“A breath of fresh air” is the only way to describe the music by Southern California native Nicole Vaughn who recently sat down with Kids Who Draw to talk about “The Kind Campaign” an international organization that focuses on raising awareness on girl-on-girl crime and violence.
Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson founded the Kind Campaign with the goal of changing the lives of woman all across the world. Together they created a documentary taking it across the country screening it at hundreds of schools creating an environment where female students can feel comfortable conversing with each other and sharing their experiences. Along with the assembly these two inspirational ladies have also created a the concept of a “Kind Club” where females are encouraged to come together and create lasting friendships. It involves a curriculum that can be used in organizations and after school activities and was designed to have girls open up in honest conversation about issues with their peers so that they can come together and feel empowered.
We at KWD started this awareness campaign to spotlight many causes that musicians in the local music scene support and we are proud to kick it off with Nicole Vaughn. You can watch two exclusive performances below! And to learn more about the Kind Campaign and Nicole Vaughn Click the links below!
It’s been a while since Kids Who Draw has had a blog post, but something has come to my attention that I feel is important and is cause for action. I have recently learned that Governor Brown’s proposal to cut $517 Million from child care and development disables many families and children from having the opportunity to thrive in early care and education programs like preschool and transitional kindergarten. This especially affects low in come families, about 62,000 children lose the opportunity to early child care and education because of Governor Brown’s proposal.
As a new mother this is incredibly horrifying to me. As an unmarried, student mother of one my son could very well fit in that 62,000 number of children who lose that opportunity and that is not something I am willing to allow. I am writing this blog post to urge you to also write the legislature a letter that opposes his budget cut.
This is extremely important for all of our children and I hope it is not taken lightly.
Here are some fact sheets with some more information for you to read up on: (PRESCHOOL CALIFORNIA)
Here is a link to write a letter to the legislature! All you need to do is fill in your name and information and click SUBMIT!
8 Week Summer Internships are NOW available!
KWD SUMMER INTERNSHIP June 11th – July 30th, 2011
KWD IS OFFERING:
• SIX (6 INTERNS NEEDED) 8 WEEK UNPAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
• RECOMMENDATION LETTER AT THE END OF INTERNSHIP
• GROWTH AND EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN RESOURCES
• EXPERIENCE WITH A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
• EXPERIENCE WITH SPECIFIC DEPARTMENTS: ie; MARKETING, FUND RAISING, COORDINATING, MUSIC, FASHION, ART, PHOTOGRAPHY
• 2 PERMANENT HR REP POSITIONS BASED ON WORK ETHIC AND PERFORMANCE AT THE END OF SUMMER INTERNSHIP
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (NOT MANDATORY)
EXPERIENCE IN HR A PLUS
EXPERIENCE IN MARKETING A PLUS
TASKS, DUTIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:
• Ensuring timely recruitment of volunteers and TOP QUALITY for KWD.
• Creating and ensuring a plan to maintain a motivational environment including adequate opportunities for career growth and development.
• Screening Resumes and applications.
• Setting interview appointments.
• Meeting with Current Directors and keeping in close communication with each of them.
• Developing HR Policies for KWD Directors.
• Writing an HR Department Business Plan.
• Prompt communication via email, phone and Skype.
• Attendance to all mandatory meetings.
2 MANDATORY MEETINGS AT BEGINNING AND END:
1st Meeting: Saturday, June 11th, 2011 1pm in Westminster, CA
2nd Meeting: Saturday, July 30th, 2011 1pm in Westminster, CA
Click to Download Internship Overview (PDF)
FLIER – INTERNSHIP SHORT
Hey Kids Who Draw!
Here are some cool things we are currently working on!
Kids Who Draw is planning to throw their first ever annual, KWD Summer Day Event in August 2011 this year with a focus on Human Trafficking. The event is called, “The Red Light on Traffic” and will be an attempt to raise awareness and money for the fast growing criminal industry, Human Trafficking. Proceeds from this event will go to the prevention of human trafficking as well as safe homes and shelter for victims affected by this heinous crime. Find out more at the following link: KWD SUMMER DAY EVENT 2011 – “The Red Light on Traffic”
On Saturday, April 23rd, CEO Of World Class Youth, Analyssa Benedict, will be holding a meeting for those who are interested in being a part of the KWD Fashion Committee. We currently have a lot of opportunities this summer for gaining experience in the Fashion Industry as we will be having a few fashion shows! Click the following link for more info and to RSVP on Facebook to the meeting! KWD: Fashion Committee Meeting
My friend Ari Gold (Musician in “the Honey Brothers” and Director of “Adventures of Power”) is working closely with the VH1 Saves the Music Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in Americas’ public schools. Both Ari and the Foundation believe that we need to raise the awareness of music education as a part of a child’s complete education. To help with this, they have started an online auction to help donate instruments to public schools. With items from such artists like Ringo Starr, Metallica, Neil Peart, Broken Social Scene, Wilco, Weezer, and Comedians like Jane Lynch, Nick Kroll, Garfunkel and Oates, David Wain plus so many more. Check out this short little PSA about it here at Power Saves the Music, and be sure to check out all the auctions here at http://www.adventuresofpower.com/auction.
What is AMERICORPS?
“An opportunity to make a big difference in your life and the lives of those around you.”
This is exactly what I am doing. I joined AmeriCorps (SIS) Students in Service program here at California State University, Northridge in August of 2010. I committed to serving 900 hours in 2 years. I am currently serving as a AmeriCorps member and volunteer at MEND a non-profit organization located in Pacoima, California. MEND works hard to meet the needs of the people of its community, the unemployed, laid-off, and homeless. I began serving here at MEND August of 2010 the same month I became a member of AmeriCorps. As a volunteer at MEND I can genuinely say that my life has changed in many beautiful ways. When I joined MEND I began working as the Intake Assistant coordinator. My job was to oversee all the members of this department and handle clients on a daily basis. That one to one interaction with a MEND client is always priceless no matter the circumstances. The feeling of knowing that you are feeding a family of 9 or an elder whom lives by his/her self is indescribable and surreal. After working in this department for 7 months I have recently been moved to work in the Administration area below the CEO and MEND presidents assistant. Though it was a little tough leaving my department and that one on one interaction with the clients and other volunteers I am happy to be working in such a business filled environment. I know I will smooth out some of my skills that I learned as I worked in the Intake department and I am sure that I will be learning many new useful skills. I can only anticipate how I will grow as a person, student, and volunteer. This is my story, along with the story of many others around the nation who are serving as I am. AmeriCorps is a part of my daily life and I truly would not have it any other way. I was put on this earth to help those less fortunate and as long as I am alive I will continue to do just that. Remember we all have a purpose in life, find yours, and apply what you know or will learn to make a difference in the lives of others, for in the end the most promising reward are the footprints that are left on our hearts and the changes those we help make in our lives.
Please sign the petition below. Help allow those who love to SERVE to continue to SERVE!
Check out the different programs AmeriCorps has to offer!
One of our very own has asked us to post an urgent blog post on the recent events happening at Joshua Tree and the importance of signing this petition! Here is what he had to say.
From our beloved Film Coordinator, Andrew Vasco:
Joshua Tree. It’s a beautiful, wonderful place with some of the most amazing rock formations and untouched land. And this oasis away from home is only 2 to 3 hours away from most of us who live in the city and suburbs. It’s honestly one of the best escapes from all the business and noise of ever day life. But this sanctuary is in danger of being plagued with all of those problems and noise we go to to escape. The Eagle Mountain landfill would cover 3,500 acres of Joshua Trees land, destroying ecosystem and polluting the area. Secretary Ken Salazar’s proposal to start this landfill has been struck down by two courts already, and now he’s pleading the Supreme Court to review it again and make this monstrosity happen. Please, join me and countless others in telling Secretary Ken Salazar, Don’t trash Joshua Tree!
Go here to sign and leave a personal message for the Secretary:
Sign it ASAP, the deadline is February 25th!
Together we can make the Earth a better place to live in.
SEE JOSHUA TREE’S BEAUTY!