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Day November 1, 2009

To Write Love on Her Arms Founder, Jamie Tworkowski, Speaks About Hope, Non-Profits, & The Power of a Story

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of a non-profit called To Write Love On Her Arms aimed at helping high risk young people combat depression, self injury, and addiction by meeting them where they are, online.

TWLOHA started as a story and one-off t-shirt with aims of helping to pay for the much needed treatment of a friend. TWLOHA quickly grew into something much larger. Within three years time TWLOHA received over a half million on-line subscribers, directly responded and helped over 100,000 at-risk people from over 100 countries, and has invested over $600,000 into treatment and recovery. The reach of how many people TWLOHA has helped indirectly is impossible to quantify. Amidst this journey TWLOHA has also rallied support from popular musical artists and has received world-wide press attention.

 

In this video Jamie Tworkowski meets up with Sparrow Media to discuss his group, the ups & downs of starting your own non-profit, and the power of the written, screen printed, and sang words that started it all, “To Write Love On Her Arms.”

 

Jamie’s story is one that shows us that the smallest initial actions, in this case a story and t-shirt, can affect infinite lasting change on our world. Jamie was recently nominated for an MTV “Good Woodie Award” for philanthropy & activism. Voting is open every day online until November 16th at http://www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2009/good-woodie/ be sure to cast your vote!

 

 

Tworkowski remains humble, despite the enormity of his success and subsequent accolades. As we met up with him at the CMJ music marathon in New York City last week we could not make it to the panelist’s green room without stopping to talk to dozens of admirers. Jamie and all of the TWOLA staff have become life preservers for thousands of sinking and at risk youth, with it has come some sort of philanthropic rock-stardom. Perhaps it is well deserved. The thought of a short story and slogan forever changing and in some cases directly saving the lives thousands of people is inspiring.

To learn more about To Write Love on Her Arms you can visit…

http://www.TWLOHA.com/vision
http://www.myspace.com/towriteloveonherarms
http://twitter.com/twloha
http://www.facebook.com/home.php
http://towriteloveonherarms.fancorps.com/

 

 

To learn more about starting your own non-profit organization visit…

http://www.wikihow.com/Start-a-501c3-Nonprofit-Organization
http://www.idealist.org/if/idealist/en/FAQ/QuestionViewer/default?id=70-9&category-id=5-5
http://www.foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/establish/
http://nonprofit.about.com/
http://nonprofit.about.com/od/nonprofitbasics/u/startingup.htm

 

Cipher’s Maurice Mitchell Heads Out On A Community Building Tour

Some folks in the music scene can get nostalgic from time to time and reminisce of the, “good old days” when rock was political and it, “meant something.” Cipher is one of those bands that brings back nostalgia far more vivid than the memories of the apple pies grandma used to make. For some it’s nostalgia for a place inside themselves where their hearts burned for what seemed for a minute to be tangible revolutionary social change in our lifetimes. It’s more than Cipher’s aggression, it’s more than their political content, and it’s more than the the way they braid musical genres at times creating their own. Cipher is music in action. Cipher would travel halfway across the country to play a show to one kid with in hopes that when she left the show that night she would take control over her destiny, pledging to fight for a better tomorrow. This is what sets Cipher apart, that, and the fact that they are always willing to try something new.

In the vein of trying something new Cipher’s frontman, Maurice (Moe) Mitchell decided to hit the road on a different kind of tour, a lecture & listening tour. At each stop Moe will be playing exclusive tracks off Cipher’s newest release, The Joyous Collapse, due to come out in May, 2010. He also will be speaking about the politics behind the songs, the “call for a new direction” in our music scene, and working to facilitate dialog aimed at community building at each stop. Check out Moe’s video above & contact listeningtour2009@gmail.com if you would like to bring Moe or the Cipher to your city.

Friday, October 30th, 2009 – Toronto

Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Houston, TX more info at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157803829754&ref=mf

Friday, November 6th, 2009 – Internationalist Books, Carborro, NC more info at http://www.internationalistbooks.org/

Monday, November 9th, 2009 – Albany, NY – SUNY Albany for more info contact Tim Larose at larosetim@yahoo.com

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 – Reclaiming the Right to Rock Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN for more info contact Dr. Mausby at maultsby@indiana.edu

For questions about the tour email: listeningtour2009@gmail.com