Goody Awards Launches Back to School Teacher Goody Spotlight Campaign

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To celebrate great teachers inspiring creativity, the Goody Awards ( launches a Back2School Teacher Goody Spotlight Campaign (Sept 1-Oct 15, 2012), which will include four live Teacher Goody presentations on college campuses coast-to-coast, Teacher Goody Awards via social media, pro bono PR support for two charities providing creative mentors to students, Goody Awards sunglasses give-away at live events (made with recycled plastic and sponsored by Inkhead), and a Goody Awards Social Media Week LA Social Enterprise Panel at the W Hotel Hollywood. Many don’t realize the arts are the second-largest export in America, and this campaign is a celebration of arts in education.

With a record 21.6 million college students going back to school this fall, the Goody Awards kicks off a Back to School Campaign to recognize outstanding teachers inspiring creativity with Teacher Goody Awards. As part of the Goody Awards internship program, four college and graduate school students from Johns Hopkins University, Santa Monica College and Quinnipiac University will select the live event winners with input from their peers. And because the Goody Awards encourages everyone to “Catch Someone Doing Good”, anyone can also tweet a Teacher Goody Award to a current or past teacher via Twitter using #TeacherGoody #GoodyAwards.

To support arts-education, the Goody Awards is donating free PR for this campaign to two groups in Los Angeles who provide creative mentoring to underserved students: and the Young Storytellers Foundation. When the Goody Awards interviewed Actor Ben McKenzie (Southland) about his support for the Young Storytellers Foundation, he explained, “It’s a great program, particularly when arts funding is being so drastically cut” Anyone can also make a contribution to these causes by tweeting a photo thru the Picture Healing app, and then select CreateNow or Young Storytellers Foundation as the charity.

The first Teacher Goody Award will be presented on Friday, September 7, 2012, to Marty Lang, Film Professor at Quinnipiac University at special screening of his latest movie, Rising Star. Marty Lang is an award-winning filmmaker, professor and journalist, who attended the University of Connecticut, graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and covered entertainment for the New York Times. When asked why Marty, Senior Jake Raphaelson, shared, “"Whether you need help with a project, internship, or general advice, there's never a time when Marty isn't there. He's always eager to share his knowledge of film, writing, and college survival tips to anyone willing to listen."

The second live Teacher Goody will be presented on Wed, Sept 12, 2012, to Santa Monica College Professor Daniel Cooper by Sophmore Monique Kaminskaya. Daniel is a Counseling Professor, who has received rave reviews and twelve pages of comments on He received a 4.8 out of 5 for overall quality, and several comments sound like this one, “best professor in the world. take him!” Two additional Teacher Goody Awards will be presented at Johns Hopkins University, and there will be a separate announcement on those winners.

The Goody Awards is also hosting a Social Enterprise and Entertainment Panel at Social Media Week LA on Wed, Sept 26, 2012, at the W Hotel Hollywood, that is part of a 13-city global conference. This social good panel is being sponsored by New Media Vault, who is hosting a full day of panels and free SMWLA party there that night.

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@CreateNow is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996 that transforms the lives of high-risk and at-risk youth through creative arts mentoring, education, resources and opportunities. We serve vulnerable children ages 2-25 with our therapeutic programs in music, writing, visual arts and the performing arts. Kids learn to express themselves in a positive manner versus the destructive ways that they have in the past. Each year, we also bring thousands of these youngsters to concerts, plays and other cultural events.

About Young Storytellers Foundation -
@YoungStory develops literacy through the art of storytelling. Using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring, we provide underserved children in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance. This group was founded in 1997 by a group of young screenwriters in Los Angeles who wanted to support public schools that were cutting creative arts programs from the budget. Their mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice.

About the Goody Awards -
@GoodyAwards does Social Good Awards via social media, special events and cause marketing campaigns. To support causes and recognize good, the Goody Awards does pro bono PR for charities with brand sponsor support for Special Awards at events and an Annual Awards Show. The Goody Awards goal is to encourage people to Catch Someone Doing Good. Users can tweet immediate shout outs using #GoodyAwards and five award types: #GoodDeedGoody, #HeroGoody #TeamGoody, #EcoGoody and now #TeacherGoody. CEO/Founder Liz H Kelly has built advertising campaigns and recognition programs for Fox Interactive Media/MySpace, Paramount Pictures, and the first Sprint PCS / Sprint Spectrum. As a member of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni LA Board, Kelly is also an active mentor. Global Media Experts, Actors, Producers, Mobile Leaders and Philanthropists are on the Goody Awards Advisory Board. Media Contact: Liz Smith 310-987-7207
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