Month: April 2020

There’s No Such Thing as a Dead End, with Jay Newton-Small of MemoryWell

What do you do when the story reaches a dead end? You keep digging. Jay Newton-Small knows something about resilience. Her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when Jay was in college. When her mother passed away in 2006, Jay became her father’s primary caregiver. Jay was a Washington correspondent for TIME Magazine, where she remains…

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Pivot in the Pandemic with Marcus Pope and Matt Norris of Youthprise

Youthprise pivoted their service model during the pandemic. No one could have predicted what happened next. Not every family has equal access to afterschool and summer programs. These programs often carry a price that is too great for impoverished families. A few years ago, the state of Minnesota came up with a great idea –…

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Crowdsource Kindness During the COVID-19 Crisis with Morgan Schmidt

According to Morgan Schmidt, the world is full of kind people. She found a way to crowdsource kindness. When the pandemic is over, you might want to go out dancing. If you dance to West-Coast Swing music in Bend, OR, look for the enthusiastic woman wearing horn-rimmed glasses. You’ll want to get to know her….

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Create a Life You’re Proud to Live with Petra Velzeboer

Petra Velzeboer considered taking her life. But then, she engaged in a one-year personal experiment that led to a life she is proud to live. Petra Velzeboer was raised in the Children of God cult. By the time she left, she was an adult with no formal education. As she entered life outside the cult,…

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A 72 Hour Sprint to Help Parents and Children, with Jacob and Alana Blumenstein of KidsRead2Kids

When Jacob and Alana Blumenstein were stuck at home during the pandemic, they used their time to help others. There is an old saying: If you want to be happy, help someone else. Studies have shown that there are psychological and physiological benefits of helping others. Whey you focus on the needs of others, you…

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A Community Rallies for Hungry Kids with Bella Lam of Coconut Whisk

To help with meals during the COVID-19 crisis, Bella Lam and her company, Coconut Whisk shared free pancake and waffle mix. Her community came alongside her to help. Bella Lam is the Founder and CEO of Coconut Whisk, a vegan and gluten-free baking mix company. With every sale, Coconut Whisk donates a vegan meal to…

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Zaheen Nanji, Resilience Champion

How do you talk about a health crisis when you teach wellness and resilience to others? Zaheen Nanji was born in Kenya. She was a bright child, and so, at the age of seven, she skipped a grade. Soon after that, she developed a profound stutter. This speech disorder and the resulting social isolation was…

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Bracha Goetz, Author of 38 Children’s Books

Bracha Goetz was pursuing power and privilege, when she says she met God at a garden party. Bracha Goetz is the Harvard-educated author of 38 books that help children’s souls shine.  She is also the author of the candid memoir for adults about overcoming food addictions joyfully, Searching for God in the Garbage. In 1977,…

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