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Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute participates in "Give to the Max"
By: Planting People Growing Justice
Give to the Max is a statewide giving event that raises millions each year for more than 6,000 causes across Minnesota and beyond. Considered Minnesota's holiday for generosity, donors have given more than $225 million since the inaugural Give to the Max Day in 2009.
Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, a Saint Paul-based nonprofit that seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach. It is promoting reading and diversity in books in order to improve literacy rates for Black youth. Through their classroom visits, book donations, and virtual readings, they are using diverse books to create "windows" for all students to understand and empathize with those who are different from them and "mirrors" for youth of color to see a positive image of themselves on the pages of a book.
As youth "read and relate" their enjoyment of reading and literacy rates increase. By positively impacting literacy, the school-to-prison pipeline becomes dismantled and the overrepresentation of communities of color in the criminal justice system is reduced.
"Education and literacy are essential for justice, social change, and to equip the next generation of leaders." -Dr. Artika R. Tyner, PPGJLI Founder
Donor support helps get diverse books in the hands of children in need and supports school visits that inspire the joy of reading. Currently, the organization has donated over 7,000 books to schools and other organizations in Cuba, Haiti, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and the U.S and inspired over 5,000 students with school visits.
To participate in Give to the Max, donors should visit GiveMN.org and search by name, keyword, ZIP code, and more. Early Giving for Give to the Max begins Nov. 1 and continues through Give to the Max Day on Nov. 18, with random drawings for more than $100,000 in prize grants for Minnesota organizations throughout the event.
Each donation made through GiveMN.org qualifies the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute for additional grants from the Give to the Max prize pool, thanks to the continued generosity of the Bush Foundation.
To be a part of Give to the Max, https://www.givemn.org/
visit GiveMN.org to make a gift to your favorite cause and use #GTMD21 to join in the social media conversation.