|The St. Paul Companies Awards Grants to Eight Community Leaders|
SAINT PAUL, Minn., May 30 /PRNewswire/ --
Eight community leaders have received a total of $251,027 in grants
through The St. Paul Companies' (NYSE: SPC) Leadership Initiatives in
Neighborhoods (LIN) program. The recipients will be recognized on May 30th at
the 15th annual LIN luncheon at The St. Paul's corporate headquarters in Saint
Designed to help develop the leadership potential of community artists and
activists, the LIN program funds a year-long plan of self-directed work,
reflection and dialogue for each recipient. Every plan involves intensive
learning -- through research, reading, travel, work with mentors or a
combination of methods. Recipients will use this new knowledge to make a
difference in their communities.
"The LIN program was created as a way for The St. Paul to invest in
leaders who are making significant contributions in their communities," said
Mary Pickard, Vice President of Community Affairs at The St. Paul Companies.
"LIN recipients are visionary leaders who bring passion and commitment to
their work. Each year, we marvel at their personal and professional growth,
and what an enormous impact they make in our neighborhoods and communities."
In 15 years of the LIN program, 174 people have received grants totaling
nearly $4.3 million. The one-year grants for 2001 were awarded to the
following community members:
Gwen Chandler-Rhivers, Director of Housing and Support Services for the
YWCA of St. Paul, will enhance her skills in restorative justice,
public speaking, group facilitation, and grassroots organization.
Wing Young Huie, critically acclaimed photographer, will study public
art by interacting with public artists around the country to learn new
photography techniques and new ways to work in communities.
Keith Lowmaster, employment development counselor for American Indian
Opportunities Industrialization Center, will observe and participate in
Native American leadership training programs in Minnesota and
throughout the country.
Karon Sherarts, art educator, consultant, and author, will explore ways
to use media arts, such as photography, to bring people together and
bridge multiple generations.
Gabrielle Strong, Executive Director for the Ain Dah Yung (Our Home)
Center, is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe, and
will spend her LIN year connecting to her heritage by becoming fluent
in the Dakota language.
Lee Vang, playwright and Executive Director for the Center for Hmong
Arts & Talent (CHAT), will explore the craft of screenwriting, while
developing a style of writing that is rooted in a distinctly Hmong
tradition and aesthetic way of storytelling.
James Williams, actor and arts educator, will explore community-based
theater groups that train at-risk youth and help build their
Cynthia Nou Yongvang, Executive Director for the Women's International
Self-Reliance Enterprise, will build an international network of
disabled women activists and organizations, research innovative
programs that serve disabled women, and observe various leadership
For more information about LIN and the 2001 grant recipients, visit the
company's web site, http://www.stpaul.com
The St. Paul Companies is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minn., USA, and
provides commercial property-liability insurance and non-life reinsurance
worldwide. The St. Paul reported 2000 revenue of more than $8.6 billion,
total assets of $41 billion, and is ranked No. 222 on the Fortune 500 list of
largest U.S. companies. For more information about The St. Paul and its
products and services, visit the company's web site, http://www.stpaul.com
||M. Andrea Wood for St. Paul Companies, 651-310-6440,
SOURCE St. Paul Companies
CONTACT: M. Andrea Wood for St. Paul Companies, 651-310-6440,
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