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#Thankful November – Gratitude Through Service

Koya Leadership Partners was founded on the belief that the right person in the right place can change the world. One of the ways we embody this philosophy is by supporting nonprofits in our local communities through our Corporate Giving Program.

Each year, Koya makes a stipend available to each employee to invest in a nonprofit of his or her choosing. These “Passion Projects” have empowered girls through leadership training and STEM programs, built bog bridges and supported conservation efforts, reduced […]

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Erin Reedy – Sponsoring Education for Girls Around the World

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

The Malala Fund: Enables girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.

Why The Malala Fund?

For my Passion Project, I organized a showing of the documentary film, “He Named Me Malala.” The film showcases Malala Yousafzai and […]

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Sayda Zelaya – Empowering Girls to Join STEM Programs

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

cuSTEMized: provides personalized STEM-related motivational storybooks, posters, and other media products to encourage kids, in particular girls, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Why cuSTEMized?

I support cuSTEMized because I believe that more girls need to be exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and encouraged to envision themselves in STEM.

Why this Matters: […]

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Marissa Martin – Day of Service in South Side Chicago

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

The Night Ministry: Works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Why The Night Ministry?

For my Passion Project, my friends and I, in collaboration with The Night Ministry, will be celebrating my birthday by preparing, delivering and serving dinner to over 150 […]

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Sam Simmons – Supporting After School Programs in My Community

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville: Inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.

Why Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville?

I was paired with Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville through the […]

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Turner Delano – Appreciating the Service of our Veterans

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

American Heroes Saltwater Challenge: Provides an all-expense paid trip to Martha’s Vineyard to recovering veterans and their families on an annual basis.

Why American Heroes Saltwater Challenge?

I support the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge because I believe that those who have bravely served our Nation deserve our warm welcome and support.

The American Heroes Saltwater […]

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Miecha Forbes – Equalizing Access to Education for Middle School Students

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

High Jump: Equalizes access to education for middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.

Why High Jump?

I have always seen education as the great equalizer in this country. Through academic enrichment, counseling, and support, High Jump helps its participants get into exceptional college […]

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Alina Michelewicz – Building Bog Bridges at the Bay Circuit Trail

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

Appalachian Mountain Club: Promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Why Appalachian Mountain Club?

My husband and I did a lot of hiking this year. I’ve volunteered with several different organizations to support conservation and trail maintenance. My favorite organization and volunteer […]

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Koya in the News

Kristen Shepherd Named New Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on naming Kristen Shepherd, an innovative leader in the art world who has expanded community engagement at museums in Los Angeles and New York, as its new Director. We were delighted to be involved in this successful search.

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA), founded in 1965, is a leading cultural force in the Tampa Bay Area. With its encyclopedic collection covering almost 5,000 years of civilization, the […]

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Katie Bouton – Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember

Name of your Passion Project: 

IGNITE: building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

Why IGNITE?

I support IGNITE because I believe that every girl should see herself reflected in the faces of the leaders around her. Every young woman should know that every door is open to her, and […]

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