Nina G, America’s only female stuttering stand up comedian, author and professional speaker. is happy to announce her new collaboration with YO! Disabled and Proud, a project of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.
Every six months Nina will be choosing a new organization to donate a portion of her professional speaking fees as well as CD and book online sales to worthy nonprofit organizations. The organizations Nina chooses will also be featured on her social media outlets to increase their visibility . The first organization selected is YO! Disabled and proud. Yo! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities ages 16-28 throughout California. It provides leadership opportunities, training for community organizing, peer networks, internships and resource referrals.
Nina’s relationship started with Yo! many years ago when she was the keynote speaker for their Anti-Bullying Summit. She was impressed with Yo!’s emphasis on fostering activism and giving youth with disabilities a voice and leadership skills. Since then she has continued to collaborate with Yo!.
When she was a young person with learning disabilities and who stuttered, Nina wishes she had an organization like Yo!. In her one-woman show, Going Beyond Inspiration, Nina reflects on the need to give youth a voice, a voice that she didn’t have when being discriminated by her eighth grade teacher (see video here, warning: some naughty words).
“When I was a kid I was angry and sad because of how I was treated by others, especially teachers. I wish I had an outlet to learn advocacy skills and become an activist. Back in my day, youth were not presented with this option so I acted out. I would have been much more empowered if I had an organization like Yo! to develop my voice,” states Nina.
From July to December, Nina will be donating a portion of the proceeds from her speaking engagements as well as online sales of her book, Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities, and comedy album, Disabled Comedy Only by the Comedians with Disabilities Act. Disabled Comedy Only, released in May 2015, is the first ever comedy compilation album to feature exclusively comedians with disabilities. Nina is also planning a benefit show where 100% of the proceeds will go to Yo!
Follow Nina for more information:
Facebook Fan Page: Facebook.com/ninagcomedian
Twitter: @ninagcomedian (occasional adult content)
Youtube: NinaGcomic (some adult content)
Upcoming National Professional Speaking engagements for Summer 2015:
June 29: Arsalyn Program, Sacramento
July 1: MC of San Francisco’s Celebration of 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 23: Workshop and Keynote presentation for the Youth Leadership Forum-Montana
July 25: One Person Show: Going Beyond Inspiration. Benefit for Ability 1st in Tallahassee, Florida
July 31: Keynote speaker at the Family Cafe, Orlando, Florida
August 11: Pecha Kucha Storytelling, San Jose
*For updates on comedy shows or to book Nina G: www.NinaGcomedian.com.