Author - Wade Phelps

mental health, ivy league, columbia university, the inner you

To promote mental health, identity-based student groups look inward

  Hal Eisenberg, CEO and Founder of Windows of Opportunity presenting a workshop on “finding yourself” at Columbia University. Nefesh, a mental health awareness group within Columbia/Barnard Hillel, holds an annual mental health awareness week.   Citing a shortage of regularly scheduled, university-wide discussions surrounding mental health, identity-based student groups have held  mental health-focused programs for their own members this year. In the past semester, student organizations including the University Senate Student Affairs Committee, General Studies Student Council, and the Mental Health Task [...]

DIY, punk scene, music venue

Taking Back Queens: May 9, 2015

Last Saturday, “Taking Back Queens”—a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting DIY musical ventures in the NYC borough—proved that a musty church basement makes for a great music venue.

shortstack, model, breaking the rules, youth leadership

Flurt: Shortstack Modeling Agency Dares to Break the Rules

It’s every girl’s dream, at one point or another, to become a model. Walking the runway, modeling clothes by famous designers, being on the cover of Vogue, Elle, Seventeen…what’s not to want? However, as much as being a cover girl may seem easy and breezy, so many things happen behind the scenes: Photoshop, body-shaming, height-shaming and the pressure to be and look like the ideal, just to name a few.

Spirituality and Leadership: How do they work together?

Our special guests, Hal Eisenberg and Patricia Budhan will discuss Spirituality and Leadership. Check Out Self Help Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Bare It All on BlogTalkRadio Patricia Budhan is from Queens, New York and is currently studying pre-med at Hofstra University with aspirations of being a cardiologist. She is also a Program Director for the non-profit organization called Windows of Opportunity and is coordinating a program called Shortstack. Shortstack is a self-esteem program that aims to break the rules [...]

Brunch with Gabrielle Noel

Gabrielle Noel is a Brooklyn-based model and writer spreading positivity wherever she goes. I’ve known her for 8 years and I’m always impressed with the energy she brings to a room, especially under such a demanding schedule. Gabby has recently signed with Shortstack Modeling agency, a program that allows young girls who do not fit mainstream modeling standards to participate in charitable fashion events and learn about the industry. In addition, she writes fiction and non-fiction pieces in her [...]

Under New Leadership, Shortstack Modeling Begins Again Auditions Being Held for 9th Annual Fashion Show

Queens, NY— On Saturday September 27th, October 11th, and October 18th, Shortstack will be holding auditions for its 9th Annual Charity Fashion Show at Junior High School 190 (68-17 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375). Shortstack is an 8-month long self-esteem and modeling program for girls who do not meet the “normal” standards of the fashion industry. For years, girls have been rejected from the industry because they do not fit a certain criteria. Shortstack was created to change those [...]

Windows of Opportunity “Steps Up” New Leadership Into Successful Modeling Self-Esteem Program

New York, NY; August 22, 2014 – Windows of Opportunity, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit youth leadership and empowerment agency, is excited to announce Patricia Budhan of Far Rockaway and Frannelys Frias of The Bronx, as its new Program Directors of the impactful and popular city-wide self-esteem program, Shortstack™ Modeling. Ms. Budhan and Ms. Frias, who have both been models in the past with Shortstack™, will take charge of its leadership development and the daily program coordination, which includes [...]