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It Takes a Village: Community, Family, and Furry Friends Promote Reading in Auburn

Posted under Best Starts for Kids OST, BSK Spotlight Grantee

“Sometimes we get stuck in cycles of how things have been instead of being curious about what could be. We want to have a growth mindset about how to change things!” Andy, was quick to seize the opportunity COVID-19 presented to do things differently.  He says other organizations can navigate the upheaval by “reflecting on past relationships, and thinking ‘what’s the next evolution of our partnerships? We’ve worked with organizations in that capacity, but what about this?’” The deepening partnership between NH and the Library means that multiple new ways for youth to engage in reading have blossomed.

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Introducing Closing Keynote Speaker Shontina Vernon

Posted under Bridge Conference

Through her own story which builds upon the power of intergenerational relationships, experiences with the juvenile justice system, and artistic talents that come to life as a theater artist, filmmaker, musician, and educator, Shontina Vernon has built a body of work grounded in telling the stories and elevating the voices of those most impacted by injustice.

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Bridge Values in Practice: Leadership & Nourishing

Posted under Bridge Conference, Opinions, School's Out News

Makayla Wright, Youth Voice Organizing Manager with Soar, brings us their insights from deep work in youth leadership and youth development around how to integrate and practice values of leadership and nourishing in our work with youth. These are two of the core values guiding how we build and shape the Bridge Conference experience this year. Take a few moments to read the blog post and listen as Makayla sharewith us what these values look like in how we show up for young people and ourselves.

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