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We have been honored to work with She’s the First, an amazing charity that believes “the best way to fight poverty and extremism is to educate and empower women and girls.” She’s the First launched in November 2009, on the belief that money could affordably be raised for girls’ education through the creativity of young people. Through various channels they have managed to create a movement to accomplish their goals. From selling prom dresses to cupcakes to wristbands; the creativity of She’s the First has never ceased to amaze us here at Reminderband.

On 10.11.12 the first-ever International Day of the Girl will commence. On the coat tails of various movements to empower women and girls across the globe, these including importantly She’s the First and their commitment to women everywhere. She’s the First will be holding a Leadership Summit on October 11th to honor the Day of the Girl as well as bring together their chapter leaders to celebrate the nearly $30,000 dollars raised thus far to support girl’s education in developing countries.

The movement they are supporting is unexplainably important. Four out of five girls don’t graduate high school in many countries, because 40 million of those girls are not able to even attend school. She’s the First has empowered amazing young women to support this cause. One of which is Lindsay Brown, president of their University of Notre Dame chapter. You can find her as the cover girl of Seventeen’s October 2012 issue as the winner of their “Pretty Amazing” reader contest. More than 13 million girls around the world will read her story about sponsoring girls in Nepal; resulting in action.

At Reminderband we strive to support the most amazing causes across the nation. She’s the First has continually struck us as one of these perfect organizations with only the best intentions at heart.

If you are a company or individual that feels in some way you can contribute to the She’s the First Leadership Summit on October 11th contact Tammy Tibbetts, President of She’s the First at 609-439-8896.

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Yesterday we launched our new cause driven project titled “Fifty Causes” and this week GEMS will be featured on the site! We are so excited for this partnership and we hope that you will join the movement too! Check out this video and learn why GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) is worthy of our first cause spot! To help support GEMS head over to the site: causes.reminderband.com and be sure to buy a wristband to support the cause.

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For over seven years Reminderband has been focused on the touching messages and heart felt stories of our customers. We have sought to share them with the world in a way that creates awareness and encourages action.

This Tuesday we will launch our “Band Together” project. We have gathered many amazing charities, organizations and causes. Each Monday they will share their stories with you.

You will then have the opportunity to purchase a custom created wristband in support of the featured cause. Your contribution could save a child from sex trafficking, send a pair of shoes to someone in need or help end bullying.

The first cause we will sponsor is GEMS, Girls Education and Mentoring Services. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change. Check out their site gems-girls.org for more information and watch for their launch on causes.reminderband.com on Tuesday, September 11th.

Stay tuned each week for a new cause; a new way to change the world.

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Reminderband is proud to sponsor the GimmeMo foundation. Read on the hear our guest blogger Meaghan O’Connor relive how she got involved with GimmeMo.
I remember the first time I saw Monique Coleman while I was in New York City this past summer. A midwest girl with big city stars in my eyes, I just so happened to think that meeting a Disney Channel High School Musical star would be the highlight of my summer. We got a group picture that night, and all I remember thinking was please let her stand next to me so that I can show my mom and sisters. I had no idea that later that summer we’d meet to talk about partnering up for the journey she says she’s always been destined for. 
 
“This is something that’s never been done before… it’s about giving youth their voice back,” she said at our first meeting. 
 
I saw the passion and fire in her eyes that night, and have accepted a position on her team because I too believe in the mission—creating a real and open environment for youth to engage in conversation that they can barely find a time or place for otherwise.
 
This fall, Monique is asking teens across the country what they want Mo’ of. We’ll be taking feedback from our listeners, interacting with our guests and followers, and talking about subjects that will encourage teens to express themselves and learn without fear or embarrassment. 
 
With the added help of Reminderband, we’ll soon be spreading our message by taking it to the streets. We’ll be handing out wristbands that ask the question: What do you want Mo’ of? We’ll also be talking to and interacting with teens on a quest to become the ultimate listener and representative of our young audience.
 
So what do YOU want Mo’ of?
 
Mo’ courage?
Mo’ hope?
Mo’ strength?
Mo’ time?
Mo’ truth?
 
Because whatever it is, GimmeMo has it for you.
 
I believe in the future of GimmeMo. I believe that youth deserve a judgement-free circle to talk about things that are both real and relevant in their own lives. I believe that Monique will reach people and make lasting impressions. After all, Monique got a twenty-year-old college girl focused on a professional career to turn her head at a party, who’s to say that she won’t grab the voices of teens all across the world?
-Meaghan O’Connor- Director of Marketing, GimmeMo 
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Every year in the United States there are around 1,500 child homicide cases; 1,500 too many. The stories tear at our hearts and raise our awareness. One such stories recently came to our attention here at Reminderband. It is the story of Madison and Caroline; two adorable twins murdered by their father. Below is their story, in their mother’s words. Here at Reminderband we seek to raise awareness to stories like their’s by sharing their message.

I separated from Madison and Caroline’s father in September of 2011.  This was prompted by very odd behaviors that he was displaying.  He was extremely controlling, demeaning and verbally abusive towards me but never to the children.  He also had a hug shoplifting addiction.  I moved myself, the girls and my 14 year old son from a previous marriage into my mother’s house.  We both had lawyers and were going to court over custody.  The girls were appointed a guardien ad litem and both of us were going to have a mandatory psychological evaluation.  This did not come soon enough however.  His behavior began to escalate as he continued to text me constantly during the day and try to keep me from seeing the girls.  I had them Monday through Friday and he had them on the weekends.  This was put into written agreement drawn up by our lawyers. 

 Their father picked the girls up Friday morning,  January 27th.  He walked in the door and gave me a big hug……apologizing for something he had said to me earlier in the week.  Another odd behavior…….showing affection towards me after being extremely hateful.  This was the last time I saw Madison and Caroline.

 I called the girls every Saturday morning to check on them after I got to work.  On the 28th I was unable to reach them by phone.  I left directly from work and headed to the house.  There I found my daughters and their father.  All three had been dead for over 12 hours.  He had channeled carbon monoxide into their bedroom using air conditioning duct work attatched to the tail pipe of his minivan and then put them to bed.  He then slit the girls’ throats and his own.  It was horrific……an image that will never leave my mind. 

‘I don’t know if there’s any training that can prepare you for an incident of this sort.’ Said Sgt Chris Whitely, Hanover Police. (Read more).

Hearing a story of this magnitude is never easy or pleasant. The girls mother seeks to share their story to hopefully save a child in the future. If anyone reading has questions or comments feel free to leave them on this post.

Facebook Group for Madison & Caroline

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