Judith Roberts, co-publisher of the Lincoln Parish Journal and an assistant professor of communication and media studies at Louisiana Tech, was selected as one of 50 individuals to participate in American House Kyiv’s Camp Changemaking.
Camp Changmaking is a virtual exchange program that is bringing together passionate movers and shakers from Ukraine, the U.S.A. and from all over the world to exchange their experiences, strengthen the international volunteering network, and foster impactful initiatives locally and globally. With a special focus on Ukraine, program participants will explore the most pressing issues the world faces today and how individuals and organized initiatives can work for a better future.
Roberts said she is enjoying the collaboration with the other participants and learning about social change around the globe.
“This is so important to strengthen bonds around the globe with individuals who want to make a positive difference in our world, and I am honored to be selected,” she said. “I hope I can take what I learn in this month and help our community and my students be able to think more on a global level in terms of changemaking and volunteering.”
Olya Kudinenko, founder of Tabletochki, a non-profit that helps Ukrainian children receive cancer treatments, served as the first speaker of the event and discussed how the children Tabletochki has helped have been displaced — many of the United States — and how they are looking for individuals in the US who may can assist.
“We do have our employees are in touch with them,” Kudinenko said. “Maybe families will need help on the ground.”
Kudinenko herself, along with her 6-year-old child, are currently displaced in New York until the war ends.
For more information about Tabletochki or how to assist, click HERE.