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Week 26: Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

In this week’s episode we chat with Kaitlyn from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and what MSAA is doing to help patients who are diagnosed with this chronic disease. Kaitlyn also shares many different ways in which listeners can get involved in supporting the work of MSAA in your own community.

Week 25: American Rivers

In this week’s episode, we chat with Amy from American Rivers. American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature. Our discussion includes practical tips for citizens taking action and getting involved to protect one of our nation’s most endangered natural resources. Listeners have the opportunity to hear directly from American Rivers staff about the type of support they need the most.

52 Reasons is focused on creating positive change in our neighborhoods and around the globe. To learn more about the topics in this episode and how you can get involved, visit 52reasons.org.

Week 24: BLUE Missions Group

In this week’s episode we chat with Danny from BLUE Missions Group to discuss the global water crisis and how BLUE is working to inspire youth to make a difference and become global citizens through service trips focused on bringing safe and clean water to communities throughout the Dominican Republic. To learn more about how you can get involved with BLUE visit 52reasons.org/reason/blue-missions-group and click on ACT, LEARN or DONATE.

52 Reasons is focused on creating positive change in our neighborhoods, across the country and around the globe. To learn more about the topics in this episode and how you can get involved with this organization or other organizations, visit 52reasons.org.

Week 23: Homeboy Industries

In this episode we chat with Christina, a young woman who is on the verge of completing the 18 month training program at Homeboy Industries. Christina shares her story, including her past and how she got involved with the life changing team at Homeboy. She also encourages listeners to get involved in supporting Homeboy Industries and we take a look at how you can do that.

52 Reasons is focused on creating positive change in our neighborhoods and across the country. To learn more about the topics in this episode and how you can get involved, visit 52reasons.org.

Week 22: Year Up

Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year.

20 Week Recap

After 20 episodes, here are some of the biggest tips on how you can make a difference.

Week 20: Charity Miles

In this episode we chat with Gene and Lauren from Charity Miles about where the concept of Charity Miles came from, how they view users not just as users — but as community members, how they are funded…and best of all, how you can get involved! So, without further adieu…download the Charity Miles app, plug your headphones in…and get moving while you listen to this awesome conversation with Gene and Lauren.

52 Reasons is focused on creating positive change in our neighborhoods and across the country. To learn more about the topics in this episode and how you can get involved, visit 52reasons.org.

Week 19: Scholar Match

In this week’s episode, we chat with Diana and Piper from Scholar Match. Founded in 2010 by author, Dave Eggers, the Scholar Match model champions low-income and first-generation students in the three critical areas: navigating the college admissions process, paying for school, and creating a support system in college. ScholarMatch is the only major nonprofit that combines a crowdfunded scholarship platform with game-changing college access and career support for low-income youth. Their typical student comes from a family earning less than $25,000 per year and attends a high school with just one counselor per 500-800 students. Learn more at 52reasons.org.

Week 18: Black Girls Code

We had the privilege to chat with Tiana from Black Girls Code to learn more about the work they are doing in their 13 chapters in the United States (plus one in South Africa) in this week’s episode of the 52 Reasons Podcast. Tiana and I chatted about the history of Black Girls Code and the work of their talented and action oriented founder, Kimberly Bryant. We also had a chance to talk about the future of women of color in STEM fields, the importance of getting young girls involved in STEM related activities and most importantly, we talked about how you can get involved.

Week 17: Minnesota Reading Corps Part 2

Week 17: Minnesota Reading Corps

In Part 1 of this episode, we speak with Sadie, the Managing Director of Minnesota Reading Corps. Sadie and I dive into a conversation about the impact the Reading Corps program has had for the more than 30,000 students they have worked with in Minnesota. We were so excited to talk with Sadie and learn more about the history of Reading Corps in Minnesota and how other states are working to follow suit.

52 Reasons is focused on creating positive change in our neighborhoods and across the country. To learn more about the topics in this episode and how you can get involved, visit 52reasons.org.

Week 16: Every Mother Counts

In this episode, we chat with Kristen, the Chief Operations and Talent Officer at Every Mother Counts. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs in the United States and around the world.

Kristen and I chat about the current state of maternal health in the United States and the challenges women face while pregnant or giving birth. Kristen and I dispel some of the assumptions that giving birth in America is safer than the rest of the world – when in fact, the opposite is true. We also discuss the many opportunities that exist for listeners to get involved with Every Mother Counts and their grantees. Every Mother Counts works around the globe and in the United States by partnering with grantees who are focused on a boots on the ground approach to improving maternal health outcomes.

52 Reasons is focused on creating positive change in our neighborhoods and across the country. To learn more about the topics in this episode and how you can get involved, visit 52reasons.org.

Week 15: National Domestic Workers Alliance

In this episode, we chat with Barbara, the National Organizer for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. I really enjoyed diving into this conversation with Barbara and was honored to share my microphone with her as she shed a light on the critical role that domestic workers in our country play as well as the support that is most needed in advocating for their protections and recognition across our country today. Barbara illustrates the ways in which listeners can make a difference in their own communities by helping give domestic workers a voice and support the leadership potential each individual has.

Week 14: CASEL

In this week’s episode we chat with Karen, the Director of Practice at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). We chat about the impact of social and emotional learning in our youth today and how you can bring SEL to a school district near you! Of course we also touch on how you can get involved and make a difference immediately.

Week 13: Forward Together

In this week’s episode we chat with Eveline, the Executive Director at Forward Together. Eveline and I chat about the unique approach of using art and community building strategies as a medium to impact cultural change across our country. This innovative approach through arts supports women, youth and families in the United States and helps provide a voice for the “4 out of 5 people living in the US who do not live behind the picket fence—whose lives fall outside outdated notions of family, with a mom at home and a dad at work.

Week 12: Meals on Wheels America

In this week’s episode we chat with Jenny Bertolette, the Vice President of Communications at Meals on Wheels America. Jenny and I discuss the current political climate and the potential impact this could have on Meals on Wheels programs across our country.

Week 11: Sierra Club

In this week’s episode, we chat with Mary Anne, the Director of the Beyond Coal Campaign at the Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Mary Anne and I discuss opportunities for listeners to join in the Sierra Club’s efforts to maintain clean air, clean water and grow clean energy, even amidst the challenges they are currently facing.

Week 10: Circle of Health International

In this week’s episode, we chat with Anna, the Chief Development Officer at Circle of Health International (COHI).

COHI is an international humanitarian organization founded in 2004 with the mission to work with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care. We chat with Anna on the important role that listeners can play in supporting the work of COHI.

Week 9: ACLU

In this week’s episode, we chat with Doug, the Communications Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state.

For almost 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. In recent months, we have heard more and more about the ACLU and here at 52 Reasons, we wanted to be sure you got to know them better as well as identify the most impactful way for you to get involved. We dive into a deep conversation about the work of the ACLU, why the constitution is their top client and a handful of ways in which you can support the ACLU — and the list is incredibly comprehensive.

Week 8: OneAmerica

In this week’s episode, we chat with Rich, the Executive Director at OneAmerica. OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.

OneAmerica® was formed directly after September 11, 2001 in response to the hate crimes and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. Called Hate Free Zone at the time, the organization expanded to organize and advocate with many diverse communities of color. OneAmerica has now grown into a leading force for immigrant, civil and human rights.

Week 7: No Kid Hungry

Clay, the Chief Communications Officer of the No Kid Hungry Campaign from Share Our Strength joins the podcast this week. He discusses how a program founded 30 years ago in response to the Ethiopian famine has evolved into facing the very real threat of hunger millions of children in the United States face. He explains how you can join their cause and get involved in fighting childhood hunger. Clay details how 1 in 5 children in the United States live in homes that struggle to provide adequate food and why it is imperative that we help end this unnecessary burden on a young community who don’t necessarily have a voice for themselves.

Week 6: Street Level Health

This week’s episode takes us to a local level in Alameda County, California, where we chat with Jae, the Executive Director of the Street Level Health Project. The Street Level Health Project provides safety net services for immigrant communities to ensure equitable health access for the uninsured, tackles institutional and systemic barriers to create an inclusive society that honors the historical contributions of immigrant communities and addresses income security to empower low-income contingent workers and reduce health disparities associated with unemployment and underemployment.

Week 5: VoteRunLead

Erin, the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead joins 52 Reasons this week. Kayla and Erin discuss the current political atmosphere and how recent changes have impacted why there has never been a better time for women to become more politically involved. Erin provides amazing insight into how women’s  involvement at any level can have far reaching positive outcomes.

Week 4: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

This episode of 52 Reasons features the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as we speak with the San Francisco chapter’s Executive Director, Zahra. She shares the critical role CAIR plays in increasing awareness and understanding of Islam at a time in our country when there is an entire industry dedicated to Islamophobia. Zahra also shares crucial ways in which each and every one of us can become involved and share in CAIR’s mission.

Week 3: The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Week 2: National Immigration Forum

The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

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