Programming

Rock Steady Boxing

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Rock Steady Boxing was founded in Indianapolis in 2006. Forced, intense exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce, delay and even reverse, some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. At its flagship Indianapolis location, 19 classes are offered each week, serving more than 200 people. Sixteen “Training Camps” are presented each year to replicate and […]

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Groundwork Indy’s roots

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors In the 1980s, Liverpool, England started an experiment. The city worked with young people to improve areas that had been neglected. After seeing some success, Groundwork UK was established by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to promote local partnerships that could rebuild Britain’s bypassed urban communities through community-led strategies. Its […]

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Groundwork Indy: Developing a neighborhood and youth

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Most teenagers don’t sit around talking about invasive plants and medicinal herbs or brownfields. But at least a half dozen area teenagers are the exception. Isaac, 15, Adarin, 16, Nashawn, 16, Randie, 16, Aliza, 15, and De’Shawn, 19, spend Saturday mornings researching and learning more about these topics, while […]

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Bouquets make a difference

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors At Random Acts of Flowers (RAF), recipients of the arrangements are touched and surprised. “The calls we get from these recipients, they just make you weep because you know what that arrangement looked like. You know it was not a big extravagant bouquet, it was a tiny little happy, […]

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The healing power of flowers

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Over the ages, flowers have taken on symbolic meanings. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese refer to the use of flowers in their stories and myths. The Greeks considered flowers to be of particularly high importance and associated them with the gods. But the language of flowers, floriography, can […]

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Solving conflict? Can be as easy as child’s play

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Except for a few Revolutionary War buffs, few people have likely heard of French nobleman Comte de Rochambeau. Rochambeau fought with the colonists against the British, and there’s an old tale that he and George Washington played rock, paper, scissors in a tent shortly after the British surrendered at […]

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YouthBuild Indy offers hands-on education

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The refrain is a familiar one, and young people hear it all the time: “Study hard, go to college, get a good job.” For many students, it’s great advice. In a competitive marketplace, a good education is vital. Rodney Bussell, program director at YouthBuild Indy, is all for studying […]

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Three Chicago nonprofit organizations to receive investments totaling nearly $3 million

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By Mary L. Datcher, senior staff writer, Chicago Defender Chicago Beyond announced the winners of its first-ever innovation challenge and will present three nonprofits with investments that total nearly $3 million overall. Launched by Chicago Beyond in April, the GO Innovate challenge sought early-stage ideas that offer innovative programming in two areas: Supporting College Matriculation […]

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STEM education: in-school and out-of-school working together

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Paul Ainslie and Bob Abrams have followed similar career paths. Both have had lengthy careers in the corporate sector – Ainslie at automotive-supplier Delphi and Abrams at engine-maker Cummins and other small businesses. But that’s not all they have in common. Both now work for nonprofit organizations and each […]

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