I have to admit that after the first national road trip I never thought a farmer donating land to feed people could be topped. Then last year YouTube invited me to curate their homepage for a day, and I didn’t think anything bigger than that could possibly happen. Well, what I am about to share with you may top both.
During my Winnipeg visit, CDI College of Business, Technology and Healthcare announced the creation of a “We Are Visible” scholarship, an award which will be presented at CDI College’s Winnipeg and Calgary City Centre campuses. The new scholarship covers full tuition (including textbooks and materials) at CDI College for those who might not otherwise be able to pursue post-secondary education due to financial hardship.
Honestly, I never thought I would influence anyone to do anything but lock their doors when I walk by. Now, because I started to help hurting people using social media, technology and storytelling, people who may never have had the opportunity to get a college degree will get a full-ride scholarship. I am so honored, and actually blown away that this is even happening. Also cool is that to qualify for the scholarship a person has to be low or no income and be using social media to help others! Pinch me I must be dreaming.
I recorded the following interview with Tahl East, campus director of CDI College in Winnipeg, and Alma, a homeless student currently enrolled. It was an emotional night for me. After speaking, homeless student after homeless student came up to encourage me to keep giving homeless people a voice. And right before we started to record, I witnessed Tahl and Alma working with a young man to make sure he had other options than sleeping on the streets.