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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Mentoring’ Category

In need of a friend, Scottsdale third-grader creates the “Mensch Bench”

Despite the fact that Olivia Feldman sings and acts in front of more than 200 people through her involvement with Desert Stages Theatre, her onstage confidence was not transferring to her time at school. As a third-grader, Olivia was feeling shy and uncomfortable when it came to finding friends to play with during recess at […]

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The value of teaching kindness (in these uncivil times)

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh “I didn’t come here to make friends.” — Virtually every reality-show contestant ever It’s fair to say our current cultural landscape is no Hundred Acre Wood. Divisiveness abounds on cable news, with party lines deepening. The New Jersey Housewives […]

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An open letter of gratitude to my children’s teachers

As we get ready to celebrate National Teacher Day on Tuesday, May 9, local pediatrician and RAK Readers Advisory Panel member Leslee Kelly shares this heartfelt note.  This is dedicated to the many teachers and elementary school staff who have enriched my children’s lives; you know who you are! I hope that I speak for […]

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Skate Rising boosts girls’ self-confidence, advocacy, empathy

On a typical Saturday morning at the indoor 91 West Skatepark in Peoria, skateboarders from all over metro Phoenix wearing snapback hats and gray hoodies zoom across plywood ramps, bowls and banks, grind on smooth iron rails and practice their kick flips. But one Saturday in late January, the skaters who descended upon 91 West […]

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Befriending seniors: A worthy, rewarding volunteering opportunity for kids

Our views of aging evolve. As kids, all we want is to be older. Then, at some point during adulthood, all we want is to completely stop aging. We fight the clock. When I was a teenager, I remember commenting about my mom’s wrinkles, and her response has stayed with me. She told me she […]

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Helping Hands for Single Moms offers mentoring, scholarships

For most young adults, going off to college is an exciting adventure — a new chapter that promises to deliver new friends, unique experiences and an escape from dependence on parents. But for single moms just starting college, the path to higher education can be overwhelmingly stressful. Many of these women want and need to […]

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Twin is role model at Phoenix Children’s Down Syndrome Clinic

Julia Banahan of Phoenix is an ambassador for the Best Buddies of Arizona program, a choir member at St. Thomas the Apostle Church and a hostess-in-training at Aunt Chilada’s Mexican restaurant. But it’s as a volunteer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where Banahan, 26, really shines. Born with Down syndrome, she’s a role model for other […]

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Free Arts blends mentoring with making art

Friends of Free Arts of Arizona, a Phoenix-based non-profit that provides mentoring and arts experiences for at-risk youth, gathered in Scottsdale yesterday for the annual “Every Child Matters” luncheon. I arrived at the event at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia to find walls lined with artwork displays and people sharing tales of times […]

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Creative collaboration helps vulnerable youth

A creative collaboration between two Phoenix-based organizations is helping children and teens facing challenges that include abuse and neglect. For more than a decade, Dance Theater West has partnered with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona to present a free performance for Valley families, which features both experienced and first-time dancers. Susan Silverman, who […]

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Voices from the Village: When do you let your child quit?

Perseverance versus freedom Learning when it’s OK to quit can be as important as learning when to persevere. How do we know when to listen to our kids’ desires? When do you let your child quit? When should you push them to keep going? A Valley lawyer, a music teacher and a soccer coach offer […]

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