By Sheri Stuart
COLTON, CA- Award-Winning Street Positive, a division of 4Positive Knowledge, has launched a national social engagement campaign promoting the importance of healthy father/daughter relationships. The “Daughters Lives Matter” campaign is dedicated to helping young girls avoid the destructive effects associated with child maltreatment, including sex trafficking, dating violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Individuals and families from both Riverside and San Bernardino County gathered at Fiesta Village Family Fun Park in Colton to take part in the Sept. 19 kick-off, which included remarks from civic leaders and elected officials who expressed the importance of family/community involvement in the lives of all children.
“The dialogue was powerful and helped raise community consciousness in terms of safety,” said Joe Paulino, chief of police for the San Bernardino City Unified School District. “We’re mindful that our daughters’ lives matter and their safety is important.”
More than 400 people attended the campaign launch, which included the recognition of six distinguished women for their proactive efforts to support fathers and daughters throughout Southern California’s Inland Empire Region. Award recipients included: Acquanetta Warren – Mayor of Fontana; Josie Gonzales –
San Bernardino County Supervisor, 5th District; Pastor Karen Sykes – Cross Word Christian Church; Cheyenne English – Women Who Hide; Susana Zamudio-Riverside Unified School District; and Patricia Nichols-Butler-Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County.
“It was a great event and we are so grateful to have been a part of it,” said Michelle Kapuscinski, owner of Fiesta Village Family Fun Park. “We’ve worked with Terry Boykins and Street Positive over the last eight years. It’s been incredible to watch the programs expand. We look forward to an even bigger event next year.”