Camp Fire’s AIKD® event honors our nation’s youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated.
Camp Fire Heartland’s 2017 AIKD Champions
Each year, we honor the champions youth need in their lives to thrive. In order for youth to truly thrive and flourish, they require three sets of champions to encourage their sparks; families, educators and the community. This year’s event was another big success!
Family Champion: Mindy Corporon
Mindy Corporon is a Managing Member and Co-Founder of Boyer & Corporon Wealth Management LLC. As CEO, Mindy’s focus is on continuously developing strategy and improving the firm’s processes and suite of services. Mindy’s greatest passion is to lead the Faith Always Wins Foundation and the Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial Fund which were established to celebrate the memory of Mindy’s son Reat and her father, William L. Corporon, MD, who were tragically murdered in a hate crime in the Spring of 2014. Through three events, Faith, Love & Song, Faith, Love & Kindness and Faith, Love & Walk, she hopes to promote understanding and encourage kindness to Make a Ripple, Change the World, a week-long event that brings communities together to celebrate diversity across races, religions and cultures.
Education Champion: Dr. Cynthia Lane
Dr. Cynthia Lane is highly recognized for her leadership in the field of education. She has more than 34 years of professional experience, including 28 years in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Dr. Lane continues the history of strong leadership, serving as the fourteenth superintendent of the district since its formation in 1844. Dr. Lane has received numerous recognitions and awards, which are testaments to her belief in empowering others through education. She models the attributes of a servant leader, cultivating partnerships and actively engaging community, business and civic leaders in the work of the district. Her attitude is that all things are possible when we come together to improve our futures.
Community Champion: Mayor Sly James
Mayor Sly James was elected on March 22, 2011 and sworn in on May 1, 2011. He was born and raised in Kansas City and learned valuable lessons about resiliency and dedication watching his parents work hard to take care of their family. Despite the challenges they faced, Sly’s father, a chef, janitor, and small business owner; and his stepmother, who helped manage their business, still made sure that Sly and his brothers had the opportunity to go to a good school and follow their dreams. This laid the foundation for Mayor James’ commitment to education and ensuring every child receives a high-quality education regardless of where they live or their socio-economic background.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Bedell
Dr. Mark Bedell joined Kansas City Public Schools as Superintendent in July, 2016. He has presented at several national and state-level conferences on best practices in education including at South by Southwest, the My Brother’s Keeper Symposium, and the AASA Digital Consortium.
Dr. Bedell completed his doctoral dissertation at Nova Southeastern University on school culture, climate and dropout prevention for ethnic minority students from low economic strata. He is a motivational speaker and presents on what it’s like to overcome obstacles as a youth and realize and achieve one’s dreams.
As superintendent, he is focused on student-centered learning, culturally relevant curriculum, and social and emotional supports for students.
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