The Natasha Love Foundation for non-violence was established in memory of Natasha Love Gonsalves, an 18 year old High School Graduate whose life was taken due to an act of teen violence on March 20, 2008.
Natasha Love Gonsalves (birth name) was a sensitive, supportive and sympathetic humanitarian, activist and a self accomplished young lady in the arts. She believed in giving and recognizing the important aspects that made her grow and achieve balance in life.
We are a small not for profit 501c3 organization that depends largely on the generosity of family, friends and local merchants who contribute each year to our Inspiration of Love Fundraiser, recognizing our youth.
Inspire Our Youth Through The Arts”
“Introducing our youth to the arts is introducing them into the future of our communities. I believe that when young people are inspired and chasing their dreams, they are more likely to steer away from violence and destructive behaviors.” ~Rebecca Flores~
Rebecca Flores is the mother of Natasha Love Gonsalves. From the time Natasha was born up until the day she left us, Rebecca worked hard in making sure that Natasha attained the necessary skills needed to become the individual she longed sought after as a young vocalist, visual artist, model and business women. In order to continue her daughter’s legacy, Ms. Flores established The Natasha Love Foundation in 2008, to promote awareness of teen violence and inspire our youth through arts and education.
In 2004, Ms Flores self-published a book in honor of her daughter, Poems To My Daughter – Poemas Para Mi Hija: My Journey in Healing, and was the catalyst for mentoring, teaching therapeutic art, her traveling art exhibitions, lectures on teen violence and mental health awareness.
Ms. Flores was born in New York City, raised in the South Bronx and graduated from Grand Canyon University, with a Graduate Certificate in Health Psychology, Masters degree in Psychology and Bachelors of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse and psychology. She attends Salve Regina University, obtaining her Graduate Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAGS) as as Holistic & Expressive Art Therapist.
Rebecca currently lives in Cranston, Rhode Island with her son Joshua Elijah Amado and is studying voraciously, mastering her license in art therapy. She was a teaching artist for Roger Williams Middle School through CityArts/Americorp and a community artist mentor for Central Falls High School, Boys and Girls Club and worked with The Providence Center. She also teaches art – women’s group and designs art integrated programs using art and poetry to under-represented youth as a vehicle of improving and enhancing a physical, emotional, social and psychological awareness (www.rebeccafloresartistcom).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rebecca Flores, President & Founder
Thomas McGovern, Vice President
Karen Bristow, Secretary
Marcos Olivo, Treasurer
Mark Laroche, Attorney
Heriberto Gonzalez, Financial Advisor
John “JR” Pagliarini, Senior Executive Advisor
Sandra Olivo Peterson, Public Relations
L. Maria Rivera, Community Relations Advisor
Hillary Williamson, Event Advisor
Joshua I. Gorra
Joshua E. Amado
Orlando Santos, Jr.
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