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Include Me!!! (Inclusive After School Program)

My goal is to open a respite care/after school program for special needs children in Philadelphia, PA.

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Campaign Ends on December 17, 2020

Project Description

 

OUR GOAL

  We are raising funds for our respite care/after school program in Philadelphia, PA. We found a location in West Philadelphia and we will like to secure 3 months worth of rent so we can focus on providing programs to the children for the winter months. 

Mission

  Advocate for Me, LLC  a Philadelphia based organization that was established to offer trainings to families and providers to empower them with information, advocacy skills and resources that will enhance the quality of life for every child with special needs that they encounter. Advocate for Me LLC offers interactive training systems that will prepare individuals and organizations with the awareness and the tools they need to be of maximum service to children with special needs.

 

Founder and Purpose of Advocate for Me, LLC 

 L'Vonne McMillan brings a unique perspective to her work as a parent, an advocate and an educator for the past 13 years. L'Vonne McMillan is the mother of 2 children (Jordan, 13 and Jada, 7). As the parent of a child born premature and with a special health care needs she successfully advocated for developmental services that have assisted her son in his daily needs and in his school setting. 

A Philadelphia native, L'Vonne has worked in the field of Early Childhood and Special Needs Education for over 20 years and has worked for various agencies providing one on one instruction and Early Intervention for clients with various special needs which include autism, down syndrome, and mental health disorders. L'Vonne McMillan is a published author and educates families on the importance of advocating for their special needs child. 

  

Problem

  There is a high expulsion rate in preschool and after school programs because child care centers and after school programs lack the training of educating their staff on how to probably care for a special needs child.  Seventeen percent of children  in the Pennsylvania public school system receive special education and right now it is a challenge for families to access a place for them to learn through virtual school as well as for the parents to have a time during the day to work from home. 

The ADA requires places used by the general public, including most child care centers and private schools and all public schools, to develop a plan for making their programs, services, and facilities accessible to people with disabilities. (http://www.njsacc.org/pdfs/childrenspecialneedsbooklet_WEB.pdf

 

Solution

  Advocate for Me, LLC has located a space in West Philadelphia to offer respite care and after school services to special needs children. The CEO has a heart for working with children and caring for them respectfully and has established a rapport with families who are caring for their special needs child.  At Advocate for Me, LLC, we want to offer a place where the children can be themselves and enjoy various programs such as yoga, dance, theater, and sensory activities. We will provide care for special needs /special health care needs children during the hours of 3pm-6pm (additional 2-4 hours of service as needed by appointment) to the children Monday-Friday at a fun, loving, and caring environment. 

 

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will I receive resources or services for my special needs child?

For this campaign Advocate for Me will focus on working with professional moms but if you contact our website we will offer resources to assist your special needs child? 

When will I receive my reward that was donated to me to receive services?

All rewards will be sent in a timely fashion 7 days after the close of the campaign. 

How do we contact you after the campaign or if we have additional questions?

Feel free to contact us on our website www.lmadvocateforme.com under contact us or schedule a discovery call. 

If I donate to a service to a mom will I receive feedback of how she thrived with your services? 

If given permission from the professional mom we will put up her progress as to how she is doing in our reviews and on our updates on our website. 

How will you know what size T-shirt I will need after I have purchased an award.

Please feel free to put it in the comments of the reward when purchasing or email in the subject type- Campaign Reward and email your shirt size to advocateforme17@gmail.com

What is the link for the podcast? 

https://anchor.fm/lvonne-mcmillan

Please share our podcast and listen to new episodes featured weekly on 7 channels- Advocate for Me. 

 

 

Michele Abraham-Montgomery
12/01/2020
Advocate for Me Sweatshirt
$100
Felicia Shanken
12/01/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
Andrea Ross
12/01/2020
Advocate for Me face mask
$25
KB CALS
12/01/2020
Monetary Contribution
$15
12/01/2020
T-Shirt (Black or White)
$50
JoAnn Berkley
11/29/2020
Advocate for Me face mask
$50
RunninGlasses
11/29/2020
Advocate for Me Sweatshirt
$500
Garry Johnson III
11/10/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
Suella
11/10/2020
T-Shirt
$50
Judith Dumorney-McDaniel
11/10/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
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Just Because I Care contribution- Contribute at any level and we will shout you out as one of our contributors on our podcast and on our website. We thank you for your contribution. 

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Thank you for your $50 contribution- we will like to offer you one of our ADVOCATE T-Shirts for your generous contribution. 

 We will discuss shirt sizes and delivery 7 days after the campaign ends. 

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care contribution- Contribute at any level and we will shout you out as one of our contributors on our podcast and on our website. We thank you for your contribution. 

5 Supporters
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50.00 USD
T-Shirt (Black or White)

Thank you for your $50 contribution- we will like to offer you one of our ADVOCATE T-Shirts for your generous contribution. 

 We will discuss shirt sizes and delivery 7 days after the campaign ends. 

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25.00 USD
Advocate for Me face mask

Your reward will be an Advocate for Me facemask that will be mailed to you 10 days after the campaign via mail. 

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