I think you should go to the Granger Leadership Academy! 

Are you thinking about going to the Granger Leadership Academy? Or did you find this post by accident? I think you need to think about going either way.

For those of you who don’t know…

The Granger Leadership Academy is a leadership conference planned and hosted by The Harry Potter Alliance. It’s really awesome because it draws on building leadership skills through different fandoms.

It is an amazing experience…

When I went to the 2016 GLA in Warwick, RI, USA (close to Providence), it was an amazing experience. I met so many amazing people, many of whom I am proud to call my friends now. I went to a bunch of though provoking and fun seminars about planning events, about social causes, about being engaged and engaging others. I’ll be honest; I don’t really go to a lot of conferences, or any for that matter. GLA is basically the most amazing introduction to a conference that I could possibly ask for.

And don’t worry about age…

I think most of us were 18 to about 35, with the average obviously being somewhere in the middle, but there was a group of kids about 12-15 years old and a group of us who were about 40. I’ve been asked by a few people if age matters; it doesn’t. If you want to go, then go; you will love it.

I wish I could be going to St. Louis…

And I wish I stopped pronouncing it like St. Lewey and say it like St. Lewis. (it could also be said like Lou-Ease). How are there so many ways to say 1 name? GLA is so amazing that, yes, I’d go again, but alas I recently got a job and I can only take so much time off.

 

St. Louis is supposed to be really fun. If I was going, I’d definitely book an extra few days and plan to do some sight seeing while I was there. Also, I heard some people I know talking about events that might revolve around going to this really fabulous museum in St. Louis. You should check out the schedule that is on the website.  I think GLA is going to be so amazing.

So… Check it out? Rest assure that I thought it was really amazing.

Friends of the Apparating Library 2016

The Harry Potter Alliance and the community I am a part of by volunteering with this most wonderful organization never ceases to amaze me. Friends of the Apparating Library 2016 is an Indiegogo-hosted fundraiser that will allow The Harry Potter Alliance to … Continue reading

Reasons to love GLA

Granger Leadership Academy Its a week post-GLA now and I think that it is due time that I reflect a little on it. The Granger Leadership Academy is a leadership conference hosted by the Harry Potter Alliance. This year it … Continue reading

Enjoying Providence, RI — Brown University, RISD Museum and The Duck & Bunny

A new trend of mine is to have 1 or 2 days of free time in a city and quickly do some research on places I’d like to see and do in that city. It’s so much fun to pick out … Continue reading

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamn Alire Sáenz, was a super thoughtful and interesting YA novel. I must admit, no matter how old I get, I still enjoy a well written coming of age … Continue reading

Project for Awesome 2015 is TOMORROW and SATURDAY!

Project for Awesome 2015 is going to take place on December 11th and 12th this year! 

For those of you who do not know, P4A is a 2 day period where creators take over YouTube by creating videos that promote their favourite charity and voting on their favourite videos. In the past, The Harry Potter Alliance has been amongst the winners almost every year.

They changed it last year so that 2 organizations get 50% of the money raised and then the remaining 50% is divided amongst the 10 winning charities.

FYI: You do not have to have made a video in order to vote, it’s open to all.

I love P4A; it’s super fun and it has the added bonus of being beneficial to many charities like the Harry Potter Alliance that find such grants to be amazingly helpful because it’s such a small organization.

To learn more, check out the P4A website. It’ll tell you how to vote (and I will be whispering *vote for the HPA* through the computer screen)

To donate, I recommend the P4A Indiegogo page, it’s a platform I have donated through on numerous occasions without a problem and would strongly suggest it.

Odds In Our Favor

avatar1This year, Odds In Our Favor is reclaiming the narratives of socioeconomic, racial, sexual and gendered inequalities. Based on the themes of the Hunger Games, Odds In Our Favor provides fans with a forum to tell their stories and push back against the inequalities in a world with a shrinking middle class.

The #MyHungerGames hashtag is opening a space for people to tell personal stories about inequality. Stories can also be submitted to the My Hunger Games blog on Tumblr. I have been reading through the stories, and they are touching and heartbreaking but they are also inspiring and hopeful. It’s where I learned about the Campaign for Youth Justice.

Campaign for Youth Justice is an organization fighting to keep minors out of the adult prison system.

As a sociologist at heart (and by education), I am so inspired by the youth justice advocates who are involved with these kinds of campaigns.

I am very inspired by the stories that are being submitted and the power that these stories have to reclaim narratives of those who are marginalized. I would strongly encourage everyone to read these stories and submit one of their own if you’d like to share. You can go to the My Hunger Games blog here and the Odds In Our Favour website here. You can also follow the stories on Storify, Twitter, and Facebook. This is our hunger games!

FANGIRL by RAINBOW ROWELL – with Friends of the Apparating Library book group discussion responses

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, is a book about an 18-year-old girl named Cather who’s struggling with all of the changes in her life, including how her mom abandoning her family when she was 8, she is now learning to how … Continue reading

Fandom and activism – Rethinking Harry Potter in real life

I was an executive for the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit with chapters across Canada, the USA and internationally. The organization combines Harry Potter fandom with social activism and includes mottos such as “the weapon we have is love” and … Continue reading

The Magic of Harry Potter – or “Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards”

For myself, Harry Potter did not end when I read the last book or watched the last movie. Years later, I still live out Harry Potter in my own life. For the most part, I take Harry Potter way more … Continue reading

Volunteering for the Harry Potter Alliance at university

The Harry Potter Alliance is an organization that is based around the Harry Potter books and messages in the theories, such as the power of love and friendship. Harry Potter tackles things such as slavery (house elves are slaves), loss … Continue reading

What is the Harry Potter Alliance?

I was the PR executive for the Harry Potter Alliance while I was in university. I absolutely loved the experience for a number of reasons. Harry Potter was involved. Social justice was involved. Public relations was involved. Becoming involved with … Continue reading