Hear My Voice
Do Not hide behind your colored pain, but color it. To color your life bright? Full of hope and belief that through whatever your circumstance you will prosper, the possibility is real.
It can be a lonely, isolated life in a bubble kind of world when something very wrong is happening to you. Something you cannot really explain let alone share “. But then it happened. As Brittney recalls
Providing the help and resources to those youth who are aged out of the foster care system to be able to survive on their own.
Meet Brittney Sherell
Making impact on the lives of many youth
At the age of 10, Brittney Sherell Turner from Flint Michigan , entered into the world of a system unknown – The Foster Care system. Abandoned and neglected for years throughout her life, Brittney along with her 3 siblings over the next 10 years would face multiple Foster Care placements including Foster Care institutions between two cities. Flint as well as Port Huron, Michigan. “ The struggle is real”, as Brittney states in coping with the trauma she has endured as young child & youth bouncing from foster home to foster home while enduring the pain of a absentee mother. Drugs kept Brittney’s mom from the ability to protect her and her siblings . “It can be a lonely, isolated, life in a bubble kind of world when something very very wrong is happening to you. Something you cannot really explain let alone share “. But then it happened. As Brittney recalls sitting in the back of a Social Workers car and verbalizing for the first time, “ I’ve been raped!”. And this began at the innocent age of 9 – repeatedly. Colored Pain, is how Brittney, now an aged out adult of the Foster Care system, delivers her spoken word and written poetry as a way to express her personal story and struggles on how to beat the odds in a Foster Care world as well as her coping and growing with mental illness . Through it all Brittney Sherrell Turner is determined to not allow her journey in the past to define her future . Now at 26 , Brittney considers herself to be a foster care warrior and an advocate for mental health among young adults . Her hope is to empower them to NOT hide behind their colored pain, but to color it. To color their life bright! Full of hope and belief that though whatever their circumstance is, going from Foster to Prosper is a real possibility! Ms. Turner currently resides in Atlanta, Ga
Colored Pain was just a poem that I wrote, I was depressed and all I wanted to do at the time was color my hair and write. I kept a low haircut and colored my hair. It was my way of not having to deal with anything that was going on in my life at that moment, and when I could not get my words out or if I was really frustrated I would scribble in my journal with a bunch of different colors, and after I calmed down, I would go back and write what was going on, it was a way for me to process my pain, I had that as you explore this website, it will allow you to open up and color your pain out loud. I not only suffer from Depression, but PTSD, Anxiety, and a few other disorders. Mental illness can affect everyone, its so important for us to understand the importance of these illnesses not just when an individual commits suicide or when a celebrity mentions it. And then we join the “movement” for a little why, mental illness needs to be talked about every single day.
I want to encourage people especially young people who grew up in foster care, who were abandoned, neglected, those who grew up in drug abused home, to someone who is thinking about suicide, someone who is drinking to erase the pain, those who are looking for love in the wrong place its ok, I want to speak life into those who have no clue on what to do in their situation when you stealing to survive, trying to avoid being raped, getting high so you don’t have to cry. To those who feel lost, and need some hope trying to cope with life My goal for this book is to let people know its ok to dream no matter how hard things get, as long as you still here and standing!
To make an impact on the lives of many youth by providing the help and resources to those youth who are aged out of the foster care system to be able to survive on their own.
Hear My Voice
Full of hope and belief that through whatever your circumstance you will prosper, the possiblility is real.
“It can be a lonely, isolated life in a bubble kind of world when something very wrong is happening to you. Something you cannot really explain let alone share “. But then it happened. As Brittney recalls
Encouraging people especially young people who grew up in foster care, who were abandoned, neglected.
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