We Cancerve's Camp Happy 2015
MISSION: The We Cancerve Movement, Inc. brings happiness to some of society's most vulnerable youth: children experiencing homeless, illness and who are in foster care.
VISION: Our vision is to change the way adults think about youth leadership in philanthropic and business communities by influencing a generation of social changemakers determined to provide solutions that bring vulnerable children happiness ... swiftly!
Managed by an all-youth board of advisors and supported by a board of directors, We Cancerve has reached more than 23,000 children from Ohio to Africa providing more than $20,000 in cash grants and more than $300,000 in in-kind donations to organizations that serve children we serve. We Cancerve's projects and initiatives are supported by communities rich in service and kindness, and eager to pool resources and skills to make a huge impact on children who need our help most. We Cancerve is a registered 501c3. Our EIN is 81-3073247. We have also established a fund with the Community Foundation of Harford County. Donations to the We Cancerve fund through our website and/or to CFHC are tax-deductible.
Our Board of Advisors
We Cancerve is led by a dynamic group of young people - ages 8 through 18 - who serve one year terms on the board of advisors. These youth exhibit strong character traits and various leadership qualities, and provide fresh ideas and unique perspectives to helping us achieve our mission. As advisors, thes youth provide non-binding strategic advice to the board of directors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc. They provide valuable advice and support to the founder and chairwoman of the board of advisors. They were selected based on the targeted expertise they bring to the projects and iniatives We Cancerve sponsors for the thousands of homeless, sick and foster children we serve annually. Because of their individual attributes and contributions to the community, our board of advisors help us bridge gaps, build bridges and strengthen our networks to better serve some of society's most vulnerable children.
Grace Callwood, age 16, is the founder and chariwoman of the board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc. She founded We Cancerve at age seven, and has led this organization as a fearless leader and compassionate servant. She has been awarded more than $110,000 in national and global prizes for her service work, and she’s raised more than three times as much in in-kind and individual cash donations.
An honors student and proud Christian, Grace has won numerous awards including: the Carson Scholars, Nickelodeon HALO Award, World of Children Youth Honors, CNN Young Wonders, Gloria Barron Prize or Young Heroes and the Governor's Award for Community Service from the State of Maryland. She was also named a Peace First Fellow at age 10. Click here to learn more about Grace.
Chairwoman, Board of Advisors
Chief Visionary Officer, Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
T'Jae Ellis, Director
For more than 30 years, T’Jae Gibson Ellis has shaped the strategic direction of major programs and initiatives for public, private and nonprofit organizations by specializing in the intersections of project management, change management, and strategic, integrated communication. She currently leads the media strategy for the Army’s corporate research laboratory, a $1.8B military research institute comprised of more than 3,000 military and civilian employees across the continental U.S. and abroad. She is the past owner of a boutique public relations firm whose diverse portfolio included talent management services. The Ohio native holds a bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University and a master's degree from Florida Institute of Technology. She is the mother of We Cancerve Founder Grace Callwood.
Jerrell Price, Director
Jerrell Price is Director, Partnerships at Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). RISE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Through partnerships and programs, RISE inspires leaders in sports to create positive change on matters of race and equality. He previously served as the Director of Partnerships and Operations at UNICEF, working closely with the President & CEO, providing support and leadership on strategic initiatives. Jerrell is involved in key decisions across the organization, manages the National Board of Directors, and works closely with key constituents to raise vital financial and public support to enable UNICEF to provide life-saving programs to children in 190 countries. Jerrell is also lead for the Soccer Aid for UNICEF partnership, a celebrity soccer match that raises funds for UNICEF’s work. Before joining the UNICEF family, Jerrell spent time working in college athletics having been at the NCAA and Big Ten Conference.
Michelle Brockwell, Director
Michelle Brockwell, a Billinge, England native who grew up in Dyersburg, TN, brings several successful years of experience in retail management, cosmetology and food service to the We Cancerve Movement’s board of directors. A graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s of science degree in Family Consumer Sciences, Michelle moved to Maryland in 2005 with her husband Jason and daughter Ashlee, who’s a member of We Cancerve’s all-youth board of advisors. She sees her role as an advocate for the board of advisors, ensuring those young people have the very best experience serving their community as possible.
Colleen Kaplan, Director
Colleen Kaplan, a longtime Harford County resident, has extensive experience in public education, community service and community theater. For the past 24 years, she’s been employed by the Harford County Public Schools in various roles including classroom teacher at William Paca and Old Post Road Elementary Schools, and Fallston, Magnolia and Edgewood Middle Schools, teacher mentor at Aberdeen High School, and Assistant Principal at North Harford High School and Joppatowne High School. She is an active member of the Harford County Education Association. She’s also the proud mother of two children; one, a Bel Air High School student and the other enrolled in the magnet program at North Harford High School.