Prepare For What’s To Come

Working towards something that has not yet arrived is tough. You must have a strong vision to keep you moving, and when your energy falters, you must have something to cling to just so you can keep moving. That’s where I feel right now. I spend so much of my time and energy working on…

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Podcast: Why change in development is so needed

Our Executive Director was recently featured on The Twin Cities Wellness Collective’s podcast. Click below to listen! Here are a few of the topics discussed: There are so many community insiders who have potential, the commitment to make long term changes, desire to improve, and create lasting impact in their community. However, the barriers to their…

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You Gotta Have People

It’s all about community. Lately, I’ve been struggling through both personal and work issues, and this weekend I was reminded once again how it’s all about the community surrounding me. When you have people who love you, encourage you, and support you every step of the way, everything is possible. This is also the case for…

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Responding To The Tough Stuff

When things don’t go as you planned, will you lose your patience? When you have to do something you don’t understand, will you get mad at yourself? These are the questions I’ve been asking myself lately. The other day I had an extremely horrible day. So many small things kept going wrong and altogether I…

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How Can I Be Confident?

One of my biggest struggles as a leader is confidence. I question whether I am capable of being the kind of leader Cultivate needs me to be, and whether I can live up to the challenges that are before me. I have this picture in my head that a change-maker, an entrepreneur or a non-profit…

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Change Starts in the Mind

I am Grace, a 27 year old Ivorian woman, who received the opportunity to come to America to study International Relations and Public Administration. My plan has always been to go back to my country with something that will bring change. I believe that going out of one’s motherland to discover other lands, people, cultures,…

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Growing Pains

When I was young, I experienced some pretty terrible growing pains. My legs hurt so badly, nothing could subside the pain. But those pains led to my physical growth, which is something that I needed (though I never reached my dreams of being tall!). Thirty years later, I’m experiencing a new set of growing pains.…

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Different, Yet the Same

For International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017), we were able to share our stories on KFAI and are so excited to share it with you as well! Listen to hear how a history of war, struggles, and poverty led to our founder’s desire to start Cultivate, and how we are now partnering with Fatoun Ali.…

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The Formula for Success

I just recently returned from a visit to some of the most beautiful parts of the country that I’ve ever seen. During this time I was able to be up close and personal with God’s creation in a way that was incredibly rejuvenating to my spirit. I know I’m not the first one to ever realize…

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Childhood & Leadership

Today I was listening to a podcast on childhood, and though it was not particularly addressing it, I began to think of the implications that childhood has on someone’s ability to be a strong leader. The experiences of one’s childhood, whether good or bad, traumatic or mundane, will set the path for much of adulthood. And…

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