls "bum rushed" the office that day. It's a good thing they did, because a new AWOL tradition has been born. But I would expect nothing less from our esteemed and humble Chief Visionary Officer, Tony Polo Jordan!

So yesterday was our second fun day, and needless to say, the "office" will never be the same. It has been officially dubbed "Club AWOL" just for those days when the kids need to let loose, and take a much needed and well deserved break. Check out this video taken with my camera phone, that I could hardly shoot for laughing so hard!. I am blessed to have such wonderful angels in my life, they keep me laughing and smiling all the time. Who needs health insurance when you work at a place like AWOL, "laughter is good for the soul and your health", which means I'm going to live for a very long time thanks to the AWOL kids.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

AWOL's Theater & Performing Arts "Act Up"

The AWOL Act Up! Theater and Performing Arts Program is growing by leaps and bounds everyday. Tonight the kids are headed over to the Telfair Museum of Art's Owens-Thomas House to see a living history tour in which AWOL Theater Director, Lakesha Green plays the part of Emma Jordan, a slave servant. We are all about giving the kids professional experiences in the arts and have big plans to take their professional learning experiences even farther this year with a visit to Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater in Atlanta, GA. Check back to learn more about our upcoming winter trip to Atlanta and find out how you can help support our efforts for just $100 dollars per child.

In the meantime, check out Autumn and Jason, two AWOL youth who played star roles in last years production of Choices: A Romeo and Juliet Story. Autumn and Jason are two great kids with a bright future in front of them. We are proud to annouce that Autumn is already considering scholarship opportunities from Boston College and the University of Maryland because of her involvment with AWOL. We have you all to thank for her success! Check out the video interview below and be sure to share with friends and family.

Slow Blogging apology

OMG! So I have not posted a Blog from say...uh....a few months! Wow. That is so awful. So to all our fans, friends and followers I would just like to apologize for being an awful blogger! But in our defense, so many wonderful things are happening at AWOL that it can be hard to communicate all that good news at times. No worries, we vow to try harder...or ...perhaps that should be "blog harder" in the future. Check back this week for all the latest AWOL news and events and of course we'll be sharing inspiring stories of change!

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Have You Seen Hope?

Okay, so my post title is just a little corney, but nonetheless, I think you'll get my point after reading the entire post. As we round out the year, I have to tell you it's been a bit of a roller coaster for AWOL. With an ailing economy knocking on the front door at the beginning of the year, it was evident that all NPO's would be in great need in 2010. As donations declined, and some grant request came back denied, the beginning of the 4th quarter looked dismal to say the least. Since AWOL's inception, me and Tony have always been in the business of providing HOPE, when there seems to be none in sight. But this time, we were the one's actually in need of a little "hope" lol, and just like that, good ole HOPE can marching through the door.

I don't know if you have ever seen hope before, but it can come in many different forms. Sometimes its a person you know delivering a few kind words on a rough day, sometimes it's a person you don't know letting you use their Kroger plus card to get the discount that enables you to buy some grocery, and sometimes its and event you go to where the speaker delivers a gut wrenching tear jerking speech that sets your mind and heart on fire. Hope is a funny thing, you never know where or when or how it will show up. So by now your wondering who, what, when and how did "hope" come for AWOL this year.

Hope came in the form of a small creative business owner (and a few others) who decided that instead of send out a holiday card to clients and go home for turkey, they would instead conceptualize, develop and launch a major fundraising campaign for AWOL and all within about a 3 week timeframe! Yes, I thought they were nuts too!

Paragon Design Group has been AWOL's Hope this year. With a simple phone call, and one meeting to ask us if we would be okay with it (pause...really? they wanted to know what we thought about them leading a fundraiser for, we were off and running down the 2000 Strong, I Change Lives Campaign track. Not only did they bring their own creative juice to the table, they even enlisted the help of two other firms, HT Creative and Banker Optical Media. And when I told a friend about this amazing turn of events, all of a sudden more HOPE came marching through the door with two anonymous film professional donating their time and expertise to shoot a high quality PSA for the campaign. Wow! Check out the PSA below.

While I can't say that stuff like this never happens to AWOL (all things about AWOL have been serendipitous and just plain magical), I can say that its truly the first of its kind. In a year when our budget is going to take a 40% dip, our minds have been filled with ways to fill the gap and still meet the needs of the hundreds of Savannah youth that need a safe, creative and nurturing environment to go to during after school and evening hours.

This post is suppose to be about soliciting your help for the campaign, but I think it should be more about saying, thank you to Susan, Andrew, Phillip, James, Heather and Kevin (and my two incognito film makers) for giving us our MOJO back! I wish that I could design a super hero poster with all 8 of you in it, but photo shop work is a little lack luster, smile. We are humbled, tearful, and full of joy to know that a few like minded individuals care just as much about the youth of our community as we do. Not only that, you show it by actually DOING something to fix it.

So if you want to read all about why you should join the 2KStrong Campaign, you should check out Paragons Blogpost and visit the website at