Our Resident Edutainment and Drama Division (REDD) combines education and entertainment (Edutainment) to move racial equality, economic inclusion, and social justice forward. We facilitate tough conversations centered around issues that have plagued African American communities as both friend and foe (i.e. child support and welfare dependency). Through the arts, REDD helps communities heal, have healthy dialogue, and address trauma, mental health, and stress disorders.
In the Thirteen Report to Congress published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors, you could determine how long a mom would stay dependent on welfare by the amount of child support she received. In our efforts to move One Million Moms OFF Welfare by 2030, we cannot achieve these efforts if we continue to view and hold fathers as a part of the problem versus a part of the solution.
Finally, someone talking about real issues that impact our everyday lives. The REDD project challenges the existence of policies, practices, and laws that exacerbate racial and social injustice and furthers the wedge between low-income mothers, fathers, and children. This project will facilitate much-needed dialogue across all races and ethnicities, as well as promote policy change and highlight the way poor black men (majority) are pinned and oppressed by the judicial systems on all fronts.
Long term impact of REDD is healing brought to our communities, mental health stigmas curbed and or resolved, compassion for children that prevails above conflicts and egos. The REDD project will increase arbitration and mediation for families seeking child support before court orders will be rendered. The support of the REDD project will also help to increase child support payments to single mothers, through partnerships that help fathers increase their earn more and pay child support.