May 19th, 2019 at NIH Children’s Inn
Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation
Awarded the 2019 GuideStar Gold Seal Of Transparency
Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization named after my mother who passed away on June 4th, 2017 from cancer. My mother Theresa (Terry) was a teacher in Fairfax County for 3 decades; with her background as an educator, Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation is very interested Education. The Foundation’s mission is twofold, first to provide a fun and exciting Intergalactic Mobile themed experience that creates beautiful memories that can last a lifetime for children and adults who are battling cancer, serious illnesses, have special needs, and challenges. Second is the emphasis on education; we are working with our amazing volunteers and currently building a new Interactive Astromechs Robotic Teaching System (I-ARTS).
Our New I-ARTS Program
The new I-ARTS program will be used in the STEAM programs in Northern VA and will be used to teach children the wonders of Robotics and prop building, through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In addition to schools, the Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation is planning to bring this teaching system into hospitals to help children who are battling cancer, serious illnesses, have special needs and challenges. The special design of this system will allow children in wheelchairs to see up-close how these robotic systems work. It is most important for all children to receive the benefits of the I-ARTS program and to give children the same intergalactic learning experience.
These interactive teaching tools that we build help fuel our mission to create an experience for children and adults who are battling cancer, serious illnesses, have special needs and challenges. We use the funds that we raise to build these new Interactive Astromechs Robotic Teaching Systems and props; we complete the experience by giving toys to the children that we visit.
To fulfill this mission, the TSJ Foundation has teamed up with the most talented group of Astromech/droid and prop builders to build the I-ARTS program. This program is designed to help children of all ages and skill levels understand the amazing world of robotics and building our props that we use to entertain those in need. In addition, the TSJ Foundation has partnered with the Hampton Road Droid Builders Club and their amazing volunteers. This partnership allows us to complete the I-ARTS program to a level so amazing for children. For more information, check out the Hampton Road Droid Builders Club! https://www.facebook.com/hrdroidbuilders/
The Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation nonprofit organization is not affiliated with any other costuming group, Lucas Films, or Disney in any way; we are simply an independent costuming group made up of super fans that are trying to make a difference to those in need one smile at a time. Star Wars, its characters, customs, and all associated items are intellectual property of Lucasfirm, @2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.& ™.