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      Bernie Black’s Brave Foundation Supports Teen Parents to Become Healthy Families       – By Sophia Auld   Bernadette Black was only 16 when she unexpectedly became pregnant. She was living in Melbourne with her parents, devoted Catholics, and two siblings and she wasn’t sure what to do.  Her situation grew more difficult when she experienced first-hand the stigma and lack of support associated with a teenage pregnancy.   “Throughout my pregnancy, so many people looked at me critically and judgmentally and made me think I should be embarrassed and ashamed,” says “Bernie”, now 41. “I desperately needed help and inspiration from others who had been in my situation but I found none.”   As a result, Bernie established the Brave Foundation in 2009, a not-for-profit organisation that equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referrals and educational opportunities for achieving a happy and healthy family. The national charity connects expecting and parenting teens with more than 500 outreach and educational services that exist to support them.   Such connections to local support “builds a village of acceptance around them and helps them have the same outcomes that any other young person in Australia would have,” Bernie says. Brave Foundation’s website also provides advice for young men, families, friends and professionals who are involved in a teen’s journey.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Bernadette Black (centre) with ADM Chair of Board Jenni Stoddart (left) and ADM CEO Dr Kate Harrison Brennan (right), at the ADM Annual Funding Event in September.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     Thanks to this vision for supporting teens through the Brave Foundation, Bernie recently won the “Do” category and a grant at ADM’s Annual Funding Event in September 2018. She expects to use the grant for develop her leadership skills as she takes the Brave Foundation into its next phase.   The funding she received through ADM enables her to attend an intensive leadership program at the Harvard Kennedy school in Cambridge, designed to help women advance to top positions of influence in public leadership. Bernie says this will enhance her ability to influence policy in helping people experiencing heightened vulnerability in Australia and beyond.   While Bernie is thrilled with the opportunity this funding provides, she acknowledges it’s a long way from where she started. At 16, she promised herself three things: to be a good mother, complete her education, and write a book to encourage others in her situation. That book,  Brave Little Bear , is the story of Bernie’s experience as a teenage mother who goes on to qualify as a registered nurse and become the Barnardos Australian Mother of the Year.   Written in 2006, the extraordinary response to the book became the catalyst for the Brave Foundation. After its launch, Bernadette received emails from expecting and parenting teens Australia-wide asking where they could finish their schooling and find local support.   Bernie says her Christian faith has underpinned the journey from talking about her vegemite-smeared manuscript in churches to running a national foundation she hopes will grow in impact and resources in the $20 million mark.   But Bernie’s vision didn’t always look like it would come to fruition. In fact, she lobbied federal government for 12 years for better support for expecting and parenting teens while exploring ways to improve their lives before her work was recognised.  Finally, following 12 months of particularly intensive lobbying, the Brave Foundation was invited to develop a best practice strategy for expecting and parenting teens in Australia. Bernie and her team worked for 18 months with 30 people – including psychologists, nurses, school principals, federal and state children's commissioners and members of parliament – to create a 380-page document outlining a national pathway plan.  It worked. Last year, they were awarded $4.5 million to implement it.   “To see that in my lifetime . . . is nothing short of miraculous and amazing for these young women,” Bernie says. “They have high hopes for their dreams, aspirations and careers but often don’t know how to reach them – they haven't had a pathway.”   Bernie says that this lack of clear direction has led to 79 per cent of teen parents ending up on long-term welfare. But when young mothers are supported, they are “incredibly resilient and resourceful” and enabled to reach educational goals or enter the workforce. In turn, this helps break the generational cycle that can happen with the children of teenage parents becoming teen parents themselves, Bernie says.  In 2018, the Brave Foundation worked with 350 expecting and parenting teens through its intensive pathway plan. The foundation has employed 10 mentors, each of whom works with 25 expecting and parenting teens from pregnancy through their child's first year. Of the 150 enrolled so far, Bernie says, “60 are already meeting their first goals towards education, workforce participation and maternal and child health.”  While Bernie is deeply committed to seeing the Brave Foundation develop to its full potential, part of her journey, she says, has been learning “to surrender it to God. I am here to be a good steward of what I’ve been given for the period that I need to. I [want] to make sure that the legacy I can leave for . . . Brave Foundation . . . is one that is left for many lifetimes ahead of me. I'll just be a small part of it.”                          Find out more about the 2018 Annual Funding Event  here .

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Bernie Black’s Brave Foundation Supports Teen Parents to Become Healthy Families

Bernadette Black was only 16 when she unexpectedly became pregnant. Her situation grew more difficult when she experienced first-hand the stigma and lack of support associated with a teenage pregnancy. As a result, Bernie established the Brave Foundation in 2009, a not-for-profit organisation that equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referrals and educational opportunities for achieving a happy and healthy family.

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      ADM Awards $60,000 in Funding for Initiatives to Christian Women Leaders     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Pitchers, panelists and ADM board members after our 2018 Annual Funding Event.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     Anglican Deaconess Ministries has awarded over $60,000 to Australian Christian women from across the globe in its third Annual Funding Event on Wednesday, 19 September.  Selected women representing four states across Australia as well as Norway, Papua New Guinea and the UK received funding for a variety of unique Christian initiatives and ministries. Aligning with ADM’s 127-year old commitment to theological formation, mercy and justice and public engagement, this year’s 17 applicants presented projects within the categories of IDEAS, FORM, DO and ENGAGE. Applicants offered five-minute pitches in front of expert panellists and an audience of over 80 guests including church ministers, business women, lay leaders and artists.  “We want to affirm the innovative ideas and excellent work of Australian Christian women throughout the world, and our Funding Event is one way we can do that,” said ADM Director of Public Engagement Dr. Annette Pierdziwol, who oversees the event. “ADM's Annual Funding Event provides a unique forum for entrepreneurial Christian women to bring their ideas and initiatives before a panel and pitch for up to $25,000 in no-strings attached funding. It’s inspiring to see the breadth and depth of creative ways women are using their gifts to serve God and their neighbours. ”     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Overall winner, Jen Logan of Fer, was presented with her award by Rev. Jenni Stoddart, ADM’s board chair, via a video call as [from left to right] Sono Leone, Anna Weir, Bernadette Black and Dr Kate Harrison Brennan look on.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     After the pitches were considered, Dr. Kate Harrison-Brennan, CEO of ADM, and Rev. Jenni Stoddart, ADM’s board chair, presented the winners in each category. Capturing the overall award of $25,000 of the day, and winner of the ENGAGE category, was  Jen Logan, Director of Fer , an international visual arts initiative based in the U.K.   Bernadette Black, CEO & Founding Director of the Brave Foundation , an effort that assists teen parents, won $12,500 in the DO category.   Anna Weir, Founder & Leader of The Fireplace , a Christ-centred gathering for professional and emerging artists in the entertainment industries, won $12,500 in the category of FORM.  The People’s Choice award of $2,000 went to  Sono Leone, Founder and Director of Strong Women Talking , a ministry that addresses domestic violence within Indigenous communities.  All of the other women who pitched during the day also received $1,000.  In addition to cash prizes, the three category winners will become part of the 2019 cohort of The Hub at ADM. The Hub is a unique, year-long mentoring program designed to enable entrepreneurial Christian women to take their initiatives to the next level.       
   
     “ ADM is thrilled to support Christian women who are creative, innovative and passionate about serving the good of the world, ” 
   
  
 
     said Dr. Kate Harrison-Brennan, CEO of ADM. “It’s our privilege to come along side faithful women leaders in promoting theological formation as they engage with the public and do mercy and justice work, all in the name of Jesus.”              Find out about the category winners at our 3rd Annual Funding Event and read more about their initiatives…

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ADM Awards $60,000 in Funding for Initiatives to Christian Women Leaders

Anglican Deaconess Ministries has awarded over $60,000 to Australian Christian women from across the globe in its third Annual Funding Event on Wednesday, 19 September….

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      2017 Annual Funding Event recipient brings her project to fruition     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Liv (fourth from left) and the other winners at the 2017 Annual Funding Event.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


     At last year’s Annual Funding Event, Olivia (Liv) Chapman pitched for funding on behalf of her organisation Emu Music. Liv and Emu were looking for funding for their second Emu Youth album, a compilation of worship songs designed to help teenagers praise God.  In early August, the album,  No Love Is Higher , will be launched at an event held at St Thomas’ North Sydney. Liv and the Emu Youth band are looking forward to sharing the album with the youth groups that will attend the launch, as well as the stories behind the songs and the scriptures that inspired them.  Liv recently sent us this update, sharing how the funding from ADM has made this exciting project possible:   We're in the final stretch of the album as we listen to and finalise the songs, and then we'll send it off to be mastered and pressed into CDs!       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Olivia Chapman, receiving her award from Annette Pierdziwol.  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


      It's a very exciting time to see everything coming together, but it's also when the bills start coming in. There are the musician's fees, producer fees, mixing and mastering fees, CD pressing, delivery, social media boosts, graphic designer fees, studio and equipment hire costs, and food while we were on the job (a girl's gotta eat!). It makes the $9.99 you pay for Spotify Premium seem like an absolute steal!     We really do make almost nothing from streaming sites, so ADM's support means that we could pay for those bills without taking money from other parts of our ministry, like making our conferences accessible for local church musicians.     It's our hope and prayer that the songs on this album will reach young people in a way that transforms them in their walk with Jesus. We want people to know him more, love him more and trust him more. We believe in the transformative work of Christian songs - not because of melodies and chords, but because when Christ's word is proclaimed, in speech or song, his Spirit is at work. It is such a gift that God has given us music by which to teach and encourage one another, and we hope that these particular songs will do that.           </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"                    To find out more about Liv, the new album, and the launch event, visit the  Emu Music website .   Find out more about ADM’s Annual Funding Event and apply . Application open 1 June, 2018 to 5 August, 2018.   

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2017 Annual Funding Event recipient brings her project to fruition

At last year’s Annual Funding Event, Olivia Chapman pitched for funding on behalf of her organisation Emu Music. Liv and Emu were looking for funding for their second Emu Youth album, a compilation of worship songs designed to help teenagers praise God. Hear how funding from ADM has helped create their latest album No Love is Higher…

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