Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Bridge Project Jazz Combo

The YMYLs have been busy!

The Bridge Project was envisioned by founder, Laurie Hansen, who identified a shared mission among three nonprofit 503(c) organizations: Swing & Jazz Preservation Society, Arts Garage, and Palm Beach Band Camps. Their vision is to preserve jazz, our American treasure, through music education.
In cooperation with these groups, Ms. Hansen recruited Mr. Neil Bacher, world-renowned jazz guitarist and teacher (Palm Beach Band Camps) to lead as the mentor and teacher of the group.
The purpose of the program is to enhance jazz education for Palm Beach County middle and high school jazz musicians in partnership with these three nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations-- Swing & Jazz Preservation Society, Arts Garage, Palm Beach Band Camps--offering classes on Saturday afternoons from 11am - 2pm at the Arts Garage in the Black Box Theater.
This group of young musicians wishes to share their love of jazz with the community and cultivate enthusiasm for the art form across generations. For booking information, community partnerships, email
We are seeking dedicated young musicians to join us: Students with two years of experience playing jazz; grade level recommendation: grades 8-12, although younger students are welcome if they’ve been playing for at least two years. Must be serious, responsible musicians. INTEREST FORM

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

HUGS NOT DRUGS® Backpack Program

Hello all!
Today we are talking about HUGS NOT DRUGS®, an organization dedicated to helping kids in poverty  by supplying school  supplies, backpacks and more. HUGS NOT DRUGS® is organized by one of our dear friends (and director), Marla Gideos. As part of the Backback Program, Marla's goal this year is to buy 1000 backpacks for children in need. Just $5 (or more) per donation will provide a whole year of support.

Follow Marla's example and show kids that they matter. One action, no matter how small, can change the lives of many children and the world. Won't you join us?


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Turning Our Backs on Juvenile Diabetes: JDRF Walk-a-thon

Photos from the JDRF Walk-a-thon! That morning was such a blast helping out this great foundation. We were all proud to "turn our backs" on diabetes - literally!

 Even though the Walk-a-thon is over, you can still donate to our team. Remember, every little action counts!   #YOUMATTER Thank you!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Volunteering Matters!

Hi Guys! Anna here to make an announcement for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Every year, about 80 people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Wanna help? JDRF has tons of ways you can help support the cause like making donations or participating in community events. Next month, JDRF  is holding a walk to cure diabetes on Saturday, March 31st at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. you can sign up to walk at Click here to donate to Kiki's Krew (our team) or members of our team.

Remember, everyone's contribution can make a difference no matter how small :)


This blog post is dedicated to Nikki :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A You Matter gOLD Nugget

Did you see your grandparents over the holidays? I did. They’re such extraordinary people: My grandmother works at a nursing home taking care of people (some younger than her), while my grandfather works out at the gym three times a week, along with volunteering at his local church. Many people don’t expect these activities to be performed by elders, but it’s very important to acknowledge the potential of everyone, regardless of their age.
Harry J. Getzov (author of “gOLD”, book pictured above pressed to my sister’s forehead) shed light on the perspective of elders through his newly published book, by having “inspiring conversations” with elderly people. If you listen to stories your grandparents and elder relatives have to share, you might find a topic that will spark your interest. Elders have more knowledge and experience than many people seem to realize – and that really does matter.  My mom interviewed Mr. Getzov, listen here.

Remember to spread the You Matter message to people young and old and everything in between!
~YMYL Anna