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Dear Friends,
Welcome to the first Action News Online from the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps! 
Our quarterly e-newsletter will provide you with highlights on recent success stories of the boys and girls in our care, program vignettes and updates on upcoming events. We will also share ways in which you can advocate for children and opportunities that will allow you to support and help the RFK Children's Action Corps.
I hope you will find our news updates to be a useful resource to learn more about our cause and how you can support our children.
Thank you for your interest in the RFK Children's Action Corps. Together we can ensure all children have the possibility for a brighter tomorrow.
Edward P. Kelley
President & CEO

In This Issue
Shop to Help Our Schools
What is Winter Wish?
RFK recieves National Award
Student Returns to Give Back
Ride for Kids Turns 20!
Our Supporters in Action
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Turn $10 into $20

This October, celebrates 10 years of online charitable giving!  To mark the occasion, starting October 10, they will add $10 to every donation made for 10 days.

Donations as small as $10 are accepted. Visit

Save the Date!
Meet actor Charles Shaughnessy
October 16, 2010
Stoneham Theatre

Fairway for Kids Golf Tournament
May 16, 2011
Myopia Hunt Club

29th Annual Embracing the Legacy Event
June 9, 2011
John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

Hannaford Helps Schools - You Can Too!
Now through December 5, purchase participating products in the Hannaford Helps Schools program, and you'll earn school dollars that our Lancaster school can use to purchase sports equipment, art supplies, computers, books, musical instruments and more!

For more information click here.

Mail certificates to RFK Children's Action Corps, 11 Beacon St Ste 200, Boston, MA 02108.

Make Winter Wishes Come True!
The winter holidays will be here before we know it and with them comes our Annual Winter Wish gift drive. Our goal is to provide all of the boys and girls in our care with at least one gift. 

Click here to learn how you can make Winter Wishes come true! 

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Announcing John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award

The Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps is honored to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  This grant provides the core support for the Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative
This initiative is an effort to create successful and replicable models of juvenile justice reform.  Models for Change seeks to accelerate progress toward a more effective and fair juvenile justice system that holds young people accountable for their actions, provides for their rehabilitation, protects them from harm and manages the risk they pose to themselves and to the public.

This work reinforces the agency's commitment to focus on national policy and advocacy work and to prioritize issues impacting the reentry of juvenile justice-involved youth back into the community.

For more information on the Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice Initiative, click here.

Former Student Returns to Give Back and Inspires others to do the same
Aaron Manley, a former student at the RFK Experiment with Travel School (EWT) is back at the program - only now teaching students how to play the guitar.  He currently tutors three students at EWT and will be performing at the School this November. 
Aaron, 20, a music Aaron2student at Holyoke Community College, entered our special education day school seven years ago as an extremely depressed and shy young man after his mother's death in 1999 left him deeply traumatized.
The EWT program is designed to care for youth with emotional, educational and behavioral issues. Music therapy is one part of the education program at EWT.  While at RFK, Aaron found studying music to be a creative outlet for relieving stress and became an avid reader of books involving music and guitar instruction. 
This past June, Aaron performed at the agency's Embracing the Legacy Awards where his father watched proudly as he entertained 350 guests with classical music selections on his guitar. Aaron's story, however, reached much further than the audience in the room that night.
AaronPrior to his performance, The Boston Globe featured an article on Aaron, "Rock 'n' roll saved his life".  Aaron's inspiring story prompted a young man from the Rivers School in Weston to get involved.  This month, he is asking the guests of his Bar Mitzvah to donate musically-inspired gifts to the agency in lieu of personal gifts. 
The generous gifts will be given to the EWT School where they will be used to inspire future success stories like Aaron's.
Ride for Kids Celebrates 20 Years

45 agencies. 1,400 riders. 700 volunteers. 1 common cause. On the steamy fall morning of Saturday, September 25th, hundreds of individuals gathered together to support at-risk children throughout the state by celebrating the 20th annual Rodman Ride for Kids.  With RFK volunteers checking in the riders, Ed Kelley at the start line, Don Rodman riding the route and the Road Crew ensuring everyone's safety and return, it was a well-oiled machine.  The cow-bells rang as the riders went out on their routes, the water stops re-fueled the cyclists' energy with Gatorade and music, and the cheerers reigned in these athletes with noisemakers as they triumphantly crossed the finish line. To view photos from the event click here.

The afternoon culminated with food and festivities at Ride Headquarters: ribs worth waiting in line for, much anticipated cold beverages, and samples galore. But more importantly, the BBQ allowed us to celebrate the reason we are all brought together, helping children, and thanking everyone for their efforts.

The Ride for Kids was created by staff at the RFK Children's Action Corps in 1989. The 100-mile cycling tour started in Boston and ended in Clinton raising $6,000. In 1991 it was adopted by Don Rodman and became known as the Rodman Ride for Kids, and this year, the Rodman Ride for Kids will raise over $7 million for youth-serving organizations in the Commonwealth, including the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps.  The "Ride" continues to grow each year and has cumulatively raised over $44 million since its inception. 

We still have work to do to get to our $250,000 Finish Line Goal! 
To see how you can help visit our Team page.

Our Supporters in Action
A Spotlight on:

SMMA and its employees are committed to enhancing not only the built environment through design, but also communities and society at large through their personal and professional actions.
team smma"SMMA is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their families as part of our overall corporate charitable giving program.  We firmly believe that child welfare and juvenile justice programs make a substantial difference in improving the future for so many youngsters in need today.  We have biked and contributed to Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps as part of the Ride for Kids for 19 years to underscore this commitment.  Two years ago, we lost one of our very own champions of the RFK cause, Phil Brooks, who passed away preparing for the ride.  We ride with a little extra enthusiasm for the cause in Phil's memory." (Michael Powers, SMMA)
SMMA employees have also joined forces for the past three years in helping provide holiday wishes for hundreds of our children through the Winter Wish program.
Children Deserve Better.
Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps is a private non-profit licensed child welfare agency with approved private schools, foster care and adoption services. More than 800 children and families come to one of our 19 residential and community-based programs across the state each year. 

At the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps we have seen remarkable transformations others deemed impossible. 
For more information and to get involved visit