Helping Our Community with Basic Needs of Life

This episode of “Out & About with Antionette” is my interview with Cynthia Brown.

Cynthia Brown is native Philadelphian and Temple University graduate who currently resides in Newark, DE. She has spent many years working to improve the lives of children during her career with Delaware’s Children and Youth Department and substitute teaching and mentoring in Delaware’s public schools. Cindy now enjoys spending time with family, writing children’s books and freelancing in non-profit work.


Her children’s book Cassie Meets Savannah Again is the continuing story about Cassie who is bullied by her classmate, Savannah. After a confrontation lands each of the girls in the principal’s office, they come up with a plan to unite! At a time when bullying and violence seem to be at an all-time high, it is imperative that we talk to our children and youth to address these critical issues in our world today.


In this podcast interview we talked about the importance of understanding the long term results caused by bullying, not just for kids but also for adults.  Bullying can be in workplace relationships or harassment and even discrimination.  Unfortunately, as long as we’re human, we’re going to need to talk about bullying.


Cynthia has always been an advocate in helping others, and she got it from her mother and grandfather.  After high school she attended Temple University but struggled with whether or not she wanted to go in the direction of law or social work. 


So she started taking courses in the field of Social Work and Psychology and other helping Industries she gave Law School a brief shot.


She however, realized that she was much more of a Social Worker than an attorney. So, shortly after law school, she moved to Delaware and started her career with the Children’s Department as a CPS Social Worker.

Cynthia’s most recent series of the book Cassie and Savannah Meet Again is a story that was loosely based on an experience that she had in Junior High School.


“The names have been changed to protect the innocent!”

The idea of writing a book hit Cynthia a long time ago, but she was just starting a family and with raising her children; working full time and marriage, she put her writing on the back burner.


After taking an early retirement from the State of Delaware a few years ago she felt it was the perfect time to get back to writing.  


Cynthia decided to write children’s books in particular because it reminded her of when she was young, taking her back to an incident that occurred in Junior High School.  It was a great way to release it through her writing.  


Cynthia is doing a lot more since taking early retirement and is working with nonprofits and youth advocacies.  A non-profit that she is planning to launch by the end of the year is currently in its developmental stages.  However, they have started doing charitable giveaways such as , Back to School Backpack Giveaways, toiletry donations to shelters and food donations to senior living centers.


Additional plans are in the works that involve tutoring and mentoring with emphasis on dating and possibly substance abuse issues. They are going to cover a myriad of topics that are relevant to today’s youth.  


They are currently doing an assessment on what kinds of topics that are most pressing in this post-pandemic era because things have changed for a lot of families. So for many who don’t have the basics like food, housing or shelter or you can’t get them or can’t meet these very basic things they want to help.


Cynthia stated that they are looking for an attorney, one who specializes in non-profits as well as a Grant Writer. They want to talk to couple grant writers to get feedback from them as to what they’re seeing in their communities and how they can be of assistance.


It takes a village to raise a child and it takes the villages to raise a community, and that’s what they are seeing happening now. 


A food drive is planned for April so if you wish to learn more please contact Cynthia on social media or send an email to [email protected], or call 302-345-8777


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The world is becoming a little harsher and a little colder, so we have to continue to work together. To inspire our youth, because people don’t realize that by investing in our youth, we are really investing in ourselves.


The youth of today are the ones who are going to carry us forward, so you want to put out your best while you’re here because everything you do comes back to you or your children and children’s children!


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