FRAMINGHAM – Margie Ann Rosario and Julissa Ortiz grew up in Framingham. Now, the two women have a launched a new non-profit in the City of Framingham with the mission to “help increase the quality of life of at-risk youth through recreational and educational experiences.”
Discovering Hidden Gems is a 501c3 non profit targeted economically disadvantaged and physically and mentally disadvantaged youths in Framingham.
The organization will give these at-risk youths “access to healthy, fun, and engaging recreational and educational experiences,” said co-founder Rosario.
“We will be helping them to grow and empower their minds,” said Rosario.
The first program the organization launched is a dance team, that started at Pelham apartments, and now rehearses at the MetroWest Dance Academy in Framingham.
Next is a Friday night lounge program for youths. It will be held at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) building at 7 Bishop Street. The first lounge is Friday, April 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
“We want to emphasize that our vision and goal is to provide access to all and bring our community together,” said Rosario. “Both Julissa and I grew up in the Framingham and understand the needs and the strengths of our community. We want to bring a positive light to the communities that shaped us in to the women we are today. We strongly believe #EveryChildDeservesToShine. Our mission, and the want to help grow and empower the minds of our youth, is very true to our hearts. ”
This summer, Discovering Hidden Gems wants to launch a Planeta Infantil program at the Framingham Public Library. The program help children develop motor, language, spatial, memory, writing, auditory, and tactile, skills.
“Our programs will thrive, with the support of our community,” said Rosario.
There are many ways people can help.
“We have volunteer opportunities and a fundraiser” planned for April 28, said Rosario.
“We asking our community to join us as we embark on a new journey to help support and nourish our youth. To come learn more about who we are and our mission,” said Rosario about the April 28 fundraiser. There will be food, music, performances, as well as kid friendly activities. Free admission, but fundraising tickets will be sold at the 4 to 9 p.m. event at Eagles Hall on Park Street on the 28.
“By donating to Discovering Hidden Gems, you will be directly making a positive impact in a child’s life,” said Rosario.