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Youth-Led Movement Feeds People, Matthew Perry's Tragic Death, and Championing Mental Health Worldwide
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This is an interview with three young people involved with Joshua’s Heart Foundation: Amanda Aviles, Gavin Poore, and Amogh Baranwal.
Joshua’s Heart Foundation was started in 2005 by a young boy named Joshua who had a passion for feeding the hungry.
The foundation’s primary mission is to fight hunger and engage and empower youth in that fight.
The organization is facing the challenge of keeping its founders and early participants involved while preserving the youth-led nature of the organization.
The organization is split into three parts: core volunteers, a junior advisory board, and a national advisory board.
Amanda Aviles believes her superpower is her ability to connect with people and understand them, particularly younger individuals.
Amogh Baranwal believes his superpower lies in his youth and the ability to empower and inspire other young people.
Gavin Poore sees his superpower as youth engagement, helping other young people find their voice and engage in positive change.
The organization can be supported through donations, and volunteers are accepted, but mainly from the South Florida area.
The best way to stay in touch with the organization is through its website and social media platforms, particularly LinkedIn.
As we collectively mourn the passing of Friends star Matthew Perry, please allow me to make the case that he was a real-life superhero.
His book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, is among the most meaningful books ever written by a celebrity.
“The big terrible thing,” of course, is addiction.
His disease predates Friends. He struggled with it for three decades. As he describes his experiences in the book, it ravaged his body, devastating his general health and bringing him face-to-face with the Grim Reaper at least once. That isn’t to say that addiction is the cause of his death—that remains undetermined as I pen this.
For me, his memoir was touching because I’d seen every episode of Friends. He also starred alongside Salma Hayek in one of my favorite films, Fools Rush In. Hearing his stories in his own voice—I “read” the audiobook, which he narrated—moved me.
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Devin Thorpe interviews Gordon McInally, the President of Rotary International, on the Superpowers for Good show.
McInally shares his passion for mental health and how Rotary has been quietly working on mental wellness for years.
He highlights the challenges that have arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for young people.
McInally discusses the importance of addressing mental health, which is often treated as a taboo subject.
He mentions Rotary's flagship project, the Global Eradication of Polio campaign, and the progress they have made in reducing polio cases worldwide.
McInally talks about his role as President of Rotary International and the privilege of meeting Rotarians around the world.
He emphasizes the importance of collaboration and partnerships in Rotary's work.
McInally shares specific examples of Rotary projects focused on mental health, including initiatives in India and Zambia.
He reflects on his personal experience with Rotary's impact, particularly in helping orphaned children in Rwanda find hope and build better lives.
McInally encourages individuals to activate their desire to help by joining Rotary and participating in acts of kindness.
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