‘Awesome Causes’ Category Archive

Beth Haley is a woman on a mission.

Utilizing her experiences as both a social worker and psychologist, she and Peggy Cox co-founded Exile International as a way to serve the hurting and displaced people of Africa who are not only living in true EXILE, but also in emotional EXILE.

“We often say that these children are frozen. After being abducted by rebel forces, orphaned, forced to kill, or victim to sexual violence, the hearts of these children have frozen in time. It’s God’s way of protecting them so that they can simply survive. The level of traumatic violence these children have suffered at the evil hands of rebels makes survival itself seemingly unattainable at times. We, however, have the utter privilege of seeing their frozen hearts thaw and come to life during our trauma workshops. Through expressive art therapy, these children not only begin to sing and dance with joy again, but they also initiate the process of healing their heart wounds.”

Just yesterday their Peace Lives Center took in 5 more rescued child soldiers.

That is awesome.

We have an opportunity to help this great work grow. Giving Of Life is giving away three major grants and 17 smaller grants to eligible 501c3 organizations. Exile International has the chance to receive a $50,000 grant. Help make that happen!

It’s very simple.
1. Go here.
2. Take 2 seconds to create a user account. (It’s free)
3. Vote for Exile International!

We’ll continue to keep you updated on their beautiful work. Says Beth, “We are the lucky ones to be taught by such strong children and to help bring their wounded hearts to life again.”

Help the healing increase. Stay connected via Twitter: @ExileInternatnl and Facebook.

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The Seventy Percent

A couple months back we featured the work of our friends at Got Your Back Movement. Of the 70 million children not in school, 70% are girls. Girls shouldn’t have to struggle to get an education, yet they face the most setbacks across the globe. Got Your Back’s vision is to transform communities and nations through the power of school uniforms, especially in the lives of the Seventy Percent.

Last time we shared part one of Got Your Back’s Seventy Percent series. We wanted to be sure you saw the rest of these beautiful little pieces from the GYB film team that share their story.

A school uniform can change everything.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela

Visit gybmovement.org to join this awesome people in their journey to change everything.

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The adorable, talented and all around awesome Natalie Prass performs ‘Hold Me Close’ at Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp in Murfreesboro, TN!

We spent the day at camp wishing we could go back in time and be a 14 year old girl and be a camper. They’re promoting collaboration and positive self-esteem and we think that’s pretty awesome. Their goal is to empower young women through music education in a supportive and challenging environment. That’s exactly what they do.

Totally awesome.

We’re excited because a few of the girls from camp are going to be performing at our upcoming concert with RABBIT! in Nashville! Are you coming? Join us!

Event Info:
Love In Stereo presents Rabbit! + Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
Monday August 15 at 5 PM
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff // 4017 Hillsboro Pike Suite 309A //Nashville, TN
RSVP on Facebook

Help us spread the word about this awesome night:

Twitter: Join me at the @love_in_stereo party with @saverabbit and @sgrrc!
(You can do better than the above tweet, but you get the idea right?)

Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff

Natalie Prass

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Amplify Peace

The Voice Project is amazing.

Here’s the basic story: women in Northern Uganda have a very important message they are trying to send out to their sons. The message: “Dwog Paco”. These are the Acholi words for “Come home.” Joseph Kony’s LRA has abducted countless young children and forced them to do unthinkable things. Many of these abductees and former soldiers escape but hide in the bush, afraid to return home because of reprisals for the atrocities they were forced to commit.

The Voice Project supports these women and the peace movement in Uganda. They use money from donations, sponsors and advertisers to support programs on the ground in Uganda that aid peace and rebuilding efforts.

It’s about seeing how far a voice can carry.

Many of the women in Uganda record themselves singing songs and chanting the message: “come home”. These messages are then broadcast on radio with the hopes that these former soldiers know they are safe, they are missed and they are forgiven.

The Voice Project has been working on something really cool. Artists do covers of songs they love. They then pass it on in the hopes that the artist will then cover someone else. The videos serve to amplify the message of the peace movement in Uganda. They’ve had some incredible artists: Andrew Bird, Peter Gabriel, Billy Bragg, Broken Social Scene (just to name a few). Recently our pal Koji recorded his cover of Ted Leo‘s “Biomusicology”. It’s beautiful. It’s embedded above. Enjoy.

Koji also recently hit the road on the Amplify Peace Tour. There he used his influence and energy to spread the message further. You can now do the same. Purchase one of the tour shirts and spread the “Dwog Paco” message everywhere you go:

Purchase The Amplify Peace Tour t-shirt here!

Check out The Voice Project here.

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It’s a concert in a toy store! What could be more awesome? Join us Monday August 15th for a special free event celebrating people bringing hope to their community through music! The magic will all go down at our favorite toy store: PoPo Cool Kid Stuff in Nashville, TN. This will be the setting for a special stop on indie rock band Rabbit‘s current tour.

“We want to use this summer tour to shine a little light on individuals who are finding creative outlets for our nation’s youth,” said Ashton Allen of Rabbit! The tour is called Rabbit’s Music Stand and will be a cross country adventure spanning 45 cities in 48 days. Along the way they’ll be filming a documentary, performing and promoting community programs that are providing arts and music to students.

The party will also feature some very special guests: a few students from the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp!

Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a summer day camp for girls ages 10-17. SGRRC’s mission is to support a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls while building community through music. This is just one of the many awesome programs from our friends at YEAH (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities). We want to celebrate the work they are doing and can’t wait for these girls to open the show!

There will be other surprises too! So don’t miss it! It’s free. It’s for kids of all ages. It’s a celebration of people making a difference.

Event Info:
Love In Stereo presents Rabbit! + Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
Monday August 15 at 5 PM
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff // 4017 Hillsboro Pike Suite 309A //Nashville, TN
RSVP on Facebook

Help us spread the word about this awesome night:

Twitter: Join me at the @love_in_stereo party with @saverabbit and @sgrrc!
(You can do better than the above tweet, but you get the idea right?)

Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp
PoPo Cool Kid Stuff

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Live Below The Line

If you had to live on just $1.50 per day, how would you spend it? 1.4 billion people in our world face this challenge daily, and this year thousands of Americans will be living below the line for 5 days as part of the Live Below the Line Campaign. This initiative of The Global Poverty Project is part of their work to end extreme poverty. They think it’s doable in our lifetime and after meeting them and seeing their work we’re starting to think so too.

We caught up with Jessica Mason, one of Global Poverty Project’s “road scholars”, during her recent visit to Nashville:

Find out more and join thousands around the world taking the challenge to help end extreme poverty: Live Below The Line

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Of the 70 million children not in school, 70% are girls. For many girls around the world the journey to getting an education is much more difficult than it should be. Check out this video:

Today we want to introduce you to some of our new friends at the Got Your Back Movement. Through the power of school uniforms, these guys seek to transform generations and nations – especially in the lives of “the Seventy Percent”. Here’s 10 questions with Rachel Ryan, Artist Relations and Movement Campaign Leader. Discover their awesomeness.

1. For the uninitiated: Tell us about Got Your Back Movement.

The Got Your Back Movement exists to restore purpose, give hope, and show love through the global distribution of school uniforms to children in need. Our mission is to create sustainable change in communities worldwide through the impact that education creates in all aspects of life. Our vision is to create a world in which children begin to see their hopes and dreams become a reality through the lens of education. By removing the financial obstacles of obtaining a school uniform, we hope to help them achieve a primary education while ensuring that this process is maintained through an economically sustainable model for their entire community.

2. How did this whole thing begin?

In 2009, Austin Cassleman (President) assembled a team of people to brainstorm ways that they could make a difference in the world. Through a multi-week process, we, the team, gathered information, assessed skill sets, and sought out answers to the 3 major questions…what, why & how? From these meetings, we birthed the Got Your Back Movement.

During this time, we discovered that its more important to understand why you exist, rather than what you do or how you do it. We have come to believe that when you know your why, it will forever change your work ethic, but more importantly, it will revolutionize the way you live your life.

3. How did you discover GYB and get involved?

Well, Will Hill (executive director) and I have been great friends for the better part of our 20’s. He saw the work I’ve done for other NFP’s and asked me to come on board. Ive always done activist work on a volunteer level (as do most people) but now I am quitting my career and moving to Nashville to work with GYB full time!

4. It seems like everyone on the GYB team are not only passionate about the cause, but also just a really fun group of people. Would that be fair to say?

Thats very fair to say, fun and talented. Most of us are really funny and we are also looking forward to this epic GYB/LIS dance party! (Editor’s note: We’re wanting to plan something cool with these kids. Lookout for it!)

5. What is the ‘70%” ?

Of the 70,000,000 children not in school worldwide, 70% are girls. Girls are faced with the most struggles when seeking out an education. Got Your Back seeks to
transform generations and nations through the power of school uniforms, especially in the lives of the Seventy Percent.

6. How can we get involved in supporting what you do?

Watch the video. SHARE the video. Like/follow us on the social networks. Sign up for our newsletter. BUY A SHIRT! Every shirt purchased provides a school uniform for a child in one of our programs for a for a whole year. It goes further…the uniforms we give away are handmade by local tailors in the communities of the beneficiaries. We are committed to seeing whole communities energized and forever changed through the Got Your Back Movement.

7. Any stories that you’ve seen or experienced while working for GYB that continue to inspire you and keep you going in your work?

I’m a super visual person. We are blessed to have one of my favorite photographers on staff, Tec Petaja. The images he captures, capture my heart. It changes my life and shifts my focus daily when I see the smiling faces of the kids receiving their uniforms. The joy they display is viral. In addition to that, the rest of our team is so dedicated to making a difference. They encourage me.

9. Who are some bands/musicians that are on board with GYB?

We are so new to this partnership idea that we are looking for our first wave of solid artists! So far we have the support of Chancellor Warhol, Kink Ador, and Shane Gamble. If anyone is interested they can email me at: RachelRyan@gybmovment.org

10. How does their support help propel your movement?

Artist support helps augment our fan base. There are so many great causes out there to believe in and I feel like it takes that personal heart connection for young people to say “this is the one Im going to back”, “this is the cause Ill give my money to”. Those artist who believe in our work are our mobile mouthpieces. In a way, they become some of the most important advocates we will have.

Rachel is on the lookout for passionate musicians to partner with/promote this super grassroots movement. Whether you’re a musician, artist or any other human being who cares: visit the Got Your Back Movement site and get involved in this awesome work.

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Caroline Ford is awesome.

She started a powerful movement of young artists in her community known as the Young Artist Alliance. The group formed last year after the earthquake in Haiti. A special showcase held by the Alliance last spring brought in over $4,000 for Haiti. This past fall they raised 3,000 cans for the American Red Cross Food Pantry. Now Caroline and crew are up to something else.

Caroline heard about The Center for Courageous Kids. It’s an amazing place that provides a special camp experience for medically fragile children and their families. Caroline told the Bowling Green Daily News,

“The founder, Elizabeth Turner Campbell, wanted to provide sick children a place to feel normal and just be a kid. I never met her but after touring the camp, that’s what made me want to do the showcase,” she said. “It gave me goosebumps. I felt like I’d met her before. She really was an extraordinary person. She really does continue to bring joy to children. Her legacy is really inspiring. You can leave something behind and make a difference.”

This Saturday Caroline and friends are putting together something extremely special: The Showcase for the Center for Courageous Kids. This special event is presented by the Young Artist Alliance and Drobocky Orthodontics.

The students have lined up sponsorships and have already raised an impressive amount. Please read: a really impressive amount. We won’t reveal the total yet, because they’re not even done yet!

It’s never easy to put on anything this massive. So we say: Caroline, you’re an inspiration. The show hasn’t even started and we applaud you. Two young artists tomorrow night will receive the Young Artist Alliance’s Young Artist of the Year Award, which is given to young performers who are using their performances, talents and abilities to help make the community and/or world a better place. That’s incredible.

Thank you, Caroline, for leading a movement of creative worldchangers and for showing people, young and old, what kind of impact we can all make.

Live in the Bowling Green, KY area? We wish we did.
The Showcase for the Center for Courageous Kids presented by the Young Artist Alliance and Drobocky Orthodontics will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Arts Center. Tickets are $5.

UPDATE: The final amount raised was $12,139.52. Yes, you read that right.

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