Dream Makers Youth Foundation – Reaching for the Stars

Dream Makers Youth Foundation is an organization devoted to the belief that children with special needs have the right to engage in all activities made available to typically developing children. The Smyrna, Georgia based nonprofit is dedicated to promoting the overall well-being of children with special needs and their families through community-based educational, recreational and therapeutic services.

The organization’s Founder and President Nikki Wilson joins us on this episode of Make A Difference Radio. She speaks about how Dream Makers Youth Foundation makes a difference everyday in the abilities, hearts and minds of the children and families they serve. Listen now and learn how you too can make dreams come true!


Georgia Meth Project – Fighting the Epidemic

The Georgia Meth Project aims to combat methamphetamine to the teen and young adult population through their large-scale,  research based and hard-hitting public service messaging . Founded in 2005 through the innovative philanthropic efforts of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, the Meth Project has been named one of the most effective philanthropy initiatives in the world by Barron’s.  We welcome Georgia Meth Project’s Executive Director Jim Langford and Project Manager Latrina Patrick onto the program to speak about the role of the organization in combating the epidemic of meth abuse in Georgia.

We will speak about the organization’s provocative advertising initiatives, their community outreach programs, and work around public policy all of which are aimed to ensure that teens and young adults are informed about the real dangers associated with methamphetamine. Learn how you can become involved in an organization that is working to fight a social plight costing Georgia tax-payers more than $1.3 billion annually.


American Red Cross of Atlanta – Providing Hope for Those in Crisis

Make A Difference Radio welcomes staff and volunteers from The American Red Cross of Metro Atlanta. We speak about the organization’s history and its evolution. We will speak with disaster relief volunteers who share their personal stories of their important and impactful work.

February is “Severe Weather Month” and we speak about the organization’s response to last year’s devastating tornadoes. We also highlight the extensive reach and scope of the Red Cross as it celebrates the 69th anniversary of March’s designation by the President of the United States as “Red Cross Month”.

From L-R: Derek van Dam, Ruben Brown, Aliza Levinson, Mike Richardson


Listen now and learn about how you can become involved in an organization that responds to hundreds of emergencies a day by coordinating food and shelter for those in immediate need during crises.


Wounded Warrior Project – Serving Our Heroes: Episode 9

Join us as Make A Difference Radio explores the valiant work of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The organization exists to honor and empower returning veterans who have incurred service-connected wounds, injuries or illnesses. Through uniquely tailored programs aimed to nurture mind and body and foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in the nation’s history, Wounded Warrior Project is making a difference in the lives of thousands of our returning soldiers.

Host Derek van Dam is joined on air by two members of WWP Joe Caley and Andrew Coughlan. Both guests are  Area Warrior Outreach Coordinators. They speak about the history of Wounded Warrior Project, the different programs it provides and share their personal stories of bravery and determination in the face of adversity.

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) – A Devotion to Design: Episode 8

Make A Difference Radio spotlights the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). MODA is the only museum in the Southeast exclusively devoted to the study and celebration of all things design. The museum hosts an evolving roster of exhibitions showcasing architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion, jewelry and more. Join us as we explore the story behind the museum with their Associate Director Laura Flusche.

MODA will host their newest exhibit Stories in Form: Chair Design by Portfolio Center from February 5th through June 3rd. The exhibit will examine history and design through the medium of the chair and features work by students from the Portfolio Center‘s nationally acclaimed course “Modernism: History, Criticism and Theory”.

We learn about the world of design and the story behind the exhibit with its curator, design student Brittany Baum. Joining us also in the studio is Hank Richardson, the Director of Design at the Portfolio Center.


Episode 7: Year Up Atlanta – Empowering Youth to Overcome the Opportunity Divide

Listen now as Make A Difference Radio hosts a conversation with staff, mentors and students from Year Up Atlanta on January 25, 2012 at 10 AM EST. They speak about the events that have led them to the organization, how Year Up Atlanta has made a difference in their lives and about how individuals and companies in the area can become involved in their fantastic work.

Year Up Atlanta is an innovative workforce solutions program that bridges the human resource needs of Atlanta businesses and the employment needs of high potential 18-24 year olds facing an “opportunity divide” in our community. Year Up is a one-year intensive training and corporate internship program designed to assist disconnected young adults to become change agents in their lives, families and communities.

From L-R: Derek Van Dam, Terry Doyle, Marcus Hall, Alecia Maclin, Ariel Dottin and Jessica Harris

Episode 6: Men’s Health and Wellness Center – The Challenge of Men’s Health

Please join us Wednesday, January 18th at 10 AM when Make A Difference Radio explores the challenges associated with men’s health. Joining us is Joseph Blumberg, the Executive Director of  Men’s Health and Wellness Center (MHWC).

Men’s Health and Wellness Center exists to provide education, screening and support services to encourage men to know their numbers and make more informed lifestyle choices leading to disease prevention, healthy living and improved quality of life.

Mr. Blumberg founded the organization in 2007 after his diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer. MHWC is a nonprofit organization that serves men over 40 and their loved ones in an effort to minimize the seven year longevity gap between men and women.

Episode 5: Tredeau Design and Georgia Humanities Council – Marketing and Communications for Nonprofit Organizations in a Recession

Join us on January 11th as Make A Difference Radio explores strategies and best practices in marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations during difficult economic times.

Derek will be speaking with Scott Tredeau, Owner and Creative Director at Tredeau Design. His firm is a full-service graphic communications firm that primarily works with nonprofit organizations. Also joining the discussion will be Jamila Owens. She is Director of Marketing and Communications for the Georgia Humanities Council. The council is a statewide nonprofit organization working to ensure that humanities and culture remain integral to lives of Georgians.


Episode 4: G-CAPP

Join us Wednesday December 21st as Make A Difference Radio spotlights the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, G-CAPP. The organization is committed to enriching the lives of adolescents and helping them achieve a healthy, productive future free of early pregnancy.


Host Derek Van Dam speaks with G-CAPP’s President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow and Vice President of Development Kathleen Egan about the numerous programs and services G-CAPP has implemented to help educate Georgia’s youth to make successful life decisions.





Episode 3: Visiting Nurse Health System

This week Make A Difference Radio spotlights local nonprofit Visiting Nurse Health System. Visiting Nurse is Georgia’s largest provider of home healthcare – serving more than 22,000 individuals in 2010 in the 26 county Atlanta metro-area.

Host Derek Van Dam speaks with their Vice President of Advancement, Lisa Robinson. They speak about how Visiting Nurse is helping to fulfill their mission of improving the lives of those they serve through thoughtful, strategic and collaborative programs.

To have your nonprofit considered for the show please contact Patrick Duffy at (404) 492-7972.