Here at Fight Back Productions, we love to hear awesome stories about people doing things to better the world, whether in the field of violence prevention or elsewhere. This week, I’ve been super excited to hear about some really cool people doing some really cool things. Check out these links and look for ways that you can help make a difference in your community!
A retired EMT and police officer in south Florida makes self-defense education accessible to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community. Attacks on minority groups such as the LGBT community are on the rise, so kudos to Mr. Cacioppo for his good work!
Two friends of Girls Fight Back are in the running for Pepsi Refresh Awards. Basically, Pepsi gives a ton of money out to people doing good things so that they can do more good things. But to win the money, they have to get votes…lots and lots of votes!
One of these projects belongs to longtime friends Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer. Shawn is HIV+, Gwenn is HIV- and they are married. They travel the country teaching teenagers and young adults how to stay safe and know their status when it comes to HIV. If they win, they’ll receive $50,000 to travel the country and do their thing. Honestly, if anyone hasn’t seen them speak, they are a hoot and a half! Plus they are just cool people with a lot of great information to share. So click here and get signed up to vote for them!
Driver’s Ed for Love is a new friend to Girls Fight Back and is all about offering relationship education to young adults. I had the pleasure of seeing their program at this year’s SEPC and was really excited about the concept of this program. The idea is that if we educate young people about how to select mates, we will decrease divorce and other heartaches and increase happiness in our love relationships. They are in the running for $150,000 to get their program off the ground by training program facilitators, conducting research and offering free programming at colleges around the country. Click here and get signed up to vote of Driver’s Ed for Love.
Now the cool thing about the Pepsi Refresh project is that you can vote twice a day, once online and once via text message, so vote for both of these awesome project everyday during the month of September.
The last cool person doing a cool thing that I want to mention is…well…ME! Ok, maybe I’m not really that cool (I’m actually kind of a dork), but my daughter and I are doing something that I’m pretty proud of and that you can help us out with. We are walking in this year’s AIDSWalk DC and trying to raise $1000. The infection rate in our nation’s capital is 1 in 20! That’s comparable to some parts of Africa! A thousand dollars is a high goal, but we are getting so close! We only need $305 to break it and taste some sweet, sweet victory. You can make a donation of any size here. Thanks to our amazing GFB family and their generous donation to support us, as well as, our new friends at Driver’s Ed for Love who also made a donation. I’m so inspired by the friends and family who have stepped forward to help us raise this money. It is incredible! So thanks in advance for any monetary love you show.
Know someone doing something cool to make our world a better place? Let us know here in the comments or on the wall of our Facebook page! We’d love to give them a shoutout!
We have a stake in one another. What binds us together is greater than what drives us apart. If enough people believe in the truth of that proposition, and act on it, we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.
–Barack Obama, December 1, 2006 (World AIDS Day)