TRIO Marathon Challenge!
Dear Idaho TRIO Community, we are missing the annual state get together this year but there is no reason why we can’t continue the camaraderie and celebrate TRIO staff, students and alumni in these challenging times.
The work we do as TRIO professionals always feels like running a marathon – the course is unclear, there are many distractions, someone is always looking for a bathroom and we are trying not to eat flies as we run. Let’s run a marathon TOGETHER this year and raise money for 10 additional student scholarships.
I challenge you to make a donation – $10 , $20, $26.2 – whatever you can contribute. Marathon distance is 26.2 miles = Goal – $2,620
If we raise at least $2,620, I (Petya Stoyanova Johnson), and anyone else who is up for the challenge, will run/walk the marathon distance in a rainbow tutu and live stream every mile. Follow the training journey using hashtag #IdahoTRIOMarathon2020
I miss all of your bright faces, lets have some fun with this!
BONUS – ALL donors will receive a copy of my 130 year old family baklava recipe. AND a video tutorial on how to make it, step by step.
Petya Stoyanova Johnson (IATP Past-President)
The mission of the Idaho Association of TRIO Professionals is to be a catalyst in the state of Idaho for progressive initiatives that promote educational equity, access, and opportunity for traditionally marginalized student populations.
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My name is Kem, and had it not been for the TRIO Student Support Services program at North Idaho College I would not have continued my education. I came to college after a 34 year absence from school with only an 8th grade education. I felt like I didn’t deserve an education because I had been in prison. As if all of these things didn’t present enough challenges for me, one week before my first semester at NIC I lost my husband to suicide. Eight months later, I needed to be my mom’s strength as she lost her battle to cancer.
Joining TRIO was like joining an extended family. We bonded by participating in many different events, studying together, and campus clubs activities. My advisor walked me through the terrible pain of my personal losses and helped me cope with my feelings of disconnect from family and my feelings of not being deserving an education. She inspired me to move forward and encouraged me to volunteer in events and clubs to strengthen my networking skills and build friendships. She never judged me; only encouraged me. She became my strength when I had none, and spoke hope when I didn’t see it. I want others to know that TRIO students are capable of being overcomers and getting beyond our fear and challenges. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work May, 2018. My passion is to work with the elderly population. Because of the skills I received through participation in TRIO, I have a new outlook on life. I can see my career path and believe that I can accomplish whatever goals I set for myself.
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