Friday, August 17, 2012

Participation Nation : Highlighting an Inspirational Blog

by Dawn Antestenis, Fresh Start

Today we are highlighting Participation Nation, an inspirational NPR (National Public Radio) blog hosted by Linton Weeks and Tanya Ballard Brown.

Filled with a collection of stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place, this blog is well worth a read if you are looking for inspiration, a good story, and incredible examples of how we can all help our communities through getting more involved.

A great example of some of the work highlighted in the blog is the story of My Sister's Circle below:

Heather Harvison and the mentors of My Sister's Circle change girls' lives.

Heather's search 12 years ago for an opportunity to volunteer at a Baltimore elementary school resulted in the founding of My Sister's Circle, a mentoring group for girls from impoverished Baltimore neighborhoods.

In that time, the group has paired 120 girls entering middle school with women who commit seven years to mentoring them, and who truly bring these children into their own lives. More than 90 percent of our girls have gone to college, and this year, we celebrated the college graduations of two girls from our first group of fifth-graders. 

So why not check out Partcipation Nation and get inspired!

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