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Lavender’s Speech

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, International, News, Newsletter, Our Projects, Our Work, Update From Rehema!: Lavender

“We youths have something to tell the community, but nobody listens to us. There is nobody to give attention that we need to be given. We want to speak out about what we have in our hearts, but the world tells us to keep quiet and that makes nobody listen to our story, with nobody to support us. But being born in a poor environment or family does not mean that we too are poor. If we really stand up and say no to drugs and yes to Education, we can really change this place to be a better place to live in, where people can understand each other. If I can be given the opportunity to speak out, I can speak a lot of things in my heart. I feel very bad about young people misusing their lives...

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Lavender’s Story

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, International, News, Newsletter, Our Projects, Our Work, Update From Rehema!: Lavender

  Lavender is a 14 year old girl from Rehema Orphanage and Children’s School, located in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi. We met Lavender when we held 2 weeks of intensive Creative Arts workshops during August 2011 that were lead by the GoodMakers Street Team and benefited Flying Kites Global, an NGO that provides support and resources to children’s homes located in Nairobi and outlying areas. Lavender quickly stood out as someone who transcended her bleak environment and it was clear that Lavender had bigger plans for herself and her community. Lavender and three of her school mates organized the sale of chickens from the home’s chicken coop, which helped to raise funds for her fellow starving Kenyans. This effort caught the interest of local media and Lavender was invited to make a speech at the ‘Kenyans for Kenya’...

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Let’s Talk Soup

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in california, Food For Good, GM Street Team, Local

Posted in Food For Good

Founder Anthony Carroccio with a delicious looking soup

Founder Anthony Carroccio with a delicious looking soupWhilst living in New York City, I lived on 7th street, directly across from Tompkins Square Park. To describe this park, my good friend Gary had said, “Oh hey, I used to buy drugs there in the 70′s…is it livable now?  That’s crazy.”  My father, a New Yorker, also gave me an “oh no you […]

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Posted on Nov 30, 2011 in GM Street Team, Local, Local Charities, News, Our Work, Street Team News

GoodMakers Street Team: Together, we are stronger! Providing Arts, Athletics and Leadership Training to over 5,000 at-risk youth worldwide. As a commitment to strengthening global communities starting with local initiatives, the GoodMakers Street Team works extensively in our local communities throughout the year, bringing support and visibility to high impact youth projects in partnership with grassroots organizations, schools, church groups and community centers. Through our partnership with arc, the GoodMakers Street Team provides unique after-school enrichment programming to hundreds of Los Angeles public school children ages 6 through 17.  Our programming is in alignment with arc‘s mission to provide after school enrichment and physical education to increase self-confidence, communication skills, teamwork, and community.  GoodMakers Street Team effectively connects with at-risk youth and encourages effort rather than ability, enjoyment rather than winning, as a means of elevating the Champion inside us all....

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Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, International, News, Newsletter, Our Films - International, Our Work, Recent Work :, Uganda

Challenge Women’s Global Empowerment Fund provides critical loans, education and resources to women in post-conflict northern Uganda who are rebuilding their lives after horrific ordeals.  WGEF sought GoodMakers assistance with helping to get the word out to a wider audience, and asked if we could film the annual drama festival in Kampala, Uganda. It features many of the women who have been assisted by WGEF and who are now running very successful businesses thanks to the micro-credit program and life skills training offered by WGEF.   Solution GoodMakers started by hosting a fundraising event in Los Angeles in July, 2011, helping to produce a stage reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. Written by Lynn Nottage, it is based on stories of women in the Congo who faced very similar ordeals as the women in the WGEF program.  The...

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Rift Valley Children’s Village

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in 2011 International Projects, GM Street Team, International, Kenya, News, Newsletter, Our Work, Uncategorized

Challenge Rift Valley Children’s Village is home to 70 orphaned children from newborn to 17.  Finding creative activities for children in a wide age range is tricky under any circumstances, particularly when we only had one day to bring all of the children together for fun. Solution The GoodMakers Street Team hosted a ‘Rec Day’ which was designed to entertain and engage all of the children and culminate in an end of day showcase.  The older kids really loved the DJ Boot Camp, and all of the children, including the volunteers and ‘house mama’s,’ enjoyed the dance workshop, which included a choreographed routine to the Kenyan pop song, ‘ African Child.’  A soccer tournament was also held, which many of the younger children enjoyed immensely. Impact GoodMakers filmed the entire Rec Day experience, including filming ‘a day in the...

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