Youth Ambassador Award's Ceremony

 

Mass Appeal is in its third year of collaboration with the Nigerian American Community Organization, also known as NACO. Together, we have put out wonderful, educational, cultural programs for Massachusetts residents to enjoy.

 

 

 

An evening of beauty, culture and splendor! NACO has put on another successful Gala, filled with spectacular performances, decadent African food, and Africa's latest fashion! The youth were awarded with recognition from the highest branches of MA government for their outstanding community service, and in true African tradition, the elders were there to support and encourage them for continued success. 

 

 
Trinity Ann Rouse  is a new volunteer with Mass Appeal International, and NACO. She is very active in the community and at her church, Morning Star Baptist Church. Trinity has expressed her interest in joining Mass Appeal International's youth web and radio cast which promotes fashion, culture, positive social action, and civic duty for youth.

Kerriana Hall has volunteered with NACO at parades, the Violence Prevention forums, and NACO Banquets for 1 year. She has been volunteering with Mass Appeal International for 6 years as a Food Rescue volunteer, which helps to feed needy families in MA. She also participates as an elf in Mass Appeal International's Giving Tree Christmas celebration, giving gifts to less fortunate children in MA. She has also expressed an interest in Mass Appeal International's radio podcast show for youth.

Ayonmi Mia- Smith Oruma is a 5 year old wonder!, She sits on the committee of NACO as a youth advisor, and in that copacity she has participated as a volunteer in parades, Violence prevention Forums, and Christmas Toy Drives. 

We thank MA Senators' Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, Governor Daval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh for the awards. 

 

 

We also took the time to honor the adults in the community who make selfless contributions of their resources,  time, and talent, to foster the growth of our collaborative efforts.  

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteerism and Community Service

1 Peter 4:10     "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace":

 

St. Augustine and St Martin Epicopal church sits a pretty lady of days gone by. Her cracked and withered facade still shows the beauty and charm of what she once was, a grand little lady of historic proportions in Boston's Faith Based Community. Malcom X wrote about his experience visiting the church in his auto biography. This was the church I attended every Sunday with my grandmother.

 

I was invited back to speak on Woman's Day. Every woman wore red, with hats sitting regally upon their heads. The seniors still move with elegance, pride, and style. I was greeted by my childhood Sunday School Teacher Ms. Velma. I spoke about the impact the church has had on my life, and my decision to serve the community with my life.

 

Our communities, and realities, are only as great as we make them. It is important to be active in buildig a better tomorrow. Our charity is 100% volunteer driven. Our volunteers pull together to run successful educational programs, as well as clothe and feed over 2,000 people each month. If you would like to learn more about volunteering with us, feel free to contact us at 781-321-0406

Thank you St. Agustine and St. Martin Church for having me at church and for the lovely roses.  

 

 

Cultivating little leaders

It is a very rare occasion in which I find myself speechless, but that such occasion arose when a mom shared her personal story of child abuse, and her struggle in finding out that her 8 year old child had recently been abused by a trusted person in the community.

The first person the mom called at 6 am on a Sunday morning was me, Karla Romero. Jennifer Calderon is a wonderful mother and community activist, who raises her children to speak with courage and power about child abuse.

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It was with great pleasure, that I presented 3 awards from the highest elected offices in MA to little 8 year old community activist, Julissa Garcia for her courage and outstanding work in the community. I thank the Nigerian American Community Oganization for holding the Violence Prevention Forum, and requesting the award for both Julissa and I. I thank Senator Elizabeth Warren, Governor Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for recognizing my work in the community, and for recognizing a young hero, Julissa Garcia.  

  

A special thanks to Mel's Pony Pals for bringing the therapy ponies out to meet the children in the community, and for helping to do outreach and education about child abuse.

 

 

 

 

POWERMETER 2014 most influential people in Massachusetts

I AM ONE. It was a beautiful evening with live music, art and dance performances to honor me and 99 other power movers and shakers. — at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karla Romero 1 of 100 Most Inlfuential People Massachusetts

According to El Planeta's Media poll. Karla Romero is one of the 100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community of Massachusetts. I have been listed in El Planeta Newspaper’s center-spread every week since April 4th. I will be featured in detail with the other 99 honorees in the special Powermeter Edition that will be published on Friday May 16th 2014. Please feel free to share the good news with our community!

You are all invited to celebrate with me and all the Powermeter honorees with a party! The celebration will take place Tuesday, May 20th at 6:30PM at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s Linde Family Wing. This is a high-profile event for the Hispanic community and we are looking forward to celebrating it with you.

 

This year The Powermeter has brought together some of the very finest musicians to present a tribute to the Salsa music genre aptly titled “Salsa Odyssey: From Buena Vista Social Club to Rubén Blades …¡Del guaguancó a la timba!” presented by the legendary host from WBUR’s “¡Con Salsa!” radio show, José Massó. The breathtaking Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) will house a stage where a musical ensemble of professors and students from some of the area’s most prestigious music schools will bring music to life, taking guests from Cuba’s musical golden age to the urban salsa of Latin New York.

http://elplaneta.com/powermeter/

 

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