Select The Best Candidate For The 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Award! #MC #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Maytag. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Being an educator, I am always on the lookout for initiatives which celebrate young people or recognize those who are committed to helping young people to reach their full potential.  One of the organizations that I have always respected is the Boys & Girls Club.  They help to inspire children all across America to be the best that they could be.     Maytag needs your help to select the best candidate for the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Award - an award to recognize someone committed to making a difference in the lives of youth -through America's Vote competition.     From November 12th through November 29th, visit to learn about all five finalists and the exemplary work they do in their respective communities, and to help make a difference, vote once a day for the nominee they find to best represent a … [Read more...]

Back To School With Boys & Girls Clubs Of America! #Tools4BTS @BGCA_Clubs

*This post was written by me on behalf of Boys & Girls Club of America.  All opinions are 100% mine.     This morning, my boys and I had the pleasure of attending the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA's) Wake Up Call Back-to-School Kick Off event in New York City.  The event was supported by JCPenney and aims to motivate kids to be prepared for academic success this school year.     The event took place in Foley Square and we had the opportunity to see legendary basketball player Shaquille O'Neal participating with students in a unique obstacle course.  We stood with students on the sidelines cheering our teams onto victory and, each child who participated in running the obstacle course, received an honorary diploma.  Shaq and Mommy O'Neal also sounded the alarm to signal the start of the Back-to-School season.     My boys also participated in running the obstacle course and it meant a lot to me because I want them to be excited about starting off the school … [Read more...]

Celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week!

    I have been a New York City public school teacher for almost thirteen years and, during this time, I have had the opportunity to observe how many children are in desperate need of role models and community establishments for them to spend time off the city streets.  Boys & Girls Clubs of America has addressed this need in many inner-city communities by providing a variety of programs to equip America's kids who are in crisis with the skills necessary to succeed.     Some of these programs include education and career training, character and leadership building, health and life skills, the Arts, sports, and fitness activities.  As a whole, they are designed to give children hope for a better future and to provide them with new opportunities that they might not otherwise have had access to.  Many of the kids who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of America begin to engage in more positive behaviors and set personal goals which eventually allow them to become independent and … [Read more...]