*(New York, NY) – Radio personality and philanthropist Robin Quivers and her 15 Foundation presented a gift of $75,000.00 to two formidable youth charities in California, namely the Edible Schoolyard Project and the Connolly Ranch in Napa Valley. Both organizations are dedicated to teaching children about proper food nutrition and establishing the right eating habits early in life to help set a pattern for success.
Robin founded her philanthropic initiative in 2010 with a mission to target organizations that are tackling some of the most pressing issues in our communities. 15 Foundation is taking an aim at improving academics, nutrition and arts education in K--12 schools by combining three elements that speak to the mind (academics), the body (nutrition), and creative soul (art).
15 Foundation’s gift of $50,000 to The Edible Schoolyard will give the organization an opportunity to develop a multimedia curriculum which will be shared with schools, school gardens and kitchens around the country in order to further the best practices and facilitate program development for Edible Education initiatives nationwide.
“We are so grateful to the 15 Foundation for their generous support. By documenting and sharing the best-practises from our flagship program, the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, we are able to reach many more children across the United States and give them the opportunity to experience the transformative power of Edible Education” Alice Waters, Founder of The Edible Schoolyard Project.
15 Foundation’s gift of $25,000 to the Connolly Ranch will help support the organization’s “Eco-Intervention” Field Trip program that targets elementary school children who live in low-income households as well as the organization’s Summer Camp program which bridges farming, gardening and cooking experiences in a dynamic, hands-on, youth-driven environment.
“I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that the foundation has been the recipient of in it’s short life. I am very proud of the work that this support has enabled us to do and humbled by the dedication the Edible Schoolyard and the Connolly Ranch,” Quivers states.
Robin has worked tirelessly over the past two years for the 15 Foundation – to support every child’s right to a high-quality education.
As part of this comprehensive program Robin also sponsored MIMA Music with a grant of $22,000 to work with the kids from both organization and provide musical improvisation. The students from Berkeley wrote and recorded the music performed in the video in just 8 hours with many of them having never played an instrument before.
“The thing that was interesting to me about MIMA Music is that they work with children that aren’t musical, who don’t play instruments or sing, or ordinar-ily have this idea about themselves as being musical. They teach everyone that they have music inside them. I think anything that sparks an interest, that shows you can do something, that people have told you that you can’t do — it broadens a person’s perspective”, said Quivers.
THE HIGHLIGHT: The original MIMA video, sponsored by the 15 Foundation, can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JxHeKU9hLE&feature=channel_video_title
For more information, please visit http://www.15foundation.org/
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