On this special episode of the TWLOHA Podcast, we’re celebrating 15 years of hope and help on the organization’s birthday—along with the release of our daily-use self-care app called The Hopeful! In the first half, founder Jamie Tworkowski discusses the movement’s unexpected inception and shares some of his favorite memories, and TWLOHA’s first-ever social media coordinator Chris Youngblood talks about managing an overflowing inbox and a Myspace account all those years ago from his T-Mobile Sidekick. And in the second half of the episode, you’ll hear from two current team members—Katie Mumper and Bianca Mujica—the real-life folks who respond to your comments and texts and DMs.
“I do step back now and then and just go, ‘what an unusual name’ and how surprising that this thing with an unusual name [To Write Love on Her Arms] was allowed to succeed. And then, we've all experienced the conversation or kind of the moment when someone is just so curious because it's an unusual name. And so that sort of goes back to that magical meant-to-be feeling where yeah, it's a mouthful, it's an unusual name for a story, it's certainly an unusual name for a 501(c)(3)—but we've all seen how that has benefited the organization and invited people to be curious. People just walk up like, ‘what is this? What does this mean?’ And we could have spelled it out. We could have had a really straightforward title, but I'm thankful that it didn't go that way.”
This episode of the TWLOHA podcast was hosted by Chad Moses and produced by Rebecca Ebert. Music assistance was provided by James Likeness and Ben Tichenor.
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