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Loren Sanchez

When I was asked to write this, two thoughts instantly entered my brain. I thought, “Oh no, I am the worst person to write this.” I grew up attending public schools, which wasn’t a good experience for me, and I told myself I would never work in education. My second thought was, “How will I […]

Roni Jones

There is an image I think about when considering my purpose. It is the last picture taken of Earth by the Voyager 1 on Valentine’s Day, 1990.  It is blurry, unclear, and vague. It is mostly dark except for the streaks of light from the sun; some might say it is empty except for a […]

Jahmal Corner

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin One of my favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest, where I’m from, is a small Seattle neighborhood known as Mt. Baker. It’s tucked between Lake Washington and Rainier Valley, offering an array of parks, beach […]

Jilliann Rodriguez M'Barki

My life changed dramatically when my son Saiid was born in 2016. Like most new parents, the immense joy I felt was coupled with an intense concern for providing him with the best life possible. As a native New Yorker, I knew that raising a child in the city wasn’t impossible, but I also knew […]

Karen Cowe

I’m in Scotland this month visiting my family and working remotely. On Monday, on my drive to my village, I was thinking about this assignment and reflecting on the themes some of my colleagues chose for their statements of purpose—to contribute more than we take, tradition, and community. For me, it’s the sense of belonging […]

Ten Strands

Ten Strands stands united in the grief felt around the country following the school shooting on May 24 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this act of violence and share in the urgency to ensure educational environments safeguard children and inspire physical and mental […]

Ten Strands

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have a few ideas about how to marry lessons with environmental learning.  Here are five ways to merge your AAPI Heritage observation with outdoor instruction. Outdoor Reading: AAPI Heritage month offers a wonderful opportunity to delve into great literature on pioneers, history, or haiku. […]

Navreet Dhaliwal

Statement of Purpose: Ten Strands is introducing its staff through statements of purpose from each member that reveals the motivations and ambitions of their work. Today, we hear from Ten Strands Philanthropic Engagement Manager Navreet Dhaliwal who shares how his personal and professional path have driven his commitment to advocating for underserved and marginalized communities.  […]