The world has come together for the #2020ne Olympic Games and the celebration is strongest in our home state this week. Governor Walz and Mayor Carter of the City of Saint Paul declared July 30 "Sunisa Lee Day" after the Minnesota gymnast won a gold medal for the women's individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Suni is the fifth consecutive American woman to win gold in the event and the first Hmong American to make Team USA.
Her personal story of persistence and overcoming speaks volumes about the spirit and resilience of the Hmong community, the role that family and community play in supporting young people's success, and the importance of believing in what's possible. Wishing continued luck to the many Minnesotans representing the best of our communities at these Olympic Games!
Pandemic Storytelling Workshop
The Moth, the internationally-acclaimed organization dedicated to the art and craft of personal stories told live, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Pandemic Action Network, are holding three virtual storytelling workshops in September 2021. These sessions aim to develop and amplify community-level stories from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. If chosen to participate, you will: Be introduced to principles of personal narrative developed by The Moth through its work with thousands of storytellers; Identify one personal story to develop; and Receive one-on-one coaching to help craft your five-minute story. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 2 at 6:00am CDT. [Read more.]
Pro bono services for racial equity
Goff Public offers pro bono services to organizations working to achieve racial equity. They are now seeking to support a new round of Minnesota-based nonprofits and advocacy organizations working to achieve racial equity within the community. Whether it is developing communications strategies, advocating for legislation at the state Capitol or pitching stories to news outlets – Goff Public will support organizations that are striving for constructive change, building relationships, and sharing resources and perspectives to help educate the community. Organizations that are interested in pro bono services can fill out the online form by August 31. Organizations will be notified by September 30. These projects are part of a comprehensive Goff Public commitment to donate at least 5% of their pre-tax earnings annually to nonprofit organizations through donations, pro bono services and employee volunteer time. [Apply online.]