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Sparking Change: A Storyteller Initiative

“Sparking Change” is a storytelling initiative that centers the voices and experiences of women or nonbinary people of color closest to the intersecting issues of income insecurity and child caregiving. Storytellers from New Mexico and South Carolina are sharing their expertise with the greater public and decision-makers so that policies and initiatives are grounded in lived experience and needs. Together, we will secure the supports and investments needed to build strong, resilient, and thriving families.

Meet the Sparking Change Storytellers

Tineaka Robinson

Tineaka Robinson is a proud mother and grandmother. As a Charleston South Carolina native, she feels very connected to her community. Through the Sparking Change storytelling initiative, she hopes that she will be able to continue to learn and advocate for others so that they don’t feel alone in the struggles of life.

Tineaka is a storyteller from South Carolina.

Raynique Syas

Raynique is participating in Sparking Change: A Storytelling Initiative to tell her story meaningfully and authentically. She hopes that she will be able to have an impact and be helpful and encouraging to her community. She wants her community to help her advocate for systemic change.

Raynique is a storyteller from South Carolina.

Chantelle C. Mitchell

Chantelle is a mother of 6 beautiful children, a youth/family advocate, a motivational speaker, a life coach, and a future inspiring author. Chantelle is participating in Sparking Change because it is our stories that will bring awareness and change. By sharing her story, she hopes she will bring education and awareness and find solutions to help combat the issues that her community faces daily.

Chantelle is a storyteller from South Carolina.

Ms. Christine

Ms. Christine loves her children, talking to new people, and working on projects that help people especially children because they are the future. She joined the Sparking Change: A Storytelling Initiative for single women like herself advocating for adequate child care needs.

Ms. Christine is a storyteller from South Carolina.

Melodie Ali

Melodie joined Sparking Change because she wants her story to be a motivation to someone who is in the same situation she experienced. Melodie loves to read to her kids, enjoying nature walks, and going to the beach.

Melodie is a storyteller from South Carolina.

Merline A Gallegos

Merline is a proud child care provider, she enjoys working and interacting with children. She is currently working on her Associate’s degree in Early education. Merline joined this storytelling initiative to learn how to use her story to motivate others and continue to advocate for early learning teachers and all childcare providers.

Merline is a storyteller from New Mexico.

Patricia Bustillos R

Patricia enjoys spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. She is dedicated to growth and education so that she can continue to support her community. She hopes that through the Storytelling Initiative, she will be able to share her story to help support those that have dealt with childcare insecurities and low wage jobs.

Patricia is a storyteller from New Mexico.

Patty Ortiz

Patty is an early education teacher and is always looking to learn and grow within her profession. She has joined this Storytelling initiative to advocate for and empower her community and others to continue fighting for teachers and wage increases.

Patty is a storyteller from New Mexico.

Sandra Ibarra

Sandra loves being a mom and a teacher. She finds enjoyment in listening to music, dancing, and gardening. She is also an advocate in her community, fighting for her students, teachers and families. She joined this initiative because she believes it’s important to speak out against injustices and help others feel heard.

Sandra is a storyteller from New Mexico.

Felicitas Torres

Felicitas is a mother, grandmother, and an advocate for education in her community. She joined Sparking Change because she wants to tell her story and share the impacts that early education has had on her family.

Felicitas is a storyteller from New Mexico.

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Contact Our Speakers

If you want to request additional information on the Sparking Change: A Storyteller Initiative or engage with any of our featured Storytellers, reach out to