I Pledge 2 Listen 

Save Our Children


Our children are our most valuable asset, therefore, WODA, Inc. is excited to incorporate the "I Pledge 2 Listen" concept to our curriculum. We hope to gather universal support in this effort. 


In order to find a solution to the problems our youths face today, we must understand what the problem is.  The best way to do that is:



1. 'Listen,' and then give careful thought and consideration

     before making a response.



2.  Work with the youths towards a solution - the key words are:

     "work with, not just work towards".  



3.  Never  deal with the child and the bully at the same time.


(Confrontation with a bully is a child's worse nightmare, because they are immediately labelled as a snitch by the entire school) 




 


Too often victims are left to feel guilty.


Many times they are made to feel guilty.









A Prime example is that of Howard J. who wrote that his life changed when he read the story entitled 'Jack' - a character from the book S.J.  It was amazingly similar to what he endured as a young boy!


Jack was repeatedly sexually abused by a trusted relative and was barely able to live through the pain and embarrassment.


 However, 15 years later, Jack is a loving husband and father of 2.  As a counselor, he is devoted to helping others (young and old) to understand the difference between being a perpetrator and a victim.


This story helped Howard J. to pray, meditate, forgive and have peace. He has not only learned that he was a victim, he realized just who it was that needed to pray for forgiveness – and that he was not the one!


Little Child Blue

(follows the short story of ‘Jack” in

 Sentimental Journeys)


You lay awake, afraid to sleep

fighting fears and shedding tears

all because you’re so ashamed

of playing grown up mating games


To scared to tell, you hide it well

the ache within your soul to scream

You go along, without protest

a pawn played in his evil scheme


Loss of pride is what you suffer

self-respect is smothered over

repentance you no longer seek

for sins of which you cannot speak


This battle you can’t fight alone

for many thousands have been shown

there’s understanding of your plight

and those who’ll help to make it right


Oh little child blue, come blow your horn

and shout for help to set you free

For sleepless nights and fears and pains

awaits for those who don’t complain


No longer do you have to hide

you must reveal his evil side

It’s not your fault, you’re not to blame

no need to feel such endless shame


You’re but a victim of his crime

he stole your youth before your time

He killed and murdered innocence

so it’s his shame, LET HIM REPENT!



To donate free copies of Sentimental Journeys to schools and youth programs, please call or email us.


The valuable information between these pages should be shared, taught and discussed within families and youth groups.  A free Core Curriculum is included upon request.