At Ability Awareness Project we believe to put a stop to bullying we need to build a kinder culture at our schools and a kinder community that supports our efforts. Thus we created the Laguna Beach Kindness Movement.
In April of 2018, Shadi Pourkashef, founder/executive director of Ability Awareness Project and voted best Activist of Laguna Beach, was invited by Kindness Evolution to join another 29 Kindness Leaders in a gathering in Half Moon Bay, California. This gathering was held for 3 consecutive days on April 20-22, 2018 without a moment to waste for 30 influential Kindness Leaders of our nation to collaborate together and find new ways to collectively make a bigger impact at our schools and our communities.
That meeting led her to become the Goodwill Ambassador of World Kindness USA for the City of Laguna Beach, Ability Awareness Project became a Founding member of World Kindness USA and with the help of Ability Awareness Project's board member and Councilman of City of Laguna Beach Mr. Steve Dicterow, AAP brought Kindness to the City of Laguna Beach's government. The City Council unanimously signed the resolution on Sept. 11, 2018 and held an official declaration signing ceremony and celebration on Nov. 13, 2018 (which was the 2018 World Kindness Day) to join as one of the four founding cities of World Kindness USA.
Ability Awareness Project is now also a partner with The Charter for Compassion, a collaborator with The Kindness Evolution, a Raktivist with the Random Acts of Kindness, the 2018 recipient of Best Education Center in Best of Laguna Beach, the 2018 OneOC Champion of Change Makers, and won 1st place at the Patriot’s Day Parade with a song Ms. Pourkashef composed about a conversation between a child being bullied and her consoling mother.
Laguna Beach Kindness Movement continues to grow and the ripples of kindness are reaching out to over 20,000 people weekly online on our social media sites. In town, many people are supporting us with our "Choose To Be Kind" yard signs and our World Kindness Cards.
Our 2019 "Day of Kindness" event was sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach on Nov. 9, 2019 with a stage on the beach and over 50 volunteers. It was a day of music, eye contact and human connection activities along with children activities ending with a "meditation on kindness" at sunset.
Your support and contributions will enable us to provide our Bullying Prevention Presentations and Kindness Programs for schools, senior centers and beyond. Your generous donation will directly fund our mission and is tax deductible through our fiscal sponsorship with OneOC, EIN #95-2021700
Your support and contributions will enable us to provide our Bullying Prevention Presentations and Kindness Programs for schools, parents, educators, senior centers and beyond. Your generous donation will directly fund our mission and is tax deductible through our fiscal sponsorship with OneOC, EIN #95-2021700
Donate online by clicking the button below
or write a check to "Ability Awareness Project" and mail to:
OneOC1901 E. 4th St., Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Make a statement, be the role model for your children or your business, inspire your community, neighbors and trespassers!!
Kindness is a choice we need to be making everyday specially at this turbulent times.
There's always a kinder option if we have the courage to be kind.
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The perfect way for corporations to keep everyone's focus on Kindness!
Acknowledge an act of kindness by registering it on a card and asking them to pay it forward. World Kindness Cards keep a diary of acts of kindness and you'll be notified every time it's passed from person to person to follow its journey.
Offer a prize for the 'Kindness Hero" of your corporation and schools can also use these cards to determine the King and Queen of Kindness!
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On Nov. 13 2020, we celebrated World Kindness Day at the Laguna Beach Promenade by our new "Kindness Wall" sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach, created by our 2019 Local Kindness Hero Dan Safkow, art by Yeggi Watts. Thanks to our amazing local musicians, our board members and volunteers for helping us celebrate this day. Congratulations to all recipients of our 2020 Kindness Awards and a big thank you to The City of Laguna Beach.