lightworkers, change, charity, youth devlopment

Meeting The Mayor…. By Hal Eisenberg, L.M.S.W.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist   CEO of Windows of Opportunity with Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, North Carolina… Blessed by her presence….Prayers that our NYC Mayor will learn from her and bigger prayers that the rest of our government will as well…. I haven’t written in awhile, but with all the efforts going on throughout Windows of Opportunity surrounding [...]

dinner, charity, great minds, peace, love, happiness

A Magical Dinner Party – By Sandy Corso, Huffington Post

A NYC friend recently invited me to a dinner party. He warned it would be a magical night and, wow, was he right! I am always amazed at selfless people whose main goal in life is to make the world a better place. I was so inspired by this table of people that I decided to share their amazing stories and inspirations. Such an honor to be present amongst them!   With Sandy Henson Corso, Cyn English, Hal Eisenberg, Alex Garfield, [...]

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.

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 [...]

Teens tackle tough issues at St. John’s youth conference

Photo by Karen FrantzAsaya’ Pitts, a 14-year-old John Adams High School student, was one of 150 teens to attend the Dream Out Loud conference. Scott Fried did not have the room’s undivided attention as he told a group of teenagers his story about going to a near-stranger’s home in Manhattan 25 years ago for a hook-up. A low din overtook the auditorium at St. John’s University as Fried described realizing he did not bring a condom with him that night but [...]

Sludge Factory – Hot Noise #8

By Meredith Webb Welcome to another edition of Hot Noise where this week we will be focusing on the lesser-publicized but just as exciting borough of Queens. Yes, yes we all know Brooklyn is uber-out-of-this-world cool right now and Long Island and New Jersey are home to some of punk rocks finest, but what about Queens people? What about Queens?? This beloved borough has spawned some of the finest musicians in history including  rock’n’roll royalty THE RAMONES, SICK OF IT ALL, [...]

I Keynoted a Teen Conference Friday…and I remembered how much I love talking with young people!

By Dina Wilcox Windows of Opportunity (WOO)—a little not-for-profit with a huge heart and commitment to teens—sponsored its 9th annual DREAM OUT LOUD conference at St. John’s University on March 1st. I was honored to be the first speaker of the day. As always, the young people were amazing, so responsive, so kind, and so present. As I have many times in the past 20 years, I told my story of falling in love and getting caught in the AIDS epidemic. [...]

The Inner You in Action

By: Tracy Mignone We are a group of people who aim to educate about and prevent eating disorders and erase the stigma that they don’t need to be taken seriously… we aim to go into schools and teach classrooms at a time to have a better understanding. While the main focus of the INNER YOU is on eating disorders each week we deal with a broad spectrum of self esteem issues because a self esteem issue of any kind can [...]