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Kids Connect for Trauma Recovery on Eve of 9/11
Unique Event at St. Luke’s Hospital Annual Back-to-School Event
New York, NY, September 8, 2011– The 10th anniversary of 9/11 coincides with the time kids return to school and with the release by the New York Department of Education of a new curriculum that schools can use to teach students about the events of September 11. To address the stress of this time, and to help educate kids about 9/11, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital is including a special workshop at their 4th annual Child and Family Institute’s Back-to-School Event that includes self-esteem exercises, healing songs, and an exchange of dolls made by children from Haiti and Japan who survived the recent earthquakes and tsunami.
Where: St. Luke’s Hospital, Babcock Cafeteria, 419 W. 114th St. (btw Amsterdam Ave. & Morningside Dr.), NYC
When: Thursday, September 8, 2011, from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
At the workshop, the New York children will be making dolls with messages of hope to be sent to kids in Haiti and Japan who have gone through the recent earthquakes there. Last month, 100 dolls were decorated by Japanese children after the recent tragic tsunami/earthquake in that country and brought to Haiti where they were given to children who survived the earthquake there.
“The circle of dolls makes the children who have gone through terrible tragedies know that children in other countries care about them. The psychological impact of this, and learning simple techniques to feel good, is healing and also fun,” says noted New York clinical psychologist, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, founder of the Global Kids Connect Project, a popular radio and TV personality, and humanitarian and NGO representative at the United Nations for the International Association of Applied Psychology. Dr Judy provided psychological first aide after 9/11 at Ground Zero and at the Family Assistance Center in NYC, as well as after other disasters including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Asian tsunami, earthquakes in the Haiti and China.
Including New York youth in the circle of children is significant at this time, given the upcoming 10th anniversary of September 11 when New Yorkers will all be aware of the need for healing. Many of these children are dealing with other major stressors such as family problems, poverty, poor living conditions, and family financial problems that prevent them from essential school supplies.
“The doll exchange is based on sound psychological principles applied in other disasters, like the teddy bears given to children after 9/11, which represent ‘transitional objects’ and ‘contact comfort’ symbolic of a nurturing maternal figure offering security and safety essential for children after disasters,” adds Dr. Judy.
At the event, an original song, “Towers of Light,” written in commemoration of 9/11 to promote healing and honor the heroes of that day will be performed by the Stand Up for Peace Project (www.towersoflightsong.com). The song has been performed yearly at 9/11 memorials in New York, as well as in Japan and around the world, including for the Dalai Lama.
Other partners for the Event include Nozomi Terao, founder and Executive Director of HappyDoll, Inc. (www.happydoll.org) and formerly of Morgan Stanley; Russell Daisey, internationally known composer and co-founder of the Stand Up for Peace Project; Father Wismick Jean Charles, a Haitian Catholic priest who preaches in Westbury, Long Island and teaches at New York’s Fordham University; and the International Association of Applied Psychology, an NGO accredited at the United Nations. Partners in Haiti are Centre Bon Samaritan and The Haitian Action for the United Nations.
The Back-to-School Event fosters excitement about education by creating a fun environment with confidence-building activities designed to teach kids that academic success is key to achieving future goals. The Child and Family Institute in the Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Department provides therapeutic services to over 730 children and families with emotional, behavioral, family and learning issues. At last year’s Back-to-School Event, 130 children and teens participated in activities to promote school achievement, study skills and self-esteem. Refreshments and backpacks and other school supplies were donated by Staples, BJs, Whole Foods, the Discovery Center and others, and a computer was raffled off.
AVAILABLE: Press interviews with the kids, staff, donors & participants; photos and video of the Global Kids Connect event in Haiti and photos from the doll-making by children in Japan
Contact: Becky at (603) 520-5941 - GlobeInk@mail.com
Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and relationship expert, teacher at Columbia University Teachers College and United Nations Main NGO representative who has provided disaster relief post-9’11 and around the world after disasters in Haiti, Sri Lanka, China and the Middle East. A former reporter for WCBS-TV, WABC-TV and host of CNBC-TV “Money and Emotions” and veteran radio advice talk show host of the popular “LovePhones” show, she now appears often as a TV commentator. A former columnist for the Daily News website and the South China Morning Post, and author of many books including “The Complete Idiots Guide to a Healthy Relationship,” and “Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots peace building between Israelis and Palestinians,” she was recently awarded for Lifetime Achievement in Global Peace and Tolerance by the Friends of the United Nations.
The Global Kids Connect Project is a cross-cultural humanitarian initiative promoting healing and comfort for children after disasters that includes a workshop of stress reduction techniques, cultural experiences and exchange of dolls. Partners include HappyDoll Inc., a Japanese-founded organization that has exchanged dolls for orphans and other children; the UN-accredited International Association of Applied Psychology; Haiti Action Youth for the United Nations; and New York’s St. Luke’s Hospital.
John O’Melveny Woods, Noted Author, Entrepreneur Wins San Diego Book Award for ‘Young Adult’ Category with “Return to Treasure Island”
(San Diego, June 13, 2011) - This past weekend the esteemed Seventeenth Annual San Diego Book and Writing Awards was held at the AMN Healthcare Building and was hosted by Live Fit Magazine’s Phoebe Chongchua.
Up for an unprecedented two award categories was noted author and entrepreneur John O’Melveny Woods for his book with co-author Ron Pastore entitled "Jesse James' Secret" for Biography, up against Norm DeWitt’s "Grand Prix Motorcycle Racers"; Arlene Lochridge’s "A Fish Out of Water"; Jane Mitchell’s "One on One"; and Diane Welch’s "Lilian J. Rice: Architect".
Then in the Young Adult category, Woods’ solo book "Return to Treasure Island" tied for best Young Adult book with Laura McNeal’s, “Dark Water”; and also in category was Marty Martins, "The Blizzard".
Woods’ 2009 “Return to Treasure Island” is a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s original Treasure Island. The story of “Return to Treasure Island” is set three years after his triumphant return from Treasure Island. It includes Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, original characters of “Treasure Island”. Jim Hawkins learns that Long John Silver has been captured and sentenced to hang. Written in first person narrative, the book blends the cadence and style of the original Treasure Island while introducing memorable new pirate characters and locations. “Return to Treasure Island” harkens back to the days when action, mystery and adventure rode hand in hand with storytelling, and promised to entertain readers of all ages.
Previously, “Return to Treasure Island” won a prestigious Independent Publisher’s `IPPY’ award Silver Medal for Young Adult fiction and is forwarded by LeVar Burton of Star Trek and Reading Rainbow fame. Clive Cussler stated it was ‘’creative and absorbing”. Midwest Book Review touted it saying that, “Return to Treasure Island is a fun and fascinating read for those seeking an old school adventure novel of piracy and discovery.”
Of this prestigious award win, Woods says, “I am extremely honored to have the chance to compete with so many other exciting authors whose work I greatly admire. To have my book “Return to Treasure Island” recognized by the legendary San Diego writers community, and to be recognized by readers in this way is truly gratifying.”
The San Diego Book Awards is open to current residents of San Diego County whose books were first published in the year prior or bear a previous year copyright. A book may be entered only once, in either the publication year or the copyright year. If a book has multiple authors, at least one coauthor must reside within San Diego County.
Self-published printed books are eligible. E-books are eligible, submitted in printed form. All submissions remain the literary property of the writer. All published books, submission forms, and fees must be received by February of the judging year.
This year’s categories included: General Nonfiction, Children's Nonfiction, Memoir, Biography, Military & Politics, Business, Local Interest, Cookbook, Travel, Science, Self-help & Inspirational, Spiritual, General Fiction, Picture Book, Young Adult, Mystery, Political/Legal Thriller, Contemporary, Short Story Collection, Anthology, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Action/Suspense, Historical, Poetry, Unpublished Novel-Adult, Unpublished Novel-Children, Unpublished Short Story, Unpublished Memoir, Unpublished Poetry Chapbook and the Theodor S. Geisel Award for "Best of the Best" Published Books
As for Woods he continues by saying, “I thought it was just me who was fascinated by the life of pirates and ocean dwelling adventurers, but it seems my work has struck an explorer’s chord with others. I have continued tapping into that fascination of exploration in my next series of novels, `The Seekers’!, due out in the fall of 2011.
ABOUT JOHN O’MELVENY WOODS: John O’Melveny Woods has been writing screenplays and television shows since attending USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in the early 1990’s. He founded indieTV and partnered with Microsoft Corporation to create and produce the first fully interactive television show (555 Expose) based on ATVEF set top box standards.
His books include 10 Minute Win and Jesse James Secret, which was the basis for the highly rated television special Jesse James Hidden Treasure that premiered on the History Channel in November of 2009, of which he also Executive Produced.
Additionally, he is the author of the highly reviewed and award winning novel Return to Treasure Island, which was the recipient of a Silver medal for book of the year by the IPBA. He currently is finishing the first of a new series of action adventure books called The Seekers (www.TheSeekers.com).
QUESTION: Has Facebook Jumped the Shark? Join us for a panel conversation at SXSW 2011
(New York, 3/6/2011) - HUM, the global news, information and content source focused on closing the `Geographic Gap’ in media, will be covering this very timely and significant question at the 2011 South By Southwest (SXSW) annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, TX. This panel is based on an article written by Judy Shapiro, CEO of engageSimply which appeared in Ad Age on the topic. Scheduled for 5pm on March 13, the session is part of the popular social graph portion of the Interactive conference.
The impact of Facebook’s evolution is representative of the emerging “many to many” world that affects business, politics and how we see and react to each other globally. “Facebook has a profound influence in how the global community connects,” according to Joy DiBenedetto, CEO of HUMNEWS. “As one of the predominant social networking platforms in existence globally, aiming to have 3 billion users, or just about half the planet, by 2017, its audience can alter how the world learns about what is going on. We’re proud to be the facilitators of this important session.”
HUM CEO Joy DiBenedetto (@HUMNEWS) and HUMMedia President Donnetta Campbell (@HUMMEDIA will moderate this interactive session to be held as an audience/panel "town hall” format to enable vigorous audience discussion. “The impact of Facebook is affecting marketers and ‘Judy Consumer’ in ways never experienced,” explained Ms. Shapiro, “Now more than ever, Facebook has global impacts and HUMNEWS is uniquely positioned to meditate this ground breaking discussion.”
The purpose of this session is to bring perspective to a few questions:
• Is Facebook a trusted social network and if so, what does it stand for today?
• As the keepers of the greatest data stores on individuals anywhere, how do we hold Facebook accountable to marketers and Judy Consumer alike?
• How does a social network differ from a trusted community of interest and why it matters?
• What is Facebook’s value to marketers at an ROI level and how do we measure it?
• How do social networks balance marketers’ demands for precision targeting with “Judy Consumer’s” right to digital privacy?
The panel includes a broad range of innovative thought leaders within the social and mobile spaces: Judy Shapiro (@judyshapiro), CEO of engageSimply, Mark Rosner (@mark_rosner), CEO of ZEDGE, the largest mobile content destination, Kunur Patel (@kunur), digital reporter for Advertising Age, Hank Wasiak (@hankwasiak), an award winning ad industry veteran and partner at The Concept Farm and Mark Sherwood (@markysherwood) Saatchi’s Head of Integrated Planning. For more information about this panel, http://schedule.sxsw.com/events/event_IAP8414.
Ogilvy, the international advertising, marketing and public relations agency has selected this session, along with a very limited group of panel sessions, as one they will graphically record. This means an artist will visually document this SXSW panel session in real-time, and then share their interpretation via Ogilvy's online channel (http://ogilvynotes.com/) and with limited-edition prints in the SXSW Trade Show Day Stage. Ogilvy is only able to provide this service for a so it is quite an honor to be selected. More information on this program, along with examples of work from all the talented artists involved, can be found here: http://ogilvynotes.com/.
For more information about all sessions at SXSW, please visit: http://schedule.sxsw.com/.
HUMNEWS, is a global news service focused on closing the global information and media gap with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (@CSRCooperative) communications. HUM is seeking its place in the international content universe committed to and known as the source for news, information and expertise from the “GEOGRAPHIC GAP” and indeed the whole of the planet. As the first news agency ever to develop media to inform a global populace with a full geographic picture, HUM journalism focuses on the universality of the human experience and our communal social existence in business, life and at play; showcasing commonalities of life without boundaries of borders, age, race, sex, creed, color, locale, culture or –ism. HUM’s CSR Cooperative is a Mashable `Top 5’ winner for its 2010 `Most Creative Social Good Campaign’ Award. For more information go to www.humnews.com. engageSimply is a Strategic technology Partner to HUMNews.
engageSimply, is a marketing and social media technology agency based in New York that creates “many to many” integrated social-based marketing systems. Judy is also Chief Brand Strategy advisor for CloudLinux, a new tech venture serving the web hosting/ ecommerce market. An industry veteran, Judy has a deep sense of technology marketing trends and how technology is impacting average consumers in her “@JudyConsumer” articles featured in HuffingtonPost. The company’s Interaction Engine platform merges the depth of direct marketing’s best practices with the latest technology in “Community of Interest” marketing, resulting in “enteraction” – engaged interaction and conversion. HUMMedia is the Corporate Communications Strategic Partner to engageSimply. For more information, please visit: http://www.humnews.com/hummedia/
South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, TX. Celebrating its 25th anniversary beginning as a music festival, SXSW has not only become one of the most revered music events but has converged with film and new media. Known as “a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies,” the SXSW Interactive Festival includes conference panel discussions featuring some of the key players in the emerging technological world in a progressive educational forum. Gathering to imagine the future of the industry, those who spearhead the interactive technology world combine for five days to highlight and present inventive programming, new websites, digital projects, wireless applications video games and innovative start-ups.
For Press and PR Contact:
Judy Shapiro: CEO, engageSimply
(917) 617-3916 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Donnetta Campbell: HUMMedia
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