Andrew Flores Selected to National Council

Focus on Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation

Operation Care staff shows support for Andrew Flores, Prevention Outreach Specialist  Photo - From the bottom (left to right) : J.H., Client Service Supervisor, Sara Shattuck, Program Specialist,  Andrew Flores, Prevention Outreach Specialist, Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director, Ashley Carnicello, Deputy Director, Natalie Vetter, Prevention Outreach Specialist, Barbara Gunter, Shelter Specialist, Kelly Hewitt, Administrative Assistant , Angie Murchison, Fiscal Director, Lisa Foosum, Victim Services Case Manager, Janet Nunes, Volunteer Coordinator

Operation Care staff shows support for Andrew Flores (second row, center) for his selection to the National Teen Summit Planning Council. 

Amador County (July 25, 2016) – Andrew Flores, an avid Raider fanatic, sports writer, and Prevention Outreach Specialist at Operation Care, has been appointed to the National Teen Summit Planning Council. The Council held its first meeting on July 13th and 14th in Washington DC, to begin preparations for the National Teen Summit meeting in March of 2017, focusing on ending sexual violence in one generation.

The National Teen Summit is a project of the new Raliance Initiative, made possible through a multiyear, $10 million commitment from the National Football League (NFL) – the first ever major corporate funding of sexual violence prevention initiatives. Read more

“Operation Care is very proud of Andrew for being selected for this important project,” said Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care, a local agency that provides help to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. “We have seen Andrews dedication to ending sexual violence here in California, and know he will be a great asset to the National Teen Summit.”

When asked about the appointment to the Council, Andrew said, “As a sports fanatic I realize just how powerful sports are within our society and am personally excited to see how we can use the broad platform that sports provides to promote societal change.”

Andrew said he was never a great athlete, but always loved writing, so he combined those two passions as an amateur journalist for the Raider Nation Times. One of Andrew’s close friends is a survivor of sexual violence, and watching everything his friend went through devastated him. “Seeing all this was the catalyst for me, and it drove me to dedicate myself to working in this field,” he said. “I say ‘NO MORE’ to sexual violence, because I never want to see anyone go through what my friend went through”.

A few months after his high school graduation, Andrew developed a concept called M-power and wrote a bill by the same name, with the goal of mandating harsher punishments for all sex offenders in California. The proposal included state mandated curricula on consent for all high school freshmen, with the aim of preventing sexual assault and changing perspectives. And with all the eagerness of youth, Andrew went and presented this concept to Operation Care, landing him the position of Prevention Outreach Specialist. Andrew continues to promote M-power by contacting the governor and local legislators in an effort to make a change.

“Andrew has proven his dedication to ending sexual assault through his outreach to the youth in our community,” commented Ashley Carnicello, Deputy Director of Operation Care. “The entire staff is behind him, while he extends this emphasis nationwide. We are all very excited for him!”

The National Teen Summit Planning Council and the Youth Summit itself are a project of Raliance (raliance.org), a new collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation. Raliance is comprised of three national sexual violence prevention organizations – the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC.org), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA.org) – PreventConnect and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (EndSexualViolence.org) – with over 70 years of anti sexual violence activism.

Operation Care has been providing help for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for over 35 years. Advocates and volunteers are available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention, safe shelter, peer counseling, help with restraining orders, and transportation to court or other appointments. Prevention education and youth programs promote healthy relationships, as well as educating people about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on families and the community.

If you or someone needs help, call 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit operationcare.org.

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Top photo – Pictured from the bottom (L-R):  J.H., Client Service Supervisor, Sara Shattuck, Program Specialist, Andrew Flores, Prevention Outreach Specialist, Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director, Ashley Carnicello, Deputy Director, Natalie Vetter, Prevention Outreach Specialist, Barbara Gunter, Shelter Specialist, Kelly Hewitt, Administrative Assistant, Angie Murchison, Fiscal Director, Lisa Foosum, Victim Services Case Manager, Janet Nunes, Volunteer Coordinator

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

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Andrew Flores at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. The MLK quote reads: “We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. Alabama, 1965”

Andrew Flores at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. The MLK quote reads: “We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. Alabama, 1965”

 

Andrew Flores (second from left) and other members of the National Teen Summit Planning Council at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. The inscription reads: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope”.

Andrew Flores (second from left) and other members of the National Teen Summit Planning Council at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. The inscription reads: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope”.