Category Archives: Youth

Roger A. Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With Heart

Roger Lloyd helps children through his charitable organization "Game With Heart"Named one of Orange County’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, Roger A. Lloyd has been thriving as a franchising executive since 1998. His company, Play N Trade, a mobile entertainment and video game franchise, was recognized as Orange County’s fastest-growing company in 2008.

Mr. Lloyd works with his nonprofit organization, Game With Heart, to fulfill its mission “to combat major societal health issues through the positive power of video games.” Its two main initiatives are combating childhood obesity and improving rehabilitation for burn victims, prosthetic users and those affected by neurological disorders.

From the website:

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartWhen you register with Game With Heart, not only do you become a member of the most influential Gamer’s Charity, but you are also automatically entered into Game With Heart’s Weekly and Monthly free prize drawing.

Weekly Drawing winners will be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Weekly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to Console face plates, video games for the winner’s console of choice, t-shirts from our sponsors and other gaming contributors, sweatshirts, etc.

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartMonthly Drawing winners will also be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Monthly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to various accessory or game bundle packs, gift cards to video game stores near them, various paraphernalia signed by gaming celebrities, or various paraphernalia signed by NBA, NFL, Surfing, Skating, and UFC celebrities that support the Game With Heart Mission and Initiatives.

Mr. Lloyd set up an early detection and prevention outreach program for childhood diabetes by establishing free testing clinics throughout the community, and provided free educational discussion groups and evening courses by those affected by the disease. He and his colleague met with Michael Finnegan, chairman of the board for Play N Trade, to give back to society, and they have since made every effort to help champion the worthy causes of outreach and fundraising for children by working with the second largest video game retailer.

Please visit http://www.gamewithheart.org to learn more about Roger A. Lloyd’s motivation to help children in a fun and positive way through Game With Heart.

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Martine L. Nolletti, Chairman of Cornerstone Project Incorporated, Strives to Assist Underprivileged Women and Children in Africa

Martine NollettiWhen Martine L. Nolletti met the co-founder of Cornerstone Project Incorporated, a native Kenyan, she felt compelled to give back to the women and children of Kenya. Currently serving as the chairman for the nonprofit organization, she assists in providing education for AIDS orphans in Kenya. In her position, Ms. Nolletti oversees all daily business operations and logistics. This includes orchestrating education and housing for children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Northwest Kenya. Currently, Cornerstone Project Incorporated is working diligently to construct a boarding school in the area which will house and teach both orphaned and tuition paying students. Seeking to minimize annual operating costs, they will rely partially on charitable donations to maintain the institution. Ever eager to bring awareness to this cause, and receive additional donations, Ms. Nolletti also handles fundraising, business development, and design in pursuit of ecological sustainability for Cornerstone Project Incorporated. Attributing her success to collaborating with and listening to others, she plans to raise money to open a vocational high school and conference center for adult education.

As with most journeys, Ms. Nolletti’s journey for personal empowerment lead her to the absolute and resolute desire to assist others in  achieving their own empowerment, especially where these challenges are the greatest: for the children of the poorest of the poor, living in the worst of circumstances. This is how she began her journey and where she found her own peace in the process. Ms. Nolletti feels that she has been blessed with good health and good fortune along the way and it has been a great gift to assist others in flourishing.

Martine L. Nolletti pushes to help orphaned children in Kenya by providing for them opportunities for advancement

Martine L. Nolletti pushes to help orphaned children in Kenya by providing for them opportunities for advancement

It has been Ms. Nolletti’s observation that many well-intended projects in the philanthropic arena fail, and she has come to some conclusions as to why. “Many projects are taken on from a ‘missionary’ ideology,” she says, “and imply that the group being served does not have the sovereign capability to manage themselves. This smacks of the colonialist mentality that has decimated entire cultures for millennia. My approach is to provide assistance to an area or a project where the change is sought after by the group themselves, organically and with respect to that areas culture. Women and children are at the heart of my philanthropic pursuits as they have been most largely marginalized globally.”

“Another area I have observed that maligns the philanthropic arena is the paradoxical ego attachment on the part of the philanthropist. This produces control issues that typically strangle a project before it even gets out of the gates. I try to assume all projects have nothing to do with me…because they don’t really. That has been the key to my success.”

Ms. Nolletti is professionally affiliated with US Green Building Council. Away from the demands of her work, she enjoys Yoga, gardening, traveling, architecture, and interior design.

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Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

Dawn Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to childrenDawn Fontaine gained a breadth of experience in nonprofit management and child services when she worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In her position, she was responsible for working with the Attorney General on prevention, providing mediation services to cease fighting between parents and officials, and overseeing all areas of protection and abuse prevention. In 2010, she assumed a position as coordinator for The Family Center Community Connections of Brockton. The nonprofit organization provides community services to individuals and families in a local area near Rockland, Massachusetts.

At her current post as coordinator, Ms. Fontaine works with pilot programs to prevent cruelty to children—this role involves collaborating with the Department of Social Services. A natural leader, she provides services for nine towns in Brockton and organizes activities, support, and social events. Ms. Fontaine oversees four staff members, 40 volunteers, and approximately eight interns. She has become proficient in coordinating grant writing, bills, and invoices. Ms. Fontaine holds a Master of Science in administration of justice from Salve Regina University, a Bachelor of Science in administrative justice from Roger Williams University, and completed community engagement training. She also earned certificate and training diplomas from Prevention Institute.

Ms. Fontaine is well known for her desire to help others succeed and for providing necessary resources to those in need. She seeks to assist those who are struggling while empowering them to take back their life and find their own independence. Ms. Fontaine is a believer in the theory of “paying it forward” and often encourages clients to help their neighbors once they have restored their own lives. Ideally, she strives to help families to completely prevent child abuse and neglect. Through a sound educational foundation and parental training, Ms. Fontaine believes this is attainable for any and all family units.

In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Fontaine aims to help Brockton build leaders, and not politicians. She seeks to reach out and help people become more involved in the community so that they can have a voice in how things are managed. Ever eager to keep abreast of changes in her field, she is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding, Brockton’s Promise, Policy Counsel for Headstock, and Community Service of Greater Brockton, where she serves as treasurer.

Dawn Fontaine Helps to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect as Family Center Coordinator of the Community Connections of Brockton

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Kelvin Glen Paves the Way to Growth in Educational Programs in Africa

Kelvin GlenAfter two decades of success in the nonprofit and corporate social investment industries, Kelvin Glen is uniquely qualified to lead The Tiger Brands as director. This foundation focuses on providing education and school feeding programs that feed 4,300 children in 62 schools. As director of the organization, Mr. Glen ensures that the strategy and budget are achieved. He also works with schools and the government. Mr. Glen’s hard work and ability to work at strategic and operational levels have led him to continued success at the company. He has seen how much work needs to be done in Africa, and is passionate about making a difference.

Mr. Glen is pursuing a Master of Business Administration, and earned a degree in social science in 1993. Prior to joining The Tiger Brands, he served a number of boards in both executive and non-executive roles. He also worked at companies including the Charities Aid Foundation Australia, the South African Red Cross and the Giving Organisation. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Glen was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Looking forward, he aims to gain more experience at an executive level, increase his strategic expertise, publish more reports and train others.

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Ray Jacobs Invites You to Make a Contribution to ToyMakers of East Lake

Volunteers Work Hard to Champion the Initiatives of ToyMakers of East LakeRecently, Ray Jacobs of Palm Harbor, Florida, the president of the Tarpon Woods Action Committee, took up a great cause by volunteering for the ToyMakers of East Lake.

Mr. Jacobs’ story is a testament to the innate generosity, compassion and sense of giving  that lies within all of mankind, as he was compelled to help the organization to make toys for deserving children. After long having been admired by the members of his community for his innovative thinking and hard work, Mr. Jacobs was prompted to help others. He joined ToyMakers of East Lake and placed himself in a position of benevolence by participating in activities that would someday enable children to smile, one toy at a time.

Mr. Jacobs, a professional with a lofty background which also encompasses that of the position as president the Local Homeowners’ Association, has since been making toys for the organization with a mission to provide brightly painted, simple wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress.

From Toymakersofeastlake.org:

The ToyMakers began in 1982 when Jim McCullagh was advised that his grandchild didn’t have any toys to play with while in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He realized that there was a need and enlisted the help of his boy-hood friend, Bruce Pahl. They and their wives started making simple, colorful wooden toys. These toys were given to All Children’s Hospital, then to local Ronald McDonald Houses, and other local agencies. The ToyMakers grew by word of mouth and now has over 200 volunteers in several states.

The ToyMakers tradition continues today. We have made and distributed over 350,000 toys to this date. All are wooden, no metal anywhere, and brightly colored. We have even made a special toy that has a “handle” for children with muscular dystrophy. We are always adding new children’s agencies in the United States as well as special situations in other countries.

child care boy toyThroughout the years The ToyMakers have been blessed with individuals and organizations who have donated monies and products. When you consider that we go through about 36,000 various size wheels, thousands of dowels for axles, and untold gallons of spray and liquid paints every year, not to mention repairs to our machines, you can understand our very deep appreciation of our Sponsors. We proudly list them in this web site as our partners in this mission. The ToyMakers have also been fortunate to receive recognition for our work with a Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution and as a Runner-up in the Min-Wax Community Craftsman Awards. We are deeply appreciative for the recognition.

In addition to his work with The ToyMakers, Mr. Jacobs also writes an informative article for the community newsletter. He encourages everyone to support this worthy cause.

Contact The ToyMakers of East Lake today to learn how you can help.

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Jas Jassal, BEM Uses Sports for Youth Education, Engagement and Empowerment

Jas Jassal, BEMJas Jassal, BEM is the Co-founder of the Asian Cricket Awards, a program with a purpose to celebrate the success of the British South Asian community within the cricket industry. This sponsor-driven initiative is supported by the governing bodies of UK sport and provides a positive platform to increase participation and representation from an existing and future generation. The journey of these nominees is highlighted and awareness of industry pathways communicated.

Mr. Jassal was recognised in 2014 amongst the Queens New Year Honours list for services rendered to charitable and community service providers with the British Empire Medal. He serves as a positive role model for people of all ages from all communities. Mr. Jassal puts in nearly seven-hundred voluntary hours each year, while balancing his day job and family life. This in itself is an amazing amount of dedication from an individual who clearly wants to change the landscape for diversity in sport. As Vice-Chairman of Concorde Rangers FC, he has assisted the club in its endeavors, and the West Middlesex and Hayes League in the forging of a partnership with the Queens Park Rangers Community Trust with the aim of raising standards and increasing participation in football in those sections of the community that are possibly under-represented in the game. One aspect of the partnership between the West Middlesex and Hayes League and QPR is the community development centre designed to raise the level of grassroots football and allow teenagers looking to break into coaching access to mentoring from QPR coaches.

Jas Jassal inspires others through volunteer servicesMr. Jassal was recently named trustee of the Hillingdon Community Trust. This volunteer role will allow him to provide grants to important equality and engagement initiatives in the Hillingdon Borough. His position will serve to ensure grants are provided to improve the quality of life in this region. In working with the Middlesex FA, Mr. Jassal has helped drive provision of coaching and refereeing courses locally while also encouraging young people to get into volunteering. He hopes to become an ambassador promoting volunteering to the masses. This commitment to volunteering has resulted in Mr. Jassal being awarded many honours for making a valuable contribution. His project work has impacted many lives positively and had an influence on his own children, who understand the values associated with volunteering. Both Mr. Jassal’s sons are football coaches. His eldest son was a volunteer at the Olympic Park; at a care home for the elderly and at the West Middlesex Hospital. His youngest son recently completed his referee’s accreditation and is an FA referee. Serving as volunteers has aided his childrens’ development and positively shaped their learning and behavior, gearing them up for adulthood.

Mr. Jassal has become revered for his commitment to volunteering and helping people. He personifies the importance of supporting one’s community through volunteer initiatives, and he pushes to share these experiences with the next generation. Working selflessly with others throughout his community in an effort to foster a better nation drives Mr. Jassal to continue serving as a volunteer, build and maintain grassroots movements, and promote the values that he genuinely cares about.

Asian Cricket AwardsOutside of football, Mr. Jassal has supported many charities through fundraising and awareness campaigns. These include British Airways Flying Start, a partnership with Comic Relief, where he has helped mentor young apprentices to organise fundraising football tournaments and encouraged colleague engagement through delivering road-shows. He recently supported a national campaign to increase Asian bone marrow donors on the stem-cell register. Recruitment drives organised by the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust, Delete Blood Cancer, Jaskomal and Rik Basra Foundations and Sunny Bains, father of Gaurav Bains, lead to a 1200% increase in Asian donors on the bone marrow register.

International Peace Day took place on September 21st; Mr. Jassal supported the organisation’s global football campaign ‘One Day One Goal’ helping to raise much needed awareness of promoting peace across the world by using the power of football to bring nations and communities together. His strong network at grassroots allowed many football matches to be dedicated to peace day.

Having been a volunteer for more than ten years, Mr. Jassal is still as excited about volunteering today as he was all those years ago. If it’s to do with grass roots or charity, Mr. Jassal is the first to lend his support. He is widely respected and acknowledged amongst his peers at the charities and trusts for his passion and dedication. He is also a champion for Include Me Too, a charitable organization that is focused on raising awareness of disability within the BME community, and providing support.

Mr. Jassal is currently developing a project involving hundreds of community coaches aiming to deliver social education and development to the under-privileged in third world countries. Delivery targets include developing and empowering youth leaders to help inspire others and provide sustainability.

Mr. Jassal has been awarded a number of honours, including the British Empire Medal, selection to be the Olympic Torchbearer in 2012, and the title of FA Volunteer of the Year in 2012 for Middlesex County and region of London. He was also named British Airways Flying Start Volunteer of the Year 2012, and a recipient of the British Airways Community Award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Mr. Jassal is passionate about his community, volunteering, inclusion, education and development, having spent ten years championing best practices. He uses sport as the vehicle to deliver education and development, which empowers young people to become role models and leaders within their own community. They can then go on to inspire others.

For more information about Asian Cricket Awards and Majestic Global Marketing Ltd, visit www.asiancricketawards.co.uk
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Robert Cassidy Finds Purpose in Making a Difference in the Lives of The Less Fortunate

Robert CassidyA dedicated philanthropist, Robert Cassidy has amassed more than 20 years of professional experience, having spent the last decade as the president and CEO of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons. In the course of his duties, he is responsible for acquiring sponsors and donations for the scholarship drive, as well as trying to raise revenue for the organization. He frequently works to provide scholarships to deserving college students, as well as financial assistance to the less fortunate individuals who are struggling financially and need assistance to get back on their feet.

Robert Cassidy and MEPHGCHRAM’s goal is to sponsor approximately 15 students per yearMr. Cassidy is a retired sergeant major of the United States Army with 26 years of active service experience serving every rank of leadership. He joined the military in 1983, and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Services Medals, eight Army Accommodation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, and other prestigious awards and recommendations. He attributes his success to the military, and his family. Mr. Cassidy studied human relations and business administration at Saint Leo University. He is a member of the Sergeant Majors Association. In years to come, Mr. Cassidy wants to establish a shelter for the homeless, open a food bank and continue to award scholarships to deserving students.

If you would like to make a contribution in the form of girls’ and boys’ clothing, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, gift cards, or monetary donations through the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons, please click here.

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Support the Emily Sadowsky And the Beat Goes On Foundation

Emily SadowskyEmily Sadowsky is a wonderful, bright and lively spirit whose cause on this earth was to show others how to love from within and enliven mankind through service. She was a vocalist and had an extremely angelic voice. After her unfortunate and untimely passing in July of 2012, she has continued to contribute her love and generosity to the world through her foundation, Emily Sadowsky and the Beat Goes On Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is to raise money for music programs for children, with an emphasis on mentally challenged kids. This organization helps children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, as Emily had also gone through experiences with this ailment during her time on this earth. Ever compassionate about helping others and giving back, she has been of service to others through her foundation, and been a voice for young people who want to overcome adversity through their tough times with ADD and other challenges.

Support the Emily Sadowsky And The Beat Goes On Music Foundation, a Fundraiser for Children’s Music Programs

Support the Emily Sadowsky And The Beat Goes On Music Foundation, a Fundraiser for Children’s Music Programs

Emily also played the piano, and her beautiful voice could be heard by all of those who were close to her in their time of need, or in times of celebration.

Thank you for expressing an interest in Emily’s charitable endeavor: Emily Sadowsky And the Beat Goes On Foundation. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

You can also reach out via Facebook.  Thank you!

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Ruth Hamilton Changes Orphaned African Children’s Lives through Rise On Wings

Ruth HammRuth Hamm is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Rise  On Wings, a charitable organization that  works toward empowering single mothers in Uganda through the development of self-sustaining business projects. Through these projects, her hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

Ms. Hamm began serving as the company’s Executive Director after having co-founded its initiatives in 2012, as she felt inspired to pursue a career that would allow her to make a difference in the lives of others. She develops self-sustaining businesses in Uganda for single mothers as model projects for them to gain new skills and training while earning an income to support their children. After the first year, Ms. Hamm and her colleagues encourage the women to launch their own businesses using the new skills that they have acquired, and with the assistance of a small business loan and a mentor.

Ruth Hamm Heads Rise on WingsThrough the projects that are launched through Rise On Wings, Ms. Hamm’s hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or would like to make a contribution to this great cause, please visit the foundation’s Facebook page, or http://www.riseonwings.org.

Please also visit Ms. Hamm’s LinkedIn page to learn more about her accomplishments and endeavors as a philanthropist.

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Teresa Dawn Baker Creates Positive Change for Children with Disabilities through New Hope Advocacy

Teresa Dawn Baker Helps Disabled Children through New Hope AdvocacyTeresa Dawn Baker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Advocacy, a charitable organization that provides advocacy services for families and children with disabilities. Ms. Baker, an expert on the laws that support individuals with special needs, is in charge of answering the requests and phone calls from parents who feel their children with disabilities are not receiving the proper attention that they need. In her executive leadership role, Ms. Baker also makes the most of her strong knowledge of the law while reviewing the paperwork and informing families of the disabled of the actions that need to be taken in order to ensure that their needs are being met properly and fairly.

Ms. Baker was recently named a VIP of Worldwide Branding, and she continuously strives for excellence in her endeavors to champion the initiatives of those with special needs.

Teresa Baker Advocates for the Rights of Disabled ChildrenMs. Baker was prompted to pursue her current career path by a desire to make the most of the knowledge and experience that she had come to acquire after teaching special education for 28 years. She was working with a special education director and found it frustrating when she was not able to provide what the students really needed, so she decided to advocate for parents. She attributes her success to her passion for those with disabilities and commitment to them; this encouragement is the very thing that keeps her going. In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Baker aims to become a national speaker to advocate for those with disabilities.

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