Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Celebrity Philanthropy: Monique Coleman & Anthony Hamilton

Monique Coleman, star of the High School Musical films, was recently invited to speak at the United Nations for International Year of the Youth as part of Monique's promotional visit to garner global awareness of her movement, 'Gimme Mo'.

GimmeMo' is an online talk show hosted by Monique launching on September 8th with the intention of empowering today's youth. She will facilitate conversations about real issues, bringing awareness to organizations that are serving teens, and conducting celebrity interviews.

Monique stated at the UN, “In 2010, it’s hard to believe that many parts of the world live on just a few dollars a day; that in America, the land of opportunity, the high school drop-out rates are at an all time high. Or that in certain countries, girls are being forced to become women far before they are ready. From global warming to human trafficking, earthquakes to corporate disaster, there is no shortage of world issues for us to be aware of. As future leaders it’s imperative that we open our eyes to our brothers and sisters all over the world and help solve problems down the street as well as across the sea.”

Visit the website at http://www.gimmemo.com/.

National CASA Association Announces Partnership with GRAMMY® Award-Winning R&B Recording Artist Anthony Hamilton

New CASA Radio PSA Launched During Hamilton’s National Summer Concert Tour to Help Recruit African American Male Volunteers

SEATTLE, August 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association announced today that GRAMMY Award-winning R&B recording artist Anthony Hamilton will serve as a national spokesman for the organization.

Through the use of a :30 PSA, Hamilton will work diligently to recruit African American male volunteers for the national nonprofit organization. He will also represent CASA at national child welfare conferences and events around the country to raise awareness of the growing number of African American children in the foster care system.

David Soukup, a Seattle Superior Court Judge, developed the CASA concept in 1977, after becoming concerned about making decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court.

Today, there are more than 70,000 CASA volunteers who advocate for more than 230,000 children in the foster care system. These caring adults serve as fact-finders for judges by thoroughly researching the background of assigned cases and ensuring that they are brought to a swift and appropriate conclusion. In the United States, more than 152,000 African American children are in the child welfare system, with boys representing more than half of the children in foster care; yet there are only 8,400 African American CASA volunteers.

“We are honored and excited that Anthony Hamilton will serve as one of our national spokesmen,” stated Michael Piraino, chief executive officer of the National CASA Association. “His passion and dedication for children will go a long way to help us recruit much needed African American male volunteers.”

Hamilton will work alongside Judge Glenda Hatchett, who has been a national spokeswoman for CASA for the past seven years, to raise awareness of the organization and to recruit volunteers.

“Our boys need positive role models,” noted Hamilton. “Becoming a part of CASA will provide me with an opportunity to reach out to those men who can become everyday heroes to these children, and help change their life of hurt, into one of hope.”

For additional information about becoming a CASA volunteer, call toll free (800) 628-3233 or visit www.CASAforChildren.org.

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