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 | August 2014

Issue Two of the Literature for Life Literary Journal Has Launched!

Literature for Life, Issue 2 Launching December 2013


Literature for Life is a nonprofit online literary journal and salon that features the work of LA’s great writers, artists, and curriculum writers. Literature for Life partners with LA schools to work with teachers on incorporating the stories into their curriculum, bringing students fresh contemporary works twice a year, and lots of activities and writing exercises to go with them. I work with Literature for Life as the journal’s Managing Editor. The second issue of Literature for Life launched on May 18, 2014! You can read the fantastic stories in issue 2 at literatureforlife.net. We will soon begin accepting submissions for Issue 3–check the Literature for Life website for more information.






Lit Crawl LA: NoHo is Coming Up on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Lit Crawl LA: NoHo is Oct. 22, 2014!

Lit Crawl LA: NoHo is Oct. 22, 2014!


Lit Crawl LA: NoHo is coming up Wednesday, October 22, 2014. It’s a crawl, it’s a lit crawl, and it’s oh, so LA! Last year’s debut crawl featured 23 literary events at 12 venues and over 2,000 people came out for the fun! Our goal was to bring the diversity and geographic range of greater LA’s amazing literary and writing communities to one part of town for one night and it went off so well, we’re doing it again! AND BIGGER!

Last year, I co-founded and was a lead organizer and curator for the crawl. I’m back for this year’s crawl, on Wednesday, October 22! It will take place once again in the NoHo Arts District–that’s in 3 rounds from 7pm-10pm, followed by an awesome after party! Literary events will be held in restaurants, bars, hair salons, theaters and on the sidewalks!

Get the details HERE.




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

Jacaranda Founder Marie Da Silva and Students


Earlier this 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.