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 | April 2014

Save the Date! The 4th annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival is Saturday, May 3, 2014!
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The 4th annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 3, 2014! Presented by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian in association with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), this festival will featuring fantastic work by high school students from across Los Angeles County! As the Educational Programming Director for NFMLA, I’m excited to be an organizer and juror for this festival! Tickets are free. Come out to support our high school students! RSVP is required HERE.

Moderating a Mentoring Workshop at the West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 5, 2014!
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I’ll be facilitating an all day interactive mentoring workshop at the 8th annual West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in West Hollywood, CA. This will be a fun experience integrated into the flow of the conference day and allowing for participants to engage as much–or as little–as they like. You can register for this great conference and learn more HERE!

Lit Crawl LA: NoHo is Coming Up on Wednesday, October 22, 2014–Apply Now to Be a Presenter!

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 & applications to present are being accepted now! 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! We’re looking for creative proposals from organizations, series, and individuals who’d like to curate a reading, performance, etc.!

Get the details and application HERE (applications are being accepted through May 2).

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.

Launching Issue Two of the Literature for Life Literary Journal

Literature for Life, Issue 2 Launching December 2013

Literature for Life is the nonprofit online literary journal that features the work of LA’s great writers. Cutting edge middle and high school curriculum is written for the stories, and Literature for Life partners with LA schools to work with teachers on incorporating the stories into their curriculum. As the Managing Editor of Literature for Life, I’m working with a team of writers, educators, artists and designers to launch the next issue of the literary journal, complete with curriculum, in April 2014.