WE DON’T DO THIS ALONE
WE HAVE LEARNED THAT WE ACCOMPLISH MORE WHEN WE COLLABORATE WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED ORGANIZATIONS COMMITTED TO THE SAME VALUES AND WORK IN THE WORLD AS US. A GREAT PARTNER CAN PROFOUNDLY CHANGE THE SUCCESS OF A PROJECT AND ALLOW US TO WORK EVEN MORE IN A REGION OR COMMUNITY. WE CURRENTLY HAVE SOME AMAZING PARTNERS THAT WE HOPE WILL REMAIN SO FOR DECADES TO COME. CHECK THEM OUT AS WELL – THEY ARE DOING AMAZING THINGS TOO!
GLOBAL BRIDGE FOUNDATION
We are honored to start a collaboration with the Global Bridge Foundation. This is a very dynamic and proactive organization focused on the support and care of the world around us.
The mission of the Global Bridge Foundation is to work towards a more compassionate, peaceful world through offering strategic guidance and funding for self-sustaining programs.
Their Core Values:
We believe facilitating authentic communication between individuals and organizations is the best way to maximize potential. We believe in using monetary and other resources to create the maximum benefit to alleviate suffering. We believe in bridging, coordinating and matching the best practices, individuals and foundations in any given area to benefit those in greatest need. We believe that trust is essential in every facet of human contact including actions, words, tone of voice, and intention. We believe in the dedication to accountability, transparency, and integrity in all our interactions and actions.
It is hard to find words for the wonderful and amazing partnership we have with Phen-Dey. Over the last few years Phen-Dey has helped us support 1,000’s in India, as well as witness underserved communities. We have more planned for 2021 and beyond with them.
Although the Phen-dey Foundation mission is for education, cultural, social and development activities related to the preservation and promotion of the Tibetan culture, they constantly look for ways to support the larger Indian communities that surround many of their projects. They want to assure the country that has done so much for them is supported too.
This commitment helped us to create wells in two Indian villages populated by members of the untouchable caste. We were able to assist in bridging a gap in services for this important community and our hope is to do much more.
LOVE TRIBE PROJECT
We have worked with Love Tribe Project who is working in the Amboseli region of South Eastern Kenya. They are committed to raising awareness and funds to help women and their families from Maasai villages in Kenya, Africa, have access to water by building wells, providing safe water solutions, building schools, and develop entrepreneurial programs for women in their communities.
In the last few years, we have created opportunities for the Teens to receive mentoring from some of the best in their fields on every subject, as well as coaches who specialize in supporting others in seeing their gifts and passions. These individuals donate their time, resources, and expertise because they understand the deep value of inspiring youth and supporting them as they find their voice in this world.
Some of our Mentors:
Susan Brown – Local artist and Board Member of the Phen-Dey Foundation – Susan has worked with the teens exploring the creation of art and art-based projects, as a conduit for self-expression and skill building. She has also worked with them to understand the business aspect of artistic endeavors and how to sustain this particular life path.
Charlie Leisure – Consultant – how to engage others, from sponsorships to engaging others in your community. Charlie also helped them develop tools to work with challenges in their lives and manage adversity.
Veronique Porter – Wisdom Spring Board Member and Arts Advocate – Veronique has helped guide the Teen Leaders with art initiatives, helping guide the creative process in certain projects. Her background in developing supportive environments for artists has proved greatly beneficial, especially as a number of our Leaders are artists and creative people.
Sarah Smelkinson – Fashion designer for Billabong and marketing specialist – one of the many wonderful things about Sarah is that she is one of our past Teen Leaders. It is such an honor to have a graduate who has applied skills she learned with Wisdom Spring into her adult life come back to offer support and guidance to the next generations. She has helped the teens learn about marketing, especially the engagement of the local business community.
Stephen Thigpen – Business Consultant – Steve has worked one on one with a couple of students regarding the intricacies of running a business and how to engage business owners. Steve is also a generous donor, inspiring the teens in the practice of giving and philanthropy.
Robin Pierson – the art of writing and getting published. This especially focused on how to share your story and outreach to local news media and outlets.
Ed Steinfeld – a producer at KXFM radio in Laguna Beach on designing a radio show, including production, editing, and scripting. He has helped tremendously with the Teens Radio Show on KXFM.
Alyssa Hayek – General Manager and Afternoon Host at KXFM – Alyssa has lept in along with Ed to be an amazing mentor and guide for the Teens radio program. Who better to teach them the nuances of Radio than someone who is not only on-air regularly, but understands the business aspects of such a venture? We are blessed with such talent living in the Laguna Beach community, and our Teens from both coasts continue to learn from her wisdom.
Robert Strock – consultant and Co-Founder of the Global Bridge Foundation – Robert has led numerous sessions with teens on both coasts focusing on working with emotions and emotional life, as well as levels of how to engage in successful projects. Robert has a wonderful way of speaking to the heart of the issues that resonate most deeply with the teens, giving them rare opportunities to process and share deeply about how to be in the world in a more engaged way