GTL Newsletter #23

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Pumpkin kisses and
harvest wishes





GTL General Updates




This Week –
  • We will be introducing a new Linker through a Linker Orientation!
  • Linker Maya has been hard at work interviewing and recruiting potential new Linkers. Great job.
  • Linkers Kudana and Lava have continued their Learning Companion sessions with one of our Learners.
  • Linker Annie has also continued a session with a Learner!
  • Mental Health Awareness – a new GTL initiative. Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and have created a mental health-related newsletter! 
  • The GTL Newsletter is looking for submissions!!
    • Send in blog posts, activities you’re involved in, poetry, art, interesting articles, cool opportunities; etc. Reply to this email with your ideas.  
  • LEARNERS—We’d love to hear from you about your experience with any GTL services you’ve been a part of! Respond to this email with anything you’d like to share ?
  • Monthly GTL Community Events — keep a lookout for monthly programming and events for Learners, Linkers, and the greater GTL community!!
    • Have suggestions or ideas about events you’d like to see? Let us know by responding to this email. 

Last Week – 

  • Linkers Maya, Lava, and Chantal met on Tuesday to discuss how we can better support Learners and get more people interested in our events.
  • The website team did hard work creating new graphics and layouts to make the best website we can have. Great job.
  • Linkers continued sessions with their Learners last week!




GTL Service Highlight




Learning Companion — Learner Report

Want to learn more about yourself??Guided by our iABC of international Perspectives, Ability, Benevolence, and Courage, the Learner Report provides an in-depth look at a Learner’s whole self and offers the next step in a Learner’s journey!

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 




GTL Blog Spotlight




The Benefits of A Bilingual Brain
by Hunton Warren

“…bilingual brains actually age more slowly and speaking more than one language can help you live a longer and more satisfying life.” 

Bilingual brains actually look different from monolingual brains. Bilingual, or multilingual, brains have more gray matter, which contains most of your brain’s neurons and synapses. Additionally, bilingual brains have more activity in certain regions of the brain when speaking a second language. This “workout” that the brain receives while speaking a second language can even delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia by as much as five years.




GTL Announcements




GTL In Case You Missed It!




A Smashing Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined the kick-off event for the GTL Mental Health Initiative!! Lots of games, community building, and mental health information.In order to get to know you all even better, and especially in terms of your unique mental health needs, we would love to hear your voices in a short, anonymous survey.




Harvest Season,
Turning a New Leaf

With October soon ending, we thought we could highlight traditions that revolve around the harvest season, new life, and death such as Halloween!




Halloween History 

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Read the full article here >>>


Any comments, questions, or concerns?
Want to share your own blog or announce something to the GTL Community?

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