ROSALIND HELFAND collaborates with nonprofits and the government to create innovative programs and policies, connect communities, inspire advocacy, and address complex local and global issues. She is adept at cross-cultural communication, multi-disciplinary endeavors, community engagement, organizational development, and planning for long term positive change. Rosalind works across multiple fields spanning human rights, arts and literature, education, and the environment.

News | May 2015

SCI-FEST LA Presents Readings of New Short Science Fiction May 16 and May 24

The Tomorrow Prize May 16 Awards & Reading Invitation

As the Director of Sci-Fest LA’s two short science fiction writing competitions, The Tomorrow Prize for L.A. teen writers and The Roswell Award for adult writers from around the world, I am thrilled to announce that a truly fantastic cast of celebrity guests will be reading the finalists’ stories on stage at the Acme Theater on La Brea this month! The Tomorrow Prize stories will be read on Saturday, May 16 at 4pm. The Roswell Award stories will be read on Sunday, May 24 at 7pm. Both readings will be followed by a prize given to the winner of each competition. Sci-Fest LA founded these writing competitions to encourage and recognize emerging writing talent and a new generation of science fiction writers. This is our first year hosting these competitions. Students from five high schools around LA submitted work to The Tomorrow Prize and over 300 writers submitted stories to The Roswell Award!

Learn more and get tickets HERE.

Bingo for Choice with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’s Young Professionals on Tuesday, May 19

PPLA Bingo for Choice Invite1

I’m excited to be a member of the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Young Professionals! On Tuesday, May 19 at 6pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, we’re hosting BINGO FOR CHOICE! This fabulous night of drag queen bingo, food and phenomenal prizes will support the absolutely critical services that Planned Parenthood provides to women and men in Los Angeles — from primary care to routine reproductive care and abortion. Tickets are just $45. Learn more and get your tickets HERE!

Now Accepting Presenter Applications for Our 3rd Annual Lit Crawl LA: NoHo

Lit Crawl Audience 2015

The 3rd annual Lit Crawl LA: NoHo is being held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015! As the Crawl’s Outreach Director, I’m proud to say that last year’s Crawl was held in three rounds at businesses all around the NoHo Arts District, and included around 36 presentations that drew over 3,000 attendees from all across LA! This year, we’re adding a call for innovative “street” presentations on the sidewalks of NoHo, including literary performance art! This is in addition to great readings with our LA and SoCal based authors. If you’re interested in submitting an application for a reading or performance, go to our website HERE. Applications are due by FRIDAY, JUNE 12.

Seeking Funds to Run a Leadership Program for High School Girls in Malawi, Africa

Jacaranda Founder Marie Da Silva and Students

This last year, I had the pleasure of sitting down with two extraordinary people, Marie Da Silva and Luc Deschamps, President and Executive Director, respectively, of Jacaranda Primary & Secondary School in Malawi, East Africa. Jacaranda serves over 400 AIDS orphans, annually, and has enjoyed incredible success. Marie was recognized as a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2008 for her work. Despite the school’s success, teenage girls continue to have the school’s highest dropout rate due to various social pressures.

Working with Marie and Luc, I developed a leadership program proposal for Jacaranda to spend several months working with their students, teachers, student guardians, community leaders, and local universities to create a pilot, sustainable leadership program that continuously builds a network for the girls’ success. The program will include workshops, activities, discussions, mentoring, and community projects. Teachers, administrators, and others will participate in developing the program as we go along.

Why is this important? Much research shows that the health of a community and its environment is linked to the status and education of the women living in the community. The health of Africa is increasingly key to the health of our planet, overall, and it is critical to engage communities in creating innovative models for human development. On a more personal level, I simply believe that girls deserve to have great opportunities and I’m excited to be able to work with a school to make this happen.

Jacaranda School is supported by the nonprofit Jacaranda Foundation based in the United States. If you are interested in reading the full leadership program proposal and possibly supporting the program, please contact me directly.