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This week we were incredibly excited to have Stephanie Cox
from the Seattle Women Sounders. Stephanie plays as a defender
for the Seattle team and was in the fierce competition for the US Women’s team for the 2012 Olympics. Even though she didn’t make the cut, she wants to show girls and young athletes not to give up when faced with a road block – she’s walking the talk!
Stephanie works with the Tacoma Kids for Christ and serves as a stunning role model within the organization. She also recently went to Phoenix,
Arizona to work with foster kids at camp. Stephanie is a wonderful example for young women everywhere as she works to accomplish her dreams while continually raising the bar for herself, in addition to giving back to her community in ways that satisfy her passion.
Check out the Tacoma Kids for Christ and see how you can join Stephanie and lend a helping hand!
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I’m thinking of an organization that caters to thousands of clients a year, serves clients in over forty different languages, and offers “culturally confident care.” Do you know who it is? After you listen to this episode of Walk the Talk with Kim you will! The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) was founded in 1973 when attention was brought to misdiagnoses in Asian immigrants in regards to behavioral health. ACRS has grown beyond the initial spark and now offers a food bank, and community support through activities and fun classes that provide a spirit lift for various cultures.
The ACRS food bank is unique in the fact
that it offers foods that are staples in various cultures. The extra mile volunteers go truly make a difference to those they service. Through this specialization, clients gain comfort through “their food,” comfort that may be lacking in other aspects of their lives. This food bank is open Mondays and Wednesdays in China Town in Seattle.
Saturday, June 30th brings an exciting event for those at the food bank of ACRS. The Walk for Rice will be taking place in Seward Park. Walk for Rice is the only fundraiser for the year, and it allows the organization to purchase their
culturally appropriate supplies and foods. They estimate about 1000 walkers will turn up… will you be number 1001? 8:00am marks the beginning of registration, 9:00am cues the start of the festivities, and 10:00am kicks off the walk. Monetary donations and donations of food are welcome!
Visit www.walkforrice.org to learn more about the fundraiser on June 30th. To
learn more about ACRS and their services, visit www.acrs.org. If you are interested in utilizing services or would like to volunteer, call 206-695-7600.
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Helen Thayer began hiking and climbing at age 9, was a luge champion for the United States, is the first woman to have walked to the Magnetic North Pole, lived with a wolf pack for a year, walked 900 miles in the Sahara Desert this last year, and is planning a trip to Northeast Ethiopia
for October of this year – at age 74! Helen has taken these expeditions and turned them into learning opportunities for children through her program Adventure Classroom, which helps raise awareness of cultural differences in the classroom. She also has been a photographer, lecturer, and guide for National Geographic! Helen believes that “age is no barrier of our dreams,” and you can be sure that she walks the talk. When asked why those who live in such trying environments, Helen told us “They’re at peace with
themselves; they’re one with
the world and their environment… and they do a lot better than we do in many ways.”
Learn more about Helen Thayer and her incredible life in these different ways:
- Polar Dream
- Three Among the Wolves
- Walking the Gobi
Want to hear Helen speak in your classroom, to your office, or organization? Contact her at Helen@helenthayer.com!
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Luke Talbott from
Compass Outdoor Adventures put on a pair of headphones with us in the studio this week as we talked about his exciting organizations. A teacher of ten years, Luke decided that kids weren’t being challenged enough, they weren’t able to fail in a safe and constructive environment, so he created Compass Outdoor Adventures to give kids that chance. We discussed the problems with bubble wrapping out children versus letting them fail and learn with grace and support. As Luke told us, “You have to have the ability to fall.”
Compass Outdoor Adventures is offering
kids camps this summer where the kid to supervisor ratio is 12:2! Spots are filling up quick though so register your kids now! Go to www.compassoutdoor.org to learn more and register your young ones. Do YOU want to go play in the mud, search for Geocaches, and feel like a ten-year old again? Luke organizes corporate events! Visit the Compass Outdoor website or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you “like” Compass Outdoor Adventures on facebook at www.Facebook.com/CompassOutdoor to stay in the loop with the latest and greatest from this amazing
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This week we were excited to have a full studio with three wonderful guests! Audrey Slade with Young Issaquah
Professionals, part of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, joined us to announce this month’s Cash Mob business. The Cash Mob program selects one business per month to “infuse with cash” and give devoted attention to. This month’s business is Sisters Antiques in Issaquah! Join Audrey and Kim Wednesday, May 23rd from 4-7pm
NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA. For more information, click to go to the YIP Facebook Page!
We spent the rest of the hour talking with Kerry Beymer and Helene Wenting from Encompass in North Bend. Encompass offers a nationally accredited preschool, parenting classes, summer camps, and much more to children
and families. Kerry teaches Parenting Counts classes at Swedish Hospital in Issaquah. These classes are free and there is childcare provided to those who need it. The next class is May 21st, so log on to www.encompassnw.org to register today! Helene told us about Sip Fest happening May 18th from 6:30-9:30pm at Pickering Barn in Issaquah, where parents over twenty-one can taste wine, beer, and food while enjoying a relaxing night off. We also learned a little about One Voice which will be taking place June 2nd. More details about all of these events and the wonderful programs Encompass has to offer can be found on their website, www.encompassnw.org.