CEO TESSY OJO SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON THE POWER OF MENTORING IN THE USA

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) invites The Diana Award’s CEO Tessy Ojo to share the concept of mentoring in the UK at Pro Bowl events in Orlando, USA.

26-28 January 2018: The Diana Award, a youth charity set up in memory of Princess Diana, which has the support of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has been invited to share good practice on mentoring at a series of Pro Bowl events in the USA.

The events are spearheaded by TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), an organisation that supports families of fallen heroes through peer-based emotional support with mentors working alongside the surviving partners and children. Twenty families of fallen military service members will attend the 2018 Pro Bowl weekend in Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The Diana Award fosters, develops and inspires positive change in the lives of young people through a series of programmes. This includes the Mentoring Programme, which builds resilience and character in the most vulnerable young people in society, helping them to gain key competencies to navigate life successfully.

Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive at The Diana Award, said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be invited by TAPS to Orlando to talk about the power of mentoring. I have seen the impact that mentoring has on the lives of young people first-hand and how, with the right support, young people are able to achieve real, sustainable change in their lives and the lives of others around them. Like Princess Diana, we believe that if we all play our part in helping our children feel valued, they in their turn, will learn how to value themselves.”

Tessy continues,
”At The Diana Award, we are committed to investing in young people through our core programmes as well as celebrating young people, who overcome adversity in their own lives to go on to help shape their communities for good. One of these is Jaylen Arnold from Florida, who received our Inaugural Legacy Award this past May 2017 from TRHs The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry for his work tackling bullying. We welcome nominations for the award from across the USA.”

Bonnie Carroll, President & Founder Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, said: 
“We are so pleased that Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of The Diana Award, will join TAPS and Families of Fallen Military Heroes for the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando. As TAPS looks to create opportunities abroad to support bereaved military children and families we look forward to working with Tessy and creating opportunities to work together.” 

 TAPS Vice President of Sports and Entertainment, Diana Roday Hosford, said: 
“Children of the fallen are the living legacy of service and sacrifice.  Princess Diana was known for her kindness, compassion and service. She continues to be an inspiration to her sons just as our fallen military heroes are to their children. When a precious life is lost  we must make sure that their memory lives on. It will be wonderful to have Tessy as part of the NFL Pro Bowl events in Orlando to share with us and to meet our TAPS families, Military Mentors and Legacy Mentors.”

ABOUT TAPS

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

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