News and Calendar
ART IN ACTION PROGRAM FEATURED ON CASCADE PATCH!
BE PROACTIVE PUTS ART IN ACTION THIS SUMMER!
Be Proactive's Art In Action program is in full swing, with this year's Healthy Hearts theme challenging students to use the arts, fitness and other outlets to make positive choices in life. More than 70 students have been engaged through the summer program. We've realized the following accomplishments along the way:
Healthy Hearts Discussion Groups
Each day, teen discussion groups are led to engage the students in dialogue on topics like: drug & alcohol education, STD and pregnancy prevention, good vs. bad habits, goal setting, healthy relationships, problem solving, eating well, hygiene, exercise, etiquette, character development and community service.
Healthy Hearts Seminar at Westwood College
On June 18th, students participated in a Healthy Heart seminar at Westwood College that was organized in partnership with Excel Science. During the visit, students rotated between seminars on heart dissection and anatomy, blood pressure, pulse and body mass index (BMI), healthy eating and exercise. The students concluded their trip with a visit to the Graphic Design labs to brainstorm ideas for the Healthy Hearts t-shirts they are creating.
Healthy Hearts Fitness Workshops
Boxing and dance-oriented fitness activities are being conducted twice a week with the support of Rhythma Dance Studios and the Sweat Shop Boxing & Fitness Studio!
Media Literacy and Positive Expression Through Songwriting
Each week, the students are engaged in workshops that challenge them to think critically about the music they listen to and to write positive and uplifting songs. The students, in turn, have a positive outlet to express their ideas, concerns and dreams. These workshops occur once a week (Wednesdays) and are being organized by F22 Studio and SESAC with the support of guest songwriters, DJs, producers and other volunteers.
BE PROACTIVE AND MEDTECH PARTNER TO GROW GREATNESS
Be Proactive is excited to partner with Medtech, a premier healthcare education provider, to grow greatness among Atlanta youth through positive mentoring and vocational education opportunities. This partnership will build on Medtech’s commitment to being a proactive contributor in the community and leverage the company’s portfolio of educational programs.
This January, Medtech launched the partnership by sponsoring Be Proactive through its Jeans for a Cause initiative, which enabled Medtech employees to make monetary pledges to Be Proactive in exchange for wearing jeans on Fridays. Monies raised by Medtech employees were matched by the company at the end of the campaign.
Jeans for a Cause was the first of several projects being organized to make mentoring and educational resources more accessible to at-risk families. Since the campaign, Be Proactive has continued to partner with Medtech to structure a range of educational opportunities and corporate engagement projects that connect Medtech employees to mentoring and community service. This May, Be Proactive students had a special visit to the Medtech corporate office, during which they participated in engaging conversations with Medtech staff on the importance of education and career readiness. The students also toured the facilities, had an amazing lunch and received gift baskets chocked full of Medtech t-shirts, scrubs and other swag!
This June, Medtech will partner with Be Proactive to help facilitate the organization’s Healthy Hearts Campaign, which will empower teens to improve their health through exercise, the arts and making healthy choices in their lives. Medtech students will be conducting physical fit tests over the course of the campaign, which is being launched in conjunction with Be Proactive’s summer Art In Action program.
COMMUNITY DANCE WORKSHOPS @ RHYTHMA DANCE STUDIOS
Don't miss the next Community Dance Class, free for all teens (12-18) and parents! Classes are held every other Thursday @ 6PM. Upcoming class dates include: July 26, August 9 and August 23!
RHYTHMA DANCE STUDIOS is located at 555 Whitehall Street, Studio R, Atlanta, GA 30303.
BE PROACTIVE RECEIVES FIRST PROGRAMMING GRANT!
May 2012: Ryan Dunn (center), Be Proactive's Mentoring Coordinator and Executive Director Devin Rucker (right), receive sponsorship from the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority
After three years of hard work in community, Be Proactive earned its first programming grant from the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. The grant funds were awarded for Be Proactive to lead a new Healthy Hearts campaign to improve the physical and mental health among the youth of Fulton and DeKalb counties. The Healthy Hearts project was launched on June 4th as part of Be Proactive's second annual Art In Action summer camp.
BE PROACTIVE CELEBRATES GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY
An amazing team of youth and adult volunteers came out to help Be Proactive prepare for its summer Art In Action program. During this special project, volunteers helped landscape the program site, build gardening structures and paint the garage workshop.
BE PROACTIVE VISITS KISS 104.1FM!
April 2012: Be Proactive Executive Director Devin Rucker visited KISS 104.1FM to share updates about the Art In Action program and other happenings. Devin was interviewed by the one and only Sasha the Diva, who was a pleasure to meet. The Be Proactive radio spots aired on KISS 104.1FM during the month of May!
BE PROACTIVE VISITS THE GOVERNOR FOR SPECIAL PROCLAMATION
February 2012; Executive Director Devin Rucker (fourth from left) on board to receive special proclamation at the State Capitol
As members of the Fulton County Heart Coalition, Be Proactive was on board to receive a special proclamation at the Governor's office for its efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of residents in the metro Atlanta community.
BE PROACTIVE'S ANNUAL SUMMIT GROWS GREATNESS!
Special thanks to everyone who supported our Growing Greatness Summit, a day of learning, networking and fun aimed at equipping the community to GROW GREATNESS and BE PROACTIVE in all areas of life.
During our Summit, more than 400 participants enjoyed INSPIRING SPEAKERS, GREAT FOOD (courtesy of Thompson Brothers BBQ and Nicky's Seafood) and INFORMATIVE WORKSHOPS. Everyone also left the Summit with SWAG BAGS (courtesy of ProActive Management Consulting, Capitol Records and B.E.S.T. Academy) and NEW CONVERSE KICKS!
The response to our Summit was positively amazing. The main feedback we received for improving next year's Summit was MORE, MORE, MORE!
View More Summit Photos - Courtesy of F22 Studio!
SUPERSTAR TYRESE GIBSON HELPS KICK OFF NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
In August 2011, Be Proactive welcomed singer, actor and author Tyrese Gibson to B.E.S.T Academy for a special student assembly! The assembly began with the school choir’s performance of one of Tyrese’s hit songs. The crowd was surprised and elated when Tyrese actually took the stage to help the choir perform! During his visit, Tyrese shared insights from his new book, highlighting the importance of getting and education, choosing friends wisely and making good choices in life. The students, staff and parents were definitely excited to participate in this special assembly. One mother even stated that she is one of Tyrese’s biggest fans and has raised her children to his music!
View More Tyrese Photos - Courtesy of F22 Studio!
BE PROACTIVE YOUTH RECORD FIRST SONG!
In August 2011, Be Proactive youth recorded “Get Ya Dreamin’ On,” the FIRST SINGLE and SOON-TO-BE ANTHEM for the Foundation. “Get Ya Dreamin’ On” is a positive and catchy song about reaching your dreams and being successful in life. The song was produced by Mr. Wes during our summer program!
Download “Get Ya Dreamin’ On” Today! – Proceeds to benefit our youth programming.
Special thanks to Peniece LeGall with SESAC for organizing our music workshops and Mr. Wes for helping the students record their first song!
BE PROACTIVE GOES GREEN!
On Saturday, August 27th, Be Proactive held its first Going Green Fair, an event that celebrated students from our summer arts program, highlighted ways to be healthy and protect the environment and prepared the students for the new school year!
Event Sponsors and Partners:
Converse, Proactive Management Consulting, Herzing University, F22 Studio, Thompson Brothers BBQ, KIND Bars and Sewa International.
BE PROACTIVE PARTNERS WITH FULTON COUNTY FOR PEACE WEEK
Be Proactive helped kick off a week of activities aimed at reducing violence among young people and promoting anger management and conflict resolution. Peace week was sponsored by Chairman John H. Eaves, Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. During the kick off rally, Be Proactive hosted an information table and raffled off new shoes (courtesy of Converse). Stay tuned for photos!