Months before I got my new job (and months before I had any inkling I’d be joining the Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation), I made a confession to my now boss. We were at a brainstorming meeting for TEDxDesMoines, and we were talking about topics that we should try to cover with our speaker selection. The conversation moved toward education.
“I didn’t vote in school board elections!” I blurted out. I felt guilty because here I was, participating in a discussion on education reform and the state of our school system, and I wasn’t really even engaged in what was going on in Des Moines.
Education, for many young professionals, is one of those issues that — unless you’re a teacher — we just sort of push out of focus until we start families. We might vaguely think about the quality of surrounding schools when we purchase a house, but it’s not a priority. Even though the quality of education in our communities directly impacts so many other elements — from crime rates to the state of the economy. (Huge shoutout to all of the teachers in my life!)
I won’t stand on this Saturday morning soap box for too long, because I will be the first to admit that I have A LOT to learn about the education system. But I will share a link to the new Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation blog I’ve been working on, so you can get a better sense of the organization I work for.
If you feel compelled, you can donate to IHAD through “Birdies for Charity” and your giving will be amplified by a 25% match. This is a fantastic way to support an organization that is transforming the lives of at-risk kids and jumping into conversations about how to lower the dropout rate in our community and break the cycle of poverty for families.
Now, back to Saturday morning cartoons!