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Elevated Thought looking for support to send students to Washington DC

Elevated Thought is hoping to send students to Washington D.C. and the organization needs financial support to make this happen.

Their Creative. Community. Change. (C3) programs focus on urban youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Through C3, students discuss various social issues happening in and around their community, address those issues through creative writing, translate their writing visually through various art mediums, and develop a community art project donated to their city based around the social themes and art medium they have been exposed to.

Their programs provide skills development, art expression, the articulation of important ideas, entrepreneurship and community leadership. They help students explore the issues of social justice, its importance in society, and the role they can play in creating change through creative thought.

The process moves pre-teens and teenagers away from frustration and an inability to express themselves to more positive, creative channels for their opinions and creativity. This will aid students not just artistically, but academically and socially as most of our students have no available art classes in their schools and have never experienced working in a collaborative group to reach an end goal.

To make a donation to this effort, please visit:

In addition to the trip to Washington D.C., a special Mural Unveiling will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MA on Friday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

There will also be a pub night held at Rolph’s in North Andover, MA, that will benefit Elevated Thought. For details on the pub night, check out the flyer below.

Lester Sydney, co-founder, of the organization, recalled when the organization was formed during a discussion in wearhouse.

"We got into a social discussion about ways that we can break the cycle," Sydney said. "We though art could be a way to break the cycle."

Elevated Thought became a 501(3)c officially in 2010, and hopefully, a total of six students will be sent to Washington D.C.

During the program, the students will write poetry and based on the discussion about their poetry they will then created a visual translation of their work.

With seven days to go, the organization is about one-third of the way towards it’s goal of raising $7,000.

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2 Days left to donate to Danny Wood’s Boston Marathon Run

Danny Wood, a member of New Kids on The Block, will be running in this year’s Boston Marathon, and he will raising money for three organizations near and dear to his heart.

After the death of his mother, Betty, from breast cancer in 1999 Wood searched for a way to keep her memory alive. He started the Betty Wood Breast Cancer Foundation during his solo career to help raise funds for breast cancer research and early detection. The return of New Kids On The Block in 2008 gave Wood a larger audience for the story of his mother and her fight against breast cancer. Fans began walking and raising money under the name “Team Betty” at breast cancer awareness races across the US and Canada in 2009. Rallying behind their brother, the members of the band created pink ribbon items to sell during their reunion tour. Using his mother’s memory as inspiration, Danny released a solo album, ‘Stronger: Remember Betty,’ with all proceeds being donated to the fight against breast cancer.

Known today as Remember Betty, there are 140 teams in 20 countries and have raised over $1.2 million in the fight against breast cancer. 2014 sees the organization launching our own charity in an effort to support the financial and quality of life needs for breast cancer patients and survivors.

It is the mission of The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to improve the quality of life for inner city youth through a working partnership with other youth organizations. The goal of the organization is to remove and eliminate barriers that prevent youth from succeeding. Their mission is to assist youth in order to ensure that no child is limited or prevented from attaining their lifetime goal or dream due to financial circumstances. Through the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, they will provide financial and community support to assist in making the dreams and ultimate potential of inner city youth become a reality.

Established in 1974 as the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester is dedicated to making a positive impact on the youth and their families in our community. Inside our three clubhouses we are a place for Dorchester’s young people to learn, explore talents, play and make friends. Today, as always, members are between ages five and 18 have access to 200 plus activities for just $5 a year.

The mission of the club is to inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community.

The club provides a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences and hope and opportunity.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $50,000, and with two days left, Wood has raised more than 40 percent of the goal. To make a donation, visit:

New Hampshire High School Looking to go Saint Louis

Back in January when the Prospect Mountain High School Robotics Team got word that the challenge from U.S. FIRST would be called “Aerial Assist” they got right to work.

They began building their robot, creating code, fabricating the parts and then they had a finished product. After two District competitions at the University of New Hampshire and in Lewiston, Maine, Team 310, also known as “Big Bad Bob,” had totaled 88 points and they ranked 22nd out of the 53 robots that headed to Boston University’s Agganis Arena for District Championship.

Over three days, Bob battled and came away with an 8-4 record, and they just missed qualifying for the Quarterfinals of the tournament that surely would have sent them to National Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, taking place April 23-26.

They were in fact the highest remaining seed that wasn’t drafted into the quarterfinals, and they did make a brief appearance in the semifinals, but they were up against the number one seed.

It seemed as if the season was over. But on Monday, April 14, Coach Brian Hikel received an email from U.S. FIRST stating that they were a bubble team and that if five teams dropped out of the National Championship, where 400 teams will be competing, that they would be invited.

And then late on Tuesday, April 13, it happened. Hikel got word that the were invited. Only problem, they would have to ship their robot out by Thursday, April 17, and they would need to leave for St. Louis on a bus by Tuesday, 22.

Bob needs your help, and the team needs to raise $10,000 in the next five days to make this dream a reality.

To see what the students have learned check out this video:

To read more about Bob’s trip to Boston check out this article:

To make a donation to their fundraiser, please visit:

Only 3 days left until 27th Annual Beyond Shelter Gala at the House of Blues Boston


The 27th Annual Beyond Shelter Gala is on Thursday, April 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by The House of Blues Boston, 92.5 The River, The Improper Bostonian and Eastern Bank.

To purchase tickets for the event visit: or call 617-942-8671 and 617-942-8683. Follow the organization on Twitter @beyond_shelter

Tickets are $125 a piece and will greatly benefit the organization.

Musical acts include: Los 4 and The Berklee Bob Marley Ensembleimage

Last year, the event helped raise more than $20,000 and the event organizers are hoping for a more successful event this year. Please consider making a donation to benefit The Friends of Boston’s Homeless

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Young Climber raises money for No Barriers

Jace Evans recently climbed her first 14,000-foot mountain with her dad Jeff. Through the climb she raised more than $2,000 for No Barriers

Evans was excited to do the hike with her dad and thought she wasn’t going to be able to make it.

It was really hard. I thought I might not make it when I was about an hour from the top but I saw a man from our group with no arms climbing down from the top and it gave me strength,” Evans said.

The organization helps provide transformative experiences that empower people to embrace a “no barriers” mindset and discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world.

Evans really enjoyed climbing a mountain to help the organization raise money to “help other people do fun stuff outside.”


Next Level Basketball Scholarship Fund helps underprivileged kids

A fundraiser at Next Level Basketball is designed to give underprivileged kids an opportunity to enroll in their basketball camp.

The camp was created to teach kids to become skilled winners on the basketball court, but most importantly to become winners in life.  Sponsorship of $150.00 will give a youngster between the ages of 10-17 a full scholarship and a opportunity to attend one of our basketball camps. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to place their business contact information on camp tee-shirts or on the Web site.

The candidate must write a one-page paper excluding why they should be considered as a canidate for the scholoarship excluding mentioning basketball ball skills or talents. The first camp of 2013 will be hosted June 17-21 and the second will be hosted August 5-9 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Some of the ideologies that the camp shares with the campers are self improvement, taking responsibility for self and actions, the proper well being of our bodies through physical exercise and proper diets, leadership, and avoiding peer pressure.

The unique edge that Next Level Basketball has is that NBA and college basketball players attend the camp daily to give campers solid advice to become productive citizens. The goal is to sponsor 30 kids this summer that have financial hardships, they may be a product of a unstable home, or they are residing in poverty stricken areas such as Detroit, Flint, Pontiac etc. 

This year they will be working with Crossroads for Youth, a non-profit organization located in Oxford, Michigan. This organization is an open campus treatment facility that work with kids from ages 11-18 from all sorts of backgrounds, primarily kids that come from very unstable home environments and are currently learning basic social skills through the crossroads program. 

To make a donation, visit:

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Cook looking to return to the United States with your help


David Ocean Babin is originally from the U.S., but has lived in Europe since 2001, more precisely Hungary. He taught English at a secondary school (high school). Life in Hungary was hard, but he survived. Unfortunately, the government has changed and made it harder for him to stay on as a teacher. Being a teacher was never his real dream, it just happened.

His goal at the moment is to raise the money to return to the U.S. He does not have a plane ticket to the U.S. and needs enough money to move his things back to the U.S.

HIs dream is to become a chef or pastry chef. He loves cooking for people who love food. He like it when people taste my cooking and appreciate it. He has found a school there that has inspired his to return home. Escoffier is located in Boulder, Colorado and has accepted me. He has two problems: first being traveling home and the second is the tuition. 

The pastry program is where he hopes to begin and it takes 27 weeks, after he would like to study the culinary aspect of it for 47 weeks. The program is exciting and will teach him also how to run a business, which he hopes to have one day. He wants to have a cafe or something, but he also want to find ways to use cooking to help others.

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