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About LaValla J. Wilson, PhD

 Dr. LaValla J. Wilson, founder of Mending Broken Pieces, Inc., began her work with students struggling with homelessness while working at Howard University.   After retiring from Howard University in 2014 she decided to continue addressing the struggles of homeless youth by creating the nonprofit “Mending Broken Pieces, Inc. (MBP),”  in May of 2017. 

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The Student Innovation Fellowship (SIF) Program collaborates with community partners, government agencies, and for-profit companies to enhance learning and research at Georgia State University through the use of innovative technology. SIF allows students to develop consulting expertise and share ideas on emerging technologies and instructional innovations. SIF projects utilize digital curation, integrated marketing media platforms, web development and content, 3D modeling, and community outreach. Sample clients include Maps Atlanta, Manuel’s Tavern, Homeless Resource Project (Dream Machine), and the Atlanta Migration Worker Research Project. For more information about the SIF Program, please go to their website:


The Atlanta Count Project goals are to: 1) provide metro-Atlanta service providers, policymakers, and youth advocates practical information on the size , nature, and needs of the homeless, precariously housed, and runaway youth in our community who are involved in forms of sex trafficking; 2) collect information that can be used to develop and refine policies, programs, and interventions to help these youth in our community; and 3) encourage a community-wide dialogue about the need and social determinants of youth homeless.  For additional information on Atlanta Youth Count please contact the Project at:


Through Georgia State University (GSU) Department of Religious Studies required internship Rels 6400 a proposal was submitted to GSU Student Innovative Fellow (SIF). The “Dream Machine,” a mobile-first website for homeless and at risk-youth began as a research proposal for the Georgia State University Student Innovative Fellow (SIF) program as a component in the required internship course in the MA in Religious Studies and Concentration in Nonprofit Management program. The SIF fellowship is an example of the opportunities available for students to apply their training in religious studies to create practical solutions to real life problems. The student worked closely with her advisor during the internship and SIF project, and she kept the department Chair up to speed as the website work progressed. If you would like additional information about GSU’s Religious Studies department, please visit or email Dr. Molly Bassett at

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