Category Archives: Children
According to LGBT Weekly, the project Jeff Gelder created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program to bring joy to sick kids has entered its 11th successful year, delivering more than 7,000 holiday CDs to children’s hospitals. This year’s CD is an original holiday tale with songs and stories from recognized music and voice talents.
In addition to the CD, there are variety of activities also part of this year’s project, including a CD distribution event at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where there will be live holiday singing and CDs will be delivered directly to patient’s rooms. Read more about this year’s festivities and Gelder’s non-profit in LGBT Weekly and watch the video.
Bahareh Khademi says she has found a way to give back the gift that music gave her. As the only Middle Eastern person at her school growing up, the study of music made her feel at home and opened new doors for her. She won the lead role in her school’s production of West Side Story, and went on to be a classically trained soprano, as well as a songwriter and wedding singer.
According to an article in the St. George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Khademi, now 26, was thus inspired to have her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme be a fundraising concert for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, which took place November 21st. The foundation assists both disadvantaged and indigenous youth in rural communties and juvenile justice facilities across Australia.
“I wanted to bring together my passion for music and my desire to help the homeless,” said Khademi.
A ‘reading carnival’ and literacy day came to Bryan, Texas on November 10th, as a result of a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The event, which took place from 2-6pm in Sue Haswell Park, featured literacy-centered games and activities for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade, in carnival style tents.
A ‘storytelling tent’ featured a story from a professional storyteller, while ‘story circle tents’ featured books read aloud, with different books in different tents catering to different age groups. Another tent featured instruction in creating poetry and fiction, and general presentations featured story and poetry readings and recruitment of literacy volunteers. Read more at B/CS Reading Carnival.
A charity run in July in Arizona might seem like an exhausting experience, but Dan Hill’s project from his Landmark Self-Expression and Leadership Program has found a unique way to beat the heat and raise money for a school for homeless children. A 5k ‘splash mob’ run will have runners bombarded by 25,000 water balloons pre-filled by area children.
The event is on July 20th at the Big Surf Water Park in Tempe, starting early at 7am to further keep the heat away. A $35 registration fee goes towards the Children First Academy, a ranch school for homeless and underprivileged children in Central Phoenix and the East Valley. Find out more by going to www.splashmob5k.com.
On April 13th, a series of running and walking events are being held at Owen Beach, near Tacoma, Washington, to raise money for It Takes a Village Foundation, a charity that benefits children and families affected by Autism.
Created by Kimberly Hoffpauir as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, the first event will be a 5k run that begins at 9am. A 5k walk and a 1k kids dash follow shortly thereafter.
“Autism is the fastest growing disability affecting our children. It is estimated by the CDC that 1 in 88 kids are on the autism spectrum, 1 in 54 boys. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the cost of lifetime care by two-thirds,” noted Hoffpauir. “When I saw an opportunity to create a project that would make a difference in a community it was a natural.”
The second annual Tattoo-a-tho,n created by Jordan Gray in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program in Cape Town, with the goal of helping kids battle cancer, took place on March 29. Twelve tattoo studios around South Africa participated in the event, which raised about $8,000 in 2012.
This year’s event was expected to raise even more money, with each studio donating a portion of the proceeds to the Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. This year, the event became truly national, as studios from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban joined those in Cape Town to raise money for the foundation.