Positively Caviar raises over $1,000 in Donations for Children of Incarcerated Parents

On Monday, December 10th Positively Caviar, Inc. executed their 1st annual Holiday Happy Hour Toy Drive at the new Broccoli Bar in Washington D.C. Through joining forces with The Women’s Wing Organization, Positively Caviar had the opportunity to donate gifts to kids whose parents are incarcerated or not in the home in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

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More than 5 million children, or 1 in 14, in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison at some point in their lives, according to the Casey Foundation. With the help of friends, family and supporters more than $1,000 were raised in gift cards, toys, and cash donations. All donations went toward gifts for the annual holiday party hosted by Women’s Wing Organization. This year we were able to provide gifts to over 1000 children to help them celebrate the season and bring joy to kids that are less fortunate this holiday season.

“It was an extraordinary experience having the opportunity to play Santa for less privileged kids this holiday season” Chief Program Officer, Shayma Sulaiman. “We’re excited to continue these efforts next holiday season”.

 Positively Caviar is thankful for the many generous gifts, gift cards and monetary donations. Help continue to #spreadthePos & change the lives of people within your community. Please visit staybasedandpositive.com to find out more about Positively Caviar, Inc. or to find out how you can support the mission.

Positively Caviar, Inc Partners with Charm City Love for the 2nd Annual Wellness Weekend

Baltimore, MD (November 10, 2018) - On Saturday, November 10th  Positively Caviar, Inc. joined forces with Charm City Love, Inc. to facilitate a Wellness Weekend at the SAGE Center of Episcopal Housing Corporation in Baltimore, MD. During this time both organizations were able to help families in the Family Recovery Program transform into their healthiest self!

The Family Recovery Program is a non-profit that seeks to reunite families whose children have been placed in court ordered foster care due to substance abuse issues. in order to participate in the Family Recovery Program, families are required to attend a variety of classes and group meetings to ensure that they remain drug and alcohol free and that they develop the life skills necessary to become fully self-supporting.

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During Wellness Weekend, Positively Caviar coordinated a B.U.I.L.D (Being Unique Individuals by Learning and Developing) workshop at the “Kid’s Center” with about 13 participants. Team members and volunteers had the opportunity to instill mental resilience into the youth with activities/discussions which include: The Power of Yet, Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset, the importance of gratitude, and self-love. The session ended with a mediation session amongst all families in attendance.

 The Positively Caviar team enjoyed spreading influence and positivity through the children and adolescents of the Family Recovery Center. For more information or to find out how to partner with Positively Caviar on future programs, please click here or contact us at info@staybasedandpositive.com 

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Positively Caviar Inspires Student Leaders at Hampton University

The Greer Dawson Wilson Student Leadership Program at Hampton University is a service-learning and leadership program that plays a vital role in the holistic development of Hampton University students by providing community service experiences and interpersonal and leadership skills training opportunities.

Every summer, the Greer Dawson SLP program hosts a retreat preparing them to lead students in the new school year. This retreat also focuses on building relationships within the program in an effort to encourage self-awareness, development and build synergy amongst fellow leaders.

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On Sunday, August 12th Positively Caviar’s Executive Director & Chief Creative Optimist, Chazz Scott, participated as the keynote speaker, holding a B.U.I.L.D. workshop at the annual student leader retreat. The young adults that participated left feeling inspired and ready to aspire others.

Several SLP members expressed their excitement about participating in the B.U.I.L.D workshop:

“My favorite moment or key point was when Chazz talked about affirmations and realizing the effect they have on our mindsets and bodies.”

“I enjoyed all of the new quotes Mr. Scott exposed us too. I also enjoyed hearing other people say their goals out loud. Hearing more positive affirmations were great.”

“I liked the interactive activities and how he asked us questions. It made me truly think and self-reflect. It was honestly and truly GREAT!”

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The Positively Caviar team enjoyed having the opportunity to inspire college students to achieve their best self. The team will continue to participate in workshops that intensify the positivity in the world.

For more information or to find out how to partner with Positively Caviar on future programs, please click here or contact us at info@staybasedandpositive.com 

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Positively Caviar attends Providence Baptist Church Retreat as Keynote Speaker

On July 28, 2018, Positively Caviar was invited to the Providence Baptist Church Retreat as a presenter and keynote speaker. The retreat took place on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

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As part of the retreat, parents and adolescents gathered to hear a keynote address from Positively Caviar Founder, Chazz Scott. The audience learned about building a legacy not just monetarily but through thoughts, fears, diet, and decisions. Chazz spoke to the science of positivity as it relates to epigenetic and neuroplasticity and how to instill mental resilience and habits. 

Additionally, Positively Caviar held a B.U.I.L.D Workshop from 10am-12noon. College students were able to join to discuss the importance of building a legacy, instilling mental resilience, and not being afraid to dream. The class included a total of about 10-12 students. We handed out notebooks as it was interactive workshop that allowed the students to express themselves and their desires about life.

The students were very involved despite the workshop taking place on a Saturday morning.

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“To be honest, the workshop helped me zoom in and focus on my goals. When I wrote down my goals I said [to myself], I was not afraid of failing because failure is a learning experience”, Adonis Wyche, Sophomore at CCBC.

Positively Caviar was extremely excited to be a part of this church retreat. For more information or to find out how to partner with Positively Caviar on future programs, please click here or contact us at info@staybasedandpostive.com  

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Positively Caviar Fights Mental Health at the HBCU5K 

On Saturday, June 30th Positively Caviar participated in the 6th Annual HBCU 5K Run/2K Walk at Howard University. More than 12 volunteers joined The Positively Caviar Team to run with a purpose and engage with the community sharing information about the organization.

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The Washington, DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc.’s (DCHBCUAA) community hosts the HBCU Alumni Community Day Presented by XFINITY with a mission is to improve the health and well-being of our communities. Their overall efforts are aimed at reducing health disparities that are pervasive in predominantly African American communities. With an effort to addressing the social determinants of health, their program focuses on priority areas are Health & Wellness, Hunger Awareness, and Higher Education. By leveraging the full value of the Alumni Alliance, they educate the community, provide financial resources, offer volunteers, and work strategically with our community partners to make a measurable impact to address the following issues: health, hunger, and education.

Volunteer and Positively Caviar supporter, Melissa Pearson, expressed her excitement about participating in the HBCU 5K Run. “It was such an amazing experience to work with an organization that embodies what they are passionate about. Positively Caviar attracted a large crowd during the 5K race, simply because the leaders of their organization naturally spread authentic positivity. When you are struggling with mental health disorders, trying to adjust your mindset to focus on the positive things in your life is necessary. The leaders of Positively Caviar ran for a cause. They ran to instill that positivity back into our culture.”

Running to help fight mental illness aligns with the core values of Positively Caviar. The organization will continue participating in the HBCU5K annually, on a much larger scale next year.

For more information or to find out how to partner with Positively Caviar on future programs, please click here or contact us at info@staybasedandpositive.com 

Positively Caviar Joins The Garden of Prayer Christian Church for Youth Day 2K18

On June 15, 2018, Positively Caviar participated in a Youth Day seminar at The Garden of Prayer Christian Church in Baltimore, MD. Children and young adults ages 6 - 20 had the opportunity to engage in a thought-provoking conversation based on the subject of fear.

Youth Day is an event that takes place in various Christian churches and denominations. This annual event is used to focus on the youth in the church and give them a platform to learn more and encourage them to live their best life. The order of events for Youth Day at the Garden of Prayer Christian Church included icebreakers, our high-intensity speaking engagement, and a round robin of questions from the audience.

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The theme of Youth Day 2K18 was “I Have No Reason to Fear” giving the Positively Caviar Team the opportunity to speak to youth and families in Baltimore City about the science of positivity & optimism, overcoming fears, and gaining resilience. Shayma Sulaiman, Chief Program Officer, and Chazz Scott, Chief Creative Optimist, exposed the youth and their families to strategies and tips to reach their fullest potential in life such as: instilling habits to wake up early, how to use “the power of yet”, how to overcome fear, a healthy diet, and the importance of maintaining meaningful relationships. 

Positively Caviar was extremely excited to be a part of this motivational and encouraging event. “It was really humbling to bring people from all ages and all walks of life together to discuss the topic of fear”, said Shayma.” “Although every individual has his or her own separate path we were able to discuss the reasons we fear, the science of fear, and ultimately how to overcome it.” For more information or to find out how to partner with Positively Caviar on future programs, please click here or contact us at info@staybasedandpositive.com.

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Positively Caviar Teams Up with Boys in the Good

On May 22, 2018, Positively Caviar, Inc. teamed up with the Boys in the Good organization for a powerful speaking engagement/workshop. Young boys at Randallstown Elementary School in Baltimore, MD had the opportunity to participate in an informal workshop centered on the importance of optimism.

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"BOYS in the GOOD" is an after-school youth leadership program that helps boys develop new attitudes, behaviors, and ambitions while recognizing the importance of dressing well and being respectful. Boys participate in weekly character education workshops, community service and a number of enrichment opportunities. The purpose of this program is to inspire young men in grades 3 through 5 to reach their fullest potential both academically and socially. All boys serve as leaders of the school community and work each day to fulfill the aims of Giving, Optimism, Originality, and Determination.

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Positively Caviar Founder, Chazz Scott, had the chance to inspire and empower the young boys by speaking to the science of positive thinking, the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind, and the process of erasing old habits & gaining new ones. “The kids were so engaged and excited”, Chazz proclaimed.  “It’s a necessity that kids of this age understand this material now rather than later. It can have huge benefits over the course their lives on their habits, choices, and ultimately of their destiny. As Frederick Douglass said: "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

At the end of the program, the young men were handed the signature “Stay Positive” wristbands in an effort to actually actively apply affirmations as a technique to overcome challenges. These wristbands serve as a reminder to individuals to Stay Positive during times of adversity.  Boys were extremely engaged and eager to learn more about how to sustain optimism throughout their lives. Positively Caviar hopes to conduct a continuation of these workshops with the Boys in the Good in the near future.