Miss Geist? I want to help. - Cher Horowitz, Clueless
In Amy Heckerling’s 1995 cinematic masterpiece, a young Alicia Silverstone modernizes Austen’s Emma and a young Andrea Garcia loved (loves) every freaking minute of it. We can learn a lot from Clueless including concussion care, immigration reform, that Paul Rudd never ages, but time and time again I’ve noticed a situation, a problem, a cause, and a little voice in my head that sounds a lot like Alicia Silverstone pops in to say, “I want to help.”
Part of the impetus to start Mind + Matter is just that, to help. We exist to help individuals and businesses tell their story, to share what they do and why they do it. As individuals, as yoga teachers, as marketers so much of what we do is rooted in supporting others. As we say in Voice Your Value(s), “it’s not enough to say your values, you have to live them.”
I am a passionate advocate for Kansas City’s continued growth; to live that value I work with Teach for America - Kansas City and KC Sports Commission. In addition to these organizations I’ve taken a larger role within Power Life’s Teacher Training Program helping individuals become certified to teach yoga. While it may seem I am dividing my attention across multiple entities, at the base of all of these endeavors is one thing: empowering potential. I put my energy into empowering the potential of business owners, of teachers, of the city I love; when approached by an organization whose tagline is “defenders of potential” to help with one of their largest fundraisers, I knew I had to help.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, part of a nation wide network, matches youths with adult mentors. BBBSKC reports increased graduation rates, improved grades, and higher self esteem from “Littles” in the program. I’ve felt BBBSKC tug on my heart strings for years but didn’t feel like I was in the right place to be matched with a Little, and I still don’t. However, this year I am supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters in the best way I can: by telling their story, by connecting people, by asking for your support as a Kansas City’s Most Wanted Auction Honoree.
What does that mean? Until December 14th I’ll be hosting events, asking for sponsorships and silent auction items, and running a donation campaign to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. I’ve set my goal at $10,000...but I think we can do better. If you’re willing to donate your time, an auction item, or a corporate sponsorship, email me.
I fully believe in the power of community, connection, and support. I believe in my community to pull together for this great cause. I believe you can, or you know someone who can, help toward this goal. I believe we can and should support kids in Kansas City. If you’re reading this I know you likely believe in some, or all, of these things.
Let’s live our values.
Let’s defend the potential of our youth, of our city.