Asia Melanie Adams (1983-2004)
West Chester University, Class 2005
Asia attended a small nurturing private elementary school called St. Barnabas. She later attended Fitler Academics Plus Middle School. It was here, encouraged by her favorite teacher, she developed an endless love for literature, reading three and more books weekly. She loved writing, always chronicling her thoughts and life observations. She played jazz piano, flute and loved modern dance. She graduated Fitler Academics Plus Middle School at the top of her class. These academic honors earned her a full academic scholarship to attend the prestigious William Penn Charter (the oldest Quaker school in America). Asia had an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and community service. She tutored and befriended children at Southern Homes for Children. She volunteered at The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and served as member of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Youth Opportunities Council. When she graduated Penn Charter in 2000, Asia was awarded the Board of Governor’s full academic scholarship to attend West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania. She majored in psychology with a minor in women’s studies. At WCU she mentored incoming students in support of their successful transition to university life. Asia would have graduated WCU in May 2005, with plans to obtain her Master’s degree in nursing at Howard University.
Tragically, on November 7, 2004 Asia was brutally tortured and murdered by a man she was dating and his friend. Asia’s dreams to embark on her passion to work with children while in support of their psychological, physical, emotional and sociological health are now, forever, stolen from this earth. The Asia Adams Save OUR Children Foundation has an undying passion to make a difference in the lives of children in need. In honor of Asia’s infectious smile and indomitable spirit we will always strive to improve the health and welfare of OUR Children.
We aim to improve, preserve, and save the health, welfare and safety of children, teens and young adults (ages 4-24) through our unique culturally sensitive education, advocacy, and direct service supports. As a 501C3 non-profit charity founded in 2005, we’ve served more than 7500 students from elementary through college age students.
The mission supports children and youth (ages 4-24). The focus is on girls, to build healthy productive lives through education, advocacy and program supports. With a core premise of social justice for girls, young women and children, we advocate for policies to strengthen, honor and empower, for effective health, education, safety, and public systems.
- Direct service to Educate children, teens, young adults for healthy living (to improve Health, Mental Health, Nutrition) using training, workshops, school lectures
- Preventing youth Crime victims or perpetrators of Teen Dating Violence (TDV)
- Advocacy and Public Awareness campaigns to improve health, welfare, safety and social justice while speaking on behalf of Children and engaging them as leaders on issues influencing them
- Research: Community concerns that are barriers to healthy living (i.e. – oppression, sexism, racism, classism)
- Community Outreach and Networking
Teen Dating Violence (TDV) rates have grown significantly over the last decade. In 2009, 17.3% of Philadelphia public high school students were victims of dating violence, compared to 9.6% in Pennsylvania (statewide) and 9.8% nationally. Girls between the ages of 16-24 are most vulnerable. Regrettably, the issue of TDV is such taboo few acknowledge its prevalence. Working with researchers and scholars, reading the literature, observing interactions between young women and men, developing curriculum, talking with young people has enabled us to fuse unique perspectives-experience into a discourse in which young people respond and immediately engage.
The focus of the Asia Adams Save OUR Children Foundation is our “Love Speak for ME, a Teen Dating Violence Prevention (TDV) Project. We’ve also provided Steps to a Healthier ME- an obesity prevention project, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Health & Safe Girls Summits, Annual conferences at West Chester University, partner in Research Project with the University of Pennsylvania and other Academia. Child Death Review team member, reviewing Philadelphia Child Homicides (under age 21) in collaboration with a team of varied specialist working with the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, and Board Member Philadelphia Health Department NW region representative. Operating girls mentoring, health education, workforce – lifestyles training, and leadership programs.
- Uphold Human Rights of Girls and Young Women
- Cultural competence
- Belief All Children and Youth have rights to freedom, health, safety, and a quality education