NPR recently reported on the story of youth at the Southeast D.C.’s Valley Green housing project, who started a project more than 20 years ago to clean up an Anacostia tributary and transformed their own lives in the process.
You may have already known that Girls on the Run encourages young girls- especially in the inner cities- to take charge of their lives and cultivate healthy relationships.
You might not have realized, however, that each Girls on the Run team creates and executes a local community service project.
For example, one group has raised more than $10,000 to help their school crossing guard – an Ethiopian native who fled his home country where he was enslaved as a child soldier- to cover medical costs associated with his prosthetic leg to help him walk without pain. Other groups are raising money for MS, collecting money and supplies for local hospitals, donating to homeless shelters, and countless other projects. Here’s to the next generation of girls and women leading and supporting their communities!
According to scientific studies reported at livescience.com, Alzheimers sufferers often retain their love and appreciation for music even other parts of their brain are failing. In fact, experts say, music can “awaken” Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, triggering emotional memories and words that have been forgotten.
Taking advantage of this phenomenon, the Giving Voice Chorus of Minneapolis, MN is a chorus that brings joy, well-being, purpose and community understanding to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners. Its goal is to “celebrate the full potential of people living with dementia.”
The group has expanded to 3 separate independent choruses and is reportedly being “inundated” with inquiries from around the nation from people who want to start similar programs in their communities. The group provides resources and a toolkit on its website for those who are interested in starting one.
Even as humanity continues to uncover more information and preventative approaches to Alzheimers and dementia, it is comforting to know that fun and fulfillment is still possible even for people with dementia, and for their hard-working and loving care partners.