A Little Bit of Everything

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

While I hope you all got to relax, I spent much of my holiday weekend working on my application for the Echoing Green fellowship. The application is almost complete, and I’m proud of the way I’ve been able to represent myself and Reach, Inc. While I work toward my own entrepreneurial goals, I will have the opportunity to talk with some people that have successfully gotten organizations off the ground. I look forward to conversations with Matthew Wheelock of Live It Learn It and Greg McCoy of The Sunflower County Freedom Project
Additionally, I’ve chosen to pursue a more formal mentorship arrangement to assist with some of the pressures of organizational leadership. While I have great friends that do their best to support my work, the reality is that it’s tough to have some discussions with those that haven’t done this kind of work. Entrepreneurship and nonprofit leadership bring their own challenges, so I hope a mentor will help me to talk through some challenges. I have a lunch scheduled this week to discuss this possibility with one individual, and I hope to begin regular conversations – similar to the supervision relationship in social work – in the near future.
Also, two Reach supporters sent interesting links about strengths-based work being done elsewhere, so I thought I would pass the stories alone. One man chose to address gang violence and poor education in the Philippines by enlisting teens as teachers (Brilliant!). Closer to home, I’m encouraging all of you to buy your books at More Than Words Bookshop – available in Waltham, Mass or online.
Finally, don’t forget to get your tickets for Reach’s first DC event: Libations for Literacy. By purchasing your tickets prior to the event, you can save $5 and give Reach, Inc. a better turnout prediction. We hope to see you next Tuesday!
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Mark
Founder and President – Reach, Inc.
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