Self Esteem Ambassador
A California native, Los Angeles based fashion designer Nikki Lund has been widely recognized for her sophisticated, fashion-forward designs.
With a background in and passion for music, Lund spent years honing her songwriting skills and performing with the band Secret Mind before going solo. Simultaneously, Nikki joined the design team at Jill Stuart in an effort to sustain her interest in fashion.
In 2005, Lund launched the loungewear line Eccentric Symphony. Interest in the line, and her band, grew exponentially. During this process Lund also made her own stage clothes, attracting a growing audience for her music and her sense of style – and catching the attention of fellow musician Richie Sambora.
Bianca & Chiara D'Ambrosio
Girls Tween Ambassadors
Born just two minutes before her twin sister, Bianca often assumes the role of the “big sister,” and loves to take charge. Her sense of responsibility and quick-wittedness make Bianca mature for her young age. After working closely with a female director on a recent project, Bianca has found her calling, and one day dreams of being behind the camera, as a director herself. The younger of the twins, Chiara, is much more of a jokester and a free-spirit. She loves to channel her innate creativity into fashion and styling outfits for her and her sister.
Hailing from Santa Monica, Calif., 7-year-old twins Bianca and Chiara D’Ambrosio broke into show business at 2-and-half-years-old, and haven’t looked back since. Since their break-out performances on “The Young and the Restless” (CBS), the girls have been featured in several commercials and popular music videos including Bon Jovi’s “What Do You Want” and “American Idol” alum Crystal Bowersox’s hit music video for her 2010 hit single, “Farmer’s Daughter”. More recently Chiara and Bianca have appeared in NBC’s smash comedy hit “Parks and Recreation”.
Since beginning their acting career as the on-screen daughter to Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow on the long running CBS daytime drama series, “The Young and the Restless”, Bianca and Chiara have aquired an impressive resumé of credits—making guest appearances on shows such as “The Closer” (TNT), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), and “Close to Home” (CBS). Keeping busy, Bianca and Chiara also appeared on the NBC pilot entitled “Guys With Kids”, starring opposite Sara Rue and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and have shot numerous commercials and ads for companies such as Subaru, Toms Shoes, and Glittertainment, and will make their film debut in a comedy directed by Will Prescott entitled “Feeding Mr. Baldwin”, which is currently in production.
In September 2012, Bianca will guest star on the hit CBS show “Criminal Minds”. Her episode is set to air on Sept. 26.
In addition to their on-screen appearances, Bianca and Chiara have recorded their first single with One Direction and Cody Simpson producer, John Ryan, entitled “Let Your Light Shine”. “Let Your Light Shine” sends listeners a positive focus on the anti-bullying campaign. With a music video currently in the works, the twins have also released a tee shirt line to coinside with their new single. A portion of the proceeds earned from all sales of the single and tee shirt will go to benefit The Seth Walsh Foundation (www.sethwalsh.org), a foundation founded on the mission to eliminate bullying through national education and advocacy. For more information on “Let Your Light Shine”, please visit www.dambrosiotwins.com.
In their free time, the twins enjoy an impressive and ecclectic array of interests including: hip-hop, dance team, ballet, tap, piano, tennis, baking, shopping, crafts, and of course, playing with friends.
School Climate Ambassador
"Nicholas Ferroni is a revered educator and historian who mentors his mostly lower-income students with deep personal commitment and care.
This former actor turned teacher, writer, and host was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in America for his commitment to education reform as well as developing a "Teach the Truth" campaign to incorporate more minority figures and groups into the high school social studies curriculum.
Nick was also named one of Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “25 Fittest Men in the World,” an honor generally reserved for prominent athletes and actors. He has received national attention by numerous educators and doctors for his unique and innovative methodology in successfully reaching contemporary and urban students, and has been featured in various academic and scholarly journals.
Nick is currently developing two history show pilots, one of which he will be hosting, and is currently working on his celebrity charity book titled The Awkward Album, which will reveal some of our most beloved celebrities' awkward and insecure moments during their childhood, and show every child that everyone (including our most beautiful celebrities) goes through awkward and insecure moments in their youth."
Click here to read about Nicholas' charity fundraiser.
Boys Youth Ambassador
Mike C. Manning started his entertainment career at the age of 14 in the Horizon Stage's production of "And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson" and soon after "Oliver!" based on the classic Charles Dickens story. Growing up between Florida and Colorado, Mike has a passion for skiing, wake-boarding, surfing, and anything outdoors. Mike has also been fortunate enough to travel to different regions of the world, living in foreign countries and experiencing different cultures.
While living in Washington, DC for MTV's Real World: DC, Mike became involved with politics and has since increased his involvement to become a public figure for equal rights for many non-profit organizations. He was awarded the 2011 "Courage Award" by LifeWorks for his work involving homeless youth in Los Angeles. Mike was also awarded the 2010 PFLAG "Spotlight Award" as well as Weekender Magazine's "Rebel With A Cause" Award. Moreover, Mike continues to travel around the country as a public speaker, talking to colleges and universities about Youth Activism and Anti-Bullying.
Mike is currently living in Los Angeles as an actor, writer, and producer. Mike's career in Los Angeles has included roles like "Craig" in the film "I Do" along with Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Alicia Witt, and the fun role of "Ray" in The Hallmark Channel's "Operation Cupcake" directed by Bradford May. Mike also played "Greg" in the feature film "Black Hearts," in addition to being a producer on the film. Mike's hosting credits include the "2010 American Music Awards" live for ABC and UStream. Look out for Mike on The Disney Channel's new hit show "Crash and Bernstein." He is also an avid snowboarder and fitness enthusiast.
"Whether it's a painting, or a song, or a film, a work of art can nudge us
to a new way of seeing and sometimes, even to a new way of being." -Robert
Kaya Jones is a singer, actress, dancer, model and former member of the girl group The Pussycat Dolls from 2003–2006. Jones left the group after recording songs for the PCD album, to pursue modeling, and a solo musical career.
Born in Toronto, Canada, She enrolled in dance classes at the age of 2 and acting classes at age 5. Jones has Native American and Jamaican heritage, and naturally blonde hair.
Groomed by R. Kelly and named by Sex Pistols Steve Jones. Kaya Jones rose to prominence as one of the Lead Singers of pop music's most sensational group, "The Pussycat Dolls". Leaving the group Kaya brought her own sound to the masses and has developed her own career as a solo artist in the world of pop music.
Kaya appears in the music video "How Come" by D12 and Eminem and sang backup vocals for Mick Jagger on the Golden Globe winning song "Old Habits Die Hard" (also featuring Katy Perry) from the movie Aflie.
In collaboration with Regi, the top DJ in Belgium, Kaya spent the summer of 2010 touring behind the recent success of their single, "Take It Off". The album has reached Platinum and hit the UK Dance Charts and was in the Top 10 Charts in multiple countries. Kaya's single & video "Waiting for Saturday" shot in Milan, Italy released in Europe, April 2011. Kayas newest hit single and video of “Boyfriend” was dedicated to the two judges on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, who had the courage to rule in favor of equality and same sex marriage which made the single a hit and a gay anthem performed at gay pride festivals throughout the United States.
April, May and June of 2011, Kaya was to the only American Female Pop artist to join the Hennessy Artistry Tour in China, touring 15 cities. “Kaya was the best International Artist they have had on this long running tour” President of Hennessy.
As a seasoned entertainer, Kaya has performed at events such as, VH1's Diva's Live, VH1's Fashion Rocks and MTV's Rock the Vote, What’s Trending among many others. Showcasing her stunning good looks, Kaya Jones has appeared on the covers a myriad of publications and fashion magazines including: Esquire, Interview, Maxim, Stuff, FHM, Blender, Guitar and Us Weekly.
As a supporter of the troops, in 2010 Kaya did a 2-week USO tour in Iraq. Performing 2- shows each day for the troops, in the middle of the war torn desert which has been a life changing experience for her. A trailblazer, Kaya is also the only female pop artist to tour the actual outlying bases, where the only mode of transportation was Blackhawk helicopters.
In 2011 Kaya Jones became the youngest female in history to start her own record label; HueMan Race Records Inc which stands up for artists. Kaya decided to launch her company on the back of her career. With the success of her solo career and record label Kaya has signed a distribution deal with JMD & Interscope for worldwide international distribution and 73 countries through TOCO Asia and Gold Typhoon out of China for physical distribution. Earlier this year Kaya endorsed All Day Energy Drink and is now the face of the company which is also distributed worldwide and is now physically in the largest retail chains with TV commercials in the near future. Kaya also signed a licensing deal with Frame by Frame which is a company that licenses music to film and television such as Weinstein Company and Lions Gate.
Kaya Jones is a proud supporter of the LGBT Community and was recently featured as an Honorary Host for Glaad the Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation. She has performed throughout the United States at many Gay Pride events showing her support of “Equality”. Kaya Jones is a strong supporter in “Equality” and believes that no one should be treated differently based upon race or sexual orientation. She shows her support for the LGBT Community through her latest single “Boyfriend” which talks about her finding out her boyfriend has a boyfriend. As featured in the online Magazine Time Out based out of Hong Kong, Kaya speaks openly about why she is eager to use her fame for good. And issues concerning gay equality are high on her list, feeling a special appreciation for her extensive gay fan base. “The gay community is close to my heart,” says Jones, who has a gay family member. “Living in LA, it is something we celebrate. I think the gay community support has helped me feel free onstage. It’s about being proud of who you are.”
Women's Outreach Ambassador
Maya Stojan was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, which makes her fully bilingual in both French and English. Her mother is Sri Lankan and her father Czech, which explains her exotic look.
Maya moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career in 2008 after receiving a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts in Actor Training at the Hartt School of Theatre and Music in Connecticut. Shortly after Maya arrived in Los Angeles, she started booking roles in both independent and feature films and also in well-known TV shows.
The Swiss actress seeks out and pursues every opportunity to further her career. She continues to improve her acting technique at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Ivana’s master class on Thursday nights. In her free time, Maya loves to do Yoga, watch movies, hit golf balls at the driving range late at night, salsa dance and eat lots of different types of food. She also practices Transcendental Meditation every day. Maya believes that through gratitude and hard work one can achieve all dreams!
Boys Tween Ambassador
Born in Douglasville, Georgia, Zachary enjoys soccer, singing, swimming, traveling, reading, and playing video games with his older brother.
When asked at the age of 6 what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said he wanted to be on the “big screen”. He was enrolled in a local acting class and immediately loved it and the camera loved him. Less than a year later, the family moved to Los Angeles to pursue both he and his brother’s career and education.
Within the first month of living in LA, Zachary booked a roll on the popular TV show Criminal Minds and has not stopped working since. He has had several lead and supporting roles in independent and short films. His first feature film, Horror House is due out on DVD soon.
Zachary’s cooperative demeanor is perfect for the industry and is what sets him apart from other children his age. He is extremely outgoing, charming and lovable. He is an old soul!
Youth Artist Ambassador
Skyler Grey is a Los Angeles based street artist. Many people know him from my Queen Amy Winehouse sticker that has been put up all over town. He recieved many requests from all over the world to send his popular stickers. He says he would rather buy art supplies and video games than to pay shipping to Sudan but will consider trades if you have something to offer, especially if you would like to trade your own hand drawn stickers.
“The Fresh Prince of Street Art," Skyler Grey is an urban artist and philanthropist. Turning tragedy into triumph, Grey, 14, lost his mother when he was two and through his therapy that included drawing, he discovered healing and a love that will later bring him international notoriety as an artist. Today, Grey uses his talents to raise money by donating his artwork to different art programs, as well as gifting 10 percent of each sale to charities. Dedicated to the community, Grey serves as an ambassador for Boo2Bullying, After School All-Stars, and Iconic 32.
Born in Milford On-Sea, England, Frances Fisher’s itinerant childhood in the UK, Columbia, Canada, France, Brazil, Turkey, Italy, Iowa and Texas undoubtedly provided fodder for her thespian career. After graduating from high school in Orange, Texas, Frances cut her teeth acting on Tennessee Williams and Robert Bolt in Orange Community Theater. She also apprenticed at the Barter Theatre in Virginia before moving to New York City where her career quickly blossomed.
Ms. Fisher has starred in over 30 theatrical productions including Fool For Love, Desire Under the Elms, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1984, and Three More Sleepless Nights (Drama League Award). Her latest theatre was at The Taper in The Cherry Orchard with Annette Bening and Alfred Molina, and a two-hander opposite Paul Ben Victor in Sexy Laundry. Recent favorite staged readings have been Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, and the 9/11/11 reading of My Child - Mothers of War, interviews of mothers whose children went to war and didn't come home.
After a successful reading on International Holocaust Remembrance Day 12/26/12 at the Museum of Tolerance of In Their Own Words, (a selected reading of letters written by 1,500 forgotten Holocaust survivors in their 80's and 90's struggling to stay alive in Eastern Europe - read by Valerie Harper, Ed Asner and Ms. Fisher), Ms. Fisher co-produced with Zane Buzby, (creator of Survivor Mitzvah), a fundraiser/reading at the Museum of Tolerance for April 22 of In Their Own Words, Valerie Harper, Elliott Gould, Lainie Kazan and Ed Asner. Ms. Fisher just completed a reading of Corktown, directed by Larry Moss at the Signature Theatre in New York City. Ms. Fisher's diverse film career spans cool indies to blockbusters to Academy Award Winners: Tough Guys Don’t Dance, Can She Bake A Cherry Pie?, Babyfever, Patty Hearst, Female Perversions, Oscar winning Unforgiven, True Crime, The Big Tease, The Rising Place, Blue Car, Mrs. Harris, House of Sand & Fog, Laws of Attraction, The Kingdom, In The Valley Of Elah, Jolene (Jessica Chastain's first film), The Perfect Game, Golf in the Kingdom and The Lincoln Lawyer. Ms. Fisher is perhaps best known for her memorable performance as Kate Winslet’s mother in Titanic, which garnered her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble Cast, while the film went on to receive 11 Academy Awards.
In addition to her thriving theater and movie career, Fisher has had many notable television roles such as Lucille Ball in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, Audrey Hepburn's mother in The Audrey Hepburn Story (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt),
and Jackie O's mother, Janet Bouvier in Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (played by Joanne Whalley), and recurring roles on Becker, The Lyons Den, Titus,
The Shield, Eureka and Torchwood. Other guest spots include The Mentalist, ER, 2 and a Half Men, Sons of Anarchy, Private Practice, CSI, and A Gifted Man. To this day, she is stopped on the street as fans remember her as Deborah Saxon on the beloved soap opera The Edge of Night, and Suzette Saxon on The Guiding Light. Those jobs were her bread and butter as a budding actress in NYC while she was doing off-off-Broadway and working out as a member of The Actors Studio. Ms. Fisher is also touched that so many people comment on her performance on Law & Order, which she has yet to see.
Today, Ms. Fisher continues to play screen Mom to some very interesting talent: She was seen in the #1 Box office hit, The Roommate, playing Leighton Meester's mother; she played Ryan Philippe's mother in Brad Furman's critically acclaimed Lakeshore.
South Bay Community Relations Director
Denise Solis is a veteran Los Angeles-based fashion director with expertise in producing and styling commercials and print advertisements; celebrity sittings for photo shoots; magazine editorials; television shows, music and exercise videos. She has worked in the industry for well over 20 years, designing, coordinating and collaborating with leading photographers, art directors and magazine editors. Along with red carpet functions, she is a consultant and stylist to corporate professionals who require a world class image for executive, philanthropic and career advancement purposes.
Solis' approach is to enhance the personality and style of her clients with warmth, efficiency and easy elegance. Solis worked with legendary designer Betsey Johnson, then spent time as fashion editor at the prodigious L.A. STYLE Magazine, creating, commissioning, styling and producing visuals with world class photographers, supermodels and celebrities. She credits this experience as the ultimate way in building a portfolio.“It was a fine art experience for sure.” She continues to style many celebrity portraiture sittings for magazines, including, Vogue, Bazaar and Vanity Fair. Also, working on advertising campaigns styling and branding with renown ad agencies and art directors, traveling to beautiful locations throughout the world. Solis was a contributor to Colors of Fashion, a book published by the New York City Art Council and Kodak Film,The Debbie Reynolds Film and Costume Exhibit, Lauren Greenfield’ Girl Culture and Photo Exhibit Beauty Culture.
Her current projects are eco based up- cycling passions inspired from her upbringing in sunny, South Bay, Los Angeles, Ca. “I love Los Angeles it has always been my home, I adore the lifestyle and all the inspiration it has to offer.”
Fine artist, street artist, photographer and producer: Angelina’s unique talent lies within every image she constructs, in every single stroke of her brush, in every color she mixes, in every mystical story behind her work. Her education varies from a BFA in Art in from UCLA to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Art Center College of Design. Most recently, Angelina completed several paintings and window dressings exclusively for Christian Louboutin at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills (the paintings have now become part of Neiman Marcus’ permanent collection). In September of 2011 she created the cover art for Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s latest album, “Area 52”. Angelina has also appeared as herself in several documentaries, films and most recently the music video for Van Hunt's latest single, "Eyes Like Pearls," which debuted in December on Rolling Stone.
Angelina is a process-oriented artist and her objective is to find the temporal and raw moments that define a lifetime and then cram all the details and nuances into one image. When she isn’t bound by professional commitments or finishing a painting in her studio you can find her wheat-pasting her drawings to the beautifully weathered and sun-stained city walls.
Men's Outreach Ambassador
With skin the colour of cinnamon, dark smouldering good looks and a disarming charm, international top model, Tosh Yanez has effortless appeal.
Starting his modeling career at age 20, when he was discovered by Jane Fort, the editor at TEEN Magazine and soon got his break as “The Boyfriend” for numerous shoots. With his unique blend of Latin, Italian and Irish ancestry and athletic build; it’s no wonder he was signed soon after and now boasts a string of exclusive clients on his résumé.
In addition to working with iconic muses such Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, and Laeticia Casta. He has also appeared alongside high-profile celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, and Eva Longoria. Tosh has been featured on the pages of Vogue, G.Q, and Esquire, and can be seen in campaigns for Sky Vodka, Sean John, Dockers, Motorola and Levis to name but a few.
Represented by Wilhelmina Models in Los Angeles , he’s been the Adonis-like love interest for L’Oreal, Donna Karan & Got Milk? Campaigns, has been featured in Justin Monroe's NSFW book and can be seen in (just about) all his glory as the new face of Underwear Expert.
MTV christened her "Buzzworthy." Clear Channel's iHeart Radio called her "One to Watch." With over 1.5 million Twitter followers, it's clear that audiences are indeed watching, and listening to, rising dance music artist Kimberly Cole.
Following the breakout success of her first single, "Smack You," which Seventeen magazine called an "incredibly addictive dance-pop tune," she recently teamed with DJ/remixer/producer Eddie Amador and up-and-coming artist Garza on "Arrow Through My Heart," which cracked the Billboard Dance Chart's Top 20, and reteams on "U Make Me Wanna" (Big Beat/Atlantic Records), which was released March 13 and is currently climbing the charts.
The charismatic artist is beginning to make her mark as a headliner, having opened for Katy Perry, LMFAO, Cobra Starship, Lupe Fiasco, and Shiny Toy Guns.
This year she entertained U.S. troops in Hawaii and will continue to perform shows across the U.S. and Japan as a headliner for the 2012 "Welcome Home Leatherneck Tour."
"Smack You," the lead track off her 2010 debut album, Bad Girls Club (Oxygen Media/iTunes), is a girl fight-themed song about standing up for yourself, which Cole dedicates to "anyone who has ever been a victim of bullying." The edgy, upbeat song has received strong Top 40 radio and mix show adds across the U.S. and broke the Billboard Dance Chart's top 4. The video has a Tarantino-inspired Kill Bill-style fight club theme. "Smack You" was featured on the fifth season of the Oxygen reality show "The Bad Girls Club," a collaboration which led the network to support the release of her first full-length album.
Bad Girls Club is infused with catchy tunes, clever lyrics and irresistible beats. She co-wrote all the songs with Grammy-nominated producer/writer Jeeve (Nicole Scherzinger, Paulina Rubio, Santana), joined by the songwriting talents of Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Cee-Lo) and The Writing Camp (Beyonce, Britney Spears, Rihanna). From the sexy "Cherry Pop" and "Pocket Rocket" to the party-hearty beat of "Get Stupid" to such relationship-driven tracks as "Psycho," "Walk of Shame" and the comedy-laced "Three Way," Cole establishes herself as a talent both fresh and fearless.
A native of Orange County, California, Kimberly Cole studied piano, voice and dance beginning at the age of four. But it was in her teenage years when her skills all came together, performing for huge audiences as a champion competitive artistic roller skater, a demanding sport where she learned how to tell a story with her body and enthrall arena-sized crowds by fusing hip-hop and break-dance into electrifying routines. While earning a reputation as a spunky on-camera talent, in hosting gigs for MTV and as a celebrity judge on VH1's "Saddle Ranch," she has cultivated her acting talents as well, co-starring with Eliza Dushku in the Fox series "Dollhouse."
Cole has performed on soundtracks for such films as Fame, her song "I Know" accompanies the closing credits of Mean Girls 2, and Oxygen has featured more than a dozen of her songs on its series "Bad Girls Club," "Love Games" and "The World According to Paris." Kimberly Cole has also lent her talents to myriad commercials, including those for Old Navy, Mattel, Mountain Dew, Skechers and Pantene, most recently appearing in ads for Skittles in a custom pair of candy-covered headphones.