By Merna Schmidt
Changemaking UnpluggedApr 01, 2023
Interview with Mayra Alaniz - Helping Students in Need Dress for Success
Find out how graduate student Mayra Alaniz is making a huge difference for her fellow classmates by collecting professional clothing so first generation and low income students can look good and feel confident as they start internships and jobs.
• How Mayra started a Career Closet on her campus
• How her project is sensitive to being inclusive
• Mayra’s inspiring words if you have an “itch” to be a changemaker
Learn more about Mayra and the Career Closet here:
Follow where she’ll take the Marquette Career Closet and their impact on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayraalaniz/
If you are interested in donating professional clothes or other resources that could be helpful to them please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will begin fundraising for a permanent location for the Marquette Career Closet on campus. Monetary donations or sponsorships can be made to the 707HUB there. Just select Other Fund Designation and type Marquette Career Closet in the notes section: https://timetorise.marquette.edu/give?appeal=ADF
Ideas, Ideas, Ideas…on Being a Changemaker
Lessons from the 3 changemaker interviews, as well as loads of ideas of how you can make a difference and start having fun today based on your interests/skills from golfing to crafting and more.
Listen for:Lessons from changemakers, Using any skill or interest for good, Importance of asking before acting
Knit a Square (blankets for South Africa)
5 Knitting Charities That Could Use Your Skills to Comfort Others
(The following books are all available on Amazon)
Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance: Making A Better World Through Craftivism by Sayraphim Lothian
Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past and Present by Jessica Vitkus
Craftivist by Sarah Corbett
Interview with Makayla Cox - 14 year old Organizing Beach Clean Ups
At just 14 years old, Makayla Cox is already making her mark as a real changemaker. She is a leader and role model that we can all take inspiration from.
Listen for:How a 14 year old is making a real difference in the world, Benefits of being a changemaker, Be inspired to take action for good
Makayla’s Instagram for Clean Up the Beach - https://www.instagram.com/clean_up_the_beach_ca/?hl=en
Interview with Dan Knight – Mobilizing Community for Good
Dan mobilized not just his own community to take on impactful projects, but also created a group of Canadians from coast to coast that are supporting charities.
Listen for:Project ideas from The Change Makers - London, ON, How to keep persevering despite challenges, The power of simple acts
The Change Makers – London, ON - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1579190679044382
25 x Canadian - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1235672720201617/
NextDoor - https://nextdoor.com/
Interview with Vicki Purnell - Sewing to Provide Comfort
Vicki is the recipient of the Australian of the Year Award in 2019 for Tasmania in the Local Hero Category and was bestowed the Order of Australia Medal in 2022 for her incredible efforts as a changemaker in her retirement. She is "mending hearts one at a time".
Listen for:How Vicki used her skill of sewing to bring comfort to so many, What fidget quilts are and how they are used, Honoring stillborn children with dignity and grace
Bridie’s Blossoms and Blessings - https://www.facebook.com/bridiesblossomsandblessings/
Becoming a Changemaker
In this episode listen for:How you already are a changemaker What gets in the way of people becoming an impactful changemaker How to step into your power and take on the identity of a changemaker
The Start of a Changemaker
In this episode listen for:How your host, Merna Schmidt, as a young girl started her changemaking journey The different ways someone can be a changemaker Why you are the person that the world needs now