The Chelsea Foundation's mission as a non-profit is to provide children/students with tools that will help them succeed both in the classroom, and later in life. These tools include encouraging literacy, helping them to think creatively, and rewarding their effort. They think that, especially with students under age 12, if they are taught these skills, they will fare better in school, and in life. I have been working with them, on-and-off, since the summer of 2013. I can honestly say, based on my work with them, that I could not have found a better way to both gain work experience, and get myself a good reference for when I am out in the working world. I have done a few different projects with them, such as editing stories from their online magazine, Chelsea's Beacon, to converting a longer story of theirs into a screen-play (which was my first project with them), to editing a grant request, and I also wrote an article for a magazine that they are looking to distribute to the schools that they work with. I am currently in the middle of writing another article for them, pertaining to Asperger's Syndrome. Kathleen, the Executive Director whom I exchange e-mails with, has been very helpful to me. She is always eager to find something for me to do, and is always very cheerful in her e-mails to me. The Chelsea Foundation has been a good start for me, as I look to become a professional writer in my adult life, and I think that anyone, now or in the future, who works with them will benefit from that experience.
I have been volunteering as a writer and proofreader with The Chelsea Foundation since the Spring. My experience thus far has been so rewarding. It gives me the opportunity to use my passion of writing to help youth become more involved in education. Education is crucial, but sadly overlooked by many young people. The Chelsea Foundation encourages young people to find their voice in whatever drives them and makes the world a better place! Kathleen is a beautiful person and leader. I believe the work of her foundation will do great things for our future.
If I were to start a nonprofit organization, the general idea would likely be similar to The Chelsea Foundation's mission. Lightening a teacher's load and helping children set and achieve goals--what could be a better focus for a nonprofit to make today's life easier for educators and students and tomorrow's world better for everyone?
Children (and adults, for that matter) can get hours of enjoyment reading the online stories and articles in _Chelsea's Beacon_ for FREE. If readers learn something while enjoying themselves, so much the better.
I've only been volunteering a week and I'm amazed at all the thoughtful ideas from the various awards to the magazine are available. Although I live several states away and haven't met any of the other volunteers or staff members in person, I feel as if I'm a part of an excellent team.
I'm thrilled to have discovered The Chelsea Foundation and their website. I'm honored to be a part of their good work.
If you believe in education, then you would think the Chelsea Foundation is a worthy cause. If you believe in children, then you would think the Chelsea Foundation is a worthy cause. I started volunteering with this organization five years ago and am as dedicated to it as ever. Though I have never met any of the other wonderful volunteers I work with or Kathleen, the foundation's stellar, persistent and caring executive, I feel as though I have met them. Emails from Kathleen or the Foundation are a bright part of my day and I look forward to continue serving this cause!
As a former board member, I was involved in helping plan and carry out several Braves fundraisers. 2005, 2006, 2007
It was fun, friendly competition among the volunteers.
I have been to visit the DOE of Ga. and met with staff to discuss the journal, awards, and distribution of the Beacon, the newspaper for the Chelsea Foundation.
Kathleen, has a vision to enhance the education experience. Jennie Glasgow has been a wonderful addition to the Chelsea Foundation.
It is exciting to see how much progress has been made.
I have been working with the Chelsea Foundation for 6 years. Kathleen has a vision and is persistent enough to make this vision a reality. This is why I have stayed with the organization for so long.
Kathleen O'Malley Brown, Executive Director and founder of The Chelsea Foundation, is a prolific and generous woman who's seen her vision of a better educational environment for all children from conception to realization. She is involved in every facet of the foundation and works tirelessly to polish the project as a whole. One of the ways she achieves that is by recruiting the best, brightest, and most dedicated professionals in such fields as illustration, creative writing, and education. I am priviledged to work with such people in the creation of The Chelsea Foundation's flagship publication, Chelsea's Beacon.
Kathleen is available with constant guidance for me, as I create illustrations to flesh out the inspiring stories of the authors. Stories and subjects are often worked on by teams, and we are able to give the feedback needed to make Chelsea's Beacon perfect. And all of this is put together with a diverse group of people across the globe, working inside the virtual word towards a common goal: an educational and entertaining format for teachers and students.
I love making inspiring art for children, so when I read about The Chelsea Foundation, I knew it was the place for me. The whole world they've created promotes family, dreams, happiness, and safety. The residents of Castle Land are charming, smart, and lovable. It's really a very beautiful tapestry that The Chelsea Foundation is weaving together!
In these tough economic times in which funding for educations is being cut severely, this nonprofit organization is offering free assistance to teachers and students. They are truly dedicated to offering sound educational activities which can be used in and out of the classroom free of charge!
As a retired teacher, I appreciate their effort, and I offered my services to assist in their noble endeavor.
If I knew the kind of work load I was putting ahead of myself I might not have agreed to commit to this non profit when my son asked. He had experienced the Quality Effort Award as a child, and witness himself the impact it had on his classmates. He knew that the program took him from a failing reader of 1.6 to a 3.9 in less than three months. He wanted to share it with every failing reader in America, because he knew what a difference it could make. He knew that all children can read, if given the right kind of encouragement. They can become good readers as he did, without being held back. So he asked if I would not and encouraged me every time we hit a road block, giving poignant advice.
So I have worked, and worked, volunteering thousands of hours of time to make this happen, and soon we will have finally pulled it all together. It would not have happened without the dedication of many. We are blessed with some amazing, and committed volunteers. We never hit a roadblock where everyone did not meet it with suggestions that produced solutions.
Today we begin taking literacy across curriculum, helping teachers to help their students to become all that they want to be.
For me the Quality Effort Award Program is about the children! Children have been central in my life as far back as I can remember; parents marveled over what I could accomplish in behavior changes that they could not. My answer was always the same - I zeroed in on what motivated them, not collectively, but individually, explaining why I remain committed to this program. Individual motivation is central to this program, and why it works!
I have only recently joined Chelsea's Beacon as a writer, but it already holds a very special place in my heart. I was so taken aback at the kindness of the volunteer staff. We all share the love of reading and, as adults, aspire to share that love with children -- especially as arts education is declining across the country.
Chelsea's mission is to motivate and inspire children's literacy and creative thinking. I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of it! Through my stories about "Gabby Gorilla" I hope to boost children's self-confidence, adventurous spirits and curious minds. We are all very dedicated to Chelsea's Beacon and to the kids who dream along with us. I can't wait to see the newest issue! And I can't wait to see the creative work Chelsea's team has inspired in its young readers!
I've had so much fun helping proofread the Chelsea Foundation's new website for educators. The stories on the site have such universal appeal, and they are fun, funny, and educational at the same time. The activities on this site are uniquely designed to promote interactive education in the classroom. And the variety of topics (everything from music to math to history) ensures children will get the help they need to excel in any subject. Especially noteworthy is the Creed of Students' Success, which clearly incorporates fundamentals students should follow to receive a positive educational experience. Throughout the past few months, I feel I’ve donated my time for a great cause while simultaneously making a few new long-distance friends!
As an artist who signed up with this organization as a donor of art for auction, I find their staff to be most professional and friendly. I feel like one of the "family" of participants that make this foundation what it is....a 5, no, 6 star charity! Their emails have kept me abreast of all their activities (and there have been many), and their personal emails from my close contacts since the beginning have been uplifting. I will continue to participate in this charity and hope others will follow suit. Yea, Chelsea!!!! Lori Musil, Official Trail of Painted Ponies Artist.
At first, I joined the Chelsea Foundation on its journey to publish Chelsea’s Beacon to keep my journalistic skills sharp. I could have chosen another publication, but I have a deep, abiding belief that education is the cornerstone of our society. It begins at home and, at the end of the long trek down “Education Lane,” what comes out are the adults who make important decisions that affect their families, communities, and, in some cases, their governments. This is why my interest was piqued by the VolunteerMatch request for people to help produce a children’s newspaper. It is my belief that many ills of society are the result of insufficient education. Education is not held as important in many families as it should be and the inadequate funding provided by our governments for school necessities serves to reinforce that shortsighted notion. To excite a child to want to be educated is what I want to see happen with Chelsea’s Beacon. I have two daughters. My eldest, who is now 15, had that sense of wonder at a young age that all children have when they are little. “Why is the sky blue?” or “What is that?” are the kinds of questions she asked. I nurtured that wonder in her and today, in the middle of her adolescence, she is taking “dual-enrollment” college and high school classes. She continues to seek out the answers to “What is that?” or “Why does that happen?” She truly enjoys school. My youngest daughter, who recently turned seven, is in the middle of that wonderful time of life where everything is shiny new and bright she is ripe for the sort of educational boost that a newspaper like Chelsea’s Beacon can provide. She loves school and loves learning. I hope she keeps that going, just as her sister has done. I want this for all children, not just my own. Chelsea’s Beacon has the power to make that a reality.
I’m fortunate to say that I was there in the beginning. Not the beginning when Chelsea was first conceived, but the beginning of the Foundation as it is today. Our country and many of our peers in the world stand apart on one key issue—education. This isn’t an issue where the United States has a distinct and unequivocal advantage, such as arms or economic power, but one where we are lagging behind many nations far less developed than ourselves. Our nation’s priorities have shifted from the importance of classroom learning at an early age to activities that are easier and more fun for our children, while the world around us continues to move ahead. After doing volunteer work serving on various business education advisory boards, my alma mater’s young alumni council, and work with other organizations, I knew when Chelsea’s President asked me to step up, my response was, and only could be, "yes." I saw in Chelsea an opportunity where my contribution provided instant value to the organization and served a cause as worthy as any. If what we do as part of this foundation keeps a child in school longer and allows that child to feel better about him or herself and his or her ability to achieve, then I know our mission is being fulfilled. Our nation’s situation isn’t changing and as this foundation grows, so will the needs of our youth and we must continue to be there with the resources.
Social problems have emotional roots, and there is nothing more emotionally traumatizing to our youth than to see themselves fail time and time again. In America, the voice of society is often heard saying, "The children are our readers of tomorrow.” With these facts in mind, the Chelsea foundation is seeking to place a valuable tool in our youth's hands to help them see their full potential. We at the Chelsea Foundation, recognize that our youth are the leaders, the innovators, and the discoverers of tomorrow. We want to see children grow through reading, learning, and voicing their fears without ridicule. The plan is simple: Reach out to the children and they will reach back; understand the child and understand the potential. Too many, it is a paper; to a child, it is an opportunity to learn through a process that they can take part in—reading and writing about material in a new way. I was asked what I think that the Chelsea Foundation can accomplish if given the opportunity. In return, I asked, “What value do you place on a child's future? How is that potential measured? And most importantly, how do you withhold something that could help a child?”
I taught 30+ years as a teacher of children in grades K-6. The ones who were reading below grade level were often the ones with low self-esteem. They were the ones who would not volunteer to read aloud, would not find answers in textbooks, or would not read for pleasure. I believe Chelsea can correct this by putting into the hands of struggling readers a newspaper with content that is of high interest, but uses words they can read. Because they will be successful, their self-esteem should receive a boost. Hopefully, they then will be more willing to try to read other printed material. I am no longer teaching, and so Chelsea affords me the chance to still help children. That is why I became a part of the foundation.
I remember well the lack of success of all previous efforts to turn me into a reader: tutors, summer reading camp—even my hearing and vision were checked—to no avail. Excelling in all other areas, having a high IQ left all scratching their heads. Then something came along that changed everything: the Quality Effort Award Program. There is only one reason why I keep reaching into my pockets to fund the efforts of the program: I know that it works—I experienced it first hand! In the third grade, the Quality Effort Award Program took me from a 1.6 to a 3.9 reading level in fewer than three months. Today, looking back as a parent, my reasons for initiating the Chelsea Foundation seem simple. I compared what I went through, during my first three years as I tried to learn to read, with what this program later accomplished for my schoolmates and me. Today these cost-effective, supportive tools leave me one choice: to support the Foundation as much as I can. It goes beyond a volunteer’s commitment—it is a commitment to every elementary child, enabling each to reach his or her maximum potential.
Having always been involved with charitable and educational opportunities, I currently have a full plate and then some. However, the day that I met the Executive Director of the Chelsea Foundation, Kathleen O’Malley Brown, I was struck by her compassion and her adamant belief that all children deserve to feel loved and appreciated and that those who might be struggling with learning and self-esteem issues needed a “voice” and simple methods to encourage and motivate them. It’s pretty hard to say “no” to a woman whose dream is to help children, but especially when she has a plan that can so easily be adopted. The Chelsea’s Beacon has already proven to be an outstanding publication. Now we only need someone to step up to the plate and provide the funding, and we will be off and running! I couldn’t say “no” to this creative undertaking – how about you? Care to join us?