Archive | December, 2008

Helping a dream come true… an unreasonable request

29 Dec

At the last TechBoise meeting, Tac Anderson and Stephen Nipper rolled out a great idea to spark conversation and make some amazing connections. It was the ‘Unreasonable Request’. Tac explains the concept on his site – but essentially, they are requests you have no business making, and that people or companies have no realistic reason to say yes to. But as we saw at the meeting filled with unreasonable requests, they can get granted. At the core, people want to help each other. I couldn’t think of an unreasonable request that night – but I found one that I would like to share now.

I’m hoping you can help make a young woman’s journalistic dreams come true.

This spring, Idaho Youth Ranch Graduate Kim Mora was featured on The Today Show’s Lend a Hand segment. Following that experience – Kim was selected for an internship of a lifetime – one of the prestigious intern spots on The Today Show ( January 4 to May 22, 2009.) I had the opportunity to intern at the CBS Network in New York when I was in college. It was a life-changing experience and I’m hoping our community can help make sure Kim lives out her dream.

Kim is 24 years old, has been married for six years, and is entering her senior year at BSU working towards a degree in journalism.  She was sent to the Idaho Youth Ranch (IYR), a program for at-risk youth, in her teens. This decision, said Kim, “saved her life.” “I can’t imagine my life without the Ranch because if it didn’t exist…I wouldn’t exist. This program gave me a precious second chance and I have never looked back. Thanks to the Ranch I have been able to attend college and am now going into my senior year in journalism. I have been married almost 6 years to my very best friend and have never been closer to my wonderful family. I use the skills that I learned in the Ranch almost every day. I never give up and continue to press forward, because I know if I can overcome the things in my past, I can overcome and conquer anything.”

IYR is helping Kim look for housing and financial assistance for her semester in New York City. It is an unpaid internship, and the college scholarship she receives through the Youth Ranch only covers a small portion of the expenses.

They are hoping you or someone you know may be able to lend a hand to this young lady so she can take advantage of this fabulous opportunity. Hundreds of students apply for these coveted positions each semester and only a few receive offers. Many interns go on to future career opportunities with NBC. “We believe in this young lady. We are hoping you will also believe in her.”

If you can help, please contact Kim (kimmora@u.boisestate.edu). Even sharing advice on making the most of the internship; must-see places in NYC; or connections in the Big Apple would be helpful!

If you would like to help financially you may make a charitable contribution to the Idaho Youth Ranch Scholarship program on Kim’s behalf. Please call Crystal Richcreek at 877-817-8141, or send your contribution to Idaho Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 8538, Boise, Idaho 83707. Please mark your donation with the words “Send Kim to NY Fund”.  Kim will be sending monthly email postcards, pod casts and give a presentation in June to all of her supporters.

Thanks for helping with this unreasonable request!

-Jess