St. Paul, MN – Oct. 19, 2020 – Dr. Artika Tyner, founder of the non-profit organization Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute (PPGJLI), announced that its 4th Annual Community Celebration will be held virtually this year in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraising event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 from 2-3 p.m. and the 2020 Excellence in Education Awards will be presented.
“We focus on helping kids discover their true potential and to give them the confidence and leadership skills needed to make a difference in their community,” said Tyner. “We believe that anyone can be a leader, no matter their age, nor title. We have donated over 3,500 books to kids hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, all the way to Accra, Ghana and beyond. We have inspired 5,000 students with our school visits and 20,000 youth through our virtual readings. Our goal is to reach 100,000 kids and help them become better youth leaders today so they can lead us tomorrow.”
The PPGJLI fundraising goal this year is $15,000. To donate online, individuals and businesses can make a contribution in any amount. A one-time or monthly donation can be made and contributors can choose to remain anonymous if they desire. Contributors can also add a dedication.
One of the most highly anticipated activities at the PPGJLI Community Celebration is the announcement of the Excellence in Education Awards. On the list of honorees is Pastor Burleigh Holder, CEO of Mualaynu Youth Initiative, a non-profit based in MN. The organization operates an after school program in four locations. Holder is on the Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola, a lead member of the African Immigrant Services, and the non-profit Free in Color Arts creative program.
Also being honored is Ambrose R. Russell, founder and president of The Inner Hero organization since 2010. The organization serves as a bridge between the community and law enforcement to “Educate, Inspire, and Build” relationships.
Neda Kellogg, founder of Project DIVA International is also an honoree. The online academy for black girls supports the girls’ desire to expand their thinking and connect to their future. The program provides a platform for addressing emotional issues, setting goals, using facts to make informed and independent decisions, and traveling nationally and internationally.
The Global Mamas will be honored for their contributions to the empowerment and advancement of women and children in Ghana. The group sponsored 248 children in 2019 to attend school. Many of the members’ children are now working on advanced degrees or have graduated and entered the workforce.
The PPGJLI’s 4th Annual Community Celebration is an opportunity to honor individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of children locally and around the world. The fundraising event for PPGJLI enables the organization to continue its work of helping youngsters achieve their goals and become the leaders that society needs for the future.