Happy Hats For Kids nonprofit was featured by CBS Los Angeles news. Their 4th Of July Happy Hats were hand delivered to sick children in hospitals.
“Each year, the School-Based Program here at SCCC provides mental health services for about 100 LAUSD students. Faced with constant budget cuts, schools are often forced to eliminate mental health services, and these students may not otherwise have access to much-needed counseling. Our counselors have the opportunity to be a consistent presence in a student’s life, and this resource can be life-changing, as Lindsay speaks to below:
“This year I had the incredible opportunity to work as a counselor at a local high school in Los Angeles. The teenagers in our communities face challenges that are overwhelming in scope—in addition to the pressures of grades and social struggles, the kids I saw were also navigating the foster care system; dealing with the realities of being undocumented or living in homes with undocumented parents; facing racial inequities, past sexual abuse and trauma, and managing anxiety and depression disorders.
Yet with all of their challenges, I marvel at how much resilience, joy, and forgiveness these teens were capable of showing. One student who suffers from extreme anxiety was able to find ways to integrate art, mindfulness techniques and somatic interventions (the butterfly tap!) to help regulate her anxiety at home and school. Another boy used therapy to express all of the fear, disappointment, and sadness he could otherwise not show in his daily life. By the end of the school year he was able to express to his parents how much pain he was feeling and elicit more help and support at home.
I have learned that teenagers are some of the best clients a therapist can have. All of my teens were self-referred, meaning they chose to spend their time once a week in counseling. Each student showed up open, vulnerable and committed to better understanding themselves and the world around them. It was not always an easy task, however it was certainly the most rewarding. There is no better way to directly impact our communities than to listen to the hearts and minds of our teenagers and offer the compassion, skills, and encouragement they need to become unique, powerful, and healthy members of our beautifully diverse and shared city of Los Angeles.”
Lindsay Sullivan, M.A.”
Click here for more information on Southern California Counseling Center .
“The only thing better than a 4th of July cookout is a 5th of July cookout! Thanks to our volunteers for helping out this past Wednesday as we cooked up lots of burgers and hotdogs for the young people at My Friend’s Place!
This was the first in our series of special summer projects. Next up is coaching and refereeing basketball games on Tuesday, July 11 at Olive Crest – Los Angeles. To sign up for this and our other summer projects, please visit us here.”
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“Our kids are spending this Saturday at surf camp! This is the first time some of these children are visiting the beach. They have worked so hard during the school year, and we are so happy to provide them with these fun and enriching experiences this summer. ”
Click here for more information about Door of Hope.
South County Outreach has some great success stories of how they are helping those in their community. Here is Marian’s Story
“I attended the South County Outreach Computer Learning Lab, having found out about this valuable resource through the Irvine One Stop center. I had been unemployed for quite some time after taking a buyout from a company where I had worked for approximately 20 years.
When the recession hit, it hit me hard. In my prior employment I always had a secretarial assistant who devised Excel charts, edited long drafts, formatted documents, prepared labels, and did all the myriad tasks an office assistant performs. There I was. The way of the world had changed around me, even high-level executives were now creating their own Excel documents and were proficient in Word.
Help for me came in the form of the Learning Lab. Not only was the content of the workbooks so outstanding, combining readable understandable information, included were remedial sections, clear diagrams and most of all practical examples of the computer program we were learning.
Beyond the remarkably put-together manuals, the teachers – all of whom are volunteers – were incredibly giving of their time, knowledge, patience, and understanding, not just regarding the subject matter, but they additionally acted with sincerity toward the students, most of whom were out of work, job hunting perhaps feeling vulnerable and sensitive.
And lastly, the fellow classmates; so supportive, kind, whether they were below or above the level where I was in the learning curve, they were willing to help, say a supportive word and just be there for me and the others.
Then, when I prepared my resume after having completed the series of computer lessons at the Learning Lab, I could seriously and truthfully add to my skills, all the programs I had learned.
Without question, I would not have the job I loce today if I had not added those skills to my experience. Honestly, I owe a lot to the South County Outreach Learning Lab.
Click here to learn more about South County Outreach.
San Pedro City Ballet’s DancEd Steps Up after school program is one of the ways that they are helping serve their community. More about San Pedro City Ballet here.
“The goal of the DanceEd Steps Up Afterschool Program is to identify talented students and provide the intensive instruction and support, free of charge, that will allow them to pursue a professional career in dance.
The program is audition-based, and a limited number of students are selected to participate each year. Students must be committed to the program and desire to train for a number of years at San Pedro Ballet School to accomplish a professional level. The program is free to participants.”
Meet Carlos, Age 9
“I found out about the DancEd Steps Up program at career day when Mrs. Cindy came over and got me to think about it. It made me feel a little more confident to start dancing because she told me I had a lot of potential. When Mrs. Cindy told me that the program wasn’t just for girls it was also for boys, I was convinced to do the audition.
I’ve enjoyed being able to dance in an artistic way and to be able to dance with other people. I like to be artistic, and I like to create new moves at home, but I’m shy to do it in front of a lot of people. I took YMCA hip hop, but only once a month. I even practiced at home with my own moves. I felt blessed when Mrs. Cindy told me I could take any class I was interested in. I’ve always wanted to learn how to jump high like ballet dancers, and now I have a chance.
I didn’t think I was going to be able to do any type of dance because of the money. So when I found out I was accepted, I was super excited! I felt special, like I was famous because I would get to dance and get to be on stage. I feel exotic because I get to dance, and not everyone gets a chance to take classes like this. I didn’t really think this could happen to me—it is like a dream come true.”
Orchestra Santa Monica has many different ways that they serve their community read all about them and click here to learn more about Orchestra Santa Monica.
OSM Educational Talks and Performances at Local Schools
The OSM Woodwind Quintet performs in-school concerts every year at Title I schools whose students have little access to live concert music. By incorporating educational talks into each performance, the quintet enhances the learning experience for younger audiences and helps introduce them to new or unfamiliar genres.
OSM Outreach to the Community
OSM Strings and guitarist Ricardo Escobar performed to a full house at the Santa Monica Public Library Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium for its “Big Read” program. Escobar described special guitar-playing techniques and discussed cultural influences on his music.
OSM Sponsored Event Reaching Out to Teens
Each year, OSM sponsors an after-school musical workshop at the Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center. For one event, OSM’s featured concert soloist, Ricardo Escobar, held a workshop where he demonstrated classical guitar and interacted with the teens. In the picture shown on the left, youth receive instruction and hands-on experience on percussion instruments by Kassandra Kocoshis, one of SoCal’s leading Latin percussionists.
OSM Entertainment Around Town
The OSM Woodwind Quintet also plays at local community events such as the “Fireside at the Miles” concert series. They are very versatile in their programming, playing works ranging from Mozart to Gershwin to contemporary composers. Recently, the quintet presented two works written by local Santa Monica composer Adrienne Albert, “Sam’s Dance” and “Animalogy”, the latter being a Southern California premiere performance.
“Thanks to a A donation of instruments to Rowland Avenue Elementary School and Manzanita Elementary School in the Covina-Valley Unified School District means 135 additional students will be able to participate in band. 🎉”
Click here to learn more about Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
“The Mixed Remixed Festival is the nation’s premiere cultural arts festival celebrating stories of mixed-race and multiracial families and individuals through films, books and performance.
Established in 2013, the Mixed Remixed Festival brings together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and multiracial families and individuals, Hapas, and families of transracial adoption for workshops, readings, film screenings and live performance including music, comedy and spoken word.”
Click here to learn more about Mixed Remixed Festival.
“I am the lady that your organization helped with assistance in paying my rent. I am writing to you today to thank MAPS Charities so very kindly for being there for me in such difficult circumstances as I had found myself in.Your organization made all the difference in the world! May God be with you always…. My very best Regards, Beverly ”
Click here for more information on Mission to Assist and Provide for Seniors (MAPS Charities).