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Who We Are

How We Got Started

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     TINA STEVENS-CULBREATH

     FOUNDER/Executive Director

  • Certified Family Peer Recovery Specialist and Youth Support

  • Board of Counseling: Registered to Practice As A Peer Recovery Specialist

  • NAMI and Parent Action Network for Advanced Parent Leadership Trained

  • Forensic Peer Support Specialist

  • Trauma-Informed Care & Resilience

  • Suicide ASIST Trained

  • Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner

  • DBHDS-DSP Supervisory Trained

  • SAMHSA- THE SEQUENTIAL INTERCEPT MODEL Trained

  • Motivational  Speaker

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      RODNEY O.E. CULBREATH

             FOUNDER/DIRECTOR

  •  Certified Family Peer Recovery Specialist and Youth Support

  • Board of Counseling: Registered to Practice As A Peer Recovery Specialist

  • NAMI and Parent Action Network for Advanced Parent Leadership Trained

  • Forensic Peer Support Specialist

  • Trauma-Informed Care & Resilience

  • Suicide ASIST Trained

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • DBHDS-DSP Supervisory Trained

  • SAMHSA- THE SEQUENTIAL INTERCEPT MODEL Trained

  • Motivational Speaker

Christine Stevens- Culbreath, usually called “Tina,” was born in Alexandria, Va and now lives in Winchester.

 

Growing up was a struggle for Tina as a bi-racial child, living in Section 8 Housing that did not always feel safe and raised by a single mother who was doing her best to raise three young girls but also facing her own demons. 

 

Her father passed away from a drug overdose when she was seven years old, and her mother turned to alcohol to self-medicate. By age 8, she was helping to care for two younger siblings. The odds were not stacked in her favor, but with the help of caring mentors, she beat the odds. 

 

Tina and her husband Rodney have built a strong family as they overcame obstacles and set goals for themselves and for their 6 remarkable children. After several attempts that were interrupted due to outside circumstances (adopting a family member’s children), eventually, Tina was able to finish school and return to college once my kids were older. Then in 2014, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Through that process, she realized that she had been presented with a bigger purpose in life - a new direction.

 

Since then, that direction has been to help mold and positively influence delicate impressionable youth, and communities, through powerful workshops, processes and mentoring that was exactly what I needed - when I was THAT kid. 

 

Today my life is fulfilled in my role as the Founder and Executive Director of The I’M JUST ME MOVEMENT, inspiring not only the minds of young people, but individuals and families in their communities, encouraging others to “LIVE LIFE FORWARD.”

 

~ Tina

Rodney Culbreath lives in Winchester, VA with his wife and co-founder of I’M JUST ME MOVEMENT, Tina.

 

His struggles as a child inspired him to mentor young people through the I’M JUST ME MOVEMENT. He understands the challenges of poverty and street life, going hungry, being homeless, getting bullied or attacked, raising siblings while a parent is incarcerated, getting to school with no electric at home, looking around to find few caring or stable adults, because he was THAT kid.

 

Most importantly, Rodney knows what it is like to find a mentor, a safe adult to support and encourage despite limitations. He knows and  understand how kids like himself are feeling, and he is able to connect with them in a way that they feel accepted and nurtured. Because Rodney walks the talk, he inspires youth to move beyond their perceived limitations, to transcend their stories, and to write a new chapter for themselves, “Living life forward” with attainable goals so that their reality is a productive life, far beyond their wildest dreams.

~ Rodney

A message from Rodney...

Watch Tina and Rodney's Interview on WDVM!
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             RZE' CULBREATH

 Founder of I'm Just Me Movement & I'm Just  Me Because National Month

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

  • Trauma-Informed Care & Resilience

  • Youth Support Specialist

  • IJMM Ambassador

  • Trauma-Informed Care & Resilience

  • College Graduate

  • Motivational  Speaker

LIVE. LIFE. FORWARD.

RZE'

 

Growing up, Rze' (pronounced “R-J”) was born in Reston, VA, and moved to Winchester, VA. He came to  Millbrook High School at 15 when I was 15, where he preferred to minimize his differences related to learning and speaking. His teachers and family recognized his speech impediment and learning differences, but others considered him shy or quiet; Rze' preferred to hide and often suffered from lower self-esteem. 

 

Along the way, he was teased and bullied for not being as “smart” as the other students in the classroom, or people would look at him differently because he had an individualized Education Plan (IEP) and a teacher’s aide. He had experiences as a teenager, getting bullied by students who didn’t know what he was going through on the inside, feeling undervalued, wanting to hide himself. Over time, and with increased maturity, Rze began to realize that everyone has differences and adversities. Some come out about it; others don’t. 

 

Being Tina and Rodney’s son, he found himself face-to-face with himself and chose to build resilience. Now Rae’s purpose and passion is to meet these youths as a mentor, show them what they can look forward to by facing those challenges head on and growing the resilience to overcome adversity themselves, the same way he has.  Read the full story click on the link:  https://honestathletes.edublogs.org/

A Message from Rze
An Interview with Zach
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