Mink’a connects Kellogg Fellows to service opportunities offered by other Kellogg Fellows. Mink’a, in the Quechuan tradition, means collective work done for and by the community. It is a form of exchange rooted in indigenous circles in South America that relies heavily on the concept of reciprocity, the idea of giving back by helping others.

Inspired by the pre-Columbian tradition, KFLA has created a new program called Mink’a.

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Featured Projects


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Taller de Fotovoz
Photovoice workshop — a technique combining photography with grassroots social action
Chiapas, Mexico
COMPLETED
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Planeación estratégica
Quintana Roo, Mexico
COMPLETED
Strategic planning for a grassroots organization.
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Osborn Neighbor-hood Alliance
Detroit, Michigan
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Community-led effort to rehabilitate homes in the Osborn neighborhood.
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Lesotho Library Project
Ha Ntlama, Lesotho
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Collecting books to create a library for schoolchildren in Lesotho
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Featured Volunteers


Carmen Villa Chávez (KPFL-02)
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David Castro (KNFP-13)
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Eva Moya (KNFP-13)
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Jose Cerdas (LASPAU)
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Kari Bachman (FSPF-01)
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Margrit von Braun (KNFP-13)
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Omar Duayhe Zilli (KPFL-02)
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Phillip Millerov (CLN/MI-01)
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Oswaldo Tanaka (KILP-01)
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Ulsía Urrea Mariño (KPFL-02)
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How to Get Involved...


We believe every one of us has something of value to share with someone else. Examples of what may be offered or requested include,

  • Cultural Gifts: Elders. Brokers. Translators.
    Explain customs, norms, rituals, and values so that the projects are respectful and responsive of the beliefs and practices of the community and builds on their assets.
  • Intellectual Gifts: Knowledge. Experience. Understanding.
    Assistance with business development, communications, event planning, fundraising, legal support, marketing, management, research, social media, and strategic planning.
  • Material Gifts: Supplies. Goods. Commodities.
    Donations of food, clothes, blankets, books, school supplies, health care supplies, bicycles, furniture, old cell phones, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, batteries, and band-aids.
  • Social Gifts: Influence. Connections. Authority.
    Share business and social contacts who can generate insight, engage in a community service project, or inspire others to make a difference or affect change.
  • Spiritual Gifts: Listen. Discern. Invocation.
    Help people along their spiritual path to discover their life purpose, overcome obstacles, and put pain and grief into perspective using a variety of faith traditions.
  • Vocational Gifts: Skilled Labor. Physical Work. Sweat Equity.
    Support from skilled teachers, gardeners, chefs, health professionals, artists, mechanics, machinists, engineers, carpenters, welders, plumbers, and sanitation workers.

Often, a Mink’a takes place virtually (via phone calls and email). However, funding is available to assist with travel for the Fellows who are participating in the project if on-site and face-to-face interaction is needed.

To put MINK’A in motion, we’re asking you to:

Become a Mink'a volunteer:

Submit a project to the Mink'a Talent Exchange:

Donate to the Mink'a Talent Exchange to help Fellows come together:

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