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Model Citizens Magazine NYC September 2020

Model Citizens Magazine the September issue features some incredible model citizens including local attorney Chris Cassar. Model and recent Long Island Graduate Heather Felix. Model citizen and Judge Alan Shwartz shares his story about how he became passionate about giving and why. Publisher and model citizen John Joseph Dowling Jr. shares how to survive after a crisis based on his years of fighting life and death health issues.

The September issue of Model Citizens Magazine is the How to Survive after a Crisis issue and many model citizens like Kershel Anthony share his passion for helping the homeless after being homeless himself for a short time.

There are a plethora of additional stories in this issue that we hope you enjoy. Note that any of these spreads and stories can be printed on fine art glossy, matt, satin, or canvas archival/museum-quality prints. Just click here to find out more. As always Live in Gratitude. Pay it Forward. Cherish your Chapters of love.

Model Citizen Kershel Anthony Supporting the Homeless

John: I’m here with Kershel Anthony who is a Model Citizen and founder of his own charity called THIS IS MY SWAG foundation which benefits children right? 

Kershel: Yes, thank you. It actually benefits Children of all ages their schools and communities  that don’t have the funding to  provide important programs such as physical education, social emotional learning & leadership programs. What we also do is partner with other organizations in the community to support the homeless, churches  and children hospitals. 

John: What is it that inspires you to want to help children in schools, children’s hospitals and the homeless?

Kershel: I’m just a passionate person. I believe I’ve always wanted to help people. I think, for me in my life, growing up through my childhood I felt like I needed more help and guidance. I had struggles , many unanswered questions. I was confused. Many of my classmates were going through their own struggles. Don’t get me wrong , I had a good childhood. Great community , good schooling. I can only imagine those who didnt  have that , their struggle . growing into a young man I met people that used their power and passion for the good. It wasn’t about the money , it was about the movement for them. I wanted to be that. I turned my passion for dance to a passion to impact the community using my talent .I’m blessd  to create a foundation where I can pinpoint trouble situations, raise money and be able to answer and provide  for whatever’s going on. 

How to be an Instagram Model Featuring Heather Felix

Social media is an essential tool for building your brand, making connections, and finding work. In fact, it’s become so important that many top modeling agencies now require their models to be on social media. Here’s how you can use Instagram to further your modeling career and your business.

Instagram is like a modern-day photographic portfolio. Whether you like modeling or photography or anything else you are passionate about, social media is your online portfolio. You define your personal style and let your Instagram grid or photo album display it. Don’t just show us your but (as so many Instagram influencers do) show us your personality and what interests you. Anyone can accumulate likes and views by taking off most of their clothes, but to use Instagram to obtain tangible results, bookings, and reach to major brands you need to define who you are. It certainly does not hurt to show your but, however, unless you are endorsing lingerie your views and likes may not translate into bookings.

Model Citizen Margreit McInnis Reboot Update

Margreit: Although math was not really a strong subject for me in high school, I was in between opportunities in my early twenties, this was after the car accident I had when I was twenty. I knew some people in my family that I had been through some financial hardship and knowing that made me want to learn more about the industry. Strangely enough, the training for building my financial expertise came at the same time as my brain was recovering from the accident. I think I kind of connect my ability to learn and remember things during the training with my recovery. While I was working with Dreyfus Mutual Funds, I was about 25, and I remember that all of a sudden, I started to really understand everything I was being taught. I was able to remember and retain it all. For lack of a better term, it was as if my brain turned back on again and I guess some of the passion I feel comes from this evidence, in real-time, in real life, that I was actually recovering.

Model Citizen Asher Allweiss Entrepreneurial Career Pivot

Morphing your life to the new norm can be quite a challenge, but for model citizen Asher Allweiss his career trajectory changed overnight because of this pandemic. Asher is a top young real estate agent with Keller Williams Points North, but he also WAS the Chief Business Development Officer at his company Impetus Management. Impetus Management was started in August 2019, they are a small business loans brokerage firm who take a holistic look at the lending process as well as creative ways to assist their client’s growth. They would refer their clients to one another so they could collaborate and grow together. Impetus was growing rapidly in both revenues generated and in size, then cut to the end of March of this year and the pandemic hits. After pouring his heart and soul into his new company, which was only eight months old, he and his partner Brian had to make the decision to shut down because of the pandemic, Asher thought it was the end of the world. Then one day during quarantine and a lot of self-reflecting and talking to God trying to find the answer of what to do now, he comes to the realization that with every ending there is a new beginning. Asher decides to put his faith in God and with the love and support of his family and friends, he decides to put his head down and just follow his dream and open his Real Estate Investment Firm called “AAM Ventures LLC” as well as his Commercial Mortgage Brokerage, partnered with Michael Mills, called “Cobra Commercial Capital”.

Legendary Jazz at its best featuring Tony DeCaprio

Tony: I was inspired before that because I was already good enough to play professionally at fifteen. I can remember imitating Elvis Presley for show-and-tell when I was a little boy, so I guess perhaps Elvis and maybe the Beatles. Then I got interested in blues. When I got serious, I was studying with a jazz guitarist and started learning Jazz from the get-go. But you have to understand in the sixties. It was a crazy, crazy decade – a kind of a renaissance in a sense. It was a double-edged sword because there was a lot of negativity going on. In the sixties we had the Vietnam War, racial riots, but parallel to that were the Beatles and the British Invasion, and Blues. Older Blues musicians began to resurge due to a guitarist named Mike Bloomfield from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He admired the blues and was a great blues player. 

So you had a lot of things going on, and what I’m trying to say is that it all caused me to want to play everything I could. I studied with a jazz guitarist, and then I was able to study with probably one of the greatest jazz guitarists of his generation, or even any generation, Jimmy Raney. You may never have heard of him, but Jimmy Raney was Wes Montgomery’s favorite guitarist. Any jazz readers out there would understand how great this man, this player, must have been. I was very lucky because I was part of an R&B group, and the bass player lived right next door to Jimmy Raney, and he introduced me. I was about sixteen when I first met Raney.

The R&B group I was in was called The Notations. We won all kinds of awards on Long Island back then. I was only fifteen when I was in that band. The  father of the rhythm guitarist Jeff Rosen, was Arthur Rosen. Arthur was fantastic. He was our manager, and he taught me professionalism at that early age. He gave me a foundation for my professional development and from there on I maintained that professional attitude throughout my life from that initial teaching, tutoring so to speak. I owe a lot to Arthur Rosen. Anyway, Arthur got us with King Broda, which was a big agency back then, and that’s how we started backing up Little Anthony and the Imperials, Lenny Welch, The Shirelles, and a few other people. I can’t quite remember right now. It was too long ago.

Heidi Felix Model Citizen and her passion for paying it forward.

Heidi: Yes, so I had an amazing career in Manhattan when I was a young mother and I decided to give that career up when my son got sick. I left my six-figure job at Xerox to be a mother. I decided to dedicate all the time I used to spend commuting in and out of Manhattan. working my tail off to be with my children. So, I threw myself into the world of PTA. I became a girl scout leader, a cub scout leader. I really embraced motherhood and loved every second of it. 

I took all the talents that I had in the business world and focused them on helping others. One of the organization’s I felt the most strongly about was Kiwanis International. I stepped into a position there where I actually do a service leadership program. It’s called the Key Club and I’ve been running that career program for about 10 years now. 

I work with all the kids at Wantagh High School and Nassau BOCES Center for Community Adjustment teaching the children how to become future Leaders. I teach them all about community service, helping others and giving back to the community. I absolutely love it and I’ve embraced that now, and I’m now going into my 11th year. 

The Challenges of Youth Sports in a Competitive World.

Being a youth coach in today’s world has it challenges.  Parent’s have high expectations for their children and see sports as a ticket to getting into college for free or at a very favorable way. So, parent’s push hard on the coaches, thinking that their eight year old child is going to be the next Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes, or here on Long Island, Paul Rabil.

Long Island is known as one of the most heavily recruited areas for College Lacrosse. As the sport is growing in popularity, the competition from other parts of the country is getting stiffer. But many Long Island Parents still think we are the “Hot Bed” for Lacrosse, and think it is the ticket to Ivy League or big-time college sports. Often a great deal of pressure is placed on coaches as to why the team didn’t win an important game, tournament, why their child did not start, and even why their star athlete didn’t get enough playing time. Trust me, even I have asked my son’s coaches these questions at times.

Model Citizen Ray Thomas launches the Black Business Zone.

Ray: That’s how I found Pink Tie. Actually, we found each other. After speaking with my good friend Rich Cave, I got involved. I didn’t tell him nor anyone for a long time that I was hurting inside but I was determined to find a way to take away the hurt I was feeling by doing something positive. Helping support my community would become my passion. I knew PinkTie was a great fit after one conversation.

Stimulus plan or Universal Basic Income for all.

Universal basic income is having a moment. An idea that has long percolated in different parts of the world is now the source of more serious conversation in the U.S. after Andrew Yang made it a centerpiece of his campaign, calling his version the “Freedom Dividend.” These days although no one on either political party is saying it, the stimulus package is basic Federal Universal Income for everyone. Long looked at as the SOCIALIST AGENDA, became main stream political reality.

The government is paying out direct payments to every citizen, regardless of their income. Proponents say the UBI could eliminate poverty, simplify the social safety net and help create an economy that better allows everyone to discover and achieve their true potential. To critics, it’s a massive giveaway that’s destined to cripple the economy and create a generation of shiftless dependents unable to support themselves.