What SEEDS means to me

What Seeds means to me

2/16: At the time of writing this I have been working at SEEDS FOR AUTISM for over a year. During this time I’ve come out of my shell a lot. In High School I was always the quiet person in class that wouldn’t talk anyone and no one would even try to talk to me. I did have a couple of friends from Middle and Elementary school that I would hang out with at lunch and on the bus, but we didn’t have any classes together. I secretly felt kind of lonely but was to afraid to actually talk to new people. After I graduated, my family took me to a job/program/school fair where SEEDS had a booth. It seemed interesting, so that summer I signed up for the summer program -and it was a lot of fun. I met some nice people who I became acquaintances with, but I still didn’t feel at home/comfortable yet. Then in December, I joined the official SEEDs program. I was still pretty nervous, until someone who also works at SEEDS said he remembered me from the summer program and welcomed me into the SEEDS family. I felt bad because I didn’t remember him.  After a while though we became good friends and still are. I started talking about similar interests, things that are on my mind, how life is going, and now I have many new friends! Now I feel like I can make friends, share what I have to say, and I am slightly more confident. I am now truly part of the SEEDS family!

5/25: Today I am leaving SEEDS, I still feel the same as I did when I wrote the paragraph above. I am leaving because SEEDS has given me confidence to follow a new opportunity. I will miss all of my friends and all of my instructors very much, but it’s time to move forward with my life, and SEEDS FOR AUTISM has given me the knowledge to do so successfully. I have learned skills and made things here that I never thought I would ever be able to. I am very grateful for SEEDS FOR AUTISM and everyone here for helping me with so much. The only thing I can say now is, thank you!

~Breanna D.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~Nelson Mandela

Larimar Facts

Larimar facts

*”Early theories suggested Larimar was produced by the Sea, later by the earth’s volcanic movements. … The stone is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up though volcanic ‘tubes’. In order to mine and excavate the stone miners must identify these tubes and dig deeper and deeper into old volcanoes.”

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*Larimar stones were named after the ocean and the daughter of the man( Miguel Mendez) who rediscovered it, Larissa and Mar which means sea in many languages.

*Larimar is a form of pectolite. But it is the only specific form of this crystalline.

*It  was rediscovered in 1974. It was originally discovered in 1916. Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren asked permission to mine the blue stone he had found, but his request was denied and no one else knew of it until it’s rediscovery.

*Larimar stones are only found in the Caribbean sea in the Dominican republic on the island of Hispaniola.

Changing Lives at SEEDs for Autism

Support and GROW the life of an adult with autism!

Help SEEDs for Autism reach our goal to employ 15 participants in the next 12 months.

SEEDs for Autism is a Phoenix based vocational training program dedicated to teaching adults with autism a multitude of job skills related to the arts. As a non-profit organization we need your help to support this life changing program.

While enrolled in the public school system, there are a lot of resources available to help children affected by autism. But what happens when these children grow up? So many are capable, yet for 85% of this population, being an adult with autism means a lifetime of isolation; a dark and lonely future with no real direction or sense of purpose.

Seeds for Autism has created a solution. SEEDs provides real life practical experiences to help participants obtain job, life and social skills while being productive in a workplace environment.  Participants learn how to use real tools of the trade to produce over 150 high quality home and garden items which are sold into the community.

Your donation is a direct investment towards the employment of our participants.

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My top 10 favorite animals that most people have never heard of #1

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#1 Sugar Glider

Size: 12 – 13 in. (24 – 30 cm.)

Weight: 3 – 5 oz. (85 – 142 gm.)

Sugar gliders are found in Northern, Southern, and Eastern Australia. They live in large family groups from 15 – 30 or even more gliders. Like kangaroos and koalas, sugar gliders are marsupials. As their name states, sugar gliders can glide through the air. They use flaps of skin that they have attached between their arms like a hang glider to jump from tree to tree. (just like flying squirrels) I like sugar gliders not just because of their adorable faces, but also because I got to hold and pet one of my friends’ pet sugar gliders. I had never seen or even heard of a sugar glider, until I visited my friends in another state and saw the little guys. After that I asked my one of my friends if I could make a character based on him, but as a sugar glider. He said yes and named his character Tipit after his favorite sugar glider. I have loved sugar gliders ever since.

Fun Facts

*Sugar gliders are nocturnal. (sleep during the day/ stay up all night.)

*Baby sugar gliders are called joeys, just like kangaroos and koalas.

*Sugar gliders can live up to  15 years in captivity. The average lifespan is 3 – 5 years in the wild.

*They can be kept as pets in certain parts of the world. But in the US there are some states where you can’t. These states are California, Hawaii, and Alaska.

~Breanna D.

Please Help SEEDs for Autism Grow

SEEDs for Autism is a Phoenix based vocational training program dedicated to teaching autistic adults a variety of job skills related to the arts. Please use your Arizona Tax Credit to help SEEDs for Autism grow! https://www.seedsforautism.org/

FIFA World Cup of Soccer in America

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By Jake M.

From Sprinting to tackling, Soccer is the number one sport in the world and is rising rapidly in popularity in the United States in recent years.The World Cup only comes once every 4 years and the host nation is selected by the Federation Internationale de Football Association or FIFA as the governing body for international soccer. Only the 1942 and 1946 World cups were called off due to the second World War. In 1930, Uruguay hosted and won the first World Cup while the United States finished third and to this day that is the best finish ever for a US team. As popularity in the sport rose globally, it fluctuates in the US depending on the success of the team. While it is still in its early stages, America has become a team that should be taken seriously by most nations.

While most people think of Landon Donovan when they hear people talking about US Soccer, he was not part of the original surge during the mid 1990s which featured key players like John Harkes, Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman. The second major step took place in 1994 with the creation of Major League Soccer and the United States first and only time to have hosted the World Cup. In 2002, which was hosted by dual nations of South Korea and Japan, Landon Donovan had a breakout performance helping the US qualify for the quarterfinals and effectively saved MLS from going broke. Since then, the MLS has been expanded to 20 teams with 3 additional teams in Los Angeles, Minnesota and Atlanta which were added to the league in 2015. Both Atlanta and Minnesota will have their inaugural season in 2017 and Los Angeles will begin competition in 2018 bringing the total number of teams  to 23. The Commissioner of MLS Don Garber plans to have a total of 28 teams by 2024. While US Soccer is in a huge expansion stage at the moment, the lack of homegrown recruitment and TV coverage has held back on popularity growth at the international level.

When it comes to the US Women’s Team, most people think of Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain and rightfully so because they were the pioneers for female soccer during the 1990s and the early 2000s. Now the soccer program has evolved into an international powerhouse filled with talent that is unrivaled. They are the most decorated nation appearing in all 7 World Cups and winning 3. The US Women’s team is tied with Germany for most World Cup titles with three. Including the first ever Women’s World Cup in 1991, then in 1999 and its most recent one in 2015. The US Women’s Team has never finished worse than 3rd place and they’ve also gone on to win 4 Olympic gold medals in 6 appearances. They hit a huge disappointment in the 2016 Rio Olympics when they finished with a loss in the quarterfinals, handing them their worst performance in Olympic History. Even though the women’s team has had all this success, the players on their current roster have peaked. Also, with many players so close to retirement, they will most likely need a new group of young women to takeover in the foreseeable future. Given the fact that both Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reillly have retired, many avid fans would agree with my insight. The good news is that women’s soccer in America is so deep rooted that we can rely on homegrown talent to usher in a new era of players, which is why they perform so much better than their male counterparts.

Even though our women’s program is superb abroad, its domestic appeal is down. There are three main reasons why we see this drastic contrast. First, there has been a total of three different installments of professional leagues, two of which folded and the current league played their inaugural season in 2013. Second, the National Women’s Soccer League or NWSL consists of only ten teams, making it extremely difficult to create a broad fan base nationally. Finally the lack of media coverage and sponsorships has prevented a market from forming. It is ultimately up to the fans to spread the love of the game or else the league will meet the same fate as the first two installments.

In conclusion, I think Soccer is an incredible sport with a deep rooted history. The game has millions of supporters worldwide. As an American soccer fan I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the growth of MLS and look forward to seeing the impact this progress will have on the next generation of American youth. It’s also important for young girls to get more involved in the game here in the US as well as abroad because this type of grassroots movement is the only way to bring gender equality to the sport. In the end it’s up to the fans to put US Soccer on the map.

Kyle’s food for thought quotes!

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“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” —Michael Jordan

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

– Mark Twain

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

– Mark Twain

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao Tzu

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. – Donald Trump

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill