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A Wish To Be Thankful For…

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This past Wednesday, Bake Me A Wish! honored the Friends of Island Academy by providing them with a delicious Thanksgivingtable Dinner for their staff and students.  At the event, each member of the organization went around to say what they are thankful for – which was quite an experience.  Many of us take for granted the support we receive from friends, teachers, and family, but we all can learn something from these young adults.  Few of us know what it is like to have the challenges these teenagers face, and with the help of FOIA, they are rebuilding their lives and moving in a positive direction.

You too can help support FRIENDS by ordering a Change Your Life Cake from Bake Me A Wish!

FRIENDS OF ISLAND ACADEMY

studentsFriends of Island Academy (FOIA) reaches out to youth prior to their release from Rikers Island. Our name reflects the Board of Education school located on Rikers-Island Academy, which is attended by many of the youth while incarcerated. Upon discharge, FOIA provides job training, counseling, education, mentoring, and youth leadership development. In return, participants are expected to stay out of trouble, take responsibility for themselves, and work to rebuild their lives.

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CHARITY STARTS AT HOME

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

(New York, NY – Wednesday, March 11th, 2009)

This past Monday, Bake Me A Wish! visited the Friends of Island Academy (FOIA), a NYC based non-profit that reaches out to troubllogo_foiaed youths, ages 16-18, prior to being released from Riker’s Island. Upon discharge, FOIA provides job training, counseling, education, mentoring, and youth leadership development so that these young men & women may begin rebuilding their lives. FOIA has been exceptional at reducing recidivism in young teens. To read find out more about FOIA, please visit their website.

This past Thanksgiving, Bake Me A Wish! had turkey dinner catered for these wonderful youths, and our president, Josh Kaye, could not resist doing more.

foia2 “I know what it’s like to have a difficult life; to come from so little and to feel like the world is working against you,” Josh regaled. “The important thing to remember is there are people who care for you and who will support you in your life. You are not alone. You can make it with determination and hard work. It’s our hope to empower you so that you too will be in a position to give back to those less fortunate than you.”

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As a gesture of support, Josh handed out Kids Freedom Cakes to each of the youngsters in the group.

Not only did they enjoy the delicious S’More Brownie cake, but were thrilled that Bake Me A Wish! is donating birthday cakes to soldiers in their name, through our partnership with Soldiers’ Angels. They also get to write a letter to their adopted solider! We immediately took to the computers and guided the teenagers through writing their letters online at BakeMeAWish.com.

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We’ll have more to come on this story as it develops!