Board & Leadership

Board Highlight: Spencer Collier

Meet Spencer Collier, Rodman for Kids Board Member and Chair of our Marketing Committee! We had the privilege of sitting down with Spencer to learn more about his connection to our organization and WHY he continues to support us!

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Board & Leadership

Staff Highlight: Maria

Meet Maria Wilson, Rodman for Kids’ newest team member! Maria is joining us in a new role – Events & Program Manager!

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Charity Partners

Isabella’s Resilience

Isabella is just one kid that has been impacted by ConfiKids partnership with Rodman for Kids: “You have touched the lives of every one of our kids.”

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Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

Breaking Down Barriers for ALL Kids

Over the past 20 years, Rodman for Kids’ Theatre for Kids program has introduced more than 80,000 kids to the wonder of live, professional theater. This past year, we were intentional about breaking down barriers to arts access for ALL kids.

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A Look Behind the Curtain…

Rodman for Kids and Broadway In Boston are partnering with the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts to give inner city high school students a behind the scenes look at everything that goes into creating a Broadway musical and touring it around the country as part of the Innovation Career Pathways and Work-Based Learning Program.

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Blue Man Group Sensory Friendly Performance

Rodman for Kids, in partnership with Blue Man Group, Broadway in Boston, and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, brought a special, sensory friendly performance of Blue Man Group to Boston!

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Ride for Kids

#WhyIRideSaturday – Bruce Rodman

We were recently able to talk with one of Bruce Rodman, Celebration for Kids co-chair, Don & Marilyn Rodman Foundation Trustee, AND Team Rodman for Kids Rider, to discuss why he participates in the Rodman Ride for Kids!

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Board & Leadership

Board Highlight: LeEric Daye

LeEric Daye is new to the Rodman for Kids Board of Directors, but the impact he has already had is immense. In his own words, “I was one of the kids Rodman for Kids exists to serve.”

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Board & Leadership

Board Highlight: Jim Brett

Jim Brett is a disability rights advocate, serving as the Chairman of the President’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities for Presidents Bush, Obama, and now Biden. In addition to all of this amazing work, Jim makes time to serve on Rodman for Kids’ Board of Directors, offering his unique insight on how we can be a more inclusive organization.

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Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

Theatre Gives Kids Hope

“It’s so far removed from their everyday life. Some of them are homeless, and struggling to find food, and in very abusive homes, or not with their parents at all. To put themselves into this world (of live theatre) that takes them away and gives them the hope of a world that they can have I think was a massive thing.”

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Ride for Kids

32nd Annual Ride for Kids was HUGE Success!

“Having an opportunity to come together with more than 1,000 riders, volunteers, and donors who have committed their time and resources to brightening kids’ lives is truly an inspiring experience,” said Amy Rossman, Executive Director at Rodman for Kids.

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Press Room

Ride for Kids in the News!

The 32nd Annual Rodman Ride for Kids took place on Saturday, September 24th and was featured across different news sites! Thank you to our Media Sponsor, WCVB Channel 5 Boston, and Antoinette Antonio for coming out on Saturday to help us at the Start Line!

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Disney for Kids

Giving Kids a Glimpse of What Life Can Be

Dreams came true and fears were conquered on this year’s Disney for Kids trip with 100 Dorchester area kids. We sat down with Mary Scannell, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester’s Senior Vice President and Disney for Kids trip director, to chat about the trip and the impact she witnessed.

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Ride for Kids

The Rodman Ride for Kids is MOVING!

In order to create a safer route and overall better experience for riders, participants, volunteers, & staff, we are packing up our bikes and moving to 38 Neponset Avenue in Foxboro, MA!

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Theatre in the News!

Rodman for Kids’ Theatre for Kids program is in the news for our recent trip to see Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Citizens Bank Opera House with Broadway in Boston!!

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Success Stories

2021 Impact Report

Take a peek at the amazing impact Rodman for Kids made on kids in our community as a result of your support!

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Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

Theatre = Safe Space

On Tuesday, November 2, the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program welcomed 500 kids to the Citizen’s Bank Opera House for the premiere of “Hadestown.”

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Celebration for Kids

Guide to Celebration for Kids 2021!

We’re looking forward to Cozying Up to Celebration for Kids with you on Saturday, December 4! Want an inside scoop on everything you’ll need to know to be ready to enjoy an incredible evening of food, fun, and philanthropy?! You came to the right place 😉

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Celebration for Kids

The Celebration of the Year: History of Celebration for Kids

Since it’s inception, Celebration for Kids has been a unique gala event equipped with a huge live & silent auction, dozens of local high-end chefs, and an incredible dance party to top off the night. Now in it’s 19th year, Celebration for Kids has raised over $15 million.

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Success Stories

Impacting Confidence with ConfiKids

“Although our organization hosts and participates in many fundraising efforts, this event has been the one consistent way we have engaged volunteers, raised needed funds and networked with other nonprofits for support and advice. It truly has been an effort that our organization depends on each year to fund for hundreds of children in their enrichment, sports, music, and arts programs.” 

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Ride for Kids

The Power of Relationships

“To be able to complete the ride, together, reinforces so much of what Friends of the Children and specifically our relationship has been built on.  We joke around, we make a shared playlist to listen to on the ride, we look forward to it, but really we see it as an anchoring part of our relationship.”

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Ride for Kids

RIDE FOR KIDS 2021 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our riders, volunteers, guests and staff. In addition to fielding a limited pool of riders this year, we have implemented a number of guidelines with consideration to the COVID-19.

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Disney for Kids

DISNEY FOR KIDS 2021 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Who is excited to visit the happiest place on earth?! We know that those traveling to Walt Disney World for our 28th annual Disney for Kids (DFK) trip sure are! Rodman for Kids and all DFK chaperones are making sure that this trip is the safest visit on earth.

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Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

2,000 Youth Rise Up For Hamilton

Two-thousand Greater Boston youth attended a performance of the Broadway smash, Hamilton, as part of the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program, which endeavors to broaden the horizons of at-risk youth…

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Ride for Kids

How To Stay Safe Riding On The Road

Bicycle accidents often result from something happening on the right – a car door opening or someone pulling into the street without seeing a cyclist. This causes the cyclist to swerve into the traffic…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Geovani

In the 5th grade, Geovani approached his teacher at the McKay K-8 School in East Boston and asked to join SCORES. Geo, as he is known to his teammates, joined a team of his classmates to play soccer…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Casey

Casey is just one of many young people who’ve been positively impacted by The Wildflower Camp Foundation. Watch the story of one camper’s journey from grief to healing after experiencing the loss of…

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Theatre For Kids Goes Blue

The only thing better than a Blue Man Group Ultimate Dance Party, is a Blue Man Group Ultimate Dance Party, Theatre for Kids style…

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Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

There’s No Place Like the Theatre

My favorite scene was when the tornado was forming. It felt so real and there was so much suspense!” “The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie and I can’t believe I got to see it live! It was my first…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Ryan

When Ryan’s mom contacted Above the Clouds, she wrote, “I have tears in my eyes as I read of the incredible program that you offer to help seriously ill children.”…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Kat

Kethleen “Kat” Canola, a senior at East Boston High, started as a painter at Artists for Humanity in February 2014 and soon realized her passion for design…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Natalia

Big Sister Luz and Little Sister Natalia, a 16-year old sophomore, were matched in 2014. Little Sister Natalia admitted she kept to herself at first, but guidance from their Match Support Specialist…

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Meet the Kids: Kiley

Taking someone with autism to the theater can be a challenge. Many parents face the scenario of spending money to take a chance on going to the theatre as a family, only to have their son/daughter need…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Edwin

10-year old Edwin is a camper at Hale Reservation through a partnership with Dorchester’s Bird Street Community Center…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Saverio

Congratulations to our America Scores Boston’s National Slam candidate, Saverio, whose poem “Stuck” will be featured in the next Men In Blazer’s blog The Raven…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Ronique

As the primary caretaker of her family, Ronique, 17, was cooking, packing lunches and making sure everyone’s needs were met…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Hannah

Middle school student Hannah Levine recognized early warning signs of her cancer and, thanks to the 15-40 Connection programs, she knew what to do next…

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Meet the Kids: Zachary

Zachary faced the hardships of poverty and homelessness throughout school, but with the help of School on Wheels he held on tight to the one thing in his life he could control—his education…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Naishka

Prior to being referred to The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ Detention Diversion Advocacy Program (DDAP) for an assault and battery charge, Naishka was a victim of bullying and had suicidal…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Victoria

Victoria, was a shy, three-year-old who had not spoken a single word. Her mother, Rebecca, enrolled in Raising A Reader to help her…

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Meet the Kids

Meet the Kids: Robinson

Robinson went to the South Boston Neighborhood House Preschool Program in 2007 as a four year-old boy with very limited language skills and considerable behavior management issues…

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Ride for Kids

Who Needs a Bike to Make a Difference?

Become a Virtual Rider and help make a difference for over ¼ million Massachusetts kids without ever getting on a bicycle! A Virtual Rider is anyone who is passionate about the Rodman Ride for Kids…

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Disney for Kids

Disney for Kids is Pure Magic

Since 1992, Disney for Kids has sent over 2,000 at-risk kids to Walt Disney World in Florida. Nobody is better qualified to convey the Disney for Kids impact than Mary Scannell, VP of Education at the…

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Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

Summer at the Theatre: Disney’s Newsies

To help kick off the long-awaited summer vacation, we sent 500 kids to the Boston Opera House to see Disney’s Newises on July 1 as part of our Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids initiative…

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Ride for Kids

Why Ride Day is Better Than Christmas

Ride Day. An early fall Saturday that has become a tradition for cyclists, volunteers, and non-profit staff. Some riders, like George Forte, are even rumored to say they love Ride Day more than Christmas…

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