Community Support 4 Master of Public Health

Archie is enrolled in the College of Health Sciences: School of Community & Environmental Health at Old Dominion University. Courses begin the first week of August 2020. Help Archie graduate debt-free, with a Master of Public Health.

Archie is a community leader bringing over 20 years of experience in neighborhood engagement. He identifies residents in hopes of connecting them to teams of neighbors in a “Block by Block, Neighbor helping Neighbor” system. He actively mentors and trains new interns from Norfolk State University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Wesylan. Archie received an Associate’s Degree from Tidewater Community College in Early Childhood Development. He received a Bachelors of Science with honors, in  Early Childhood Education, at Norfolk State University. Boone is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Public Health. 
‘Recovery is Possible’
For Boone, a native of the Norview and Park Place neighborhoods, the mission is personal. He can remember standing on local high school football fields doing “Just Say No” campaigns with his mom, whom he said was instrumental in the Norfolk prevention community.

But somewhere along the line, his focus changed. Around his 11th birthday, he said, he became addicted to various substances. While growing up, rap wasn’t allowed in his house — just jazz, which his mom would play while cleaning the house. On Saturday mornings, Boone would head to a local barbershop where he said he learned what was cool.

For much of his teenage years, his mom sent him to a private school in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until he returned to Norfolk at 19 that he realized he’d become someone his mom didn’t raise him to be. “It broke my heart,” he said.
So he got sober — and has stayed that way since Jan. 11, 2002, he said. He found salvation in music — rapping himself and often focusing on his struggles with addiction. And he started giving back to the community, at first informally, until 2016, when he landed an official position with the Norfolk Community Services Board. He traveled across the country — to Las Vegas, Orlando and Buffalo, New York — for training on how to battle the opioid epidemic. He learned how to administer Narcan, which he said he has not personally had to give someone yet. He started stocking the opioid antagonist in his home in 2018.

Boone became certified for the Revive overdose-prevention training and taught others how to use the antidote, including dozens of Eastern Virginia Medical School students and hundreds of sheriff’s deputies. “(The work) has given me a stage — a platform to reach people to say: ‘Recovery is possible,'” he explained.

Combating Overdoses
On any given day, Boone can be found around town or on a Zoom meeting talking about his plans to prevent overdose deaths. He coordinates outreach activities at Norfolk Community Services Board. At public events, Boone and groups provide recovery support services for people with mental illness or those battling addiction.

The goal, Boone said, is simple: “Prevent overdose deaths.” With the possible presence of strong substances like fentanyl, there’s an increased urgency to have these supplies, Winfield said. The early minutes of an overdose are vital to saving someone’s life. Since the state issued a standing order in 2016 allowing anyone to carry naloxone, the antidote has become much more prevalent, Boone said. Virginia Beach police, firefighters and Emergency Medical Services have all carted Narcan for years and will be equipped with it this weekend, said police spokeswoman Linda Kuehn.

COVID-19 Pandemic
Grant funding covers the costs for Boone’s outreach and salary. Starting Fall 2020, Boone’s will be working from his home on the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic and the Global COVID-19 Pandemic. His grant funding is ending after 4.5 years. Until September 31, 2020, Boone will be leading the Connecting Tidewater Campaign. Wellness kits, which reads “We Are Still Here” on the back, are left with Norfolk residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They’ll have pamphlets outlining how to get help, iPads to collect people’s anonymous neighborhood assessments, and, of course, information on COVID-19 testing and Narcan.

Archie is enrolled in the College of Health Sciences: School of Community & Environmental Health at Old Dominion University. Courses begin the first week of August 2020. Help Archie graduate debt-free, with a Master of Public Health, Class of 2022.

Surviving COVID-19

As we are opening up the nation for Phase 2, we are also opening up for conversations about race relations, health equity, and surviving COVID-19. Tag someone that desires to talk about racial injustice. We have a podcast and platforms that we want to share with anyone that shares beliefs or has differences to express.  Please reach out to HOLLA LLC at 757-776-2007.

LYRICS

EVERYDAY SUNDAY

Writer: Archie Boone Jr.

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Love Songs for Corona: The Pandemic

Thank you for being the first to hear our newest project at OTMMuzic, LLC. Stay focused and enjoy the bliss of love. Happy Birthday to Anthony K Richardson, Shquita Boone, and Archie Boone Sr. #RIPGeorgeFloyd #ICannotBreathe #blackinamerica

Love Songs for Corona: The Pandemic

Album Credits

My Name is COVID-19

Skit by ARock Dasupa

Corona Kisses

Writers: Archie L. Boone Jr., Abby M. Boone

Washington Cherry Blossom

Skit by ARock Dasupa

Artist: Just Archie, Sh’Quita

What Up Girl (I Need You)

Artist: Arock & Just Archie, Sh’Quita

On My Life

Artist: Just Archie

Put Your Order In

Skit by ARock Dasupa

Thank You

Skit by ARock Dasupa

Everyday Sunday

Mixing: Archie L. Boone Jr.

Mastering: Anthony K. Richardson for OTM Muzic LLC, Portsmouth, VA, USA.

Recorded at the HOLLA Lab by HOLLA LLC, Norfolk, VA, USA.

©2020 All Rights Reserved OTM Muzic LLC. All songs published with the permission of ARJA for Da Supa Producer Publishing, ASCAP and Vanzetti Ministries Publishing, BMI.

THANK YOUS:

Just Archie | To Sh’Quita Boone and our children. Life is simple. Times are hard. Let’s make love a pandemic. I appreciate ARock for being such an intelligent vessel and tenacious business partner.

ARJA |   Respect and honor to Josh Whitener for writing articles and interviewing us; Emanuel “EMAN” Carraway of Emangine Photography for capturing the vision of our team.

Archie honors Josh Whitener

Archie honors Josh Whitener for his journalism and tireless efforts over the past 5 years. Josh is writer, editor, and all-around supporter of itsjustarchie.com. Check out the early episodes of ItsJustPodcasts and help us salute King Josh by leaving a comment below.

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Hidden In Plain Sight

 

Prevention Services: Hidden In Plain Sight

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Register: https://www.barryrobinson.org/events/hidden-in-plain-sight/

Join Norfolk Community Services Board and Barry Robinson Center for a conversation about substance use in our community. We’ll show you what’s happening through an interactive program where signs of substance use are often “hidden in plain sight.”

You’ll walk through a typical teenage bedroom that’s set up with drug paraphernalia “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

This interactive display offers insights into current trends in youth substance abuse, drug paraphernalia, and concealment of illicit drugs and alcohol. This will be a safe place to talk with parents and community experts about drug trends, how to talk to youth about alcohol and drugs, and what to do if you suspect a problem. We’ll also share resources available to help you and your family. You’ll leave better informed and equipped to take action, if needed. Addressing problem behavior early is critical to prevent negative consequences of substance use, such as unsafe decisions and addiction.

 

 

Norfolk man presented with first ‘difference maker’ award

Norfolk man presented with first ‘difference maker’ award

 

Born and raised in Norfolk, Archie Boone truly embodies the phrase – defying all odds.

Archie was raised by a single mother in the Norview and Parkplace neighborhoods. His mother raised him to be honest and to say no to drugs, but around age 11 negative influences began creeping in. Archie turned to drugs and alcohol in part due to the influence of older cousins but also in large part because of some serious trauma they all experienced growing up.

One day in college, after passing out from drugs Archie woke up to a police officer and  Dean of Students in his dorm room. Instead of arresting him, the officer counseled him. The officer told him he needed to make a change now. And just like that, cold turkey, Archie stopped using any drugs. He says it was a divine moment for him. To him, it represented God‘s mercy. And in that moment, a foundation was laid for a new life. Archie went on to become that merciful lifeline for countless people in Norfolk.

When Archie began reaching out to addicts in our city, he himself was homeless, living in a car. He had three jobs, three kids, but he was determined not to give up. Though prevention became his passion, Archie did not feel worthy of the real title, an office, and official role in the city. He wanted to continue his work in the shadows. But in 2016, he landed a job with the community services board. And we’re glad he did. 

In the past three years Archie has traveled the country for training on how to battle the opioid epidemic. He learned how to administer Narcan, Archie is certified in revive Ovedose Prevention training in as to what many of our deputies how to administer Narcan. He also gave his time at the Something In The Water Festival, looking for any one showing signs of a possible overdose. Archie also writes his own rap music to get his message out to the kids in Norfolk communities.

Archie now works full time with Norfolk CSB and Norfolk Prevention Coalition. He is truly a difference maker in the city of Norfolk.

So Archie-for all you do to help others lives, for the example you have become for others who have a life story like yours, for making a difference- Congratulations.