A Voice For The Voiceless
by Sherrie Nattrass, guest blogger
When Rosevelt was 9 years old, she discovered she had a voice. By the time she was 10 she knew why, and it wasn’t just to sing. Her music was a way to share her heart—at times of celebration or to help heal those touched by sorrows. At this young age she found herself singing a duet with Dick Van Dyke. And then, came the most incredible opportunity of her young life; a chance to use her voice for the love of a child.
At 10 years old, Rosevelt was invited to be a Youth Ambassador for Childhelp; the largest and most eﬀective organization addressing child abuse in our nation. Over the past 62 years, Childhelp has helped over 11 million children suﬀering from abuse and neglect. The founders of Childhelp, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, extended this opportunity for Rosevelt to give a voice to the voiceless. This new role allows her to champion children nationally and internationally, bringing timely awareness of the great and current need for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
During her 3 years as a Youth Ambassador for Childhelp, Rosevelt’s Challenge, 5 too many, has brought public awareness surrounding the diﬃcult realities of child abuse and traﬃcking. She works to support children with inﬂuencers, celebrities, other musicians and well-known thought leaders such as: Elizabeth Smart, Tim Ballard, Mark Victor Hansen, Mickie James, John Stamos, John O’Hurley and others. Together, they bring awareness through her annual challenge and events. Several thousand people have accepted her 5 Too Many Challenge. Rosevelt’s campaign allows her to also align with other organizations, like Operation Underground Railroad, in the ﬁght against child abuse.
At age 13, she created her own non-proﬁt: The Music & The Message, and through her annual event, has raised over $250,000 in her quest to bring even more awareness to these issues as well as her goal of $1,000,000.00 to help children in need. She has teamed up with her father, comedian, actor, and co-host of their new online talk show & podcast: The Music and The Message Show, and also The Music and the Message School Tour.
Why did Rosevelt create the 5 Too Many challenge? As a Youth Ambassador for Childhelp, Rosevelt found out that 5 children die every day from child abuse—and 3 of those 5 are age 3 or younger. Rosevelt has a heart for children, and realizes that these victims dying each day are 5 too many. Since launching her campaign, Rosevelt challenges everyone to join her as a voice for the voiceless, to raise awareness and much needed money, help prevent child abuse and traﬃcking, and treat children found in harm’s way. Thousands are responding, speaking up, and sharing by posting their photos with #5TooMany.
Now, through her new record label 5 Too Many, Rosevelt is releasing original songs, along with inspiring covers, and music videos—inviting all within the sound of her voice to choose to make a diﬀerence in the life of a child.
A majority of the songs that Rosevelt chooses to sing have important messages. From Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” & “Rescue” to Andra Day’s “Rise Up”, each song gives hope and inspiration to helping others, especially children. “O, America” is a beautiful message of standing true to the great country we live in. And two originals “Somebody’s Child” and “My Own” are dedicated to Rosevelt’s two favorite charities: Childhelp & Operation Underground Railroad. Both songs show love & strength to those aﬀected by abuse & abandonment.
The Music and The Message was started by Rosevelt in an eﬀort to raise money and awareness for Childhelp, but has quickly become much more! Not only is it a nonproﬁt organization that holds an annual concert fundraiser, which had Tim Ballard & Elizabeth Smart as Keynote speakers, but it is now a weekly talk show & podcast hosted by Rosevelt and her father. Additionally, a digital & printed magazine is in the works to spread awareness.
On April 7, 2021, Childhelp National Day of Hope, Rosevelt was recognized by both the Arizona House of Representatives and State Senate with a Proclamation that detailed the importance of the community and legislation uniting in the ﬁght against child abuse. It recognized Rosevelt’s eﬀorts in this ﬁght, along with her #5toomany campaign. When we join Rosevelt in understanding “Somebody’s Child,” we honor the life of every child.