Boldly Creating Life
Foundation (BCLF) officially became a non-profit organization on
March 30, 2011. Although at the time of writing this blog we are
awaiting tax exempt status from the IRS for our non-profit 501(C)(3)
organization, there much work to be done in the meantime.
Gladys Jimenez and Sherita Herring in Henderson, Nevada. Learning about running a non-profit.
The concept for the
foundation began in August 2009, during a class Gladys Jimenez
(Founder of BCLF) was volunteering at, at a local elementary school.
Since 1998 Gladys has been sharing her passion for art with children.
Art is an important part of the curriculum that is often taken out
of the classroom due to budget cuts. Art provides a venue for
children to express themselves, and as research has shown, children
involved in an art program perform better in other academic subjects
Gladys found it hard to
teach children with the limited art supplies the school budget
allowed. She began buying art supplies with her own funds and
posting ads on Craigslist and Facebook, requesting donations of art
supplies and magazines. There were some kind people that responded
to her request.
As another school year
began in August 2010, Gladys saw the need for all children to have an
opportunity to create and experience art, but with less art supplies
and hardly any other volunteers left, she knew she could not do it
On September 2010 Gladys
hired Sherita Herring, at Kreative Image Foundation, and began the
process of creating a non-profit organization that would bring art
back into the public school classrooms that did not have an art
As the vision and plans
for the foundation developed, other components were added that were
equally needed. For example, physical activities, our children are
experiencing health problems due to the lack of physcial education in
schools. The Foundation will bring programs that will foster
well-being through dance, martial arts, drama, and a teen program
that will help teens to make the right choices when it comes to
drugs, alcohol, and bullying.
With the help of college
students, artists, teachers, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and the
community, together we can make a difference.
We are aware as we begin
our journey that there is much work ahead of us, but our passion
for our cause fuels our way. It is our hope that you, the reader,
will join us as we take our first steps. Find out more on how you
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