Cozys for the Cure with Jordan Phillips & Books N Bros Book Club with Sidney Keys III

01-31-18 Cozys for the Cure with Jordan Phillips & Books N Bros Book Club with Sidney Keys III

photo credit Lindsay Jones

Co-Host 13yr.old Jordan Phillips Founder of Cozy for the Cure, as seen on NBC

“Hi, I’m Jordan! I started making Cozy for the Cure products in 2015 to support my mom during her fight with breast cancer. I was just 11 years old when I started, but since then, I’ve raised more than $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen foundation. I’ve even been featured in a national awareness campaign, but the best part is knowing that I’m helping to fund programs that serve women where I live in Southeastern Ohio. Thanks to your purchase of this hand-made product, SEW are you!”
https://www.facebook.com/cozysforthecure/
http://shopathensohio.com/cozys-for-the-cure/ 

Co-Host CNN Younger Wonder Sidney Keys III, Founder of Books n Bros Book Club

11 year old rising entrepreneur decided to take his love for reading to the next level and create Books N Bros LLC. Reading Club! Having multiple meet ups with different boys, ages 7-13 years old, he is paving the way for change.

Books n Bros focuses on the bond of boys who are interested in reading African American literature that encourages Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Technology and more!

Sidney started his own book club which he titled Books n Bros Book Club to make reading fun for boys particularly between 8-12 years old but we welcome within the reading level of 4th-6th grade. Boys, especially African American boys statistically stop reading within this age group and we wanted to combat that stereotype and encourage literacy within the young African American community.

Sidney loves reading all genres of books like Grumpy Cat to Diary of a Wimpy Kid to books like the featured Danny Dollar: Millionaire Extraordinaire: Lemonade Escapade. We held his first meetup with his new reading friends Saturday, September 10th 2016 at the African American Childrens Bookstore EyeSeeMe. The owners agreed to open their space monthly to allow Sidney to encourage reading in the community. At the first meetup, Sidney had a successful turnout, fun music and even had the idea to host his own lemonade stand in light of the plot of the featured book. During this event not only did he make new friends, but he learned skills of leadership, public speaking and entrepreneurship. After finishing the first book, we hope that all of the readers learn the previous mentioned as well as financial literacy.
https://www.booksnbros.com/
https://www.facebook.com/booksnbrosllc/

CNN Young Wonder 8yr.old Ryan Hickman, founder of Ryan’s Recycling

01-03-18 CNN Young Wonder 8yr.old Ryan Hickman, founder of Ryan’s Recycling and his Dad Damion Hickman

In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and decided that recycling was in his future. The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Not only did the local neighbors save their cans and bottles for Ryan but so did their friends, families and co-workers. Today, Ryan has customers all over Orange County, CA and he has a passion to recycle that is amazing. His goal is to recycle to keep cans and bottles from reaching the ocean where it’s harmful to the environment. Ryan spends a part of every week sorting thru cans and bottles from his customers and getting them ready to take to the recycle center. http://ryansrecycling.com/

In 2016, Ryan’s recycling story went viral and he was featured on web sites and tv and radio stations around the planet. He’s a 2017 CNN Young Wonder, he’s appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show and was interviewed by Maria Menunous on Sirius/XM Radio as well as Ryan Seacrest’s radio program and featured on the KFI AM 640 Bill Handel show  NBC, CNNCNBC, PBS, FOX News, Amazon Prime’s SELF MADE series, Australia’s Channel 7 Sunrise morning show, Huffington Post, Voice of America, AJ+, UpWorthy, NOW THIS!, 60 Second Docs, AOL Finance, USA Today, Univision, Good Morning America, ABC World News and hundreds of ABC affiliate news stations around the world. (He even got a shout out from DELL, Adrian Grenier, Chelsea Clinton, George Takei,  Fabien Cousteau, GreenPeace, Congressman Darrell Issa and Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr on Twitter).  Ryan has been recognized internationally for his recycling efforts and has received awards from The Daughters of the American Revolution, The County of Orange and The Pacific Marine Mammal Center as well as and the City Council of San Juan Capistrano. Ryan was awarded the “2017 Citizen of the Year” by his hometown of San Juan Capistrano.

Thank you to everyone who have sent Ryan encouraging emails and supporting his passion. Ryan is saving for his future college education (although he’s determined he’s saving for a full size trash truck) and he is a Youth Ambassador at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. All proceeds from his company logo t-shirts go to help support their volunteer efforts. Ryan is also a brand ambassador for the recycling and sustainability efforts of Valet Living.

People ask all the time what kind of items that Ryan recycles. Ryan collects plastic and glass beverage bottles as well as aluminum cans. Ryan and his parents take them in by the truckload every few weeks to the local redemption center where they are unloaded, sorted and weighed. If you’d like to help Ryan and help the environment at the same time, contact him here to schedule a pick up.

Thank you to all of Ryan’s customers and friends and family who have supported his ambitions and hard work recycling since he started his business. Special thanks to Allison Jarrell at the Capistrano Dispatch and Scott Montgomery for letting us use your photos for Ryan’s site. http://ryansrecycling.com/

Guests Barbara Saltzman & Wendy Fachon

12-06-17 Guests Barbara Saltzman & Wendy Fachon

Give as a gift for the holidays and an ill child receives the same!!
Special Offer until December 31, 2017 from The Jester & Pharley Phund and President Barbara Saltzman:

Buy David Saltzman’s illustrated children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle or Jester & Pharley Doll on their website and The Jester & Pharley Phund will match it and give to a child at a New England Hospital. 
http://www.thejester.org/
thejester13@cox.net
Call 1-800-9 JESTER

Founded in 2000, the non-profit The Jester & Pharley Phund developed from the overwhelming national response to David Saltzman’s illustrated children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.

This year, The Jester celebrates its 22nd anniversary, with more than 330,000 books in circulation.

The Jester was David’s senior project at Yale. Before his death from cancer at 22 in 1990, his family promised him that his book would be published as he envisioned it and that its universal message of hope, laughter and self-empowerment would be shared with children coping with cancer and other illness.

The Jester & Pharley PHund has received many awards and honors for its programs benefiting ill children and literacy.

Phund Accomplishments Include:
●189,000 Jester books and dolls donated
●51 Jester & Pharley Smile Carts in hospitals, shelters nationwide
●263-plus schools participating in Jester Read-A-Thons to help young patients
●45 million pages read by students to help ill children

All Donations Welcomed
thejester13@cox.net
http://www.thejester.org/
Call 1-800-9 JESTER

Neil Fachon~ The Student Leadership Training Program (SLTP) has used The Jester to inspire teens since it began over 25 years ago. Neil was one of several SLTP alumni who volunteered to run the Phund’s Reading to Give Program in the East Greenwich Schools. Neil planned meetings, worked on the paperwork and helped thread the beaded jingle bells given to each participant as a way to keep a reminder of the Jester and his joyful spirit. Neil added funny voices for Pharley to make the story come alive for his young listeners. Neil helped raise money for the gift he never knew would one day inspire him to fight cancer himself. Neil passed away from cancer this past year at age 20.

Barbara Saltzman President is filled with such energy that she is an inspiration to listen to and watch. The mother of author-illustrator David Saltzman has worked tirelessly to bring her son’s book to children and adults across the country — first publishing the book and now telling the world about it. The guiding light behind The Jester & Pharley Phund, The Jester’s Mom has traveled the country inspiring children and helping youngsters realize that it’s up to them to make a difference, it’s up to them to care. An honor graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Barbara was an editor at the Los Angeles Times before publishing her son’s book and overseeing the creation of The Phund. In schools and hospitals, auditoriums and libraries, bookstores and business conference rooms Barbara is a sought-after inspirational speaker. It doesn’t matter if she’s reading The Jester to students or to children undergoing chemo or to teachers looking for new ways to motivate students…

Stand For The Silent (SFTS) with Kirk Smalley: Kids being Bullied & Suicide

10-04-17  Stand For The Silent (SFTS) with Kirk Smalley: Kids being Bullied & Suicide

Stand for the Silent was started in 2010 by a group of high school students in Oklahoma City, OK, after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field- Smalley. At eleven years old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years. Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story, and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.

Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to over 1,000 schools and spoken with over 1,000,000 kids! In March 2010, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying.

The Program
The Stand For The Silent (SFTS) program addresses the issue of school bullying with an engaging, factual, and emotional methodology. With the help of student leaders, Kirk Smalley presents his inspirational story, and students are shown first-hand the life and death consequences of bullying. Through this unique approach, lives are changed for the better. Students, some for the first time, develop an empathetic awareness through education and understanding.

The goal of the program is to start a SFTS chapter at each participating site. Each chapter consists of a group of students committed to change. These students will no longer stand for their peers to suffer at the hands of a bully. At the end of each event, pledge cards are given to those who agree to stand for the silent. The pledge speaks of respect and love…hope and aspiration. Above all, it illustrates the main lesson taught through the Stand For The Silent program: I AM SOMEBODY. https://standforthesilent.org