Simple Acts, Big Impact

Natalie Silverstein, MPH, is an author, consultant, nonprofit founder, and passionate advocate for family and youth service. Her latest book, Simple Acts: The Busy Teens Guide to Making a Difference, was created to help adolescents ...more

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September 21, 2022 00:18:44
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Gillian J.: Recovery Meetups

Gillian Johnson is the founder of Recovery Meetups, a virtual support and mentorship program for teens who are in recovery for disordered eating and other mental health issues. You can learn more at: https://recoverymeetups.carrd.co/  Follow @recoverymeetups  For immediate assistance and resources around food disorders, visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ For more information about Riley's Way Foundation and The Call for Kindness Fellowship, check out www.rileysway.org ...

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August 22, 2022 00:17:38
Ava and Sophia P: Donate2Dance

Ava and Sophia P: Donate2Dance

On this week's episode, I speak with Ava and Sophia P., two sisters from New York City who are passionate about dance. After years of lessons, rehearsals, and recitals, they realized that they had accumulated piles of dance shoes, leotards, and costumes. They decided to set up a collection box at their dance studio to collect gently used dance equipment and to donate it to under-resourced dance programs in the United States and around the world. Over the last four years, Donate2Dance has become the largest dance charity in the world. They connect with teens around the country who become "Ambassadors" for Donate2Dance, matching them with organizations in their local communities that can receive the costumes, leotards and shoes that are collected. Ava and Sophia have also partnered with dance schools around the world to provide dance lessons (via Zoom). Ava and Sophia talk to us about the great satisfaction they get from knowing how much a new leotard or a pair of tap shoes means to someone who wants to dance but doesn't have the resources to purchase the equipment they need to do so. They also remind us about how important arts education is in every community, and how unfair it is that the creative and performing arts are typically the first things to be eliminated during budget cuts. Follow Donate2Dance at @donate2dance or reach out to learn more about becoming an ambassador. Ava and Sophia can be reached through their website at www.donate2dance.org.  ...

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August 22, 2022 00:16:36
Daniel K.: Fundraising, Access and Learning to Pivot

Daniel K.: Fundraising, Access and Learning to Pivot

Welcome to Simple Acts, Big Impact: Celebrating Teen Changemakers. On this short weekly podcast, I will interview big-hearted 'tweens and teenagers who are volunteering, fundraising, starting nonprofits, and becoming social entrepreneurs and activists. I will amplify their stories and celebrate them, and share these stories with a world that could really use a dose of inspiration right now. On our first episode, I welcome Daniel K., a high school senior from New York City. Daniel tells us about a fundraising project that he launched around his passions - sports, fantasy football, and March Madness - and how he had to learn to be flexible and pivot in order to make an impact on an issue and a community he cares about. Daniel gives us some great reminders about tying service to activities we enjoy, and that we should always recruit friends to come along for the ride.  Daniel recommends the restaurant where he worked (and a place he loves), Kings of Kobe on 42nd Street and 11th Avenue in New York City, www.kingsofkobe.com, and he talks about supporting City Meals www.citymeals.org, which is the New York City branch of the national nonprofit Meals on Wheels. ...

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