Movies in July: A Small Act

July 26, 2013By WV AdvocacyChild Education No Comments

“I think it just felt normal to donate some money to a child.” These were the words of a woman in Sweden thinking back to when she made a decision to sponsor a boy in Nairobi, Kenya.  That boy grew up, went to Harvard, returned to Kenya and created a program to help educate children … Read More

Movies in July: Babies

July 19, 2013By WV AdvocacyHealthy Moms and Kids No Comments

Beyond 5 focuses on children from conception to their fifth birthday.  We recognize that the most critical period is the first 1,000 days, the time during pregnancy and up to the child’s second birthday. Proper care and nutrition during this time is essential for growth, brain development and health.  The movie Babies gives us a special glimpse … Read More

The Superheroes are Girls

July 18, 2013By Lisa BosGender Equity No Comments

Summer is in full swing and so is the summer movie season, full of superheroes, aliens, explosions and monsters. Yet the best movie you may see all summer has none of these, at least not in the typical way you might think. In this movie, the superheroes are girls. The film, Girl Rising, tells the … Read More

Movies in July: Brownstones to Red Dirt

July 12, 2013By WV AdvocacyProtecting Children No Comments

Kids from Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy projects and orphans from Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war have one thing in common: no one gives them a chance. Brownstones to Red Dirt, a feature-length documentary, tells the story of how these “lost” groups find one another through a pen pal program that not only shapes their lives, but also … Read More

Yes, Your Voice Matters

July 11, 2013By Lisa BosLearn about Advocacy 3 Comments

I just celebrated the start of my 17th year in Washington, D.C. Coming here in 1997 from a pretty small town in Michigan was a little scary, but I was a political junkie and where else do you go but D.C.? I have worked in the legislative/political world my entire career, spending years on Capitol … Read More

A Letter From Myanmar

July 9, 2013By Guest AuthorLocal Level Advocacy 2 Comments

Superheros come in all forms.  Today we would like to introduce you to Saw Htay Plain, a 16-year old boy from Myanmar who is courageous enough to stand up and talk to world leaders so that he and his community can see change.  He asks for job opportunities, access to education and health. Read his letter. … Read More

Movies in July: Small Voices

July 5, 2013By WV AdvocacyProtecting Children No Comments

Each week in July, Beyond 5 is bringing you movie recommendations.  These movies may not be of the typical summer blockbuster variety, but they tell amazing stories.  Today our feature is Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia’s Children.  ‘A revealing look at the difficult challenges street children in Cambodia face every day, this documentary chronicles the … Read More