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PechaKucha Presentation

Adopting a Heart that Needed Mending

PRESENTED ON OCT 01, 2015
IN BATAVIA @ VOL 1

Stephen Schmidt and his wife, Arlene, began the journey of adoption 18 years ago by becoming licensed foster parents. Stephen tells his family’s story, one filled with laughter and tears, sadness and joy, and ultimately filled with a family stitched together by love. Thinking of adoption? Beware: it may be the most powerful thing you ever do with your life.

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Social Platform for single parents

BY YERSU KALABA: BECHOS
@ VOL 14 ON MAY 24, 2012

"Bechos" means "single and with children," but it's also a social meeting platform for single parents on the internet. In this presentation, Yersu Kalaba shows how it is being used to share ideas and problems that relate to being single with children, and how it is developing through its members. (in English)

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Ordinary Parents

BY JACOB MARTINEZ
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Jacob Martinez is a resident of Watsonville, community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos/as to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community and coalition building. In this talk, Jacob talks about the inspiration behind his work and joy of being a father to his adopted children. 

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Heart To Heart

BY DONNA RANKIN
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 26, 2014

Donna Rankin's mission is a simple one: to use art as a catalyst for healing and the development of a clear, insightful perspective. Using art as her most powerful tool Donna created Heart to Heart, a healing program for the rehabilitation of young people who have encountered devastating personal challenges in their lives. Donna’s quest is to extend the Heart to Heart program to all corners of the globe, bringing the positive beat of the future to young people everywhere.

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Dogs Dogs Dogs

BY STEVEN PETERMAN
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 14, 2015

Steven Peterman loves dogs! He takes us through some of his most memorable foster dog experiences, the good, the bad, the gross! 

Steven is the founder and director of the world famous Sketchbook Project. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife of five years, Sara, and their very tolerant cat, Thrifty.

If interested in fostering dogs in the NYC area, check out the following website. Steven insists it will change your life:

fosterdogsnyc.com

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My Parents

BY LARS TOPELMANN
@ VOL 16 ON MAY 27, 2015

Speaker reflects on the theme of 'Creative Inspiration' gathering insight and interpretation from reflections on work, life and personal experiences. 

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Empowering Youth and Parents

BY ROSITA DE LA ROSA
@ VOL 34 ON JUN 02, 2015

Rosita de la Rosa is a Prevention Specialist for Logan Square Neighborhood Association has been involved with archi-treasures in Logan Square. She empowers youth and parents and works on safety strategies.

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Remembering the Heart of Africa

BY SUSI WYSS
@ VOL 3 ON APR 10, 2015

Susi Wyss shares her experience living in Africa.

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Building Hope: Why I Chose to Support the Case for At-Risk Mothers

BY SARAH ASHFIELD
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 25, 2017

A look at the life of Sarah Ashfield: raised in an adopted family and what led to her decision to spearhead The New Addition Campaign.

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Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown

BY KATY BOYCHUK
@ VOL 2 ON APR 25, 2017

"My journey of finding my birth mother lead me to the gratitude I have for my parents."
 
In honor of International Family Day, we highlight a PechaKucha Presentation that truly embodies what family is, while simultaneous breaks its mold, and in turn, captures our hearts.
 
In "Expression of Gratitude: the untold story of a family unknown" from PechaKucha Night London, Ontario, Katy Boychuk shares the story of her adoption at birth and the personal journey she embarked on when almost most 30 years later, she read her private adoption file for the first time and decided to find her birth mother. This is when her search began.