Speaker Date Topic
Stela Center-Director, Wallin Education Partners Jul 15, 2020
Opportunity Pathways, a Pilot program supporting low-income students attending community college
Opportunity Pathways, a Pilot program supporting low-income students attending community college

Wallin Education Partners is a college completion program helping low-income students access and graduate from college. Wallin EP scholars graduate at a rate of 90% or higher, making this organization one of the most effective college completion programs in the country. Historically, Wallin EP has supported students attending four-year institutions. Last year, Wallin EP launched a new pilot program supporting low-income students who are pursuing career-ready programs in community college. The presentation will include Wallin's findgins in this program so far. 

Stela Center was a recipient of the Rotary Ambassador for Peace Scholarship in 2006. With this support from Rotary, she completed her Masters degree in International Peace Studies from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Since then, Stela has been contributing to the efforts of several non profit organizations working towards stronger communities including Global Volunteers, American Red Cross, and American Refugee Committe. Stela is originially from Bosnia. Her family moved to Minnesota in 1996. Today Stela works with Wallin Education Partners as Director of Advancement. 

Rachel Jacques, MN Assoc. Children's Mental Health Jul 22, 2020 12:00 PM
An Introudction to the MACMH and Chilrdren's Mental Health Update
An Introudction to the MACMH and Chilrdren's Mental Health Update

Rachael Jacques serves as the Director of Development and Programming for the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health. Rachael has worked  many years in the area of health education, working to identify gaps in care and provide supportive services. She is passionate about providing equal access to child and adolescent mental health services in Minnesota.

In this presentation we will hear an introduction to Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health's history, current work and resources available for families and professionals. Additionally, Ms. Jacques will give an update about the trends Minnesota is seeing in children's mental health in light of the pandemic and significant systematic change.

Ellen J. Kennedy, Exec Dir, World Without Genocide Jul 29, 2020 12:00 PM
We See You, Jew: The Story of a Personal Attack
We See You, Jew: The Story of a Personal Attack

Ellen Kennedy received an anonymous and threatening message in her email one moring with the subject line "We See You, Jew." Kennedy, who is Jewish, will discuss the alarming spike in antisemitism locally and globally; her response to the attack;  and the need to stand up against hate and xenophobia.

Kennedy is a member and past presdient of the Minneapolis-University Rotary Club. She is the executive director of World Without Genocide, a human rights organization located at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul.

Kathleen Grube, Rotary Youth Exchange Aug 19, 2020 12:00 PM
India 2019-2020: A year in a life and a life in a year
India 2019-2020:  A year in a life and a life in a year

 In August, 2019, Kathleen Grube headed to Kota, India for a gap year through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Ms. Grube is a person who loves learning new things, meeting new people and embarking on new adventures off the beaten path. Ms. Grube will be a Freshman in college this fall at Gustavus Adolphus. She is 19 years old and lives in South Minneapolis.

Ms. Grube will share all about her incredible experience through the Rotary Youth Exchange. She began her exchange year in India as a girl freshly out of high school. In her eigh months abroad, she experienced more, travelled farther, and challenged herself more than she had ever done in the first 19 years of her life. Ms. Grube shares, "This was not just "a grand adventure in my life," this was "THE grand adventure OF life." Ms. Grube saw herself grow and change as she got to experience the beautiful country of Inda. Join us to hear her story.

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