What Has Been Happening, and What’s Coming Up?
Picture includes: Connecting with St. Ignace Ojibwe Cultural Museum Directors, face painting at a Pow-Wow in St. Ignace, and the clown show at Oxbow Park in Newaygo.
Since the last newsletter, Joy First has continued to bring Joy in a number of ways. Starting at Oxbow Campground, The Big Rapids Community Library, and July 4th celebrations in lower Michigan, Katy BEE LLC and Joy First collaborated to bring some events that made an impact!
Testimonial from Oxbow Campground- combining both Katy BEE and Joy First Foundation
Katy Bee and the Joy First Foundation joined us at our campground Summer Celebration Fundraiser this year and she was AMAZING! She began with some laughter yoga and it was awesome to see guests of all ages laughing along with her, by the end we were legitimately laughing with her. The laughter only continued as she hula hooped and juggled around and danced entertaining us all. She concluded her time with us with some of the most beautiful face painting I’ve ever seen. I am so grateful that Katy landed at our campground this summer because she was the perfect addition to our celebration. She is such a kind, sweet, caring and creative person and I hope the rest of the world gets to experience her!
Katy BEE and Joy First Foundation were invited to create a gratitude moment for the staff of Oxbow Campground.
At this Cheboygan public library show, the Compliment Circle was added as part of Katy BEE’s regular program.
“Thank you for a wonderful evening. You are a true professional and we appreciate the positive message you shared. “ – Cheboygan Public Library
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In Traverse City, after a discussion with a teacher about school bullying, Joy First offered a summer school assembly with teachers and students creating a program using laughter, improv and a compliment circle to help offer alternatives to bullying.
“It was a great week with the kids, they were generally more positive and cooperative, especially one kid whose attitude was “I’m too cool for this.” Her attitude and demeanor has changed and I’m seeing her smile more. She has dimples and I never knew it 🙂.” – Teacher at Buckley School
Some Amazing Developments in the Upper Peninsula!
Joy First Foundation in the St. Ignace Community had a long discussion with the directors of the Ojibwe Cultural Museum. The discussion was about bullying and suicide. Joy First is contacting school officials to offer more programs like the Traverse City Summer Assembly to see if it can have an impact on bullying.
Bay Mills Community College
September 12, 2023, Joy First will be presenting on the Chippewa Reservation to their School Year KickOff at Bay Mills Community College. Here we have discussed more online assemblies for staff, teachers and online students. Bay Mills Community College is focused on first generation low-income students. Joy First information has been passed on to Boys and Girls clubs in the area both on and off reservation.
Performing the World Happening(s) with the East Side Institute (Online) September 28-October 1
Join Joy First as Katy BEE offers a look into how to talk with strangers, and how does that affect us? Every day of the Performing the World Happening(s) conference, Katy BEE will introduce the concepts and invite participants to create their own joyful moments and bring back stories to share. Join us for an amazing conference that includes groups like Playing for Change, Magicians without Borders and much much more! (Click on the image to register)
What else is coming up?
Joy First has applied to present again at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor conference in April in Denver, Colorado!
Joy First is looking for research and ideas for using humor to combat criticism, bullying and suicide with Compliment Circles! Did you know that humor and gratitude may have an effect on suicide ideation? (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0191886916308479)
Joy First is working on that!
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Thanks to your donations, we have already gifted:
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over 7000 miles of travel and we are just getting started!
Do you know that for the past year, Katy BEE has been co-hosting the Laughbox podcast? The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor podcast talks about how humor helps us all, from a Ukrainian Soldier, to a Brain Tumor Survivor, to overcoming trauma and even Joy First Foundation is highlighted! Click on the link to go to the page, it’s free, you don’t need an app for this enlightening way to help make life more humorous and healthy!
I am moving to an all inclusive Patreon platform which is already up and running. In this space I will be posting impromptu videos, interviews about joy, meditations, and learning and growing on the road. If you have ideas, please give some input. The goal is to grow with you!
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On this new Patreon platform, it offers you membership options to help fund the Laughbox podcast (split between two co-hosts), and you can help Joy First Foundation continue to work toward more joy! Your contribution helps to keep this mission of joy, and giving to others. Any little bit will help empower me to bring this message of joy, hope, healing, and that little light that each of us can help to grow bigger for all of us.
There will be live videos in the future, there will be more added benefits to each tier, and for now, join me in this experiment and bring some extra joy to the tour with your contributions. Any contribution tiers dedicated to Joy First are tax deductible as Joy First is a recognized 501c3 organization.
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Joy First is Still on the Move!
Exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Joy First future projects that you can support:
A book of stories collected during the Joyful Moments
A documentary film resulting from experiences and interviews!
A textbook for training others as Joy First Ambassadors
Joyful Yoga online sessions
Joy First Coaching – Donate to send Joy First to your locale – This is already happening in the Upper Peninsula in First Nation Communities!
Joy First retreats
Joy First Caravans
Joy First Podcast
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