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Humor Me: Using Entertainment to Fight Poverty

Red noses aren’t just for clowns and birthday parties. While they still symbolize fun and entertainment, they are taking on bigger meaning worldwide this May with the Red Nose campaign lead by an organization known as Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day is a key component to a revolutionary campaign that was started by Comic Relief UK. Before the launch of Comic Relief UK in late 1985, there had not been a social movement that involved such high-profile celebrities and humor to bring awareness to the poverty that communities were experiencing.

Now fast forward to 2015. Red Nose Day and the campaign surrounding the event is taking the United States by storm. Companies such as Walgreen and M&Ms are partnering up to make big contributions to young people who are living in poverty.


BGCIC VISTA Speaks at Celebration in Washington, D.C.

On February 25, 2015 Stephanie Lefthand, member of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps*VISTA Project, found herself at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C, where a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the VISTA program was taking place, preparing to give a speech. Stephanie was invited by the Corporation for National & Community Service to speak about her terms of service as a VISTA member, first with the Native Services Unit in Dallas, TX, and then with the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Ignacio, CO.

What made it worth it for Stephanie to travel all of the way from Colorado to Washington D.C. just to deliver a 10 minute speech? It was an opportunity to share her personal experience about the importance of AmeriCorps in Indian Country and explain how her service as a VISTA member has been part of her journey “to see [her] culture and [her] community as the heroes of [her] story”. Stephanie did an incredible job representing the BGCIC VISTA project and Native communities everywhere. Watch the 10 minute video here. Way to go Stephanie!

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