Content Tagged: empowering children

Benedict Lekanapal: Radiant Child

We are happy to welcome back The Thorn Tree Project, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to help educate the children of traditional nomadic families in Northern Samburu. This Thursday June 6th, The Thorn Tree Project will be hosting their annual African Bazaar and Auction at the Urban Zen Center in the Stephan Weiss Studio. The proceeds… Read more »

Continuing the work of the Children’s Art for Art Haiti Project

During my last trip to Haiti, Urban Zen partnered with Sow a Seed, a non-profit organization based in Haiti dedicated to bringing hope and creating sustainable change in the lives of orphans in Haiti. On December 10, 2010 Sow a Seed hosted their annual holiday event, Santa’s Wonderland at the Union School in Port-au-Prince. The… Read more »

The Children for Children Haiti Project: Holiday Greetings

“When something is made by hand, you feel the soul that went into it.” – Donna Karan We couldn’t agree with these words from our founder more, and these hand-drawn holiday cards portray this sentiment beautifully. As a part of our Children for Children Haiti Project kids from the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC created… Read more »

The Children for Children Haiti Project

Often, our Founder Donna Karan, will speak about her vision for education; about her belief that true learning must expand beyond just reading, writing and arithmatic to include the mind, body and spirit. Children need tactile, experiential learning; they need to learn from their relationships and from diverse cultures and people groups. It is with… Read more »

Facing a Generation of Lost Children

by Deborra-lee Furness People say I am an, “adoption advocate,” but the truth is I am a kid advocate. I would love for the word “adoption” not to be a part of our vocabulary, along with disease, war and poverty. In a perfect world, every child would remain with his or her birth family. For… Read more »

This Week’s Community Highlights!

This week, conversations with @Urban_Zen spanned the whole spectrum of our initiatives. We asked our members if there was a time when they responded with understanding rather than with anger. @thepathtochange learned about empathy from his experience witnessing mistreatment of the mentally ill. @sunnycoastbb shared with us her painful experience with an abusive partner, learning… Read more »

A Conversation with Shelley Clay

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Shelley Clay, founder of the Apparent Project, a Haitian nonprofit that translates beautiful artisan beadwork into sustainable jobs so that parents can provide care for their children. Shelley’s beautiful jewelry is a part of Donna Karan’s curated selection of artisan wares sold at Urban Zen. As… Read more »

#FF Follow Our Winners for the 2011 WIE Symposium!

Since we announced the winners of the WIE Symposium contest, these lovely ladies have become key members of our online community. They share their beliefs and values as well as engage with others with thoughtfulness and kindness. It warms our hearts that we have selected the right kind of young women to be representing us… Read more »

September Community Ambassador – Andre Charles

At first glance, you may mistake Andre Charles as simply another street artist. However, this Bronx native has done something extraordinary with his graffiti. He has earned the respect of bourgeois culture. The New York Times has spotlighted his career, which boasts collaborations with Spike Lee, Janet Jackson, Mountain Dew, and Sprite. From alleys and… Read more »

The Bridgehampton Polo Challenge: An Exchange of Inspiration

It continues to be a very exciting summer for Urban Zen. As we prepare for a new slate of programming for the fall, our July and August are dedicated to bringing our Hope Help & Rebuild Haiti (HHRH) initiative to the Hamptons. Each weekend of Bridgehampton Polo, pieces from the HHRH collection will be sold,… Read more »