Navigating the messy middle between the truths of a chaotic and beautiful world, together.
Finn tells me that if you've just met me, you'll know within 5 minutes that I lived in Myanmar growing up. In my defense, that was the watershed moment in my life. It defines me and was the springboard for me to study Chinese and go on to get several degrees in International Relations. My passion is helping people navigate cultures and t
Finn tells me that if you've just met me, you'll know within 5 minutes that I lived in Myanmar growing up. In my defense, that was the watershed moment in my life. It defines me and was the springboard for me to study Chinese and go on to get several degrees in International Relations. My passion is helping people navigate cultures and the diversity of truths in between, and I'm blessed that my passion is also my profession.
Frequent collaborator, W.F. Twyman, Jr (aka Wink) is an author and former law professor. He has written essays and articles in many magazines including the National Black Law Journal, the Pennsylvania Lawyer, and the Intellectual Conservative. His self-published works are On the Road to Oak Lawn: Truth, Reconciliation and the Twymans (December 1, 2018) and Gotterdammerung (July 3, 2019).
I am 17 years old and a Theatre Arts student at McCallum's Fine Arts Academy. I have a passion for basketball, track and acting. History and science are my favorite subjects.
The Challenge: read an article a day from both a "progressive" and a "conservative" view.
The Goal: Learn how to navigate the messy middle with compassion, and to communicate and articulate the truth you find in between.
In a world that is increasingly polarized, both my son, Finn, and myself often find ourselves caught in between two very different views. With the proliferation of media outlets catering to one view or the other, it is very easy to find yourself in a silo or an echo chamber, hearing only the views that mimic your own. This makes it difficult to understand, let alone respect, those with opposing views. In many respects, this is a luxury - you don't have to think critically, after all, everyone else in your various circles have the same view.
Not being able to afford this luxury, I have given us the challenge to explore the divide. While there are some truths that are undeniable - black and white - many "truths" are relative - relative to your upbringing, neighborhood, culture, etc. In essence the world is full of varying shades of gray.
The middle is messy and uncomfortable, but we believe that it's the only way to move forward and repair the breach.
Welcome to the Truth in Between and our navigation of the messy middle.
YAPA Changemakers camp will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and legislative literacy to be effective advocates, while having fun collaborating with other students with similar interests! Meet real policy makers, work on projects and make connections with influencers.
Besides interacting with all these inspiring guest speakers (link to guest speaker list), YAPA Changemakers summer session include lessons on
You will also work on a group project, which might focus on data analysis, effective writing, or campaigning on some selected issues. The 2-week summer session will end with a group presentation and award ceremony with a panel of elected officials.