Nepal 2018 Teen Trip
The purpose of Heart of Gold Adventures is to offer Hudson Valley teens an educational experience that includes cultural awareness and appreciation, service to others, and the fun of adventure, so they can be empowered to gain a greater sense of themselves and the world. Participants will develop a passion for exploration and community engagement, and learn skills to enable themselves to put their dreams into action.
Participants will work alongside leaders and youth from the Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC), a Nepali based organization that offers much in the way of service, sustenance and enrichment for many young people in Nepal.
Youth Ambassadors on this journey with the Maya Gold Foundation will:
- Volunteer in an orphanage alongside Nepali teens
- Share their gifts, talents, and understanding of culture in the USA with the young people and teens of Nepal
- Make connections and friendships with Nepali Teens through personal exchange and outdoor adventures
- Reduce the illegal trafficking of young people via education and support of HCC
- Develop an understanding of Nepali culture, customs and history
- Gain an understanding of the difficulties and resiliencies of young people in Nepal
- Bring back their perspective and experience of Nepal to the Hudson Valley community through an event of creative presentations in New Paltz
The trip will take place from March 24 to April 7, 2018. Cost is $2900 per person, including airfare, lodging, food, ground transportation, excursions, and visa fees. Scholarships will be available pending eligibility, and all teens selected will have support fundraising for the trip.
Visit our website to learn more and apply: http://www.mayagoldfoundation.org/programs/apply
Heartbeats: The Ups and Downs of Relationships.
The event begins at 7:00 PM at the Rosendale Theatre Collective in Rosendale, NY on October 24, 2017. Seating is first come, first served, and admission is free.
The Maya Gold Foundation is hosting an interactive evening for teens and adults as part of our ongoing Community Series. This event is free and not to be missed, and all area teens are invited to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted in support of teens in the Hudson Valley and Nepal.
Hope on the Golden Gate Bridge: A Community Event
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SUNY New Paltz Campus, Lecture Center 100
Sergeant Kevin Briggs patrolled the Golden Gate Bridge for decades. Sergeant Briggs raises awareness about mental health and wellness, crisis management, and suicide prevention. He delivers his message by sharing his personal story and experiences, as well as tools he developed to assist with crises that can be used by anyone. His talk seeks to reduce the stigma related to mental illness. You will leave feeling inspired and encouraged!
All are welcome! This event is open to the entire Ulster County Community. Teens and college students, you are most welcome! Parents, educators, mental health workers, please join us! Spread the word.
Many agencies and resources throughout the Ulster County community will have tables. They will be available to share information. Please be prepared to network before and after the event.
We are excited, as this event is a partnership between the Maya Gold Foundation, ASAP (Association of Suicide Awareness and Prevention), which is a club formed of SUNY students, the SUNY New Paltz Student Association, the Ulster County Police Chiefs Association and the Office of Mike Hein, the Ulster County Executive. We are also happy to partner with friends and colleagues from the Ulster County Department of Health, Department of Mental Health.
Mykee Fowlin: You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:00 PM at the Rosendale Theatre
This event is co-sponsored by Wild Earth
In his one-man performance piece, ‘You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me’, Dr. Mykee Fowlin takes the audience on an experiential journey, having them reexamine core values that were taught to us from as early on as first grade. He uses many of his gifts, including humor, performance art, poetry, storytelling, psychology, theatrical monologues, and stories of his own personal journey, to create a moving experience for all who are open to this evolution. We encourage middle school students to attend with an adult. Following the performance Dr. Fowlin will lead a question and answer session for all attendees.
Creating More Compassionate Schools and Communities Through Emotional Intelligence
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00 PM, Coykendall Science Building, SUNY New Paltz
This event is co-sponsored by the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, SUNY New Paltz
Presented by Shauna Tominey and Kathryn Lee of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
In this workshop and discussion, teens and families will learn tools and strategies for managing the range of emotions we all have in order to help reduce stress, improve communication, and support one another in a way that helps us act and feel in a way that we feel good about. This interactive evening will include full group learning activities and breakout discussions. We will also emphasize emotions as a point of connection across, race, gender, and class difference.
Natalie Merchant and Friends:
A Benefit Concert for the Maya Gold Foundation
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7:00 PM, at Studley Hall, SUNY New Paltz
Please join us for a concert featuring Natalie Merchant and a select group of invited musicians FEATURING:
Gail Ann Dorsey
We are delighted to share that several New Paltz teens will be singing with Natalie and the artists and reading some poetry selections.
All funds raised will go towards programs for youth in New Paltz and for children in Nepal.
Screenagers: What Do You Think?
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 PM, at the New Paltz High School
This event is co-sponsored by the New Paltz Central School District and Wild Earth
Screenagers is a short film that looks into modern family life and depicts messy and humorous struggles over social media, video games, academics and culture. Through surprising insights from authors and scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower ourselves to best navigate the digital world. This screening is intended to foster dialogue and discussion about one important issue facing all of us today. We especially encourage middle school youth to attend.
Following this 60 minute film, there will be a panel discussion and audience Q and A facilitated by Tamara Cooper, LMSW, Program Director, Family of Woodstock Hotline and Crisis Center.
The panel will include:
- Evan Fantozzi, College student and Youth Camp Counselor
- Maddy Fox, PhD, Assistant Professor Children and Youth Studies and Sociology at Brooklyn College
- Melanie Hill, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz
- Kellyann Kostyal Larrier, Executive Director of SAFE Homes of Orange County
- Carole Louise, Hudson Valley high school student
- Timothy Rodier, LCSW-R, Psychotherapist in private practice
- Live via Skype from Kathmandu, Nepal will be Sadie Green, Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC) Director of Nepal Program Development, and a Nepali student representative from the Friends of HCC youth club
Loving Limits in a Digital Age
Presented by Kim John Payne
Presented by Wild Earth and the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School
May 12, 2016
Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz, 6:30 PM
We all need guidance on how to balance the incredible advances in technology and communication with the high cost of having to be “always on” and often (dis)connected from each other. Kim is the bestselling author of Simplicity Parenting.
There will be an admission charge for this event. This is a Wild Earth and Mountain Laurel School event, and the Maya Gold Foundation, High Meadow School, Primrose Hill School, Acorn School, Mountain Top School, and The Center for Creative Education are all co-sponsors.
The concert is a fundraiser and kickoff for the Maya Gold Foundation. All proceeds from the concert will serve as seed money for the Foundation, to enable us to support and develop programs for teens in New Paltz and the surrounding areas, and to support young people in Nepal.
April 17, 2016
1:00 PM. Doors open at 12:30. Please allow ample time for parking and seating.
Studley Theater on the SUNY New Paltz campus
RABBI JONATHAN KLIGLER, Master of Ceremonies with Kim and Reggie Harris
BILL & LIVIA VANAVER AND THE VANAVER YOUTH DANCE COMPANY
with Alena Brocker, Amelia Verderosa, Evan Stover, Kaya Jordan, Keenan Cleary, Morgane Kuyl, Neve Parker, Noah Ballinger, Rhiannon Sloane, Robert Melikyan, Sophia Roberts, and Toby Stover
ELISE GOLD will speak about the Foundation’s work in the Hudson Valley
with Ben Carr, Ted Morcaldi, and Zane West
THE PAUL GREEN ROCK ACADEMY SHOWBAND AND SPECIAL GUEST SIMI STONE
with Eli Propper, Jack Weiss, Nick Casa, Olivia Casa, Raphael Gould-Schwartz,
Riley Brutvan, Stella McMahon, and Toni Weeks
MATHEW SWERDLOFF will speak about the Foundation’s work in Nepal
KIM AND REGGIE HARRIS
Team Kintsugi raised over $600 on behalf of Maya at the annual Walk Out of the Darkness Community Walk on October 25. The walk is to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and their work nationally.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with a precious metal, such as powdered gold, silver or platinum. The philosophy is that the breakage and repair are a part of the history of the vessel or object, and should be honored, rather than disguised. The name was chosen for this event and to honor Maya’s family.