In the beginning of the year, a private contractor with the Department of Homeland Security reached out to me to collaborate on grassroots efforts to counter the radicalization of youth into violent ideologies by gangs, neo-Nazis, terrorists, and other groups advocating violence in response to social injustices. She sees potential for our Fresh Start family culture training as a critical tool for local communities to counter violent extremism from abroad or home grown. (Featured image photo via:

The recent episode of violence in Charlottesville is just another reminder to me that violent ideologies are like a virus that can infect the hearts and minds of all people, young and old. While we cannot know the heart of another person, we do have the power to teach our young how to think correctly – especially when confronted by fear emotion that wants to be right all costs even if it means murdering another person or taking your own life.

This reality is what our children are navigating in their cyber-social realms, and they are conditioned to be global citizens of the world. For example, during the Ferguson riots there were tweets coming in from Syria declaring “we are with you”.

So I encourage our local leaders, educators and professionals helping youth and their families deal with the issues of modern life to learn about the radicalization process; everyone is at risk because it does not discriminate between creed, ethnicity or social background. In order to reclaim our children from the snares of violent ideologies, we need to be clear about the power of parents and families to engage the hearts and minds of youth so they can recognize a lie when they encounter it.

So on September 22, 8:30 to 3:30pm Core Connectivity is holding its fall symposium, a regional event, on strengthening the role of parents and families to counter the radicalization of youth into violent extremism. This event will take place at the Sacramento City Police Community Center in South Sacramento, and involves the following partner organizations and individuals:

  • DHS Office of Community Partnerships, Senior Community Coordinator, Mikenzie Howard
  • Outside the Walls/Great Is Thy Faithfulness ministries – Yvette Madkins
  • Metahab – Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, trauma-growth specialist at California State University, Sacramento
  • Prison Families Aftercare in Auburn
  • Wellness Together
  • Living Smart Foundation
  • Sacramento City Police (venue sponsor)

The link to register is here: CVE Symposium registration


Yvette Madkins, founder of Great Is Thy Faithfulness and Outside The Walls ministries in Sacramento.

One of our our ministry partners, Yvette Madkins, founder of Outside The Walls, an initiative of Great Is Thy Faithfulness Ministries, in Sacramento, will be addressing the role of the parent in reclaiming youth from the violent paradigms of gangs and terrorist groups that may appear so appealing in circumstances that seem hopeless.

Madkins’ experience is based upon 19 years of work in prisons, and she has touched countless lives within the juvenile hall and prisons all over the world and her community involvement where you will find her feeding and clothing the homeless, nurturing at-risk youth and doing her part to restore families. A loving mother of three children and two grandchildren, Madkins is dedicated to advocating the love of God to every person she comes in contact with. “I aim to restore hope by looking beyond the faults of individuals and strives to help them meet their everyday basic economic needs as while nurturing their spiritual wellbeing,” she said. Madkins serves her community by embracing people of all walks of life with a message of unconditional love and abundant grace which makes it possible to restore family life so essential to the security of youth and communities. “I am called to empower people to change one life at a time, one day at a time,” she said.


To learn more and register, to here: Symposium to Counter Radicalization of Youth into Violent Ideologies – gangs, neo-Nazi, terrorism, and other groups promoting violence in response to social justice issues


About:  We are a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. Our mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God, the Creator of all humanity, grants every human being intelligence and free will to choose what to believe, and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, ten percent of all proceeds are donated to prison ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (Donations are payable to Banana Moments Foundation).

Joanna Jullien, Founder & CEO of Core Connectivity
Photo by: Victoria Hatch

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and consultant on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture advisor, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and