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Jennifer Ayers-Moore Mental Health Advocate
Jennifer Ayers-Moore, the founder of the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation, which is currently in the process of being revamped to be more service and family oriented and will be known as The AYERS Foundation. The Foundation will still promote innovation, as it relates to music and the arts.
Jennifer has been introduced as a “Keynote” speaker for many events and developed many valuable friendships from her travels that she cherishes.
Jennifer Ayers-Moore, is an alumni of Kent State University and National Louis University, she has a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science. Ayers-Moore has many years of experience in teaching, counseling, program development, program management, and has taken the lead for many successful drives to support the homeless, hungry, children in foster care and continues to advocate for those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and their family’s. Ayers-Moore is also an active blogger, continuing the discussion of mental illness and sharing her experiences, as a sibling and encouraging others to do the same.
Jennifer’s brother is Nathaniel Ayers, he is the subject of the book and film The Soloist. Nathaniel developed schizophrenia while he was a student at The Juilliard School where he studied classical music playing the double bass, he played in the school orchestra, along side YoYo Ma and Joseph Russo. It was in his junior year when his health began to manifest signs. Nathaniel’s illness not only changed his life, it devastated the family. Particularly Jennifer, as they are extremely close. Jennifer had to find a way to understand and cope. It was not an easy journey and she will admit it is on going.
Ayers-Moore's mother, Floria, never gave up trying to help her son, and Ayers-Moore became her emissary, writing letters and making contact with anyone who would listen to their family's plight. She became her mother's ally, accompanying her when Nathaniel was probated, committed to mental institutions, or admitted to hospitals for treatment. Keeping journal notes, Ayers-Moore documented the pain the family underwent, while continuing to look up to her mother as a role model and visiting Nathaniel faithfully.
After Ayers-Moore's mother died, Nathaniel disappeared, ending up homeless and on Skid Row. Ayers-Moore never lost hope that she would one day hear from her brother. When she received a call from Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez stating that “he had befriended Nathaniel” and wanted to write a series of articles about him, Ayers-Moore was delighted. Eventually, Lopez wrote a book, The Soloist, and a movie bearing the same name was produced.
Not wanting the book and film to come and go Ayers-Moore continues to work toward the goal to help all “Hear The Music” and to “STOP STiGMA!”