Eight summers ago, Tyler Leptich was a sad, quiet and solitary 11-year-old with a dad battling terminal lung cancer. Then he spent a week at Camp Kesem.The free summer camp — offered to children ages 6 to 18 whose parents are cancer patients or survivors — changed Leptich’s life. At the activity-rich camp, the San Diego grade-schooler found new confidence and communication skills and a circle of lifelong friends. Now he’s ready to share the wealth.Leptich, now 20 and a sophomore studying business management at San Diego State University, is co-founder of the campus’s newly formed chapter of Camp Kesem. It’s one of 116 student-run chapters at universities nationwide, including UC San Diego. Students raise money year-round to underwrite in full the campers’ tuition and they also serve as counselors at the weeklong camps. This year, Leptich, chapter co-founder Olivia Di Santo, and 18 other SDSU students raised enough money to send 25 campers to … [Read more...] about College students fund free summer camp for children touched by cancer
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff February 01, 2019 A year and a half into his coursework at MassBay Community College in Framingham, Gabriel was ready to call it quits last November. He was constantly worried about how much longer he could stay at a local homeless shelter. He was late to classes because the public bus between the shelter and campus rarely arrived on time. And his grades were slipping. “It was hard to focus,” said Gabriel, 20, who didn’t want his last name used. “Even the small things would add up. It was getting to be too much.” Advertisement This past week, Gabriel was one of 20 college students who moved into residence halls on four public university campuses, in a push by Massachusetts officials to reduce youth homelessness. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and … [Read more...] about State offers housing to homeless college students
Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times Updated 11:24 am CST, Monday, January 14, 2019 DENNIS, Mass. (AP) — In a volatile time for Cape Cod cultural organizations, a small construction boom is happening as groups expand, reorganize and reimagine themselves for 2019 and beyond. A lot of the work and planning is taking place during this off-season as several organizations hope to greet this year's summer visitors with new looks and new programs. Patrons of the arts are being asked to help the causes as capital campaigns seek donations to make what some call their "dreams" come true. Supporters are often answering the calls: Cotuit Center for the Arts, for example, raised more than $1.1 million in private funds in just the last few months of 2018 to push forward its expansion plans. Towns and the state, largely through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, are also boosters for local culture. In May, more than $1.3 million for Cape and Islands arts groups was among $9.3 … [Read more...] about Cape Cod cultural groups to expand and rebuild this year
By Paul Takahashi Published 8:50 am CST, Friday, November 23, 2018 Madison Goolsby, 22, shops for shoes at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store during Black Friday Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Spring, Texas. Goolsby left Bryan, Texas around 1 a.m. today to arrive around 2 a.m. at the Cypress outlets. less Madison Goolsby, 22, shops for shoes at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store during Black Friday Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Spring, Texas. Goolsby left Bryan, Texas around 1 a.m. today to arrive around 2 a.m. at ... more Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez, Staff Photographer Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Madison Goolsby, 22, shops for shoes at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store during Black Friday Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in … [Read more...] about Despite online deals, plenty still head to malls for Black Friday
A sign with the words “We will not be erased” is taped to Schuyler Bailar’s window at Harvard. It’s a message that the 22-year-old, who became the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 swimmer when he started at the university four years ago, said he’s exhausted by having to send constantly into the world. “I think it’s really an important thought,” he told Boston.com. “It is also depressing though that we are saying, ‘We cannot be erased,’ as if people can be erased. I think it’s really important to think about that we are standing here, saying, ‘We deserve to exist and we deserve to not be erased,’ which in my head is such a charged statement to even consider. Because of course you can’t erase people. But people are trying to do that.” Over the last four years, Bailar has balanced the demands of being a student-athlete at Harvard with serving as an outspoken advocate for transgender … [Read more...] about Schuyler Bailar made history as the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 swimmer. Now, he’s in his last year at Harvard.