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Honest Conversations About Racism and Mental Health, Featuring a Provider, a Mother and a Young Adult

August 27, 2020 |

Welcome to another episode of the optimistic advocate. This podcast is about innovative advocates who refuse to sit on the sidelines and figure out a way to get it done. However, this podcast is not just about what advocates do but also about who they are and what motivates them.In this episode, we get the…

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Honors Martin Rafferty’s Inspirational Life Journey

June 8, 2015 |

Martin Rafferty, Executive Director of Youth ERA (formerly Youth MOVE Oregon) is one of a small group of people worldwide being featured at the Launch of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is the Foundation’s newest exhibit. It aims to motivate and inspire people to take action—in their own unique ways—to improve…


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