Global Philanthropy Leaders

Global Philanthropy Leaders (GPL) is a new initiative at St. John’s. This small group for high school students will meet for lunch and discussion once a month on Sundays between 12:30 – 2pm from Oct 2020 – April 2021.

GPL will be led by Kate Kile (Dir Finance & Stewardship), Caroline Allen (Dir Youth) and Ben Bowersox (Vestry) We will learn about global philanthropy, micro-loans, personal finance, global poverty and hunger.

Youth will be entrusted with church funds to make micro-loans (through kiva.org) and positively impact people around the world. Through scripture and group discussion, we will consider “who is our neighbor?” and how can we share God’s abundance by investing in others.

We ask that Youth commit to attending ALL sessions on the following dates:

  • October 25, 2020
  • November 15, 2020
  • December 13, 2020
  • January 24, 2021
  • February 28, 2021
  • March 28, 2021
  • April 25, 2021 (Parish Forum/Presentation)

Upon acceptance into GPL, we request that youth contribute $25, preferably from their own savings/earnings, to combine with $200 provided by St. John’s to make loans. This by no means should be a barrier for anyone, need based $25 scholarships will be available upon request.

Youth will learn about risk, diversification, barriers to capital, and debt. They will acquire a basic understanding of loans, what life is like for the poorest of the poor, and what kinds of programs do and don’t help. They will learn the difference between spending one’s own money and being entrusted with the responsibility of being good stewards of church funds. They will take on leadership roles, deepen their faith, and work together to create a final presentation for the parish.

Applications will be accepted online through 5/7/2020.

In this pilot year, space is limited as this is intended to be a Small Group (max 15 participants). Priority will be given to St. John’s members and Juniors and Seniors.

Please contact Kate Kile with any questions.

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