Think Big - Start Small with Visionary Olivia Stinson

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     Join us as we talk with our special guest, Olivia Joy Stinson, 20, to discuss her vision, perseverance, & accomplishments as a successful founder & president of a non-profit organization, honor student, & international award recipient.  Olivia is a superior example of what “Thinking Big, Starting Small” is all about. Olivia is an honor student at Winston-Salem State University, majoring in Business Management.
     In October 2007, Olivia founded & currently serves as president of PEN Pals Book Club & Support Group (Peers Engaged & Networking), a book club & support group for children of incarcerated parents.  The club’s purpose is to promote literacy, cultural & social activities for youth ages 12-19, while performing monthly community service projects.  “BE A Reader (B.E.A.R.) Book Club” was established in February 2009 for youth ages 2-11.  Olivia did not want these youth to follow in the footsteps of their parents.
     Olivia was recently named a 2012 L’Oreal Paris International Woman of Worth which included a $20,000 donation to her organization; a 2012 Next MAKER, presented by AOL & PBS; etc.  Olivia has received other awards & recognitions. In the summer of 2013, PEN Pals will introduce chapters in Kansas City, Missouri & in Dade County, Florida. It is Olivia’s hope that this will become a nationwide project.
Olivia has been interviewed & featured in several magazines & publications and has appeared on television programs from local news to programs such as Good Morning America. Her organization has received grants from General Mills Corporation, Do Something Organization, Youth Service America & National Education Association, Nestlé Corporation, & Foundations of the Carolinas.

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