It was a privilege to talk with Jessie Miller, the founder of EPIC Outreach and author of two humane-themed children's picture books. EPIC Outreach is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create a kinder world for people, animals, and the planet by inspiring compassion for all things. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, EPIC Outreach offers humane education and other outreach services to make a difference for animals and people in need.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn how EPIC Outreach is positively impacting people and animals in their community. You'll also learn about Jessie's books, Chance: Wings of Hope and Winnie: A Wet and Windy Adventure.
About our Guest:
Jessie Miller is an avid animal advocate who loves to write and educate. She has more than twenty years’ experience handling a wide range of pets and wildlife and is on the cutting edge of progressive change for the betterment of people and animals in our communities. She continues to work with various animal welfare groups nationwide including HSUS, Alley Cat Allies, Best Friends Animal Society, the Jacksonville Humane Society, and MSPCA. Jessie lives in Florida, where she spends her time either at the beach, running, writing, reading, or hanging out with her husband and rescued pets. That often includes dogs, cats, and other small critters like a rat or a guinea pig.
On episode 11, we welcome Lisbet Chiriboga, Program Strategist for TeachKind. As the humane education division of PETA, TeachKind helps schools and educators promote kindness and compassion for animals through free lesson plans, classroom presentations, materials, advice, online resources, and more. TeachKind believes teaching kids to have empathy for all beings is a big step toward building a better, more compassionate world.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots for helpful advice, resources, and inspiring stories of humane education in action. You'll also learn how TeachKind cultivates relationships with teachers and reaches many thousands of learners annually.
About our Guest:
Lisbet Chiriboga, Program Strategist for TeachKind, the humane education division at PETA, creates lessons and provides guidance to teachers around the world to help them integrate compassion for animals into their curriculum. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and has received awards for her teaching such as being a semi-finalist in the New York City Teacher Excellence Awards - this was due in large part to her work in humane education. She serves on the Executive Board of the United Federation of Teachers – Humane Education Committee and has conducted teacher workshops on animal rights issues for 15 years.
It was wonderful to talk with AJ Chlebnik, Education Programs Manager at PAWS near Seattle, Washington. PAWS is a champion for animals - rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. PAWS envisions a world where all people recognize the intrinsic value of animals and consistently make choices that demonstrate compassion and respect.
Listen to our latest episode of Connected Roots to learn about PAWS' remarkable education programs and what makes them so effective.
About our Guest:
AJ Chlebnik has been in the environmental education field for the last 13 years and has working in humane education for the last year and a half as the Education Programs Manager at PAWS. The best part of her job is being able to share the awesome work that PAWS is doing with kids and adults in the Pacific Northwest. She is the proud owner of a crazy cattle dog and a tortoiseshell cat that she acquired when she stowed away in a moving van. If she magically turned into an animal, she’s pretty sure she would be a golden retriever.
Kim Korona joins us on Connected Roots to share her experiences at HEART - Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers. HEART’s mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. They offer in-school programs, teacher trainings, consulting, and a wide range of humane education resources for educators.
Listen to this episode to learn about all of HEART's resources, valuable advice for educators, heartwarming stories of humane education in action, and HEART's recent selection for the Excellence in Humane Education Award.
About our Guest:
Kim Korona, Senior Program Director at HEART, helps plan, manage and lead various program offerings for HEART. She teaches humane education programs for youth of all ages in various venues in school and out of school, assists with curriculum development, conducts teacher training workshops for traditional and non-traditional educators, and manages new volunteers. She also co-designed and taught HEART’s first ever summer camp program. Kim received her B.A. from Goddard College/Green Mountain College and M.Ed. from Cambridge College, in association with the Institute for Humane Education.
This episode of Connected Roots is made possible thanks to generous support from our donor, Judy Crumpton. When asked why she sponsors Connected Roots, Judy says episodes of HEC’s podcast provide an excellent tool in connecting like-minded people across the globe. We’re grateful for your support, Judy!
On episode 7, we welcome Elischia Fludd, Founder and Executive Director of EOTO World. EOTO World is a volunteer-driven e-organization that provides activist resources, peace-building education, and skill building sessions for global youth ages 18-35 who are interested in the international agendas to eradicate poverty and empower a culture of peace. EOTO World seeks to normalize quality of life inspired by a culture of peace, human rights, and economic sufficiency.
In this episode, you'll learn about the impact of EOTO World's global efforts, hear a great story about their empowering programs, and find out how you can get involved with the organization's exciting partnership in the UN SDG Action Campaign.
About our Guest:
Elischia Fludd is an activist, social entrepreneur, and freelance journalist who has used her passion for justice, human rights and transformation through education, policy and community organizing with diverse populations. Her focus on engaging intergenerational perspectives, social media strategies, primary prevention as well as the intersections of gender, violence, poverty and peace, continues to inform her work at the helm of EOTO World. Elischia holds a BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an MBA in Nonprofit Leadership from New England College.
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