Elisa Hoffman is the Founder and Executive Director of School Board School. She is a parent, former teacher, and education advocate who has worked for over twenty years on issues of educational equity, including serving a four-year term on the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education. She talks about how we need to train people in good governance before they run for office.
Soroya Smith is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Experience Designer for Mason City Schools. She talks about why she became an educator and what led her to her current role. She has some big goals for the school year and wants everyone to know that curiosity can override fear.
Follow Soroya @SoroyaSmithMEd on Twitter.
Jennifer Blatz is the CEO of StriveTogether, an organization that partners with communities to ensure every child has every chance to succeed because race, ethnicity, poverty and circumstance should not determine opportunity or outcome. She talks about how the current crisis is widening the gaps between those with privilege and those who are most vulnerable and how we have an opportunity to make our world a better place by rebuilding systems.
Learn more at www.strivetogether.org.
Donna Martin is the Bullying and Harassment Officer at Fairfield City schools. She shares what she’s doing to be of help to the students in her school district and gives us ideas for how we can contribute.
Check out volunteer opportunities with Greater Project at www.greaterproject.org and join Donna in serving children in the Cincinnati area.
Litty Mathai is a passionate language arts and social studies teacher in Ohio. She discusses how she has adapted to remote teaching and how the endless possibilities of her students motivate her each day.
Follow Litty @LittyMathaiEDU on Twitter to talk teaching and everything in between.
Lisa is the Executive Director of Greater Project. She talks about how the goal of Greater Project is to create generational change. They connect people with opportunities to care for the orphan and vulnerable child through lasting relationships and investments that are unstained by self-interest. They are passionate about helping people discover and accomplish their greater purpose. Currently, they are working in India, Kenya and their local Cincinnati community.
Sarah is the Executive Director of Hope's Closet, an organization that exists to enrich the lives of families that are impacted by children’s services. She talks about being one of the founders and how the goal of Hope's Closet is to make a difference, break the cycle of brokenness and be a catalyst for change to restore families, when possible. Hope's Closet offers a clothing closet, foster parent support groups, foster parent recruitment and training, and a birthday club program.
Adopt a Book is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization started by 15 year-old twins, Hannah and Alex. These two book-loving twins were inspired to start Adopt a Book in November 2011, when they were just 8 years old after they heard about kids in the Greater Cincinnati area who didn’t own books of their own. To date, they have donated over 136,000 books to over 100 organizations, schools and programs serving children in need.
Liz is the Founder of #KindFlash, a group of volunteers of all ages/backgrounds who care about building connections and community. Her group coordinates acts of kindness with the intention of improving lives and creating opportunities for people to come together and interact. These events are like a flash mob of kindness.
Sara is the Director of Cinderella's Closet of Southwest Ohio. Cinderella's Closet provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their prom. Through donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, they are able to "Turn Dresses Into Dreams" for juniors and seniors referred by their school, community organization or social care agency. Even more than a dress, Cinderella's Closet provides an unforgettable, amazing experience.