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The Moving Lives Forward podcast helps you navigate life’s everyday practical challenges and helps you to support others in our community.

Moving Lives Forward Portland Radio Project

    • Society & Culture

The Moving Lives Forward podcast helps you navigate life’s everyday practical challenges and helps you to support others in our community.

    Moving Lives Forward - Self Discovery Through Service

    Moving Lives Forward - Self Discovery Through Service

    So much of our lives is spent in the margins – waiting in lines, that gap between jobs, transitions across states, moving homes. And, of course, that odd space between graduating and arriving at a solid career path. But rather than letting these moments slip by, it’s possible to activate and use them for self-discovery, personal growth, and learning.

    One avenue of doing this is via a service placement with AmeriCorps – a federal program founded in the nineties that continues to connect Americans to community-building opportunities. The program deploys 75-thousand members across this nation annually in service opportunities, with a wide range of positions to choose from. Oregon – and Portland in particular – has a rich legacy of nonprofit and service work, so it’s no surprise that some AmeriCorps members find placements here.

    If this sparks your interest and you want to learn more about the AmeriCorps program, check out the third episode of Moving Lives Forward, as the podcast presents Self Discovery Through Service. The episode airs May 12 at 4:30 pm, on 99.1 FM and streaming at prp.fm, and will be available soon thereafter here on this blog post, as well on Stitcher and iTunes.

    Moving Lives Forward is hosted by Rebecca Webb, cofounder of Portland Radio Project.

    Joining Rebecca on this episode is Amanda Hart. Amanda has worked with school communities across three districts in greater East Portland since moving to Portland in 2010. She joined the first AmeriCorps team at Metropolitan Family Service in 2010, and is currently serving as the MFS AmeriCorps program manager (full circle!). Amanda earned her BA in Comparative Sociology at the University of Puget Sound, with an emphasis on Latin American studies.

    Additionally, you’ll hear from three AmeriCorps members, including:

    Anna Lindberg – serving with the Older Adults program
    Brittani Holland – serving at Alder Elementary School
    Rosie Yerke – serving with the Economic Empowerment programs

    • 31 min
    Moving Lives Forward - Student Loans

    Moving Lives Forward - Student Loans

    For many higher-ed students, the trade-off of obtaining a diploma isn’t just four-plus years and a lot of hard work – it’s also a daunting sum of money paid out to colleges and universities. Many students patchwork their way through the financial burden with a mix of grants, parental support, scholarships, out-of-pocket payments…and student loans.

    And while these loans seem like a great opportunity to students trying to get through school, loans can turn from financial stepping stones into debt sinkholes. Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education, put the average student loan debt at $33,310, and the total student loan debt at $1.44 trillion.

    There are myriad reasons student loan debt stacks up, and a lot forks in the road to repayment. But regardless of how daunting the bill may be, and how easy it is to ignore the rising tide of debt, students will ultimately have to close the gap.

    Get advice on getting out of debt in the second episode of Moving Lives Forward, as the podcast presents Strategies for Tackling Student Loan Debt. The episode airs April 14, at 4:30 pm, on 99.1 FM and streaming at prp.fm, and will be available soon thereafter here on this blog post, as well on Stitcher and iTunes.

    This episode covers…

    Historical context of the U.S. student loan debt crisis
    The difference between private and federal loans
    What it means to to enter loan delinquency – and why it’s best avoided
    The difference between loan rehabilitation and loan consolidation
    The basics of income-based repayment plans
    Resources and advice for successful loan repayment
    Moving Lives Forward is hosted by Rebecca Webb, cofounder of Portland Radio Project.

    Joining Rebecca on this episode is Mark Oliver, a financial coach who’s been serving the Portland area since 2011, including over four years with the Economic Empowerment Programs at Metropolitan Family Service. His work has included everything from household budgeting and savings plans, to debt management and credit building.

    • 26 min
    Moving Lives Forward - WANT IMPACT….TRY THIS!

    Moving Lives Forward - WANT IMPACT….TRY THIS!

    Nonprofits tackle some of the most intractable problems in our society. They do this typically under-resourced but with great passion for their mission. What do they do when they need a specific professional skill to build more mission capacity?

    Here’s where the encore movement comes in. It’s a phenomenon that’s been gathering momentum for a decade as part of a renewed cultural focus on the social impact that older, experienced professionals can have. With their specialized knowledge and years of experience, these pro bono professionals have the potential to be a huge boon to nonprofits seeking expert help.

    Learn how this social movement is coming to fruition – and how nonprofits can benefit – by listening to the first episode of the Moving Lives Forward Podcast: Want Impact….Try This!

    This episode covers…

    What is the encore movement and why is it important?
    How is the movement showing up in the Portland metro area?
    Who is attracted to serve as a professionally skilled volunteer? What’s in it for them?
    Why would a nonprofit embrace this type of volunteerism?
    And more!

    • 30 min

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