I want to try to get (THE) Ellen's attention and maybe get Mika on her show. I know it's a longshot, but I think we should at least give it a try. Ellen's always featuring people who help their fellow (wo)man, etc. The least that could happen would be Mika's organization would be seen by more people than it is right now simply by you guys taking an interest. The best that could happen is that she gets featured on Ellen and is able to help LOTS more people. If this is what Mika can do at 17, just imagine what she'll do to help others in the years to come.
This is how you can help:
1. Read and/or watch Mika's message/video.
2. If you can help her with any donations, get in touch with her on her myspace page @ myspace.com/helpingourminors
3. THIS IS THE ELLEN PART!! Go to http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=10 and write to Ellen about Mika! Fill out all the required info about yourself, and be sure to mention Mika's name, perhaps the organizations name, and the myspace url. There will be lots of other people doing this, so after a while Ellen's producers will start to see the connection. My hope is that we can get at least 100 people to do this...but I believe we can get LOTS more to.
VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!! Please only write to Ellen about this subject ONCE! It will be impressive to have 100 different people from all over the world writing about this. But if they get 10 repeated messages from the same person, they'll think we're being paid to do it or just spamming. Please be sincere. Thanks!!
Here's her vid:
Here's her message:
I have a small request for you. Long story short, my name is Mika Rozenberg, and I'm 17 years old and a senior in high school in Colorado. One of my dreams since I was eight or nine was to open a center for disadvantaged and at-risk youth to learn (about) music and the arts. I started it last August and everything's been going great--I have more than enough teachers, the local Boys and Girls Club has offered to give me space, and I have students. The program is called HOMELESS; Helping Our Minors Enjoy Life and Engage in Self Success. (Another advantage of the Boys and Girls Club giving space is that for $5, one of the kids can get a free meal a day for a year. $100 feeds 20 kids... for a year.)
I decided that, in order to make things easier, I'd start off with guitar and lyric-writing lessons only (though I hope to expand past music to theater, painting, sculpture, stand-up; the works). I have journals and pens and even guitar picks, but I only have one guitar, so I've been doing some fund raising for that, and I also have some friends who are putting money aside for it (awesome friends, huh?). But one thing that could really help me is publicity... and I know your blog reaches an amazing amount of people, and a reader knows someone who knows someone who might donate in a huge way.
I don't know if you could tie any of this into your blog at all. But you're awesome (as we all know), I do read your blog religiously (really), and I am bisexual, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
Either way, thanks for your time.
P.S. - I believe you're on the friends list for HOMELESS' MySpace, but the url is http://myspace.com/helpingourminors. Thanks again.