Monday, May 7, 2018

May is a month of encouragement, we feel it in the atmosphere! Let's speak of fresh starts, clean slates and new blessings. We hope The Yunion can be a source of support and growth this month!

Here's What You'll Find Below:
  • The Cave Encourages You to #FightForYourFamily
  • JUULThe Trendy E-Cig for... Youth?
  • Detroit Fashion and Arts Events are Booming!
ALSO: Register now for Keys 2 Life Performing Arts Summer Camp here!  If you aren't quite sure what the camp is all about, read last month's newsletter for an exclusive! Check out our website and social media for more details. 👍 
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This month, we celebrate the fight for connection.  Thomas, one of The Cave of Adullam's recruits, passed his spirituality and physical initiation tests this April.  As called for in these initiation ceremonies, the father figures in his life were brought in to demonstrate their support for and commitment to Thomas.  The Yunion's founder and The Cave CEO, Jason Wilson, focused particular attention on Tommy, Thomas's biological father. This ceremony was a dedicated time for Tommy to speak directly to his son, to express his love for Thomas and his desire to fight for a relationship with his family.  After depleting his strength in the push-up exercise, Tommy was challenged to overcome Mr. Wilson in a fight for his family.  Mr. Wilson positioned himself between Tommy and Thomas, as well as Thomas's mother and sister. 

After several attempts, Mr. Wilson asked Thomas to tell his father how much he needed himThomas spoke from a place of emotional freedom, with vulnerability and sensitivity. He told his father that at night, he prayed Tommy would be safe. He cried, and in this expression from the depths of his heart, he encouraged his father to fight. On Tommy's next attempt, he overcame Mr. Wilson. This exercise represents the spiritual battles fathers and families must fight every day.  Congratulations Thomas, and thank you Tommy for your will and resilience. We are continually blessed by the dedication and love demonstrated by the men of CATTA. To view the full story, visit our Instagram feature.

If you haven't heard of the Juul, your child likely hasor will, very soon! The Juul is a new, sleek, USB-shaped e-cigarette that is taking youth culture by storm.  The e-liquid cartridges, called "Juul pods," come in flavors such as Mango, Cool Mint, and Fruit Medley, and each one contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.

According to The New York Times, "The glamorization of the cigarette took place over decades and throughout countless Hollywood movies and glossy ads. The Juul iconicity was birthed much faster: through social media."  Researchers are concerned about the rate of adoption amongst underage individuals, predicting that many more non-smoking youth will start using e-cigarettes now because they believe they are harmless.
 Check out Buzzfeed's coverage for more detail on health threats and youth usage.

Take Away:  It is time to educate ourselves and our children about the less well understood but highly prevalent dangers of the Juul and e-cigarettes alike, namely nicotine addiction.  Open conversation is necessary to challenge the comedic, rebellious allure that is portrayed on social media.
Interested in Technology Addiction?

Back in January, two major Apple investors insisted "the tech giant take action to address the growing concern that the iPhone is addictive and that overuse could cause 'long-term consequences.'" Check out this article for more info on what's being done to address these concerns.

Apple urged to take action on smartphone addiction some call 'digital heroin'

Kids using smartphone
Are your kids transitioning out of middle school? 

This article offers several suggestions, such as keeping tabs on school attendance, for helping your rising high schooler get the most out of their next four years, an unmatchable time for personal development and growth.  Take a look!

Helping Your Teen Get the Most Out of High School



Engage with Creative Professionals in Fashion and Other Arts!

Sat, May 19th ~ 11 am - 7 pm

Zuvaa Presents: Rayma Pop Up Shop Detroit @ 315 East Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

"We are coming back to town at The Museum of African American History with luxury African print attires that will leave you speechless."

Sat, June 6th ~ 12 pm - 8 pm

2nd Annual Juneteenth Books, Poetry, & Art Fair 2018 @ Northwest Activities Center

"This exciting one-day event celebrates 'FREEDOM' in the expression of books, art & spoken word -- at the family level."
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