Non-Profits

Holistic Life Foundation

The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being.

B.E.A.T

B.E.A.T. (Bridging Education and Art Together) exists to provide access to new, exciting, culturally relevant extracurricular programs and activities for urban youth in underserved areas. Our programs aim to build respect, teamwork, confidence, and cultural awareness through a series of classes for the arts in all forms, from music to visual arts and dance. Central to the strength of our programs is our roster of highly esteemed instructors who include some of the most notable cultural icons, visionary pioneers and experts in their field.

Our programs are culturally relevant and genuinely engage today’s youth. Students learn important life lessons and social skills while discovering new abilities and ways to express themselves creatively through music, dance and art.

Our Programs:
Beat Rockers: a free beatboxing program for blind and visually disabled students in the Bronx.

Beat Breakers: a free, after-school Bboy/Bgirl (breakdancing) program.

Beat Makers: a free, after-school music production program run entirely on and through the iPad2.

Hear The Hungry

Hear The Hungry is a non-profit organized to raise awareness of individuals who are experiencing hunger. Hunger could mean anything from physical hunger for food, to hunger for a more just and humane society. By collecting audio, and video testimonies our goal is to humanize those facing hunger, spread awareness of issues of hunger on our planet, and to give a voice to the voiceless.

Hug It Forward

Hug It Forward is a 501c3 non-profit that blends intangible change with tangible change globally with one goal, uniting people as one.

The intangible change is provided by raising awareness of global issues and by demonstrating that we are all one people. Everybody has the power to be the change, by living their passion and giving back to society. We exist to help people along that journey.

The tangible change is provided by empowering communities to unite and work together towards a common goal: building schools built out of wasted trash bottles called “bottle schools“. So far we have empowered communities to build 14 “bottle schools” in Guatemala – in less than 2 years.

Fighting For Futures

What began as a backpacking adventure to Cambodia in January of 2009, global trekkerfeleciacruzsoon found her purpose in a twelve year old bookseller named Chanty. After their initial connection they quickly formed a friendship. The two sold books, visited museums, learned how to capture the world in photographs. They also discussed Chanty’s education, or lack thereof.

While in New York in February of 2009, feleciacruz cofounded Fighting For Futures with Tammy Warner under the belief that something could be done to provide Chanty enough money to afford a proper education. For the next six months Fighting For Futures threw fundraising events in support of the arts. By July of 2009 they reached the donation goal to not only place Chanty in school but also supply her the necessary tools to accomplish this.

With sights beyond Chanty the following five months proved to give Fighting For Futures plenty of opportunities to make a lasting impact. They renovated the Krang Thmey village school’s learning center, a space once occupied by feces and debris. Also, the school needed a bathroom — which was soon built. When the learning center opened a concert was orchestrated for the village’s enjoyment.

The children were given the opportunity to attend photography classes. One class took place in the city and another further into the countryside to insure accessibility to creative expression.

Since, Fighting For Futures has helped donate towards Nomadderwhere’s mission to Fiji in 2009. Also, the organization hosted shows in New York City displaying the children’s photography. Through growing archives of multimedia sources, Fighting For Futures has helped conduct interviews to raise awareness for social issues often ignored by society.

Fighting For Futures has also produced two musical projects, the Worldwide Mixtape and Fighting For Futures For the Love.

Currently Fighting For Futures is officially partnered with the Bring It Back Tour. Fighting For Futures artist Adrienne Mack-Davis has just returned off a 2 month tour as a featured artist on the Bring It Back Stage at the 2011 Van’s Warped Tour. During this tour, Fighting For Futures was also able to offer photography workshops in 5 different cities.