Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kindness is Contagious Premiere Screening

The Casady Service-Learning Program just signed up to bring an awesome new film called Kindness Is Contagious to Quail Springs Theater on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM. It’s a new way of viewing a movie called Theatrical on Demand.  You reserve your ticket ($11.25 per person) with a credit card @  Your credit card is charged if the movie tips.  You will receive your ticket via e-mail.   

The way this works is that we picked the theater,Garth provided a date and now, we get to invite people to attend.

Kindness Is Contagious, directed by by filmmaker David Gaz, is a feature documentary film about being nice and the benefits of being nice. Kindness Is Contagious features best-selling authors and scientests from major universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley and many more. The filmmaker asks one question: What is the nicest thing that anyone has done for you? Street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models, CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity. 

Learn how a little generosity can help you live a happier, healthier, wealthier, longer and more fulfilling life. I could go on forever about the film, but you can see for yourself in this trailer: http:// 

The OKC screening is planned for Wednesday, September 16,2015, at Quail Springs Theater 
at Quail Springs Mall 24
2501 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK

Can you make it? 
If so, please go to  ASAP  to reserve a ticket. Quail Springs Theater needs to know several days in advance of the screening if a minimum number of tickets have been reserved, so be sure to go to the site soon. Please, tell anyone you know who might be interested. The more the merrier! You will only be charged for the ticket if we’re successful in getting the minimum (or more!) of reservations! 

Thanks and I hope to see you at the movies!

Carmen Clay


Can’t go? Please consider donating a ticket to someone.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Literacy Challenge: Bookmark Project Unexpected Outcome

Casady YAC Cyclones will have a webcast with students from Peru who received bookmarks and funding for literacy enhancement through the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge.  Cyclones sent 8,434 bookmarks to help meet the goal of 300,000 bookmarks.  The Bezos Family Foundation donated $1.00 per bookmark made.
Casady YAC Global Youth Service Day
 @ Boys and Girls Club
Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge
Bookmarks for Peru, Nepal, and Mali
·         The Casady/Peru webcast will be September 10th, 2015 at 12pm EST/ 11am Central. The webcast will be 40 minutes of live air time.

The Casady YAC team will work with Global Nomads Group who will make sure the tech works correctly and that Cyclones are prepared to participate. The Global Nomads Group added a section about Peru to the Bezos Foundation Family lesson resources online which Cyclones will have the opportunity to review before the webcast.  

The Cyclones contact at the Bezos Foundation is   VALERIE SLOANE | Programs Associate
tel 206-275-2048 ext 124 mobile 206-724-5525
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Lead the Leaders: Join the Largest Youth Service Coalition in the United States   

There's just one week left to apply to join the largest coalition in the United States of organizations mobilizing youth to serve their communities. Applications for YSA's 2016 Global Youth Service  
Day Lead Agency grants are due next Friday, July 31
The program offers U.S. organizations funding up to $3,000 provided by State Farm, capacity-building training, and ongoing support to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events for GYSD (April 15-17, 2016).
As the official organizer of Global Youth Service Day in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies are a vital part of creating a culture where young people have the opportunities and support to create positive change in their communities. Learn more at 

Want to learn more about what GYSD Lead Agencies actually do? Here are 6 stories that showcase how they mobilized youth for GYSD 2015. As you'll see, it takes all kinds of organizations to make GYSD a success! Join us in 2016.

Douglasville, Georgia 
Des Moines, Iowa
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Duluth, Minnesota
Indio, California
St. Louis, Missouri

The GYSD Lead Agency program is sponsored by State Farm.
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Earlier this week on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart asked President Obama about encouraging national service. In response, President Obama reflected on his own experience as a community organizer when he was younger: "I wanted to try to commit myself to something bigger than just me. The young people I meet around the country, and by the way, around the world, they have that same sense. This notion that young people have lost their idealism, or they're too cynical, or ironic - it's not true. But we have to give them pathways to get them involved." Watch the video here....»

Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation & the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence have partnered to ask every high school student in America to speak out about the way they feel in school. Join the #EmotionRevolution and take the survey today. High school students can also now apply - until August 1 - to attend the inaugural Emotion Revolution Summit in October 2015 where the survey results will be revealed. During the Summit, students from across the country will have an opportunity to meet with Lady Gaga, educators, academics, and policy makers to learn ways they can accelerate positive changes in their schools and communities....»

Nonprofit VOTE has joined with Independent Sector, the National Council of Nonprofits, and United Way Worldwide to launch the Nonprofit Votes Count campaign. Plan to use the week of National Voter Registration Day,September 22, to make sure all your organization's eligible staff, board members, and volunteers are registered to vote. Show your support of voting for your community and the nonprofit sector by getting listed as a partner of Nonprofit Votes Count. When you do, you'll get a set of complimentary "I work for a nonprofit and I vote" stickers and colorful National Voter Registration Day 2015 posters. ...»
Deadline: Rolling - Fridays Weekly Through August 7
In partnership with Save the Children, YSA will support organizations to engage youth on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in organizing local disaster preparedness awareness events (Prep Rallies) and community service projects (Prep Projects). $2,000 Training Host Grants are available for organizations in the Mid-Atlantic (DC, MD, VA) and the South (OK, TX, AR, LA, MS), and $1,000 Project Organizer Grants are available for organizations in California and the Northeast Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT). Learn more about this program at

Deadline: August 10 
Creativity gives you the power to help shape a better world. YSA, in partnership with ABC and Disney Friends for Change, can help you create the future you imagine. Young changemakers, ages 5-18 in the United States, can now apply for a $500 Summer of Creativity Grant to support a service project that makes your community greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, or fairer.  

Deadline: August 26 
The Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good initiative supports grassroots organizations throughout the country working to do good in their communities. In 2015, the program will provide grants of $20,000 each to a grassroots nonprofit organization in every state + DC. Any individual 18 years of age or older is eligible to nominate a nonprofit organization for consideration. ...»

Disney Friends for Change Latin America Grants
Deadline: August 31
As bolsas do projeto da Disney, Amigos Transformando o Mundo, oferecem às crianças e jovens de 5 a 18 anos, da América Latina, a possibilidade de buscar inspiração para criar um mundo melhor em benefício das pessoas, da comunidade e do planeta. 

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Amigos por el Mundo de Disney brindan a niños y jóvenes entre 5 y 18 años de América Latina la posibilidad de inspirarse para crear un mundo mejor en beneficio de las personas, las comunidades y el planeta. 
The 16 Year Old Hero for Animals in Puerto Rico

This week, we honor a 16 year old hero for animals from Manati, Puerto Rico - Natalia Maisonet. Natalia founded Alley Cats & Dogs Rescue Project PR INC. at the age of 11 and has been helping to save lives 4 paws at a time ever since.  Her goals are to educate children on caring for animals, so they will become better citizens; to work with the government so we can have better laws to protect and care for animals; to have an island wide massive sterilization/neuter program; and to save as many animals as we can from the streets, abuse, and hunger. Natalia says, "The biggest satisfaction is seeing a dog or cat with a new family and knowing it will not go hungry or be in the streets suffering."...»
Peter Levine, an expert in youth engagement and civic renewal, writes, "A presidential election cycle is a great civic ritual. Even though only about 60% of adults vote-when we're lucky-a national campaign still touches most Americans in one way or another. It challenges us to consider fundamental issues. As the 2016 cycle heats up, what should we expect from this great national civic experience? What do we have a right to expect from the election?"...»

Teaching What 'Privilege' Really Means
What is privilege? Is there any way to describe it? A recent video posted by BuzzFeed shows the results of a "Privilege Walk."  The rules are simple. Everyone gathers behind a long horizontal line. When the facilitator reads a statement that applies to you, you step forward; if it doesn't, you step back. Afterward, participants get to hear and process together the personal stories about how race, class, gender, and ability affected the opportunities of individuals in the room. Learn more and get a list of the statements for the activity. ...»

Every Kid in a Park Initiative Webinars
August 10August 12, or August 14 
President Obama's "Every Kid in a Park" initiative was announced in early 2015 to provide all 4th grade students and their families with free admission to federal lands and waters for a year. Register for an upcoming webinar to learn more details about this exciting initiative, and ways to participate. The webinar will be held three times during the month of August....»
"Hero in Me" by Jeffrey Gaines

"And as I grow older
And there's so much 
that I do not know
I'm drawn to those who are bolder
And go where no one dare to go." 
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2014 is at  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Around the World:
Universal Peace Day 2015 

In New York City:
UPDay2015-StrawberryFields NYC
Dear Friends,

August 5th at 7:15PM (USA Eastern Time) and August 6th at 8:15AM (in Japan) mark the exact moment of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 70 years ago. Universal Peace Day has been commemorating the anniversary annually for 31 years. In 2007 Universal Peace Day began ringing BELLS FOR PEACE & A WORLD WITHOUT WAR at the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing.

We, The World is a Co-Sponsor of this annual event which is part of and supports both the Disarmament and Peace Campaigns of 11 Days of Global Unity - 11 Ways to Change the World

Around the World
Wherever in the world you are, we invite you to ring bells at the exact time of the bombing. Click here for more details. To find your timezone go to:

In New York City
If you are in NYC,  please join us at Strawberry Fields, Central Park from 6:30PM - 7:30PM. At 7:15PM you are invited to join a Peace Bell Ceremony - bring a bell or download a bell app on your smart phone. Please let us know you are joining us at:

Pre-Event Broadcast/Webcast Friday July 24, 2015, from 10am - 10:30am USA Eastern Time
On Friday, July 24, 2015, at 10-10:30am EDT on the Progressive Radio Network, please join Founder-Director of Universal Peace Day, SuZen with Host of Heart of Mind Radio,Kathryn Davis ( as SuZen discusses the history of Universal Peace Day and ringing bells around the world. To listen to the radio interview live go to:

SuZen and all the partners greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word to all your friends, churches, and places with bells around the world. Please ask them to ring them at the exact time of the bombing, 7:15PM (USA Eastern Time) (click here for your timezone). If you click the link below, you can be added to the map. Also please post your photos and videos on the wall at (and please like the page as well).

Wherever you are, you can join this call for PEACE & A WORLD WITHOUT WAR by ringing bells. Thank you for all you are doing to create a peaceful, sustainable, transformed world!

Rick Ulfik
Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at
11 Days of Global Unity - 11 Ways to Change the World

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer Service-Learning around the Lake and OKC

Engage OKC, Educamp

Our new technology director leads the technology leadership team at Engage OKC Educamp (an un-conference before the conference, AWESOME!)

Composting Service-Learning Experience at Summer By the Lake

Day 3 and 4 of Composting and gardening @ Casady Summer By The Lake
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healthy snacks
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Making Paper
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Day 2 of Composting @ Casady Summer By the Lake

Composting Service-Learning Experience Day 1

Sage Dinning Team member serving the OKC community-  Cooking Thai like a Thai

Peace Team; Advocacy for Inner Peace-Pinwheels for Peace