Mission, Focus, Values, and Expertise

Committed to activating and motivating women and youth to get engaged, be active and stand against those things that hinder our growth, safety and happiness.

Preventing, Identifying & Treating Non-Combat PTSD

Non-Combat PTSD addresses the trauma that many suffer in their homes and neighborhoods, as opposed to the battlefield. The numbers are hard to measure but we do know that there is a large percentage of our youth that suffer from this condition and go undiagnosed and untreated. Identifying the condition through the symptoms and acknowledging that one is possibly suffering from Non-Combat PTSD is the first steps to treating the condition and identifying trigger for a better quality of life for youth and adults.

Restorative Justice & Youth Empowerment

In a time where being complacent seems like the easy thing to do, I encourage our youth to take an active role in their civic responsibilities and get involved with the political process because it is their opportunity to have input in the direction of the country and their lives. After each address, we can provide location appropriate resources on how to get started and programs that they can get involved with.

Multi-Generational Dysfunction

When destructive relationship patterns get passed down from generation to generation, we must put a stop to it and set new precedent for our family’s future generations. This can range from those that witness domestic violence, substance abuse and other mental health issues without treatment. Taking steps to identify the behavior(s), those that impart dysfunction on your family and eliminating the element requires various steps to ensure a more pleasant family environment.

Modern Day Active Parenting

Having great communication with your kids to not only know what is going on in society but what is going on in their lives is the most important element of today’s parenting. It is required that we are active in their lives and constantly preparing and fighting for a safe future for our youth.

Community Engagement

Understand local politics. Find your voice and get involved. As our cities grow and evolve, there will be things that you do not like or changes that you would like to see. Don’t think that your voice doesn’t matter. Get involved. Get educated on the issues. Take a stance. Be an active part of the solution. We examine the various ways that each of us can be involved and engaged in what takes place in our communities.

Public Relations and Marketing

With more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, Sand and Shores was established out of the growing need for exposure for authors, speakers, personalities, events, organizations, and entrepreneurs.

Who is Tonya McKenzie?

Who is Tonya McKenzie?

Tonya McKenzie has more than 20 years of public speaking experience at schools of higher education, local politics, corporate training & leadership, and community relations. Tonya started early in her career with campaign speeches to run and be elected to an Associated Student Directorship position at CSUN, the president of her Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and President of the NPHC chapter on campus. As an Associated Executive Director at the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA, Tonya co-authored the FIT Kids Manual for the Contra Costa Health Services. Tonya also served as a staff trainer and a CPR/AED trainer for the American Red Cross, training over 200 youth and adults in the Bay Area. Mrs. McKenzie was the first African American elected to the Oakley Chamber of Commerce as a Director where she chaired a successful Annual Almond Festival and Citizen of the Year event. Tonya has coached competitive cheerleading at the middle school and high school level and also chartered Omega Kappa Zeta, graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Northern California. Tonya was appointed and served on the Youth Council for Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover, facilitated & MC’d events for Contra Costa County’s Supervisor Mary Piepho and moderated political discussions and debates for past Oakley, CA Mayor, Brad Nix. Tonya is currently serving as the first African American women elected to the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and serves on the City of Redondo Beach GPAC (General Plan Advisory Commission) shaping the esthetics of this beachside city for the next 20 years. She is also a very active member of The League of Women Voters. You can find Tonya McKenzie highlighted in the pages of Amazing Moms: Parents of the 21st Century. Mrs. Tonya McKenzie is the author of a memoir titled, A Child's Memories of Cartoons and Murder. This well-crafted book covers her survival of gun violence, sexual assault and substance as a child and the incredible story of her resilience that guided her through various other episodes of violence and chaos throughout her young life. She covers topics that she passionately speaks about; non-combat PTSD, predatory behavior, generational dysfunction and domestic violence. Tonya has culminated her work with the nonprofit, private and the public arena to step out and speak up for the empowerment of women, the future of our children and disadvantaged youth.

Book and Speaking Engagements

Featured Books and Speaking Engagements by Tonya McKenzie

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