Reaching HIGHER In 2012, Hudson Baird was given a research assignment by Rex Gore — to find out what could be done to create more opportunities for the staff of Gore’s janitorial-services company. Baird found that the biggest way to create opportunities was through increased education — the catch being the challenge workers face in returning to school while fully employed, caring for a family and paying a mortgage. With Sarah Saxton-Frump, Baird began working on PelotonU: a program that mixes high-quality, flexible online degree programs with personalized in-person support. “What we’ve found is that going back to school or going to school for the first time, especially as an adult, is a decision a lot more like buying a house; it’s a really thoughtful one, it’s risky, it takes planning, it takes really careful consideration,” Saxton-Frump says. Since 2014, PelotonU has seen 50 students earn degrees, with more on their way. PELOTONU.ORG
SETTING UP CAMP
Some 20 years ago, the YMCA of Austin received a donation of 100 acres of land 15 miles south of downtown. “What we love to say is, you drive out there, it’s so close to town, yet you really do feel like you’re in Hill Country,” says Megan Arnold, YMCA of Austin’s vice president of development.
The land is being developed as Camp Moody, a site that will eventually include cabins, a ropes course, a zip line and a fitness facility. “The last four or five years we’ve had ongoing family programming, including monthly family campouts,” Arnold says. Currently families
can hike, fish and do archery, and this fall they should be able to swim, in a newly built 10-lane natatorium. “Bringing families together and creating those experiences to strengthen families is crucial to us,” Arnold says. AUSTINYMCA.ORG/ YMCACAMPMOODY
When Jill Faulkner got let go from her job at a startup in November 2015, she didn’t let it get her down. Instead, she channeled her energy into what would eventually become Stick With It Co., turning out packs of sticky notes that broadcast positive affirmations. Before losing her job, Faulkner had been searching out resources for selfgrowth. “I found that affirmations on sticky notes really stuck — for the irony of that — they really worked for me,” Faulkner says. Today Faulkner is spreading affirmations by the stack. “We can’t just do this one time,” Faulkner says. “I can’t just say, ‘I love my body,’ once and all of a sudden I’m going to love my body, because what I’m dealing with is a lot of past thoughts and ideas about my body and what that has or hasn’t brought me in my life. It takes work. It’s taken work for me, and that’s why we have to stick with it.” STICKWITHIT.CO tribeza.com
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