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Your Change Can Bring Changes

What is charity? We hear about people making huge donations or travelling across the world to help others, but charity is not limited to these two options. There are many of us who want to contribute to our communities, but are worried about the amount of time and money we are able to give. However, we need to remember that an ocean is made of millions of tiny water drops. When we each contribute something small, eventually it can become something big. But how small can our contribution be? It could be as small as the penny in your pocket.KidCents logo in different bright colors, red, green, yellow, blue, orange,pink

The Rite Aid Corporation is a prominent drugstore chain based in the United States. It has been devoted to improving the health and wellness of local communities through their Rite Aid Foundation. The KidCents program, founded by Rite Aid in 2014, now works with more than 440 non-profit organizations to realize their purpose of improving children’s lives. Through enrolling in the KidCents program, your purchases at the Rite Aid Pharmacy will be rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. This leftover change will go to an organization of your choosing (like PYD!)  to make meaningful differences in the lives of children in your local community.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities joined the KidCents program in 2015. Over the last two years with the KidCents program, PYD has received almost $20,000 from the Rite Aid Foundation. PYD just confirmed that we will continue to partner with KidCents for our third year in 2018! Over the past few years, close to 100 people chose us as their KidCents beneficiary. Today, we are looking forward to seeing even more people choose PYD as their charity for the KidCents program.

As a part of this mission, we would like to share the artwork created by our team and fellow artists within the community to motivate people to sign up for the KidCents program and we hope choose PYD as their beneficiary. We have produced a sketched illustration (which you can find on our Instagram) as well as a flyer that we will distribute in the community.


This sketched picture will also serve as a start of PYD’s Giving Tuesday campaign. By posting this picture on social media, PYD is encouraging more people to create artwork for the cause. If you would like to lend a hand, you can turn in your art to info@pyd.com or submit it on social media using the hashtag #IAmPYD.


Lavinia’s #Inktober art KidCents


Join the conversation and add your #Inktober art on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Be sure to tag #IAmPYD!

This post was written by  Yidan Gao, Yuxin Dai, Lavinia Fung and Samantha Santoro of the BU PRLab. Edited by Nicole Malo.

Mehdi Raoufi

Mehdi Raoufi joined PYD in the Fall of 2017 as a Pre-Employment Specialist. Mehdi is new to Boston after relocating from the Washington, D.C. area. Mehdi has worked for six years as a teaching artist and Director of Inclusive Theater companies with Artstream, a non-profit organization that supports individuals of varying abilities in social skills and job training using the arts.

In addition, Mehdi has taught music and theatre and is a current graduate student at Lesley University, studying Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition to PYD, Mehdi is also interning at The Italian Home for Children, supporting children and families with emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges at their Therapeutic Day School.

When he has a moment to breathe, Mehdi loves live music and arts and playing with his two dogs, Maggie and Coltrane.

Q&A for the PYD RFP process

The full Disability Mentoring Initiative Request for Proposals can be found at this link.

Please direct all questions to Genelle Thomas at gthomas@pyd.org. Questions must be
received by October 20th, 2017. Answers to questions will be posted on this page
on November 1st, 2017.

RFP timeline:

  • October 6, 2017: Proposal released
  • November 15, 2017: Proposal due date
  • December 10, 2017: Decision announced
  • January 1: 2018: Collaboration begin

Courtney Fox

Courtney Fox, Mentoring Specialist, is thrilled to join the PYD team. Courtney is passionate about working with and advocating for young people, and is driven by a commitment to promoting the mental health and well-being of youth. She recently moved to the Boston area after completing a Master’s degree at the University of Virginia in Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science.

Prior to graduate school, Courtney spent 3 years working as a researcher in the mentoring field. In addition, she has volunteered with a variety of youth programs as a mentor, co-teacher, and program evaluator.

Across settings, Courtney employs a strengths-based approach when working with youth, and is excited to facilitate and support positive mentoring relationships with PYD.

Jordan Lome

Jordan Lome joined PYD in September 2017 as the Mentor Match Recruitment and Retention Specialist through the Highland Streets AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring program. Her work at PYD will focus on supporting mentor recruitment and retention efforts through the planning of events, attending volunteer fairs, and creating a training guide for parents and mentees. She is excited to bring new and accessible opportunities to the Mentor Match program in reaching out to newcomers and alums!

Jordan holds a M.Ed. in Community Arts Education from Lesley University and a BA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She has experience working in informal education and arts administration. Jordan served with AmeriCorps last year at Providence Children’s Museum in Rhode Island where she helped create early childhood-based programs both in and out of the museum. She also helped established a Universal Design for Learning training for future AmeriCorps members there as well as helped developed pre-visit booklet for families with autism. Prior, she worked as a social marketing intern for VSA Massachusetts and at Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

Jordan looks forward to empowering more youth and inter-generational mentorship opportunities to PYD!

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