Sunday, November 15, 2015

Operation Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Toy Drive

Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Christmas Toy Drive is proud to partner with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles to provide toys to boys and girls. We are seeking your assistance in bringing the Christmas spirit to the less fortunate! Your donated toys, clothing and books will be delivered to children. Donating or contributing is easy and it will bring great joy to you and your family!

We are looking for sponsorship's, donations, places to put stocking boxes and angel trees.

God Bless and Merry Christmas!

For more details
Please send unwrapped toys to: Beauty Within~Teen Esteem Toy Drive
                                                  7320 Reseda Blvd. #372143
                                                  Reseda, CA. 91337-2143
                                                  (818) 441-8891

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My Christmas challenge to you

To add meaning to the holiday season, every Christmas I help raise funds for Children's hospital toy drive through my friends and network at Beauty Within~Teen Esteem. This year, the needs are particularly great. And that means the rewards are too! I'd love to send you a special Christmas package as thanks for a $100 gift to power Beauty Within~Teen Esteem's work. This gift package was so popular over the years that I want to offer it again so you too can get on board — and even share this challenge with your loved ones.

Help Beauty Within~Teen Esteem with a gift of $100 or more, and I'll match it and send you my Devezin Cosmetics Christmas gift set:

  • "Devezin Cosmetics' Holiday Collection
  • Devezin Cosmetics Christmas coffee-table book
  • "Devezin Cosmetics" Christmas music CD featuring 10 of our favorite American carols

Or you're welcome to choose my Complete Professional Makeup Brush Collection

I believe at risk teens need a strong and compassionate advocate like Beauty Within~Teen Esteem — especially when the need in our world is so big. We are in the midst of the worst teen homelessness crisis since World War II. Here in the United States, one in five U.S. children still lives in a family that struggles to make ends meet.

But we have more reason for hope than ever before. Pope Francis has inspired millions of people of faith to answer God's call to end poverty. And just a few weeks ago at the U.N. General Assembly, the nations of the world committed themselves to ending extreme poverty in the next 15 years.

The need is so clear, the momentum is so good, and Beauty Within~Teen Esteem is so effective. That's why I'm inspired to offer you this personal challenge: I'll match all gifts up to a total of $50,000. I'm that excited about this opportunity to give disadvantage kids and teens a voice in our halls of government. Imagine, as an extended family of caring people, if we reach our goal, together we can empower Beauty Within~Teen Esteem's work with $100,000.

I see Beauty Within~Teen Esteem not as a charity, but as a service. If we care about poverty, in my estimate, there is no more effective way to put our dollars to work to fight it. Bwte transforms my concern about the
underprivileged into effective action by smartly — and doggedly — going into the halls of our government and speaking up (or "lobbying") for hindered people in our country and around the world.
So here's my challenge to you: Help Beauty Within~Teen Esteem with your gift of $100 or more. As a thank you, I'll match that gift and send you three gifts (worth $50) from my Devezin Cosmetics' Christmas collection:

I'll happily pay for the cost of these three gifts, as well as the shipping, so that Beauty Within~Teen Esteem can put 100 percent of your donation to work giving a voice to disadvantaged teens. Make your gift by Dec. 10 to receive this offer—and you'll get everything (along with our latest travel newsletter) in time for Christmas.

It's my hope that these gifts will add a wonderful new twist to your family celebrations for years to come (as they have for mine), while also enticing you to empower Beauty Within~Teen Esteem with your donation.

By the way, for every dollar Beauty Within~Teen Esteem raises, it leverages $100 in terms of assistance and funding that is vital to impoverished people in our country and abroad. (That's the great thing about advocacy — our government wants to do the right thing, when properly encouraged.) Assuming that ratio holds, if we hit our $100,000 target, it will mean that, together, we'll generate $1 million of life-giving, hope-instilling funding.

 Thanks and merry Christmas,

Eric Devezin


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Are parks Kid Safe?

We'd like to invite our readers, to join the conversation. Are you concerned that your children are not safe at local parks? Are you safe at a park yourself? Tell us what you're doing to keep safe while exploring nature. Send us an email. So, being outside today at the beautiful  Lake Balboa (Anthony C. Beilenson Park - formally Balboa Park) seems like a great place to ask you, what have the local parks meant to you in your life?
I want to get your take on the discussions that we've heard recently about the budget cutting at California's state parks. Have you been involved in any of that discussion and what is your reaction?

Personally, I've not been involved directly with that discussion. You know, budget issues aside, the last place we should be – one of the last places we should be cutting is in the relationship between opportunities for children to experience nature, and families and adults. There is a theory, a biophilia hypothesis, Theo Wilson of Harvard, that holds that we are hardwired to need nature as a species and that when we don't get enough of that, we don't do so well. And this has everything to do with many of the studies that have emerged in the last 15 years or so that really show that direct connection. So, you know, when you cut the state park budget, you're also cutting the health budget, you're cutting the mental health budget. You know – we're going to end up shifting illness that might not have happened onto the hospitals and emergency rooms when people have less contact with nature, less green in their lives.

 There was a recent study that showed that child obesity drops in those neighborhoods, is less in those neighborhoods that are greener, and this is true even in the inner cities. So it's independent of population density. So when we take away from parks, we're also taking away from the health of the state and then we're shifting that cost to the emergency rooms. But actually when you look at the studies that have emerged, it has everything, again, to do with child development. Attention deficit disorder goes down when kids get outside, and there's a whole series of studies at the UCLA that show that. But there – One of the reasons that this is happening, too, is urban design. It's very difficult for people to get to nature increasingly in the sterile suburbs, as we've been told. But also fear because parents were scared to death primarily of stranger danger. Without minimizing the fact that there is danger out there, it is true that the news media has magnified that beyond reality, that the actual number of stranger abductions, for instance, is quite small. One is too many but the number is quite small compared to what people think. And so, you know, you have people basically raising kids under protective house arrest. It's not that there isn't risk out there, it's that we need to begin to think in terms of comparative risk. Yes, there's some risk; there's risk in nature, that's part of its attraction, but there's also risk in raising a generation under protective house arrest, a risk to their psychological health, their sense of disconnectedness to the community, a risk to their physical health.

Ironically, pediatricians say that they don't see very many broken bones now. What they see are repetitive stress injuries which tend to last a lot longer than broken bones, typical broken bones. So, you know, all of those things are adding up and more to create this sense that nature is irrelevant to children's lives and nothing could be more untrue. 

Lastly, parks can be divided into active and passive recreation. Active recreation is that which require intensive development and often involves cooperative or team activity, including playgrounds, ball fields and skate-parks. Passive recreation is that which emphasizes the open-space aspect of a park and which involves a low level of development, including picnic areas and trails. Organized soccer matches and baseball games take place in these parks. Many smaller neighborhood parks are receiving increased attention and valuation as significant community assets and places of refuge in heavily populated urban areas. Neighborhood groups around the world are joining together to support local parks that have suffered from urban decay and government neglect. 

Public parks provide millions of Americans with the opportunity to be physically active. Physical activity is an essential part of an individual’s efforts to stay healthy, fight obesity and prevent chronic conditions that lead to coronary disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Having close-to-home access to places where one can recreate is one of the most important factors linking whether people will become active and stay that way.

Parks facilitate social interactions that are critical to maintaining community cohesion and pride. Parks provide a meeting place where community members can develop social ties, and where healthy behavior is modeled and admired. People gather to share experiences, socialize and to build community bonds in common green

spaces. These public commons are often the glue that holds the community together and the means to maintaining and improving future positive social interactions.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween Safety

Make sure all the Trick Or Treaters and their escorts have flashlights. Flashlights will help you see better and to be more visible to cars and others. Make sure you have fresh batteries. Flashlights will help you see items in your path when walking on the sidewalk. Flashlights will help in locating items if you drop them. Other great alternatives to flashlights are glow-sticks and reflective tape on costumes and trick or treat bags. Carry cell phones so you can call home if needed. Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.

Safety is a shared responsibility, not only for the kids to make sure they don’t run out onto the roadway but also for adults and drivers.  Tonight we have to be more vigilant because a lot more pedestrians will be out and about, especially young kids. Parents need to make sure their kids costume fits well so they don’t trip. If they are wearing a mask, parents need to make sure their child can see well. Police say kids should only go to homes that are well lit, only eat candy that is factory-wrapped and don’t go trick or treating alone. They should also walk on the sidewalks and use crosswalks wherever possible.

 Stay in familiar neighborhoods. Only go to houses that have the outside lights on. Do NOT enter homes or apartments unless you are accompanied by an adult. Stay in well lighted areas. Don't cut through back alleys and fields. Stay in populated places and don't go off the beaten track. Trick Or Treaters should stay together as a group if going out without an adult. Stay away from and don't pet animals that you don't know.

Hey Parents! police will also be out making sure adults that are celebrating Halloween do so in a safe manner. It’s crucial that anyone who is drinking don’t drive. Make sure you have a safe ride home and enjoy the holiday responsibly, and those who are hosting a party, make sure your guests have a safe ride home as well. Team work makes the Dream work!


The best Halloween safety tip for candy is "when in doubt, throw it out".

Remember the above Halloween safety tips for trick or treating.

Happy Haunting!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Do best friends always have to do everything together? Do best friends always have to have the same friends?


Why are friendships so important to us kids? 

1. Interview your parents, family members, or neighbors about a time when they felt left out of a group. Ask how they felt about it and how they handled the situation. Did they have someone they could talk to about it?
2. Ask family members to tell you about a time when a friendship of theirs changed or ended because their friend moved, became part of a different group, went to a new school, or some other reason. How did they feel?
3. Ask your family members to describe a time when someone they met surprised them by being different than they expected.

To The Parents:

Your child is involved in learning-activities designed to develop good character and empower young people to make good choices for themselves. He or she may be asked to complete several tasks at home. Your cooperation with these activities will support our overall analysis.
The current lesson is about friendship. 

Above we talked about what happens to a good friend when he/she is deliberately excluded from a group. We urge you to ask your child to tell you about this article and what he or she learned from it.

Here are some things you can do to encourage your child to develop positive and healthy friendships.
 Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her friendships.
 If your child shows signs of feeling rejected or left out talk with him or her about it. Share a time when you felt the same way.
 Be sensitive to friendships that may involve negative activities or put-downs of other kids. Discuss it with your child and let him or her know how you feel about it.
  Encourage your child to show appreciation when a friend does something thoughtful or helpful


Thursday, October 22, 2015


Maybe you’re concerned for your family’s health. Maybe you’re excited about a future powered by clean energy instead of dirty fossil fuels. Or maybe you live in a coastal city vulnerable to sea level rise and the kind of natural disasters now becoming more frequent thanks to climate change. Whatever your motivation, join with beauty within teen esteem and others around the world to tell world leaders: Take climate action now.
Share on Facebook and Twitter why you’ll be tuning in for 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching using #WhyImWatching.

Thank you for all that you do to create a safe and sustainable future for our planet. 

Join us in demanding that world leaders sign a strong agreement at the Paris climate negotiations in December.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Why I may be different than you...

First of all, I would like to say that we can't really confirm anything, and this is another idea, a possible step forward for those who will listen. I encourage you to point out mistakes, and reasons I may be wrong.
Some people live in two different worlds. Some people who are different don’t understand how to communicate very well with you and the outside world, which could be called the real world. Some people have a world inside their head too, which is more peaceful and easier to understand than the real world.
So if you see someone and he/she seems to be in their own little world and the parents or friends are letting him/her do that, they’re not ignoring that person. Maybe they’re just letting him/her be in a world he/she likes.

People who are different are never different in the same way. Every one of those people has some gift, like understanding animals or running very fast, or some talent, like drawing or music or math or creating songs or poems or stories, or some skill, like putting puzzles or models together, or something about the way they talk or look or move or understand things that makes them special.

When you look at a wave on the beach, a smooth clear picture of a wave goes into your head. But a person whose brain is different or whose pathways may have some bad areas might see a picture of a wave broken up into pieces or different colors or strange shapes. So maybe that person isn’t even seeing the same thing you do.

People who are different may not understand how to talk to other people, or how to act the right way at all the right times, or how to understand feelings, or how to sort out all the sights and sounds and smells in the world, but they are still special because there is just one of them, like there is just one of you.

Thank you for reading, please comment your feelings below.


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