Empowerment Program At Work

December 2012 - A beautiful note from Ellana Sanders, Director of Mental Health Services at Imagine Academy, praising the Bear Givers Empowerment Program which was implemented at their holiday party:

"Wednesday December 12, 2012 was a magical day at Imagine Academy. The lower level of the school was transformed in to a Holiday Carnival spectacular. With carnival games, a bouncy house, teddy bears, prizes and pop-corn, students and staff celebrated together for this year’s festival of lights.

Through a continued relationship with BEAR GIVERS, a non-profit generous organization, Imagine Academy was offered an opportunity to host another school for disabled children, Yaldeinu, in celebration. Both Brooklyn schools, Yaldeinu and Imagine share similar missions, serving students with special needs and their families. Together with the staff, the students of Imagine ran the carnival booths, handed out popcorn and prizes and gave the students of Yaldeinu a parting gift of a plush Teddy Bear. In return the Imagine students received warmth, smiles, and a feeling of accomplishment.

The event would not have been possible without the BEAR GIVERS. The BEAR GIVERS organization empowers others with the notion that it is better to give than receive. Giving since 2003, Joseph Sprung, Diane Lampert and their team have been inspiring generosity and empowerment through various programs and events. Imagine Academy is grateful for the Bear Givers continued support and motivation to give."

Ellana Sanders
Director of Mental Health Services
Imagine Academy



March 2012 -  Bear Givers Trip

Students of the Imagine Academy gave out teddy bears to the Bi-Y program students at P.S 199. It was hard to tell who was more excited, the givers or the receivers!

DECEMBER 2011 - "Imagine the Possibilities" Art Exhibition

Students of Imagine Academy for Autism displayed their beautiful artwork at JBS Gallery and were thrilled to see that their artwork was sold with 100% of the proceeds going back to their school!


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“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press
“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers