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National YoungArts Foundation Names Stacey Glassman Mizener As Vice President of Development And Dejha Carrington As Vice President of External Relations

Press Release – Miami, FL (March 20, 2017) – The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) today announced the appointment of Stacey Glassman Mizener as Vice President of Development and Dejha Carrington as Vice President of External Relations. Both Ms. Glassman and Ms. Carrington will work alongside President and Chief Executive Officer Carolina García Jayaram to support the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development.

“I, along with the Board of Trustees, am delighted to welcome Stacey Glassman to our team, and to have Dejha Carrington take on a new role at YoungArts,” said Carolina García Jayaram. “Stacey is the ideal candidate to help advance YoungArts’ fundraising endeavors during a period of national growth and programmatic development. Dejha joined YoungArts more than a year ago as our dedicated Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and has since launched creative campaigns and built valuable relationships in the artistic community. I am confident that their passion for supporting artists will help propel YoungArts as a dynamic force in our nation’s cultural landscape.”

Ms. Glassman joins YoungArts with an outstanding record in non-profit fundraising and deep roots in Miami’s arts and culture community. She will be responsible for determining the strategic direction of the organization’s development efforts, and will assume her post immediately.

“I am honored to join this prestigious organization and forward-thinking leadership team to play an important role in nurturing some of the most talented young artists and performers,” said Ms. Glassman. “I aim to strengthen the national community of YoungArts supporters and alumni, build bridges in the arts and business sectors, and cultivate new audiences throughout the country.”

Succeeding Vanessa Leitman, Ms. Carrington will assume her role as Vice President of External Relations on March 27, 2017. She will be responsible for guiding YoungArts’ public relations, marketing, digital and social media campaigns to raise awareness of the organization and the artists it supports, as well as developing new and nurturing existing partnerships with cultural institutions.

As YoungArts’ Director of Public Relations and Marketing since 2015, Ms. Carrington has developed strategic communications campaigns around several new programming initiatives, including YoungArts’ first film commissioning project, Transformations; increased engagement with local and regional audiences and cultural organizations; and honed institutional communications to highlight the incredible talent of YoungArts alumni nationwide.

“Having worked closely with our dedicated communications team for the past year, I am proud to continue my journey at YoungArts as Vice President of External Relations,” Ms. Carrington said. “I truly believe in the power of storytelling to spotlight our alumni, our programming, and our institutional vision within this nation’s broader cultural narrative. The artist’s voice is prescient, and with the socio-political issues affecting this country, it’s even more critical that we champion their views and provide a platform for them to be heard and supported.”

Stacey Glassman

Ms. Glassman comes to YoungArts from Faena Art, a nonprofit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based creative experiences. Prior to joining Faena Art, she envisioned and founded Metro 1 Community, a corporate social responsibility platform to further Metro 1’s commitment to improving the communities it serves through educational, cultural and environmental initiatives.

Ms. Glassman previously served for 10 years as the Associate Vice President of Development for New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she founded Friends of New World Symphony, an innovative membership program with more than 1,000 patrons that engages the next generation with classical music. She also played an active fundraising role in the launch of the $200 million capital campaign to build the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center through corporate, individual and event fundraising, as well as recruited and managed the Friends Executive Committee and National Council in Miami and New York, comprising 60 of the most outstanding philanthropists, influencers, business leaders, publicists and journalists.

Prior to her work with New World Symphony, Ms. Glassman was the Events Manager for the Miami City Ballet, where she produced events, secured individual and corporate gifts, and managed the Patrons groups.

Dejha Carrington

With more than a decade of experience in public relations, programming, and consulting for arts and cultural organizations, Ms. Carrington has spent her career delivering high-impact creative campaigns and social responsibility initiatives. Prior to joining YoungArts in 2015, her clients and projects included the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX; and the Colombia Biennial in Medellin, among others. Ms. Carrington has also designed and produced significant partnerships for corporate clients and government agencies, including National Film Board of Canada, Miami-Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design, and Moët & Chandon

Ms. Carrington also conceived and co-produced the augmented architecture project NEWT: Experiments in Light, Color & Sound, which aims to transform buildings and static structures into catalysts for community engagement, and is co-founder of FADE TO BLACK, one of the most celebrated platforms for artists of color during Art Basel Miami Beach. She was recently awarded a Wavemaker Grant from Cannonball for a new artist commissioning project that seeks to cultivate new local collectors, create more meaningful and intimate interactions with artists, and investigate socio and geo-specific issues imminent to Miami.

A recognized media source, speaker and leader in public relations, arts advocacy and programming, Ms. Carrington was born and raised in Montreal, and calls Miami her home base.


The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, regular performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15 – 18 or in grades 10 – 12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rebecca Walker, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and New World Center (Miami). Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.

YoungArts Winners become part of a thousands-strong alumni network of artists, which offers them additional professional opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton, Jennifer Koh and Elizabeth Roe; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.

Support for YoungArts programs is provided by National Premier Sponsor Carnival Foundation; Regional Sponsor Northern Trust; the Legacy Master Series Sponsor, Aon; the Design Arts Discipline Sponsor, Arquitectonica; Visual Arts Discipline Sponsor, the Related Group; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; National Endowment for the Arts; Wells Fargo; and the YoungArts Corporate Partners.

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24 Foundation Announces New Appointments to Board and Staff

Press Release – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 20, 2017 – 24 Foundation today announced new appointments to their nonprofit board, as well as additions to their team of staff members. Bryan McMillan and Justin Hage have been appointed to 24 Foundation Board of Directors and are based in Maryland and Indiana respectively. In addition to the board appointment, 24 Foundation has added two part-time staff members Damian Magarelli and Anina DeNobriga.

Celebrating 16 years, the newly re-branded, 24 Foundation continues to focus on its mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

McMillan became involved with 24 Foundation in 2008 with the arrival of the 24 Hours of Booty event in Columbia, Md., now named 24 Baltimore. He has captained a team each year since named Team bootySTRONG. He is Managing Partner of M&L Global Consultancy, with a proven record of establishing operational capabilities and profitable ventures in over 15 countries. With previous nonprofit board experience, McMillan will offer board guidance on strategic direction.

Hage became involved with 24 Foundation in 2013 when he rode as a survivor with the doctors and staff on the IU Simon Cancer Center team, the Pedaling Cures. He currently works for the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Indianapolis, Ind., where his practice focuses on economic development, real estate and government services. Hage will offer board guidance on community partnerships and sponsorships.

In addition to the board appointments, 24 Foundation welcomes part-time staff member Magarelli as Fundraising and Recruitment Coordinator for the Baltimore event market. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Magarelli worked for the Alzheimer’s Association as a Development Manager managing special events, volunteers and fundraising. He is based on Baltimore.

At the organization headquarters in Charlotte, 24 Foundation welcomes its newest staff member Anina deNobriga as Donations and Matching Gift Coordinator. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, deNobriga served as a volunteer for the Baston’s Children’s Hospital in the cancer wing, but left after realizing she wanted to be connected more to the survivors and patients. deNobriga will primarily be responsible for processing donations and matching gifts, as well as assisting with fundraising.

“We are excited to grow our team and our board,” said Mallory Walsh, executive director of 24 Foundation. “Their respective talents and expertise will help us further our mission of actively supporting cancer patient navigation and survivorship programs.”

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, N.C. with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship including: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital, the Keep Pounding Fund, Queens University of Charlotte, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charity non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Indianapolis, Ind. – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Foundation and 24 Hours of Booty on Twitter at @24foundation, on Facebook at and on Instagram at, and at Snapchat at TWENTYFOUR_FOUNDATION

Global Sustainable Investment Alliance To Release Biennial 2016 Global Sustainable Investment Review On March 27

Media Web Conference Scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2017 – The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) will release its biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2016 on Monday, March 27 at 8:00 a.m. ET. GSIA leaders will host a media web conference at 11:00 a.m. ET the same day, featuring:

  • Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director of Eurosif: The European Sustainable Investment Forum
  • Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
  • Meg Voorhes, Research Director at US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
  • Simon O’Connor, CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Now in its third edition, the biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review collates results from Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia, Japan, and Australia and New Zealand. The report draws on in-depth regional and national reports from GSIA members—Eurosif, Responsible Investment Association Australasia, RIA Canada and US SIF—as well as reports and insights from the Principles for Responsible Investment, Japan SIF, Latin SIF and the African Investing for Impact Barometer. Together, these resources provide data points, insights, analysis and examples of the shape of sustainable investing worldwide.

To register for the media web conference or to be added to the GSIA news release distribution list, please email

About The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) is a collaboration of membership-based sustainable investment organizations around the world. It includes US SIF, UK SIF, Eurosif, RIA Canada, VBDO (Netherlands) and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). The GSIA’s mission is to deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organizations at the global level. Our vision is a world where sustainable investment is integrated into financial systems and the investment chain and where all regions of the world have coverage by vigorous membership based institutions that represent and advance the sustainable investment community.

About US SIF

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the leading voice advancing sustainable, responsible and impact investing across all asset classes. Our mission is to rapidly shift investment practices towards sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and the generation of positive social and environmental impacts. US SIF members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community investing organizations, nonprofit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners. US SIF produces a highly regarded conference each year. A New Climate for Investing in Impact will be held in Chicago from May 11-12. Learn more at

Martina McBride and Team Music Is Love Celebrate Young Mothers at Covenant House Shelter in New York City

Press Release – New York, NY — Country superstar Martina McBride – along with her fan driven charity initiative, Team Music Is Love – turned her 2017 Love Unleashed Tour into a philanthropic crusade. The tour, consisting of an all-female cast of artists, has served as a platform to spread positivity and empower others. On March 9th Martina and her team celebrated the young mothers who live at Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in New York City, by hosting a baby shower for the group.

Martina partnered with Huggies Diapers, First Quality, and Cuties Diapers to stock the shelter with several essentials all new mothers need but may not have access to. Each mother received a gift bag full of bath supplies, books, and educational toys. Huggies also gave a one-month supply of Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers to each mom as a part of their “No Baby Unhugged” program. In all, over 18,000 diapers were donated to the Covenant House and the mothers.

After a lunch provided by Olive Garden and a memorable afternoon of meeting with the women and children, Martina surprised the mothers and Covenant House staff by inviting the entire shelter to her show that night at PlayStation Theater.

Through Team Music Is Love, Martina partners with non-profit causes to help many of the communities she’s performing in and invites fans to join her team in making the world a better place through the power of music. Since 2011, Team Music Is Love has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need. For more information and to become a part of Martina’s team visit


Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. 2017 marks a milestone in Martina’s illustrious career – it is her 25th year of touring. She can currently be found touring North America on the LOVE UNLEASHED TOUR with special guest, Lauren Alaina. April 2016 Martina released RECKLESS, her thirteenth studio album. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration.


Since 2011, Martina and her fans have partnered together on several successful fundraising and volunteer projects for various causes ranging from hunger relief to cancer research, combating domestic violence, and helping children in need. Team Music Is Love has attracted thousands of people from around the nation and the world to join Martina’s global charity movement. Some of the projects started by Martina and her team have included the initiation of a breast cancer research grant at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN, the construction of a new playground for children of all abilities in Atlanta, GA, and a therapeutic music program providing musical instruments to orphaned children at Covenant House shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala. For more information, please visit:


Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. They have locations 21 cities in the United States, Canada, and Central America.

Top 24 Announced in 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Competition features the best high school entrepreneurs in the state competing for up to $30,000 in cash and prizes

Press Release – March 17, 2017 – High school entrepreneurs across the state of Utah, ages 14-18, are competing for $30,000 in cash and prizes in the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. This week, the competition announced the top 24 teams that will be moving on to the final stage of the competition. This competition is hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

Each high school team faced the challenge of identifying a problem and proposing a creative solution.

“This completion has offered an opportunity to so many high school students to get creative and be introduced to entrepreneurship,” said Stephanie Gladwin, the student director of the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and an international studies student at the University of Utah. “We are so impressed with the quality of the applications. We know that this year’s top 24 business ideas are even more competitive than last year.”

The top teams are competing with ideas ranging from hammocks and potato-chip dispensers to apps and healthcare devices. Find a complete list of the finalists with descriptions below.

These 24 teams will advance to the final round, where they will meet for a final judging event and a public awards ceremony on April 15 at Lassonde Studios on the University of Utah campus. All are invited to the public ceremony on that day at 4 to 6 p.m.

“We’re thrilled about the statewide growth and participation for HSUEC,” said Anne Bastien, a director at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “We think this is the tip of the iceberg for high school innovation and entrepreneurship in the state. We can’t wait to host the top teams at the final award ceremony at the University of Utah.”

The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is the youth version of the collegiate Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, which offers $100,000 of cash and prizes.

Learn more about the competition at

High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Season Timeline

  • Monday, Dec. 5, 2016: Submissions open
  • Wednesday, March. 1, 2017: Application submission deadline
  • March 2- 15, 2017: Online judging
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017: Top 24 announced.
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: Private Judging & Mentoring at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Public Showcase & Awards at the Lassonde Studios from 4-6 p.m.

High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Top 24 Teams

Here are the top 24 teams in the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. These teams will advance to the final event. They are listed in alphabetical order:

  • 123Hammock by eMBe – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Aims to revolutionize the hammock industry by providing a hammock that has easily attachable parts.
  • AptiTekk – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – All-in-one business solution makes it easy to book rooms, equipment and more.
  • BacteriaPets – Maser Prep Academy (Orem) – A fun classroom lab designed for elementary school classrooms. Using bacteria, students can create their own “pets,” or bacteria cultures, in a safe environment, while learning about bacteria at the same time.
  • Bird Scare Device – Air Dancer – Beehive Science & Technology Academy (Sandy) – Innovative small, portable and nonpolluting air dancers (ADs) make a positive impact by making air travel safer and saving birds’ lives by scaring them away from airports.
  • CoderKeys – Pine View High School (St. George) – An app to teach kids how to type more efficiently for computer programming – and it’s fun.
  • ColoClean – Rowland Hall (Park City) – ColoClean is an alternative colonoscopy preparation kit. Their mission is to provide an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep kit that keeps prep less burdensome for the patient.
  • DeFlame Wrap – West High School (Salt Lake City) – The wrap will provide support and compression on muscles during exercise. After exercise, the wearer may chill the wrap to ice any inflamed muscle areas.
  • Discount Driver – West High School (Salt Lake City) – An app that tracks phone usage while driving through the use of accelerator and NFC sensors.
  • GovGush – Riverton High School (Riverton) – GovGush is a unified technology platform, via mobile and web engagement app, for the public, political representatives and governments.
  • HeadShot: Concussion Diagnosis – Hillcrest High School (Midvale) – Help athletes know how to better care for and handle their concussions. The technology used measures brain activity of regions of the cortex.
  • Health For All – Park City High School (Park City) – A line of clothing and accessories that integrates a type of subwoofer (tactile transducers or bass shakers) to be used for new-age healing techniques as well as a cutting-edge musical experience.
  • Multi-Use Backpack – Timpview High School (Provo) – A backpack with an inflatable mattress and pump. Allows buyer to be able to sleep more comfortably on the go.
  • My Lunch – Herriman High School (Herriman) – Parents and students can pre-order delicious, wholesome lunches from the My Lunch app and select a nutritious meal with quality fruits and vegetables.
  • PocketFab – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – This is a simple product: a pocket. This pocket will be able to hold your phone and other items in a place of your choice.
  • pRaise the Pringle – Park City High School (Park City) – Created a lift so that as Pringles are removed from the top, the lift pushes new Pringles to the top of the can.
  • Puzzle Panels – Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (Salt Lake City) – Portable solar panels that would eventually be able to be sent to emergency sites and set up very quickly.
  • Self-Image Mirror – Timpview High School (Provo) – What if instead of only providing our reflection, our mirror could let us know that we’re looking good, that our hair is impeccable and our outfit stunning? The Self-Image Mirror will provide this service.
  • Snowboard Dots – American Preparatory Academy (Riverton) – Snowboard Dots makes it impossible for beginner snowboarders to catch their edge. The product is made of hard plastic that prevents the riders downhill edge from touching the snow.
  • Stadium Chair – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Seats in the stadium that are heated and cooled for when it is cold or hot outside.
  • StraightShot Apparel – Kearns High School (Kearns) – Adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port, feeding tube or other ways.
  • The Curb Climber – Copper Hills High School (West Jordan) – A base that will be built into the bottom of motorized chairs that will use motors and wheels to lift the chair over the curb.
  • The Great Traffic Stop De-escalator – Skyline High School (Millcreek) – A robot that acts as an intermediary between the police officer and the civilian for traffic violation stops.
  • Tiny Homes for the Homeless – Kearns High School (Kearns) – It starts by giving the homeless a place to call home, and a community they care about maintaining. The primary goal is to design and construct tiny homes for those who have no place to go.
  • Valle – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – Valle is a high-end clothing brand for urban and street wear designs.

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at

Lifehouse Announces Retirement of Dori McDonnell After 23 Years of Service

Michelle Condit Promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (March 17, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, today announced the retirement of Dori McDonnell, Manager of North Bay Programs. Dori has been a valuable member of the Lifehouse team for the past 23 years, providing exceptional care to the individuals served.

“We deeply appreciate all the dedication and hard work that Dori has contributed to Lifehouse over the past 23 years, and we wish her the best of luck on her next journey,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO.

McDonnell started the first Supported Living Program at The Meadows in Novato’s Lark Court. She also implemented a new Community Living Program in Sonoma, and two Supported Living Programs and a Senior Independent Living Program in Novato. With an educational and professional background in psychology and counseling, McDonnell also joined Hope Counseling in Petaluma in 2007, aiming to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance to individuals, couples and families. She plans to continue her work as a marriage and family therapist after her retirement and has graciously offered to collaborate with Lifehouse to offer group therapy for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Michelle Condit has been promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services, which will include leadership of the North Bay programs.

Announcing the promotion of Michelle Condit, Nancy Dow Moody said, “Michelle’s seasoned expertise in the industry, education and certifications continue to serve as a great asset to our programs for people with autism and developmental disabilities at Lifehouse.”

Condit brings a wealth of experience and skills to her new position at Lifehouse, where she will oversee all of the North Bay programs. Condit is completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and is certificated as a TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children) practitioner through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. Condit was the Director of Autism Services at Lifehouse for the past two years and has been with the company for 10 years.

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse, a 501©(3) nonprofit, provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to be productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort more than 60 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties and continues to grow. For more information about Lifehouse, please visit

Cristiano Ronaldo Posts Drawing by Syrian Refugee Teen and Barber-In-Training, Gets Haircut Advice

Press Release – FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Mar. 15, 2017) — Save the Children global artist ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his sweet soccer skills and his ever-changing haircuts. Now, he is getting hairstyle advice from Omar*, a Syrian refugee teen in barber training at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.

Today, on the six-year mark of the Syrian conflict, Ronaldo posted a photo of himself and his son on his social media channels holding a picture of Omar in an attempt to remind people about those who are most vulnerable in the devastating conflict. In the photo, Omar is holding a drawing of himself in barber training, a picture he drew through Save the Children’s art therapy program – called Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) – that helps kids process and communicate feelings related to their experiences.

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Omar regularly attends Save the Children’s drop-in center for adolescent and teen boys, many of whom who work odd jobs in and around the camp to bring money home to their families. The center offers a place for boys to learn and to play. This is where Omar enrolled in a six-month barber training course. Most boys complete the course and take a barbershop kit home to start their own business and earn a living. But Omar had a different purpose in mind. He made a good cause out of it.

“I shave and cut hair for old and disabled people and for people who cannot make it to a barbershop,” Omar said. “They call me and I take my kit and go to their house for free,” he added. When asked how he would style Ronaldo’s air if given the chance, Omar said, “Whatever he likes. I think ‘fading’ would suit him.” Fading is the most popular and basic haircut among boys at Za’atari.

This “goodwill barber of Za’atari” is just one child among many impacted by the ongoing conflict in Syria. Ronaldo’s post of Omar comes in the wake of a recent report by Save the Children and its Syrian partners.

Published in advance of the six-year mark, “Invisible Wounds” includes findings from interviews with more than 450 children, adolescents and adults inside Syria in the largest study of its kind conducted during the course of the conflict. It found that children are living in an almost constant state of fear, terrified by shelling, airstrikes and ongoing violence, with devastating psychological consequences.

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Administration’s Budget Priorities Eliminate Funding For Those With Most Need


“YWCA USA finds the administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget priorities cause for serious concern and immediate action. The budget includes massive cuts to programs that directly impact YWCAs and the families we serve while funneling funds into troubling initiatives like a border wall and increased deportation efforts.

“The full elimination of the Community Development Block Grant will pull the rug out from under community safety nets across the country. These funds support a variety of critical local YWCA projects from emergency and permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence, to after school programs, adult education, and career training for women and girls. This $3 billion grant is a slim percentage of the discretionary spending budget, but has a huge impact in the communities we serve. Further, the nature of the funding allows states and local municipalities the use the funding in a way that best serves the unique needs of their community. Eliminating block grant funding will not only eliminate critical services, it will eliminate an effective federal government funding model.

“We are also deeply troubled by the 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services and the 21 percent cut to the Department of Labor. These departments are responsible for administering programs that are crucial to the health, safety and economic security of women and families.

“Across-the-board cuts to social safety net programs will have a serious impact on low income families like the 2 million people helped in local YWCAs each year. These families will face even greater barriers to financial self-sufficiency if funding for supportive programs like housing, childcare, and job training is slashed at the federal level. Specifically, the elimination of funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) will further endanger the many women and children experiencing domestic violence and who rely on LSC to assist them in finding safety from abuse and violence. While we are concerned about cuts to federal work study funding, we are glad to see that the Pell Grant program was protected. All similar support programs should be protected and their funding maintained.

“YWCA will continue to push back against the administration’s racially motivated policies and the funding that could make them a reality. This includes funding for a border wall, increased efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants, increased policing without plans to reduce profiling, discrimination, and excessive force faced by communities of color, and counter-terrorism efforts that profile Muslims or any other religious, racial, or ethnic group.

“YWCA USA is a part of a global movement of 25 million women and girls engaged with YWCAs around the world. As such, we believe that maintaining funding for important United Nation’s initiatives, such as those related to climate change, is crucial for women here in the United States and across the globe. Women and girls have been and will continue to be those most affected by climate change impacts on every continent.

“YWCA USA calls on Congress to pass a federal budget that supports women and families who are trying to make ends meet, that helps build a fair and equitable United States, and that does not fund and promote policies that further marginalize communities of color. The budget priorities we see today, do not meet that aim.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more:

Academy Award-Nominated Film LION to Be Honored at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s 2017 Gala for Child Protection

Harvey Weinstein to Accept Award

Thursday, May 4

NBC News Anchor Kate Snow to Emcee

(from L to R) Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety Emily Vacher, LION Screenwriter Luke Davies and ICMEC President and CEO Maura Harty

Press Release – February 22, 2017 (Alexandria, Va.) — The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization that advocates, trains and collaborates with global partners to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, will host the 2017 Gala for Child Protection: Because All Children Deserve a Safe Childhood on Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at Gotham Hall in New York City. The third annual gala will honor the 2017 Academy Award-nominated film LION in recognition of its critical role in raising the global community’s awareness of the issue of missing children. Celebrated movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of The Weinstein Company which released LION, will accept the 2017 Champion for Children award in honor of the film. ICMEC also will honor Facebook with its 2017 Global Impact for Child Protection award for their longtime support of ICMEC’s global programs and introducing child alert systems. NBC News and MSNBC anchor Kate Snow will serve as the evening’s emcee.

LION, starring Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel, is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley. At the age of five, Brierley was separated from his brother in a train station and ultimately was forced to survive on the streets of Calcutta before being adopted by an Australian family. Later, as a grown man, played by Patel, he used Google Earth to reunite with his biological family in India. LION was nominated for the 2017 Best Picture Oscar, and actors Patel and Kidman both received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations this year. In addition, Australian screenwriter Luke Davies was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. In citing the work, Ambassador Maura Harty, ICMEC President and CEO, said: “The compelling film not only tells Saroo Brierley’s story, but it also captures the tragic pain and loss suffered by missing children and their families anywhere in the world. We are grateful that Harvey Weinstein and LION unsparingly, but eloquently, helps raise awareness of this critical issue.”

Facebook has long been an active and engaged partner, supporting ICMEC’s global training programs, and recently introducing emergency child alert response systems to help locate children around the world. “Facebook could not be more proud of our longtime partnership with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children,” says Emily Vacher, Facebook’s Director of Trust and Safety. “Two years ago, in partnership with ICMEC, we were excited to announce that we would begin distributing missing child alerts on Facebook in several countries around the globe – empowering the Facebook community to aid in reuniting missing children with their families. We look forward to many more years of collaborative efforts to help reunite families and protect children around the world.”

Proceeds from this fundraising gala will be directly invested in The Global Impact Fund. For ticket information, please visit the event website at


The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-governmental, nonprofit organization. For more than 16 years, ICMEC has been a leader in identifying gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, and expertly assembling the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps. ICMEC focuses on programs that have an impact on addressing the issues surrounding missing children, child abduction, child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Independent Sector Statement on Trump Administration Budget Proposal

Press Release – (WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017) — The following is a statement by Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO, Independent Sector:

“Independent Sector, the leading voice of the charitable community in the United States, is gravely concerned about the budget blueprint sent to Congress by the Trump Administration.

The Administration’s opening budget proposal, while non-binding, is at odds with our recently- adopted Statement of Beliefs Regarding Federal Tax and Spending Policies. Using this framework as a lens to assess the Administration’s budget, we find the deep cuts proposed to non-defense discretionary programs threaten the vitality of the charitable sector’s enduring partnership with the federal government.

More importantly, the blueprint seeks to strengthen other Administration priorities at the expense of agencies and programs that help communities address the needs of the diverse makeup of their constituencies — from celebrating cultural achievements to offering critical, life-sustaining support.

We believe that societies thrive when all people have an opportunity to prosper and succeed, and it is therefore vital that national investment and spending policies prioritize programs that are demonstrating their promise and effectiveness in increasing economic mobility and enriching the lives of all Americans. As spending debates move forward and difficult decisions about spending cuts are made, we urge policymakers to strive for and shape fiscal priorities that recognize the inherent value of all individuals, families and communities, and the institutions that work with them to build their potential as agents of positive change and renewal in our nation.

We stand ready to work in deep partnership with both the Administration and Congress to achieve that goal for the American people.”

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