I took a recent trip to LA to attend two amazing philanthropic events. Children’s Action Network has been a charity near and dear to my daughter Felicia’s heart and has been supported by The Holland Foundation for years. Seeing the many professional women, including my fellow Miriam’s House board members, who came out to support this charity on a balmy night was heartening. CAN does so many wonderful things to help foster youth from finding homes to getting clothing for their success I invite you to check them out.

Children’s Action Network

The Children’s Action Network (CAN) is a Los Angeles based charity that uses the power of the city’s entertainment community to increase awareness of children’s issues and to make them a priority in our everyday lives. CAN is currently dedicated to finding homes for the 114,000 or more children in the United States who are waiting for an adoptive home, and also improving the prospects of the 500,000 plus children in foster care.

The Alliance Foundation – Heroes Amongst Us

Thanks to the amazing Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, entrepreneur world, world -renowned speaker, author, expert in eating disorders and CEO of several prestigious behavioral health systems, and, more importantly, a wonderfully warm and gracious woman, I was guest at The Alliance Foundation Heroes Amongst Us Award dinner. Set in a magical Beverly Park setting, I was inspired to learn more about the Alliance, which has been recognized as “the best in the state and nation by the US Dept of Education, The California Department of Education and the US News and World Report” as one of the largest and most successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 26 high-performing, tuition-free, open enrollment for middle and high school students across Los Angeles, with an outstanding college acceptance rate.

What warmed my heart was their use of peer mentors in helping students achieve success. In my own background, I developed at SDSU award winning mentorship programs funded by the US Dept of Education on college campuses, and today, I serve as director of Family Programming for the global company YPM, which helps student thrive thru peer mentoring and parent coaching.

The night was transformative also, being with TJ Woodward and Dr. Marlon Rollins and Wendy’s talented daughter and partner.

All in all I am moved by so many people DOING GOOD!