MST3K & MIGIZI Update: $35,000! And a Bit More About the Organization You’re Helping to Rebuild

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Howdy pals, it’s your new friend Lesley again, just checking in, seeing how you’re all holding up, can I get you anything? Some tea? A pillow?

Well, it’s been a week since we launched the MST3K & MIGIZI fundraiser, and you all just can’t stop, won’t stop. We’re passed $35,000 with three more weeks to go, and not only have you unlocked both the brand-new shorts — featuring Joel Hodgson, J. Elvis Weinstein, and Bill Corbett in their original roles — you’ve continued to attack the current $40,000 goal.

I thought you might be interested to learn more about what MIGIZI does. Originally founded in 1977 with the purpose of confronting stereotypes about Native people in media, today MIGIZI’s focus is on building programs to nurture the creative development of Native American youth.

We believe all youth have a positive core, brilliance, boundless potential and sacred gifts to share. 

MIGIZI acts as a circle of support that nurtures the development of Native American youth in order to unleash their creativity and dreams – to benefit themselves, their families and community. MIGIZI puts youth first, supporting youth-driven activities that fully engage youth in a self-directed path to holistic wellness and to success in education and employment.  

Through the mutual support provided within the indigenous circle, individuals discover their talents and explore their dreams. The positive results fuel not only youth success but also collective impact, as youth give back to the circle and unleash new energy and ideas. In MIGIZI’s circle, adults and youth work side-by-side in culturally grounded, participatory leadership and operations. Everyone is a leader, a learner, a coach and a relative.

We can all get behind a vision like that. The money you donate will go not only to rebuild MIGIZI’s destroyed building, but will support their broader efforts to work with Native youth.

So wow, feel good about the help you’re contributing. And keep it up!

Thanks again to all of you who’ve donated to and shared this fundraiser. We know not everyone has money to spend right now, and even just tweeting about this effort (be sure to use the MST3K-specific fundraiser page!) is a help. It’s meaningful that you’ve chosen to support a good cause alongside us at MST3K.

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