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October 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pop-Up Birthday Mission:
To provide joy, hope and normalcy to children in foster care through a personalized birthday experience.
We aim to create a moment of connection between the child and a loving adult, opening a path for healing through joy.
About our Speaker, Kristy Peloquin:
With a fierce love of helping others, Kristy Peloquin’s career has always gravitated towards public service. After earning her MFA in poetry and creative writing from Texas State University, she began working for the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) as their first-ever staff member. She assisted commissioners in establishing April as Holocaust Awareness and Remembrance month in Texas and oversaw the creation and development of several key educational programs across the state.
After her time with THGC, Kristy went on to serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor of English with Austin Community College for over eight years, during which time she was nominated multiple times for awards in teaching, published several works, and even began a second master’s degree in public administration. In addition, Kristy also created curriculum for and led therapeutic creative writing programs for a grief and loss counseling center. In 2018, Kristy published a book of poetry which explores the complexities of secondary trauma on individuals and society.
In 2019, Kristy joined Pop-Up Birthday as program director and quickly fell in love with the mission of spreading joy to children in foster care by providing meaningful, personalized birthday experiences. Having watched a close family member suffer life-long effects of childhood abuse, Kristy feels a special connection to the children served by Pop-Up Birthday.
In her new role as executive director, Kristy will grow the positive impact of Pop-Up Birthday on the lives of children in foster care. Her ardent wish is that every child wounded by circumstances beyond their control can feel loved, seen, and celebrated.