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It's About the Kids Education Organization Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Performing Arts, Youth Development Programs

Mission: It's About The Kids Education Organization provides innovative literacy programs to children in under served communities, primarily in the Baltimore area.

Results: 9,000 children in the Baltimore area, primarily in under served communities, have been served by our programs.

Target demographics: children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000 children

Geographic areas served: underserved Baltimore area communities

Programs: health and wellness/prevention of childhood obesity; financial literacy; environmental education; reading literacy; and performing art of clowning.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kate D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with grad students who are looking for jobs. Too often, they are loaded with debt and cannot avoid taking jobs they don't want because they have to start paying off their loans. IF they had learned the rudiments of managing money before they accumulated so much debt, they wouldn't be in the trouble they face when they graduate, with far less job choice than they expected.

If these very smart people had gotten the message from Bubbles the Clown when they were young about saving money, they might have avoided the problems they are facing now. I'd like to endorse the message and the man behind it, because the knowledge is far more valuable than the cost of getting it, and will help everyone manage their own life for the better.

I also know the Feltzenbergs personally and they talk about this non-profit ALL the time. Please support this organization so they can talk about something else for a change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a medical student in the field of Osteopathic Medicine. I have observed the childhood obesity prevention developed by David Felzenberg, Executive Director of It's About The Kids Education Organization. I was impressed by the involvement and engagement of the children at the event that I attended. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Mr. Felzenberg (as Bubbles The Clown) presented his childhood obesity prevention program, "No Body Is Perfect," in an educational and entertaining way. The program emphasized health promotion and disease prevention. The main theme of the presentation was that leading a healthy lifestyle by eating well and getting daily exercise is not only important; it is fun.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had Bubbles The Clown entertain at my daughter's 4th birthday party a few month's ago. I heard that he was doing a financial literacy program for kids. So, I went to Port Discovery Children's Museum for their Countdown to Kindergarten day. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of children and parents who attended the "Financial Fitness for Kids" workshop that I went to. The subject matter and the way that Bubbles presented the information about saving money was informative and the kids enjoyed it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended one of Bubbles The Clown's financial literacy workshops at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore. He asked the names and ages of the children. There was a wide range of ages. Some of them were very little (1 year olds) and older ones (up to 12 years old). I am taking the time to write this review because I was genuinely impressed with program. My children (ages 4 and 6 years old) had a lot of fun and absorbed the overall theme of "saving money." Bubbles does have a way with kids. He kept them engaged and responsive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My role with It's About the Kids Education Organization is as a volunteer. I have been associated with the organization for one year. I have helped the organization with administrative work (e.g., filing, making copies, and data entry). This is important since there is one staff member, David Felzenberg, Executive Director, who performs as Bubbles The Clown for the educational programs. I volunteer a few hours per month. My observation is that the organization is well-managed, and spends its funds efficiently.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I went to the financial literacy program that Bubbles The Clown provided at a children's museum. All of us -- my wife, me, and our two daughters -- received benefits from the program. It gave me ideas about how to talk with my children about opening a savings account and having the money grow by interest earned.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I sat in at a presentation of Bubbles The Clown's financial literacy program. Frankly, I was thinking that it would be a cute little kiddie program with some fooling around by a clown. However, I gave this organization a 5 star review because the program really did exceed my expectations. If I didn't see it for myself I would not have believed that the program was very educational. The kids absorbed the message of saving money.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have made a financial contribution to this organization, because I know some members of the Board of Directors. I thought that if they were involved with the organization that they must be doing worthwhile work. I am very selective about making donations, so I spoke to the Board members I knew and to the Executive Director, David Felzenberg. I am convinced that the mission of the organization, to bring educational programs to kids in an innovative way, has great merit.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I attended one of the workshops presented by Bubbles The Clown (aka David Felzenberg) at a community event in Baltimore, MD. My overall impression was very positive. From my perspective, the kids were involved in the financial literacy program that Bubbles presented. He didn't just stand in front of the kids and lecture them about money. He didn't talk over their heads. He spoke to them at their level (kids 3 - 9 years old), but didn't talk down to the kids. The kids responded to his questions. It is an interactive program, and the kids appeared to have absorbed the main theme: to save money.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with this organization and the commitment of the volunteers and the Executive Director of It's About The Kids Education Organization. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the mission of the organization of teaching kids about financial literacy, and childhood obesity prevention. David Felzenberg, Executive Director, presents these programs as Bubbles The Clown. He has been a professional clown for quite a whole. He has the ability to make subjects interesting and keep the attention of the children while they learn valuable lessons.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at It's About The Kids Education Organization (formerly Bubbles The Clown Education Organization) since its inception in 2009. This organization has my support, because I have seen the effect that the programs of financial literacy, reading literacy, and childhood obesity prevention have had on children as young as 3 years old. Bubbles The Clown (aka David Felzenberg) has a way with kids. Children are engaged and captivated by Bubbles' way of teaching the topics. There is a great deal of learning taking place at these events.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The financial literacy program, as well as other educational programs, that Bubbles The Clown (aka David Felzenberg) has developed really hit the mark with children. I have seen his programs several times, and there is a consistent high quality. At each of the events that I have seen, the children have a great time and learn the concepts that Bubbles is putting forth. He is a true professional. Few people have the ability to keep a room full of children engrossed in a program for a full hour. Bubbles manages to do it each time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i saw Bubbles The Clown (aka David Felzenberg) perform his financial literacy show at a school where there were about 125 children in attendance. The main theme of the program was the importance of savings money. Bubbles used magic tricks, charts, and balloons to demonstrate how saving money can be fun, and that when you deposit money into a bank or credit union your money magically multiplies by compound interest. The children were very responsive and seemed to grasp the concepts that Bubbles was explaining.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure and privilege of working alongside David while he was entertaining and educating a group of children at a community event. He clearly had a positive impact while he inspired them and taught them in a fun, memorable, and relatable way, encouraging them to keep and apply the knowledge in their own day to day worlds. The children were most responsive to him as he genuinely and naturally engaged them and it was a delight to see and be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped Bubbles The Clown set up the magic tricks and props at two of his financial literacy performances. I saw his program at a recreation center and at a school. At the recreation center, there were about 30 children who ranged in age from 4 -8 years old. The children had a great time, and were engrossed in the program. They appeared to absorb the financial education information. The second event was at a school auditorium where there were about 125 children in grades K - 2. The program worked well in the large setting, also. I imagined that it would be difficult keeping the attention and involvement of such a large group of children for one hour. But, the kids loved it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bubbles The Clown did a very good job of communicating basic financial concepts to a group of children ages 5 - 12 years old. There were about 50 children in the room of the recrteation center at the show I attended. The children responded especially well to having a rabbit "magically" appear. The message they all discussed was that a person needs to save money for things he/she wants, such as adopting a pet. To be candid, I had concerns that a meaningful financial literacy program could be presented by using a clown character. David Felzenberg (as Bubbles) pulled it off. He kept the children interested and involved in the program.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I saw Bubbles The Clown present his organization's financial literacy program at a child care center. We have made a donation to the organization, and we wanted to see what the program was about. My husband and I agreed that our donation has been used for a good cause. We were pleased that the children were engaged in the program, and that they seemed to comprehend the overall message of saving money. I would recommend other people to donate to this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Treasurer of Bubbles The Clown Education Organization, and I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I have known David Felzenberg (a.k.a. Bubbles The Clown) for several years. It is clear that David enjoys what he is doing -- using the performing art of clowning as a teaching method to help children learn about financial literacy, reading literacy, childhood obesity prevention, and environmental awareness. The children respond accordingly. I have seen the childrens' faces light up when Bubbles does magic and uses props to teach them things. Moreover, as Treasurer of the Board of Directors, I am pleased that David and the Board take their fiduciary responsibilities very seriously. Few of the funds raised go for overhead or administrative or fundraising costs. The overwhelming amount of this organization's funds are used to deliver the programs to children in Baltimore-Washington area communities, particularly in underserved communities.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Financial Literacy Program has become a very valuable tool to help children learn about how money works. It is quite interesting and entertaining and very unique. I am pleased to have experienced the program with a room full of children. It was fun for them, and I will bet that they learned a lot, even if they thought is was just a great show!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At my child's school, Bubbles The Clown provided a financial literacy program. He was really good! I had not seen the topic of money management presented to kids they way that he did it. The magic words for each magic trick were, "save money." There was a wide age range at the program I attended. The kids were from 5 to 11 years old. Bubbles The Clown had the children help him make the magic work. They enjoyed that. At the end of the show, when Bubbles asked the children what they had learned, they yelled, "saving money." It was quite successful.