The non-profit TP Rewards has partnered with a course at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church to launch a Community Enrichment Academy aimed at providing life skills in underserved communities in the Washington, D.C. area. “We implement a holistic approach to promote spiritual, mental and physical well-being in communities,” said Tenickia Polk, CEO of the Alexandria, Va-based TP Rewards.
Polk says the launch is in honor of Tamiko Polk, an educator and relative who died from ovarian cancer at the age of 37. "Tamiko was an inspiration to all of those around her,” Polk said. “She served her students and community by going beyond her call of duty. Honoring that legacy, TP ewards Community Enrichment Academy will provide workshops that teach critical life skills, not readily accessible orvaffordable to underprivileged communities."
The launch coincides with September being National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 35 to 74. An estimated one woman in 71 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime.
TP Rewards Community Enrichment Workshops represent a grassroots initiative involving authors, educators, ministers and other community leaders.
The following workshops are planned:
· Math Challenge and Incentive Program (Kids in grades K‐6)
· Financial Literacy (Teens)
· Job Readiness and Career Development (Teens and Adults)
· Healthy Communities (Adults)
· Community Leaders (Adults)
· Caregiving for Elderly Parents and Loved Ones (Adults)
· Bullying and Violence Prevention (Kids and Teens)
The on-location workshops are free, but participants are asked to buy the required materials. Fundraising efforts are underway at GoFundMe. Supporters can sponsor a participant, a class or an entire community organization that is holding the workshops. For more information, call (888) 882-4093.