Interview with Jenny Jaffe founder of Project UROK

Project UROK is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before.

Founded by Jenny Jaffe (CollegeHumor), the site officially launched in April of 2015 and already features a variety of honest, funny and relatable videos from young adults recounting their struggles with mental health. Project UROK ultimately strives to be an interactive, all-encompassing source of teen mental health resources, encouraging users to upload their own videos and share their experiences on the site’s message boards.

Among others, Project UROK features a video from Mara Wilson, a New York-based writer, performer, storyteller, and the host of the monthly show “What Are You Afraid Of?”

About the founders:

CEO Jenny Jaffe founded Project UROK to be the resource she wishes she’d had as a struggling, mentally ill teenager. She was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a child, and despite the help of a therapist and the support of her family, she suffered from severe depression and panic attacks all throughout high school. She felt isolated and alone. But she got through it, and she wants to let other teenagers struggling with mental illness know that they can, too. She was hired by CollegeHumor during her senior year at NYU, sold her first screenplay at 19, and has since written for MTV, VH1, xoJane, Vulture and more.

Vice President and Production Coordinator Sarah Hartshorne was diagnosed with ADHD and ADD in college, but struggled with it long before. She’s recently been diagnosed with PTSD stemming from trauma she suffered as a child. Working for Project UROK has shown her how important it is to reach out for help when you need it. She’s best known as the plus-sized contestant on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 9, and she’s also a standup comedian and producer. She’s currently producing a documentary about plus-size modelling called Inside Skinny.

Bitch Moment aka why are you blocking my car?

I’m not sure if I had a bitch moment but I just need to vent. Walking out my door to fill up the tank for work since I wanted to wait for it to cool down (it was freaking hot in LA today). As I’m heading to my car a woman gets out of a car that is parked on the SIDEWALK blocking my car. I said (very politely) ‘is that you car? I’m leaving’ … I think that’s normal and the polite response is ‘yes I will move it’ <done> Her reply ‘I’m heading upstairs and will be right back’ WHAT THE HECK (in my mind HELL NO BEOTCH are you freaking crazy). The words out of my mouth were ‘I need you to move your car please’ again she says some stupid rude crap ‘I’ll only be upstairs for a minute. Are you REALLY leaving right now’. Shockingly I did not go Deacon 4 but said ‘you need to move your car’. Now I didn’t even realize someone was in the car and all of this annoyance could have been avoided by him MOVING THE DAMN CAR. Nope instead they both looked at me like I’M the bitch, rolled their eyes and than begrudgingly moved their car off the sidewalk.

Now I’m not sure was I being a bitch or were they being bitches?? It was so surreal in it’s entitled doucheness that maybe I’m in the wrong?

I just don’t understand why anyone thinks it’s OK to block another person’s car when they are leaving??? My neighbors (who don’t have parking spaces) do this all the time and than they get mad when they are asked to move.

Little Golden Books go Star Wars

Just in time for D23 (that I’m not able to attend) I saw that lucky parents can no introduce their children to Star Wars with Little Golden Books that (am sure) we all grew up reading. I remember being read a little golden book that had a little toy in it. I can’t recall the story but I remember being nestled in my dad’s arms as he would read to me. I must admit to being a little jealous of people with kids! I want to share my love of Jedi, Chewwie, Lando, Luke and even Darth with my little kids. Now Star Wars is trying to make me have a baby!

The first six STAR WARS films are finally retold in Little Golden Books! Learn More
Find out more about these books below
and look for them at D23 Expo!
Collect Them All, You Must!
The Phantom Menace Attack of the Clones Revenge of the Sith
The Phantom Menace Attack of the Clones Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi
A New Hope The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi

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Emerging artists Share Your Art With the World with Bombay Sapphire

I wish I had an artistic bone in my body! I have ideas in my head but not ability to put it to pen and paper. Hopefully a woman of color will see this and get discovered .. or a man of color … or LGBT but it’s due August 23, 2015 so get to creating RIGHT NOW!


Bombay Artisan 2014 Winner


 Submissions Are Open (But the clock is ticking)
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, along with Danny and Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, is once again giving emerging artists an incredible opportunity to share their art with the world.

Enter the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series for the chance to show your work at SCOPE Miami Beach, win a solo exhibit at SCOPE New York, and the opportunity to create a mural in your hometown.

This year, local market winners will exhibit their art in regional gallery events in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, and Miami before facing off at SCOPE Miami Beach in December.

The top three winners at SCOPE Miami Beach will be invited to participate in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®Artisan Series Mural project, creating murals in their community. The grand prize winner gets a solo show at SCOPE New York in March 2016.

The world is waiting. Submissions are being accepted through Saturday, August 23, 2015.

Celebrate at Paramount Studios, Sept. 4-6, for LA Times | 2015 The Taste

Los Angeles Times: The TasteYum yum are you counting down the days for the 2015 The Taste at Paramount Studios? It’s the fun foodie event for people who want to foods from all over SoCal in one place. I find one of the best things about attending this food festival at Paramount Studio over Labor Day weekend is that it gives you an opportunity to try not only restaurants but also bakeries, desert shops and ICE CREAM! Hey it’s summer in LA so you know it’s HOT! I’ve had the opportunity to chat with some of the chefs at my favorite restaurants and ask how not only how they started to cook but get some cooking advice. Of course I can’t forget to say that I get to try delicious food! It’s a win win for everyone but especially your tummy! Check out my video from the 2014 The Taste at Paramount Studios! I discovered yummy buns with delightful flavors from green tea to macha that were Philippine recipes from their grandma! (you can order them online), saw an old foodie friend B Sweet Dessert Bar (dessert truck and store) with new bread pudding flavors (favorite is still Red Velvet! YUMMY) and Crème Caramel LA (it was the first time I ever tried Crème Caramel and I fell in LOVE). This year they’ve changed the schedule with a brunch & BBQ on Sunday (you can NEVER go wrong with grilling!) am hoping to try some new coffee and ideas for brunch items!

Having fun at the Los Angeles the Taste 2014
Having fun at the Los Angeles the Taste 2014

Meet the co-hosts and check out our schedule of events.

Gary Menes Michael Fiorelli
 Los Angeles Times: The Taste  Vincenzo Marinelli







Corina Weibel  Carlos Salgado

Sample the culinary creations of L.A.’s most talked about restaurants and enjoy a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits at the only food and wine festival that’s authentically L.A.

Sponsors of The Taste


Now you have a good reason for a Food Tour of the OC

As a foodie I must admit I look towards LA as the foodie nirvana that titillates my taste buds with cuisines from all over the world as well as modern homestyle (I never say no the mac & cheese) so imagine my surprise when I learned of the Golden Foodies award that recognizes great food in the OC! When I think of the OC it’s not for great food .. not bad food but nothing I’d drive out of town but last year at the Taste of LA they had a couple of restaurants from the OC that got me curious. The food was REALLY good but I just haven’t had time to research a good place to try. BUT I love to vote and give my opinion on food so am thinking I might have to check out the winners! Anyone in the OC planning on rating a hometown favorite or try a new place? Leave a suggestion of a restaurant or bar I should try when I head to the OC this fall!

What are the Golden Foodies? 
The Golden Foodies are the FIRST EVER local red carpet food awards event dedicated to honoring and celebrating local food and restaurant industry. Winners are chosen by the people, it is a People Choice Food Awards. The Golden Foodie Awards Gala celebrates Chef driven and independent restaurants.

Where is the Golden Foodie Awards Gala held?
In 2015 the GFA's will be held at the Fairmont in Newport Beach on September 27th.  

What are the Golden Pre-Events?
​Leading up to the Awards we host many fun culinary pre-events. A popular and always sold out pre-event are the chef demos held at the Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom in Costa Mesa.  Make sure you are receiving this NEWSLETTER so you learn about every thing we do!

Will there be food at the Golden Foodie Awards Ceremony?
We have had this question enough to add it to our faq’s page. YES, there will be food.  Honestly, there will be so much food from so many fantastic restaurants it is food heaven! Just in case you were planning on asking...yes, there are drinks as well.

Meet me in Santa Monica for the Sonic Submarine on August 22nd

Third Street Promenade and KCRW DJs Get Loose for the Second Voyage of Sonic Submarine on August 22nd
Funky Outdoor Festival Spins Back Into Downtown Santa Monica with KCRW DJ’s Raul Campos, Travis Holcombe, & Anthony Valadez 

Get ready for free fun on Saturday, August 22nd in Santa Monica! KCRW DJs are spinning tunes at the annual Third Street Promenade Outdoor DJ Festival. It’s a great way to enjoy the end of summer with music and dancing under the stars.

Are you ready for a blast of sound to wash over the beach? Well Downtown Santa Monica Third Street Promenade? It’s a great opportunity to have fun, socialize with friends and (of course) get your flirt on with a blast of funk with Sonic Submarine, it’s an outdoor DJ music festival that’s taking place August 22 from 6 – 11pm. It stretches from Santa Monica Blvd to Arizona Avenue for pedestrians to listen to great music and also enjoy the chance to meander down the street . It’s from  DTSM, Inc., with three of KCRW’s premier on-air disc jockeys who will roll out hour-long sets in succession as the moon grooves its way to the Pacific.
Sonic Submarine DJ Lineup
Travis Holcombe
Anthony Valadez
Raul Campos
Michael Ammann
   Raul Campos


Travis Holcombe
   Anthony Valadez

“After last year’s show, we knew we had to bring Sonic Submarine back. Third Street Promenade is the cultural hub of this city’s incredible energy – we can’t wait to turn up the beat and once again dance like everyone is watching… because they are! This isthe Promenade, after all,” says Mackenzie Carter, Director of Marketing & Operations for DTSM Inc.

Last year, over 500 people turned up for the festival, which is free to the public.
Sonic Submarine DJ Festival
Third Street Promenade (Between Santa Monica Blvd. & Arizona Ave.)
August 22, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free Event

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