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COACHART RECEIVES CULINARY CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS FROM
CHEF ERIC’S CULINARY CLASSROOM
LOS ANGELES, CA — ERIC CROWLEY, the Owner of CHEF ERIC’S CULINARY CLASSROOM, had donated 15 scholarships to his Kid’s Summer Camps at his a Cooking School in West Los Angeles to COACHART.
CoachArt provides free lessons in the arts and athletics to children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their siblings. Chronic illness affects 1.5 million youth nationally. In Los Angeles County, there are approximately 175,000 economically-disadvantaged youth living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or other serious illnesses and most of these children do not have access to art and recreational activities.
Of the scholarships, CoachArt Outreach Director Kai Tramiel said, “Receiving these scholarships is a true gift. We will be able offer classes to 15 students currently on our waiting list. Our students can’t wait to get cooking!”
Chef Eric’s Culinary Camps offer a creative outlet to distract patients from the pain, therapies and isolation often associated with chronic illness and provides a sense of normalcy. Through the Culinary Arts, siblings and patients alike have increased confidence, hope, and self-esteem. “The best part about teaching the CoachArt Kids is their enthusiasm and courage in the face of adversity,” says Chef Eric Crowley. “They inspire me every day and are a joy to teach. They like to eat, too!”
Chef Eric opens his doors to all Kids during the summer months as they learn to cook for themselves and their families. Children’s Culinary Academies Level 1 through 4 are specifically designed for kids ages 7-15. Each Academy Session is 2 ½ hours a day – Monday through Thursday, in the morning or afternoon. The Academies start June 11th and run through August 23rd. Tuition covers everything the Kids need – they don’t have to bring anything to class. They take home their Recipes so they can cook and bake at home with their families. Last summer, over 200 kids learned from Chef Eric Crowley and his Culinary Team.
About Chef Eric’s Culinary Academy
Since 1999, CHEF ERIC has taught professional and recreational cooking classes to thousands of students; first at a Los Angeles-based cooking school and since founding the CULINARY CLASSROOM in 2003. Many of his past students are successful Restaurant Owners, Chefs, Caterers, Personal Chefs and Home Chefs. His cooking, catering, and teaching career is studded with accolades from students, clients, and employers. His love of gourmet food, cooking, and teaching is apparent. For class information please visit www.culinaryclassroom.comor call 310-470-2640
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CoachArt’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings, by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt matches volunteer mentors with its students to provide lessons based on the child’s preferred activity.
For the past ten years, CoachArt has served more than 2,500 children and in 2011 managed over 15,000 donated volunteer hours consisting of 665 volunteers, and more than 78 program partners. To find out how to become involved with CoachArt as a volunteer mentor, or to take part in the activities, please visit www.CoachArt.org or call 213-736-2850.
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What an awesome day we had at the Beauty Bus Pop-Up Salon at Mercado la Paloma On May 20th! Beauty Professional volunteers from the Beauty Bus Foundation provided 114 services (haircut, styling, manicures, feather, tinsel, makeup application and facial) for a total of 34 CoachArt daughters and moms (and a few dads) that attended the event!
Many thanks to our CoachArt Volunteers for the great arts & crafts table that kept the families engaged while they were waiting for services, and Ed Bartel, CoachArt staff photographer for the awesome before and after shots of our families.
Special cheers and snaps to Jaclyn Rosenson and Elizabeth Weeks-Comeau of the Beauty Bus and all of their volunteer Beauty Professionals for making our first event with them an overwhelming success. It far exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Everyone left the event with a new smile on their beautiful faces and proudly toted the super cool “bags of beauty”.
We can’t wait for our next pop-up salon geared towards sons and dads.
Those who attended couldn’t wait to share their experiences:
“Everyone was really nice. It was so relaxing. The best part was that I got some time with my daughter.”
Abby, CoachArt mom
“I really did not want to leave. This was a really fun day!”
Kimly, CoachArt mom
“What I liked best was the haircut because it was nice what they did to my hair.”
Gabrielle, CoachArt daughter
“I loved when they did my nails because I could never do it as perfect as they did.”
Cynthia, CoachArt daughter
Click here for: CoachArt photos
Click here for: Beauty Bus FB photo link
On Saturday April 28, twelve CoachArt students interested in filmmaking got the opportunity of a lifetime. The students learned from Monster’s Ball director, Mark Forster what inspired him to enter the field of film, his experiences as a director and tips and tricks of the trade.
Mark then mentored students throughout the day while they wrote and directed their own short documentaries. A piano prodigy with cancer on his spine, a poet with sickle cell, a post-kidney transplant recipient and a dancer – all uniquely special. The students shared stories of laughter and fun leaving the challenges of their illnesses behind.
CoachArt’s Program Partner, Make a Film Foundation helped to make filming possible and will edit the final products. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) served as the backdrop for this very special day.
Kai Tramiel, CoachArt’s Outreach Coordinator commented “This was our second Vidz4Kids project with MAFF, and my expectations were far exceeded, once again!” Tamika Lamison, founder and Executive Director of Make a Film Foundation added, “Every time we do a VIDZ 4 KIDZ with CoachArt, I am reminded once again of why I love this program so much. Watching the children, mentors and volunteers show their passion, enthusiasm and creativity, never gets old.”
See all of the fun from the day in our photo gallery.
The act or power of forming a mental image of something present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality; ability to confront and deal with a problem.
On Sunday, the Masters Golf Tournament was played. The winner, Bubba Watson won his first major without ever having a golf lesson. When he played the Masters the ball went into the trees making it an impossible shot.
Bubba stated after the win, “I just got into the trees, I saw a crazy shot in my head, and now I’m wearing the green jacket.”
It was Watson’s mind-set that helped him win the Masters. He wasn’t necessarily the best player and he hadn’t been prepared for golf his whole life – but, his mind was creative enough to see the possibility of something without knowing how that something could be.
Have you ever had a problem to solve that you didn’t know how it would end? Life throws us these situations often. It is how we address them that determines whether we get resolve or frustration.
When we use our imagination to create solutions to problems, it allows us to step outside of conventional space and see possibilities that are beyond what already exists. This is when resolve becomes fantastic wins.
Think of your problems as possibilities on the spectrum of reality and watch how your creativity starts to flow. Send us your creative ideas and let us incorporate them into our imaginative world at CoachArt!
Chronically-ill teens in Los Angeles and New York City will come together digitally for a “photo slam” to talk about what matters most to them. A team of teens from each city, guided by volunteer mentors, will have its turn to throw down a photo challenge for the other city to answer.
COACHART ENTRY SPECIFICS
CoachArt provides free lessons in arts and athletics to chronically-ill youth and their siblings, to promote normalcy and creative distraction from the pain and isolation often associated with their illnesses. CoachArt will use $2,500 to hold a 6-week “photo slam” between teams of teens in New York City and Los Angeles. Each team will have its turn to thrown down a challenge to the other city around the theme of “what matters most.” Funds will provide photography equipment for participants. The final project will be showcased through CoachArt’s website and social media outlets. Please vote for our project to improve the quality of life for chronically-ill youth and their siblings. Follow the project on facebook! facebook.com/coachart
GOOD recently combined forces with Jumo to further their mission of helping people take meaningful action in the world. GOOD Maker is first of many exciting developments to come as we build more online tools to help people make change out in the real world.
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Vote for us to win $2,500 to support and expand the valuable work that we do.
by Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D., Executive Director
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Conquer your fear! Truth is difficult for everyone because the fear of being hurt, rejected, disappointed or harmed in any way is terrifying. Know that you’re not alone in having to make the tough decision to speak your truth. But, also know that when you make the decision to live in truth, you accomplish more than just your truth. You look fear in the face and you crush it! You tell the world who you are. And, you move past the point where others can hurt you because if you’re not living in fear, then you’re living in love. Real truth is love.
Remi Junio, Volunteer Since Summer 20120
How long have you been a CoachArt Volunteer? Since the summer of 2010.
What made you decide to volunteer with CoachArt? Volunteering with CoachArt is a great way to help with a lasting positive impact through arts and athletics.
What do you like most about volunteering with CoachArt? I enjoy that CoachArt originates from a sincere place of helping chronically ill kids and their siblings through the arts and athletics. Both are so important to the development of youth.
What type of activities have you done at CoachArt? I have participated in a variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts to cooking through in-hospital workshops, mentoring and special events.
What has been the single most impacting experience working with a CoachArt student? Making that connection with kids, seeing their eyes light up and brain turn when learning something new. During one activity, I felt like I was made a part of the family when I walked away with drawings and dinner.
Why do you volunteer with CoachArt? I love kids and I love the arts and athletics.
If you had to write an ad to recruit volunteers for CoachArt, how would it read? Do you love athletics? How about the arts? Bring out that sense of spirit while making a difference!
What advice would you give to a new CoachArt volunteer? Remember this: “open heart; open mind.” Have fun with it!
How has CoachArt affected your life? It reminds and inspires me every time that; we are all fighters and achievers if we are first believers.
Would you recommend CoachArt to friends? If yes, why? Yes! It is a great program, inside and out. Everyone has a talent to share and you can make a difference!
What other volunteer activities are you involved in? I am involved in a lot of activities. This fall, I will be going to Mexico to help build a home for a family for the third consecutive year.
What would you like for our readers to know about you? I always love a good challenge. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” –Gandhi
How can CoachArt improve its’ services? You are all great! I love the one-on-one feedback.
This past week I travelled to Seattle for a Grantmaker Conference. Though the conference was not intended for nonprofits, I was able to learn so much from participating. One message that showcased everywhere was about “change” and I laughed because this is an area that I am confronted with daily.
Funny thing is, most people don’t like change and there have been a multitude of books, theories and concepts written around it. ”Who Moved My Cheese,” was an elemental approach to get people to embrace change more effectively. Of all the discussion around change, I’ve found the most effective way of dealing with it is embracing the change possibilities and just do it.
At the conference, I knew a change in my conversation needed to occur since it was a setting for funders and I sought to do that. Listening to the grantmakers, I was able to shift my viewpoint and speak from the perspective of a grant maker. Because I had my nonprofit badge on, many times the funders were surprised at my statements because they reflected how one might think as a funder verses a receiver of funds.
In conducting myself in this way, the funders were more open to sharing and listening. I learned that funders have many of the same issues that nonprofits have like fear of getting “involved” and “transparency issues.”
I also became more engaged in the conversation from changing my perspective and was able to glean more from the experience.
While in Seattle it rained everyday. Normally, I’d find a gym in the hotel to keep up a short work out but I decided to change my workout as well. Every morning I got up and took a run through the city — rain or … rain — I ran in a different direction each morning. It felt good to have the rain on my face, the air was super clean and my body started adjusting to what felt “cold” when I first arrived. This shift caused me to realize that in my exercise if I can break routine, I enjoy working out more. Now that was really a great benefit of change.
On my last day in Seattle, I took a walk around the block thinking about how I’d interjected new thought and new physical activity into my life. I thought, “life is good” and just as I thought it, the sign appeared to correct me reading “change is good.” I smiled and agreed.
What will you agree to change for confirmation today?
Disney VoluntEARS Visit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with CoachArt
(LOS ANGELES – February 22, 2012) — Chronically-ill children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) had the opportunity to meet some of their favorite Disney Channel stars today during a morning of activities co-hosted by Disney VoluntEARs from Disney Interactive Media Group, and CoachArt.
Approximately thirty CHLA patients participated in the events that featured playing Disney’s hit game, Where’s my Water? for iPad; making online art on Disney.com’s Create; and Disney arts and crafts activities that included learning how to draw a penguin from Disney’s Club Penguin online virtual world for kids. The children also posed for photos with visiting Disney Channel stars.
Twenty-five Disney VoluntEARs helped the children with the morning’s activities. Each Disney employee was trained before volunteering by the Los Angeles nonprofit CoachArt, and learned how to work with chronically-ill children in a hospital environment.
“At CoachArt our mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings, by matching them with mentors to provide free lessons in the arts and athletics,” said Thyonne Gordon, CoachArt’s executive director. “Based on our decade of experience, we also train volunteers how to work with chronically-ill children. We are thrilled that our assistance with Disney’s VoluntEARS resulted in such a successful event.”
“My work at Disney, coupled with my volunteer work as a CoachArt board member, came together this morning at CHLA,” said James Pitaro, co-president, Disney Interactive Media Group. “I hope we were able to bring joy to the children and their families, and that they liked meeting some of their favorite Disney television stars and playing with our games and art activities.”
Corina Dalzell, VOLUNTEER SINCE JANUARY 2012
Volunteering for CoachArt has me inspired and excited for the professional world. There are people out there doing the good work! I plan to join them.