Tia Ryans is a survivor, an advocate, formerly incarcerated woman who is helping others and forcing out recidivism through education – through her organization, F.O.R.T.E. House. Tia joins the podcast to share her incredible story of survival, resilience, and purpose. Tia talks about her life journey and what led her to founding F.O.R.T.E. House and more about their incredible work, as well as All of Us or None – Northern NJ, and so much more. You don’t want to miss this powerful and inspiring episode!
Lori Pompa, a professor at Temple University, and founder and Executive Director of the Inside-Out Center and Inside-Out programs around the world, joins the podcast this week to share her inspiring story, her incredible organization and the Inside-Out educational program that brings together campus-based college students and incarcerated students for semester-long courses held in prisons, jails or other correctional facilities.
Aditi Merchant is a college student in Austin, Texas and she’s the co-founder and C.O.O. of Big & Mini. Big & Mini is a social platform that connects seniors and youth to bring an end to social isolation and to build community and friendship. Aditi joins the 1GR podcast to share her own life story, how Big & Mini came to be, and to talk about the incredible, innovative work Big & Mini is doing to connect young people and seniors.
Liz Plachta, co-founder of Ruby’s Rainbow – an organization that works to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome and helps them achieve their dreams of higher education while also spreading awareness about DS – joins the 1GR podcast to talk about her own life journey, how Ruby’s Rainbow came to be and the incredible work they do, Down syndrome around the world and World Down Syndrome Day, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode!