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The OtterCares Podcast
62 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
S2:E7 - Shepardson STAR Squad and Project Heart!
Welcome to episode 7 of the OtterCares Podcast! In this amazing episode, we chat with STEM Coordinator, Becky Woodcocks and parent volunteer, Kelli Wallace about their students' experience using Project Heart! Becky and our very own Sarah Weeks collaborated on integrated our Project Heart content into Becky's afterschool leadership club, STAR Squad, and the results were incredible! Get ready to be inspired and listen to Becky and Kelli's awesome story!
41 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
S2:E6 - Chatting with MindSpark!
We've sat down with Kellie, the CEO of MindSpark, to talk about our incredible partnership and collaboration on one of their flagship programs, Education Accelerator! Get ready to be inspired and learn more about how you can get involved in EA to advance and elevate your school or organization's educational goals!
35 minutes | May 11, 2021
S2:E5 - Voracious Volunteer Shanshan!
Welcome to episode 5 of the OtterCares Podcast! In this episode, we get the opportunity to chat with an extraordinary Otter who is not only passionate about the work she does but also about the service she gives to others. We talked with Shanshan about her incredible volunteer experience and what she is doing to create impact in her community while celebrating and preserving her culture. She also shares some ideas and tips for how you can get into volunteering and find a project that is just right for you! Check it out!
33 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
S2:E4 - Happy National Volunteer Week and closed2open!
It's National Volunteer Week! In this episode, we chat about all things volunteering and how you can find ways to give back, even from home! We also chat about our annual volunteer day, closed2open! Tricia Vincent, our Senior Director of Grants and Programs, shares the genesis of this incredible day of giving, what is different this year and why this day is so important to our company and our communities! Don't miss it!
56 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
S2:E3 Project Heart and VIDA!
We sat down with one of our awesome partners, Christian Ludwig at the Vista Innovation and Design Academy in Vista, Calif. and chatted about how he has brought Project Heart to his students in an unique and entrepreneurial way! Have a listen and then visit https://myprojectheart.org/resources/projectheartvida to get access to Christian's materials and use them in your classroom today!
46 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
S2:E2 - OtterCares and Colorado Succeeds!
To create change, you have to have community. Meet one of our amazing community partners, Colorado Succeeds, and hear how we are working together to help connect community and education to help prepare students for tomorrow!
24 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
S2:E1 - Happy 2021!
Happy New Year to all of our listeners! We're so excited about a new year full of new opportunities to create impact! In this episode, we talk a little bit about our plans for 2021, share thoughts about how we can make the most out of the year and share some teasers into future Podcast episodes. Are you ready to make 2021 a year to remember (in a good way!)? Let's do it!
56 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
S1:E10 - 2020 Reflection with our Executive Director, Linda!
Our last episode of 2020! It's been a crazy year but that hasn't stopped us from working hard to continue to grow our impact through our mission while staying true to our core value of giving back. We sat down with our Executive Director, Linda Crum, to reflect on the successes and accomplishments this year while sharing some of our goals for 2021. Get INSPIRED!!! Thank you to ALL of our amazing listeners for making our pilot year so incredible! Stay tuned for a new year full of new stories, new tips and more ways to Ignite Tomorrow Today!
36 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
S1:E9 - Happy National Entrepreneurship Month!
Happy National Entrepreneurship Month! In this episode we get to chat with one of our amazing education partners, Erin Bley, all about teaching students the fundamentals of thinking and being an entrepreneur!
58 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
S1:E8 - All Things Innovation Stations!
Another AMAZING episode the OtterCares Podcast! This month, we talk all things Innovation Stations! Hear from Tricia Vincent, our Senior Director of Grants and Programs and one of our Innovation Station Fund recipients, Kaitlyn Chambers and get inspired to apply for your own Innovation Station!
45 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
S1:E7 Empathy Blog Series Finale - Chat with Sarah!
Our Impact and Education Director, Sarah, wrote an amazing series focused on a book by Dr. Michelle Borba called, "Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About- Me World." The framework that Dr. Borba shares in this page-turner aligns beautifully with our belief that empathy is life-long practice and that it is something that requires intentional reinforcement in school, home and in our community. We love this book SO much and see a beautiful synergy between teaching and cultivating empathy and what we're striving to cultivate in young people through Project Heart! We dug into Dr. Borba’s framework and discussed what these habits mean to us, how they connect to Project Heart and provide some fun tips and tools on how you can put these habits into action. In this Episode of the OtterCares Podcast, we talk about the series as a whole and focus our discussion around why teaching empathy is so important. Check it out!
39 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
S1:E6 - Welcome Back from Summer Vacation and Meet Courtney!
We're back from summer break with some fun news - we have a new addition to our team! In this episode, we introduce you to our new Community and Employee Engagement Manager, Courtney, and hear all about who she is and her role in helping us grow our mission! Check it out!
48 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
S1:E5 All About Grants with Tricia!
S1:E5 of the OtterCares Podcast introduces you to Tricia Vincent, our Senior Director of Grants and Programs. Tricia has been with the Foundation since day 1 and is our go-to person for all of your burning questions about grants and funding! Want to know more about how to apply for one of our program grants? Listen now!
33 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
S:1E4 - Interview with our Illumination Fund grant recipient, Olivia!
When a young person uses their personal passions to identify and solve a problem in the world using entrepreneurial thinking, they are the change-makers that make our world better! Olivia is an amazing example of how you can use entrepreneurship to tackle a problem in an innovative way and she is one of our Illumination Fund grant recipients! Check out Olivia's interview and listen to her passion, determination and drive to change the world!
34 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
S1:E3 Special Edition! Chat with our Impact and Education Director, Sarah Weeks
Welcome to a special edition of the OtterCares Podcast! Like all of our listeners, we are practicing social distancing and shelter in place to safeguard the health of ourselves and those in our communities. But just because we're social distancing doesn't mean we can't socialize! We've practiced and not quite perfected the art of Zoom conferences but we sure had fun using the platform to interview our Impact and Education Director, Sarah Weeks! Listen to Sarah, a former teacher, talk about the importance of helping young people connect to and solve problems while engaging in remote learning and hear how our philanthropy education program, Project Heart, can help you unleash the world-changer in your students!
28 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
S1:E2 closed2open Recap and Announcement!
Whew! We're still coming off of such an amazing rush after our 4th annual closed2open volunteer event! Listen to some of the amazing (and tear-jerking) testimonials we captured from the day and learn more about what closed2open is about! And...drum roll please...we have a big announcement! Want to know what is happening at OtterCares? Listen to find out!
31 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
S1:E1 OtterCares Pilot
Welcome to the first ever episode of our new OtterCares Podcast! Our goal is to bring you fun and enjoyable content that you can listen to anywhere. In this episode, you'll be introduced to our production and hosting team, learn a little bit about who OtterCares is and what we're all about. You'll hear overviews of upcoming stories and learn more about what to expect when you tune into future episodes of the OtterCares Podcast.
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