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Recent Media Coverage
This week we're looking at local organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence in a series called WKAR Connects. Our hope is that by highlighting these groups, we can connect our listeners who need help to the resources they need. Today WKAR's Katie Cook talks with Tashmica Torok, Founder and Executive Director of The Firecracker Foundation.
Four years ago, Tashmica Torok founded the Firecracker Foundation from her home in South Lansing. In early June, she moved the organization into a 2,000-square foot space in Holt. “Originally, my goal was to help six kids,” says Torok. “I had no idea this is what it would become.”
I don’t know where my father’s urn is. At the age of 20, I moved and left his box in the top of my closet. It wasn’t an accident. I made a conscious decision to not carry that man any further into my future.
Equity Equals, hosted by Angela Waters Austin, celebrates nonprofit businesses and the impact of social entrepreneurs on Michigan’s double bottom-line. 11:00 AM every Saturday and Sunday Replay: 4:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 2:00 AM
There appear to be no blacks on the teaching staff at LCHS. The 2017 Cougar yearbook, “Evolve,” shows 35 teachers and eight administrators, counselors and chaplains. It’s impossible to definitively determine ethnicity by looking at a picture – nor do many people proclaim or identify with any particular group – but there are no black faces among them.
Area service organizations and medical and law enforcement professionals will be hosting an all day workshop on Saturday to teach parents, guardians, and others about preventing child sexual abuse. It’s happening on March 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., hosted by the Firecracker Foundation.
More Press Coverage
Expert: MSU football sex assault cases tied to ‘broad societal issue’. Lansing State Journal, Jun. 7, 2017
National Child Abuse Awareness month about bringing light to the issue by Haley Herzog. WLNS.com, Apr. 4, 2016
Torok: Educate kids, ask questions to prevent sexual abuse. Lansing State Journal, Mar. 5, 2017
Torok: The Listening Ear harmed healing hearts. Lansing State Journal, Jun. 12, 2016
Pop-Up Story: ‘Dancing on Graves’ by April Van Buren, WKAR.org, Feb. 22, 2016
- S2: E6 – Tashmica Torok, The Firecracker Foundation. 2ndbraincollection.com, May 2016
- The People Issue. lansingcitypulse.com, Jan. 2016
- Neighbors in Action: The Firecracker Foundation. WKAR.org, Jul. 2015
- Spark of Light. Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, Mar. 4, 2015
- Lansing Woman Honored by USA Network. Lansing State Journal, Nov. 12, 2014
- Soulfire 2015: Firecracker Foundation’s Calendar Release Fundraiser. Lansing State Journal, Nov. 12, 2014
- Back from the dark: Survivor shares struggles, lessons learned. Lansing State Journal, Aug. 4, 2013
- Listen to this soundbite from Michael Patrick Shiels in the Morning interview with The Firecracker Foundation‘s Tashmica Firecracker Torok and Crossroads Church‘s Noah Filipiak.
- Tashmica Torok, Survivor Interview. Every Two Minutes, June 2014
Lansing Fashionista Helps Trauma Survivors Tell Their Stories, WKAR.org, April 2016