Year Of Joy
Because the world needs more joy.
Year Of Joy started as my personal journey to live a more joyful life. It has expanded into an effort to bring joy to spread joy to children and even adults. Since December 2016, nearly 700 area children, ages 5 through 16 have experienced joyful events through the Year of Joy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exposes children from Houston’s underserved communities to cultural, educational and empowering experiences.
Spreading joy takes a village.
With the tremendous support of companies, individuals and volunteers, Year Of Joy completed the following in 2018:
"A Wrinkle in Time" movie screening and brunch with actress Storm Reid at City Hall
"Ooh La La" brunch, macaroon-making workshop, art lesson and etiquette class at Artisans Restaurant
Back-to-school tech workshops at Microsoft Galleria (2 sessions)
Urban Nutcracker brunch and performance at Hobby Center
3rd Year of Joy holiday ice skating party at the ICE at Discovery Green
Cuteheads holiday fashion shoot featuring the "Joy" dress
"Ava and the Prince" children's book with 20-plus book signings and appearances across Houston
2018 sponsors: H-E-B, AMC Theatres, City of Houston, CSI International, Houston Chronicle, Artisans Restaurant and Chef Jacques Fox, Microsoft, Discovery Green, Ice Rink Events, Neiman Marcus Galleria Houston, Design Girl Travels, A Swoon Event, Art Mix Studio, Monica Lewis School of Etiquette, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Marquee House of Letters, Houston Rockets, Lion's Heart Audio-Visual Services, NAACP Missouri City, Small Batch Love, Lexis Florist, The Clifford Group, What's the Occasion Linen, The Lift on 19th Street, Royal Luxury Events, Clear Choice Restoration, Emile Brown Photography, One Fiesty Chef. Infante Creations Balloon Decor, Hector of Custom Airbrush, Writers-in-the-Schools, Arm & Arm Productions Photo Booth Expressions. EB Inc Event Rentals, Party Presentation, Majestic Transportation, Le Chateau Bistro and Lounge, Ice Express, Festivities Tx , Craft Burger Food Truck, Esther Freedman of Cuteheads, Le Zu Photography, Violet Luzuriaga of Violette’s Delights, Russo's New York Pizzeria, Bering’s Hardware, Tripp Films. Crowning Details, Dr. Yasmine Haddad, Brigitte Kalai, Mandy Kao, Dr. Kathy Flanagan and Kye Sampson.
We have some incredible joyful experiences and empowerment events planned for 2019. To learn more or provide financial or in-kind support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMAGES FROM YEAR OF JOY PROJECTS
YEAR OF JOY PROJECTS
at Bowlmor (June 2017)
Some 30 girls from HYPE Freedom Schools and other area schools thought they were just going out for an afternoon of bowling. When they arrived at Bowlmor, they were given red capes, then they walked the red carpet into a private party area. There were all kinds of tasty Wonder Woman-themed food and treats, a face-painting bar, a photo booth, inspiring spoken-word poets and much more. It was a day of girl power.
'A Wrinkle in Time' movie screening and brunch with actress Storm Reid (Feb. 2018)
Movie Night at iPic
To celebrate the inspiring "Hidden Figures" movie about three African-American women who were trailblazers at NASA, we invited 60 area girls for a special movie night at the luxury iPic theater at River Oaks District. They were treated to popcorn, drinks and the movie. Guest speaker was Noreen Khan-Mayberry, the world's first space toxicologist.
Ooh La La French-Inspired Brunch and Etiquette Seminar at Artisans Restaurant (July 2018)
Ice Skating Party
at Discovery Green (Dec. 2016-present)
Nearly 200 children, ages 5-14, have experienced the joys of an afternoon on the ice for the #YearOfJoy Holiday Ice Skating Party at the ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy at Discovery Green downtown and sponsored by H-E-B. The event has been held in December 2016 and 2017. Such a special treat for many of the children who had never visited downtown Houston, let alone been on ice skates.
YEAR OF JOY SPONSORS
Year of Joy, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is a reality because of the support of dedicated volunteers and other sponsors , including: the Dr. Yasmine Haddad, Dr. Kathy Flanagan, Mandy Kao Foundation, Rania Mankarious, The Clifford Group, Vascola Stoney, Chloe Dao, Al Rucker Show, 3B Resources Group, Dr. Charly Anderson, Paper Floral Artistry. Just Say Cheese Photobooth, Simple Creations Media, Raw Party Face Painting, Magic Twist Balloon Artistry, What's the Occasion Linen & Decor Rental, Lexis Florist, Three Brothers Bakery, Kim Kreationz, Table Talk Treats, Bobbies Wear, A Swoon Event, Kuztom Kreationz, NAACP Missouri City and the City of Houston.