Loraine Ballard Morrill

Loraine Ballard Morrill

Listen to Loraine on Insight on Sundays 6-7am + keep up on her latest news updates here!Full Bio

What's Going On: SpeakOUT with Angela Giampolo, GreenLight Fund Philadelphia, Mental Health

Insight Pt. 2: Mental Health, Melanoma in Communities of Color, Coalition of Culturally Competent Providers, Distinguished Young Gentlemen

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month – a good time to get a “Check Up from the Neck Up.”  I speak to Malik Gray, Program Analysis Supervisor at Department of Behavioral Health about a free online survey to check on your mental wellbeing and resources for those seeking help. https://healthymindsphilly.org/mental-health-awareness-month-988/  

Melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer that accounts for 75% of all skin-cancer-related deaths, is often detected later in people with darker skin complexions — and the consequences can be devastating. I speak to Surgical oncologist Tina J. Hieken, M.D., senior author of a  study on the risks of skin cancer for people with darker complexions and a researcher at Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center.  

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Culturally Competent Providers, Inc. (CCCP),is  an organization dedicated to promoting culturally competent policies, practices, programs, and services for marginalized populations in the City of Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. I speak to Reginald Banks, PHD, Chair , CEO Dunbar Community Counseling Services, Board Chair member to Coalition of Culturally Competent Providers (CCCP), Asher Kemp, MSW, MBA - Executive Director, CCCP and LaJewel Harrison, President LGH Consulting LLC. CCCP is also hosting their first annual Gala on May 30th – 6 pm at the Philadephia Museum of Art. Visit the website: https://cccproviders.com/
Email us at: info@cccproviders.com Call us at: toll free 1-800-948-8815 or 215-695-6556 

I had a chance to speak to a group of middle school young men dressed impeccably in suit and tie – as members of a mentoring group that teaches courtesy, life lessons and more. They are the Distinguished Young Gentlemen.
Distinguished Young Gentlemen

Insight Pt. 1: The GreenLight Fund Philadelphia

Philadephia has the highest poverty rate of the nation’s big cities. The Greenlight Fund Philadelphia  is addressing this issue by finding community-based organizations making a difference and supplying them support to tackle economic and racial inequities, remove barriers and life individuals and families out of poverty. I speak to The GreenLight Fund Philadelphia’s Executive Director Felicia Rinier about their approach and the organizations they’re currently supporting.
 greenlightfund.org
 Hopeworks - Launched in 2022, focus area: digital equity
The Fountain Fund- Launched in2023, Focus Area: economic support for returning citizens
Single Stop - Launched in 2013, Focus Area: Degree Completion/Access to Benefits
Year Up - Launched in 2013, Focus Area: Youth Career Readiness
Center for Employment Opportunities - 2015, Focus Area: Early Literacy
ParentChild+ - Launched in 2016, Focus Area:
Compass Working Capital - Launched in 2018, Focus Area: Assets Building  

What's Going On Spotlight: Narberth Community Food Bank

Hunger knows no boundaries and I speak to the head of an organization that provides hunger relief to the food insecure in Lower Merion. I talk with Ben Hearn, Board President of the Narberth Community Food Bank.
https://narberthcommunityfoodbank.org/ 
Instagram handle: narberth_food_bank 
Facebook: Narberth Community Food Bank  

Insight Spotlight: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Precious Pearls of Elegance Scholarship Ball

I chat with Monica J. Washington, Esq. - Chapter President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.Tau Delta Omega Chapter about an  elegant event that supports scholarships. It’s the Precious Pearls of Elegance Scholarship Ball  May 19th https://www.taudeltaomegaaka.com/events  

Welcoming Works with Anuj Gupta: Zeke Hernandez author of The Truth About Immigration

Host Anuj Gupta, President and CEO of the Welcoming Center interviews Zeke Hernandez, author of The Truth About Immigration - Why Successful Societies Welcome Newcomers

This book is all about how newcomers benefit you, your community, and your country. Destined to become the go-to book on one of the most important issues of our time, this book turns fear into hope by proving a simple truth: immigrants are essential for economically prosperous and socially vibrant nations.
https://zekehernandez.net/
 https://welcomingcenter.org/ - Fostering a Thriving Community Through Immigrant Inclusion. 




What's going On: Google/Community College of Philadelphia Partnership, Eluna, Narberth Food Bank

There’s an exciting partnership just announced between Community College and Google that will give students access to certificate programs that offering skills training that could lead to life sustaining careers in tech. I speak to Rob Magliaro who  is the Ecosystem Partnerships Lead at Grow with Google. More information, including how to register for courses, is available here.
Google Career Certificates 
AI Essentials Google Employer Consortium  

Eluna Network –offers support for children, teens and families impacted by grief, addiction, and related mental health issues. I speak to Sarah Behm, Assistant Director, Resource Center, Eluna Network. Website: https://elunanetwork.org/ ·        
Facebook: Eluna ·        
Twitter: @ElunaNetwork ·        
LinkedIn: Eluna Network ·        
Instagram: @elunanetwork  

First – hunger knows no boundaries and I speak to the head of an organization that provides hunger relief to the food insecure in Lower Merion. I talk with Ben Hearn, Board President of the Narberth Community Food Bank. https://narberthcommunityfoodbank.org/ Instagram handle: narberth_food_bank | Facebook: Narberth Community Food Bank  

Insight P.t 2: Welcoming Works, Google/Community College of Philadelphia Partnership, Precious Pearls of Elegance Scholarship Ball 

There’s an exciting partnership just announced between Community College and Google that will give students access to certificate programs that offering skills training that could lead to life sustaining careers in tech.  I speak to Rob Magliaro who  is the Ecosystem Partnerships Lead at Grow with Google. More information, including how to register for courses, is available here.
Google Career Certificates and
 AI Essentials Google Employer Consortium  

I chat with Monica J. Washington, Esq. - Chapter President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. about an  elegant event that supports scholarships. It’s the Precious Pearls of Elegance Scholarship Ball  May 19th https://www.taudeltaomegaaka.com/events  

What do you think you know about immigration and immigrants?  We bring you a special segment sponsored by the Welcoming Center and hosted by its CEO Anuj Gupta that may challenge those beliefs.  He speaks with author and Wharton Professor Zeke Hernandez who has written The Truth About Immigration, why Successful Societies Welcome Newcomers. 
 https://zekehernandez.net/
https://welcomingcenter.org/ - Fostering a Thriving Community Through Immigrant Inclusion.   

Insight Pt. 1: Eluna - Support for Teens and Kids impacted by Grief, Addiction & Related Mental Health Issues

Eluna Network – offers support for children, teens and families impacted by grief, addiction, and related mental health issues. I speak to Sarah Behm, Assistant Director, Resource Center, Eluna Network.
Website: https://elunanetwork.org/ ·        
Facebook: Eluna ·        
Twitter: @ElunaNetwork ·        
LinkedIn: Eluna Network ·         
Instagram: @elunanetwork

Insight Spotlight On: African Education Program - How You Can Help

I chat with a remarkable young woman who along with friends at her high school started a project to ship books and computers to an under resourced community in Zambia.  Fast forward to 2024 20 years later and Julie-Anne Savarit-Cosenza, Co-founder & Executive Director, African Education Program is now running a program that serves over 4000 children youth and women.  It’s an inspiring story making a dream become reality. This year Mothers' Day Movement's has made the Program its 2024 beneficiary partner. The Mothers' Day Movement seeks to honor mothers in America and worldwide by shifting Mother’s Day gift giving towards sustainable projects that uplift disadvantaged communities. Here’s how to give: Mother’s Day Movement.