the Portable Alternative Crib
Safe Sleep in its simplest form.
The ultimate Safe Sleep maternity or post-partum package and gift - offered by Touching Young Lives, Incorporated- is available to all expectant mothers and caregivers. Containing a variety of maternal self care items and infant care items is a certified yet simple box that serves as a sleeping spaces for infants! With the mattress in the bottom, the P.A.C. becomes a baby's first bed. After the baby grows out of this sleeping place, caregivers can use it for the baby's keepsake storage or to store other household items.
No! The Portable Alternative Crib is intended to be used by any parent or caregiver that will handle an infant. Parents, grandparents, and extended family and friends should purchase a P.A.C. to ensure a safe sleeping space for infant use!
Likewise, if you are interested in purchasing Portable Alternative Crib(s) to donate to families in need, please feel free:)
Each Portable Alternative Crib (P.A.C.) includes a variety of maternal self-care and infant care items! The base items will include: diapers, wipes, a onesie, infant hygienic products, preventative infant care literature and handmade crochet blankets to be used for swaddling!
Shantell Roberts is a Social Entrepreneur, Advocate for Maternal and Child Health, and Founder and Director of Touching Young Lives, Incorporated; a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on the health and well-being of infants and children.
Shantell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) and is currently a 2017 Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellow.
Shantell’s passion for advocating for maternal and child health began in 2011 after the untimely death of her one year old daughter. After suffering this heartbreak, she began working to ensure that this tragedy does not happen to another family. Shantell partnered with various Daycare Centers, Head Start programs, Shelters, and Ministries to educate them on the importance of hygiene and various medical resources that are available. After recognizing a void in her community for maternal and child advocacy, she decided to expand efforts and founded Touching Young Lives, Incorporated. Since its formation, she has worked with hundreds of children in Maryland with one goal in mind, preventing another untimely adolescent death. Interested in creating a Safe Sleep solution to cross city/county jurisdictions and across socioeconomic barriers, in October of 2016, Shantell was accepted into the Social Innovation Lab at John Hopkins University for her proposal to distribute Portable Alternative Cribs (P.A.C.s) though a universal safe sleep program.
In 2015, she was the recipient of the “We Are The Dream” award from the Baltimore City Youth Council and in 2016, she was awarded the Youth Entrepreneurship Award by The Millennium Seat Pleasant Club of the National Capital Area Chapter of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Incorporated. She was also awarded the 2016 Small Non Profit Innovator Award by the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Black Charities Woman Under 30 Making a Difference in the Community Award. Shantell serves on the Morgan State University’s Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Centers’ W.O.M.E. N.’s Conference Advisory Committee and has recently been appointed as an Advisory Board Member for the University of Maryland’s Pediatric Departments’ Center for Infant and Child Loss; where she also serves as a dedicated volunteer and a support system for other mothers that have lost children to untimely deaths.
Committed to ensuring the well-being of infants and children, Shantell often speaks at various conferences and civic organizations throughout the community; hoping to inspire others that have lost loved ones to keep pushing forward and to turn their pain into purpose.
She is a mother, sister, daughter, and friend, but most importantly she is a young entrepreneur making a difference, and changing young lives.