Famous Musicians Team Up With Teens In Recovery To Make Inspiring Charity Album

The influential non-profit, Road Recovery, is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge and resources.

Road Recovery’s Trax Program comprises young adults who use has a band which is made up of teens in the organization using peer support and music to battle their adversities. Their youth house band, TYPE II, collaborated with various musicians to make a full length charity album, DON’T GIVE UP. The album, launched on November 17, 2015, has songs written/recorded by young participants from Road Recovery’s Trax program in collaboration with some of music’s legendary stars: Slash, Peter Frampton, Tom Morello, Jill Sobule, Simon Kirke, Fred Schneider and Wayne Kramer, under the guidance of A&R Executive and non-profit mentor Michael Alago. The proceeds of the album go to further support this amazing organization.

"Our young people in Road Recovery began writing songs together by drawing from their life experiences. In the process, they dreamed of collaborating with some of rock music's legendary artists. The magic of Road Recovery provided these kids the chance to realize their dreams, and I was honored to be invited into the recording and production process. It's been a joy to make this album a reality with some amazing mentors from the music industry." - Michael Alago

A Tranquil Escape - Lavender Waves Farm

Dr. Henry Cabrera is an Anesthesiologist at South County Hospital in Wakefield, Rhode Island. But when he hangs up his white coat at the end of the day, he heads to the beauty and serenity of Lavender Waves Farm, his home, his hobby, a now a thriving family business.

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Meet Netta Jenkins! - Netta, D.I. (E1)

** OGTV celebrates MLK Day with this inspiring story of a young woman addressing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. **

"Every single person feels a sense of exclusion throughout their life."

Even as a kid, this observation struck Netta Jenkins as a universal truth. As the newly elected president of her freshman class in Johnston High School in Rhode Island, she knew she had found a core emotional theme that any student could relate to. Netta then rallied students and teachers to discuss and address their feelings of exclusion, and together they were able to make meaningful changes in the day to day life at their school.

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Boston’s North End Institution That Treats You Like Family – Polcari’s Coffee

** In recognition of National and International Coffee Day, we would like to share a story of one of our favorite local businesses that have been boosting up residents in the North End of Boston with their coffee blends for almost a century! **

This Little Italy neighborhood in the North End of Boston is dotted with stores from an earlier, simpler time that have a genuine, authentic feel. Bobby Eustace, the owner of one such store, relishes the enjoyment he sees in the eyes of his customers as they take in what he calls the "orderly disarray" of his shop where you can find rare spices, deli meats, candy, pasta, and a wide selection of coffees, their specialty. When you cross the threshold and take a deep breath of the unique mix of aromas, you know you have arrived at Polcari's Coffee.

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Young Inventor Helps Kids Find Comfort in Hospitals

** To commemorate Kid Inventors Day, OGTV is sharing this story about a young girl who redirected her fear from a hospital stay into the creation of a device that makes these visits a little less scary for other kids in the same situation. **

The only good part of a hospital stay is the end of it – the moment you go through the doors and know you are heading home. As stressful as this can be for an adult, it is exponentially worse for a young child. Ella Casano was one of those kids suddenly plucked out of normal life by an unpronounceable diagnosis and thrust into a daily routine of painful treatment, fear-stricken parents and the prospect of long periods away from home. Though she was really scared, she saw her situation from a kid's "how do I beat this" perspective and envisioned something that could make the experience just a little bit easier for herself and others like her.

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Autistic Basketball Champ Teaches Kids Hope With Hoops

How would you feel if a team of medical specialists reviewed your background and declared, at the age of 5, that because you had Autism, you would never be successful academically, that you would likely not graduate from high school much less go to college, and that being an athlete was out of the question. Anthony Ianni faced that future and just flat out refused to accept it – he ignored what the doctors said, set goals, worked hard, and created his own destiny.

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High School Senior Tips His Hat To The Less Fortunate In Peru

People of Peru are getting new opportunities thanks to one awesome high school student. Ziggy Hallgarten, a 17-year-old junior at Staples High School is Westport, CT, takes his entrepreneur spirit and helps others in return.

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The Apple of Your Eye: Who's Your Favorite Teacher?

** In honor of Elementary School Teacher Day and teachers everywhere, we asked people to tell us about their most memorable teachers. **

Take the time to think about who your favorite teacher is or was and how they impacted you. How did they help you become the person you are today?

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A Lifetime of Breaking News - The Dave Rust Story

** The live broadcast and subsequent reporting of the dramatic events of January 6, 2021 at the Capital remind us of the dedication of journalists around the world who put themselves in harms way to share breaking news. In honor of their bravery and dedication, we share this story. **

On Saturday June 30, 2019, Dave Rust will "wrap" a 39 year career as a CNN videographer. Over his illustrious career, he has covered stories in all 50 states and every continent in the world, during peace and war, in triumph and tragedy, and with both younger and older colleagues by his side, proud to work with this consummate pro.

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