What a fun evening! Tou Ger and Andrea Bennett Xiong invited Alexis, Nicole and myself to their 10th Annual Celebration of Urban Youth Dinner. Tou Ger and Andrea are long-time, passionate volunteers of the organization. It was very interesting to hear about Camp Sunrise, which brings together urban youth, 13-18 year olds from diverse cultural backgrounds to experience the outdoors, learn about the environment and build respect for themselves and others. Tou Ger was once an adolescent attending the camp! It is amazing to see him giving back to an organization that had a huge impact on his life.
The ladies and I are pictured here with former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his wife, Megan. R.T. is the Executive Director of Generation Next, a powerful coalition of civic, business and education leaders aiming to close the achievement and opportunity gaps in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Generation Next leaders will use the cradle-to-career framework to help students achieve five key goals, or success benchmarks. These goals are research-based competencies and key transition points that are necessary for students’ developmental progress. My platform, Ignite the Imagination aligns with goal #2: 3rd Grade Reading Benchmarks - which means by the end of 3rd grade, each student meets key benchmarks for success in reading and reading comprehension.
A special part of the evening was being able to talk to Andrea about being a Mrs. Minnesota Queen J. Andrea was our 2013 Mrs. Minnesota International – definitely a beauty inside and out! The Mrs. Sisterhood runs deep and strong, with a lot of support. I am so honored to be a part of this group of women.
The fun thing about being a “Mrs.” is that you always have a guaranteed date for events like these. I am so lucky – Joe is definitely my biggest supporter.
Mrs. Minnesota International 2015