The most powerful force in the universe is the Tenacity of the Human spirit! I was raised on the southeast side of Chicago and is a happily married mother of four beautiful children. My greatest blessing and role in life is being a Mom. Professionally, I am a sought-after Speaker, Re-Entry Advocate, Mentor, International Author, and Passionate Community Activist. I want nothing more than to lead by example and do my part to help build a better world. I want to be the catalyst that sparks the belief of possibilities and second chances. I am living proof and driven by the fact that you are one decision away from a different life. Everyone needs role models to give them inspiration, courage, and hope. Kindness and hope are gifts anyone can give or receive.”
I was born to a single mother that suffers from mental illness. It’s not my mom’s fault she had mental illness. There are millions of people just like her and millions of people just like me that have suffered in silence and have a story to share. Mental illness exists and unfortunately, isn’t addressed as it should be. I believe we are more then just our physical bodies and health care should include access to mental and spiritual care.
My Voice is used to bring awareness sexual, physical, and drug abuse. Through the power of storytelling, I share my experiences with the struggles of being a teen mother at the age of 16, becoming a domestic violence survivor at the age of 17, and going to prison at the age of 18 for 15 years. Prison is where I became one of the many faces of prison rape. There are a lot of women leaving the prison system with more trauma then they ever endured before entering those walls. I Teach from my personal journey, breaking cycles of destruction, forgiveness, healing, and what it takes to rebuild and succeed. My real-life adversity and prison experiences shaped my life and helped define the woman I am today. As someone who once faced re-entry and overcoming many obstacles myself, I turned my wounds into wisdom.
As Founder of G.O.D. (Giving Other’s Dreams), I have developed and hosted mental health and trauma informed care workshops. My passion is to educate others and help them build healthier and stronger lives to move forward in life. In my work, I share what I learn through my affiliations, executive leadership, and development trainings which adds to my professional experience to mentor others, helping them find their strengths and use that as a tool to reach their goals in life and business. Success belongs to anyone who is willing to put in the work. I have a book that will be released called M.A.P. Making Another Path which will serve as resource tool and support kit.
As a keynote speaker, I have delivered hundreds of speeches to people at the Cook County Jail, Cook County, Olive Harvey Community College, SGA Youth and Family Service Center, and at the Juvenile Detention Center. I was also a speaker for Project Safe Neighborhood through the United States Department of Justice and the U.S. State Attorney’s Office.
As an advocacy professional, I recently became a fellow for Just Leadership USA where we are dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. On April 14t, 2018, I will be a Keynote Speaker for the Ecumenical service where 40 churches will walk against violence in South Chicago. On May 5th and 6th, I will be in Los Angeles, California speaking at the United States of Women Summit representing Fierce Over 40 which is an initiative to empower and invite women to action in their own communities. I am also a professional member of Friends for Life Resources and Genius Is Common.
I am thrilled to be an International Published Author in Today’s Inspired Latina, Volume 4 where we share vivid and compelling stories of overcoming adversity and inspires others to become the best versions of themselves. Book lunch and release party May 24, 2018.
If you would like to support Celia Colón’s initiatives, donate via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
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