DECEMBER M.O.V.E. TOUR
On December 14th -16th East Coast M.O.V.E. Members will travel across the country to participate in Javanna Productions’ first M.O.V.E. community service tour. During the tour, young MOVERS ages 15-24 will donate their services and artistic abilities in videography and photography to local businesses in southern Utah. MOVERS will also participate in radio show production, workshops and volunteer activities at a variety of non-profit/service organizations. HerbaLife Distributor and Community Leader Michael Katz will deliver the keynote address in the M.O.V.E. studio, and local business owners will visit and encourage MOVERS as they experience an inspirational 3-day event. The December M.O.V.E. tour serves as a platform for young artists to brainstorm, have fun and empower one another to do good things with their artistic talents. In addition, the MOVERS will be working together on the company’s M.O.V.E. For Harm Reduction Effort.
In 2010, M.O.V.E. Member Marissa Barnes and a group of supporting NY M.O.V.E. Members established M.O.V.E. For Harm Reduction (MFHR). MFHR is an effort designed to create awareness about the dangers of substance abuse amongst today’s youth. Marissa’s goal is to educate minors on the signs of alcoholism and addiction. She also seeks to inform minors about the deadly threats of drugs and alcohol, ultimately leading those who are currently struggling with substance abuse to activities, programs and tools that will help then to tackle their substance abuse issues.
MFHR utilizes a variety of artistic mediums to achieve the effort’s short term and long team goals including photography, dance, videography and music composition. MOVERS who administer this effort have hosted critical thinking discussions that allow participants to share their stories and solutions for substance abuse. MOVERS have also hosted sober parties for youth who are currently struggling with substance abuse and those who are seeking support post rehab. At sober parties, participants focus on their artistic abilities and share their talents with one another. This therapeutic environment provides the group with another option for fun and socialization outside of using mood altering substances.
In addition, the M.O.V.E. Peer Mentor program encourages participants to create accountability relationships. In this program MOVERS check in with one another on artistic, social and personal issues thereby providing support on a daily basis relating to their common spiritual and motivational interests.
RED, the developing web series is the artistic effort that MFHR began producing in 2010. RED began as a music video, developed into an eight minute short and will soon become a web series that airs on the MOViEs Web Channel; a publicly funded web channel that raises money for socially responsible M.O.V.E. efforts and activities.
Video featuring Myla Marino ; Preparing for M.O.V.E. Tour December 2015 (above)
“ I’m really excited to bring St George MOVERS and East Coast MOVERS together for the first time. It’s rewarding to finally see something like this tour happening for the organization. The M.O.V.E. For Harm Reduction effort is something that I’ve been looking forward to working on with a group of talented kids for a while now and I’m so thankful for this opportunity to get to work“. – Nicole Javanna Johnson (Founder of Javanna Productions M.O.V.E.)
Students from St George based schools such as Tuacahn, Pineview, Dixie and Snow Canyon High School will join east coast MOVERS after school during the tour. Follow the upcoming M.O.V.E. Tour by liking the organization on Facebook. If interested in participating in the upcoming tour contact M.O.V.E. at firstname.lastname@example.org.