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We Day Minnesota


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We Day Minnesota


WE Day Minnesota 2015

We Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE is We Day, Free The Children and Me to WeTogether, these brands make up a family of organizations that work to empower each of us to make the world a better place.
Minnesota was the first U.S. stop on the WE Day 2015-2016 tour, where more than 18,000 students came for an inspiring, energy-filled event at Xcel Center. Ciara & Darren Criss were among the artists who lit up the stage along with speakers Chelsea Clinton, Lily Collins, and Rowan Blanchard who shared some powerful messages.

I was invited to join We Day's social media team to cover the event. It was an unbelievable experience, I left super inspired by what Minnesota students are doing to bring about change in their communities and by all of the talented speakers and performers. Here's what I captured through my lens and social media channels. 


 
 
 
 

Snapchat Story: 


Through my lens: 

Actor, singer, songwriter and musician: Darren Criss

Activist and actress from the hit series Girl Meets World: Rowan Blanchard

Actress: Lily Collins

Actor, director, producer & author: Henry Winkler

Musical duo: Nico Seraba & Vinz Dery

We are all connected. Together WE change the world.

 

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MN STATE FAIR


MN STATE FAIR



Snapchat Story! 

Follow me on Snapchat for more behind the scenes video: @yonathanmoya 

 
 

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Convoy of Hope


Convoy of Hope


Convoy of Hope: Minneapolis Community Event

Hope Starts Here in your city, your community, your neighborhood. 
The Convoy of Hope Minneapolis event was just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before. This event was a collaborative effort to bring hope to communities across Minneapolis through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, prayer, activities for children and more.
Convoy of Hope

What an incredible time one week ago at Convoy of Hope! Thousands in our community were impacted!

Posted by Emmanuel Christian Center on Monday, August 10, 2015

Social media coverage of the outreach event: 



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#stuffiown


#StuffIOwn

From vintage cameras, to modern match boxes, to a very unique coin collection! Take a glimpse into things that I own, on my desk or simply laying around my apartment. You might say, it's just stuff, but there's probably a great story and meaning to certain items.  

Enjoy! 

 

 

#stuffiown


#StuffIOwn

From vintage cameras, to modern match boxes, to a very unique coin collection! Take a glimpse into things that I own, on my desk or simply laying around my apartment. You might say, it's just stuff, but there's probably a great story and meaning to certain items.  

Enjoy! 

 

 

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MEG & YON


MEG & YON'S ENGAGEMENT STORY FEATURED ON HOWHEASKED.COM

MEG & YON


MEG & YON'S ENGAGEMENT STORY FEATURED ON HOWHEASKED.COM

MEG & YON'S ENGAGEMENT STORY! 

Family is very important to both Megan & me! Since the beginning of planning, I knew that somehow our families needed to be involved. Bringing our families together was very important for us, and since her family lives around the Minneapolis area, my family had to travel to Minnesota. We arranged for everyone to travel to Minneapolis for Thanksgiving. My parents and three youngest siblings flew in from South Texas. My sister, Jenn, flew in from Dallas. My two brothers, Jafet and Jordan, and Jafet's girlfriend, Kaity, drove in from Indiana. A couple of days before the proposal, I sat down with my parents & Megan parents and had "the conversation" it was a very intimate and emotional time for all of us. We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving all together, and our families really enjoyed getting to know one another. All our siblings were having a ton of fun, and our parents enjoyed doing lots of cooking and chatting as well. By the end of the day on Thanksgiving, I think everyone was starting to wonder when "it" was going to happen...   

The day after Thanksgiving, the plan started. Megan loves to have her nails done, so I knew that her nails had to be done before I proposed. Together with Meg's mom I was able to set up an appointment for Megan to get her nails done a few hours before the actual engagement. Meg's sister Alison and my sister Jenn went with Megan and all three of them got their nails done together.  

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After her nail appointment, I asked her to get ready to go out. She didn't know that after getting ready and coming downstairs, both of our families were waiting for her to give her a rose and encouragement before I took her out.  

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Once we started driving... I showed her this slideshow of photos i've compiled during the last year and a half of our relationship. 

 
 

Finally, we arrived at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Once there, we walked up the 5th floor by the endless bridge. The first time I visited Minnesota, she took me to this area of Minneapolis to look at the skyline. We were having a special moment overlooking the city, which made a perfect moment for me to share how I feel about her, I said a lot of nice thing (that neither of us remember now), I got on one knee and asked her to marry me. 

 
 

SHE SAID, YES! 

To end this special day, I planned a surprise engagement party to celebrate with our families & friends!  

 Megan &  I are so overwhelmed and thankful for all the love and support everyone has shown us in this new season. We are so excited for this next stage in our lives! Continue to pray for us as we embark on this new journey in our relationship & thank you for sharing in this with us. 

 
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SACKCLOTH & ASHES


Have you ever noticed, as you're walking down the street, a man/women sitting on the sidewalk? Have you wondered what got them to that point or what they are facing day-by-day? Homelessness, to many of us is a distant concept; I'd like to share with you a tidbit of an inspiring, radical visionary storyteller. 

Bob Dalton's story goes farther than a one time action, as he talks about facing homelessness first hand. His mothers life had gotten the best of her, and she became homeless. It was then when Bob realized "not all choose to become homeless - some just need a second chance." 

Bob Dalton is the creator of Sackcloth & Ashes

"In ancient jewish culture, sackcloth and ashes were used as a symbol of mourning and repentance. Every time you wrap yourself in a Sackcloth & Ashes blanket it symbolizes mourning over the homeless population and repentance..."- Dalton. 

With the purchase of a blanket, the exact fleece blanket as the one you purchase is donated to a homeless shelter. 

I first found sackcloth a few weeks ago and I use my blanket proudly; hoping that tonight someone, somewhere is wrapped in comfort.

Click on any of the photos to check out the blankets and consider getting one for  yourself.

 

 

 

 

SACKCLOTH & ASHES


Have you ever noticed, as you're walking down the street, a man/women sitting on the sidewalk? Have you wondered what got them to that point or what they are facing day-by-day? Homelessness, to many of us is a distant concept; I'd like to share with you a tidbit of an inspiring, radical visionary storyteller. 

Bob Dalton's story goes farther than a one time action, as he talks about facing homelessness first hand. His mothers life had gotten the best of her, and she became homeless. It was then when Bob realized "not all choose to become homeless - some just need a second chance." 

Bob Dalton is the creator of Sackcloth & Ashes

"In ancient jewish culture, sackcloth and ashes were used as a symbol of mourning and repentance. Every time you wrap yourself in a Sackcloth & Ashes blanket it symbolizes mourning over the homeless population and repentance..."- Dalton. 

With the purchase of a blanket, the exact fleece blanket as the one you purchase is donated to a homeless shelter. 

I first found sackcloth a few weeks ago and I use my blanket proudly; hoping that tonight someone, somewhere is wrapped in comfort.

Click on any of the photos to check out the blankets and consider getting one for  yourself.

 

 

 

 

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MSP - ATL


Here are some iPhone fotos I took while on my flight from MSP - ATL. 

Edited with VSCOCAM + SNAPSEED

 

 

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Here are some iPhone fotos I took while on my flight from MSP - ATL. 

Edited with VSCOCAM + SNAPSEED

 

 

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#WWIM_MSP


Instagram is so much more than just another app, it's a great way to bring like-minded people together. Since the beginning of Instagram, users have been meeting up to explore and take photos & video together. Instameets brings together people that are creative and passionate about photography.

In June of 2014, I hosted Instagram's WWIM9 in Minneapolis, MN. About 50 people from all around the twin cities area stopped by. The meet was full of creativity, it seemed like the red balloons became the theme of the meet. At one point everyone held a red ballon and stood in line next to a complete stranger that eventually became an insta-friend.

"Community" is a resounding message throughout the app, to which I have to confess, I've met some great people through the app and at Instameets. As Instagram grows, so will the gathering of people coming together to explore and celebrate creativity. 

To see more fotos from this Instameet click here: #wwim_msp 

 

#WWIM_MSP


Instagram is so much more than just another app, it's a great way to bring like-minded people together. Since the beginning of Instagram, users have been meeting up to explore and take photos & video together. Instameets brings together people that are creative and passionate about photography.

In June of 2014, I hosted Instagram's WWIM9 in Minneapolis, MN. About 50 people from all around the twin cities area stopped by. The meet was full of creativity, it seemed like the red balloons became the theme of the meet. At one point everyone held a red ballon and stood in line next to a complete stranger that eventually became an insta-friend.

"Community" is a resounding message throughout the app, to which I have to confess, I've met some great people through the app and at Instameets. As Instagram grows, so will the gathering of people coming together to explore and celebrate creativity. 

To see more fotos from this Instameet click here: #wwim_msp 

 

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#STANDWITHME


Feb. 1 is now known as National Freedom Day. It commemorates Feb. 1, 1865, when, Abraham Lincoln signed an amendment that would abolish slavery. Unfortunately, today, not every country has come to terms with abolishing slavery. 

Browsing through Instagram, I found a documentary about child slavery and was very inspired by the story. Vivienne, a young girl set up a lemonade stand and started raising money to free children from slavery. In 173 consecutive days, she raised $101,320 to free 500 kids from slavery. She donated the $101,320 to Not for Sale, a nonprofit that works to eradicate human trafficking around the world. The #standwithme documentary debuted in San Francisco and it was one of the main ways of bringing a voice to children who are in slavery. The documentary was also being shown in major cities all across the USA. 

In order to raise awareness for Vivienne’s story I hosted my first InstaMeet in Minneapolis, MN. InstaMeets are a great way to get to know other Instagrammers in the area. Usually people discuss their favorite filters, exchange tips, or just take photos and videos together and build community! This Instameet was different, not only because the weather was under 20 degrees but because it was about raising awareness for the injustices happening to children around the world. It was about standing together for a cause much grater than ourselves.

To see more fotos from this Instameet click here: #standwithme

 

#STANDWITHME


Feb. 1 is now known as National Freedom Day. It commemorates Feb. 1, 1865, when, Abraham Lincoln signed an amendment that would abolish slavery. Unfortunately, today, not every country has come to terms with abolishing slavery. 

Browsing through Instagram, I found a documentary about child slavery and was very inspired by the story. Vivienne, a young girl set up a lemonade stand and started raising money to free children from slavery. In 173 consecutive days, she raised $101,320 to free 500 kids from slavery. She donated the $101,320 to Not for Sale, a nonprofit that works to eradicate human trafficking around the world. The #standwithme documentary debuted in San Francisco and it was one of the main ways of bringing a voice to children who are in slavery. The documentary was also being shown in major cities all across the USA. 

In order to raise awareness for Vivienne’s story I hosted my first InstaMeet in Minneapolis, MN. InstaMeets are a great way to get to know other Instagrammers in the area. Usually people discuss their favorite filters, exchange tips, or just take photos and videos together and build community! This Instameet was different, not only because the weather was under 20 degrees but because it was about raising awareness for the injustices happening to children around the world. It was about standing together for a cause much grater than ourselves.

To see more fotos from this Instameet click here: #standwithme