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Scholarships for Real Life: Emily Wray and The Voices of Petersburg

Emily-Wray-Color In 2013 the WDS community started a foundation, making an initial investment of $100,000 and pledging to support “Scholarships for Real Life,” a program to enable people to pursue a dream of their own while also addressing a problem that affects others. Here’s one of our 2015 grantees.

Meet Emily Wray. Emily is a Course Director at Full Sail University, but once a year she travels to Petersburg, Alaska—a small island community—to support clients of Petersburg Mental Health Services (PMHS) as they tell their own stories.

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Scholarships for Real Life: The Ryan Banks Academy

rsz_valerie In 2013 the WDS community started a foundation, making an initial investment of $100,000 and pledging to support “Scholarships for Real Life,” a program to enable people to pursue a dream of their own while also addressing a problem that affects others. Here's one of our 2015 grantees.

Valerie Groth is a trained social worker and life coach. She recently founded the Ryan Banks Academy, which seeks to create a safe and positive learning environment for kids in the Chicago area.

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First Notice: WDS 2015 Tickets on Sale Wednesday, March 18

14640874552_81a5fc3f97_z For five years now, our volunteer team has produced a global adventure that takes place every year in Portland. This year will be our best event yet—and you should be there!

Here’s what you need to know:

*We’ll begin the FINAL ROUND of ticket sales for WDS 2015 on Wednesday, March 18 starting at 9am PST. We offer all tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, and we don’t hold back any tickets for sale at the event itself.

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WDS 2014 Speaker: A.J. Jacobs on Our Global Family

Next week we’ll release the first round of tickets for WDS 2015, a global gathering like no other! But first, over the next few days we’ll be rolling out a different speaker video every day. A.J. Jacobs, the bestselling author of The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and several other books, was our opening…

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