Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals Launches
Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:44:23
We love rock chicks with hearts of gold! The Avril Lavigne Foundation announced the creation of the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals, an initiative to support recreational programming for children and youth with disabilities, their families, and communities. The first four Easter Seals affiliates selected to receive an Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals grant are Easter Seals Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana in Ohio; Easter Seals Capper Foundation in Kansas; Easter Seals Massachusetts; and Easter Seals Southern California.
Earlier this year, Easter Seals affiliates from across the US and Canada were invited to apply for an Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals grant. The grants' initiative evolved from the collaboration between Easter Seals and The Avril Lavigne Foundation originally announced in September 2010 to identify and support recreational programs for kids with disabilities and their families and communities. Thirty affiliates applied for a grant. Following a review of the top 12 applicants, award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne and The Avril Lavigne Foundation selected four Easter Seals grant recipients.
"It was really tough to pick just four," said Lavigne. "I was inspired by the creativity of everyone who applied and the exciting range of opportunities the Easter Seals affiliates presented. Recreational programs allow children and young people with disabilities to develop critical social and emotional skills and also just have fun. As great as these programs are, a lot of times when budgets are tight these will be the first programs cut. My goal is to help bring more resources to these great programs."
The four initial grant recipients were chosen based on their overall impact and embodiment of the Avril Lavigne Foundation's R.O.C.K.S. mission: R espect, O pportunity, C hoices, K nowledge, and S trength.
The unique programs supported by the grant will include a program to connect teens with disabilities with other kids in their community at Easter Seals Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana in Ohio; an art camp at Easter Seals Capper Foundation; an overnight camp at Easter Seals Massachusetts; and an afterschool music program at Easter Seals Southern California.
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