|Shenica Odom / Alyssa Lebron - Career Exploration Program Director, Girl Scouts of Greater New York / Girl Scout Cadet|
Selling Girl Scout Cookies is an introduction to entrepreneurship. Taking this endeavor to greater lengths, The Girl Scouts of Greater New York have instituted a Career Exploration Program in the South Bronx to empower girls to explore life's options. "Our girls walk away with a sense of ownership, that they are in charge of their futures," states Shenica Odom, CE Program director. Alyssa Lebron, Girl Scout Cadet in the program, says, "I have new ideas about what I can do when I finish school". Learn more about this important program on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Kids, Mentoring
|Elana Katz - Director, Family and Divorce Mediation Program, Ackerman Institute for the Family|
"Divorce mediation can save 5 to 10 percent of the cost of litigation", relates Elana Katz, director, Family and Divorce Mediation Program, Ackerman Institute. She serves as a coach helping couples make decisions ultimately resulting in a settlement agreement. In this process, individuals agree not to go to court and to solve problems in a less adversarial way. Mediation not only saves money, but also time, usually taking a matter of months as opposed to an adversarial court environment where settlement can take years. Katz provides more information on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Legal Matters, Divorce, Mentoring, Finance
|Sarri Singer - Co-Founder, One Heart Global|
Herself a victim of terrorism, Sarri Singer partnered with Jacob Kimchy whose father was killed in an attack, to found One Heart Global. This non-profit organization focuses on bringing together victims of terrorism from around the world and assisting with long-term psychological care. "Terrorism wants to paralyze us and instill fear," Singer emphasizes, "but we do the opposite living our lives showing love and compassion for each other...we're already beating the terrorists at their own game." Learn more from this courageous woman on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Inspiration, Mentoring
|Maria A. Rodriguez - Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hunter College, SEEK Department|
SEEK, an acronym for search for "elevation", "education", and "knowledge", is a Hunter College program designed to provide University access to students who otherwise would not be eligible. These are students just below minimum standards for admission who can be successful with the support provided by SEEK. Maria A. Rodriguez, Ph.D., is associate professor in Hunter's SEEK department, teaching the Orientation for Success course and Career Planning and Job Search courses for new and continuing SEEK students. She emphasizes to her students to "keep going", "don't give up" and the importance of getting a degree. Learn more about this successful program on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: High Education, Career Choices, Mentoring
|Wendie Blanchard / Gwen Purcell - Founder NORWESCAP'S Arthur and Friends / Project Manager, Alpine Learning Group|
"Cultivating a Better Planet" is an apt slogan for Arthur and Friends, an organization that provides employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities. Inspired by her thirty-three year old nephew, the Arthur, who has Down syndrome, Wendie Blanchard founded the organization that provides employment and training utilizing hydroponic greenhouses. Serving a marginalized population of people with mental and physical disabilities, ex-offenders and veterans, the greenhouse work is a conduit for teaching other marketable skills. The model is being adapted by the Alpine Learning Group serving children with autism. Wendie and Gwen Purcell of Alpine talk more about these projects with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Inspiration, Philanthropy, Mentoring
|Robert Schulman / Nancy Schulman - Co-Founders, Of Home, Family and Future|
The Schulmans -- Nancy, retired social worker, and Robert, retired financier -- have made a place for themselves helping women and children who were victims of domestic abuse. Their help is immediate: housing, friendships, childcare, tuition, counseling -- not one dollar for administrative costs and not one penny of government money. They have now transferred this unique brand of grants and mentoring to kids in foster care, of which no more than 2 percent complete college. They are using their incentive based program to change that dismal statistic. Judith West discusses their inspiring story with them on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Families, Mentoring, Philanthropy, Kids, Education
|Nicholas Higgins - Supervising Librarian, New York Public Library, Correctional Services Program|
Social networking now includes book club gatherings. Nicholas Higgins brings the book club concept to Riker's Island or other jails every day of the week. Inmates who never visited a public library now stand in line to request a library book. A special program for incarcerated dads to read and record a story book for their kids has been introduced by Higgins and his staff of volunteers. He discusses his program with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Rehabilitation, Mentoring, Second Chance
|Teddy Gross - Founder/Executive Director, Common Cents|
What can you buy for a penny? Every year school kids, ages 4-10, raise millions of dollars for charities collecting pennies. In New York City alone, kids collect ten tons of pennies every day for a three week period. It's called "penny harvesting". The program was created by Common Cents. Executive Director Teddy Gross describes how Penny Harvest teaches kids the value of team building and the sense of pride that comes with helping others. What can you do with a penny" Find out on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Community Programs, Education, Inspiration, Mentoring
|Stephen Chinlund - Episcopal Priest; Author, PRISON TRANSFORMATIONS|
Rev. Chinlund believes in change. He should know. Former New York State Commissioner of Corrections, he sponsors a program aimed at life change in prisons. He's authored a book detailing some of the lessons both for inmates and for himself. Chinlund believes in the "alchemy" of transformation from the Crucible to the cell. He relates his ideas to Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Rehabilitation, Inspiration, Mentoring, Second Chance
|Charles J. Hynes - District Attorney, Kings County, New York; Founder, Legal Lives|
The crime rate in Brooklyn, once considered one of the ten leading crime-ridden communities in the U.S., is down significatnly; due in no small part to District Attorney Charles J. Hynes. Brooklyn's top prosecutor takes seriously not only prosecuting but going after causes of crimes in the first place. His Legal Lives program takes the D.A.'s staff into fourth grade classrooms to teach kids about making choices in life that prevent juvenile delinquency. He wants kids to understand, all citizens, for the common good, must live within the law. Learn about this extraordinary program on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Kids, Legal, Life Choice, Mentoring
|Carl Ballenas / Victoria L. Brown-Douglas - Teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Jamaica Estates, NY; Historian and Author / Professor - St. John's University School of Law|
Carl Ballenas, teacher extraordinaire, teams with Professor Victoria Brown-Douglas of St. John's University, to teach his kids a moment in history -- The Desegregation of Jamaica School War 1895-1900 -- through re-enacting the courtroom battle. Kids research at Queens Public Library; St. John's law students mentor Immaculate Conception School students. A community mentoring kids. What Good News! Hear more on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Education, Mentoring
|Mark Goldsmith - Founder, Getting Out and Staying Out|
Ordinary Americans do extraordinary things. Hear Goldsmith describe his Getting Out and Staying Out Program, operating with volunteers at Rikers Island. There, retired executives teach inmates how to find and keep a job. Every released inmate gets a tool kit with an alarm clock, metro card, resume and condoms. He tells his story on Getting Your Money's Worth with Judith West.
Themes: Legal, Rehabilitation, Philanthropy, Mentoring, Education
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