Judy Williams, the founder of iHalt, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Judy’s non-profit organization promotes understanding, accountability, and mutual respect between at-risk youth and EMTs, police, and firefighters. After spending 18 years in education, Judy launched iHalt as a movement to raise awareness about safety and to foster mutual respect and harmony between first responders and the general community.
On the show, Judy discusses her work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Her programs teach consideration and mutual respect through activities that build trust. When children have a relationship with police officers they are more likely to respect and cooperate under different situations outside of the iHalt program. At the same time, the more police officers and other first responders interact, they, too, have a much better understanding of the people living in their communities. Parents are also involved in the program so the iHalt learning and relationship building continues into the home. Judy also shares how she approaches big challenges. “If it’s worth it, stay the course. Don’t believe anyone’s negative self-talk. You must believe your own truth, which is right for you.”
A little more about Judy Williams
Judy founded iHalt in 2015, in the wake of events in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland. Judy realized, now, more than ever is the time to educate future generations of children about the cooperating with law enforcement, understanding and respecting cultural and racial differences, and maintaining good citizenship.
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