Tunette Powell is a recent UNO graduate and she is returning to campus to help girls who, like Tunette, grew up in a fatherless home.
Graduating from UNO in 2012, Tunette beat the odds of growing up in a home without a father.
She said, “I was the kid who everybody said something's wrong with me. I was the one deemed I was going to be that bad child or that pregnant teen. I wanted to have a boyfriend from the time I was four-years-old and I always had one. I was acting out in fights. I was just seeking attention."
After appearing on the Oprah Show dealing with the issue of fatherless daughters, Tunette decided to help others deal with not having a father in the home. She formed a non-profit group called The Truth Heals.
“I hope that they walk away with a better sense of self, with a more realistic idea that it's OK to ask for help,” she said. “First of all, it's OK to not have it all together but where can you go for that help? And I want them to see that defying the odds or overcoming and breaking cycles doesn't have to be my story. It can be our story."
UNO senior Denisha Seals plans to attend the first workshop in a six week series Tunette is offering. She wants to create her story and she doesn’t want her past to dictate her future. She's looking for some answers.
Denisha said, “Actually, there were a lot of things I didn't realize affected me not having a father in my life. I would have to say low self-esteem, not really quite understanding why. I didn’t quite understand why I didn’t have a male figure in my life."
Tunette says there is plenty to talk about on the subject of growing up without a father in the home and she hopes to help many find the answers they have been looking for.
Her workshops are free. The first will be called Daddyless to Destiny. It's for "fatherless girls" 12-to-18 years old.
The workshops will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning April 22nd until June 5th. You must register by Friday night. Click here to register online. For more information, you can call 402-905-9431.