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GLOBAL PARENTING NETWORK FAMILY
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
INVESTING IN COVID-19 &
POST QUARANTINE WORLD
- Preparing parents and children for a new norm -
INVESTING IN ADVOCACY
- Ongoing meetings on a state, national and international platform to influence decisions on behalf of our families - Propose new legislations, and lobby for amendments of existing laws and regulations -
INVESTING IN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
- Inspirational interactive programs for children and parents with special needs -
INVESTING IN OUR MILITARY IN TRANSITION
- Supporting our military families with assistance programs in employment, housing, education, grief counselling, relocation, and adapting to civilian life -
INVESTING IN EMPLOYMENT
- Ensuring that those who need to work from home have adequate opportunities - Assisting working parents in finding new careers with online training -
INVESTING IN HOMESCHOOLING & EDUCATION
- Ensuring ALL children and parents have access to internet, computers, and support - We are developing skills by bringing innovative learning in community health globally and STEM education, scaling what works, and building sustainable solutions.
INVESTING IN SPORTS
- Ensuring all children have access to sporting opportunities to enhance their physical, mental, and psychological growth and maturity, where teamwork and leadership is encouraged, and experienced -
INVESTING IN EQUITY TECHNOLOGY
- Ensuring ALL families have access to technology regardless of zip code, where every child can have all he/she needs to learn, graduate, and go to college-
INVESTING IN KNOWLEDGE
- Helping children understand social justice, civic responsibility, the environment, ecology, and media in this changing world -
INVESTING IN NUTRITION
- Ensuring all families have access to nutritious food, and clean water - Teaching parents food hygiene and preparation - Partnering with programs to ensure no child goes to bed hungry -
INVESTING IN GRIEF COUNSELLING
- Assisting parents to help their children through loss, stress, and trauma -
INVESTING IN CREATIVE EXPRESSION
- Ensuring all children have access to musical instruments and encouraged to express themselves, which leads to confidence, coordination, cultural learning, joy, and peace -
INVESTING IN ALL FAMILY MEMBERS
- Teaching children compassion, trust, and responsibility by caring for a pet - Utilizing their trusted best friend in counselling and rehabilitation services -
INVESTING IN HEALTH
ALL LIFE AS A RIGHT
- Ongoing Advocacy to insure all lives and rights are preserved and supported - Ensuring all women have access to quality healthcare, screening, and unbiased counselling, prenatal, and postnatal care -
INVESTING IN GRANDPARENTS
- Teaching children about end of life, and learning the wisdom, cultural and generational traditions from their elders -
INVESTING IN HOME OWNERSHIP
- Equity management and financial stability coaching to enable families to own their own homes, and gain freedom from debt -
INVESTING IN SAFETY/ WEATHERIZATION
- Insulation of homes and safety equipment to Keep our families healthy and safe throughout the year -
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
- Character building, Student Exchanges, Family Reunions, Mentorship Forums, Retreats, Workshops, Focus Groups, Summits & Local/ State/National Conferences -
Common Sense Parenting
extended & essential services
Youth: Pearls, Ambassadors, Mindquest (games) -
Military: Family Forum, Coaching & Counselling, Employment: Job Search, Workshops, Career, Veteran & Spouse, Housing -
Grandparents: Social Integration, Family & Cultural Values -
Education: Youth - Preschool, Secondary, Career Options - Post-Secondary - Adult: Lifelong Learning - Fitness: Mental, Physical & Spiritual -
Homeless: Food, Shelter, Transition (Recovery) - Family Health Management:
Healthy Fathers Coalition
County Fatherhood Commission
Fathers & Families Coalition
Global Day of Parents
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
The Global Parenting Network Family (GPNF) was founded as a 'Legacy Organization," by Dr. Gregory Johnson, and his late wife Dr. Theresa Mejia-Johnson, with a team of parents, educators, attorneys, physicians, legislators, and child advocates in 2014. GPNF is a multi award-winning 501c3 non-profit, Parenting Advocacy organization that is purpose driven to strengthen and empower parents, and to support families with a myriad of inspirational programs and services. GPNF believes parents are the difference between a struggling community versus a dynamic community.
At GPNF, we have chosen to be the catalyst to empower parents to view their role as the highest natural leadership position in the world. We do this through research, interactive workshops, dynamic seminars, our parent coaching network, an empowerment/advocacy agenda titled 'Parenting Ambassadors,' informational newsletters, a soon to be launched blogging network, publishing, and a host of additional services confirming and empowering assets to the world of parenting. We are actively engaged in meetings on a state, national and international platform to influence decisions on behalf of our families, propose new legislations, and lobby for amendments of existing laws and regulations.
During these challenging times, parents throughout the world are actively participating in our services, as we answer their call and launch a 'Phoenix Stage' of redevelopment. We are passionately committed to supporting our families during this global pandemic, to sharing important health information, and to helping parents find employment and housing. We understand the challenges everyone is facing, and we are working diligently to answer calls for urgent assistance including food distribution, essential supplies, protective masks, and counselling for those feeling the isolation and stress of Covid-19 within our communities.
We invite you to scroll through our website
To become actively engaged in our programs
To partner with us
To submit questions to our experts
To submit articles of interest to parents
To visit our social media platforms
To donate, invest, and sponsor programs of interest to you.
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Global Parenting Network offers diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace and services, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, are valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and services. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and we ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire Family/Parent Enhancement protocol of the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for equity, Global Parenting Network works to:
See diversity, inclusion, and equity as vital to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff, volunteers and board and the families and communities we serve.
Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address them in a way that is consistent with our mission.
Help to challenge assumptions regarding what it takes to be a strong advocate and leader while serving as a leading service provider through our organization.
Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, volunteers, committees, and advisory bodies.
Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this behavior and demonstrate it in all internal and external interactions.
Global Parenting Network abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:
Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies and practices.
Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity
to make incremental, measurable progress toward the visibility of our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Once the content is curated it will be added to our website for others to access.
Pool resources and expand offerings for underrepresented constituents by connecting with other family and community resources and interactions committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.
Develop and present sessions on diversity, inclusion, and equity to provide information and resources internally, and to members, the community, and the Global Parenting Network Advocacy membership.
Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. Train our hiring team on equitable practices.
Include a salary range with all public job descriptions.
Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression, and disparity.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the lives of children and their families around the world. As COVID-19 has spread, so has misinformation – fueling discrimination and stigma. Global Parenting Network (GPN) is working with health experts to promote facts over fear, bringing trustworthy guidance and answering some of the questions families might have.
Symptoms can include fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and tiredness. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal.
Based on what we currently know, transmission of COVID-19 is primarily occurring from people when they have symptoms (including mild symptoms), and can also happen just before they develop symptoms, when they are in close proximity with others for prolonged periods of time. While someone who never develops symptoms can also pass the virus to others, there’s ongoing research into how often this is the case.
Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.
Keep at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and others.
Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like phones, doorknobs, light switches and countertops.
Seek medical care early if you, your child and/or spouse/partner has a fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other symptoms of COVID-19.
Avoid crowded places, confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation, and try to practice physical distancing from people in public.
Wear fabric masks when in public places where there is community transmission and where physical distancing is not possible.
Keep all indoor spaces well ventilated.
These symptoms are similar to the flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19. This is why testing is required to confirm if someone has COVID-19. It’s important to remember that key prevention measures are the same – frequent hand washing, and respiratory hygiene (cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue into a closed bin).
IN THE NEWS
The Virtual Fathers Walk, supporting father involvement in education, was held on Thursday October 15th at 9:00 am. The virtual event was sponsored by WKYC Studios and hosted by the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Passages and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative.
The event featured Brandon Simmons of WKYC Studios as emcee; author Margaret Bernstein reading her new book, The Fathers Walk; a tribute to founder Theresa Mejia Johnson by Al Grimes and Dr Brian Moore; and the Fathers Walk Pledge led by community fathers.
We encouraged all fathers attending the Virtual Fathers Walk to reach out to their children's schools to continue involvement throughout the school year. Father and male mentor involvement in education matters more than ever this year during the pandemic. And we encourage the community to support the thousands of fathers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, brothers and mentors that step up to support the education of children in their lives.
During these winter months, our Chairman, Dr. Greg Johnson, and President, Dr. Christine Johnson, have been busy working with community partners in North East Ohio to distribute thousands of hot meals, other essential food items, toys, PPE, and extra warm clothing to the homeless, senior citizens, women's/men's shelters, and some of the most vulnerable families in the county.
These ongoing programs will serve those at most risk, and we are grateful to all our dedicated partners for their support and enthusiasm.
Gregory Johnson, PhD.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Gregory Johnson is a Vietnam Veteran, and the Founder and Chairman of GPN. He is also a Governor with the National Association of Nonprofit Organization Executives, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is a Bronze member of Human Synergistic, a member of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a Parenting Presence Ambassador for Parenting 2.0, and an original member of the Healthy Fathering Collaborative.
He sits on the Advisory Board for Case Western Reserve University MOD/MPOD, is an Affiliate Partner for the COPLTI, and an Affiliate of the Father's & Family Coalition USA. He is the Coach and Author of the Concentric Parent, a Coach with the Executive Leadership, and a Member of the National Assoc. Distinguished Professionals.
His career includes being the Director, Employee Relations - Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Vice President of the Mercy Hospitals of Central Ohio, President & CEO of the Lorain County Urban League, OH, Executive Vice of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, OH, State Director for the March of Dimes, OH, President & CEO for Pinellas County Urban League, FL, Board Member of the Academy Prep Centers of Education, a Committee Member of Pinellas Education Foundation, FL, and a Board Member for The First Tee of Pinellas County, FL.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Case Western Reserve, Weatherhead School of Management with a Master’s Degree in Organization Development & Analysis; Barkley University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership; Dartmouth College - The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth with a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Management, Business Administration, Management & Operations, and the University of Michigan with a Post Graduate Degree in Executive Leadership and Management.
Dr. Johnson has received dozens of awards and multiple recognitions the Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service from the former US President, the Hon. Obama.
Christine Mercy Johnson, PhD.
British/American Archbishop Christine Mercy Johnson, PhD is President and Chief Marketing Officer for GPN. She is also the Co-Presiding Archbishop of the Worldwide Anglican Church; Senior Advisor/Deputy Chaplain to the Democratic Leader, Bedford/Walton Hills; Senior Advisor/Chaplain to the Democratic Leader, Bedford Democratic Alliance - UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Africa; Chancellor of the African Trinity Theological College; Professor of Doctoral studies with the Jesus Seminary of the Himalayas in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Patron of several organizations including the St Agnes Christian Education Center in Uganda, and the Hosanna Children's Home in Uganda, which cares for children with special needs or orphaned. She is also a Radio & TV Host/Keynote Speaker, a published Author/Songwriter/Recording Artist with publications housed in the Library of Congress, and a Chaplain with the International Federation of Christian Chaplains Inc. badge #4226.
Her career includes serving as the European Ambassador for the Indian Nations Development Program based on the Navajo Nation in AZ, which served all federally recognized Native American Indian sovereign Nations. She has served several Chamber of Commerce branches including Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, WY as Investor Relations Manager and Chief of Staff for Public Policy, Retail Development, and Agriculture, Energy & Natural Resources,
the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce as a small business Manager, and the United International Chamber of Commerce based in New Jersey where she was the President and CEO. She served as a United Nations Representative for India, Armenia & the Congo in New York.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the International Federation of Christian Chaplains Academy, Gillette citizens Police Academy, Gillette Area Leadership Institute, Halcyon Seminary, the Manchester School of Music, Crown Theological Seminary of New England, Rockhurst University, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the Royal Academy of Music, and Cambridge University. Her core competencies include: theology, business administration, music, chaplaincy, public policy, direct sales, event planning, digital marketing, brand development, animation and film production, digital photography, public speaking, customer service, project management, executive support, interviewing and recruitment, counseling, technical writing, performance review, team building, mentoring, diplomatic relations, and cultural awareness.
Over the last few years, she has been recognized with over 300 awards including the Woman of Distinction and Lifetime Achievement Awards for such organizations as the Gospel Image Awards, United Nations, Girl Scouts of America, March of Dimes, Lions Club International and the Desai Eye Hospital in India. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service from the former US President, The Hon. Barack Obama.
Executive Board Member
Byron Dillard has enjoyed fortune and success across several
industries from Natural Gas and Energy Advocacy to Telecommunications and Information Technology. Specifically, Byron has over twenty years of leading large and intimate enterprise Design, Build and Integration initiatives across a number of industries – real properties and digital – including, but not limited to: Energy, Defense, Homeland Security, Telecommunications and Construction. He brings to each endeavor entrepreneurial experience from concept and design stage to build, installation and, ultimately, operations. Regardless of the challenge or requirement, Byron has delivered client specifications on time, on budget and beyond expectations. Coupled with his business acumen, Byron has adopted early on in serving as a servant leader to grow professionally and personally. As such, his philosophy and work ethic expands with every opportunity he has by being an effective listener and caring for and about others more than the promotion of his own agenda.
In spite of the enormous opportunities Byron has been given, he remains grounded by spending his personal time with his amazing children and grandchildren; in addition to, finding worthwhile community service requirements to support. To that end, Byron has dedicated to working with non-profit organizations to help them by enhancing their operational efficiencies while growing their revenue potential to ensure organizational sustainability to essential service organizations such as: education; financial literacy; and, environmental awareness. Non-profit organizations in which he contributes to are those service agencies with a focus on the betterment of the homeless and veterans and governmental advocacy for religious organizations. Byron also has endeavored to expand the longevity prospects of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and marginalized communities through the Design, Build and Operational maintenance of Green Technologies and Electronic Sports and Gaming.
In addition to gaining a wealth of education with his client, Byron’s formal education was realized from a plethora or higher learning institutions from around the United States beginning with his business principles being established while attending Memphis State University then pursuing continuing education in the areas of Urban Planning and Community Development from the University of Central Arkansas’ Community Development Institute and Boston College’s Center For Community Relations. Additional experience that contributes to Byron being a holistic resource for anyone seeking a well-rounded management resource came from organizations such as: the Project Management Institute; the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (Homeland Security Emergency Management Administration (Grant Management) – Target Hardening Acquisitioning of Tier 1 and 2 Critical Infrastructure Protection targets) and FEMA’s Emergency Management Training (National Incident Management and National Framework Response).
Byron has received several awards including the Presidential Service Award, the Federal Fleet Conversion Task Force from the Clinton Administration, Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators, and was honored with the Small Business Advocate of the Year from the Small Business Administration in 1988 and 1989.
Director of Training Curriculum
Kimberly Smith is a wellness advocate, urban youth educator, and community engagement expert. For the past 14 years Kimberly Smith has served as Founder of Wings of Discovery; a Not-For Profit that was founded with the purpose to educate youth through travel. Coupled with her years in the urban sector, Kimberly has also worked as a Project manager for several building projects, community engagement initiative, and small business start-ups on the south side of Chicago. She is most known for her ability to navigate through challenging tasks, and those who have worked with Kimberly commend her for being a joyful, inspiring, and straightforward person. Kimberly also has served as a Property Manager for the Chicago Housing Authority in years past, which led to the opening of her own property management company, 'Resurgence Mogul' in 2016.
She served as the President of the LSC – Local School Council at Martha Ruggles School, and has served as a board member for a myriad of organizations. Kimberly is a business owner and partners with other companies to strengthen alliances. She collaborates with other non-profit organizations, including 'Tomorrow is Today,' in Washington, D.C.
She is a Certified Youth Practitioner, Life Coach, Parent Ambassador/Concierge, Mandated Reporter and certified in Positive Youth Development.
She has received a number of leadership recognitions, including the 'Unsung Hero Award.'
She has been featured in 'Barron’s Magazine,' and the 'Institute for Justice Liberty & Law Magazine,' as an Entrepreneur and business owner.
Executive Board Member
Mitchel Jenkins is a Senior Loan Officer for Your Home Financial in Ohio since December 2019. In the past, he has served as a Laon Officer for NewRez LLC, a Mortgage Loan Officer for Union Home Mortgage Corp, a Home Mortgage Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and was a Senior Mortgage Banker for Quicken Loans in Ohio.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mitchel has an enormous amount of pride in his great city. He has been married to his wife of over 10 years, and they have 3 remarkable children together. He finds great fulfillment in his career, which allows him to help the dream of homeownership become a reality for many. He takes great pride in being an advocate for his clients, but maintains that his greatest accomplishment is being a father and husband for his family.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Employees like working for a company that has a good public image and is constantly in the media for positive reasons. Nearly 60% of employees who are proud of their company’s social responsibility are engaged in their jobs.
Companies with strong corporate social responsibility programs are looking for nonprofits to be the recipient of grants, matching gift programs, and volunteer grant programs. CSR initiatives help nonprofits find support beyond individual donors.
CSR is a thoughtful and practical way to give back to society. When businesses are conscious of their social and environmental impact on the world, they can benefit society by giving back and helping to find solutions to everyday issues.
By taking part in CSR, businesses are providing positive social value. Consumers are reporting more and more that they are likelier to work with companies or purchase goods from companies that are socially responsible.
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We believe in diversity, in the spirit of mentorship, in making great investments. Our programs and services are an extension of who we are and what we stand for. If you are looking for a new way to connect with organizations that support the future you would like to see in your community and the world, consider becoming a Global Parenting Network Family Strategic Partner. Please contact us for our complete package of benefits.
WHO DOES CSR IMPACT?
CSR impacts companies, nonprofits, and employees alike. Corporate social responsibility is not a mandated practice in the United States; instead, it is something extra that companies do to improve their local and global communities.
The purpose of corporate social responsibility is to give back to the community, take part in philanthropic causes, and provide positive social value. Businesses are increasingly turning to CSR to make a difference and build a positive brand around their company.
MULTIPLE BENEFIT PACKAGES
The Global Parenting Network Expos and Parenting Ambassador Affiliate Network give sponsors the opportunity to market to the strong community of Parents. Parents have tremendous consumer needs and purchasing power.
Studies show that Parents are very brand loyal and recommend their favorite brands to friends, family, and business associates—with the overwhelming majority saying they use the same products and services in their home for the safety and well-being of their household and community.
A customized program will be created for each sponsor with the following packages as guidelines. All sponsors receive a detailed sponsorship report after each event. All sponsors will be highlighted on the Global Parenting Network web with a link to your selected marketing link.
YEAR-ROUND BENEFIT PACKAGES
Charitable Partners: American Cancer Society - Juvenile Diabetes - March of Dimes
A portion of the annual proceeds will be donated to each of the Charitable Partners.
Global Parenting Network is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization with all sponsor fees being tax deductible.
Signage and exhibitor opportunities.
Recognition from the platform.
Branding in national resource lists for Parents and Families.
Hyperlink to web sites with over 10,000 hits per week.
Logo inclusion in national consumer magazines which have a circulation of over 200,000.
VIP passes for staff and special clients to events.
Access Impressions Connections Direct Response
Branding to national Parenting organizations including membership of NPO, NPLTI, and Head Start and March of Dimes organizations, which have a database of over 300,000.
Premier booth locations at events with trade shows.
Direct Response: Attendees at events receive special coupons and/or offers to drive customers to your company.
Option to provide premium in show bag and prize giveaways. Company representatives can give presentations at events.
Option to sponsor breakfast or luncheon.
All of the benefits of Maverick Sponsor are included.
Access Connections Direct Response Extended Reach Book Tour Spokesperson Media
Special dedicated advanced campaign to all attendees promoting your company.
On-site sales, sampling and speaking opportunities.
Inclusion in social media platforms.
Endorsed email campaign to Global Parenting Network proprietary database of over 20,000.
Global Parenting Network as spokesperson in promotion campaign and Parenting book tour to major media outlets.
Product placement. All of the benefits of the Innovator Sponsor are also included.
Naming Rights Visibility
Access Connections Impressions Direct Response Extended Reach Book Tour Spokesperson Media
Naming Rights as Presenting Sponsor of global Parenting Network and Parenting Ambassador Expo’s.
National media release campaign promoting your company as brand-friendly to women.
Product giveaways during keynotes.
Direct mail campaign to proprietary list of women business owners.
Branding in the national media including print, radio, Internet and television.
Dedicated special follow-up promotion to attendees at events.
Benefits of all packages are included.
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