Name: Chandra Thorson
Location: Morris, IL
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I have always found world politics and the interconnectivity of countries around the world fascinating. Also, I’ve been teaching AP Comparative Government for about a decade. Teaching this course opened my eyes to how important it is for the United States to have strong connections with the rest of the world, especially in the 21st century’s Age of Globalization.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
As a staunch believer in the power of capitalism lifting people out of poverty, I believe the bipartisan, pragmatic approach The Borgen Project promotes this and will appeal to both sides of the aisle. In addition, I think sometimes the U.S. gets the perception of not caring about the world’s poor. However, I want to break those common misconceptions and show that helping the world’s poor not only benefits those in need, but benefits the United States and the world’s economy as well. History has proven this, and I hope I can use both my knowledge of history, and of the present, to influence others of the benefits to all of lifting people out of poverty globally.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I’ve always known the importance of fighting global poverty, but when I travelled through the countryside of the Dominican Republic last summer, I truly understood the vital need to help. The abject poverty in that area was soul-crushing to witness, and I want to do everything I can to help eradicate those horrific living conditions for anyone living like that.

*Online goal; I’m doing a Coin War as well at the school at which I teach.


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