#VolunteersWithAVoice Story Hour with Sabrina Cohen
Monday, July 12th, 2021
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For this Monday’s Story Hour #VolunteersWithAVoice, we were joined by Sabrina Cohen from the Sabrina Cohen Foundation. She read Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.
Sabrina suffered a spinal cord injury when she was just 14 years old in 1992. She established the Sabrina Cohen Foundation (SCF) in 2006 to advocate and raise funds for stem cell research. Since SCF was founded, it has taken on new objectives to expand its goals and educate the public further on these injuries and treatments. They now also strive to establish more widely accessible exercise and recreational facilities for those with injuries and disabilities.
After Sabrina’s injury in 1992, she managed to graduate high school on time and went on to earn a degree in Communications from the University of Miami. She worked with the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI), a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a legal framework to advance regenerative medicine. In her position with GPI, she traveled around the country, attending numerous conferences and summits to learn more about the world of stem cell research.
Today, SCF is primarily focused on creating a recreational space to provide year-round access to the beach and fitness programs for the disabled community. Sabrina serves as President and spokesperson for SCF and continues to advocate for people in a similar situation as her, and she strives to increase public awareness for those who live with these conditions.
You can watch Sabrina’s DGFG Live segment on our Instagram page. She talked to us a bit about her life and shared her passion for inspiring others.
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Craft Night with Emily Calandrelli
Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
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This Wednesday for Craft Night we were joined by Emily Calandrelli from Netflix’s Emily’s Wonder Lab. Emily guided us through two experiments that can be recreated at home.
Emily Calandrelli is the Emmy-nominated Host and Co-producer of the Netflix show Emily’s Wonder Lab, where she and a team of young scientists learn about different experiments and the science behind them! She is also the Host and Executive Producer of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space. She was also featured as a correspondent on Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World!
Aside from her appearances on-screen, Emily is also the author of a children’s chapter book series called The Ada Lace Adventures. There are currently 5 books in the series and they follow Ada Lace, a 3rd grader who is passionate about science and technology. She also recently announced her upcoming picture book called Reach for the Stars, a book written for her daughter Rose about the different stages that a child goes through while growing up.
A West Virginia native, Emily studied at West Virginia University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship for her work in research, and the Truman Scholarship for her work in policy. She then went on to earn her Masters from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as Technology and Policy.
Today, Emily continues to work on various projects that have yet to be announced, and she is hopeful that Emily’s Wonder Lab will be renewed for another season on Netflix. In fact, there was a Change.org petition created in favor of renewing Emily’s Wonder Lab that has gathered over 80,000 signatures!
On Emily’s DGFG Live segment, she guided us through the steps of creating Rainbow Bubbles and a Paint Can Rocket (Adult Supervision Recommended). Head over to our Instagram page to find the full segment and follow along with Emily to recreate the experiment at home!
Make sure to tune in for more segments, Monday and Wednesday @LLFoundation at 3 pm EST!