Community Coalition for Children
Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO of Kaboom!
at the Garde Arts Center and Connecticut College in New London, CT
October 20 - 21, 2014
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Monday, October 20, 2014
About Darell Hammond
In August 1995, shortly after moving to Washington, D.C., 24-year-old Darell Hammond read a story in the Washington Post about two local children who suffocated while playing in an abandoned car because they didn’t have anywhere else to play. Darell realized this tragedy could have been prevented. The passion was born, the idea was conceived.
After attending community college and Ripon College, he helped lead the start-up of City Year Chicago. Under Darell’s leadership, 600 City Year volunteers built two playgrounds and more than 500 community volunteers joined the incredible day of service. Watching the volunteers take on their challenges in a fun and productive way, Darell realized that with organization, leadership, and minimal training, communities could make huge improvements to their neighborhoods and their lives.
[excerpted from Kaboom's Website]
Hot Off the Press
Jul 10, 2014 in The Day:
Pro-playground author, advocate of free play, coming to region in October
Jul 8, 2014 in The Day:
Offering pathways to healthy, happy play
April 23, 2014 in The Norwich Bulletin:
Speakers at children’s health forum: Use fear to change bad habits
March 27, 2014 in The Norwich Bulletin:
Eastern chamber hands out $90K in grants to nonprofits
As a result of CCC's 2013 program with Dr. Katz…
· A Youth Center snack bar removed all unhealthy snacks (chips and candy) and replaced them with healthy alternatives.
· A grocery store is working to implement the NuVal system so customers can make nutritionally informed decisions more easily.
· A school district is implementing a local farm to table food initiative, which includes classes to teach children how to cook with local, healthy produce.