Anonymous Love And Peace Guy Wants Ryan Seacrest AND YOU To Help The World With Simple 3 Finger Handsign
I was able to interview a very unique individual who has been fasting for love and peace. Upon learning more, I had some questions and he readily answered.
Why Are You Fasting For Love And Peace?
Because the world is hungry for Love and Peace. So, as part of my effort to spread Love and Peace around the world during the month of December, I chose to not eat as I normally would, until the world eats as it should.
I should also mention that I remained anonymous throughout this effort because I didn’t want to draw focus away from its messages and to make it clear that I wasn’t doing this for any personal gain or attention.
Why Choose New Year's Eve and What Difference Could Ryan Seacrest Make?
I chose New Year’s Eve as the time, Times Square in New York City as the place and Ryan Seacrest as the person who could use his notoriety and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest broadcast that reaches millions of people, to display to the world the three-finger hand sign that symbolizes Love and Peace for all people and all things.
That would create what I referred to as a ‘Feast of Love and Peace’ where the whole world has a place at the table. Thus, “nourishing” the world with Love and Peace using this three-finger hand sign as the spoon, to launch a new year, new month and new day of Love, Peace, harmony and goodwill for all creation. Making 2023 the dawn of a new age of light for us all!
How Can Others Help Spread Love And Peace?
By, quite simply, offering the three-finger hand sign (see above) that represents Love and Peace for all people and all things to their family and friends and asking them to do the same.
We’ve had the use of the Peace sign for over fifty years but unfortunately we don’t have Peace. I say that’s because the Peace sign is missing the key ingredient of LOVE!
For us to have Peace, Love has to lead the way. Love has to manifest! That’s why this sign is structured as ‘LOVE AND PEACE!’
We can think of Peace as a beautiful destination that we all want to travel to and Love is the vehicle that will take us there.
Now I’m not advocating for the doing away of the Peace sign. All I’m saying is that it’s time we up our game and make this unpretentious, nonthreatening three-finger hand sign become known and used universally to spread the concept of a beautiful Love and Peace filled world for all people and all things! Just imagine how wonderful it would be if by holding up this hand sign we can create Loving, Peaceful platforms from which we defuse confrontations, settle our differences, heal our environment and remove turmoil and strife from our lives and our world.
By using this hand sign we show our Love, honor and respect for others and celebrate our similarities and uniquenesses! It’s what our world needs now for us to do!
Where To Find Anonymous Love And Peace Guy:
Facebook: Love And Peace Today
What have you done to make a difference today? Sharing an inspirational meme or video is awesome. But do you practice what you are sharing? I mean truly practice, not just talk about it.
There is always something you can do to help someone else and it doesn't always cost money. Most of the time it simply takes love. But when it does take an investment of either time or money, can people count on you?
Will you be remembered for spreading the love or for kicking people while they are down? I know which one I want to be remembered for and I am constantly putting that intent out there with not just words, but actions that match them.
Are you manifesting love or hate? What you say and do is what you create, both for yourselves and for others.
Is the Truth Divided Between Community & Law Enforcement? - Interview with Author & Officer Nakia Jones of "The Truth Divided"
In our recent interview with Nakia Jones, we discussed the reasons behind writing her book “The Truth Divided” and gained some insights into the book’s title, the Black Lives Matter movement, and what the book can do for all who read it.
Q: What is discussed in your book and why did you feel it needed to be written?
A: In my book, I discuss why I became a law enforcement officer and the challenges of being a women in law enforcement and being an African American mother of two sons and dealing with the divide between the color of my skin and the uniform I wear. The difference is I can remove my uniform, but I can't remove the color of my skin. The book also talks about the first time I felt the divide between law enforcement and the police during the Rodney King beating. It also touches on black on black crime as well as Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter, and the importance of them both to me .
Q: Would you call “The Truth Divided” a “tell-all” kind of book?
A: No, “The Truth Divided” is not a tell all book. There were many things I couldn't discuss. The next book will definitely fill in a lot of the blanks.
Q: Were there any parts of this book that were difficult for you to write?
A: The entire book was difficult to write because it’s about such an emotional topic, a subject that has a mass effect on our country, even outside our country, today.
Q: What did you learn through the process of writing this book, about yourself and others?
A: I learned that writing and reading this book has begun to help me heal. It also has taught me that no matter what the color of your skin is in a lot of ways we are all saying the same thing. Lives matter and rights have no color. I also believe that if we can just dispel some of our fears and biases we will all be capable of living in harmony. Because, at the end of the day, we are all one race, the human race. Our skin, hair and eye color may be different, and we may have come from different regions, but we are all human beings and one race is not superior to another.
Q: How do you feel “The Truth Divided” will help the Black Lives Matter movement?
A: I believe this book will help the Black Lives Matter Movement, because it allows others to see what and why we are fighting and why the movement is so important. It also will help people understand why a movement like this even exist and that it’s not to downplay or be against any other race. Black Lives Matter understands and has never disputed that ALL LIVES MATTER. It is just right now it seems to be fact that the only lives that seems not to be a part of ALL LIVES MATTER are BLACK LIVES.
Q: What do you hope that “The Truth Divided” will do for people?
A: I pray that this book first of all brings Unity and Understanding between Law Enforcement and the Minority Community, as well as it becomes a teaching tool to dispel the myths and biases that we learn when we are younger, which in turn will end racism. I also hope that it brings the Minority community together and also to let Mothers of African American sons know they have a voice.
Serving Homeless Youth Through Education: An Interview With Motivational Speaker, Author Michael Gaulden
I recently had the opportunity to speak with homelessness activist, motivational speaker, education enthusiast, musician, and author Michael Gaulden. We spoke about serving homeless youth in America and the need for more support. All questions are asked by me (Lyn Lomasi) and all responses are Mr. Gaulden's words.
What is one area you feel is lacking when it comes to serving homeless youth in America? Explain the area, how it's lacking, and how you think this could be changed.
I believe that homeless youth are lacking the proper education for an opportunity to liberate themselves. We are talking about individuals who have been traumatized at a very early age and we must take a trauma informed approach when educating these students. Traditional schools and methods of teaching do not work because they fail to acknowledge that a child cannot focus on school if their life is falling apart.
For example, picture an unaccompanied youth who roamed the streets all night and has no access to toiletries or a shower. How can you justifiably expect them to come to school with a sharp mind ready to take an exam for the final grade?
We must acknowledge first that homeless youth exist and are prevalent in our communities. Secondly, we must acknowledge their circumstance and do our best to help supplement the basic needs required to live.
The Monarch School, the K-12 institution for homeless youth where I work, has a parent resource center, showers for families and students, family dinners, bus passes and resources to help remedy some of the everyday struggles of homeless youth and their families.
Although we can’t house them, I believe a safe environment that is proactive about homeless necessities is required for the growth and development of homeless student learning. After their basic needs are met, give them opportunities to develop, such as internship programs (like the one I coordinate) and/or college preparatory programs to provide guidance and allow a homeless child the same liberties as any other student.
I can attest that all you need is an opportunity and a positive environment to learn and grow.
Are there enough organizations, individuals, and grassroots organizations reaching out to homeless youth? Why or why not?
Not at all. A major factor is that people believe that homeless youth are myths or consist of snobbish suburban kids in open rebellion. We need to understand that this is simply not the case. There are millions of homeless children, in families, unaccompanied, couch surfing, domestic violence victims and many more who are homeless because of unfortunate circumstances.
When the average person thinks of a homeless youth, their mind takes them to a mischievous sixteen year old. The average person cannot see the three and four-year-olds in tents or five-year-olds crying from shock in shelters. I have seen young children, seven and eight, break down from mental depression. Middle and high school children drop out because the system does not address the life skills they need.
People have a hard time digesting the thought of Foster Care kids who would probably be homeless if child protective services had not come. So the concept of homeless children is unthinkable. It is such a desolate situation but we must address it. If we acknowledge the problem with good intentions, I am positive many more organizations will bloom once we have fully understood the magnitude of youth homelessness. After all, I doubt any one wishes to see children homeless on the street.
Does the state of homelessness in America seem to be getting better or worse since you were affected years ago? Explain.
This is a hard question. Innately I would want to say worse because it is all I see. However, I ponder if it has indeed worsened or if this is how it has always been. More light has been shown on homelessness as a whole over the past years and the numbers are rising. It may be a direct correlation to the lack of jobs, resources, opportunity, unstable environments, natural disasters, and viral outbreaks that force good people into homelessness.
If you look at the metaphorical glass with this perception it is easy to say that homelessness has worsened and people are as desolate as ever. However, the light has barely begun to shine on homelessness and youth homelessness. It is not like you can take a census poll. Most data comes from shelters and third party organizations, maybe some live counts, but most homeless people are ghosts floating through society. There are millions of them. Good people who have vanished into that world. Good people who are ashamed to search for opportunities because of sheer humiliation, and those who do realize there are few to none.
When I was lost in homelessness, I saw homeless people everywhere from all places united under one demoralizing umbrella. If you look at the glass through this perception, you could say it has not worsened but has always been this way; endless transience as far as society can reach. But one thing is for certain, I believe it is not getting better.
I do not have an answer for the elderly homeless or the veterans harassed on the street. It is truly a tragedy outside of my personal realm of control. However, if we educators educate the homeless youth, if we equip them with tools to survive life, mentors, support, and opportunity, they can then go forth and graduate college or learn a trade, start a business, and liberate themselves. Thus, ending their homelessness themselves and hopefully their future offspring, materializing a new legacy.
I am a huge believer of “teach a man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.” If we try and save kids, they will be rescued momentarily. If we assist them in saving themselves, they will forever be free. But, they cannot achieve success alone.
Questions for Author Michael Gaulden? Would you like to add anything to this discussion? Agree? Disagree? Have a story to tell? Please feel welcomed to comment below.
Getting involved in your community is pretty much as simple as having the desire and just getting out there. There are plenty of organizations that are ready and willing to let you help out. Even if volunteer work is not normally on their agenda, there are many things you could offer to do for them that would be appreciated.
Check With Local Schools and Organizations That Help Children
Local schools always need a helping hand. Whether you are helping to build a playground or reading a book to a classroom of kindergartners, it is likely a school will welcome volunteer work with open arms. Check with the administration at your local schools to see what is needed. If you have ideas, don't be afraid to make suggestions.
Another good way to find about volunteer and community opportunities involving children is to seek out companies and organizations that might serve children. For instance, the Texas Farm Bureau helped third and fifth graders with a cabbage garden and a butterfly garden. This may sound small, but both are educational, as well as fun. From this type of activity, kids can learn about teamwork, learn gardening skills, learn to appreciate nature, get some exercise, as well as just plain have fun. Not all kids have opportunities like this on a daily basis.
Give Back at Work
Many companies give back to the community as well. Ask your boss if your company participates in volunteer work. One company that has an excellent volunteer program for its employees is The Home Depot. There are various ways Home Depot gives back to the community. Employees are encouraged to volunteer for The Home Depot Foundation (established in 2002). Home Depot associates (called Team Depot) can volunteer by building and restoring playgrounds, assessing and correcting safety and accessibility issues within the community, participating in affordable housing projects, helping with emergency preparedness, and more.
Look Up Various Shelters, Educational Assistance, and Other Programs
Perhaps there are adults in your area that don't yet have their high school diploma or GED. Rather than them paying high costs for classes, you may want to volunteer for tutoring. Oftentimes, shelters will offer programs to help people in this situation. If you would like to help, try going to your local shelters and asking administration about these programs.
Speaking of shelters, another way to volunteer and help those in need is by going to local shelters and asking about their greatest needs that a volunteer such as yourself would be able to provide. If they cannot think of any needs, but would like help somehow, you could make suggestions based on your talents and skills. For example, if you have experience counseling, you may want to provide counseling to families in tough situations, such as the youth at a shelter like Covenant House in Houston, TX.
No matter what type of volunteer work you choose, you can be sure that it will help someone in some way. Getting involved in the community is a great way to help others, gain character, and build a great resume. Not only can volunteering make the recipient of your efforts happy, but it also can lift your spirits as well.
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
(this version updated 8/27/2015)
If you need help getting free food in Denver due to low-income, emergencies, and more, this long list of food banks in Denver County, Colorado will help. These food banks provide free food for families, free food for seniors, free school supplies, free formula, free diapers, and more. We have listed the most updated information we have. However, we do recommend calling ahead to check current details, as these can change to better serve the community. This list is in alphabetical order, along with addresses, phone numbers, and websites (when applicable). If we have other information about them, it will be listed as well.
Food Banks in Denver County with Free Food and Other Assistance
ACS Community Lift
5045 W. 1st Ave.
M-Th from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Agape Christian Church
2501 California St.
Fridays from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Education, prison, youth, & other services also offered)
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Denver Cathedral)
1530 Logan Street
M-F 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Berkeley Baptist Church
4050 W. 44th Ave.
Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bienvenidos Food Bank via NW Family Assistance Center
2224 W. 32nd Ave. (at Wyandot)
1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursdays of the month 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Campbell Chapel AME
1500 E. 22nd Ave.
4th Friday of the month 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Christ Body Ministries
16th and York St.
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Church in the City
1580 Gaylord St.
2nd and 4th Sunday each month at 12:30 p.m.
Colorado AIDS Project
2490 W. 26th Ave. Building B
(303) 837-1501 (ext. 105)
T, Th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m, W from 1 -5 p.m, and Sat from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
1755 S. Zuni S
M, W, Th from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Tues from 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Crossroads of the Rockies
2707 W. Mississippi Ave.
T, Th from 9-11:15 a.m, Sat 9-9:30 a.m.
Denver Indian Center
4407 Morrison Road
T, Th from 2-4:45 p.m.
(other assistance services also available)
Denver Inner City Parish
Mon & Fri from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Denver Rescue Mission
23rd & Lawrence St
Tues - Sat from 8:30 - 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(other assistance services also available)
Denver Urban Ministries (denUM)
1717 E Colfax Ave.
M, T, F from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m, W from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m, & Th from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(other assistance services also available)
East Denver Fish
Epiphany Lutheran Church and Washington Park United Church of Christ
Phone calls only M, W, F from 8 - 11:30 a.m.
(Delivery service to area zip codes, call for info)
Front Range Seniors
1200 El Paso Blvd.
55 and older only - Thursdays at 9 a.m.
Greater Park Hill Community - Emergency Food Pantry
2823 Fairfax St.
M, W from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(must be a Park Hill resident)
His Love Fellowship
910 Kalamath St.
Thursdays at 8 a.m.
House of Joy Church
3082 Leyden St.
Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
House Worship Center
195 S. Monaco Parkway
(303) 333-9477 and (303) 355-0297
M, W, F from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(must call ahead, pick-up at another location, other services offered)
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
3201 S. Tamarac Dr.
First-time clients call (720) 248-4716 for appt.
(W, F 10 a.m. - 1 p.m; Seniors Tues 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - closed last Tues each month; other assistance services available)
Macedonia Baptist Church
3240 Adams St.
T, Th 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (must call the day before)
1100 E. 18th Ave. (temporarily at 16th & Ogden)
M, W, Th - call for schedule
(other assistance services also available)
Metropolitan Community Church
980 Clarkson St.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Monday each month from 3 - 6 p.m.
(welcoming to LGBT community)
Ministry Outreach Center
5725 E. 39th Ave
M-F from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m; appts from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
(clothing and furniture assistance also available)
Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
2250 S. Harrison St
M-Th from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
2200 S. Logan St.
M-F from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Park Hill 7th Day Adventist Church
3385 Albion St.
T, W from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Praise Center Church
3105 W. Florida Ave.
3rd or 4th Fri of the month at 10 - 10:15 a.m. (schedule on website)
(homeless/transitional services also offered for women)
Rising Star Baptist
1500 S. Dayton St.
Third Saturday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rose of Sharon Food Bank
5306 Lincoln St.
call for schedule
Scott United Methodist
2880 Garfield St.
2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Senior Assistance Center
2839 W. 44th Ave.
Thursdays only from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(other assistance services also available)
Senior Support Services
846 E. 18th Ave. (at Emerson St.)
55 and older; M-F 1-2 p.m.
(other assistance services also available)
Servicios De La Raza
3131 W. 14th Ave.
Call for appt.
(other assistance services available)
St. Anthony’s Church
8301 W. Ohio Ave.
Tues from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fri from 10 - 11 a.m.
St. Frances De Sales
Serves 80209 zip code
Delivery only - call for appt.
Twin Parishes - St. Vincent De Paul Society
3663 Humboldt St.
T, Th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Volunteers of America
2877 Lawrence St.
M-Th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Zion Senior Center
5151 E. 33rd Ave.
M-Th at 11:30 a.m.
(other assistance services also available)
Every day, homeless children wander the streets or lie in shelters. They wonder if they'll get to use soap in the shower. They wonder where their next meal is coming from - if there is one. They also wonder if people like you and me even care. Show them you care by taking the time to donate low-cost items. Most areas have programs that serve homeless youth. It only takes a small amount of time and money to give something that could mean a great deal to a child.
Do you have soap for your shower every day? Unfortunately, some people do not - even children. A simple bar of soap can mean everything to someone who doesn't have this luxury. Dollar stores often sell multi-packs of soap, so stock up and deliver them to your local shelter or homeless aid program.
Shoes and Clothing
Try donating your family's used shoes and clothing. If you don;t have anything that would benefit kids, stop at a local thrift store. They often have sales or prices that will allow you to purchase a large amount for a reasonable price.
Tissue and Baby Wipes
Here again, tissue can be a precious commodity. When donating to shelters, remember that some of the people may need to carry items around all day. Try purchasing small packs of tissues that are easy to carry. Baby wipes are also great, as they are multipurpose. Homeless mothers can use them for their children and homeless youth can use them to keep clean.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Just like soap, shampoo is very important and hard to come by when your income is low. You can find low-cost shampoo at your local dollar store or other discount retailer. It would seem nice to treat the kids to some expensive shampoo. But the lower the cost, the more people you can help. So it's best to keep the price tag low.
Just like anyone else, homeless kids can use lip balm. This is especially true in winter and summer months. In the winter, the icy air dries the lips. In the summer, the harsh sunlight does the same. Choose the lowest cost lip balm with the highest SPF properties.
Hydration Drink Packets
Some hydration drinks now come in powdered form. These need to be mixed with water. These packets are great for homeless children and families. Not only do they help keep them hydrated, but they are very portable. People can carry around a large amount of these without having to lug too much weight. These can be found at many grocers.
Trail mix can be found everywhere now, including the dollar store. It's packed with protein and other nutrients that homeless kids may be lacking. Plus, it's lightweight and very portable. If you choose the right trail mix, some are actually balanced enough to take the place of a meal, if need be. Buy single-serving packets when buying these for homeless kids, as they will be easier to hand out at the shelter.
Now, since homeless kids will be carrying around all their items, they probably don;t want a big pile of books each. However, one or two books each would be extremely beneficial., Sometimes libraries have sales where you can fill a whole bag for a small amount of money. Also, if you have used children's books, consider donating those. Go for lightweight books of varied reading levels.
Bus Tickets or Tokens
Public transportation is likely what a homeless kid is using if they are using any at all. Tokens or tickets can help them get to school, work, or to a shelter. Consider donating bus fare to homeless children. This may cost slightly more than other items on the list. But it will be very valuable.
Reusable Grocery Bags
Sturdy reusable grocery bags can hold a large amount of items and are easy to carry around, This is very helpful to homeless kids, They may need to walk around quite a bit. So their bag needs to be something that holds all their belongings, but is not too hard to carry. Reusable grocery bags can be as little as fifty cents each. The insulated ones are especially nice because they can keep foods fresh and at their temperatures longer. I only paid three dollars each for my insulated ones.
As you are reading this, there are children in America who don't know if they will eat today. How is this possible when America has so many available resources? Are we really using what have to the fullest advantage? Urban gardens are known for reducing hunger. What if we took it a step further and required all schools to have them? Can school garden farms reduce childhood hunger?
Childhood Hunger in America
According to FeedingAmerica.org, 16.7 million American children faced hunger issues in 2008. In a country as abundant as this, why should this be an issue? Rearranging priorities may help. What if schools were required to have garden farms that provided nutrition for the entire neighborhood? This would be a simple program to implement. In fact, there are already grants and other plans in place for those who wish to do so.
Why Create School Garden Farms?
School gardens can help teach kids about agriculture. Giving them a head start in important sustainability lessons may help increase the chance of their success later in life. Schools are often the center of their neighborhood. It's where many events and gatherings take place. The farming could be implemented into the curriculum.
At harvest time for each plant, the kids can divide the crops evenly, according to how many people need them. There will likely be plenty for their families, as well as others in the neighborhood. If various crops are planted according to season, there should be plenty of food year-round. When school is not in session, the garden can still be maintained. This will help make up for the lack of nutrition many people suffer from.
Can School Gardens Really Reduce Childhood Hunger in America?
According to UrbanHarvest.org, community gardens help reduce hunger. Following that pattern, wouldn't it make sense that a school garden could help reduce hunger in children? If the food was distributed evenly to all neighborhood families by default, people may not be so hesitant to take it. Sometimes people are in need, but are embarrassed to admit they need help. Some may not have adequate transportation to get to that help.
By making the community garden a part of the school's curriculum and regular routine, it's possible that childhood hunger could be reduced significantly. Taking away the sometimes grueling application experience and other measures may make this option more desirable for some families. With this type of plan, no one needs to feel left out and no one needs to be put on the spot or labeled.
More on Hunger:
Feeding America Hunger and Poverty Statistics
Urban Harvest on Why Community Gardens are Valuable
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples on Urban Gardens
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Does your teen need something to do? Volunteer work is an excellent way to prepare teens for the career world. It also gives them great references for college and an opportunity to make a difference. But where can teens volunteer? My teenager and I have been researching the options to decide which one is best for her. Volunteering is a rewarding experience. But it's important to do all the research and find out which program your teen is most suited to. Many programs have one or two day positions that would be a great way to test the waters in several programs before finding a more permanent one.
Working with animals is fun and rewarding. There are various opportunities for teens to do so. Rescue organizations, veterinarians, horse ranches, and more often allow teens to help out. Call around to the organizations in your area to see who needs help. My daughter and I learned that, depending on age, the nature of the opportunity, and each organization, an adult may need to volunteer along with the teen. Some opportunities may include cage cleaning, dog walking, playing with animals, socializing animals, and more.
Help out the elderly. Nursing homes and assisted living communities may welcome teens willing to help out. This could include a variety of tasks, such as playing games, pushing around a wheelchair, talking, and more. Some of these people will have little to no contact from relatives. Someone just being there to spend some time can make a world of difference for them. Even those who do have loved ones who visit, another visitor can really brighten their day. If there are no such communities in your area, there may be an older person you know who needs help with groceries, walking the dog, washing dishes, and other small tasks.
Pitch in for those in need. Teens can volunteer at sorting centers, soup kitchens, churches, and other organizations that help assist those in poverty or homeless. Each has different rules on the ages of volunteers and what they can do to help. Listings can be found under homeless shelters, food banks, soup kitchens, charitable organizations, and churches. Not all churches have these types of programs, but many do. So if you can't find any shelters or other organizations in your area, call the churches.
Sharing knowledge helps fellow students. Tutoring other students in the subjects your teen excels in may be another option. This volunteer opportunity could be through your teen's school or through a private organization. Call the school first to see what is available there. If there is nothing available at the school or your child is homeschooled, call various educational organizations. Homeschool groups also may have opportunities for students to help each other. Some high schools may even have a class that allows students to help teachers in elementary or middle schools. I attended a class like this in high school and was able to assist a class of third grade students during their literacy block.
Search volunteer match programs. If the above options are not ideal or you have trouble finding them, try a volunteer match program. United Way and Red Cross are two good places to start in every area. They can help you find out some of what's available in your area and help get your teen started. There are also several great online volunteer matching sites that may assist your teen. Simply fill in interests, location info, and more to find the best volunteer programs for your teen. The application process may take place online or in person, depending on the organization.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
11-Year-Old's Story Proves to Kids That They Can Make an Impact if They Try
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Note: This is an older piece I originally published in 2010 via Yahoo Contributor Network. However, Olivia Bouler is still at it in even bigger ways.
If you met Olivia Bouler, your perception of things might change. She saw an opportunity and seized it. What's so unique about Olivia is that she is just 11 years old. Right now, Olivia is on tour to make a difference in her own way. When the oil spill happened in the gulf, Olivia made the decision to donate 500 bird drawings - one for each of the first 500 people to donate to the Audubon society to help. I recently was able to speak to this amazing little girl and feel her story is one all parents can use to teach their kids to stand up for what they believe in.
Putting Thoughts Into Action ("One Small Thing Can Make a Big Difference.")
Since the initial decision, Olivia has come out with a book called "Olivia's Birds, Saving the Gulf." All of the writing and illustrations in the book are Olivia's own. Those interested in following Olivia's efforts can follow her Facebook page, suggested by the Audubon Society.
If you thought the drawings are where Olivia's story ends, you would be very wrong. She has won several awards and even participated in beach cleanup with Disney's Friends for Change with Nick and Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. According to Olivia, "My parents have always loved the environment. I've grown up in a very big-hearted family. Very loving brother, parents, and grandparents." Her efforts don't stop at a few small things. Although, as Olivia said to me "one small thing can make a difference."
How Parents Can Use Olivia's Story
Over $200,000 was raised through her efforts at the time I spoke to Olivia. Parents can talk to their kids about what she has done by using her Facebook page, reports on what she does, as well as her book. I found her illustrations to be beautiful and her words to be so inspiring. I have used lessons from Olivia's actions to teach my own kids.
But don't end the lessons at simply looking up the information. Let your kids put their dreams into action. For those interested in helping the environment Olivia suggests to start with "just throwing birdfeed or saving your food items to plant trees, recycling, everything - even just a little cup of water outside for the birds. It's one step at a time and you can could change the world."
What is Olivia Up To?
In addition to her book coming out and doing her drawings, Olivia Bouler made 2010 ASPCA Kid of the Year. She's currently on a book tour. As part of this, Four Seasons is flying her to Costa Rica to distribute books to schoolkids and read them. For that, she received a grant from Disney Friends for Change and the Youth Service of America . Four Seasons is footing the bill. Olivia is also a recipient of the Dale Earnhardt Legends Leadership Scholarship and a Dawn Jr. Wildlife Champion.
Is Olivia just a normal kid?
This is likely a question your kids will want to ask. Of course, she's a normal kid, just like any other. Everything you do doesn't have to be amazing. It's great to make a difference, but kids will still be kids. Olivia likes to play jazz music via her alto saxophone. She says her brother is pretty amazing, too. She also swims at the YMCA and does other things normal kids do. She does of course get tons of fan mail on Facebook. But underneath all that, she wants other kids to know that she is just like them and they can make a big impact, too.
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
“The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” ~ Maya Angelou
Are you accessible to those around you? Be it business or personal, you should always lend an ear.
Not only can being accessible strengthen trust and relationships. But it is also vital to solving important issues.
What does this have to do with poverty or homelessness?
Think about it.
In order to be successful in getting the most help out to those who really need it, a program needs to be very accessible. Also think in terms of support and encouragement. Like Ms. Angelou says, lend an ear. Listen to your client, friend, or family member in need. I mean really listen hard and be there for them. That is the first step to helping someone succeed in life. Without the inspiration and desire to do so, all the assistance in the world is not going to matter. If someone is not encouraged, it will be a wasted effort. If you offer help that is not easily accessed, it is a wasted effort. But when you are accessible in times of need, this can make all the difference in someone's life.
So, the next time a client, acquaintance, or friend comes to you for help, be accessible.
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