Monday, September 27, 2010

Celebrity Philanthropy: Watch Me Win Foundation

Actor Hosea Chanchez (right) with film director Bill Duke attend an event at the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference held September 15-18, 2010 in Washington, DC.
“I decided to start this foundation to give back to a cause that's often overlooked, "youth" empowerment. As I travel the globe I realize the thing that gives youth in America more possibilities than anything else is the power of a free mind and the will to dream past their circumstance. That's what's gotten me this far and that's what WATCHMEWIN is about; the power to overcome social-economical roadblocks opening the pathway to winning.” -- Hosea Chanchez, actor and founder, Watch Me Win Foundation
For actor Hosea Chanchez, acting is his passion, but philanthropy is his purpose. Best known for his role of Malik Wright on the popular CW and BET television show "The Game," Hosea is the founder of Watch Me Win Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of urban youth through mentorship, leadership development, encouragement and empowerment. Watch Me Win celebrated a successful first year in June with a charity benefit gala at the new W Hotel in Hollywood.

As a result of the foundation's success, Hosea was asked to host a panel during the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference on September 15 titled, "Not Just Hollywood Actors or Celebrities, But Social Activists 2!" Hosea enlisted fellow entertainers to join him in the discussion that included director Bill Duke, Congresswoman Diane Watson, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, director Robert Townsend, actor Lamman Rucker and author Iyanla Vanzant. While in DC, Hosea visited two schools to share his message of youth empowerment and met with BlackGivesBack to share about his foundation's future goals.

Actor Lamman Rucker, Hosea Chanchez and congresswoman Diane Watson participate on the panel,"Not Just Hollywood Actors or Celebrities, But Social Activists 2!"at the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference, September 15, 2010.
Current programs provided by Watch Me Win are Career Development and Training, Urban Entrepreneurship™, Mentorship and Leadership Development, Legacy and Wealth Building, Empowerment Tours, Seminars, and Social Forums. Hosea enlists the help of his friends, some of whom are celebrities and athletes, to motivate youth during their Empowerment Tours, using the foundation's specialized curriculum. Self funded by Hosea, the foundation has reached over 1,400 youth in cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

Next year, new programs will launch building on the foundation's current work - 2011 will launch Watch Her Win specifically focused on young girls, 2012 will launch Watch Him Win for young men and by 2015, Hosea plans to take Watch Me Win global.

Television host Niecy Nash, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea, and actress/comedienne Kym Whitley attend an event during the 2010 CBC Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
For more information on the Watch Me Win Foundation, visit the website at Hosea currently has three films in post production (96 Minutes, Dysfunctional Friends and The Cost of Heaven), and be sure to catch him on brand new episodes of "The Game," premiering in early 2011 on BET.

Photo credit: Shon Smith

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